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New Years Resolutions: How They Work – or Not

Winter-Blues

January 1 means a new beginning. You might be surprised that 75% of every New Years Resolution will be continued through the entire first week, but not even 50% continue through until summer. And according to statistics only 8% of people achieve them throughout the year.  Now with the year ending, it’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make.

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Set Clear Goals – and a Reason to Stick to Them
When resolutions are too ambitious, we struggle to change our habits, become discouraged and ultimately give up altogether. Establishing vague goals, like, “I want to be healthier,” or “I want to spend more time with my family,” won’t do you any good. You need to create concrete goals. Describe exactly you want to change. Ask yourself: “What would I need to do to become a happier person? Or loose weight? Or find a better job”

Not feeling motivated most New Year’s resolutions only last a couple of weeks. Expect that there will be days when you don’t feel like sticking to your goal – and have a plan how you will counteract this lack of motivation. Create a list of all the reasons why you should stick to your goal.

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You Can Eat a Whole Elephant
You just need to cut it in small pieces and eat one portion at a time. Don’t create huge goals, or at least cut them into small pieces. Establish small goals and clear action steps, which you can implement every day. Boost your motivation, keep a list of all the reasons why you should stick to your goals – and read them several times a day. Having patience leads to success.

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Hang up a Calendar
Check off every day you stuck to your diet, went for a walk, volunteered, or have been nice and helpful to everyone you met this day. Celebrate when you hit small milestones – but don’t eat a whole chocolate bar once you reached a step of your weightless goal.

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Have a Plan B
A little planning can help you toward keeping you on target. Don’t say you can’t “find the time” to do something. Nobody finds time, we choose time! Treat your New Year Resolution’s appointments just like they were scheduled doctor appointments. Progress doesn’t come in a straight line. You’ll likely make some mistakes along the way. Don’t conclude your mistake is proof you can’t be successful.

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Tony Robbins Sums it Up:
Your resolution needs to have a positive, exciting outcome, something your are looking forward to. For example: Don’t say to yourself: “I want to loose weight.” Instead vow: “Until March 1, I will fit into my lovely summer dress again that I bought last year”. This is a positive outlook. Take pictures of this dress and place them everywhere you can see them.
Watch Tony Robbins’ video on YouTube. He gives lots of helpful hints how to motivate yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL5jKptjIQw

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Look for Support
Sometimes friends and family members have trouble supporting your goals. Make sure you have at least a few people helping you to reach your goal. Consider talking to a therapist or a priest or rabbi if you don’t have anyone in your life who is really cheering you on.

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Recommended Resolutions for Writers
Check out this list of recommendations for Writers at an earlier article I wrote: Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions? One Step per Day to future publishing success. And: READ MORE BOOKS
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You can still be successful in the end even when you encounter obstacles and problems throughout your journey. Yes, it takes work to keep your resolutions. But if you stay committed, you’ll be very proud of yourself in the end – and with more self-esteem. Life is busy, don’t forget about the simple but immensely important goals: Be a good spouse, be a good friend. Smile more, treat others with kindness and patience.

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Read also these encouraging articles:
https://daringtolivefully.com/new-year-resolution-ideas
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-years-resolutions-what-money-pros-vow-to-do-better-in-2017-2016-12-26
http://www.chopra.com/articles/5-alternatives-to-making-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolutions
http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/28/health/new-years-resolutions-nutrition-fitness/

 

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From December 23 to December 28
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Writing While You Travel?

Here are some tips to hang out in marvelous coffee places, and write on your next novel or upload your photos.  Sure you can stay in your hotel room or go to a Starbucks in every city of the old or new world.  But if you want to get some local flair – and maybe ideas for your next book – try these places:
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Cappuccino

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Berlin, Germany

St. Oberholz, Rosenthaler Platz and Helmholtz Platz, in Berlin are not only a coffee shops, but even a publishing house which gives niche topics a space to flourish, to create and produce sophisticated products. The Rosenthaler Platz café extends from the ground floor to the first floor. Above the café, you’ll find members-only co-working spaces, team rooms, and conference rooms.
Their latest addition to the St. Oberholz family opened in 2015 and is located only two blocks away from Rosenthaler Platz. It is physically and conceptually a true extension of the St. Oberholz at Rosenthaler Platz.
What patrons say: “It was one of my favorite cafes to “get work done”. “Good place to work in Berlin. Big as hell and nice interior design. Gets busy but you always will find a place to seat. Fast wifi and acceptable food. English speaking staff which is nice”.

