1 Thing the Most Successful Authors Know That Others Don’t

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1 surprising fact successful #writers and authors know. Click to see what it isWhat is the one thing the most successful authors know that others don’t know?

It takes a village to write a book, at least an ebook.

Okay, I realize I am citing from the title of Hillary Clinton’s book in my introduction. Sheer coincidence the week before the United States presidential election, I assure you. However, publishing an ebook really does take a great deal of people, metaphorically a village.

Coinciding with the publication of my ebook, this week marks my second blogversary since I started blogging the first week of November in 2014.

Finishing two years of blogging is especially poignant since it coincides with starting a new chapter in my blogging career– this week I became a published author!

Are you considering publishing your own ebook one day? If it is within the realm of possibility, you need this post.

This article will explain why you need people to help you, who they are. and how to find them.

It also ends with an important request, so make sure you stay until the end.

Why You Need People to Help You Become a Published Author

When I began this journey to ebook author, I did not know what I was doing.

I drove well-meaning people crazy asking a slew of questions that would give me clarity on the process.

You know what? I don’t regret it. I had trouble finding articles like this one and 5 Things You Need to Know to Make a Successful Ebook explaining the steps I needed to take.

As my post How to Save Yourself Time, Money, and Stress explains, you might know people more knowledgeable than you in certain areas relevant to your writing, promoting, and publishing your ebook. The beauty of having those connections is you can help each other.

Luckily, I certainly did. Was it luck? Blogging brings you connections. If you might want to publish one day, be on the lookout for people who can help you, who have strengths where your knowledge is weak.

People Who Might Help Authors

As my post detailing the steps to create a successful ebook explained, I, fortunately, knew many people who aided me on my journey to published author. (I still can’t believe that description applies to me!)

Look for people who have published ebooks before you. A famous quote by Isaac Newton reads, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” By this, Newton meant knowledgeable people who came before him paved the way for his work.

Be on the lookout for people you know that have paved the way for you. Look at the people who helped me as examples.

I knew Mark Newsome was a gifted copywriter, so I turned to him when I needed help opening my book with a stellar introduction. The writing had to be strong, so people would continue reading. This was Mark’s forte.

I was aware Gary Jefferies, a fiction author, had just completed his own ebook, so when I needed advice, I picked his brain. Gary generously gave me his time and wisdom although he was in the middle of his own ebook promotion– a daunting task!

Terry Webster Schrandt gave me great advice. She explained,

This whole process IS confusing. 

You can have a few reviews ready right as you launch. Once people you have selected to read and review your book, once you hit the publish button on Amazon, you can provide the link and readers can post the review. Another was is to ask some close blogger friends to write a review and they can share on their blogs, or they can send you the review text for you to post on your blog. 

Julie Syl Kalungi described the importance of reviews on Amazon.com.

Remember Amazon.com reviews hold sway and make sure you got a good number of buyer reviews as some promotional sites prefer those to feature you. The only reviews that count are Amazon.com ones so make sure all your reviewers do that for you as well! 

Now that the book has been published, Debby Geis Kaye will be promoting my book when I guest on her blog next month.

Finally, enough can not be said about my amazing publisher Lois Hoffman. I don’t remember what initially brought us together, but good fortune certainly was smiling on me the day we first connected.

Every tip Lois gave me from start to finish proved valuable. My husband often says I over analyze situations. When I let Lois do the thinking, everything fell into place.

I would have assumed once the book was published, Lois would have moved on to other budding authors, but no. Lois continues to advise me.

Again, her tips are spot-on perfect.

Look! Early reviews are glowing:

Whether you are a blogger who is just starting out or someone who has been blogging for years, Janice has all the answers you need to make your blog grow and thrive. She shares a wealth of information, helpful hints, and really useful tips, along with great resources and some expert advice.

Let me say that anyone who is new to blogging and has to clue how to get going, whether it’s worth the journey, must Read this book.
– A seasoned blogger that isn’t yet getting traction even though you blog consistently, Must read this book
– A successful blogger who has achieved the Goal for their blog Must read this book. WHY?
Because Janice breaks down the basics, Gets rid of the cobwebs, states clearly what you need to do…

Enter Janice and An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog. Packed with easy to follow tips and tricks, from the so obvious I’ve missed them to the downright innovative. It’s obvious from the beginning that the author has been around blogs for a long time and has plowed through the things we newcomers encounter; sifting the wheat from the chaff and plonking them down inside this book.

