Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A to Z Challenge - Zero

Last Day!

For the A to Z Challenge, I’m posting promo and other tips for writers, along with a daily photo. (All photos taken by me.)

Now, you may wonder what zero has to do with writing, publishing, or promoting.

Well, if you’re going to be successful at all in this industry, it shouldn’t have anything to do with those things!

But here’s the sad truth.

Zero efforts = zero results.

Do nothing and nothing is guaranteed to happen!

The resources and support are all there - now it’s up to you. How bad do you want it? Are you willing to do what it takes?

Thanks to everyone who visited during the Challenge!

Visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge HERE

And your daily photo: "Zen"

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Anonymous said...

Good Z word and post.
Congrats on completing the challenge.


Nick Wilford said...

I don't know what that is a picture of but I like it!

Nicely done for the last day. Pushing all the time can be hard, but the rewards are worth it!

Francene Stanley said...

You're right. We must put out before we can expect to take in. Loved the picture of zen.
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Donna Hosie said...

Well said. Work hard, see results.

Matthew MacNish said...

That's such a great point, Diane!

It's been an honor serving alongside you as a co-host this year. I'm glad to see you made it through.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Nick, it's my back deck with frost on it.

Same to you, Matthew. Wow, this was a lot of work.

Melanie Schulz said...

Thank you for all of your marketing tips this month, and your lovely comments on my blog.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Congratulations on finishing the challenge, Diane. I hope you take time for deep breaths and a hot fudge sundae.

Your Z message is a perfect one to end on.


Heather M. Gardner said...


Well said, L. Diane!

Thank you for a very informative theme and your pictures...you should consider a coffee table book. They were stunning.

Oh, and I giveth to youeth the Zombie Rabbit Award. More details on today's Z post.


Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge. I totally agree, if you do nothing, you get nothing.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane .. zero does = zero doesn't it .. and I love that zen photo .. I thoroughly enjoy black and white pictures .. I have quite a few of them.

You don't fall into the zero category! Great tips for us and your book will be full of them too ..

Cheers Hilary

Gillian Hefer said...

Happy Last Day

J.L. Campbell said...

Good reminder, Diane. I need to get back to all the other stuff that's been on hold.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Perfectly put. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Congratulations on finishing the challenge, Diane!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm doing something as fast as I can right now.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Great equation. Somedays I feel like I running and place and getting zero accomplished but it's never zero effort.

Laura Marcella said...

So true, Diane! If you send your work out, you'll probably get rejections. But if you don't send it out, it's definitely a no. At least sending it out gives you a chance of receiving a yes!

Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Barbara White Daille said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge, Diane, and thanks for a month of great posts!

Z is for Zzz-z-z... and an SOS
The Daille-y News

Jay Noel said...

Congrats on finishing the Challenge!

Love that pic. Is that sand?

Stephsco said...

Today is one of the days I'm reminding myself to put in what I need to in order to get where I want to be.

Bish Denham said...

Yeah, we made it! So true, so true. We just can't get something from nothing!

Great photo.

Steven said...

I know many people who are paralyzed by fear. They use the fact that things are not improving in life as justification for doing nothing about it, yet things aren't improving because they do nothing to improve their life.

nutschell said...

congrats on finishing the AZ! and what a great reminder to keep on pushing on.

Gwen Gardner said...

Thanks for all the lovely tips during the A-Z, Dianne. And congrats of finishing!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Melanie, thank you for visiting me!

Thank you, Heather.

Laura, that's exactly right.

Jay, it's my back deck covered in frost.

Steven, I couldn't have said it better.

Carol Kilgore said...

Diane, stopping to tell you that you were the winner of a Kindle copy of Solomon's Compass on my blog. Please contact me at tikihuttime AT gmail DOT com and send me the email you would me to use to send you the ebook.


David List said...

It's been good to meet your and hear all your useful advise this month. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll see you around!

Ella said...

Well done Diane!
You did a great job with the challenge :D

Thank you Diane!

Ella said...

Oh, yes I love the photo looks like Mother nature's fingerprint ;D

thelmaz said...

Wanted to let you know, I've listed my 26 favorite blogs from the challenge, including yours. Stop by www.widowsphere.blogspot.com

Tony Van Helsing said...

Spunk means something else where I come from.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, l. Diane...

You truly are an inspiration! Thanks for all the tips...

Now the real work begins...

Jo said...

Love the picture as usual. Not been able to get at everyone's blogs before, some kind of glitch.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Carol, thank you - I will!

Ella, that is a beautiful description.

michelle said...

Congratulations on crossing the finish line, L. Diane!
I loved your theme!
Thanks for the Zen image... it's calming and therapeutic... exactly what we need at the end of this challenge!

Writer In Transit

Jagoda said...

Absolutely right--zero effort=zero results. All of us completing the AtoZ understand exactly what you're talking about. Then there's those of us who complete novels who feel it in the bones. Oh, and then the publishing process. You nailed it!

Mark Means said...

Absolute truth! It's like Wayne Gretzky said...

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

klahanie said...

Hey Diane,

I'd thought I'd Zero in on your last posting in the A to Z.

I will continue to visit your site, no matter what, my friend.

Well done for participating in the alphabet challenge. Thank you for responding to my good natured alternatives.


Kristen Dyrr said...

Perfect final A-Z post! Congrats on finishing the challenge!

#atozchallenge, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

Tammy Theriault said...

why do you speaketh the truth-eth?? great way to end it girl!! your awesome

Anonymous said...


Congrats on finishing. I enjoyed your A to Z posts.

Rhonda said...

I am ready not to be a zero :) Challenge over, on to creating my first book :)

At least we made it through AtoZ!

Rhonda from Laugh Quotes

Samantha Jones said...

Sound advice for all of us! I'll be following your words of wisdom beyond the finish line:)

Jai Joshi said...

Ain't it the truth! We have to be motivated.