Your Most Important Pursuit: Discovering Your Calling

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“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” Aristotle

Just the other day, I was talking to two friends about the beautiful fragrance that is emitted when a person walks in his or her calling.

It’s attractive!

You want to abide in the presence of such a person…sometimes not understanding why.  But, it’s because of that wonderful aroma arising from God’s anointing on that person because he or she is walking in purpose. That person is on an assignment from God to benefit the right people, in the right place, during the right season.

What are you and I supposed to do with our lives?

I am persuaded that God has given each of us a distinct calling.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made, one of a kind. We are unique and blessed with many talents and abilities.  So, we are perfectly designed for our calling and we need to recognize and embraced this. I encourage you to step back from the routine and zoom out to get the big picture. The time is now!

How can you discover your calling?

Take your time! Do not rush to answer!

As you attempt to identify your calling, do first things first:

1.  Pray about it

God has prepared a path that we should walk in as stated in  Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)

2.  Evaluate yourself

This step is often the most difficult and requires time.  You must be willing to assess yourself and document the results.  You will have to do it yourself…yes, you!  While you can ask for help from a person or organization who you believe has the knowledge or ability to help you, it is your responsibility to discover your calling.  As you purposefully attempt to discover your calling, analyze your life by answering the following questions:

1.    What are your skills and talents?

2.    What are your core competencies?  

3.    What are your core values?  

4.    What are your strengths?

5.    What are you passionate about?  

6.    What do you absolutely love to do?

7.    What issues stir your heart?

8.    What makes you happy?

9.    What gives you joy?

10.  What makes you angry?

11.  What do others compliment you about?

12.  What do you do in your spare time?

13.  What needs around you do you have a strong desire to fulfill?

14.  What are your occupational interests?

Strategically put it all together

Be determined to discover your calling.  Do not let fear hold you back. It takes a whole lot of courage, perseverance, sacrifice, and practice.  However, you have a right to pursue your calling. 

Listen selectively to advice from others.  Do not let anyone convince you that your calling is impractical or too difficult to pursue. To embrace the calling on your life, you have to tune out the negative comments of others. 

Once you understand your calling, prayerfully set goals, and take decisive actions.  You are Victorious By Design.  Read “5 Empowering Steps Toward Fulfilling Your Purpose” by visiting  http://victoriousbydesign.com/?p=7526.

How will walking in your calling benefit you?

1.  It brings value and meaning to your life.

2.  You will be at peace.

3.  It allows you to stand in the joy, grace, protection, and provision of God

4.  It covers you with the blessings of God

I implore you to exit your comfort zone, discover your calling and watch your life soar.

Let me hear from you.

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author

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MARKETING STRATEGY: Maximizing Your Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select Free Days

YAY! #1 IN THE TOP 100 FREE BOOK ON KINDLE

“The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” Peter F. Drucker

Every author should have a marketing plan for his or her book, before it is published. Take the time to create and execute your Marketing plan.  Writing your book is the easy part.  Getting your book in the hands of readers can be challenging, hence a marketing plan and marketing strategies.

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select program can help your book reach readers.  Learn about the KDP Select Program at https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/KDPSelectThere are some basic things you can implement to have a more successful period in the program.  

Let’s Go Over The Basics

1.      You have a great book, your best work

2.      You have found your writing voice and your target audience

3.    You have established a Platform – an author’s page on a website, blog, and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

4.      Your author and book pages on Amazon and other book retailers are completed.

The roll out of your book is very important; you must protect your brand.  So, take charge of your Marketing Plan!

An option for your marketing strategy could be enrolling your book in Amazon’s KDP Select Program.

KDP Select Success Tips For Kindle Free Days

1.   Book Reviews

Wait until you have at least 10 good reviews (5 stars or 4 stars) before going free. There are so many free books on the market that readers are more selective. 

2.      Stagger your free promotion days

Under the KDP Select program, you are allow 5 days to promote your book for FREE. There has been much discussion about how many and which days to select.  I enrolled my book, “Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along” for 5 days.  That period was too long.  From my experience and research, I am suggesting 1, 2, or 3 days.

Research shows that big sales days are Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. So, don’t give your book away for free on those days.  Best days for free promotion are Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

3.      Increase your Kindle book price before your free promotion

Before your promotion, consider increasing your book price.  For example, if your book price is $3.00, then make it $7.00.  ‘They’ call it psychological pricing.

Keep price as is or change it back to the original price after your free promotion.

Before Your Free Days

Your book will be much more successful if you can get it into the hands of readers in your genre.

 1.      Market to your target audience

Do ‘Coming Soon’ Advertisements on Social Networking Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Shelfari, Goodreads, Linkedin, Pinterest, and Youtube.

Ask your Twitter followers to retweet your promotion and your Facebook fans, family and friends to share about your promotion.

Create events on Goodreads and Facebook.

Network and make connections on relevant Facebook pages, websites, and blogs.

2.      Promote your book on your own website or blog

3.      Promote your book to your email listing of fans

4.   Guest post on other blogs

5.   Participate and promote in online communities and forums for authors and readers

6.      Inform “free ebook” websites about your free promotion

On The First Day Of Your Free Promotion

Get up very early! Take a very deep breath and get ready to roll!

1.      Add your book to the Amazon Kindle Forum thread for free books.

2.      Tag your book on Amazon with keywords such as freebie, free, Kindle free book, free ebook and Kindle freebie.

3.      Go to the Kindle Boards forum  and ask other authors to tag your book.

4.      Alert all your followers and fans on social media about your free promotion.

5.      Enter relevant information about your free promotion on websites that will allow you to post about your free ebook on the day that it goes free.

The Results – Tracking Your Progress

You must track your progress on Amazon.  Here are some of the great results for my book, Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along.

1ST FREE DAY – Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 11:30 pm (EST)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank for Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along:

#18 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Religious Fiction > Romance

 

2ND FREE DAY – Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 2:30 pm (EST)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank for Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along:

#4 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Religious Fiction > Romance

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity

 Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along # 1 on Amazon

2ND FREE DAY

# 1 IN THE TOP 100 FREE BOOK ON KINDLE

The best reason to join KDP Select program would be to take advantage of the option to promote your book free.  During, those free promotion days, your book can hit the Amazon Free 100 best sellers list and that can increase the sale of your book at the end of the free promotion period.

The choice is entirely yours!

Let me know your thoughts!

  Ann Marie Bryan, CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

 abryan@victoriousbydesign.com

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Sustain Your Prosperity


Favor! Favor! Favor! 

When God comes in your life, He comes to advance you. God’s favor on your life will open doors for you.

So, God opened a door for you! But, what decisions are you making to sustain your prosperity? Are you making a difference where you are to sustain your prosperity?

To sustain what God is doing in your life, you must make decisions that will:

  1. Advance you
  2. Rush you to your destiny
  3. Sustain God’s prosperity on your life.
  4. Sustain the favor of God in your life.

 

Ask God for wisdom to make wise decisions that will sustain your prosperity. Don’t you ever forget, you are Victorious By Design!

(Excerpts from a sermon on 08/11/2013 by Bishop John E. Baker, Lead Pastor, NHIOM)

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Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

abryan@victoriousbydesign.com

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Stay victorious!

Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along

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