How to achieve your goals

Hi, Mums!
Today I will share with you some precious tips about How to achieve your goals.

The today’s article is inspired in a workshop given by Tom Bilyeu, the owner of Impact Theory University, a University online that was made to help people reaching goals and learn in many ways.

Even if I am not a member (it is kind of expensive for my pocket at the moment), I find some of Tom’s videos and workshops very interesting. This last one was named “How to make any goal stick” and was really helpful, so here are the main topics about it.

FIND WHAT YOUR GOAL IS

The first step to achieve any goal is define with PRECISION what your goal is about.

If you say you want to help people that is very vague. You need to know how you want to help people: do you want to be a fireman?In what department? Do you want to write self-help books? What kind of self-help books and for what age? Do you want to be a therapist? What kind of therapist?

You need to have such a clarity about what your goal is to a point you know what to do in the next 15 minutes of your time. If you don’t know what to do with the next 15 minutes of your time, then you have not reached the clarity you need.

MASTER YOUR SKILLS

After you define your goal, is time to master your skills.

You need to learn about your goal. Study. Work hard.

Work hard and be constant are the main keys to achieve your goal.

You have the goal, the path to achieve the goal and in the middle you have microgoals, a serial of steps you will have to take. It is a difficult journey but is the only way.

Focus on skillset. Improve skills.

Allow yourself to get bored because it will bring you ideas.

YOUR GOAL MUST FULFILL YOU

A very important fact to have in mind is that your goal must fulfill you, otherwise the probabilities for you to succeed are low. Your goals must lead you to fulfillment.

Fulfillment is the ultimate punchline in life.

DO NOT LET YOURSELF BE DOMINATED BY EMOTIONS

When you have a goal that inspires you it gives you motivation and can also bring a feeling of fear that you must surpass.

Don’t  feel overwhelmed . Just remember that when you invest time on something you will get better on it.

Do not be good at something today does not mean you cannot be good at it tomorrow.

Face your emotions . When you fail you feel bad , but that is good in the sense that the fact you don’t want to feel like that again will make you move forward.

For this, you must face error as an opportunity to learn and make things work better in the future .

MAKE IT VISIBLE

Write down your goals and don’t keep the idea just in your head. That way you can connect to your goal easily and have more clarity about it.

You have to sustain that focus and reinforce meditations on it every night , putting notes on the fridge, thinking why you want that goal. Say to friends and family and reinforce what you are doing.

Because you are putting that outside and said it to the world, then it will help you to move forward.

TAKE MASSIVE ACTION

Don’t wait until your research is complete . Learn as you go and take action! Otherwise you will go slow.

Make sure you have your focus right and are obsessed with achieving your goal.

See if you are moving forward and don’t lie to yourself.

Create deadlines and make a red cross p if you are not progressing . Adjust your path according to what you learn in the way. Then you will make progress.

You have to get ready and refuse to quit . Make sure you don’t back off and you attack that “hill”.

BE DISCIPLINED

According with Tom Bilyeu discipline bring freedom and will help you to figure out how to move .

Be obedient to your goals. Use punishment and rewards.

Every week day, stick to work in your goal.

If you feel is too much and feel overwhelmed meditate, figure what you can do about it and take something from the list of necessary.

Do not let yourself burnout and chill out too.

Remember your goals must bring you pleasure .

I am designed to learn and grow !

Where can I find support as a writer ?

Hi, Mums!

Last week, I kept studying about how to write books for children and found some useful resources in an article from the children’s author Michael F. Commini.

In that specific article he mentions where to find support as a writer and I will share that information with you.

These organizations can help you with several topics such as marketing, what do you need to publish a book, specifications about formats, writer’s block, etc.

To go to their website and have more information, please click in the titles below.

1) The Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA)

The IBPA provides professional guidance to independent (indie) authors and publishers.

They give you access to a big amount of resources for self-development and hold events for authors and publishers to market their wares and network.

There are membership options which may be tax deductible as a business expense. You can explore their advertising opportunities here.

2) Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

This is a non-profit organization, with professionals who provide quality children’s literature.
They provide grants and awards to authors and illustrators, and have an extensive online resource library.

They have membership options that include an associate and full membership. There is a fee for membership, with a student membership option available too. If you opt for a membership it can be tax deductible as a business expense.

3) American Booksellers Association (ABA)

This is also a not-for-profit organization that supports independent bookstore owners.

Membership is based on gross sales of books for bookstore members and an annual dues schedule that may or may not be tax deductible as a business expense.

4) The Society of Authors Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG)

Self-described as a “professional community of writers and illustrators who create content for the children’s publishing market,” CWIG are located in London, England. They have an extensive library of resources available to those authors who write for the British market.

5) The Highlights Foundation

This Foundation provides resources for authors and illustrators such as workshops and scholarships. The workshops are about subjects as writing and illustrating children’s stories and include advice for marketing your books to each market.

6) CreateSpace

CreateSpace provides you support that guide you through the writing, publishing and marketing processes. Resources include free community support as well as paid support services as editing, illustrating and reviewing your books.

7) IngramSpark

The self-publishing arm of one of the largest book distributors in the world, IngramSpark provide many resources to guide you through the writing and publishing process. They are the self-publishing method that Michael Commini recommended in his article.

8) Writer Support

Writer Support helps you with subjects as improving your writing, editing and publishing your books.

There are many other options where you can find support. Make also a search in your local community and you can be surprised.

If you have more tips feel free to leave them in the comments area.

 

How to write books for children

Hi, Mums!

I know I have not been punctual with the articles. Many things happened ( I will update you in another article) and I have been studying several ways to keep this journey about “making money online from home” possible. 

