Promoting your book can seem a little daunting, where do you start? Who do you use to plug your book? And how much will it cost? The good news is that there are plenty of options available and a wide range of price points to suit most author’s needs.
Over the past few years many websites have sprung up which offer platforms to advertise your book to an audience, this is great for both the reader and of course the author who wants to put their book in front of them.
Here we have a list of some of these sites that you should consider, some are free and others charge, it’s also worth considering using multiple sites and staggering your promotions so that you always have something out there promoting your work.
One – BookBub
This is one of the more well-known book promotional websites and is very popular with countless authors. It works by sending out daily emails to its subscribers where it promotes books to them, they send featured deals in this email which you can pay to have your book be within (the featured deals however are expensive, many authors paying thousands of dollars to use, but, it will put your book in front of a massive audience too, and lots of authors have had great results using this).
They also run ads within their website and within the email, these are a lot more reasonable and are very popular with the majority of authors, you can also schedule when the ads will run and set budgets.
Two – Book Bongo
This service is from free up to $199.99, their free offer is dependent upon them liking your deal and is essentially them posting it upon their website and social media. Their top package however includes a video to promote your book, this you can then download to use yourself, it gets uploaded to their social media channels, YouTube page and is featured in their weekly mailout.
Three – TCK Publishing
You can apply to have your book included within their own book deals newsletter which goes out to over 20,000 readers, they do have stipulations about the quality of the books which they promote (4 star reviews and be on promotion at $0.99 for the days requested to promote.
Four – Many Books
They have three packages which are $29, $39 and $79, you can choose to promote your book on their website, newsletter and/or blog, they state that their newsletter has 175,000 active subscribers, they have 500,000+ monthly website views and guarantee 500 downloads from their middle package.
Five – Free Booksy
Great if you are promoting your book for free, this service covers a broad range of genres and sub-genres too. They feature the books on their homepage, their daily email and promoted upon their Facebook page (which they quote as having 300,000+ fans). Pricing starts from $30 and varies dependent upon your genre.
Six – Book Goodies
They have a free option where your book will be posted to their website for six months and also posted upon their social media channels, however, the free option won’t get your book included within their newsletter.
Their chargeable advertising currently starts from $49 and goes up to $399, this can get you a feature for up to eight weeks on their home page along with inclusion to their email letter and of course social media.
Seven – Book Gorilla
Pricing here starts from $40 and varies based upon your book’s genre, it’s also just for Kindle, having a reach of 350,000 followers on a range of platforms which includes their email and social media, they also give a great breakdown of reach by % (which is very helpful).
Eight – Author Ad Network
With this service your book will be featured over several book promotion websites for a limited time, your book will also be posted upon their social media channels too (namely Twitter & Facebook), pricing starts from $129.
Nine – Digital Book Today
This is where you can add your free Kindle eBook to their list of ‘the top 100’, updated weekly a regular listing is free (but your book will gradually slide down the page), they also have options from $30 to featured and stay in the top section of their site for a limited time.
Ten – Book Lemur
Pricing starts from $25 and is based around genre, there’s also additional fees if your book is not free to your readers (they want to offer free and discounted books to their own subscribers). Currently they have 16,000+ active subscribers and over 8,700 Facebook followers.
Most people acknowledge that advertising works, if it didn’t, we wouldn’t see companies spending millions of dollars on commercials and branding every year, but there are still some who also think that branding/advertising for their own book isn’t worth investing in.
They repeat the mantra, ‘not everyone judges a book by its cover’, however, most consumers do.
When we are faced with the almost infinite choice of books available (and if you don’t believe me, just take a quick scroll through Amazon), we become very quick at accepting or dismissing a product based on the amount of review stars and how it looks at first glance. If the book cover looks amateurish or badly made, we are going to quickly assume that the contents of the book are just as amateurish.
So, you must then ask a deeper question about your journey as a self-publishing author, why are you publishing your book?
Some authors publish simply for family and friends, if they sell other copies along the way, great, but their goal was just to share a book with those close to them, however, for most, they write and then publish their books because they want more than just a handful of people to read their work.
Who are you writing for?
As a storyteller you want to share your work with as many people as possible, right? Or if you have information which would benefit the world, you’d want the world to find it? But to reach a larger audience, you need to take your book’s advertising seriously, and this starts with the book cover.
The book cover becomes the face of your manuscript, it tells the reader straight away the type of author you are and if that reader should invest their time and money in your book, again, if a book looks amateurish, why would anyone consider investing several days of their lives reading it?
