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Writing Strategies For Success

Updated on September 18, 2013

Success Does Not Happen Overnight

Forget about it! Toss aside those foolish thoughts. Banish them forever from your mind. Success in the Arts does not happen overnight.

There…it’s been said…now let’s move forward into the reality of your situation as a writer.

Artists….writers….musicians…sculptors….anyone in the business of the Arts should remember one simple truth: you have to work to make it in the Arts and often times hard work is not enough. There has to be a perfect alignment of the planets to overcome the percentages against making it in the Arts.

No, I’m not talking about those who write SEO articles for content mills. Anyone with a grasp of the English language can make some spare income doing that.

No, I’m not talking about making passive income on sites like HubPages. Again, anyone who knows how to play the SEO game and who can write with a degree of flash can make a couple hundred bucks per month.

I am talking about the dyed-in-the-wool writers who seek grander horizons. I’m talking about those who wish to make it in the magazine business, or who have visions of being syndicated in newspapers, or who seek the greatest prize of all, a novel contract with a major publishing firm.

For those writers, I can only repeat what I said earlier….success does not happen overnight.

If you can accept that truth then maybe I can help you a bit on your path towards success.

I have written several articles already about marketing strategies, and invariably I hear from writers who tell me that writing is easy for them but marketing is like pulling a tooth without a painkiller.

I understand. I truly do. I have a degree in Marketing and even I hate it. I feel it takes time away from what I truly love to do, and that is to write. How can I write if I’m so busy selling myself? And then there is a humility problem that I face when I think about marketing…..what kind of creep constantly sings his own praises? What kind of bore keeps pounding his friends with news about him and his writings?

So the battle continues for all of us. I know this to be true: nobody is calling me asking to be my publicist, so if I want to make it in this business I will have to do that job of marketing as well as the job of writing. Period!

Setting marketing aside for a moment, let’s just talk about the everyday battles that we face. There are always time issues. There are always life issues. There are always issues dealing with self-worth and self-doubt. How are we going to overcome all of these issues and succeed?

I invite you to kick back and consider some of my suggestions. You just might find something that will work for you.

Have a Strategy

What is your goal in writing? If it is simply to give you an outlet for your thoughts and creativity, then you really do not need to read any further in this article.

If, however, you are one of those who has visions of something a bit more, then you need to define your goals and develop a plan that will help you achieve those goals. In my opinion, other than a lack of talent, this is the number one failing of many writers. They write and they share on Facebook and they write and they share on Facebook and they write and they….well, you get the point. They are going nowhere because they do not have a strategy that will help them succeed.

What does a productive writing life look like for you? What do you want to accomplish? How can you be more productive? Who do you want to reach with your message and how can you reach them more effectively?

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Become a Living, Breathing Personification of Your Platform

Your platform is your area of expertise in the writing field, and it is everything that you do to demonstrate that expertise.

I have pounded this message into many a head, but I need to repeat it for those who did not hear it the first hundred times: you need to establish a niche for your writing, and you need to portray yourself as an expert in that niche.

Whether it be quilting or cooking, astrology or travel, you need to focus on one area and then pound it home.

A platform will help you to focus. A platform will make you more efficient, will open up opportunities and give you momentum and direction.

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Work Efficiently

There are only 24 hours in each day, and six or seven of those are needed for sleep. Then, of course, there are the daily activities like eating, perhaps another job and the time needed to spend with family. In other words, of those 24 hours there really are only three, four or five that can be devoted to writing.

Use them wisely! If you can only devote three hours to writing per day, then do not allow disruptions and distractions during those three hours. If you are your most productive at eight a.m., then try to schedule your writing time at that time. If writer’s block strikes, then use your normal writing time for contacting editors, agents or publishers.

Use social media wisely and then limit your time there. Facebook is addictive. Of that I can attest. It is very easy to spend hours on Facebook, but you do not have hours to waste. Set a limit, make it a productive stay while there, and then sign off.

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Network like Your Writing Life Depends on It

Because it does! Writing, like any other business, is all about being in the right place at the right time, and then taking advantage of the opportunities when they occur. You can greatly increase those opportunities by getting to know people in the writing field.

