|Posted on May 14, 2018 at 11:25 AM|
One of the hardest aspects of writing a book and putting yourself out there is being on the receiving end of bad reviews. It can rock you or feel like a stab to the heart - but it is part of our world as authors and creators so we have to get stronger with these opinions and the feedback.
Every week, influential indie author Mark Dawson shares excellent advice for authors and writers looking to grow their career.
In this week's Self Publishing Formula podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with James, Mark's cohost, about 5 types of bad reviews and what to do about them, including:
- Differentiating between a bad opinion and someone who has valuable feedback
- The five different types of negative reviews
- Tips for dealing with each type of review
- Understanding your rights as an author and when to contest a review
- The importance of self-management when dealing with bad reviews
- Relying on the author community and friends we trust for objective opinions
Listen to the podcast here, and be sure to download the PDF guide for more strategies and tips, too.
|Posted on April 26, 2018 at 1:35 PM|
Social media is easily overwhelming and an ongoing waste of time - unless you know the best places to invest your time and energy to reach YOUR people, clients, and readers.
In this podcast episode, we'll take a look at the pros and cons of the following social media channels so you can choose the best places for your work: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn
I hope this show helps your priorities and daily tasks!
|Posted on April 18, 2018 at 4:40 PM|
Are you ready to move from being a writer to a published author?
My new online course gives you everything you need to get your book on Amazon.
Through video tutorials, I guide you through the full process of publishing on the Kindle platform.
Get access to the exact formatting guidelines to follow, how to upload your final manuscript, what you need to research in advance, and every necessary step so you can finally click "publish" and make your dreams of being an author a reality.
|Posted on April 11, 2018 at 8:15 AM|
We are in an astrology cycle that supports building and realizing your business vision as Saturn moves through Capricorn, yet this energy signature is asking you to be more conservative, realistic, and disciplined as you move forward.
More people around the world are awakening to their spiritual gifts and purpose, which makes it an exciting time to be a spiritual teacher, guide, healer, author, and expert.
In this show, I share with you what is on the horizon for spiritual experts and healers as your soul mission and work in the world connects with more people.
Your astrology chart reveals what your strengths are in your business, as well as the best way to work with your clients. It is different for each person, so I will share with you some case studies from a few clients who have benefited from these insights.
A very timely topic that is designed to support your abundance, expertise, and offerings!
|Posted on March 27, 2018 at 9:05 AM|
Two years ago, I felt inspired to create a special book that highlighted powerful stories from amazing women that was BIGGER than any one of us. My intention was to combine impactful stories into a book that would benefit even MORE people by donating all book royalties to a non-profit.
24 awesome women came together to realize this intention. Women for Women International was our non-profit of choice.
In 2017, we released our book, Modern Heroine Soul Stories, out into the world and garnered great reviews. We were deemed a "Hot New Release" on Amazon and word of mouth helped us connect with more readers.
And then just this week, we had an exciting achievement.
Our book became a #1 International Bestseller in Spirituality!
Modern Heroine Soul Stories is at the top of the Spirituality charts in Canada and Australia right now, and at an exciting #2 in the UK - WOW!
The excitement expands even more through the increase in our donation amounts to Women for Women International.
And so, on a personal note, the hardest part is that my name is on the book cover. That does not feel right to me because this was a huge group effort. A beautiful collaboration of people working together with a desired goal. But logistically, in terms of design, book cover layout, and readability, it was a mess to put 24 names on the front cover. It doesn't work.
So as we celebrate this achievement, I want to make sure all authors are celebrated because each woman made this book something special with her unique voice. All names are listed on the back of the paperback version, but it is not the same.
Featuring the experiences of:
- Isabella Aponte
- Alison Baughman
- Sharon Bright
- Alice Brooking
- Lady Beltane
- Connie Cole
- Erika Elmuts
- Holly Faith
- Lauren Goldstein
- Hydee Hall
- Diana “Dynasty” Hardy
- Dominique Jaramillo
- Sass Jordan
- Debora Kiyono
- Lili Krnic
- Teresa Leming
- Christine Lisio
- Lorraine Paul
- Tamara Plant
- Huntress Maxine Thompson
- Brenda Quintero-Lombardi
- Devon Telberg
- Laren Rusch Watson
You + Us = Helping More Women Together
Please help us in continuing to spread the good vibes and share with more people!
|Posted on March 12, 2018 at 2:55 PM|
Save yourself from unnecessary stress or setbacks by listening to the tips I have for you in this new podcast for authors, healers, teachers, guides and experts.
