Episode 221: My Competitors Are Thieves! [Writing Excuses]

Join Vicky, Joe, and Beetrice the Bee for the latest episode in the Writing Excuses series. Learn about the power of focus, and why you shouldn't pay too much attention to your competitors – all from Vicky's resident bee. Our hosts talk copying, innovating, and the best thing to do with your competitors. Enjoy!

Key Points

  • [4:50] Vicky and Joe share their quarantine chronicles.
  • [6:55] Procrastinating? Tell yourself you’re going to do something for 5 minutes. There’s lots of power in just starting something.
  • [8:40] A common worry among authors or professionals is that if they write a book, their competitors are going to steal their secrets!
  • [11:55] No one does it quite like you. They might know your process or framework, but they don’t have your thought process and style.
  • [12:35] Let your competitors do what they do. Concentrate on your own future instead!
  • [15:15] If someone actually steals your IP, get your lawyers involved. Other than that, don’t worry about it!
  • [17:50] Books are not designed to have the latest cutting-edge ideas. So, are your theoretical competitors really going to steal and benefit off of your ideas?
  • [21:40] If your competitors are trying to copy you, they are not going to do that great of a job.
  • [23:15] Keep your eyes on the prize and let your competitors do whatever they’re going to do. Don’t let them stop you from writing a book.
  • [23:40] Vicky reads out an iTunes review!
  • [25:50] Vicky has a writing prompt session for you! It’s live! Link in the resources!

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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 life-changing 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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