Make contacts with like-minded people, and then spend the time to get to know them. Promote their work….sing their praises….join them in their celebrations of success. Despite what some think, writers should not look at other writers as competition. Writers should see each other as a strong support system.

Repeat and Refine

What has worked for you in the past? Figure that out and then repeat it. Find the area that has produced the best results for you and then pound it hard, and this refers not only to your writing but to your promotional efforts as well.

Use your successes to be a springboard for future efforts, but at the same time try to develop new dimensions to your platform. In other words, stay true to your niche but find new dimensions to that niche.

Have an Attitude of Success

I know what it’s like. Hours become days become weeks, and not once has success knocked on your door, and the doubts settle in and you wonder if you have lost your mind by dreaming of being a writer.

Knock it off!

Develop an attitude of gratitude and success. How many people dream of doing what you do but are unable to do it? Try to remember each and every day how lucky you are to be living your dream, and then switch those thoughts to ones of success.

You will be successful! You will achieve your goals! You will find the pot of gold at the end of your personal rainbow.

Speaking from personal experience, whenever I am feeling down and out, I surround myself with supportive, positive people. I have a network of fellow writers who infuse in me a sense of wonder. I have Bev at home who refuses to let me fail, and who constantly tells me that I am going to be a huge success one day.

With that kind of support, how can I fail?

I can’t!

Now Get Back to Writing

That’s enough for one lesson. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and let’s get busy. Those words are not going to write themselves. They need a writer to do that and I happen to know a very good writer who is up for the job……you!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Very encouraging! Thanks Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Sheri. Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Good advice billy, and sounds like you have a great cheerleader. I have never known writer's block. Maybe because I only started writing about four years ago and had no idea I could. I feel there are not enough years left to say all I want to say! lol

      ^ & + as always!

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      QUOTE: "Success does not happen overnight."

      I absolutely agree. At night, when you are sleeping, don't expect miracles to happen! Many had their hands burnt because of those "make money while you sleep" scheme. If it had been so easy, why do the organizers need to promote? Seems like they are still working, even when I am sleeping!

      "Repeat and Refine... what has worked for you in the past? Figure that out and then repeat it." Right!!! Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, says Albert Einstein.

      “Helping writers to spread their wings and fly”... nice byline! Unfortunately, I'm no angel, so it doesn't apply to me.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill...You shine as a motivator, and every writer who is serious about her/his craft needs motivation. Thanks once more for your excellent advice.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I have become so jumbled. The online source with which I've been successful has pulled their bonus program. I'm working with my go-to person to see if they will at least return the bonus program to those of us who were consistently earning bonuses. Needless to say, having my eggs in one basket has proven me a fool. Now I'm wrestling with my niche and platform. I have come to terms with the fact that I need to develop a website to aid in marketing efforts. I will be working on that. It doesn't help any that my desktop took a crap on me. It's in the shop and all of my files are on that hard drive. Another lesson learned: get an external backup system.

      I'm trying to determine the steps I need to move on to phase II of my career. That's where I get all jumbled up. I think starting with creating text for a website is probably the first place I need to go. Once I get my computer back, I'll look into trying to sell some of my articles to magazines. And then..... Hopefully what I need to do next will come to me soon. I think the biggest issue I'm grappling with is the niche. I don't see myself as an expert in any of the areas in which I prefer to write. Is there such a niche as All Over the Place?!

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Love the end, "Now get back to writing!!" But seriously wonderful advice and seriously I still need to find better balance. I am working on it and have tried as you know to take weekends off, but still a work in progress during the week. Thank seriously for sharing and have, of course, shared and voted way up, too!!

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      JayeWisdom, thanks for reminding me... I forgot to vote UABI again!

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      QUOTE: "I'm working with my go-to person to see if they will at least return the bonus program to those of us who were consistently earning bonuses." -- Bravewarrior

      Bravewarrior, as far as I know, policies keep changing, as soon as they become more successful. Take Amazon, for example. The commission is now down to a crappy 6% and if a visitor jumps to another page, you won't get paid, unlike before. Same thing goes with MLMs... once they are more successful, they will change the commission structure.

