Need A Hug?

…today’s officially Nation Hug Day. A day where you’ll either end up with a black eye, or on some kind of register somewhere.

Now, the person that came up with that idea probably thought it was a good idea, but in this day and age of #metoo and Gillette’s new ad – I think it’s safer to keep your hands in your pockets,  and have an alibi as to where you were. – But that’s just me.

That’s like a lot of things I see in the writing and publishing word…..people who throw out a notion because it sounds good in theory and yet has no practicality to it. – And they’ve never done it themselves

They throw out ideas on book reviews…..emailing…social media ideas…podcasts…you name it, all of which, usually has as much practical use as a wet cardboard box.

Me, I like walking my talk. That’s how most of the WriteCome products came about. And that’s why I don’t have a problem accepting money for them.

Because….as TV ad once put it…’They do exactly what it says on the tin.’

One of things I’m proud of is the free report on the WriteCome site. Compared to what others give away for free, (or what I call sh*te), this has a lot of nuggets of wisdom in it. Some of which will put you on the right path
with your writing.

But you probably already know that. – And that’s why I’m not directing you there.

If you know anyone who’s going through a tough time you could give them a hug…..or you could send them to the link below.

One will make them feel better for 5 minutes…..the other well, it’s good info they can use starting today.

Here’s the link to share…

And if you don’t want to do it for me, then do it for the children.

PS – Who those kids are, I haven’t a clue, just thought I throw it in to see if it would make you take action.  🙂

Business Advice From SpongeBob

“Happy Opposite Day, Squidward! We hate you!” – SpongeBob SquarePants.

My son, Finn, is a big fan of SpongeBob.

And I’ll be honest, being the big kid that I am, I’ve been known to sit with him and watch a few episodes….even if I’ve seen them before.

One that always sticks with me is ‘Opposite Day.’

As the name, and quote above suggest, SpongeBob (unknowingly fooled by Squidward) believes that Opposite day is a genuine holiday and starts the day by telling his best friend Patrick that he hates his guts and never wants to see
him ever again.

As you’d expect, by the end of the episode, it doesn’t end well for Squidward and the whole deal backfires
on him.

Now what brings this up, is that I’m reading a thought provoking book at the moment called ‘Book The Business – How To Make Money With Your Book Without Selling A Single Copy.’

Which to me, is ‘Opposite Day’ thinking.

An author has to make money by selling books, right? – I mean everyone knows that.

‘Always been that way,’ people say, and yet the opposite is also true. – I’m only part way through the book and I can see how it can be done. 

And yet, not many people look at the opposite of what’s been done. – Because if everyone’s doing it then it must be the best way to go, right?

Nope. – If you’re following where the herd’s going, don’t be surprised if there’s very little grazing space when you get there.

But sit for a while, and question things, and you might find an idea not many have used. – I did that a few years back, and turned a picture book into a puzzle book app. – One that was downloaded 2,000 times. (Probably not something many would have thought of doing but there you go.)

And it’s not just business ideas. Look at what actions you’re doing right now and where they’re taking you.
– If you’re headed in the wrong direction a 180 degree turn might be just what you need.

Opposite ways can also be easier too, just like my Super Simple Coloring Books was. Who knew you could create one just by typing on your keyboard?

If Squidward were here, he’d tell you that whatever you do, don’t click this link here. – Because making coloring books is oh so hard to do. 

And if this way Opposite Day, I’d tell ya to get your ugly mug outta here and don’t come back.

….bet you’re glad it not.  🙂 

You’d Never Give A Monkey A Machine Gun

…because you know once Bubbles got a hold of it….well, I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination – which is probably better than any picture I could conjure up – but you know it’s not going to end well for anyone.

And yet I see it every day. – Take for instance, the email that sneaked over my Donald Trump style wall I’ve put up around my email inbox.

In it, the internet marketer was spouting on about how the latest messenger software was going to turn my life and my business around – if I didn’t mind being a few hundred dollars lighter for buying it.

Now, while it might have been good, and worth the money – to me, the majority of people buying it are as clueless as Bubbles with the AK 47.  – Instead of making a fool of themselves in front of ten or twenty people, they’re going to show the world and it’s mother that they haven’t got a clue about what they’re doing.

That’s why…

…being a bad writer is a good thing.
…being unknown is a good thing.
…not selling many books is a good thing.
…not making much money right now is a good

How come?

Well, because you’re better being a bad writer and no one knowing you, than getting in from of a huge audience and they all finding out you’re terrible. – Same can be said for not selling many books, or making much money with your writing.

You’ve got to pay your dues, and build your audience. Both of which can take time, and push you to the limits sometimes with frustration about your lack of results. – Stay the course.

Steve Martin once said that he did stand up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those were spent learning the craft, four were spent refining it, and last four were spent being a raging success.

Most people drop by the wayside, because they can’t keep going. And that’s why it’s pretty quiet at the top.

So, the next time someone tries to sell you Bubble’s last mistake, ask yourself – Would I be better knowing how to use a pea shooter first and get good at that before trying this thing?

Because the thing is, if you can’t learn how to shoot peas well, there’s not much point in you moving on to bigger things.

That’s why I knew if I wanted to be a good writer I needed to be able to do the basics, like character building.

Because if you can’t do that, there’s not much point in buying a thousand dollar writing course, is there?

Thing is….I have to admit, my A-Z of creating characters is pretty good.

In fact, once you go through it, you’ll even be able to create the type of person that would give a monkey a tool of destruction.

That’s, if you’re writing the type of book, where Curious George goes rogue. – Now that’s a bestseller if I ever saw one!

Anyhoo, enough of the monkey madness,

Here’s the link you’ve been looking to click on today.

PS – And as for the email wall thing, I’ll be patching the hole up so no more baddies can sneak through.