The Eight Desperations of a Struggling Author

And all this time you thought becoming an author would be fun? Just for kicks and giggles, I thought I’d take a stab at the eight worst habits of the published and about to be published author.  (Good thing we’re not all like this!)

Desperate are the poor of spirit, for theirs is the hell of the hopeful without guts or a plan.

Desperate are they who gripe, for they learn nothing from the rejection form letter.

Desperate are the meek, for soft-spoken is less effective than a powerful voice.

Desperate are those who hunger for the pat on the back. Ain’t coming.

Desperate are the merciless, for they “borrow” ideas and audience but will forever suffer being unoriginal.

Desperate are the clean of chart, for without sharp strategy nothing is accomplished.

Desperate are the friend-makers, for they will forget to seek out genre fans and book buyers.

Desperate are those who persecute their fellow authors, for they will be friendless and ignored at important tradeshows.

 Your thoughts?

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About Deborah Riley-Magnus

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven year professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations as a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and non-fiction. Since 2010, she had two novels released. In 2013 her nonfiction, Finding Author Success (Second Edition), and Cross Marketing Magic for Authors were released. Her newest book, Write Brain/Left Brain, focuses on bridging the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author. Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She writes an author industry blog and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations. Deborah has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years. View all posts by Deborah Riley-Magnus

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