October is the Month for Writers Conferences and Book Festivals!

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I love writers conferences–both presenting and attending workshops. Perhaps my favorite aspect of writers conferences is the opportunity for new input into one’s writing: An essayist may show you a new way of seeing something about your writing. Or a poet may teach you a nifty trick to get your creative juices flowing. Or you may learn some editing tools that make your writing better. There’s also, of course, the sense of community–just being around other people who love writing, who love words. I often find myself especially inspired after the evening readings–staying up late to write some more. Writers…  Read more

If Your Writing Gets Stale…

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Ever feel like you’re in a slump with your writing? It needs something fresh? One trick I’ve found is to read something in a completely different genre. Then, if inspired, even write something short in a similar voice. When you go back to the first project, you may find new inspiration. For example, I recently bought a MAD Magazine at Casablanca Comics in Portland, ME. I hadn’t read MAD since I was fourteen or so and I felt like a pre-teen again as I turned the pages, lying belly down on my friends’ lakeside dock, sometimes laughing out loud. Inspired…  Read more

How to Launch a Website…Your Ideas Needed

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While I spent much of this glorious summer with family–walking the beach and watching my sons swim and play tennis– the brilliant Rachel C. Vane was redesigning my website (and she did a beautiful job). Although the new site is mostly up (do you like the updated look?), we’re still fixing, tweaking, adding testimonials, etc. When complete, this will call for a celebration and website launch and I’m hoping my community–you–will be part of it, but I’m still trying to figure out what “it” is. I’m thinking some prizes–free books, free self-study courses, maybe a free teleseminar…what do you think?…  Read more

Treat Yourself to Book Proposal Coaching or a Book Concept Consultation

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What an exciting summer: This spring I coached six clients on their book proposals in a variety of fields—self help books on relationships, spirituality, healing PTSD with dream therapy, education, plant-based eating and one memoir. Five of the six book proposal coaching clients landed top agents. The sixth knew that her niche did not require an agent and she sent her book proposal directly to publishers, received several offers and is signing a publishing contract with her top choice of publisher in her field (education). And one of the six actually worked backwards—I sent his proposal to the perfect publisher…  Read more

Write and Do Good: The San Francisco Writing for Change Writers Conference

Lisa: What’s the purpose of the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference? Mike: The theme of the conference is “Changing the World One Book at a Time.” The right book will change the world. We are besieged with huge domestic and international problems urgently in need of solutions. Government and business can’t provide them, so they have to come from the bottom up. Writers are essential for providing the ideas, guidance, and inspiration we need, and they have instant access to however many of the three billion people on the Web read English. The world desperately needs all of the…  Read more