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

Author Resource Hunt, Day 1: How to Write a Book

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Many aspiring authors get stuck at the very beginning–they want to write a book, but feel unsure  how or where to start. Others may start out fine, but get a bit lost or stuck or overwhelmed if they don’t have a bit of a road map. So, I thought I’d start our hunt with some of the basics–how to write a book in 9 steps. It’s a bit of an overview and will help you get a sense of some of the crucial decisions that will dictate the steps you need to take to write a book. Plus, as you…  Read more

“How Do I Connect with My Writing Muse?”


Last week, I led Writing in the Zone course participants through a guided visualization to “meet their writing Muse.” I think of the Muse as the creative aspect of ourselves, that inner source of creativity that just “knows things.” Your Muse knows from deep inside your heart and soul, beyond all the constraints and perceived limitations of the ego. I love this work with the inner Muse. I love it for its sometimes playful, sometimes surprising, always wise counsel. Several people wrote me after the call to share the clarity, insights and shifts that came from connecting with their writing…  Read more

Join the Author Resource Hunt

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I re-launched my website to make it even easier, more practical and more fun to access the book writing and publishing information you have come to rely on at—information that’s there to help you become a terrifically successful published author. To introduce you to the new site (designed by Rachel C Vane), I’ve designed the Author Resource Hunt with the help of blogger and marketing goddess Lorraine Giordano, and my brilliant assistant Geri Lafferty. Join the hunt for new ideas, inspiration and book writing/publishing guidance! And there are prizes…lots of prizes. Will you play? Blogging and social media provide…  Read more

Best Publishing Dates: How to Plan Your Book Launch Timing


This morning, a client e-mailed to ask me for the best publishing dates. He’s planning a book launch for 2015 and asked what I recommend for his book launch dates. It’s such an important question and one that has some simple answers as well as more intricacies. Many of my clients write self-help and how-to books, books about healthy living and healing. One of the best times to publish a self-help book or self-improvement book is in January when people are thinking about “turning over a new leaf” and adopting healthy habits for the new year. Another good time for…  Read more

How Much New Material is Needed for a Second Edition of a Book?

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Revised edition vs. second edition? Reprint? Do you need to know the printing terminology? I recently received an e-mail from a client whose book had been featured in the New York Times, on and throughout regional and local press. After self-publishing, she is now in talks with foreign publishers interested in the international rights. At the same time, she saw the need to update the original US version of the book, which was self published, in order to provide the latest information and advances in the technology she describes at the end of her book. She wondered, “How much…  Read more

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

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                        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