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I want to write my FIRST BOOK!

How do I write my first book?

You have been wanting to write a book for a long time, haven’t you?
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How do I go about writing my First BOOK?


It’s on my bucket list, but I don’t have a clue how to do it.  Is it easy or hard?  How long will it take?  Will I end up pulling out my hair?

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Don Martin, a 33 year veteran real estate broker and firm owner, helps people save many thousands of dollars selling their own houses and using the MLS for peak exposure. Details of that process here. He is the author of sixteen books, and has been called the most prolific real estate professional in the country today. Follow his real estate blog here and his writing blog here.


Time to FOCUS

My publisher told me today that the time was here for me to focus on my website and my blog.  I was not even sure I had a blog, but I was told I needed to let my readers feel a bit more at home with me – to know what I had been doing and was about to do.

Book inventory

It was suggested that now that I had thirteen titles published, I needed to let people know what I had done.  I needed to reach more people, more who might conceivably like what I had to say or enjoy how I said it.

But I am of the opinion that my writing is crap.  I was assured that Poe, Clemens, Hemmingway – in fact all the great writers, felt that same way about my work.  I love to write.  I hate to proofread and edit.  I hate to keep re-reading the same old thing.  When I am told to go back and re-read, I like to say, “Sorry, it’s already shipped!”  I am told it does rhyme with that, but, still, go back and re-read.

I was told to try to make two or three entries a week at least to the blog.  I would rather eat a bug. I was told that the 90-day cliff at Amazon is now more like a 30-day cliff, so I needed to crank up my production as well as polish the product.  Sounds like fun.

So how did we get here?

I wrote in high school.  I enjoyed it.  For the last few decades, however, I have found myself in the real estate industry and enjoying that too.  A couple of years ago I decided I would put some of my real estate concepts in writing for my customers.  That was popular.  Someone suggested I compile these items into a book.

More than 90% of the people in the United States, if asked, will tell you that they have always wanted to write a book someday.  I realized I was just a handful of steps away from making that happen for myself.  I also realized that, in some way, a book might help my credibility in the field.  One book was born and soon became two books and then more.

The whole process of producing the written word became a passion for me.  I started experimenting with writing book on topics other than real estate.  The more I learned, the more I discovered I had left to learn, but I was hooked.  I had, unbeknownst to me, turned to a new chapter of my own book.

As I said, in this new venture we have 13 titles.  The real estate books are written under the name of Don Martin, some of the others, a couple different names.  All of them, I feel need more work, and some may be rearranged and released as a series, but, so far, they are all non-fiction.  And yes, I am working on several new non-fiction books currently, but now there looms a new dot on the horizon- yes, it’s …

Fiction – straight ahead and a little to the side

Some people say this is where the fun is.  I have visited but never stayed.  A good part of my earlier life has involved friends of mine that some people regarded as imaginary.  But they have always been loyal to me, and always given me relatively good guidance with only one or two notable exceptions.

So, yes, we may stray into fiction, some short stories, some collections, maybe novels.  Of course there will still be non-fiction and still real-estate, but as this new chapter begins for me, I hope I find some people enjoy what I do.  It would certainly be a blessing to me if a LOT of people enjoy it and even invest a little of their money in my writings.  I will do whatever I can to get good enough at what I do to earn and deserve your investment.  And, yes, I am having a BLAST!


Summer is Here!

Monday, June 20,2016

Summer begins today.  I am in Nashville, TN, and it was, maybe 91 degrees here today, but comfortable.  I just discovered yesterday that several of our readers are in Alaska.  Wow.  How is the temp up there today???  (It’s -70 in Antarctica today.)

I worked on my author platform mailing list a little bit today, but worked on it a lot last night.  In the background the TV was playing a 007 movie, “Skyfall” in honor of a 007 50th anniversary.  Another Wow.  Most is different, but for some of the music and the Aston-Martin.  My list is not too huge at this point, but I just read about an author who started with 20 on her list and went to 5000 in four years.  So I’m OK with where I am.

Speaking of 50 year anniversaries, I remember well my high school English/Lit department where my literary endeavours begun so long ago.  Our English department had one lady, Mrs. H, who was pretty much to-the-point. When she read any of my class assignments, she would say, “Mr. Martin, you’re an ass.”

Mrs. T, another English teacher of mine  of much gentler expressions, would say, “Mr. Martin, don’t be an ass ALL your life.”  That simple difference made me realize she must have seen promise and potential in me that meant it was possible that I could eventually escape the surly bonds of my a**-holery.  That simple change of words brought hope, where Mrs. H would have left me desolate and dark.

Fifty is also a number that holds another special meaning for me.  Fifty is the night temperature below which tomatoes will not set fruit.  Fifty is the amount signified by the older Italians as L, as in Literature.  It’s also used as “the” in Mexico.  I could go on all day, but I think by now you can see this must be more than coincidence.  Hopefully, by now, even if you find all this to be worthless, at least I did capture your attention for a couple of minutes, and soil your computer browser history.

