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ShayB

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  1. Hello! I don't pop in here as often as I should, but I had some time today, so...hi! Still working on a number of things, but the biggest change has been outsourcing. I finally admitted to myself that I'd never build my business to the level I want it to be if I don't start hiring people. I have found delightful, hard-working people through Upwork, and it's been amazing. I'm kicking myself for not doing this sooner.
  2. It's well into September. I thought I had updated, but I haven't yet. Whoops. This update will be a bit different. Things have taken a bit of a turn. I published 2 books this year. (One about activism and one about empowering women.) Neither will ever be a best-seller, but that wasn't really the point of them. Little by little I'm getting my name out there. This week I've been asked to do 2 speaking gigs. When I was working at a street fair (I was manning a booth for an organization I belong to), when I introduced myself to someone she said, "Oh yes. I know you. I see your name on a lot of things happening around here." It was a weird (in a good way) feeling. I am making a shift in my biz because it's what I want to do. It's working, and it is the way I'm refining my business model. Life is good.
  3. I got word that CreateSpace and KDP will be merging, and so I found the official guide. https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/GSJULX3WGP36HQ3R It's going to affect royalties, costs (in some cases), etc., so it's worth a read.
  4. Not a huge fan of the new Google interface. Ugh. I know I'll get used to it, but right now it kinda sucks.
  5. I'm looking for a copywriting course. Any recommendations?
  6. ShayB

