Welcome to the first Freestyle Friday on the blog. Be sure to leave your comments below: share your experiences, ask questions, or just say hello!
This week on Freestyle Author:
- Boost Your Creative Confidence
- Improve Your Storytelling with Mirror Neurons and Sensory Palettes
- Get Your Own Planners for Everything!
- New Tools for Your Website
- How to Easily Get Started as an Affiliate
- Sell More Books
- Let’s Chat!
What a wonderful week for Freestyle Authors and Publishers this has been!
This post is where I give you a recap of all that’s been going on throughout the week, including the following categories:
- News & Views – Content from around the web, and also my tips and thoughts on various topics.
- This Week’s Top Picks – The best offers of the week – my favorites and yours.
- Going, Going… – Offers and deals that are going up in price or going away all together.
- New this Week – Highlighting brand-new tools and training offers.
- Blast From the Past – Evergreen – a reminder that sometimes oldies are goodies.
- Gift Corner – Where you can get some great freebies for your author business!
Thanks for visiting Freestyle Author and ENJOY!
News & Views
There’s a lot going on out there in the great big world of writing and publishing! Here are some of the things that caught my attention this week, and tips from me based on questions I receive…
I want to share a link to a great article I read today called
Ultimately, the takeaway I want you to have is that creativity isn’t some magic power that only a select few have. It can be cultivated, and like any other skill you’re trying to master, confidence helps you to achieve your goals more easily. So do what you need to in order to feel good about your creative self.
What Topics Would You Like From Me?
This blog is going to get a lot more attention going forward. The Freestyle Friday post is just one way for me to train myself to come here more regularly to post content for you.
Please let me know what questions you have about your self-publishing business. The more feedback I get from you, the better I can tailor the information to your needs. Writing questions, research questions, formatting questions, book cover questions, marketing questions… you get the idea. I’d like to put my time into finding and preparing the content you want.
Just leave me a comment or hit me up through the Freestyle Author Contact Form
This Week’s Top Picks
Each and every product I recommend to you is good, but some I really love. Others are super popular with my subscribers. They aren’t always the same ones, so here are my picks and yours.
My Pick(s) of the Week:
This pick is actually one I’ve been talking about for a couple of weeks. We’ve been discussing planners and journals for a while now, and the awesome ladies over at Coach Glue have an entire collection that are ALL on sale this month.
A Planner for Every Occasion by Melissa and Nicole at Coach Glue
These are extra-special, because not only can you use them to plan and grow your business, but because they come with Private Label Rights, you can also sell them, give them away to build a list, or use them as a basis to create your own NEW planners! They have planners on all kinds of topics, including:
- Group Coaching Program Planner
- LinkedIn Planner
- Passive Income Planner
- Instagram Marketing Planner
- Email Follow-Up Planner: Turn Your New Leads into Customers in 7 Days
- Your Amazon Author Page Monetization Planner
- Design + Plan Your Client Attracting Website
- How to Host an Off the Charts Book Signing Event
- Book Brainstorming Planner
- Cash Calendar: Your 12 Month Marketing + Profit Plan!
- Feed Your Funnel with Facebook Ads!
- Launch Your Workshop Like a Boss
- Planning Your Best Year Ever!
- Product Creation Planner
- Weekly Newsletter Planner!
- Weekly Social Media Planner!
- Your Keynote + Presentation Speech Planner
- Your Story. Your Brand: Embrace your Unique Story to Create a One-of-a-Kind Business
And the brand-new one:
DISCOUNT OFFER: For the entire month of January, all Coach Glue Planners are on sale for $17 off. Just enter the coupon code: 2017 at checkout to apply the discount.
The Popular Pick:
The popular pick by far was Beth and Lynn’s new training on how to enhance your storytelling through the use of a “sensory palette.”
Editing for Compelling Characters: Beyond the 5 Senses by Beth Barany and Lynn Johnston
Even though the live webinar has already taken place, you can still get the recording and all of the study materials. I’ve been going through this one myself and I am learning so much already. I also looked over Lynn’s “before and after” passages of her story draft. Lynn is already a great fiction writer, so the story was strong to begin with, but it really came alive after applying Beth’s sensory palette principles.
I’m happy to see too, that I was right in the assumption that this would help with nonfiction authors as well. I am a strong advocate of storytelling in your nonfiction (everyone loves a story!) and this training will help you do that in a powerful way.
To kick off my WordPress Plugin biz, I’ve bundled two great plugins into one package AND discounted the price. So the plugins, which would normally cost you $27 EACH can now be had for just $17 for the TWO of them.
Two-For-One Discounted Plugins
These are high-quality plugins and they come with auto-updates, which means that when the plugins are updated you will see a notification in your WordPress dashboard, and all you have to do is click to update them. (Unlike many plugins where you have to uninstall and re-upload the new versions.)
Here is a short overview of the plugins:
Create custom quizzes and surveys quickly and easily. Easy to install, easy to use, automatically matched to your theme styling, and the survey answers for your visitor will be customized based on their responses.
See the a short demo: Survey Logic Demo
Here is a link to the draft of the sales page for more info. (The buy button there doesn’t work, so keep reading to find out how to get this great deal!)
But that isn’t the only plugin you get for your $17 today, you will also receive:
What if you could just create your posts and pages in Word, and then import that page to directly to your WordPress site and retain all formatting! What a great idea, right? That’s exactly what Import DocX does! Layout, images, headings… everything stays right where it’s supposed to be.
See the demo: Import DocX
And here is the link to the draft of the sales page. (Again, info only!)
In just a few days, it will cost you $27 EACH for these two plugins for a total of over $50. Right now you can get BOTH for a single payment of just $17 (and save yourself $37!) here:
New this Week
No matter what niche or business you’re in, becoming an affiliate and earning commissions on product recommendations is a good plan for adding to your bottom line. One of the best ways to do those product recommendations is through comparing different products in a given category.
The only problem with product comparisons is that they can require a lot of time, effort and research to gather the information needed.
Today, you can get that research already done for you. Alice Seba, of ListMagnets.com, has prepared comparison charts of 61 different marketing tools, in 12 categories. These are the kinds of things that EVERY business uses, so you can easily recommend these to your subscribers and colleagues to start earning that passive income you hear so much about. You’ll get charts on:
• Webinar Platforms
• Social Media Sites
• Social Media Integration Tools
• Streaming Video Sites
• Live Video Sites
• Shopping Carts
• Payment Processors
• Website Analytics
• Affiliate Networks
• Affiliate Platforms
• Ad Networks
And if you want to know how to REALLY use these to build and grow a list, check out this one:
Blast From the Past
While it’s easy to get excited and carried away by the latest cool tool or shiny object, sometimes the best option is one that has stood the test of time. This week’s blast from the past is one that will help you sell more books:
In mid-2015, Bill Platt release a 74-page PDF book called Easy Social Book Promotion. It explains in great detail how to use Facebook to build your following as an author. (This is NOT about using Facebook advertising!) It’s a smart, simple and FUN way to sell books!
If you missed it – Check it Out!
Check Out the Freestyle Author Gifts Page!
You’ll find a constantly changing and growing list of gift items and freebies from Freestyle Author and Friends. New this week: What Happens to Your Business When You Die?