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I get a lot of email from authors asking for my help. I love it, really.  The whole reason I do what I do is to help authors get their books into the hands of more readers. Any time I can help an author reach more people, it makes me happy. However, many of the emails authors send me are written in a way that makes it hard for me to help them. Reaching out—the right way A big part of my success has been the ability to surround myself with people who are way smarter than I am. Input from other au

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Finding new readers and growing your audience is often the most difficult and perplexing part of the author platform process. In my book Your First 1000 Copies, I define Outreach as simply “moving people from not knowing you exist to knowing you exist.” The vast majority of people don’t know that you and I — or our books — even exist. So what’s the answer to this problem? The fastest way to grow your own audience is to tap into someone else’s. We know this on a fundamental level. It’s why everyone wants Oprah to recommend their book. It’s why they want a spot on the Today show. Or to have a big name blogger review their book. If you’re able to do any of these things, your audience grows because you’ve been introduced to an existing audience. These are the fundamental truths of finding new fans of your work: You have to move people from not knowing you exist to knowing you exist The fastest way to do this is to get introduced to existing groups of people It sounds simple enough.

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Karmic Freedom

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Each turn of the karmic wheel,

brings smiles and tears of pain,

One moment we’re up, the next we’re down

Oh, how the Immortals must laugh at this game!

 

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When I prayed for more money,

God may have been silent

patiently waiting on me

to realized money wasn’t everything.

 

When I prayed for less stress,

God may have been silent

knowing that the best things in life

often take pressure to bring them out

 

When I prayed for more praise,

God may have been silent,

preparing all of the praise

that I would ever need in Heaven.

 

When I prayed for less problems,

God may been silent,

carefully grooming me

for life in the Great Beyond.

 

When I prayed to give thanks,

for the life that I had been given,

this time I heard a whisper

”Well done!”

 

I Decided

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I decided

 

that I am not who I thought I was

nor am I all that I could be

What was lying under the surface

of a person so scared and weak

was a battle-ready warrior

just waiting for the right moment

to be free.

 

 

I decided.

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Becoming Generation Flux: Why Traditional Career Planning is Dead: How to be Agile, Adapt to Ambiguity, and Develop Resilience
Becoming Generation Flux: Why Traditional Career Planning is Dead: How to be Agile, Adapt to Ambiguity, and Develop Resilience by Miles Anthony Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Generation Flux” is a “What Color is Your Parachute?” adapted for the constantly unpredictable (and let’s face it) pessimistic job market that is out there for job seekers. In particular, this book is geared for Millenials who are struggling to adapt to the job market after the “good old days” where you can find one job and life was pretty much set. Miles Anthony Smith does a great job of showing the reality of the job market: declining jobs overall declining wages, outsourcing, reduced funding for colleges, increasing doubt about colleges, and the need to adapt to changing times. This was the first book that really just laid it out there and said what needed to be said! Smith delves in many areas (freelancing, marriage, entrepreneurship) that are not traditionally covered in a “job search” book. The style and tone is also different as well. The author uses direct, first-person language rather than speaking from a third-person as a career “expert” who hasn’t experienced the same issues they are talking about.

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Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the greatest classics on meditation that I have ever read. Written in simple and insightful language, this book offers a way of looking at mindfulness as not just something that you do on the mat (or chair or floor), but something you do everyday. It’s not written in the format of “10 Tips to Meditate Better”. It’s written in the style of Henry David Thoreau’s [b:Walden|16902|Walden|Henry David Thoreau|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388613773s/16902.jpg|2361393] inviting you to be more mindful and offering different ways for you to try it in your own life.

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