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Why I Write My Book Coaching Blog

I write this blog because I can-from being a full-service book coach for 25 years, and because I want to encourage you to stay with your book or marketing project to make the most of your time here on earth and on the internet. It’s a great journey with many steps, so I hope you’ll stay with me and reap the benefits of my journey and what I can offer you.

Praise about Judy’s Useful Content and Her Services

“As a writer by trade, you would think I would know many of the points you bring up…. This article has great value! Thanks so much for reminding me of those things I tend to forget! ”
Susan Kaplan Williams

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Write That eBook Inside You - Avoid These Mistakes

Did you know that you already have an ebook inside you?

And you can earn thousands of dollars each month?

Even if you are a low-techie like me, you can write your ebook to solve your readers’ problems or give them information they really want. You can get information to go into your eBook from many sources. Think of other articles, blog posts, and reports already in your files. Think of excerpts from a longer book.

If you want to double and triple your present ebook income, check out these mistakes and correct them now.

Mistake 1. You don’t write a short ebook first to test the waters.

Short is in the eyes of the beholder, but let’s say from 15-90 pages. Your future customers will be glad to download these pages and print only the ones they need to.

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Who is Judy Cullins in Work and the World?

This March 2010 interview, with a great business and personal coach, Joanne Victoria, made me think my web visitors may also want to check me out personally as well as with business.

Because, we all have many sides to us that make us tick.

What do you agree with or disagree with below? Please comment at the end.

1. Where and how do you put yourself first?

I’m always first, or how could I create success for my business of full-service book coaching, if I didn’t take very good care of me! I also put my clients first, because I can’t do it any other way.

2. When was your last vacation?

Each year I take about 4 mini vacations to different hot springs in California, go camping with friends to swim, play bridge, and car tips to interesting local wineries or other beautiful nature spots, and one big one to a Caribbean Island for 2-4 weeks, depending. I don’t take a lap top; I delegate all the work to my VA and web master when I’m gone, so I can really relax; I snorkel and read good books and play with my long-time partner, Bill, on the beach.

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Book Coaching can Help Authors Avoid Costly Mistakes

Maybe you are thinking about getting help with your book project. Maybe you wonder if it’s worth it. Whatever form that coaching takes, it is worth it. A book coach can help you save time, frustration, and money down the drain because you will stop book writing, publishing, and promotion mistakes before they start.

Here’s 11 Common Author Mistakes and How to Solve Them

One. Emerging authors don’t know their book’s purpose. Answer the question why are you are writing it? For fame, fortune? To answer a challenge? To brand your business and make money? To entertain?

Two. Emerging authors don’t know who is their preferred audience (it’s not everyone, what their preferred audience wants (as in solutions for a challenge), or where to reach them so the promotion and marketing dollars spend will bring a high Return on Investment (ROI). This is the most common and costly mistake, because a general audience is much harder to write for (you must include each audience in each chapter), and harder to market and promote. Your audience is all important in social media too.

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Why Self-Publishing Beats Traditional Publishing

The stigma of self-publishing not being acceptable as a viable way to publish is long over. That’s just old propaganda.

And, you should know that the odds of you being accepted by a big publisher are 1%. And if you do get “chosen” you will still have to do the promotion. They may give you an intern who will schedule some book signings in North Dakota or Maine, but not where they will do you some good. Those book tours are grueling and a lot of work for the authors with little payoffs. My advice is not to go with a publisher unless they can make you at least 10X as much money as you can on your own. They don’t pay attention to you. You should pay attention to you!

You may know that ebook sales for 2010 will be near $3.5 billion. Traditional publishing is down 3%. So what’s the right choice? And remember, Kindle books sell at around $10. And, the younger audience is also expanding to mature adults.

Books are still the # one seller on the internet.

Why not yours? And…

1. Get real. Write your best short book with high value the first time.

Contact a book coach to help you write your chapters so they are quality, and engage your reader by solving his/her challenges.

You may know a lot, but can you share it without lecturing or telling?

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Book Branding Pre-Marketing Checklist to Stand Out from the Crowd

During my early days as a book coach, I discovered not only a creative way to present my Passion at any Age chapters, but also a way to brand myself as the Passion Coach. Since then, I changed to be a full service book coach to help authors write the best book they can and make it profitable. Branding is part of the pre-marketing you must do to win at this game. I ask you did you Brand your non-fiction book inside and out?

___1. Did you give it a branded title?  If a lot of other titles are your competition in your non-fiction or self-help category, you want yours to stand out from the crowd. A title helps do just that.

___2. Did you make each chapter title branded to support your book title? This is what big time, well-known authors do, and you can too. Again, it sets you off as the expert or go to person in your field.

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What is Self-Publishing?

Opinions vary about self-publishing. I self-published 11 of my own print and eBooks that are business books about book writing, self-publishing, and book marketing. Self-publishing is not a vanity press option, where you can get a company to get your family cookbook or anything into print. And Print on Demand is a digital printing offering, not publishing or marketing. While many choose it because they don’t know the downfalls of it and they get disappointed. I have offered discussions on Print on Demand at my book group at

Think YOU when you think self-publishing. YOU are responsible for all the things that you must do to get your book into the hands of your readers. YOU get an ISBN number for each book, which makes you a publisher unless you plan to only sell your book at your Web site. YOU can set up a publishing name/business as Dan Poynter advises since some book printers won’t work with individuals. But, you don’t have to.

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