I’m not saying you have to spend thousands of dollars on a book cover, but anywhere you cut corners on your work is a mistake, it is possible to get a great looking design for a reasonable price finishing with a professional looking book which attracts readers.
Why spend weeks, months or years writing your book only to rush the book cover?
This is why you should invest in yourself and your book, publishers make sure that the books they promote look professional, they do this because they know it works, their covers look great and they catch the eye of the reader (and in a good way). They say that success leaves clues, so if you're still unsure, look at those big publishing houses and see what they do with their covers, go into your local book store or look online and be inspired.
Your work deserves a great book cover, make sure you give it one.
Out of the vast array of publishers for indie authors, Ingramspark is one of the key players that you will (or should) have heard of. Ingramspark is owned by Lightning Source (a company with operations in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia) and was started back in 2013, since then Ingramspark has published well over 7 million books and currently has over 4,000 new books added to it daily, so, it’s safe to say that it’s big within the self-publishing world.
And when we say big, we mean big, Ingramspark currently has the largest distribution of books in the US, they distribute to over 40,000 retailers and libraries globally along with making your book available to Amazon, Kobo, and B&N, so you could reach a very wide audience using their services.
So, what does it cost to use Ingramspark?
Pricing starts from $25 per title for eBooks and $49 per title for print (however, if you currently upload both at the same time it’s just $49), but you will need to purchase your own ISBNs for each edition of your book (something which KDP offers free versions of).
One of the great things about Ingramspark is their options for print, they offer both paperback and hardback, with the hardback choices including case laminate and/or dust jacket, we have also noticed that the actual print and finish quality of each book from Ingramspark is normally very high (when compared with some other print on demand services, their finished product really shines).
How much money will you make from selling with Ingramspark?
Of course, this will depend upon the cost to produce and distribute your book along with any discount you may offer, one good thing is that Ingramspark have a calculator upon their website which enables you to work out your compensation based on page count, trim size, format, price, and discount, although if you compare to KDP, it seems to be slightly more expensive (but then you do have the larger distribution). You can use their calculator here,
Why use Ingramspark?
If you are planning to focus on pushing your book through the more traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores, Ingramspark is a great choice as it has the distribution channels you’ll need, if you also want to publish in hardback, it has a great choice of print options available too.
However, if you plan to focus predominantly on Amazon, then KDP would be your better option (paperback and eBook only), as you would be going directly with Amazon themselves, you’ll find the fees to distribute would be lower and it also seems that Amazon give preference to their own KDP books first (within Amazon’s sales algorithms).
Ingramspark are still a great choice for authors and will give you access to huge distribution channels, which let’s face it, is why you are publishing in the first place, you want people to buy your book, but it is also worth considering the use of Amazon’s KDP in tandem with Ingramspark, yes you will need to buy ISBNs, but it will help get your book in front of as many people as you can.
For many authors the easiest way to self-publish is via KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), being Amazon’s publishing wing, first launched in 2007, KDP has grown rapidly and allows an author to publish both eBook and paperback from one place (they have recently been trialing hardback books with a beta service aimed at selected authors, so we’ll have to wait and see if this becomes a standard feature of their current service).
You can also publish quite a wide variety of content via their service, publications such as the obvious fiction and nonfiction, but also book series, comics, cookbooks, journals, poetry books, and textbooks, are some of the other books published.
Having an account with KDP is free and uploading your book to publish with them is free too, the charges/cost to publish comes when you actually sell a copy of your book, carrying on with the free stuff, they also off a free ISBN (however, the ISBN will lock them in as the publisher and you can only use it on their platform, so if you want to publish via Ingramspark or another POD service, you’ll need a new ISBN).
Once you have an account with Kindle Direct Publishing, it’s fairly straight forward to upload both your eBook and Paperback ready for publishing, they accept Word documents but recommend that you upload your manuscript for print as a PDF, here are KDP’s guidelines on how to do this correctly.
For eBooks, their preferred format was in MOBI, however, this has recently changed and now they only accept MOBI for fixed (non-reflowable) eBooks. Their preferred format is EPUB (which is great, as virtually every other ePublisher uses this) along with Word doc/docx and their own KPF format (Kindle Create). Kindle create is Amazon’s own free to download software which you can use to format your own eBook ready to upload to KDP, having used it in the past, it is relatively straightforward and great if you are on a budget.
So how much do you stand to earn from using Kindle Direct Publishing?