With a book rich in advice like this, don’t waste time and energy trolling websites looking for the trade tricks. They are all condensed with easy to follow explanations from start to finish.

This book is the thing I wish I’d had almost a year ago.

Clearly, I was blessed to have Lois in my corner.

Incentives for Authors

She even advised me concerning incentives to encourage people to purchase the book during the first month of sales. Initially, I thought people could forward me a receipt as proof of purchase. Instead, she suggested they simply tell me the name of Chapter 3. Easy!

I will definitely honor that offer. Anyone who correctly tells me the name of Chapter 3 will get a link to five additional blogging tips articles.

Look at what she wrote me this morning:

You are getting close to the top 100!

Published on Amazon and nearing the top 100!

Please Do What You Can to Promote My Ebook

It is my goal to enter Amazon’s Top 100.

I need your help!

You can help by doing the following

How to leave a review:
Click on the link.
Scroll down under “Product Detail”.
You will see “Customer Reviews.” Click “Write a Customer Review”.
As you read, Julie Syl Kalungi stressed how important reviews are. They hold great weight with Amazon.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
An Insider's Guide to Creating a Successful Blog Ebook


In closing, it may take a village to write an ebook, but it also takes a village to promote it. People need people; certainly ebook authors do.


Be on the lookout for people who might help you with your publishing journey. Thank you for doing what you can to promote my ebook as I take one more step on my journey to ebook author.


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  1. Hello Janice,
    I’ll definitely promote the Ebook, and would love to interview you on my blog.

  2. Hello Janice,
    I’ll definitely promote the Ebook, and would love to interview you on my blog.

    Don’t know it will be possible to get you on this?

  3. Sounds like a great book. Will have to order.

  4. Congrats my BBFFJ, on the publication of your new e-book!! So exciting! And also, Happy 2nd Blogaversary!!
    Have hubby treat you to some cake!!
    Love, BBFFM
    Melinda Mitchell recently posted…Quipped Quotes – Day 3My Profile

    • Hi BBFFM,
      Virtual cake? LOL. You are so kind.
      Any word on finding a surrogate Amazon reviewer? I’m sure anyone with an Amazon account would be happy to help.

  5. Janice,

    Congratulations on your book and all of the hard work you put into writing it and getting it published. Thank you for trusting me with your book and your vision. You have helped and inspired so many people through your blog and now I hope your readers will help you help more people. Keep up the great work!

  6. It so wonderful that you completed another one of your goals. Congradulations on becoming a published author and I look forward to reading and promoting your ebook.

  7. Congrats on your book. Team work can often help one bring together all the professional
    knowledge to make things work. Wishing you the best with your new “baby.”

  8. These are awesome tips and advice.
    Sandy KS recently posted…22 Things I Am Thankful ForMy Profile

  9. Congratulations again Janice on your first book publication. I’m looking forward to reading it when I can. It seems you’ve done a fabulous job of going through the process and had some wonderful help. Thanks for the mention. 🙂 P.S. I’ll have your questions to you next week. 🙂
    dgkaye recently posted…Goodbye Traditional #Publishing, Hello Indie – Results | Myths of the MirrorMy Profile

    • Thanks Debby for the hearty congratulations and the upcoming interview. I’m looking forward to it!

  10. Hi Janice,
    Am happy you accepted the interview request. We’ll conduct the interview on Facebook, here is my link http://www.facebook.com/realityemma . I will message you your questions. Thank you!

    Emmanuel Ekanem recently posted…Step By Step Guide On How To Publish To Blogspot By EmailMy Profile

  11. Big congrats again Janice!

    And certainly, every published author, on any scale, can and
    does appreciate, all of the incredibly hard work, which goes into such a,
    at times, semi grueling and tedious process!

    And thank you for your incredibly kind words of encouragement coach!

    But (the truth) definitely told, I’ve benefited far more from your expert guidance and
    continuous support, than I’ll ever be able to offer you!LOL!

    And thanks, as always, for sharing so many awesome resources!I will definitely
    be mentioning your brand new book, in future blog posts!

    So that others, can and definitely will, benefit from your proven expertise and
    and wealth of knowledge!
    Mark recently posted…Sales And Promotion: How To Keep Your Best Customers Completely Satisfied And Wanting More!Part ThreeMy Profile

  12. All that seems very complicated. Thank goodness I have no intention of publishing a book! Congratulations to you on doing so!

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