Saturday, March 4, 2023

Do Writers Have What It Takes to Succeed?



How do authors write the books that they believe in, get them published, and ensure they are marketed strongly? I have a few clues to share with you.

I have been promoting authors over a span of 12,000 days. Think about how many conversations I have had with authors, the news media, publishers, literary agents, bookstores, librarians and other partners in the book marketing ecosystem. It must be over 100,000.  I have learned what it takes for authors to be successful at writing, publishing, and marketing their books.

It may very well come down to this: Do you possess some measure of persistence, assertiveness, and craftiness?  What, dear author, are you willing, able, and determined to do?

Let’s explore this further and evaluate what the modern-day author needs in order to succeed.

Persistence. Will you keep in hot pursuit of your dream, regardless of the challenges, rejections, and naysayers that you will need to overcome?

Resilience. Can you endure when the times get tough and your belief in your work is under fire?

Endure no matter the odds. Will you keep pushing against what is always an uphill battle, ready to fight what everyone says is a lost cause?

Don’t accept no. Try again. Try another person. Try another way.  Ignore criticism that is unfounded and learn from those who are constructively trying to help you. Keep an eye on the prize and set big goals for yourself.

Assertiveness will need to be your way of life.
Be pushy.  Ask for help.  Ignore the odds and act with no fear of failure.

Craftiness will be your main asset. Identify your resources —- people, ideas, circumstance, time, money, experience, and of course your writing ability — and make a plan of action. Then execute it without looking back.

It is showtime. Get out there and pursue your dream and destiny!

Need Book Marketing Help?

Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at  He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has over 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres. Let him be your advocate, teacher, and motivator!


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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 3.3 million pageviews. With 4,400+ posts over the past dozen years, 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, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, 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, Newsday, The 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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