      I've my own websites... it was doing very well just before the Malaysian general elections but now the traffic has almost disappeared. Still, as you say, it's better to have a backup because something to hold on to is better than nothing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I sure hope there are enough years for me to say what I want to say.....I simply don't have enough time in the day my friend. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, in that case, spread your wings and crawl to the nearest drug store and pick up some sleep aids. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, I completely agree, including me my friend. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm trying to drive this point home....you don't need to see yourself as an expert as long as others do, and it is your job to convince them that you are. Sell, baby, sell! I am not an expert on writing by any means, but that doesn't prevent me from trying to be, and until I make the expert level, I'm going to fake it until I make it. :) You can do this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, of course you are a work in progress....and always will be. :) Thank you my dear and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, get with it, buddy! LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, we are in agreement with this one my friend....diversify and protect against a downturn....you are a wise man.

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      mjkearn 3 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      Worry no more. No, not about this comment. About your future. I'll be your publicist. Yep I'll happily give you the front cover of Mick's Garage Weekly every month, LOL.

      Yes I too have visions but normally only after I've had my meds.

      A couple of hundred bucks a month, yes please, where do I sign up????

      Oh wait you have to have a knowledge of English, bugger.

      What is SEO??? Is that the person in charge of a large company.

      Yet again you tell me to stop reading your article but I ignored your advice and read this one to the end.

      So do I get a medal?????

      Though I'd settle for a link to that $200 a month site. Come on Bill share the love. I'll give you a cut, honest.

      A degree in marketing. Now it makes sense. I'm so sorry but I suppose someone had to have one, LOL and falling off the chair.

      I'll stop now and give you a break. Have a great day.

      If I come back later when everyone else has gone, will you give me that link??????????????

      MJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, the degree in Marketing may be the low point of my life. I laugh every time I think about it...me? business? are you kidding me?

      You can stop by any old time you want, but I rarely share my get rich schemes with car jockeys.....sorry, but I'm pretty stingy with the keys to the castle. LOL

      I hope you didn't hurt yourself falling out of your chair. By the way, right now I'm detoxifying my face as per Suzie's instructions. I don't think it will help at all but I never want to piss of an Irish lass.

      Have a great day my friend.

      bill

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      These days, your name is your brand. You have to determine what your brand will be--your voice, your image, your energy--and be open to where it takes you. When life knocks you down, you get back up and get going; sometimes you need to backtrack and take another path. Discouragement will always be right behind you--and sometimes it will catch up and grab your shoulder--but you must shake it off or else expect a future of regret. Is this even what we're talking about here? I probably just went off on a tangent again.

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      Kelly Umphenour 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I hear you Bill...I know I'm all over the place with my writing but it's like eating potato chips...you can't have just ONE!!

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      A degree in Marketing, eh? Well, my degrees are in Management and Human Resources Management. Yeah, I'm really using those these days. Only have an undergrad minor in Communications. Hilarious how things work out. :)

      Anyhow, you know I'm a believer in the Writing Career = Marketing Career = Networking Career = Sales Career. Thanks for driving home the message for our writer friends on the fringes!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, that's exactly what we are talking about and it was a lovely tangent. :) Thanks Dunedin!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Kelly, you crack me up. :) Stay dry and safe, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I had no clue when I got my Marketing degree. In the final analysis, it has helped me, but I sure fought it every step of the way. LOL Thank you and we are on the same page with this marketing thing....we just have to get the writers to sign on for the ride.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I like that, "Successful" writing tips! I am with Jackie, as I hope I have enough years left to say what I want to say in writing!

      My wings are spreading to fly, so now I just need to learn to duck when those big branches get in the way :) !!!

      Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for mentioning Astrology...I assume that was for me...I feel that all of us could do much more to promote each other..I know this can be unethical if overdone. However, if everyone promotes a few people a day on social sites it could really help. I am working at the discipline of writing my book daily and marketing online...Though I am not always sure if I do any of the promoting right. Great hub here Bill and one everyone should seriously think about and make changes in writing habits. With that being said I am going to promote this on Facebook...and whatever else..And of course put in your special pinterest section.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      I definitely need more balance and discipline. When you think about the hours in a day breaking it down like you did, it just shows you how little time you may be looking at so it is essential it be productive. I try to learn, take on board and apply new knowledge and advice you give and hope it translates in my writing . I have grown into this and love it, at times i do not believe how many wonderful things have happened because I am writing and "spreading my wings" into unknown or previously chartered waters.

