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3. The Cost of Not Failing - The engrossing story of would-be comedy star Duke Fightmaster leads Ed Czyewski to observe, "When we refuse to fail, we rob ourselves of important lessons … and prevent ourselves from taking important steps forward." (via @TheHighCalling).
The poet Dante presents his poem "Purgatorio" to the city of Florence.
7. 19 tips for authors (and aspiring authors) by Seth Godin. If you're not familiar with Godin, he's an incredibly entrepreneurial (and busy) thinker, writer, and marketer — so I'm not surprised his first love is for self-publishing. We disagree on a few points about publishing (i.e., Tip #7), but even when Godin isn't right he's worth considering. Here are two of my favorites from the list:
The best time to start promoting your book is three years before it comes out. Three years to build a reputation, build a permission asset, build a blog, build a following, build credibility and build the connections you'll need later.
Pay for an
eidtoreditor. Not just to fix the typos, but to actually make your ramblings into something that people will choose to read… One of the things traditional publishers used to do is provide really insightful, even brilliant editors… but alas, that doesn't happen very often.*
(*I can't speak for the personnel at other publishers, but my editor colleagues at Zondervan are insightful and even brilliant. // I tip my hat to Zondervan author @pastorbrady for bringing Godin's post to my attention.)
- Adam Forrest, Zondervan
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