The royalties do vary between eBook and Paperback, for eBook the options you have are either 35% or 70%, each option does come with its own stipulation, so at first you may think of opting for the 70% royalty, but there are restrictions on minimum and maximum pricing and the book must be enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select. For the 35% royalty there are fewer restrictions and the entry price point for your book is lower (which is great for promotions).
The royalties for paperback books are fixed at 60%, the royalty is taken from your list price of the book and then printing costs are deducted from it, however, if you enable Expanded Distribution then the royalty drops to 40%.
KDP Select, what is it and do I need it?
KDP Select gives Amazon the exclusive rights to sell your eBook, this means that your eBook will only be available to purchase through their platform alone. So why would you want to do this? Well, if you want the 70% royalties this could be the option for you (with Kindle being the number one seller of eBooks, you still have a great distribution even if you go exclusively with KDP).
KDP Select locks your eBook in for a minimum of 90 days, so after this period you can opt back out and use another platform to publish your eBook through.
What about Expanded Distribution?
This makes your printed book available to booksellers, distributors, and libraries, this doesn’t mean that your book will end up in every bookstore on every street corner, it means that these channels can order your book should they wish to carry it. If your book starts selling well and you are promoting it to a large audience, this could be a great option to increase its reach. However, there are a few more stipulations about what is excepted and what isn’t, for full details take a look at the information on Expanded Distribution here.
Kindle Direct Publishing is a great way to get your book published (especially if you are on a budget), their service is quite easy to use and their guides/services to help authors are very useful too, being that they are part of Amazon you know that they are certainly here to stay and for many, they’re a great option to get your book published.
Having created thousands of book covers for authors from all genres, backgrounds and corners of the world, you gain a great understanding of what you should ask when starting on a new cover, what details you’ll need, what you won’t and the specifics that would make creating a book cover design impossible without.
There are basic details that most authors will naturally pass on to a designer and others that maybe they’ll forget about, so, here is our list of seven of the most important things you should consider when letting your book cover design know about your book.
One – Remember, no one else knows your book like you.
When working on a book or creative project, it is natural to become fully immersed within it, spending weeks, months and in some cases years, it is very easy to know the details so intimately that over time you take for granted those smaller (and more basic) elements.
These more basic elements can get overlooked because you have developed the book further and are now considering a larger picture, however, those basic elements can be crucial to your book cover designer, forgetting to tell them a minor detail can result in a delay in the cover’s creation.
Two – Know your genre & audience.
One of the most tempting things to try and do is to market your book to everyone, you’ll think of the manuscript and that there is something for all readers within it, however, not everyone will want to read your book, and this is so important to understand.
It may seem a little harsh, but the sooner you get your head around this, the sooner you can target the correct audience and sell more copies.
With so many authors and publishers promoting their books, trying to target a massive audience of people who may not necessarily be attracted or even interested in your book is just not cost effective, knowing who your audience is and targeting them with your book cover and advertising is a far better way of spending your money and far more likely to yield results.
Think of every best seller you know, not every reader bought a copy, J.K. Rowling is a highly successful author, but if you don’t like fantasy and wizards, you will not buy her book.
Three – Details, details and some more details.
As mentioned in number one in our list, no one understands the book as good as you, remember this when it comes to the details.
If I asked you to think of a woman with brown hair, brown eyes, 5ft 8in tall and in her twenties, the likelihood is that the woman you’re thinking of will be different to the one in my mind, we don’t know her skin color, if she has any distinguishing features, what clothes she’s wearing, what her hairstyle is, does she wear glasses, have tattoos or piercings, the list goes on.
So, when you are thinking about the characters within your book, paint a picture in minute detail, the same goes for the world within the book itself, if it’s set in a certain location, give details. If the book is non-fiction, again, give details, the more your designer can understand about the manuscript the better.
Four – Get to grips with your blurb
Writing a blurb for your book can be a very time consuming part of the publishing process, there is so much that goes into it, and of course, it has a very important sales job to complete for you.
Now, most designers will use place holder text when creating your book cover (so you can see how the cover will look with a block of text upon the back page), but you should still be working on the blurb as the cover is going through the design process, hopefully you’ll have this ready to coincide with the completion of the design itself.
There are some basics on how to create a great blurb for either fiction or non-fiction that we have in our blog post on how to write a blurb, which I would recommend you taking a look at.