You’re welcome.


Yes. You know it is.

I give away books from time to time for a couple of reasons. One is, I do always enjoy getting new readers. And two, I would love it if some would PLEASE post a short review on Amazon. And lastly, perhaps when they see other of my books, they might return some time and purchase one.

So I arbitrarily picked Friday, and I try to rotate the book choices. So if you see one you want and it’s not free today, you could go ahead and buy it- it won’t kill you. Or you could wait until some other week. Just check back at www.amazon.com/author/donm and you’ll find me there.  This week’s offering is SELL YOUR HOUSE FASTER…

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Free Friday For You

Yup.  It sure is.

I give away books from time to time for a couple of reasons.  One is,  I always enjoy getting new readers.  And two, I would love it if some would post a short review on Amazon.  And lastly, perhaps when they see other of my books, they might return some time and purchase one.

So I arbitrarily picked Friday, and I try to rotate the book choices.  So if you see one you want and it’s not free today, you could go ahead and buy it- it won’t kill you.  Or you could wait until some other week.  Just check back at www.amazon.com/author/donm and you’ll find me there.

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Writing success, living success, making it happen – 80 days left this year!

Success is elusive.  In most ways, it depends on how you define it.  It depends on how you define yourself.  I am a Christian.  I am a husband and a father.  I am a real estate agent, broker, firm owner, writer, author,  speaker and so forth.  Success is defines by the achieving of goals by certain times.  Time periods are measured in days, weeks, months and years.  So pick an area of life, then pick a goal, then pick an arbitrary time period, and go for that success like your hair is on fire.

IMG_20140803_122626 - me. Your friendly writer, Mr. Success and Abundance.

I picked a handful of goals I wanted to achieve by the end of the calendar year, and there were 100 days left in the year when I started this group of goals.  There are only 80 days left today.

Two of the important ways I define myself are how I make a living, ie. writing and real estate.  As an author, there are a couple more books I want to get out this year.  If one visits www.amazon.com/author/donm there are three books available now with a fourth coming very close, so there is much work to be done.  As broker, there is a certain amount of business I must do to earn a certain amount of income which I need for even more goals.

Living the “Plan B” Lifestyle

In a perfect world, we are born rich and good-looking.  We have a silver spoon mentality, and already have everything we will ever  need.  But when we discover it’s not a perfect world, what do we do then?  If we don’t have the “Plan A” life, we may need to go to “Plan B” where we have to go out and get what we want and need to be comfortable.

“Cause and Effect” Your Way to Success and Abundance

Have you ever noticed that if you do one thing in particular, something else will occur?  That is called cause and effect.  If we want a certain effect, we can either receive it in a miracle or materialize it, or we can perform the tasks it takes to cause the effect we want.  We have no control over the first two but we do have control over the last.

Reduce it to the Ridiculous

The first time period to chose concerns the goal you have set.  The second time period to chose is a smaller period to measure results.  And the third and smallest manageable time period to measure your efforts.  You can do efforts every day, for example.  You can measure result every few days.  You measure goals in the appropriate time period.  And there are time periods that work perfectly for these.

If you could not tell, this concept is becoming one of the books I hope to have available this year.  You will use it for sales, weight loss, or just about anything.  Its working title is “How To Gain Success, Abundance and Prosperity Using the “Plan B” System of Cause and Effect, and I hope it will be out this winter.


Thank you,

Don Martin

(615) 973-8970


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Money Saver!, September 17, 2014
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This review is from: The NEW REAL ESTATE: Ten SECRETS that will put MONEY in your pocket! (Even though, up until now, houses only COST you money.) (Kindle Edition)
“Whether you are buying or selling, the ten secrets will likely put money in your pocket or at least help you hang onto some of your money.It’s been a few years since I have bought or sold a house. Things have changed!
I liked the easy to understand explanation for some fairly complicated real estate terms and I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering buying or selling real estate. A lot of things you don’t know can sure cost you a bunch of money!”


I will keep you posted… Please go to my page at Amazon.com/author/donm and help yourself to the free kindle today, and I would love it if you would buy another of my books while you are there.  Please leave me a review, too!


Thanks to everyone-

Don Martin

Martin Properties

(615) 973-8970

More Good Words for THE NEW REAL ESTATE

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely informative! Must have for real estate! September 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
“The new real estate is utterly fantastic! My in-laws have decided to sell the house they are living in themselves and have been having trouble with it. We bought this book as a reference and it drastically has changed everything we first thought. We’ve used just a few of the “secrets” so far and it’s been incredible. I’m extremely thankful we came across this book and spent the money to get it because it’s easily going to save us tons of money. Highly recommend if you are ever thinking of doing anything in real estate in the future!”

Thanks, Amazon.com/authors/donm


Don Martin, Martin Properties, Graduated Services Real Estate (615) 973-8970