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How to live your life on a need-to-know basis

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I recently offered this piece of unsolicited advice to an author whose first book had just been published: “Don’t be constantly checking your Amazon rank. Limit yourself to 30 times a day.”

It was only sort of a joke, since I had a feeling this author was likely to check 50 times a day. In reality, I meant zero times a day. That’s probably unrealistic for first-time authors, but if you want to know the truth, I haven’t looked at my Amazon page, let alone the ever-fluctuating sales rank, for the last three books I’ve published. …


We know all the pros, but the cons can outweigh them

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A group of individuals networking with each other at an event.
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Professional connections are crucial to thriving in just about any career. In the world of book publishing, where name recognition directly translates to sales, there’s an extra layer of pressure to show up, shake hands, and schmooze with industry colleagues at readings and social events.

But as author Maggie Shipstead points out, you can break the “rules” and still be successful. In fact, she encourages it.

“I think it’s worthwhile for first-time authors to genuinely and purposefully consider what feels authentic for them and then protect that,” she says. “I don’t mean ‘authentic’ in an Instagrammy #authentic way, but more…

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