It is a known fact that writers suffer from procrastination more than most. But you do not have to procrastinate with getting your writing in for the day, if you know why you do it.
Have you ever been so tired of NOT writing that you actually considered hiring someone to do it for you? If you are honest, the answer is yes. But why is this such a big deal? Well, steering yourself away from that writing chair could have big consequences the more often that you do it.
We all need a vacation from something
And it is not a simple thing to combat. Everyone puts off things once in a while and sometimes it is situational rather than a personal desire to avoid a thing. Sometimes however, it is definitely personal. Sometimes we avoid doing unpleasant tasks. But wait, you say, writing isn’t unpleasant. Well, here is where it gets a little sticky.
How to stop procrastinating and why you should
If you attach success or failure to your writing, then you might find that writing poorly, or writing an unpleasant piece is easy to avoid because you are already feeling a certain way about it before you ever let your fingers touch the keys. You are giving the writing of the piece so much attention via what is going into it, that you actually shut down. And there is always the old “it is not good enough” or worse “I am not good enough”.
Remedy this. Start today by saying you are able and you are good enough. Stop putting this manner of resistance in the forefront and begin to examine the possibilities, such as what if, how could I, and when I finish this. Replacing the negative thought patterns will break you free and set you on the path to getting the work turned out.
Procrastination How to Stop and Why You Should
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As it so often happens, new writers put the back end work of creating a book to the bottom of the list and then when they need to find freelancers to get the cover art, editing, etc. done, they are behind on the curve. It takes time to seek a freelancer, follow up on their reviews/recommendations, and finalize the payment arrangements.
Most freelancers can be found on Indeed.com or Fiverr.com or another of the usual freelance for hire places. But did you know that companies such as Infinity Author Services also uses freelancers? WE DO~! Sometimes it is imperative that a job be done in a time frame that we are unable to handle, so we will outsource that job and believe me, we have a great team! Our designers, editors, etc. have already been pre-viewed, pre-tested, and pre-approved by writers just like you!
By using IAS, you are getting the freelance work you want without the hassle of having to find freelancers online, vet them, and all the other parts of hiring someone for the work of doing cover art, edits, etc.
Why you do not need to find freelancers any more!
We also have in house employees, so your needs are always covered. You will not be behind one second in the process of getting your book into the media. The only thing that we would like to see happen from you is SUCCESS! And you will definitely be successful if you are not struggling to get your finished work into the world of readers.
And don’t forget – Infinity Author Services also does promotions for your book as well! We have a team of bloggers, social media gurus, and podcasters to get the word out about your book for a very reasonable price.
There is a significant difference in whether you self-publish, traditionally publish, or DIY your publishing experience. Infinity Author Services will help to get you to the point of pushing publish, but we do NOT publish your book. We are not a publishing company, nor do we do anything in the vein of vanity publishing (which is a bad deal anyway).
We are the PRETTIER side of book creation. We design the cover art, help with your editing, proofing, and formatting. We create eye-catching graphics for your social media, and even do a little promotion for you, as well.
If any of that sounds like what you really want, then leave us a comment, drop a contact form, and let us know how we can better serve you.
We work hard with a writer’s budget, too. Those pay-for-pages-read pennies you receive have to add up for all the costs it takes to make a book and get it out into the wide-world-web and beyond. You would be better off writing and leave the back-end work to us.
We understand at Infinity Author Services, and we want to help. Go right now over to ourpackages and information page to see what we offer. Let us know what you need and let us give you a quote.
We love to make covers at Infinity Author Services, but we don’t want to use stock images, so we take them ourselves. That way you always get a unique, cool cover that NO ONE else has. Once we use the image, it is gone forever.
CUSTOM BOOK COVERS ARE OUR FUN WORK!
Contact us today to get a super, custom cover for your book. We also do images for Facebook, and other social media, so you can have a branded look.
Pay us what you can afford. (we are in business, but not out for blood)
We really do want to be your services business. We are authors, and we know what it feels like to be making pennies on each sale. It’s hard to get a return on your investment when you are not making anything on a sale. We really don’t think our work is free material, but we also want to be reasonable. Let us know what your budget is and see what we can do.