Online courses are a very good opportunity to have some passive income, as I already told you. The most you make the better ( in my case, with three small children and no family to give a hand, the voice recording is very challenging, so I am finding other ways to make passive income). In case you have not read my article about How to make an online course, please click HERE.

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In today’s article, I will give you information about how to write books for children.

First of all you should know that before writing you must choose for what age group are you doing it.

CHILDREN BOOKS AGE GROUPS

According with Rob Parnell , in his course  How to write great books for children , you must know the following :

You can rarely write just “for children”.

You have to know whether the child is

1)a baby,

2)a pre-schooler,

3)a junior reader,

4)a reluctant reader,

5)young adult

and you need to know who your target audience is before you start writing.

This becomes very important when you self publish your own books because you’ll then know how and where to categorize your stories – and how to market them effectively.

This first information is very relevant and we must understand that for different ages there are different approaches and interests.

WHAT KIND OF BOOK WRITE FOR EACH AGE GROUP

BABIES (0-2)

The ideal are board books with images, colour and almost no text ( a maximum of 200 words).

They have a reduced size, so the baby hands can leaf through the book, that is usually made with durable and folded paperboard, with round corners not to hurt.

It must have plain words and commonly they tend to teach these young human beings some new vocabulary.

PRE-SCHOOLERS (3-5)

For this public, an early picture book is the most adequate ( maximum 750 words and avoid more because some editors don’t accept). 32 pages is the standard, even if there are picture books with 24 or 48 pages, 32 is the most accepted amount of pages for this category.

The story must be very simple. You should start it without delays, in the first page if possible, around a character that has to face an obstacle and surpass it after struggling. The images must fit the story properly, with one character preferably the age of the child, which creates empathy and is easy to understand.

JUNIOR READERS (6-9 or 7-10)

For this age picture books are still very popular even if early chapter books are also accepted.

Once they are mostly for children who are starting to read or learned to read not long ago, the vocabulary must keep somehow simple and the number of words, if is a picture book,  is still 700 words. For an early chapter book, between 3000 to 10000 words.

Chapter books don’t have images or have just a few, in opposition to picture books .

When you are writing picture books, the images must capture the public attention and be in line with the text.

YOUNG ADULTS (12-18)

For young adults, the books in the market are mostly chapter books. 
These are the ones which you can sell the most in Amazon kindle, for example.

The emphasis is on the story itself and even if many authors write about drugs, alcohol, or family problems, remember that reading works as a kind of escape from the “real world”,  from the daily problems, so the story should allow the young adult to run away from the reality and travel in an exciting adventure, whatever it is; one not dictated by adults, where he or she can connect with the main character and feel a cathartic effect at the end.

In opposition to the other ages, where the ending has to be happy, here there is space for a “not so happy” one. Teenagers can already understand that life circumstances are not always easy.

WHAT TO WRITE FOR CHILDREN?

Children are probably the most demanding public in what concerns to write a good story.

However, there are some tips from popular children authors that can give you a clue about what should you write about.

  1. Write a story with a character that has the age of the child you are writing for ( don’t make an adult character. Children want to be the hero, the center).
  2. The story structure for children of any age should be, in resume, something like this: the main character has a problem to solve. When trying a solution it fails twice. When all seems lost, then the character finds a solution ( or it “appears”). And there comes the happy ending.
  3. The main character must solve his problems alone, through the qualities/ abilities that he or she has. Just if is a very young character, may need the help of an adult. Otherwise, children always like to be the heroes without adults to rescue them.
  4. Start the action immediately in the first page, otherwise children can lose interest. Don’t make big descriptions and when one problem in the story is solved, jump immediately to the other one. Keep the story going and never stop it to give background information. This way you won’t get children bored.
  5. Show, don’t tell! This means that you should use some adjectives and adverbs to make a child understand how a character feels. Rather than saying immediately “John was afraid of turtles” you can try something like this “John looked to the giant turtle. His hands got cold and his legs shook just with the thought of touching her”.
  6. Write not only happy endings but endings that bring a feeling of “surprise”, of something unexpected in a good way.
  7. Write a story that is relatable. This means a story that makes sense for the young reader , about big emotions or situations experienced by the child in her daily life. It can be about an argument with a best friend, get lost, lose a pet,  feel lonely and need to make a friend, sibling rivalry, body issues…
  8. Catch a wave. A story with a character or tendency that is fashionable have high chances to be successful. If you want to make a story about a videogame, for example, you contact the company which made the game and ask if you can use their character(s) to write a book for children. If is a good story and they agree you can earn more and they have advertisement for free.
  9. Add potty humour or jokes. If children can laugh (and parents too) it’s half way to be well succeeded.
  10. Pick popular topics: dinosaurs, princesses, unicorns, ninjas…

DO NOT
Here is a lost of things you should not do when writing for children:

  • do not write in a complex way. Keep the language plain.
  • Don’t write about something very serious.
  • Don’t lecture directly.
  • Don’t write like a mum, trying to fix kids.
  • Avoid too much drama ( unless you use humour).
  • Avoid subjects children don’t care about ( for example, religion).
  • Don’t lecture.

WRITE ABOUT BIG EMOTIONS

When you write for children is always a good idea to talk about big emotions : Have a new animal, have an argument with a sibling or a friend, be lost, be afraid of the dark, and so on; something that has some impact and helps to create empathy with the main character.

IS IT BETTER TO WRITE PAPER BOOKS OR BOOKS TO SELL IN INTERNET?

That will depend on what your goals are.
if is true that a paper version can bring you more income, is also true that nowadays many people read in kindle. Even if not so profitable at a first glance , you are saving time and if you become a known author , with some reputation , then you can increase the prices of your books.
if you wrote for Amazon, you can publish faster and also receive money faster, without the complications that a traditional book implies.

Is all for today, Mums!

Have a good week!