Are You Showing Up?

The Internet is littered with abandoned blogs and social media accounts. Often when authors contact me about issues with promoting and selling their books, one of the first things I do is check them out online. It is no surprise when I discover that often these authors have stopped showing up.

I have often heard it said that 90% of success is just showing up!

One author recently told me, “I knock on doors, and then in spite of my fear of failure or making a fool of myself, I still show up!”

Think about this. Showing up is most of the work. Once you show up, things usually flow.

When we get discouraged, showing up takes a lot of effort. When we fear rejection, showing up takes determination. The more you believe in your book and your message, the easier it is to show up.

Adoniram Judson was the first missionary sent to a foreign country from America. He went to Burma to tell people about Jesus. Success was slow. It took six years of Adoniram showing up regularly before he experienced his first convert to Christianity. Remember Judson’s perseverance when you feel like giving up.

Brené Brown—whose 2010 TED Talk on “The Power of Vulnerability” is one of the most watched talks on Ted.com—has 10 Rules for Success. The number one rule on that list is “Show up!”

Are you showing up regularly?

  • Are you updating your blog, podcast, or video series at least once a month?
  • Are you posting on your social media sites at least once each day?
  • Are you checking your emails and responding to them daily?
  • Are you participating in a forum or blog conversation reaching your target audience at least weekly?
  • Are you attending events for authors?

Do you want to experience more success in promoting and selling your books? Show up. Be there. When you are not there, you miss opportunities.

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4 thoughts on “Are You Showing Up?

  1. Such helpful tips.As an author who hasn’t done much in the way of promoting my books, your blog today has given me some tools to use in the coming year as I stretch myself in my writing. Thank you!

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  2. With 152 million (more or less) blogs on the internet, and 250 million adults in the U.S. there is tremendous competition to even get your blog noticed. Add to that the fact that 55% of those who do see your post will stay for 15 seconds or less. As an author and a web developer, I emphasis focusing on your book website and SEO. If your blog is part of your book site, that works, but I wouldn’t recommend a separate blog. Put your time and energy into your book site, reviews, and links from other websites to your site.

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