CALL US FIRST FOR YOUR BOOK COVER NEEDS!
What about those social media graphics? Yes, we can do those too. See our packages page for graphics that we have already created. Let us make one for you! We want to create custom designs that make your work stand out n the industry today. It takes a village to get the word out so don’t forget we do PROMOTIONS for you, also. We can get you on podcasts, and other industry blogs, as well as blast your info on our multiple sites.
Recently, we received a very nice recommendation from our client, Dr. Mary G. Patton, and we were so happy to have such a enthusiastic client, we thought we would share. You can find it on our clients page here.
Also, if you haven’t checked out our current work in progress, our GALLERY page, please do. There will be images posted weekly that you can purchase CHEAPLY to use for book covers and other needs.
Now on to this blog post… TWO THINGS YOU NEED TODAY
How can I help my book to be seen by readers in such a busy industry?
It’s as obvious as a rock in your shoe that in today’s busy book industry you have to work extra hard to get your book seen by readers. There are many paid opportunities out there including Facebook ads, Amazon ads, and even other social media sites have ad opps now. Have you seen your Instagram feed lately?
But if you are like so many authors out there, you are doing everything on a shoestring and you cannot afford to pay for a lot of ads that may or may not hit the mark.
So what is a writer to do?
We are old-school in this thought on promotions. We believe that you will get a lot of traction for your book with something that few people think about anymore.
Yes, that is it. If you do not agree with this thinking, you may want to check out another one of our blog posts. Try this one: Write what people want to read
Word of mouth advertising also known as referrals from another reader or recommendations from another reader will get a sale before anything else. So, write that book as well as you possibly can, and then hire us to do the rest for you. It needs a knock-out cover designed to your specs. It needs editing within an inch of it’s life. And (more about this below) it needs a little movement in the marketing sector.
But you said, TWO THINGS to help with my book…
Another thing that we believe works for authors in today’s overloaded book market is to stop SCREAMING SALES on social media.
Now, understand we didn’t say stop social media. Just stop selling to everyone with every breath. As a consumer, when you are just scrolling through your feed, do you like those ads? Do you like to see the people you originally found interesting enough to follow – posting BUY ME-BUY THIS posts each time they appear?
Uh Uh. No way, right?
So, why would you want to do that? Just because every one you know is doing that? Ask them how that is working out for them. Because if they are spending money on paid ads, or spending time on screaming sales on social media, then they are likely losing followers and fans, instead of gaining new ones.
Try to post three PERSONAL about YOU types of posts. Or even about the BOOK which is what most readers want to know.
What was that second thing you mentioned?
We believe the second of two things to gain ground in today’s busy marketplace is to WRITE ANOTHER BOOK. Get in that writing chair and do what you do best. And when you need us, Infinity Author Services will be here waiting.
Welcome to June! We are once again celebrating our authors with a dedicated post/page for their work, and their lives.
This month is mystery month, and we are hosting E.J.Linden and her book, A Private Practice.
E.J.’s advice? Write Every Day!
If you would like to be an author of the month, all you have to do is purchase one of our services!
We love our authors and work hard to promote them in every fashion, including blogs, podcasts, vlogs, and more!
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Share about yourself
I am a writer and, so, I write. All the time. Anywhere. The slightest thing can trigger an idea for a story. It’s important to pay attention. I grew up in a small town in a middle-class family with a blue-collar dad who worked shifts and worked hard. I learned the value of hard work. And I was surrounded by elders who enjoyed telling stories on the front porch in the evening. I learned early on the art of storytelling. I think it’s great that I now get paid to make things up. My elders would be proud.
Share about your work
A Private Practice is E. J. Linden’s debut novel. It was written as a short story for a contest several years ago in Writer’s Digest. The story received an honorable mention. A friend commented that it would make a great novel. I finally took the story and fleshed it out. I leave the determination of how ‘great’ it is to the readers.
