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If you follow @Adm1nAngelsUK on Twitter, you might have noticed that I was busy helping out with #SelfPubCon last weekend.
The Self-Publishing Advice Conference is a twice-annual event run by the fantastic Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). It’s a 24-hour conference for indie authors and writers, packed full of advice, support, workshops and talks from 24 top industry speakers.
Sadly, the free SelfPubCon period has now ended, but you can get yourself a pass by visiting the website, which also gives you access to all previous conferences.
This time around, the conference was all about the Top 100 Tools for Indie Authors, and I was asked to provide three of my favourite tools.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone hates micromanaging!
If someone was micromanaging you, you might feel like they're looking over your shoulder, like they don't trust you to do your job.
And let's face it, the hourly check-in emails and daily progress calls only serve to eat into your productivity.
If you're the one micromanaging, you'll likely be frustrated that you're wasting time chasing someone else when you'd rather be doing something more productive.
In this way, micromanaging is un-helpful, un-productive and stifles creativity and morale.
So, what can you do instead?
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When the Coronavirus became a Pandemic and the UK went into lockdown, I stopped marketing my services, as did a lot of people.
While I was conscious about still needing to earn money, I didn't want to come across as heartless, unfeeling, money-grabbing or desperate.
So, I hung back for a little while, unsure of how to move forward.
But the truth is that, pandemic or not, we all need money to survive.
Want to know a secret?
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Are you finding it difficult to 'stand out' now that everyone seems to be online?
All of a sudden, our virtual world seems more crowded than ever before as, thanks to the current pandemic, more and more people are noticing the value and importance of online marketing.
Shops that used to operate physically are now launching eCommerce stores, authors who used only consignment printing are now turning to print-on-demand services and eBooks, and Zoom has become the fastest growing video meeting provider.
So, how do you stay seen amidst all of this noise?
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Are you new to working from home?
Finding it difficult to ‘switch off’ as you used to when you left the office?
I’ve been working from home for 7 years and, believe me, there are still times when I find myself working well into the night.
It can be hard to step away when you’re itching to get things finished and checked off your to-do list.
But then what?
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Are you still marketing?
Well, you should be.
Yes, everything's a bit up in the air at the moment as the current pandemic forces us all to change the way that we live, work and communicate.
Many of us are facing a loss of income, new challenges, such as suddenly working alongside our children, and an uncertain future.
But that doesn't mean we should stop all our efforts.
Let’s face it, we haven’t worked this hard to stop now, and if we still want to have a business when the lockdown is over, we need to keep working at it.
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This week, my partner has turned around his business.
As a music teacher faced with lockdown and the prospect of losing all of his lessons, I encouraged him to take it online.
To use Skype, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Zoom - any platform that his students preferred - to take those lessons online and continue teaching.
To his credit as a teacher and a musician, almost every single one of his students have agreed to online lessons during this trying time and his first lesson (with his youngest student) yesterday was a resounding success.
I've seen so many other examples of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking in the last few days from Joe Wicks' online PE classes (yes, we're doing those too!), live zoo broadcasts, authors reading their books online, new podcasts and so much more.
These are troubling times for many of us and I hope that you're feeling well and staying safe.
This is a short update to let you know that Admin Angels UK is open and operating as normal.
That being said, if you need any changes to your social media posts, blog articles or other processes, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
For my indie author clients concerned about isolation and creativity, the fantastic Alliance of Independent Authors have worked hard to create an online, creative hub to encourage connectivity.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch and I'll do my best to help.
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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
Without music, life would be pretty dull.
I'm listening to it right now (and I won't lie, it's a song from Frozen 2!)
Because I am almost ALWAYS more productive when listening to music than when I'm not.
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