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Berlin-Germany.

Lisboa, Portugal
Wish Slow Coffee House at the LX Factory
Rua Rodrigues Faria 103, Espaço 0.2G, Alcântara
Further to being an amazing shop, LX Factory is also a charming café, full of yummy things to eat and speciality coffee shop. They roast the best selection of 100% Arabic beans and only grind in time, before your coffee is made. They have two mills, one for espresso coffee, from Colombia, and another for the variations of slow coffee, from Ethiopia. In addition to the usual espresso, latte, cappuccino and macchiato, there are filter coffees, as well as from the French Press.
Order poffertjes (small Dutch buckwheat pancakes) or go with local Portuguese bites such as tremoços (lupin seeds) and platters of cheese, ham and sausages or delicious sweets, such as rendidos á gula. Brunch is available every day.

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Munich, Germany
If you really want to work on your book: there is no WiFi!
There are two MVSM coffee shops in Munich: the first opened at Müllerstraße 23, not far from Gaertnerplatz, the latest one is just 300 ft away from the university, in the Maxvorstadt / Schwabing area, at Adalberstr. 10 – next to the subway.
They offer filter coffee, flat whites, cappuccino, espresso, Ek43spresso and the famous Franzbrötchen. And more. Coffees are prepared by using Gravimetric Technology to ensure maximum taste and consistency. MVSM offers some of the nicest teas, too.
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Salzburg, Austria
Even in Winter: enchanting! And free WiFi is everywhere to find. From Christmas to Easter locals claim their city back. Check out this image gallery.
Coffee shops are not packed like during the tourist season. Bring your laptop to these cosy coffee places:

Symphony Café, Salzburg, Austria
Griesgasse 13, just steps away from Mozart’s birth place and museum,

Balthazar Café, Restaurant & Bar – Salzburg, Austria
Kaigasse 31, close to the Mirabell Schloss

Salzburg surfs the web! Every user with a mobile device which enables WLAN can surf the World Wide Web for free within a radius of 100 meters. The use of WLAN doesn’t require any user account. Here is just a small selection of the numerous WiFi spots:
Mozartplatz
Volksgarten
Kapitelplatz
Kajetanerplatz
Mirabell Gardens
Fortress Hohensalzburg
at the riverbanks of Salzach, around Mozartsteg (Mozart Bridge)
at the riverbanks of Salzach, around Makartsteg (Makart Bridge)

And then there is Coworking Salzburg, Techno-Z
Jakob-Haringer-Straße, 3. If you plan a whole day of work rent your co-working space for as little as 25EUR per day, including a desk, power outlets and Wi-Fi.
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Jack's-Coffeeshop.

New York City and Long Island
Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee Shops: Seven locations in New York City, Amagansett and Sag Harbor, including their own organic bakery. Here are the websites of each location.
It’s New York City’s first organic, shade-grown and Fair-Trade certified coffee shop.  “A really cosy place to have excellent coffee and to work”. (Offline, no WiFi!)  Opens at 6:30 am, closes at 7pm.

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Quebec City, Canada
Nektar Coffee Shop Quebec/Saint-Roch, 235 St-Joseph East, close to Blvd Charest E. and Nektar Coffeeologist Limoilou, 1001 3rd Ave.
Surrounded by lots of IT companies, start-ups and creative agencies, there is certainly free WiFi available.
Le Nektar selects its coffees from roasters that favor direct trade and sustainable harvesting methods. Reviewer: “Best, most sophisticated espresso drinks in Quebec City. Exquisite presentation, great atmosphere. Le Nektar is reinvigorating Quebec City’s entire coffee landscape.”

