How Susan Adrian Barth completed a book in minimal time by working on it an hour a day.
How to get big projects done with minimal time while being a mom and business owner.
How to start a business or write a book during your lunch hour.
How to write the first draft of a book in 3-4 months, when most people take years.
Why small, reachable, daily goals will get you to your goal faster
Why your goals are making you feel like a failure.
How to feel like you had a victory for the day first thing in the morning.
Creating a “writing journal” for each project she has.
How to organize your “to do list” by got done, working on, and finish the next day, using your planner.
How Susan prioritizes what needs to be done TODAY.
How Susan feels “ok” with things that don’t get done.
The cross-promotional group Susan created, and how you can create something similar.
The 15 year “overnight success” of being traditionally published, and why she went that route instead of self-publishing.
The constant uncertainty of the publishing industry and how Susan deals with it.
Dealing with 30 rejections to get 1 acceptance.
Why Susan grew to hate writing, quit writing, and how she grew to love it again.
How Susan picked the best book agent for her, after previously firing a book agent.
How Susan is preventing the chance of being the “poor sad author” sitting by herself by co-marketing with other authors.
The “guilt because you’re not happy when you should be” dichotomy.
How Susan got a New York Times best seller to give a review for her book.
What’s one of your favorite business books, and what was the key take away?
Bird by Bird
Key take away - perfection is the enemy. Take things one step at a time.
If you could only give your child one piece of advice, what would that be?
Be yourself. Don’t worry about what other people think.
Favorite or funny mom quote:
“Having a child is like letting your heart go out and walk around in the world.” - unknown.
What’s the one business tool you use that you cannot live without?
Scribner - writing tool for writers. Software where you can move things around, import pictures, write notes to yourself.
“If you compare yourself to others you may become vain or bitter, for always there are greater or lesser persons than yourself.” - unknown
Have faith in yourself. If you’ve always wanted to do something, take the first steps in doing it this week. Whether the first step is researching something, whether it’s going back to school, or starting a business.
Just take the first steps and do a little research.
Then, next week, you can go to the next step.
How Mompreneurs can Connect with Susan
Mom Business Woman Bio
Susan Adrian Barth is a 4th-generation Californian who stumbled into living in Butte, Montana 12 years ago...and now it's her hometown. As a child she danced in a ballet company and read plays dramatically to blackberry bushes. Later she got a degree in English from the University of California Davis and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor at the Montana Bureau of Mines and geology. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and daughter, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, learning Russian, traveling, and writing more books.