Five – Know the size of the book
There are plenty of choices for self-publishing authors with regards to who is printing your book and what ‘trim’ size you’ll choose for your publication. It is worth investigating this before you start on the cover design itself though.
The size of your book will have a knock-on effect to the page count and spine width, so if you don’t want a book with a massive page count, you may want to opt for a larger trim.
Again, we have a great article on book sizes, you may want to look at this to figure out which trim size will be best for your publication.
Six – What’s it called?
I know this sounds obvious… however, having a title for your book along with a subtitle is really helpful for the book designer. In many book cover designs the title becomes part of the artwork, so if you change the title halfway through the project, the artwork can look drastically different (and in some cases need to be redesigned).
The subtitle is not as big an issue as the main title, but, your designer will have put a lot of thought and detail into where and how the subtitle is placed and how it is also laid out.
Seven – Who will be printing your book?
For self-publishing authors the options for print on demand services is excellent, there are many indie printer/publishers and of course the big ones such as KDP and Ingram Spark.
For your designer, it’s important that they know who will be printing your book so that they can create the cover according to the specifics of your chosen printer. Things such as ink levels, color profiles, templates, exporting settings and paper stock for spine widths will all differ, so the earlier the designer knows who you’ll be using the better.
Improving your skillset when needed is a great use of your time and resources, it helps you to level up and become a more efficient and productive author/writer. But like most of us, you won’t necessarily know too many world-class experts within the industry, so enrolling in an online masterclass is the best option.
And luckily enough, there are plenty of great courses for every writer to choose from. Here are our Top Five course providers that you should be aware of in 2021.
One - Masterclass
Here you can learn from writers such as David Sedaris, Shonda Rhimes, Malcolm Gladwell, James Patterson, Margaret Atwood and many more. This streaming platform gives you access to hundreds of hours of videos from the very best in writing (and many other fields too), the annual cost for membership is $180 and gives you access to the videos and downloadable workbooks.
Two – Udemy
Udemy is a large online course provider which has over 155,000 courses for you to choose from, its selection for writers and creatives is huge and offers training in everything from creative writing to how to market and sell your book. Udemy has regular sales on its courses and offers prices from free upwards.
Three – ProWritingAid Academy
This academy gives self-paced courses along with live training workshops (these take place at least twice a month), along with this there are 30 day writing challenges and writing exercise daily. They have a selection of expert courses tailored towards writers and authors, most of which are $199.
Four – Mark Dawson
Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing formula is well known within the writing world and trusted by countless authors, on offer are lots of courses specifically created for authors who want to be successful within the publishing world, and for this reason it tends to be more expensive than most other course, however, the feedback from most who enroll is superb and what you gain from taking the course outweighs the price (do keep in mind that the course open only several times a year, so this is one to keep an eye on).
Five – Six Figure author coach
Created by Rebecca Hamilton, these courses have helped countless writers achieve their dream of becoming not just full-time authors but authors earning thousands every month (hence the website’s name). The site offers a wide range of courses with prices ranging from $199 to $4997 (they do offer monthly payment plans too).
Guest Post by Alisha Haqie
A surprisingly large number of companies hire graphic designers. But for people pursuing this career, it can sometimes be hard to work out where exactly to look for work. Which types of companies are most in need of their skills?
That’s the question we answer in this post. As you’ll see, there are a surprisingly diverse range of firms that want talented people to create beautiful visuals, both internally, and for customers.
Video Production And Television Studios
Broadcasters and video production professionals need people who can create beautiful images to accompany their advertising copy. Usually, graphic designers’ task is to come up with visual representations of the ad copy that audiences will find appealing. People who seek careers in this line of work will need to have flexible skills and be able to react to a vast array of briefs. TV and video production requirements are always changing
Many graphic design companies also go into corporate branding. Companies need catchy images and visuals that immediately tell people who they are, what they sell, and the level of service that they can expect.
Typically, graphic designers in this area will sell their services as consultants, not formal employees. Businesses will provide them with a brief, and then they will get to work translating companies’ ideas and goals into images that capture their sentiment. The majority of the projects designers take on relate directly to corporate logos and branding. However, firms may also ask them to take on smaller projects, such as creating a suite of brand-compatible photographs.
For many budding graphic designers, corporate branding is a good place to be because of the steady flow of work. Every ten years or so, companies will decide to revamp their brand to bring it more up to date. And each time they do, they’ll use teams of consultant designers, usually paid off the company payroll. However, some firms will hire graphic designers in-house full time.