Tell us about your writing style
My writing style is mostly seat-of-the-pants writing, but with mystery and suspense, there is a fair amount of weaving of multiple story lines, so some outlining is required. Otherwise, I spend hours trying to tie threads together. Also, when writing mystery and suspense, there has to be a balance between the plot and the characters driving the story forward. Both are equally important.
What do you find challenging about the writing life?
Certainly, the discipline it takes to write every day, especially since I also have a day job. Marketing the finished product can be the bigger challenge for a unknown author trying to reach an audience and grow a readership.
If you could write from any place on earth, where would you choose to write from?
A beach house along the east coast. Although, as of this writing, a hurricane has me reconsidering that location. But as with all storms, she, too, will pass. As long as I am in the writing chair, and can write every day, I am good.
When asked to set goals, what do you see for yourself or current WIP in five years with your writing?
I can’t really project that far out. I know what I would like to see. I’d love to see this book or the next turned into a movie. It would be great to have my story on the big screen—or on the small screen.
What are you reading right now?
Gunmetal Gray by Mark Greaney
Who is your favorite author?
Wow, now that’s a tough question. If I’m talking thriller, hands down, Lisa Scottoline, followed a close second by Karen Robards. I like being kept on the edge of my seat—which becomes a problem when I’m listening to their books in audio in the car. I’ve also enjoyed some of the earlier works of James Patterson.
Write every day
Give a bit of advice for an aspiring author.
If your passion is to write, then write. Write every day. Write the stories that come up from your toes and spill out of you, the stories that move you, that give you chills, that make you laugh or cry. Don’t be afraid to dig deep. If your story doesn’t make you feel something, it won’t move your reader, either.
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A Private Practice
Blurb: Someone is murdering men around the city of Pittsburgh. The victims have one thing in common—they’ve all been identified as perpetrators of domestic violence. Detectives Susan Wycoff and Frank Dillard are on the case. Their only clue—the letter carved into the bloodied palms of each of the victims.
A dark-clad figure stepped out from behind the pillar. A hood shadowed the face. Slender and slight, it could have been a young boy. Far too young, or at least too scrawny, to take down a man of nearly six feet and two-hundred forty pounds. Inside the run-down house a TV blared and, from an upstairs open window, heated voices exchanged curses and threats.
The first blow struck between the shoulder blades, slicing through flesh and muscle, hitting on vertebrae. The man gasped in surprise and went to his knees. Blood spurted as the assailant slashed savagely until the man lay motionless on the rotting wood. Gloved hands turned the man’s palms upward, holding each one while using the tip of the knife to carve.
The figure leapt over the shaky railing of the porch and rounded the corner of the house, following a trail through the woods. The murderer moved between trees, first shedding the black hoodie. Plastic coverings were slipped off the boots. Finally, the gloves were removed and all items rolled inside the hoodie. At the waiting vehicle, a trash bag was removed from the trunk and the evidence of the attack placed inside, with the exception of the hunting knife. That was soaked with alcohol and wiped clean, the rags then stuffed into the bag for disposal.
On the opposite side of the city, in a more affluent neighborhood, a Dumpster sat behind a closed dance studio. Stopping at a dark corner, the driver got out, removed the evidence from the trunk, and tossed it inside. It would be buried in a landfill by Monday.
Hyped up from adrenaline, the driver headed for the Liberty Tunnels. A kill always had this effect, gave a rush and made it impossible to sleep. A night drive helped bring down the heightened senses. The trick was to monitor speed, not risk getting stopped. Atop Mt. Washington, the figure, now clad only in dark jeans and a navy-blue tee shirt, leaned on a railing, staring at the city lights. Pittsburgh was beautiful on a night like this. And, now safer.
* * *
Flashing blue lights cut a swath across the trees and reflected in the windows of the house at the end of Margaretta Street in Pittsburgh’s East End. Yellow police tape stretched the width of the top porch step of the battered Victorian. Dim light shone in the windows, some with pull shades half drawn, giving the house a sleepy, sad-eyed look.
Her partner met her at the base of the steps. “That was fast.”
