WRITING SECRETS: NICOLE SWINER, MD
(A SoMeDocs Advice Project)
* NICOLE SWINER, MD *
WHAT ARE YOU REALLY GOOD AT?
I’m good at pulling people’s stories out of them and holding their hands to guide them across the finish line of publishing their books.
HAVE YOU HAD ANY FORMAL TRAINING IN THIS? ANY COURSE OR PREPARATORY RECOMMENDATIONS?
No, but I’ve now published over 40 or so best-selling authors. I did read some publishing books initially, but I learned mostly by self-publishing my own books first and talking to my peers in the field.
HOW DO YOU FIT YOUR SKILL INTO YOUR DAY? WHAT’S YOUR ‘SECRET SAUCE’ (AKA: ANY SPECIAL SECRETS)?
I work from home via telemedicine on Mondays and Fridays and focus on clients during those days. I also have help with marketing, 3-4 editors, and graphic design, so I’m not doing all of the work myself.
WHAT ARE THREE EXCELLENT TIPS YOU HAVE FOR THOSE WHO LOOK TO EXCEL IN WHAT YOU’RE GREAT AT?
- Work on your brand first. Tell them what you’re about.
- Don’t be afraid to be in front of the camera and on social media. It’s ok to promote yourself. Nay, it’s necessary.
- Ask for help. And, pay for it 🙂
WHAT IS ONE SINGLE, MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU CAN IMPART?
Don’t start from scratch. You’ve probably written your first couple of chapters years ago… in your blog, journal or on social media already. Start there.
WHERE CAN WE FIND MORE OF YOU?
Thanks to Dr. Corriel and #SoMeDocs for the highlight. If you’re interested in me
teaching and helping you to create your best-selling book, come to our 2nd Writer’s
Retreat on October 19-20, 2019 here in Durham. Here’s the link for info and tickets: