I do a lot of my book shopping in real-life bookshops, but when I hear of a book that sounds interesting, I panic that I'll forget about it and miss out on reading it... so I hop onto my Amazon app and tap a couple of buttons.
It's so easy to buy books (and everything else) on there, it's alarming.
I use Amazon Prime like a to-read list... except my to-read list becomes a tottering death pile of books I haven't yet read.
This had to stop, and not least because I'd rather support my local bookshops more often.
There's a page in my Bullet Journal, now, dedicated to "Books I Want To Read" – and every time a new booky delight flashes into existence, I write it down.
I've decided I'm not allowed to buy any more books until I've read – and acted upon – the ones I already have.
Here's my top tip for you, if you're a serial non-fiction book-buyer: make notes as you read.
Write down three actions you'll take in your business or your life now you've read the book – then take those actions.
Don't just read; do.
Of course, some books make it easier to do that than others... Like my new book How The Hell Do You Write A Book. It not only makes it super simple for you to take action on what you're learning, it also helps you write a book of your own that people will read and use and get value from.
You'll be able to buy it from Amazon at some point soon (I want to get as many copies as possible into people's hands of course) – but you can pre-order from me right now.
When you pre-order, you'll get a sweet £5 off and a bundle of cool resources to help you get started immediately.
Stop drinking and priming, and add a book to your collection that you'll actually use.
If you want to learn more about how to write, self-publish, and market a book for your business, snaffle yourself a copy of How The Hell Do You Write A Book? Then check out the blog and podcast for more articles and guides. If you want a little (or a lot) more help, find out how you can work with me.
Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses. When she's not doing that, she's hanging from a trapeze by her feet.
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