Social Media Tips from a Busy Surgeon

Diane Radford, MD with Julie Silver, MD at the Harvard Medical School CME leadership and publishing course this year.

Guest post by Diane Radford, MD, FACS, FRCSEd In April 2015 I was delighted to talk at the Harvard Medical School course Achieving Healthcare Leadership and Impact Through Writing Publishing and Social Media. I have attended this course (directed by Dr. Julie Silver) previously, and it was there that I met some of my talented mentors, including Lisa Tener and Rusty Shelton. My topic was Social Media Tips from a Busy Surgeon. I joined social media in late 2011. Twitter is my favorite social medium — it is robust, global, and interactive. Lisa invited me to share the highlights from my lecture,…  Read more

Social Media Tips from Harvard Medical School’s Leadership and Publishing Course

Rusty Shelton

I spent a few days in Boston last week for Harvard Medical School’s CME leadership and publishing course. When I wasn’t teaching workshops, I spent most of my time meeting course participants and helping them clarify their book concepts and publishing strategies. However, I managed to squeeze in a few of the panels and presentations where I learned how much even a publishing insider can learn in this rapidly changing arena. Here are a few social media tips that served as helpful reminders—as well as a new website tip I picked up from Rusty Shelton: One of Rusty Shelton‘s social media tips: Google your…  Read more

Literary Agents Share Nonfiction Publishing Tips

harvard writers panel

At Harvard Medical School’s CME leadership and publishing course a few days ago, the literary agents present shared valuable advice. Here are just a few of the many nonfiction publishing tips they shared: Linda Konner:  For a prescriptive book, fit it into a program, such as: 7 steps to… 6 weeks to… 25 tips for… [Click to Tweet] Regina Brooks: Be clear about your motivation for writing the book. Regina also stressed the power of merchandizing and extending the content of your book. [Click to Tweet] Jeanne Fredericks:  Your agent can learn the “Breakeven Point” for your book and negotiate…  Read more

How to Get Published: 8 Social Media Tips to Get Noticed by Publishers


A few months ago, a woman contacted me on LinkedIn, introducing herself as an acquisitions editor at a niche publishing house. In search of new authors, she noticed the backgrounds and book titles of several authors I work with and asked if I might have any book proposals that could be a fit for her house. The timing could not have been better. I had an author in a very niched subject whose book proposal had been sitting with another publishing house that had expressed interest months before. The other seemed interested, but not exactly passionate or in a hurry to make an…  Read more

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

Rachel Vane web designer

A few days ago I opened an e-mail with the kind of subject line you just can’t ignore: “Google Issues Warnings About Poor Search Rankings For Non-Mobile Sites.”   No author or business owner can afford to ignore Google! Apparently Google is making sure that people searching on devices like cell phones and tablets get useful search results, and a site that isn’t easy to view or navigate on a hand held device is not going to cut the mustard (where did that expression come from, anyway?). By all means read the article and see how mobile friendly your website is: take the…  Read more

Writing the Truth: A Reflection on Authenticity in Writing and Life

On the Virgin America airplane ride back from a writers conference, I watched three movies—a decadent luxury for this mompreneur. After watching a documentary about the life of one-time musical prodigy Ben Lee, I found myself inspired and wrote a song—not something I usually do. In fact, my family used to joke about how un-musical I am;  my childhood piano teacher begged my parents to send me for dance lessons—and not because she loved my Plié or Relevé. I found the song writing experience surprising and soul-nourishing in a way my other writing hadn’t been lately when I’d tried to write…  Read more

When a Famous Literary Agent Delegates Your Book Proposal

questions about literary agents

Once in a while, I hear from a client who signs with an upper echelon literary agent only to have that agent hand the project down to a less senior staff member. This is not a problem in itself as the staff member has more time to implement work on your proposal and, ideally, the big name agent will provide guidance and weigh in. However, sometimes the greener agent isn’t as excited about your project as her others since she didn’t choose it. She may also feel less comfortable with your project than others because she hasn’t taken ownership of it. Maybe…  Read more

Simplicity, Book Writing and Teaching by Connecting

book cover laws of simplicity

I’d like to share a story about my recent experience with simplicity because it points to a powerful strategy for book writing. Every year when I send out the welcome letter for my Bring Your Book to Life© Program, I apologize for the length and quantity of information contained!  There’s just so much I need to impart about how to schedule the consultations with me, the questionnaire to fill out, what participants get with the program, how the optional accountability partner system works–and how to make it especially effective for you…the list goes on. The complexity troubled me. Even after cutting…  Read more

5 Authors Share the Quirky Workplace Skills That Make Them Successful in their Creative Writing Careers

tama kieves with books

While writing a post for Writer’s Digest on 12 Workplace Skills to Apply to Your Creative Writing Career, I thought about how we often dismiss our previous jobs as irrelevant to our current life as writers. Yet, many of our best assets are skills we learned in those “irrelevant” jobs. Serving as Executive Director of the wonderful nonprofit organization Hospitality Homes taught me most of what I know about Marketing and PR. I learned everything from how to write a press release to how to interview someone about their compelling life experience to how to be informative—and even entertaining, I…  Read more

Publishing Trends and Tips from Julie Silver, MD

julie silver

Publishing is changing by the minute and the savvy author learns about these trends and shifts to see how she can avoid new pitfalls and leverage the trends to benefit. I’ve been speaking and writing on this subject quite a bit recently, most notably on the Huffington Post and on Live Write Thrive. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in this moment in publishing is to attend a course or conference. The Harvard Medical School publishing course (which offers CME credits for medical professionals, BTW) Achieving Healthcare Leadership and Impact through Writing, Publishing and Social Media is one of the best…  Read more