|Posted on August 14, 2017 at 12:55 PM|
After going through the process of traditional publishing, I discovered a lot of freedom (and more work) with the self-publishing option.
In this video on my new business website, learn more about the pros and cons of each approach, including:
- Having creative control
- An author's responsibility for all of the marketing and events
- Making 70% of the list price
- Pricing books on Amazon
- Constant innovation
- Support and best practices from other indie authors
- Access to all online distribution channels
There is no BEST approach - only what is best for YOU.
|Posted on August 9, 2017 at 4:45 PM|
72! That was the number of Google pages that were (allegedly) offering free illegal copies of my books, including audio books. Well, we can't have that, fellow #authors, now can we? #Hecktotheno
Thankfully, there are ways to easily and quickly combat this illegal distribution stuff.
If you want to stay on top of #plagiarism nonsense, then I recommend Blasty.co as an online service to patrol and remove illegal copies of your books, blog content, audio books, and more.
Blasty searches Google for your content and has those Google webpages removed with 1 click.
You can try Blasty for free and check out how it works. It's easy to add your content and link your written material (in various forms) to be verified. You must use Chrome as your browser for it to work. I don't make anything off of sharing this with you - and I hope it helps. I run it a few times a week to stay on top of my content.
Try it out and let me know how it goes for you!
https://www.mollymccord.online/" target="_blank">Sharing more tips + guidance with you on my new business website right here.
|Posted on July 29, 2017 at 12:20 PM|
Yep, that's right.
If you are an Indie Author, Solopreneur, Mompreneur, Healer, or Inspired Creative...
I'm going to call you a "B" word - right to your face!
And this one word will actually help you feel better about your books + business + passion.
~ Hear a story about a solopreneur who received horrible advice - and what she needed to know instead.
~ Learn why stressing about your email list size is not a priority - and discover what IS important.
~ Download my free Online Business Checklist to ensure you are building your business properly in these FIVE key areas.
|Posted on July 27, 2017 at 10:10 AM|
The Write Beach Retreat is now open for inspiration!
Enjoy 5 days and 4 nights in a charming beachside hotel in Cocoa Beach, Florida as you take your writing career to the next level with deep-dive workshops + realistic directions + practical guidance for putting your unique brilliance on paper.
Especially beneficial for writers of the following genres:
Memoir | Non-Fiction | Spiritual/Inspiration
"The funny thing about a writing career is that you can only plan so much of it. The high points come out of the blue; the low points seems to drag on longer than anticipated; and the inspired writing phases can pass in the blink of an eye.
Each of my 10 books came about through various inspirations and situations that I never planned or had mapped out. My first book, "The Art of Trapeze", took 5 years to write, and I dealt with rejection from literary agents and discouragement within myself. But once the book was finally complete and released, it took off and sold over 30,000 copies globally, hitting #2 on Amazon behind "12 Years A Slave". (Yes, a small part of me wanted to let those literary agents know about that. I then wrote 3 more books in one year, followed by 4 more books in 2 years.
It is a very exciting time to be a writer and to follow this path because there are an incredible amount of resources, strategies, and opportunities for you right now.
And your biggest responsibility through everything is to just keep showing up for yourself.
The Write Beach Retreat will support you no matter where you are in your process because it will be geared to what you are experiencing right now with your writing projects.
It's time to write on - and I would love to help you with whatever writing project is calling to you now."
Early Bird Pricing expires August 1st - hurry!
|Posted on July 1, 2017 at 10:20 AM|
For the artists, inspired creatives, authors, healers, and spiritual teachers, I would bet you have creative passion in spades.
But maybe all of the numbers, data, and tech-y stuff of your business is causing you to struggle or get discouraged?
Business stuff doesn't have to be scary or intimidating.
Most authors and solopreneurs focus on their passion (yes!) but forget about the important business stuff (craaaaap) until it's too late. Or only when they have an uncomfortable meeting with their tax professional or financial advisor (gulp).
But before you even have to imagine a dreaded conversation about what you're NOT doing right, I can turn all of this business stuff around for you in a practical, easy-to-get it way.
Many people who are pursuing their creative passion don't know what it means to really run a business on their own - and honestly, it might not even be your strength.
