Friday, January 6, 2023

Are You In Control Of Your Writing Success?


As a writer, do you feel you are in charge of your destiny?

All kinds of advice on goal-setting, living your dreams, and making this the time to become the person you always felt you were meant to be have been circulating as a new year dawns.
Are you ready to change, try new things, and be open to striving for greater rewards?

A lot of these suggestions and proclamations have been stated before. We are a nation filled with lots of intentions — and sometimes results. Maybe we need to focus on achieving goals, not just setting them.

I saw a question posed in the latest issue of Writers Digest that gets one closer to thinking of how to attain greater heights. It asks: “Are there other ways you can frame the goal so success is in your hands instead of someone else’s?”

This is a beautiful concept.

Set goals that minimize the involvement of others. Sure, we can benefit from the help of others, and yes, there will be gatekeepers and people that we will need the support of, but let’s look for a path that offers the least resistance.

You can write whatever book you want.
You can publish it.
You can market it.

Permissions needed? None!

No whiners need apply here. Welcome to the world of independence and freedom. No buts, excuses, or complaints need be tolerated. You can dictate your destiny and both plot and pursue your own course. Let your ideas and energy lead the way.

However, an opportunity provided is not an opportunity earned. Translation? If you don’t take action, an opportunity morphs into… nothing. You lose when you don’t try. You can’t win unless you execute an intention.

So, are you in charge of your writing career? 110 percent! But only if you take charge and do what is needed, no permission required.


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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2023. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.2 million pageviews. With 4,400+ posts over the past decade, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, NewsdayThe Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult:

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