Gaming the System... Success in Publishing means playing the game in front of you
#1 best-selling, award-winning author and freelance developmental editor (and closeted, lifelong jock) Anna DeStefano gives us some insight on learning how to apply the techniques of disciplined, elite athletes to your daily writing “workout.”
1. Analyze as you create/work/produce/publish/play.
Top athletes and the long-term, successful author (whether traditionally published or indie or hybrid) never stop learning and improving and changing their process. The world of every game, every book, every book release continues to change and grow and transform. What worked last time almost never works the same way again, even if last time you hit a home run out of the part.
Yesterday’s “golden ticket” or silver bullet or key to success is more than likely NOT going to net you the same outcome today, and might just be a time and money sink you can’t afford.
How do you know what to keep from the current wisdom, what to toss out and what to reinvent on your own?
Write every day, yes, but play the game of publishing, too, EVERY day. Stop making it look like you wanted it to look, and actually deal with the reality you’re facing.
Those business partners (your coaches and teammates and counselors) are great. Butthey don’t know you as well as YOU do, they don’t know your true, core goals until you communicate them.
And their job is often to keep you happy—NOT always to advise you on what’s best to do for your long-term career.
Elite athletes listen to negative expectations, once they’ve committed to a goal.
The elite athlete is a risk taker, not a reckless rebel. They follow direction and advice, more often than they strike out on your own. They pick and choose their battles.
Often, they’re choosing to follow trends and advice, because they respect others’ game and expertise in areas they’re not as strong. They’re skilled at surrounding themselves with talented, smart, equally driven people who can propel the athlete in areas they’re not equipped to explore and purse alone.
6. Never, ever EVER stop playing the ball (the game) in front of you!
Being successful is an ever-changing, ever-confusing, ever-up-and-down process.
Anna DeStefano is the nationally best-selling, award-winning author of over 25 classic romance, women’s fiction, romantic suspense, and sci-fi fantasy novels. Her latest release, LET ME LOVE YOU AGAIN, is Book 2 in her best-selling Echoes of the Heart series. HERE IN MY HEART, Book 1, was the #1 Best-selling Short Story on Amazon at its debut. HIS DARLING BRIDE releases in April, 2016.
Past President of Georgia Romance Writers, Anna is a GA Tech honors graduate with 10 years of experience working in Corporate IT and enjoyed an award-winning career as a senior tech writer. She’s in demand as a workshop, keynote, master class and retreat speaker. She's also a freelance developmental editor.
She's a two-time Romantic Times Award winner, a Golden Heart winner, and she's won the Gale Wilson Award of Excellence, the Maggie Award for Excellence, and has been a finalist in numerous other awards, including the National Readers Choice awards, the Holt Medallian, and the Book Buyers Best Award.
Thank you Anna for allowing me to share this insightful post with everyone. Much success in your future endeavors!
Visit her on Facebook and Twitter and at www.annawrites.com, where she blogs regularly about the wacky world of writing that she calls home.
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