Graphic designers are also finding a home at SEO agencies - firms that help businesses rank higher in Google search results. Designers can add tremendous value to the creative output of these companies which ultimately feed into better page ranks for their clients. For instance, they might create infographics or enhance posts or videos with interesting visual media.
Advertising firms are among the longest-standing employers of graphic designers. When their clients approach them for a new advertising campaign, they need people with the skills to make it happen.
Many graphic designers love working at advertising firms because they get to work on both print and digital media. Over time, they build their skills in both, increasing their professional repertoire, giving them more career options in the future.
Advertising firms also tend to be a good place to be financially speaking. These companies often have higher budgets than most and so usually pay higher salaries and offer more benefits. Plus, because they are quite large, they also provide opportunities for career progression.
Because of all this, advertising companies are the first port of call for many graduate graphic designers. They spend a few years in these firms learning the ropes before either creating their own agencies or moving onto different projects in other industries.
Software Development Companies
Many software companies create apps and programs that offer users a rich visual experience. But usually, it’s not the coders themselves who create these images; it’s the team of graphic designers backing them up.
To get into this field, graphic designers need to have both artistic and coding skills. Many firms are looking for people who can make their software easier to use. Often, they’ve mastered the backend, but they need skilled workers who have a knack for understanding the kind of interfaces consumers want. Graphic designers, therefore, are a kind of bridge between the ultra-technical side of the operation and the slick, visual, consumer-facing interface.
For those looking for a long career in graphic design, then software development is a great place to be. The range of opportunities on offer in the sector is growing all the time. And the industry is going to be around for a long time yet, even if individual firms go out of business.
Lastly, graphic designers can often find work in educational firms. These enterprises need people who can create pedagogic tools that will help children learn and remain engaged. Ultimately, the goal of these brands is to ensure that students succeed.
There are lots of benefits in writing daily within a journal, along with those well documented for mental health, there are great reasons on how it also helps with increasing your skill as an author. Journaling has been shown to help deal with negative thoughts, stress, anxiety and depression, so it is certainly worth considering taking up this practice for many of us (regardless of our writing aspirations).
But for those who are looking at journaling purely from a writing viewpoint, here are several reasons why you should start writing one today.
It gets you to start writing
This is a bit obvious, however, for many authors the act of staring at a blank page can be a fear inducing experience which results in procrastination. Journaling daily forces you to just write something on a regular basis, it helps to develop your skills and changes your mindset about starting something new.
Overcoming writer’s block
Leading on from the first reason, this daily practice and facing a blank page each morning helps you to get into a creative state a great deal easier, writing in a journal without any pressure is a massive boost to creativity and over time allows you to adopt this state of flow when writing on any project.
Writing in a journal is practiced by many authors, business leaders and successful individuals throughout every walk of life, it enables you to get ideas, thoughts, and inspirations down on the page and explore them further. In some cases, you may come back to those ideas at a later date, but once on paper, you’re less likely to forget them.
Practice makes perfect
It has been said, that to become an expert in anything, you should put in at least ten thousand hours practice (and that, is just under 417 days!) So, writing each day 200 – 300 words within a journal helps increase your experience and move a little close to that expert level.
It removes any pressure
Writing in a journal is just for you, you don’t have to share what you write with anyone, so you can do what you like. There really is no pressure at all, and this is great, it enables you to write without fear and be creative, some of it will be great and some of it will be utter crap, but again, it doesn’t matter, just write.
Why your cover art matters (Guest post from Lauren Gebka)
Your book cover is the first thing people see when they look at your book.
It’s the thing that reels them in and grabs their attention leading them to want to know more.
The cover is what makes the book stand out among the mundane books on the shelf and it adds an extra layer to the buyer's experience. I mean who doesn’t want to carry around a pretty book?
One thing to remember is if a book cover looks like minimal effort was put in then it sends a message to a buyer that the writing could have minimal effort put in as well.
A book cover can make or break the sale of a book.
What makes great book cover art?
So what makes for great and memorable cover art?
Something that could catch the attention and make the sale.
Listed below are a few tips on what makes for a great book cover as well as examples.
One of the main points of a book cover is to entice engagement. To get somebody to pick up the book and read the blurb and ultimately buy the book.
Above is an example of a book cover I personally find enticing and would lead me to pick up the book.
The reason that a strong contrast is important when wanting to create a great book cover is that you want somebody to pick up your book and be able to read and understand everything that is happening on the cover.
You don’t want your title blending into the background.