      Always up for challenges and adventure, it certainly has been and continues to be that so thank you my friend for being the captain at the helm of my voyage into the unknown.

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      chrisinhawaii 3 years ago

      Awesome, Bill! How important it is to have supporters, both online and at home. I thank you for your support and encouragement too. It's so good to drop in and get my daily pick-me-up. Hey, looks like I have a new tagline for ya.

      "Bill Holland...he's like that 1st cup of coffee...only better!"

      Well, maybe not. hahaha I better go get back to work. You have yourself a good day, Bill =)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, either fly low or fly high, but always spread those wings and fly.

      Here's to both of us having the time to accomplish what we want to accomplish.

      Blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, if I mention astrology you can bet you are the reason. I try to give as much as I can to this community and at the same time take care of my own interests. That's all any of us can do my friend, and I greatly appreciate all that you do. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, it is a constant learning process and from where I sit, I think you are doing the right things. There is always more to be done, and good Lord willing we will have the time to do them. Thank you as always my friend and good luck with your endeavors.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I love the tagline....I can live with that quite nicely. I hope you like the flavor of the coffee I'm dishing out. :)

      Thank you, buddy, and have a great day!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Short and sweet.......

      Great Hub, Great Info!

      Thanks for all you do.

      DJ.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great Hub, Bill.. Great advice as usual. And as several of us have said from time to time, you are a great motivator. I am editing my Polish grandmother's poems and I hope to find a publisher and I will keep writing poetry for my own pleasure.

      I guess I don't feel any drive to publish (aside from HP) because for me the grand life-work was the dissertation, and I don't plan or even want to give up another four to five years of my life (and I have to pay the bills lol) The dissertation was an incredible experience, but it was not the goal, it was the necessary means to my real goal - teaching at the university level.

      I am also fortunate that I have a research paper accepted and present it to my peers at History conferences every other year, sometimes every year. I also write for and speak at colloquiums and convocations at Reinhardt. And of course being part of the HP community is gratifying and fulfilling.

      If I get Bopcia's poetry into print , then in 4 or 5 years I might think about doing something with my poetry. I think I am good, but I am not at all sure if I am that good. Time will tell - the poetry thing is still pretty new for me. :) Sorry, I didn't mean to treat you like my personal therapist. :) I hope you and Bev and family are having a wonderful week. Blessings! Theresa

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      An attitude of success and having a strategy is a big part of it all and yes, fellow writers, artists and musicians should support one another. I personally love learning from other writers and artists. You always have such motivational advice, thank you!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for all the helpful tips. Before this "little" site, the only thing my writing saw was the inside of a drawer...so I appreciate reading any helpful hints! great read!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Excellent advice. Your questions give me a few things to think about. One thing you mention is having a platform. I'm still looking for a single niche. It doesn't help that I have so many interests. Everything is exciting to me. It's hard to find just one thing to concentrate on and run with it. But, like you said, finding a niche is quite important to my success. I'll keep working on it. Thank you for being here for us.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, always inspirational....we all have certain dreams that we hope will one day be realized..... for me it's poetry, although I'm fully aware that I still need to practice, learn and build my confidence, for this; HP works well. I know I need to do more, but like you said; there are only 24 hours in a day, and I'm one very tired old bird. Great tips and advice, I just love your passion.

      My best to you as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, short and sweet is nice. Thank you!

      bill

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Bill, I do agree, the marketing side can be a real tough thing to do. Thank you for sharing these strategies with us! Very helpful!

