They say practice makes
perfect — but only if you practice the right things, the right way — and often.

After watching the New York Mets’ first spring
training game in Florida last week, to kick-off the entire 2024 season, I
realize that even professional athletes who are better than 99.99 percent of
anyone playing baseball today still need to practice the things that make them
competitive. Authors must do the same thing.

Athletes, the military, actors, and musicians
all are aware they must keep doing routine, even basic activities, from target
practice to batting practice, over and over again.

Psychologists say one must practice something
10,0000 times for you to perfect your ability to execute the task efficiently
and effectively. Many people train months and years for a chance to make it to
the pros, Broadway, Hollywood, or onto a battlefield.

Are you perfecting your writing and/or your
marketing skills?

Many say it takes 21 consecutive days of doing
something for it to become a habit. What are you doing on a consistent, regular

If all-star basketball players can take more
shots in practice than they do in real games, writers should be penning many
drafts and going through several rounds of edits to get their craft right.

As for marketing a book, many authors will hear
“no” many more times before hearing a “yes“ when they solicit anyone— the news
media, bookstores, book awards, social media influencers — but that is what
needs to happen in order to break through.

Practice being a writer and marketable author
every day.


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About Brian

Brian Feinblum should be
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copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now
resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue
dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The
Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This
award-winning blog has generated over 3.6 million pageviews. With 4,800+ posts
over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by
BookBaby  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018
as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by as a “best resource.” For the past three decades,
including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book
publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses,
Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres,
right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark
Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay,
Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan
RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He
hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and
has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence
College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association,
Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and
Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have
been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY
Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News
(Westchester) and The Washington
. His first published book was The Florida homeowner, Condo, &
Co-Op Association Handbook
.  It was featured
in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.