I have learned many things the hard way, and sometimes on the longer path, so I hope this show gives you valuable information you can use for your author career and entrepreneurial spirit.
I cover 7 areas in this episode, including:
- Time commitments
- Investing money
- Figuring it out all by yourself
- Remaining flexible
- The importance of experimentation
|Posted on January 15, 2018 at 9:05 AM|
Time to get clear about your 2018 business priorities and clean up what needs your attention now. Get rid of clutter, clean out what is done, and re-focus on what is important to your energy as the new year gets underway.
In this podcast, we'll look at a few simple and effective steps you can take to ensure your business and online presence is in top shape right now. You'll be glad you did these easy tasks that get you on solid, clear ground.
Check out more guidance for conscious and awake business owners over here on my new website.
Be sure to listen to the episode on 2018 Business Trends to help you focus on what is important right now.
|Posted on December 21, 2017 at 1:35 PM|
If you're a healer, teacher, expert, or guide, you may know this topic all too well: Have you ever struggled with sharing your work and books in the world?
Yep - it's normal to feel that way, especially if it's a new venture or you're just figuring out the style that works for you. And even if you have been doing this for awhile, you may still hate promoting your business because it's just not your thing.
I have guidance for you in this show to approach promotion in a different way that will hopefully alleviate some anxiety and change your feelings about putting yourself out there more.
New show for awake and conscious entrepreneurs, authors, healers, experts, and teachers! Inspiring, real world stories every week about clients, readers, business and books to support building your dream career. We'll discuss Business and Books topics to help you grow as an entrepreneur, author, solopreneur, healer, or anyone offering their gifts to the world. Come on over and check it out here.
|Posted on December 10, 2017 at 11:30 AM|
With over 30,000 copies of The Art of Trapeze downloaded, I have a few things to share with you about writing a memoir.
Top 10 Thoughts On Writing A Memoir, Putting It Out Into The World, and Realizing People Read It
1. You'll only feel good about what you write if it comes from your heart, which feels like a big-fat-giant risk at first. However, there are enough ego-based books out there, full of platitudes and typical outcomes and mainstream advice so trust that what you authentically share is relatable to YOUR peeps (not everyone, just YOUR peeps who are on the same wave length).
2. You'll hate the book a million times before you hit publish on Amazon. It will be in the trash, the gutter, and heavily edited many times as you wrestle with what to say. The creative process is never dull.
3. Private messages from readers will touch you. Discussing depression, success, love, adventure, emotional vulnerabilities, and fears on paper will push you deeper into yourself. It will all sound crazy and lonely at times, until you receive unexpected feedback, such as:
"Molly, This book is going to stay with me for a while. Thank you for its gifts."
"I have experienced many of the things you shared in your memoir, but as a male, it isn't socially acceptable for me to put it out there."
"Your words inspired me to heal something I've been avoiding. I also shared this book with my best friend, I hope you don't mind."
4. An author never minds if you share their book with your best friends.
5. It will be the worst book in the world to some reviewers. Bad reviews are part of being a public artist; it comes with the territory. (Personal attacks, unfortunately, are standard these days for authors. I have seen a lot of slander and mean things written for numerous memoirs. Readers are smart; they see through this when they are your peeps.)
6. It will be the best book in the world to other reviewers. Just do not tell these people about Hemingway, Angelou, Thoreau, Joyce, Theroux, Whitman, Kingsolver, Harper Lee, Dr. Seuss, etc.
7. Neither being the best nor the worst will be true. You'll just be the best writer you could have been at that time.
8. With a memoir, your children will see the truth of who you were back when you were young, adventurous, foolish, unrestrained, and open to the world. Perhaps you will have forgotten this version of yourself, too, until you catch a brief glimpse of the book cover somewhere out in the world.
9. At the end of your life, you'll be proud that you took a shot and contributed a small fraction of a small life story to the larger whole of storytelling.
10. Take the risk to go deeper. Memoirs have the power to intimately connect with a reader. Honor this opportunity in the best way you can. Life is a grand adventure, so why not put yourself out there just a bit more, trusting we have more in common than we realize.
|Posted on December 8, 2017 at 1:30 PM|
What trends are emerging for authors and entrepreneurs in 2018?
