Authors in Business; Hashtags

Hello Readers!

I came across this app a few weeks ago that really caught my attention. It’s called Hashtag Expert for IG.

If you are anything like me you have a hard time thinking of hashtags to include with your social media posts. I will sit there and sit there trying to figure out what I want to say to make this post, like every other post, stand out and grab attention. So while I was in the App Store, for iPhone, I came across the Hashtag Expert for IG.

It allows you to try it for one week. Then you have to pay to use the app. It’s $19.99 for a year. You type in a word then it generates hashtags for you to use in your post. It copies it then you head on over to the social media of your choice and you paste it. Simple as that. It takes the guess work out of hashtags!

I think it’s definitely worth having for Authors in Business when promoting in Social Media.

Check your AppStore to download!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

Motivational Monday; Organization to Stay on Task

Hello Readers and Happy Monday!

maxresdefaultOrganizing is very fun…to certain people. I, for one, love to organize and see things put into order. For me, organizing helps me stay on trask.

If you are like many people in today’s society, you struggle with staying on task. With so many things holding our attention, it’s hard to stay on task that’s why I suggest organizing to help you stay on task.

Lists are a great way to stay on task. If you have a list next to you, you are more than likely to glance at the list periodically to see what you have coming up next than to mentally wonder off on to something else.

You can also keep a timer or clock. Give yourself a deadline to work on one thing and one thing only.

Distraction free environment. If where you are working at is distraction free, you are more likely to stay on task.

These three things can help you stay on task and get the job done.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Hello Readers!

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Welcome to the Help Me Create a Page Turning Novel Workshop. In this course, writers will be taken through a four week course that will walk them through the steps to write a novel. At the end of the course, writers will be ready to write their next best seller. The workshop helps the writer get their ideas from their head on to paper so that they can prepare for the organization of their story. 

The course starts on September 1st, 2019 ending on September 24th, 2019. 

Writers will also join a Facebook group to interact with the other writers, networking and discussing various topics. Get the help you need in starting and finishing your novel!

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

Motivational Monday: Follow the Inspiration

Hello Readers!

We’ve all got one or maybe two inspirational leaders that we look up to. Maybe they are in the industry in which we service or in a completely different industry. Either way, we’ve come in contact with someone that encourages, motivates and inspires us in a serious way.

As we walk into a new week, let’s learn to follow the inspiration. Wherever is comes from, social media, friends, family or even your favorite inspirational influencer, follow the motivation. Allow it to keep your grounded and focused and never let up.

Be sure to stay connected to what keeps you on your toes everyday. Whatever gets you out of the bed everyday…follow it!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

How to Tuesday: Develop Subplots

Hello Readers!

Subplots are what I like to call the peanut butter and jelly to a PB&J. If the main story is the bread and we ate it alone, it would be a dull and dry sandwich.

Subplots are a secondary strand of the plot that is a supporting side story for any story or main plot. Subplots support the main story and sometimes the main characters or the sub characters. When one is wanting to develop a subplot, here are a few things to analyze

  • Is there something going on in the main character or sub characters life that can take on a life of its own, yet can’t stand alone without the main story?

If so this is a good subplot. Let’s say for instance Mary is a suspect in murdering her best friend. But she’s also the sister of her best friends husband. Her double life is the subplot. Let’s go a step further and say that Mary is a detective who is well respected in her community who is working on a case about the abduction of a single mother whose husband is most likely the culprit. But Mary is also a contract killer.

  • Is there a situation that is going on in the story that runs along with the main story?

If so, this is a good subplot. Insert your character into this situation. Make your character deal or solve this problem while solving their main problem, which is the main plot.

In order to create subplots, you have to first have built and created good characters. They need to be complex, have issues, have problems. Basically, they need to be human. You have to be able to pull something from them. Going through a divorce, a subplot could include emotional issues. Have abusive tendencies, you could create a subplot about this person abusing another character.

Another way is to pull subplots from the main story. If you had a story that was based off a woman getting over a heart break, you could include her now trying to be a single mother to a son who’s being rebellious, skipping school, having sex, being disrespectful. At the same time, her mother finds out she has cancer. She is then told that she has a new job where she is making three times what she’s currently making but the job is four states over. See the dilemma? The idea is to create conflict. So if you are struggling with sub plot development, you must create conflict within a situation or a character but make sure the characters are authentic, or the conflict won’t be true to your story or your character.

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

Don’t Bite off More than you can Chew!

Business women on a chartHello Readers!

One thing I’ve seen a lot lately is business owners biting off more than they can chew. Placing themselves in a business category that their business has not reached yet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great, wonderful to dream big but at some point you have to be realistic. If your company just hasn’t reached that level yet, you are not only fooling your customers but you’re following yourself.

One mistake is pricing. You have to know how to price your product, your service. You don’t want to price it too low, people won’t think much of your business and you don’t want to price it too high, people won’t think twice because it might not be worth that price. Now if you are going to price yourself or product high, you must be able to back that price up. If your shampoo costs $300 it better be the best shampoo on the planet! When people see a high price for a product that’s usually lower or that your price is at the higher end, people are going to analyze your company and see if you are really worth that amount. You better be able to back that price up.

Watch what you say. If you’ve got a big mouth as a business owner and speak a whole of words about your company, you better be able to back that up. You’re the best right? You better be the best. If not, customers will put you under a magnifying glass and see what you’re really about. Maybe instead of saying you are the best; you need to say we are one of the best. The best means there’s no other above you and no one can do it like you. Well when your customers go looking elsewhere and they find something better in quality and price, you’ve just found out that you are not the best.

As a business owner, you should be in reality with your company. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Take your time and leave room for error and growth.

Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique

The Importance of Business Mentorship

Hello Readers!!

images-9I’ve had the pleasure of having many people who have been there done that in business help me get to the next level…we call them mentors.

It’s very important to have a mentor in whatever business you are in. It’s hard to find now a days, to be honest. Too many people are afraid of others who are on their tails for the title of success and no one wants to share. But every now and then you find someone who’s willing to be of help.

Having a mentor is also good because they can answer questions you may not have been able to answer yourself.  Business mentors should push, motivate and encourage you in business. When you find the one mentor to give you what you need to succeed in business, make sure to build on that relationship.

Now having a mentor doesn’t mean you need someone in any type of business to help you. It’s better to find a mentor in the same business you are in. If you are in design and your mentor is in construction, the two of you won’t be able to relate much. Finding a mentor in your own business field is a must. You can find a business mentor by simply making connections with people in your line of work or hiring someone who’s speciality is mentoring.

Anyone can be a mentor but people feel more comfortable with someone who has some years invested in what they are doing, someone who has some experience under their belt. Build your resume to reflect your experience. Make yourself welcoming and open to mentoring.

Whether you are looking for a mentor or looking to become a mentor, think about this one important thing: Help is always needed. Accept it and/or provide it! Remember where you were a few years ago in the beginning of your business…looking for help and wondering how to get started.

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Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique