Top Book Writing and Publishing Posts of 2014

As we look back on 2014 with gratitude, I thought I’d share some of my own top posts of 2014 along with some of the most helpful book writing and publishing posts from other experts in the field that will help you with many aspects of writing and publishing a book. Thanks to Mike Larsen, Jane Friedman, Michael Hyatt, Shelton Interactive, Nancy Tierney, Rachel Vane and Chris Freese for the informative posts I refer to here. Writing If you’ve done any work with me, you know that I love to help authors connect to their muse–for inspiration, to write with…  Read more

Are You Missing Out on Magic?


I saw Camelot with my eight-year-old son today. Before we left the house, he whined, screamed, begged, pleaded, screamed some more. He tried guilt. He told me flat out he wouldn’t go. Some part of me wanted to crawl back into bed with a novel and say “forget it.” Was it really worth this battle? But I do love Camelot. And the tickets weren’t cheap. And I thought he’d probably love it. The fight just felt so hard though–the shouting, the tears. But, damn, those tickets were expensive. So, I stuck it out, promised chocolate in the car, told him…  Read more

Should an Author Create a New Website for a Book?

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Once in a while, an author sends me a link to a new website for a book they’re creating. I’m writing this post to help you avoid that mistake. There was a time four or five years ago when the thinking was that every book should have its own website. Maybe it worked back then. It doesn’t work now and here’s why: 1.Search Engines like Google reward you for content: the more relevant content you have on your site, the higher up your website (and individual pages) will show up in searches done by potential visitors. The higher up you…  Read more

Choosing a Literary Agent

Choosing a literary agent is an important decision for any author who plans to traditionally publish, yet many authors find this challenging. The three basic phases to choosing a literary agent are: Phase 1: Identify appropriate agents. Phase 2: Query these agents (only when you have your book proposal completely polished and ready to go, though). Phase 3: Choose a literary agent who is the optimal match for you and your book. In this post, we focus on the third phase—assuming you have offers and are trying to decide who is your optimal literary agent to work with. For phase…  Read more

Writing Prompts, Gratitude and Thanksgiving Transformation

Just a few weeks ago, we still had blackberries and raspberries ripening in our garden--grateful for the bounty!

Every year, I send an e-mail around Thanksgiving Day that starts with thanking you for being part of my community and supporting me in doing work that is so fulfilling—helping people bring their books to life. Well, of course, I want to thank you once again. I also wondered about how I can thank you in a way that’s particularly meaningful and helpful to you. I figured one of the best gifts I could give you is to get you writing. So, here are a few writing prompts—choose one that inspires and write! List 25 gifts you’re thankful for. Include…  Read more

Author Resource Hunt : Congratulations to Our Winners

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Thanks to all who played the author resource hunt. I enjoyed hearing from participants that you found helpful information, inspiration, motivation and more. I was inspired by all your sharing–from writing breakthroughs to tips to captions and blog post ideas. I invite you to share your biggest takeaway and any commitment you are making as a result of the hunt (for example, “Connect with my muse daily during meditation”). Congrats to all the daily prizewinners. Our official prize winners for the final 3 prizes are: First Prize: Leena • Free download of Inspiration to Author – A complete roadmap to…  Read more

Author Resource Hunt, Day 4: Getting Published and Book Proposals

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Imagine signing a book deal with a publishing house! There is still plenty of opportunity for first time authors who take the time to learn the expectations of the marketplace. Yet, those who don’t learn the rules can decrease their chances of getting published or make success take much longer than it needs to. Your first tip: Study the requirements and expectations that agents and publishers have for a quality book proposal. This blog is full of many detailed posts about writing book proposals successfully. Use the “search” function to the right to read several of these posts. Point Value…  Read more

Author Resource Hunt, Day 3: Inspiration to Write

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The inspiration to write can come through looking at art, tasting a new spicy dish, taking your dog for a walk—the possibilities for sparking your imagination are limitless. Today, The Author Resource Hunt focuses on getting your creative writing juices flowing. Point Value Clues/Actions for Points Earned Points 20+ Imagine yourself as the person in the image on today’s blog post. Write a caption as a comment on this post. While you’re at it, share your score for today in your comment (including additional points for any of the actions listed below). 15+ Create 3 sizzling/enticing headlines for future inspiring…  Read more

Author Resource Hunt, Day 2: Develop Relationships

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Day 2 of our Author Resource Hunt is about Developing Community and Relationships with other authors and writers. Such relationships provide many mutual benefits – support, camaraderie, resource-sharing and colleagues to share ideas with. Encouragement from someone who knows the highs and lows on the path to success can motivate you during your creative journey. Learning about other authors’ experiences and hearing their insights can save you time, inspire you and offer peace of mind. And the community engagement you develop is an important ingredient for book sales, too. One great space to connect with colleagues and future readers is…  Read more

Top 10 Business Lessons from Mentors and Coaches

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Are you a mentor or coach to your readers? Writing books, especially how-to and self-help books, is a form of mentoring–of sharing both the expertise and wisdom you have been blessed with. And writing can also be a form of coaching–anticipating what your readers may be going through, offering them tools to help them achieve the results they seek, helping them feel capable that they can do it. Last week, I traveled to Manhattan where I was honored with receiving the Silver Stevie Award for “Mentor or Coach of the Year – Business – 2014.” Today, I reflected on many…  Read more