But it is your responsibility to know it.
And I can make it easier for you.
|Posted on June 17, 2017 at 8:55 AM|
So You Want To Make More Money.
Sounds like you are a human being (smile).
However, as you increase the price points of your offerings, there are certain things you need to keep in mind about what changes as you ask people for more of their money.
|Posted on June 12, 2017 at 9:15 AM|
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You do not have to do it all, but you do have to keep certain things in front of you. We'll discuss!
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|Posted on June 11, 2017 at 9:05 AM|
My brand new business website is now live and filled with tips + guidance from 20+ years of sales, marketing, and business development to help more authors, healers, inspired creatives, and anyone doing all of this on their own.
Let's jump right in to one of the hardest parts of business:
Have You Ever Had A Launch Fail?
Eeks, it sucks!
Whether it was a book, program, service, or product, it can be disappointing when anything we create and offer to the world tanks.
|Posted on May 31, 2017 at 9:05 AM|
Being an indie author has been the right path for me.
Is it right for you?
If you like "creative control" over your projects (the nice way of saying you're a control freak, ha!), you'll definitely want to explore this publishing option.
Watch this video over here on my new vlog for an overview + perks of what it means to be an indie author in today's dynamic online environment.
|Posted on May 30, 2017 at 9:20 AM|
Super excited to hear that YOU are excited for these new Beach Retreats!
Each one is going to be a FANTASTIC experience of growth + productivity + relaxation
(since you are at the beach, after all).
|Posted on May 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM|
In my new weekly Conscious Business Development Training, I share with you tips + guidance + inspiration for growing your online presence as a healer, solopreneur, author, or inspired creative.
This week I'm sharing with you something important about having a small email list!
Believe it or not, there are advantages to having a smaller email list right now.
As your email list grows, you start to pay for it at a higher monthly rate.
As you start to pay more for your email list, you do not want to be paying for freeloaders.
By "freeloader", I mean a person who has never, ever, ever opened an email from you.
So in this video, I share with you a few tactics for eliminating freeloaders.
It will pay off - literally - in the long run.
|Posted on March 24, 2017 at 10:35 AM|
~~ November 8 to November 12, 2017 ~~
Enjoy 5 days and 4 nights in a charming beachside hotel in Cocoa Beach, Florida as you embark on a transformational journey of soul growth + beautiful healing + inner joy + deeper wisdom.
Your journey so far has gifted you with joy and challenges, lessons and healing, love and forgiveness.
Your soul has been with you through every breath - but can you hear its deep wisdom and loving support?
Life can get in the way of that connection.
Or else your mind, ego, and emotions can interfere with the messages.
This signature multi-day beach retreat honors your journey thus far, transforms how you view yourself, pushes you deeper into your heart space, and opens you up to what you want to create next in your life.
Anything is possible. Your soul is ready to take you forward - and is waiting for you at the beach!
Registration opens next week! $99 reserves your spot.
|Posted on March 8, 2017 at 12:30 PM|
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|Posted on February 16, 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 January 23, 2017 at 11:05 AM|
Building your online business as a solopreneur, indie author, and/or inspired creative requires you to have a solid online foundation (website) while also developing ongoing marketing channels (social media, email, relationship) that create engagement, demonstrate expertise, and offer valuable information.
I'm going to help you get to the next level and EXPAND your business in 2017 - and believe me, I CANNOT wait to support you in creating your dream business.
https://www.mollymccord.online/blog" target="_blank">The Expansion Month-to-Month Business Development Program gives solopreneurs, indie authors, and inspired creatives a designated roadmap for building their passion into a results-based and sales-oriented business.
With monthly Business Education and Training Videos, Sales and Marketing Webinars, Live Q&A Calls, and Expert Resources, entrepreneurs are led with practical, realistic business guidance for long-term growth and stability.
Topics include Platform Expansion, Business Finances, Branding, Hiring, and more key essentials for today’s driven entrepreneurs who will be tomorrow’s global moguls.
Debuts this month!
My new business videos are designed to help you take your
passion + business + books to higher levels of joy + results.
- Overview + Perks of Being an Indie Author
- So You Want To Make More Money
- Make It Personal. Your Brand's Success Depends On It