Monthly Archives: May 2016

What My Novel “Mirror Image” Can Teach You About Biz

I’m launching my second novel “Mirror Image” tomorrow — it’s a psychological thriller/mystery/suspense (you can grab your copy here). And, to celebrate, I thought it would be interesting to share “the story behind the story” about how that novel got birthed.IMG_0939

It was a long, difficult, painful, messy birth — I share it all on my fiction blog.

It’s a story about almost getting the gold to losing it all to having everything finally come together.

20 years later.

It’s a story about redemption. Which, not coincidentally, is what “Mirror Image” is really about (underneath all the psychological thriller/mystery/suspense stuff). Continue reading

3 Reasons Why You’re Likely NOT Profiting From Your Passions

It’s what we all dream about, right? Being able to make money doing what we’re most passionate about. Whether that’s running a profitable business or a well-funded nonprofit organization or successfully selling your books or other art, it’s what so many of us long to do.MoneyPlant_01

Yet, so few of us ever actually do make money from our passions. Why is that?

Well, these three reasons may shed some light on that, as well as give you a few tips if you’d like to make a shift. Continue reading

Are You a Creative Entrepreneur Who Has No Time To Be Creative?

It happens to all of us.Creativity_01

Life. Business. Family. Endless to-do lists. Client emergencies. Family emergencies.

And then, you wake up one day and realize you haven’t done squat for months (or maybe even longer than you care to think about) to nurture your own creativity.

You keep thinking “if I just get over this (family/business/health/whatever) hump, I’ll have time to slow down and be more creative.”

Yeah — and how’s that been working for you? Continue reading

Too Fast or Too Slow: Why the Speed You’re Moving in Your Business May Be Hurting You

Years ago, I was at an event where the speaker was talking about keys to growing a successful business. And one of those keys was speed.Musings_06

He said if you want a successful business, you need to move fast to capitalize on the money-making opportunities coming at you. According to him, the vast majority of entrepreneurs are moving far too slowly. Only a few err on the side of moving too fast, which turns into recklessness.

This really stuck with me over the years, and it made me feel like I never moved fast enough for business success. (Can you say “another way to beat myself up?”)

But, recently, I’ve changed my view around this whole notion of speed in your business. I feel like not only is recklessness a far more common problem than what that speaker thought, I also think in many cases people are doing both — moving too quickly in some areas in their business and too slowly in others. And when either of those happens, your business suffers. Continue reading

Why Some Criticism Hurts More Than Others

Last week, due to me misreading one of my Amazon reports, I took a quick peek on the German page of my “Love-Based Copywriting Method” book. And I discovered I actually had a review there. (In English, so yes I could read it.)IMG_0669

It was a one-star review and suffice to say the person REALLY didn’t like it. To the point of being a bit mean-spirited.

Which got me thinking — what is it about my Love-Based Copy Method book that triggers all these mean reviews?

It’s not like I don’t have other bad reviews on my books. But for some reason, this first book in the series seems to be the most triggering.

Then, I got more curious — because there was another similar thread with the bad reviews for the first Love-Based Copy book. Continue reading