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“Coffee shops are classic writers’ haunts for a reason.  Caffeine is a great aid to churn out page after page of top-notch narrative” says author Kristen Pope who created a long list of quiet places with free WiFi where you can work on your manuscript and do internet research.

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How New York Times Book Reviewers Work

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Ever wondered how the editors of the NY Times Review are choosing the list of their editors’ picks for the 10 Best Books of the Year?  But that’s not all, just before Thanksgiving, The New York Times Book Review published also its list of the 100 Notable Books of 2016.  Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shed some light on how things work at the Book Review and explains to authors and readers:

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Book Reviews and End of the Year List
“It is often the case that books we like don’t necessarily get hugely favorable notice in the Book Review.  One recent case: Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See got a negative review in the Book Review.  But we still named it one of the 10 Best Books of the year at the time.  Our 10 Best is when we editors get to exert our own opinions, no matter what our reviewers say.  At the end of the year, we pull together all of our Editor’s Choices and narrow them down to 100 Notable Books of the Year—50 fiction and 50 nonfiction.  From those, we pick the 10 Best.”

In an article at Lithub she mentioned that the Times reviews about 1% of the books that are published in any given year.  Editors select which books we want reviewed, and then we find reviewers to write about them.

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“We review all genres, though our tastes reflect the tastes of our editors and those of readers of The New York Times.  The staff critics for The Times choose which books they want to review themselves.  On most days, we have three large carts piled high with boxes and envelopes, plus 10 – 20 Postal Boxes filled to the top.”

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Book Reviews Are Often Emotional
“I think the biggest mistake reviewers make is conflating a book review with a book report.  Generally speaking, readers don’t want to know what happens in a book, and they certainly don’t want (nor should they get) plot spoilers.  I hate that personally as a reader!  Let me discover for myself.

What I’m more interested in a review is seeing a writer engage with a book—intellectually and often, emotionally.  I want some depth and context: What else has been written on the subject?  What has this writer done previously?  What kind of research did the writer do?

I want to know what the writing is like—give me some examples, quote from the book, describe the style.  I want to know what the writer does well and not so well. I want judgment.  I want to know if a book is well done and if it’s worth my time.  Is this a book I’ll actually want to read, or just read about?”
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You can’t please all of the readers all of the time! ~ Stephen King

Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving
your talent
to those who have none.
~ Jules Renard

 

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SECRET CINEMAS 10 Erotic Movie Fantasies

You might have read our interview with Dr. Charlayne Grenci, author of Marcel Proust EXPOSED and Queen of Domination: My Secret Life.
She is a prolific writer  and has just launched her third book:  SECRET CINEMAS. It’s the first in a series of erotic fantasy short stories for imaginative readers.


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Charlayne Grenci PhD

Andy Warhol, film-maker and visual artist, once famously stated: “Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.” 
How true this really is, proves Dr. Charlayne Grenci in her latest work: SECRET CINEMAS: 10 Erotic Movie Fantasies.

 

SECRET-CINEMAS


Dr. Charlayne Grenci: “We all have a secret theatre in our imagination: SECRET CINEMAS.
Imagine yourself in a private theatre, watching a variety of erotic fantasies and sexual adventures, romance, domination, male and female submission, BDSM, seduction, fetishism, threesomes, rough sex, role-play, foreplay, kinky sex, leather, lesbian, bi-sexual, sexual entertainment, sex games and more.”

SECRET CINEMAS: 10 Erotic Movie Fantasies will show you how to tap into your mind’s secret cinema and make your imagination come alive.
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Get SECRET CINEMAS as an ebook at these online retailers:

AMAZON USA
https://www.amazon.com/SECRET-CINEMAS-Erotic-Movie-Fantasies-ebook/dp/B01MXX5797

AMAZON CANADA
https://www.amazon.ca/SECRET-CINEMAS-Erotic-Movie-Fantasies-ebook/dp/B01MXX5797

AMAZON UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MXX5797/

KOBO
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… more to follow.