    Tips for writing a classic romantic novel

    I think that even a modern audience wants to know that there is true, lasting love. (Or at least the potential for it.) You can always flash forward with the epilogue and say how the couple was together for 50 years, had kids, etc. Many relationships just start differently than they used to. Now you have online dating, social media, etc. My parents were introduced by my mom's (my) cousin, who was friends with my dad. I met my 1st husband at a skating rink. Now you have people meeting with websites and apps. You have different issues, too. It used to take time to get to know each other. Now you can look at someone's FB/Twitter profile and get a pretty good idea of who they are, what they like, and how they treat their friends. People today are also looking for novels that reflect a changing society: LGBTQIA relationships, non-traditional relationships (like poly), etc. I met my boyfriend on Twitter. We started talking 5 years ago. Started dating around 3-ish years ago. We lived 1000 miles apart. I moved to Boston 2 years ago. It been amazing and wonderful, and I'd never have met him without Twitter and the Internet. But you could have a classic romance novel set in the current day: two people meet in a traditional way (through friends, at the grocery store, etc.) even after trying the apps and web. Or write a novel that tells of a romance long ago -- 20 years or 200. The important thing is to write what you want to write. People will either like it or not -- and that's fine. Your work will resonate with the people who think like you do. Hope this helps.
  7. This is just a curiosity thing for me. Why is it that some sites take forever to load? Even when you are on the site, each page takes forever when you move from page to page? Is it a hosting issue? Or something else? Edited to add: It's not just on one device. It's phone, iPad, & laptop.
  8. Not difficult. A little time-consuming. I use Weebly for hosting (paid version), so migrating sites from http to https wasn't hard (once I figured out how LOL). Moving content was a pain, though.
  9. I think all of my sites have been switched over to https except one. Hopefully that one will be done this week.
  10. It's July! Already! Here's my progress: 1) What will you start doing in 2018 that you are not doing in 2017? I have a day job that I dearly love, and I don't see myself leaving it anytime soon; however, I love being my own boss, so I know that I am eventually going to be working for myself again. I still have my biz on the side, but I am going to devote more time to it. I want to build that biz to the point where this time next year I will have the option to work for myself or keep my biz as a side job. Update: Not as enamored with the job. LOL I still would like to have the option to stay or work from myself by December. It's looking good. In order to make this work, I know I am going to have to hire someone to help me. I need someone who can field calls and emails while I'm at my day job. It'll be part time, but it would be a huge help to me and let me have the best of both worlds. Ideally, I'd like to hire someone local who can become full time down the road. Update: still not ready to hire anyone yet. Fine tune my sales process. Update: still in progress, but I have enough data points to really fine tune it well. I've inadvertently found a niche market because that type of client keeps coming on board. Makes it easier to develop a sales process when you can be very specific in your outreach. I want to network again. I haven't done much of it this year, and I truly miss it. I want to find a networking group where I can start building relationships. Update: I am getting back into the networking groove. It's fun! On a personal note, I want to live better, eat better, & exercise more. I haven't been doing well with that, and my energy level is suffering. Update: I've lost 12 pounds so far and I've kind of plateaued. I will write for at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week. (Right now I write for hours at a stretch at haphazard intervals.) Update: I've been doing okay with this one. Finished two books last month that I've been working on for about a year. Write/Call my mom and dad once a week. Update: Mom says hi. 2) What will you stop doing in 2018 that you are currently doing in 2017? Stop eating out so much. It's expensive and unhealthy. Update: I've cut way back. Going out twice a week, usually. Stop checking Facebook except to briefly post pics for family. Update: I'm a lot happier. Stop negative self-talk. Update: Doing well with this one, because I'm still awesome. How is everyone else doing?
  11. It really depends on what you're looking for. If you want to encourage more sales in general, I would go for the generic cover. If you want something that can be promoted as a Christmas gift every year (and, in turn, boost the sales of the other books), I would go with the Christmas cover. IMHO, having one of the books that you could really promote every year as a gift might be the better alternative. People might be willing to buy the one book because it's a Christmas gift, and if they like it they can buy the other books in the series. You may not sell many of that book during the year, but I would think the surge in sales around Christmas each year might be worth it? Just my two cents.
  12. It's June! Already! WHERE IS THIS YEAR GOING?! Here's my progress: 1) What will you start doing in 2018 that you are not doing in 2017? I have a day job that I dearly love, and I don't see myself leaving it anytime soon; however, I love being my own boss, so I know that I am eventually going to be working for myself again. I still have my biz on the side, but I am going to devote more time to it. I want to build that biz to the point where this time next year I will have the option to work for myself or keep my biz as a side job. Update: still love the job, and still working on being at a level in December where I can keep it or just work for myself. Right now it looks like I may keep my day job for a longer time than I thought and have my oldest son help me run the biz until it gets bigger. In order to make this work, I know I am going to have to hire someone to help me. I need someone who can field calls and emails while I'm at my day job. It'll be part time, but it would be a huge help to me and let me have the best of both worlds. Ideally, I'd like to hire someone local who can become full time down the road. Update: already having my oldest son help out, and will be officially hiring him fairly soon. Fine tune my sales process. Update: long story short, I have a good process going. Still working some kinks out. Still trying new things for the initial outreach/lead gen part. I want to network again. I haven't done much of it this year, and I truly miss it. I want to find a networking group where I can start building relationships. Update: I started a business group! First meeting is next week. On a personal note, I want to live better, eat better, & exercise more. I haven't been doing well with that, and my energy level is suffering. Update: I've lost 12 pounds so far. Progress is slow. I will write for at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week. (Right now I write for hours at a stretch at haphazard intervals.) Update: I've been doing sort of okay with this one. Write/Call my mom and dad once a week. Update: Mom says hi. Dad doesn't talk much. 2) What will you stop doing in 2018 that you are currently doing in 2017? Stop eating out so much. It's expensive and unhealthy. Update: I've cut way back. Going out twice a week, usually. Stop checking Facebook except to briefly post pics for family. Update: I'm a lot happier. Stop negative self-talk. Update: Doing well with this one, because I'm awesome.
  13. ShayB

    Writer Wanted - CLOSED

    Found what I needed.
  14. ShayB

    Finding Your Voice

    I have a certain voice that runs through all of my writing. It's part of my charm. Seriously, though, a professional newsletter is going to have a different tone than one for laypeople (usually). You may have to add another voice in your head.
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