Thursday, September 7, 2023

Authors Can Run To Success


Can authors learn a valuable lesson from a good buddy of mine?

When I recently saw a good friend of mine, David, he told me it was Day 1628 that he was running. He is like Forrest Gump, where one day he takes to running and then goes years without stopping.

David is by no means a world-class athlete, nor is he even training for a race, but every day, for over the past four years, you can find him running his three miles. He is often outside, but if the weather is not cooperating, he is on his treadmill.

Every day.



He is an Iron Man, a Cal Ripken of sorts.

I have known him for decades. We met in the seventh grade in Brooklyn, and have stayed close despite us often being in different places — while I was in FL while he was in NY; then I was in NY while he was in Boston, Houston, NY, and then Boston. But we make the effort to see each other and to keep in touch.

He is a model for authors.

Authors can easily come up with reasons (excuses) as to why they didn’t write or market their book today. Then tomorrow. And the next day. Before you know it, time passes you by, a calendar filled with lost opportunities and broken promises.

But David, no matter how tired or busy, whether work, chores, or kids are calling him, or even if it is a holiday, he gets his butt off the couch and runs. Even when he was sick or felt a nagging injury, he ran. Even when he was on vacation or just simply not in the mood, he ran. Even when he had to live through the traumatic loss of a teenage son, he ran.

Authors can establish their own streak, starting today. Commit to writing on a regular basis and to execute book marketing tasks daily. Have a plan — and stick to it. Consistency, perseverance, and committed dedication to achieving a goal is what can drive your success.

Day 1628 started with Day 1. Is today that day for you?

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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on LinkedIn. 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, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.4 million pageviews. With 4,600+ 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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