      Voting up and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Theresa, that is quite alright. In my opinion you are that good with your poetry but as you said, time will tell. Being good isn't always enough in this business. I'm waiting for the planets and stars to align just right so my moment of fame will come. :) I have the feeling I'm in for a long, long wait. :) Thank you my friend and I hope you have an enjoyable summer planned.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, thank you. I do not see any of you as competition but rather my peers who I can learn from.....seeing it any other way is just silly to me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theater, I'm glad you found your way to HP, and I hope you find the same joy I do in writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, it is only important if you have visions of selling your work.....all of this takes time my friend. Be patient and things will fall into place for you.

      Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I'm getting older quickly....I have use my passion as a motivator just to get out of bed some mornings. LOL Whatever works, right?

      I love your poetry and I hope one day we can sit together and compare our successes....which will be many.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, thank you very much....best of luck to you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

      wow...such a motivating hub!

      gotta get up and get working now :)

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. This is wonderful advice and I know I need to do better in the marketing of my work. The issue at the moment, as you stated, is time. I'm gone from 5am until 4:30/5pm at my day job and when I get home there are a host of things that need attention; house, yard, making dinner, walking the dog, family, etc... Right now an hour or two is all I can manage during the week and that's a good day. I'm trying to do as much with what time I have and hope to be able to devote more time to writing, marketing, etc. in the near future. Thanks as always for the great tips and advice.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Ruchira....go get them! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, if I had your schedule I may not be writing. I am so lucky to have the entire day to devote to this. I hope you are able to free up more time in the near future my friend.

      Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Lisa Kroulik 3 years ago from Minnesota

      My book was published a week ago and I'm new to the marketing game. I don't care for it so much. I feel like I could spend a lot of money on trial and error, but I don't have money to waste. Good tips here and I appreciate you writing them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      nybride, it is a risky business, this marketing game, and often times we end up with zero results for a whole lot of effort....I wish you the best and congratulations on your book.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      The "work efficiently" part has been a struggle for me, off and on. Great advice, Bill!

      Again, some of what you say is reinforced by your blog. I love it! I also really like your slogan at the bottom. You sure are a great help to writers! You're like a writing magazine, except you are also interactive, and a wonderful man. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      As always your hub is interesting and also helpful.

      I read them all and I remember for future use!

      Thankyou billybuc :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anna! You are greatly appreciated my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shucks, Kathryn, now you have me embarrassed. I'm just trying to do what I was raised to do....be a part of a community and help others. I appreciate your kindness and loyalty.

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      swathi180 3 years ago

      Thanks for all those valuable tips billybuc. I really need discipline and must set up a few goals. This hub is very helpful :-)

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for sharing the advice which are essential for every writer to gain success. I absolutely agree that work hard is not enough without the right directions.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, I needed to read this article of yours tonight. Now, I feel inspired. The particular segment that I reread twice was the one about having an attitude of success. Days like today, I feel like my head is being squeezed through the birth canal again. I suppose that's not a bad thing. It may actually mean that I'm on the verge of pushing through. This 30 Hubs challenge has got me going all ways crazy, and yet I don't want to give up on myself. I spent years setting myself up to fail. I don't want to run from success any more. Having had a taste of it, I know in my heart I don't deserve less...and I mean that with utter humility. Okay, I said it...and now I'm accountable for what I said...and that gives me one more bit of incentive to not look back. Thanks for listening, buddy. I'm good to go! Have a good night, Bill, and feel good that this was one night your buddy, Joe, didn't need to have a metaphorical "designated driver" take him home. LOL!

      Joe

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the advice.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm so glad I read this. It's given me some insight about my writing. I think one of the bumps in the road is that I haven't found a niche yet. Or is it a voice? Possibly both.

      I've been cutting my teeth on sites like this for awhile now. While I enjoy researching and writing articles, I'm getting a bit restless and want to try new things. I've already had a go at a humorous piece. I'm currently working on a sci-fi/fantasy thing. I'm not really into sci-fi/fantasy so I have no clue what I'm doing. But I'll wrestle a story out this mess somehow. I'm also in the midst of doing research for a story that could possibly turn into a novel. What do I hope to achieve from my efforts? Entertainment and escapism, would be my first answers. The world can be so bleak sometimes it would be nice if my scribblings could brighten someone's day. We all need to get away for 'real things' once in awhile just to get some perspective. It would be cool if something I wrote could help people do that. Money? That would certainly be quite the ego boost, I can't lie. But it's not necessary. My family and I have gotten by quite well without a fortune, thank you very much. And we shall continue to do so.