Let's take a look at what is most likely to increase in popularity, decrease in effectiveness, and bring in more results from your target market.
Hear what is taking off and how you can make the most of these options.
I'll share with you 12 trends I foresee as more people begin publishing their books and building up their businesses online.
New show for awake and conscious entrepreneurs, authors, healers, experts, and teachers! Inspiring, real world stories every week about clients, readers, business and books to support building your dream career. We'll discuss Business and Books topics to help you grow as an entrepreneur, author, solopreneur, healer, or anyone offering their gifts to the world.
|Posted on December 2, 2017 at 1:15 PM|
This is a big topic for healers, authors, guides, teachers, and anyone sharing their gifts: How do you present, market, and sell your offerings with value?
There are a number of approaches people use to convert their leads into sales, and yet you may not be aware of what is really happening under the surface of these tactics.
We'll look at various approaches to getting people's money, including The Con, The Hustle, and The Exaggerations that are commonly used online.
I'll share with you examples of each of these approaches, plus help you get clearer on how you want to genuinely connect with your people in a valuable way.
New weekly podcast for awake and conscious entrepreneurs, authors, healers, experts, and teachers!
Inspiring, real world stories every week about clients, readers, business and books to support building your dream career. We'll discuss Business and Books topics to help you grow as an entrepreneur, author, solopreneur, healer, or anyone offering their gifts to the world.
|Posted on November 14, 2017 at 9:35 AM|
Does it appear that "everyone else" is making more money, increasing their email list subscribers, hitting the highest numbers, and succeeding easily right now?
The Comparison Game is rampant these days, and yet there are mindful ways to stop it in its tracks.
It is important to remain present and powerful in what YOU are doing - and to understand that all that glitters is not gold out there.
I have a new weekly podcast that focuses on Business and Books. In this episode, I'll share with you ways to validate what you are doing and turn your attention away from what others are experiencing.
Also new IG account: @authorbusinessexpansion
Show on #iTunes, #BlogTalkRadio, #Podbean and more #podcasting channels:
Business and Books with Molly McCord
|Posted on October 29, 2017 at 4:15 PM|
My new podcast, Business and Books with Molly McCord, is live and cranking out the episodes!
What will you hear every week? Real world stories every week about clients, readers, business and books to support your everyday growth as you build your dream career.
We'll talk Business and Books strategies to help you grow as an entrepreneur, author, solopreneur, healer, or anyone offering their gifts to the world.
With over 25 years of sales, marketing and business experience, Molly shares with you realistic insights, tips, training, and guidance to ensure your vision grows and expands with practical application and understanding.
Also available on iTunes, Blog Talk Radio, Overcast, Podbean, and other podcast distributors.
|Posted on October 26, 2017 at 8:35 AM|
With so much in front of us these days, it helps to know we are not alone in the challenges, struggles, and questions we face as authors and entrepreneurs.
So I've just started a new podcast, Business and Books with Molly McCord, to share with you real world stories about clients, readers, business and books to support building your dream career.
4 podcast episodes have been released so far:
- Are You Strong Enough To Be An Entrepreneur or Indie Author?
- Commitment and Confidence: 2 Entrepreneurs' Journey
- How To Fail-Fast and Why It Is Essential
- Sales Process Guidance with 3 Lead Types
Coming up soon:
- My Integrity Is Not For Sale
- Who Are You In Business For?
I sincerely hope this is exactly the guidance and information you are looking for right now to stay inspired and motivated!
Subscribe on iTunes, BlogTalkRadio, TuneIn, Overcast, and Stitcher.
See you over there!
|Posted on October 16, 2017 at 4:05 PM|
Whether you are looking for clients or book readers, you need to know about the sales process that drives people to say YES to you.
We'll talk about the 3 types of leads that you will encounter as you share your business + books with a growing audience.
Plus, I'll share how to be aware of when others are trying to sell to you so you can determine - objectively - what an effective sales strategy experience is (hello, someone relatable and honest) and what is not (yikes, those dang intrusive solicitors in the mall!).
Subscribe to this new podcast that is designed to support solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, authors, and anyone building their business on their own terms. Coming to iTunes soon!
Check out my other website for Free Business Training Videos and more resources, too.