“I was awake, and I wasn’t busy. What do we have?” She surveyed the scene.
“White male, stabbed repeatedly.”’
Susan swung a long, slender denim-clad leg over the crime scene tape.
Frank cursed as he struggled to maintain balance while hefting his bulk over the barrier. “Do we really need this damned tape?” he asked the uniformed cop. “What do we know?”
“Looks like someone really hated this guy. And check out his hands.”
Dillard squatted and directed his flashlight to the victim’s right hand. The palm had a bloody ‘Z’ carved into it.
The uniform bent closer. “Same thing’s on the other hand. Looks like Zorro rides again,” he said with a laugh.
Dillard grunted as he pushed himself upright. “What else?”
“Nothing. Just this guy, barely cold. I didn’t want to move the body until the coroner arrived, but I can count at least seven stab wounds to the back without rolling him. No footprints around the house. No weapon. No witnesses.”
“This is personal. Very personal.” Susan studied the multiple stab wounds and the carvings on the man’s palms.
E. J. Linden is a writer of mystery and suspense, words that also define the author. A Private Practice is E. J.’s debut novel featuring Detective Susan Wycoff. E. J. lives to write. When not writing, E. J. enjoys pizza and beer with friends, watching pro football, and long walks in the park. (Okay, that last part isn’t quite true.) Watch for more to come from E. J. Linden.
What to write now: How to write what people want to read
At some point in the writing life, you will write a book that is filled with great characters, sizzling plot, and wonderful setting details. A book that you are proud of and put a lot of yourself into. You write it, edit it, and publish it. But you realize that no matter how much care you took, it isn’t getting read. Don’t fear. This is a common issue.
Every day many books are being published but only a small number of them ever get read.
What is it that makes someone want to read a book, well, not only any book, but YOURS?
How do you write what people want to read?
Number one, straight off is that you have to write something entertaining, You have to either have humor, action, romance, or a story that is so deep and dark, a reader cannot say no to it. For example, try this book:
But even still, this won’t always bring readers.
Why? Because you did something that messed up your shot. One little item that every new writer makes.
YOU WROTE THE BOOK FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT A READER IN MIND
Now, I know, you have heard it over and over, write what you know. If you build it, they will come. Etc. etc. etc. And I believe those things are true to a point. But a reader needs more than just your writing about something you are familiar with. They want different. They want new. In other words, they want what they want, not what you want to write.
So, how on earth do I know what book to write, what genre to write in?
I’m glad you asked.
It is important to remember that everything is ruled by SEO and keywords these days. Your book is no different. You need to be using keywords in your Amazon listing that are hot items and you will be more successful because PEOPLE WILL FIND YOUR BOOK.
I am happy to say that I found such a tool easily by doing a search for Amazon keyword search tool. It is certainly NOT the only site out there, and Amazon has something very similar on their on ground.
You are given an array of keywords to use on your Amazon listing page. Go out and see what others in your genre are using! Look at what the bestsellers in your genre have for keywords. Try a few out and see what happens with your ranking. It is a simple thing to do to change your keywords. Be sure to give the new one or two time to travel through the web.
Let us know how you do!
And do not forget, we can also do this keyword search and destroy mission for you-if you are tight on time. It is a part of the mission to help authors write what people want to read.
Congrats on finishing your novel. That is a major accomplishment! IA wants to help you make it the best it can be so we are posting here a few things you should ask yourself before contacting us about edits.
Four things you can ask yourself now:
Have I let it sit for a while?
Does it read like a novel?
Does it have a main plot?
What do my readers need in this story to get to the end?
Before you hire an editor…
We know you are excited. You JUST wrote THE END. That’s not the time, however, to contact editors about turning this novel into the next bestseller. You should let it sit for a few days. Put it in a drawer. Go play golf. You need to step away from it for a minute or thirty.
THEN when you are sure you are ready – go in and EDIT/REVISE this baby yourself. You do the second draft all on your own and THEN CALL US! We are ready to help you on to the next level!
Drop us a contact form below if you are to the point of edits. WE would love to work with you!