August #AuthorTip: Utilize The Tools You Have

Continuing this post series with a tip for keeping yourself honest:


It doesn’t matter how many resources you have. If you don’t know how to use them, it will never be enough.

There are times when seeking out new tools or another person to join you (since two heads are better than one) is the best course of action. However, a lot of times it’s nothing more than an excuse for why you’re not producing to the level you should be. “Well, I can’t do all that, I don’t have access to XYZ.”

Okay, fair enough. But what do you have access to? Are you taking full advantage of the tools you have? I’m going to make a bold statement with full confidence that it is likely true: Anyone with access to the Internet already has all the tools they need to publish a book to professional industry standards. And it need not cost that much, either. More often than not, “I can’t do this” really means, “I don’t want to learn.” The resources are out there. You just have to be willing to look for them. But you already know that, since you’re here, reading this website. 😉

Educate yourself, and keep educating yourself. Think outside the box. Look at other people in your field, see what they’re doing and learn how you can emulate them, or improve on their method. Until you have exhausted all possible options for your current situation, spending money or dragging someone else into your pit of despair (excuse the melodrama) should not even enter into the equation.

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