A Book is a Device to Ignite the Imagination ~ Alan Bennett

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Better Conditions for Amazon’s Pre-Orders

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Remember author Mindy Klasky’s nightmare experiences last year: Amazon’s Pre-Order Quagmire  – when Amazon screw up her pre-orders and sent the wrong e-book files to 8,100 book purchasers?  

It costed her valuable reader goodwill and hard cash, for which she was not compensated.  And on top of that: “most frustratingly, Amazon refused to delete the one- and two-star reviews for the wrong book files”. Read the whole story here.
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My own issues with Amazon’s pre-order program seems to pale, compared to this story.  I only was banned for a year, even though I sent dozens of emails with written proof that Amazon placed the wrong date to my pre-order.  At the end I just could not stand the stupidity of the stressful calls, the lost time and decided to never, ever place another pre-order.  At this time I also did not know the direct email to Jeff Bezos.
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Now it Seems That Amazon has Learned…
They introduced very quietly new policies to their pre-order process, which results in more benefits and less stress for authors:

  • authors have more time to get their final book in
  • authors are able to push back the pre-order’s on-sale date
  • one-year ban enforcements get limited

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The New Requirements

  • 1. To start your pre-orders you don’t need to deliver a perfect manuscript, so you have time to make last minute changes and corrections until four days before the official book launch. Why do I state four days and not three
    Amazon states: “make sure to upload your revised manuscript file at least 3 days before the pre-order release date. We’ll need to preview your manuscript content for compliance with our Program Policies before we create the pre-order detail page. It will go through the same review process that any other KDP eBook would.”
    But watch out: Amazon talks about three full days! Which in practical terms is four days. Don’t wait until the last minute! You will find even a warning on the section final files.
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  • 2. The most valuable of all changes Amazon made, is the possibility to postpone your official book launch date, if you don’t get your final version ready in time. This should certainly be only an exception and in very serious cases!
    Amazon states: “You can postpone the release date for your eBook one time, as much as 30 days past the initial release date.  Postpone at least for days before the official launch date.  Customers who pre-ordered the eBook will receive an email letting them know that you have delayed the release of your eBook.”  These pre-order customers get their book automatically now at a maximum of 30 days.
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  • 3. In the past, Amazon would cancel the pre-order if you didn’t get the file in on time, and you would be banned from any pre-order activities for one full-year.  The new policy doesn’t offer any circumstances for which Amazon would cancel a pre-order, so it’s up to the author now to cancel in extreme circumstances (and get banned for a year).

Amazon Explains on Their Website:

List your eBook as you would any other KDP book.  When you’re adding a new eBook, on Step 4, “Select Your eBook Release Option,” choose “Make my eBook available for pre-order” and set a date in the future (max 90 days).

Though your eBook isn’t available for download yet, Amazon publishes a product detail page for the pre-order book within 24 hours of approval.  Customers can order the eBook anytime until the release date you set and it will be delivered to them on that date.  However, customers won’t be able to download sample content for pre-order eBooks during the pre-order period.  After the release date, Amazon makes sample content (“Look Inside”) available for download.

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List Price Requirements
Amazon: “You can set the list price for your pre-order book based on our list price requirements.  You can change your book’s list price during the pre-order period, but if you lower it, we’ll retroactively charge that lower price to customers who have already pre-ordered your book. If you raise the price during pre-order, all prior customers will still pay the lower price.  Your royalty will be based on the actual price we charge customers.” Read more on Amazon’s website.

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Pre-Order Tips for Authors
Readers who pre-order your book are “buying a pig in a poke” as they cannot look inside, not even see the TOC’s and they cannot order a reading sample.  Not good for first-time authors!

After all, readers want to know your writing. Unless you have a lively blog, or have written dozens of short stories, giving your potential readers samples of your craft.

Create the best book description you can think of.  Use lots of enticing keywords to engage the right audience / purchasers and use all the space Amazon gives you for the books description.  It’s the only way for readers to find out if your book is worth pre-ordering.

 

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