Publishing Mentor Tip:Try on a Different Hat

All writers wear a writer’s hat. Most feel pretty comfortable with this hat. They may even balk at the idea of wearing any other hat. In fact, many writers  refuse to put on different hats. Yet, to become successful writers they must not only try on different hats but also must wear them on a regular basis.

Writers must be more than just writers. They must serve as publicists, marketers, speakers, social networkers, bloggers, and businesspeople.

I suggest all writers–all aspiring authors (or those that aspire to become successful authors)–go out and purchase a few different hats, ascribe to them a “job,” and then practice trying them on–literally. You also can visualize the different hats, such as your publicist’s hat, and yourself wearing it. Get used to them. Feel comfortable int them. Then start performing the role designated to that hat. For example, when you put on your social networking hat, spend an hour doing social networking tasks.

Here’s the the point: You must wear different hats and actually do the jobs designated to those hats. You cannot expect to simply wear a writer’s hat and succeed as a writer–not in today’s publishing climate. That goes for writers planning to become independent publishers as well as those writers seeking traditional publishing contracts.

So, try on some hats. Wear them. Use them well.

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Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, inspires writers and bloggers to create published products and careers as authors. Additionally, she helps her clients and readers achieve their potential, fulfill their purpose and make a positive and meaningful difference with their words. She is the author of How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual, and Creative Visualization for Writers, all published by Writer’s Digest Books. As a hybrid author, she also has published 17 books independently. She is a nonfiction book editor and doctor, proposal consultant, and an Author Coach and Trainer as well as a Book and Blog Coach. Some of her clients have sold 320,000+ copies of their books and been published by major publishing houses. Nina also is an award winning blogger and journalist, international speaker and founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. Also a Certified High Performance Coach, Nina strives to help creative people Achieve More Inspired Results personally and professionally.

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