Saturday, October 21, 2023

Do You Need A Writer Crisis Hotline?

My good friend, Cathay Fyock, co-authored a new book, entitled Writer Crisis Hotline: The Write Solutions For Authors. It addresses the many fears, desires, concerns, and needs of today’s write, form, writer’s block to feeling anxious about getting feedback to not feeling organized and in a position to succeed. 

Lots of people think they can be a writer. Some actually try their hand at it and never get their book published, fail to complete the manuscript, or realize a good idea is itself not a book, But for those who want to battle forward and go from idea conception to publication, the road can produce many landmines that everyone must navigate.

Fyock, who has helped over 200 authors write and publish their books over the last 14 years, has seen what steps writers sold and offers numerous solutions in this easy-to-read handbook. 

“When we think about all there is to accomplish with a book, it can seem overwhelming,” says Fyock. “The  trick is to break down this huge task into small, bite-sized pieces.”

Just a glance at her table of contents tells you that she knows of the many writer's pitfalls out there. Luckily, she has comforting advice for issues like these:

  • I am battling negative self-talk
  • I’ve hit the wall
  • I’m discouraged
  • Life has come between me and my book
  • I don’t have weekly writing goals 
  • I’m confused about my targeted reader
  • I don’t know how to structure my book
  • I fear I offer nothing new on the subject
  • I’m not sure if authorship is worth the investment

“Don’t let fear be the reason not to write your book- do just the opposite;” cautions Fyock. “Let that sensation push you forward to all you’re about to discover.”

Writers often feel alone in the writing process. They live in their own heads and they self-talk often. They tend to be more private, even shy people. But they just need support and love. 

“Choose an accountability partner wisely,” says Fyock; "and they can offer a valuable source of encouragement, inspiration, and insight. An accountability partner will hold your feet to the fire and motivate you to actually do what you say you’re going to do.”

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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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