With none but the stars to guide . . . . do a little soul searching while you still have the time, the will, and a soul!

You may or may not have heard of Martha Beck, she’s a frequent columnist with O Magazine, but she’s also the author of several very helpful books, including Steering by Starlight. A lot of authors just want to be published, and become very obsessive about this.  If that’s you, you might want to take a step back and think about where you’re going, why, and how the way you’re getting there may or may not be the best.

Drop by O and read Martha’s latest article How to Tune In to Your Inner Voice. Every author has an inner voice, so do most publishers. Granted you may not want to hear what your voice is saying, but . . . take some time to find out anyway. It may just change your life completely, as it did for Ray Walker.

If you have the time, or want a life coach, stop by Martha’s site at least see what an excellent author site, of a NY Times best-selling and very well known author is like.  It’s not loaded with bells and whistles. It’s simple, powerful, personal. She tweets, she blogs, she has a store section . . . It might be more than you can do, or want  to do, but it’s an example.

If you think you want a professional website, look at sites you like and find out who did them. If you think you want to publish on your own, you’ll want to look at covers you like and who did them, or talk to printers, or . . .

You can learn a lot about what works (and doesn’t) just by seeing what other people tried. Don’t learn stuff the hard way if you don’t have to. On the other hand, if you have to learn something don’t be afraid to.

We at FAB didn’t know how to make a book cover 2 years ago, or how to use Adobe Creative Suite InDesign, or how to do a lot of things. We simply found out along the way, or found people who knew that we could work with (thanks Studio Vera!), or books that instructed in an understandable way (Thanks On Demand!). Sure, we made some mistakes. We still make mistakes now and then, but it’s never the end of the world.

The only thing that’s the end of the world, is the end of the world. Remember that. If you see Jesus coming in the clouds, then you can cheer (or wail) like it’s the end of the world. Otherwise, pull yourself together and get on with it.

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