Today’s guest, Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the “Inspiration to Creation Coach,” Nina moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. Some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses, and created thriving businesses around their books. She writes four blogs, has self-published twelve books, and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month (aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge).
[pullquote]First, and foremost, I want to help writers succeed—to write books that get read (which means they sell) and to create careers as authors. It’s one thing to have a good idea or to be a good writer. It can be quite another to actually get your good idea and good writing read (sold).[/pullquote]
Nina’s goal: “First, and foremost, I want to help writers succeed—to write books that get read (which means they sell) and to create careers as authors. It’s one thing to have a good idea or to be a good writer. It can be quite another to actually get your good idea and good writing read (sold). Second, I think there are some missing pieces in the information provided both to writers who want to become indie authors and to writers who want to become traditionally published authors. I wanted to fill in those gaps. I’m passionate about this topic because, like every writer or author, I, too, want my writing to have impact. I want my work to be read and to touch and to transform lives. So I set out to figure out how to make that happen. Now I want to share what I learned with others.”
Today’s post is an excerpt from The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively (Writer’s Digest Books, March 2014) by Nina Amir.
The Four Characteristics of Author Attitude and Why You Need Them
I have created an acronym to help you remember the four characteristics of Author Attitude. The acronym spells a word that recently has come into common culture: WOOT!
Let’s look at each characteristic of WOOT. Know that—like attitude—each one reflects a choice you can make and you can learn each characteristic if you feel you don’t possess it yet. Indeed, you can make the choice to learn it or adopt it into your way of being as you train to become an author. That’s what the “Author Training Process” is meant to accomplish.
To become a successful author you need a general willingness to change and grow. Your old attitudes, actions, behaviors, thoughts, decisions, beliefs, and habits have only gotten you this far. They helped you achieve your current results. If you want a new level of success as a writer, something has to change. For that to happen, first and foremost, you need to be willing to change. Every one of the following characteristics and each step in the Author Training Process requires that you have some degree of willingness to explore, do, learn, evaluate, try something that may be new or different, or do something you know how to do already but in a different way.
Additionally, you must be willing to change your book idea. The actual story, characters, subject, angle, theme, purpose, audience, or any number of other aspects of your project might need to be altered to make it viable in the marketplace. This may be difficult to swallow at first, but successful authorship relies on your ability to evaluate the marketability of your idea from every angle possible and make the tough calls. Only when you have discovered that you have created a salable idea can you turn to writing the book. When you have completed the manuscript, you must be willing to receive feedback on how your writing and manuscript can be improved to make it successful and to make those changes. [Read more…]