Summer has started, and we know it can be an off-season for many of you. It doesn’t have to be, though, so we’d like to invite you to enlist in the NAIWE Get It Done 2010 Summer Challenge.
- Read three books that will stretch your mind and inspire your creative spirit.
- Finish one project that’s been nagging at you for longer than you care to admit.
- Brainstorm a new project that will bring you an additional stream of income, then take the first step to make it happen.
If you’re going to take part in the challenge, here’s what to do:
- Post the challenge button on your website or blog (right-click to copy and save it to your hard drive)
- Write a post about what you plan to read and do to meet the challenge
- Link the button to this post or paste the address of this post next to the button so visitors will know how to find the challenge for themselves
- Leave a comment below with your URL so that others who take the challenge can visit your blog or website.
All of this will have the useful effect of increasing traffic to your website during the notoriously slow months of summer, and that’s a good thing!
Of course, we have a few suggestions for books to read, but we’d also love to hear your recommendations. Some of our selections aren’t new, but they’re good. If you haven’t read them, now would be a good time!
Books to Build Your Thinking and Business Skills
- Purple Cow or others by Seth Godin
- Outliers or others by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan
- No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy
- Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers by Shel Horowitz
- The Well-Fed Writer and/or The Well-Fed Self-Publisher by Peter Bowerman
Books to Strengthen Your Craft
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser
- The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Putting Your Passion Into Print by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
- Miss Thistlebottom’s Hobgoblins by Theodore M. Bernstein
- The Copyeditor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn
Projects You May Want to Tackle
- Updating all your social media profiles
- Adding content to your website and blog (This will help you show up higher in search engine results for your field or genre.)
- Listing your business on Google Local so you’ll show up at the top of search results for your specialty
- Finishing a book or article that’s been on the back burner
- Putting together a class you could teach to introduce others to your area of expertise
- That annoying, nagging thing you just need to get done
Ideas for Additional Streams of Income
- Compile all your notes on your subject of expertise, write a succinct how-to book, and post it on your site as an e-book (we’ll have a teleclass on how to do this later this summer).
- Add Google AdSense to your personal website and blog.
- Query a new magazine market.
- Create a tips booklet and offer it to prospective clients or sell it on your website (listen to the teleclass by NAIWE Expert Paulette Ensign to learn how to do it).
- There are many more ways to do this, but extra income streams can add up to a additional security. You can do this!
If you have other ideas to contribute, please feel free to comment.