What’s Getting Published and What Can You Learn from The Authors?

book cover: mastering the art of recruiting

                        As I thought about the client books that have recently gone on pre-order, I wondered two things: 1. What can I share with you about their experiences that can help you get published? and 2. How can I help these outstanding new authors reach readers? So, let’s start with what you can learn: 1. Research and Be Fresh: All three of these authors looked at related books on the market to assess what has already been said and what they have to offer that’s fresh. Have you? If…  Read more

Writing Under Attack: What to Do When Someone Takes the Wind Out of Your Sails

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It’s not uncommon for a writer to be verbally attacked by someone close to them when they share their writing. Sometimes the attack is subtle, questioning, and other times it can be an all out siege.  I received this letter in my inbox and the author gave me permission to share it, along with my response, in hopes it may help others who have less-than-supportive partners, family members or friends. I have been involved in relationship with a guy for the last two years. We got together just as I was leaving my teaching job to concentrate on writing (a…  Read more

When You’re Having Trouble Sitting Down to Write

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Okay, writing time… I’ll just make myself a green smoothie and then…oh, maybe I should put in a load of laundry…now, I’ll just sit down and…oh, wow, it looks like it might rain. I’ll just take that bike ride first… huff,puff, puff…Now I’ll just sit down to write and…oh, the phone. Better get it. It could be Oprah wondering how my book is coming along…Okay, that was a huge time waste, but now to get down to wr…Doorbell?Are you kidding me? Much of the time, the difficulty in sitting down to write comes from the pressure we place on ourselves…  Read more

Don’t Believe Stephen King

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On a consultation call today with a new client, she’d mentioned that her self-confidence took a nosedive today.  On reading, On Writing, by Stephen King–a fabulous book about writing well, by the way–she was crestfallen by his pronouncement that you’re not really a writer unless you write every day. Rubbish. First of all, are you solely a writer? Or do you have another business? Perhaps you are a therapist, doctor, lawyer, coach, entrepreneur or stay at home mom…Well, Mr. King is a full time writer. Mr. King primarily writes fiction. You, most likely, are writing about your life, your work,…  Read more

What Improv Can Teach You About Writing

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With something like 17 of us gathered around the stage, Chris Simpson singled me out to take a step back to enlarge the circle. I looked down at my feet. The woman to my left stood about 8 inches farther back, as did Kevin, to my right–their heels a mere inch or two from the edge. Every fiber of my being told me not to step any closer to the edge of the stage–especially with my back to the drop. I inched back a couple centimeters as a compromise. Thus began my first lesson in trust last night in Improv…  Read more