You also want your cover to be different and stand out from the crowd. Strong contrast achieves this often and pulls buyers in.
Let’s think about this one...
How often when you’re browsing in a bookshop are you drawn to a plain and boring cover?
When I’m book shopping, I keep a lookout for book covers with bold and striking imagery – something that engages me enough to pick up the book and make me think “This looks interesting”
There are of course many more factors that make for great book cover art which we cover in detail in our extensive article on book cover art. We also provide 67 examples and studies done to show how cover art helps sales.
Does cover art help book sales?Many things go into book sales but, indeed, a book cover could ultimately make or break the sale.
At the end of the day, the cover is the first thing a buyer sees and the thing that entices them to pick up (or click on) the book.
So the short answer is yes professional cover art does help book sales.
JD&J Design has several excellent book cover design packages you should definitely check out if you need a cover designer.
Beyond the Book CoverWhile your cover makes a big difference, getting the exposure so that more people see your cover in the first place is important too.
Ensure you have a professional author website design and engaging author bio that sells your books and your value as an author.
For many authors, the thought of developing a meditation practice seems very ‘New Age’ and something that you may not have considered yet, for many it conjures up images of sitting cross legged next to a stream while chanting a mantra, and for this reason you may ask ‘well how will it help me write a book?’
And that is a great question, how will it help with your creativity?
Well, first you need to understand the basic benefits that meditation has been proven to give those who practice it.
One – A flow-like state
First of all, it’s been shown to reduce activity in the brain’s prefrontal cortex, this is the area of the brain that helps with making decisions, focusing your attention, organized thoughts, impulse control and anticipating the future. With activity in this area calmed down, the rest of your brain (especially the creative parts) get a chance to communicate better and be more effective, you essentially have access to a bigger part of your brain and can work in a more ‘flow like’ state.
Working at your best and at your most creative tends to come from when you are in a state of flow, here time seems to be irrelevant, ideas come to you easily and your focus is so intense that no distractions bother you.
Two – Reducing Stress
Meditation has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety, we all know that working to deadlines can be useful, but working in a continuous state of high stress (apart from being unhealthy) does not lead to the most creative outcomes for any author, meditating regularly can reduce this.
Three – Concentration and focus
It also helps with boosting your concentration and focus, as the practice usually involves you focusing in on your breathing (or a mantra), when done consistently over a period of time it slowly trains your mind to become better at focusing without being bothered by outside distractions.
Four – Letting go of your ego
Another benefit comes with its effect on the ego, meditation gives you the opportunity to observe that which is around you without judgement or impact upon yourself, this is important because when you do anything which is creative there can be fear of rejection, and this in some cases can lead to inaction (so your manuscript stays unfinished because ‘what if a reviewer doesn’t like it’?
So, how should you start meditating?
As the countless people who swear by meditation will tell you, starting to meditate can change your life in many positive ways, but if you have never done it before, how does it work and how should you start?
One – Get comfortable
The idea of sitting in the lotus position may work for some, but not all of us, the main thing is to get comfortable, whether you’re sat in a chair or lying down, you should be in a comfortable position which will help you to stay relaxed.
Two – How long should you meditate?
If you have never done this before, it’s probably best to meditate for between 5-15mins (you can increase this as your practice develops, many devout meditators go for several hours at a time, but if you can do 20 – 30 mins per day you will notice a difference), it’s also worth setting a timer so that you don’t have to open your eyes to check the clock.
Three – Breathe
Many people who meditate focus in on their breathing, counting on the inhale and again on the exhale, the reason they do this is to help draw their attention onto something which is mundane, the act of meditating is in letting go of thoughts (which is harder than you may think), so gently nudging your focus onto your breathing can help.
Four – Close your eyes and breathe
Once you are comfortable and have a timer set, close your eyes and bring your attention onto your breathing, breathe slowly and naturally, begin to count on the in breath up to the number four and then count again up to four on the exhale.
Five – Be aware of your thoughts
The goal in meditation is to let go of thoughts and keep a clear mind, which (as mentioned before) is incredibly hard to do at times, you will find that your thoughts wander and this is very natural, so when it does, don’t be hard on yourself, acknowledge the thought, let it go and refocus on your breathing. It may seem difficult at first, but it really is a part of the process, accept that it happens and move back to your breathing.
Six – Try other forms of meditation too
There are other options such as transcendental meditation and even guided meditation (all of which you can find videos on YouTube on how to do), if over time one practice doesn’t work for you, try another.
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