      So, again, I'm glad I read this. It's been a help getting me to see things more clearly.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I love your disclaimer, telling those not interested to stop reading...that's tops for honesty.

      I'm in a post Apprentice slump ;) I guess its time to pick myself up, dust myself off and do something! Thanks for another great pick me up.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Focusing in on a goal, planning a strategy for success, and then going for it....great advice from a great coach!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      swathi, it is my pleasure my friend. Use these and best wishes on your writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you agusfanani, and it is good to have you visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, your metaphors are brilliant in such a simple way. Thank you my friend. You believe in yourself....I believe in you....we are truly good to go.

      Have a great Friday my friend and know that you are appreciated.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, it is always my pleasure. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, that is manna to my writer's heart....thank you! Yes, it would be a fantastic thing if just one person had their life brightened because of your writing. That is a tremendous goal in my opinion. I love that you are expanding and stepping out of your comfort zone. Hooray for you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I have been in a slump all week long. I drive myself too hard and I needed a week where I didn't do anything too heavy....and like you, it's about time to get up off the mat and accomplish something again. Thanks for the incentive.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Lurana! I need these reminders just like everyone else.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the useful advice and the encouragement, Bill. I appreciate all the help that you give to writers.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you for your advice about writing, Bill, which is both realistic and practical. One of my favorite quotes about success is: "Find a meaningful need and fill it better than anyone else." ~Benjamin Disraeli. Amen!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, it really is my pleasure, and I appreciate you always taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, there you go! Perfectly stated with regards to writing.

      Thank you my loyal friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible suggestions here and you always find the best of tips in the writing field,

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...I hope these help someone. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Great tips and encouragement Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark....have a great weekend my friend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      Excellent advice put in a simple and understandable way. We should all be able to get this message and do what we love. Awesome!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela. I appreciate the visit and I hope this helps.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You are quite the motivator for writers! Marketing is a must in this career, but only writers understand how much effort it takes. Thanks for putting it out there in simple plain truth.

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      Mark Johann 3 years ago from Italy

      You advice here about writing are very simple and very solid. I find it so easy to understand.

      Thanks. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I wonder why it is that writers hate marketing. Almost to a person, they all say the same thing: they love writing and hate marketing. I have a background in marketing and I hate it. LOL

      Anyway, thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, thank you again. You are very active and loyal this morning and I appreciate it.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Every day I am at the lake, I am seen. Every business card that I pass out where I can share my stories and pictures, I build a readership. I met two people today, one of whom is another birder that asked me if I sell my pictures. Every contact is valuable. Word of mouth is important. A graphic designer is doing a picture of me surrounded by birds. My next plan is a website. Get out there and do it, for it won't happen until you work at it. Results happen with work, believing in yourself, and having supportive people. Now go to it!

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you always have such a great way of dishing out the good stuff! I have learned a great deal from you, my friend. I read your articles from start to finish so I don't miss anything you have to say. Your words are valuable to me, and I celebrate them and you! Excellent ;) Pearl

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I love it.....you are living this hub my friend, and I hope everyone reads your comment. Well done, Deb!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, the highest compliment you can pay me is to say you read my hubs from start to finish. Thank you...sincerely...you mean a great deal to me and I appreciate your friendship.

      bill

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Masterful advice as always, my friend and each of your hubs is for keeps.

      Very informative!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! Hopefully these suggestions will help others in some way.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Networking...ugh, that is my least favorite thing to do and I am not good at it. Even when I was working, I was horrible at it. When my daughter gets older and I go back to work, I'll have to start networking to find. Good tips that can be used in different aspects of life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I'm sure you would be good at it if it interested you.....most writers hate networking....and I really do understand that since I hate it as well. :)

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      Will English. 3 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

      I needed to read this. Thanks for writing it, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Will. Be patient with yourself and keep working at your craft. The rest will come in time if you are willing to learn, and you obviously are willing to learn.

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