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Lisa Tener’s Writing and Publishing Blog

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Find articles on your most pressing writing & publishing questions. Plus, creative support for your inner muse!

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Can You Write When You Feel Like an Imposter?

A writer recently said to me, “I feel like an imposter. How can I write as an expert when I’m working through these same problems again that I am supposed to be teaching in my book?” This author was writing about relationships and suddenly found himself struggling with a specific relationship topic in his partnership—an…

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Should I Quote Experts in my Book’s Introduction?

This excellent question came up in Get Your Writing Done last week: “Should I share expert stories in my book’s introduction?” The author was considering sharing compelling stories from Wayne Dyer and Anita Moorjani. What Is Your Reader Looking for in the Book Introduction? When you write the introduction to a nonfiction book, think about…

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Are You Being Selfish Enough to Finish Your Book?

To write our books we need to be fierce about our boundaries. I write this moments after our Get Your Writing Done Zoom meeting has ended and one person reported that she did something very selfish. She put her book above a person in crisis, someone she’d been supporting for a long time. Consider the…

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When the Last Lighthouse Keeper Retires: What AI Means for Writing

Some folks are all hyped up about how AI is making their jobs as writers easier—from outlining to research to organizing ideas and creating marketing plans. They’re psyched. On the other end of the spectrum, many authors complain about the glut of AI-generated garbage on Amazon that’s making their books harder to find. One prominent…

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The Benefits of a Slow Start

My 2024 is starting off slow. And I’m realizing that’s a good thing in many ways. Just before Christmas, I got rear-ended while patiently waiting to turn when the driver behind me was distracted (looking behind her at her passenger!) and didn’t see me in time. As I heal, I need to limit screen time…

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“How Should I Publish My Short Stories?”

In my most recent post, I answered a soon-to-be-published author’s questions about distribution for a traditionally published book; today, I answer their second question: “How should I publish my short stories?” So, short stories are not in my purview, but I know enough to provide some guidance to this writer. My goal was to ascertain…

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“Is My Traditional Publisher Book Contract a Good Deal?” + More Publishing Questions

Today’s publishing questions come from a writer in South Africa who just received an offer from a traditional publisher. They have questions about the offer and contract and about publishing a book of short stories. Let’s address the book offer first, and in my next post, I will address the short stories. “I need help….

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Thankful in 2023

Each Thanksgiving I list all the people I am thankful for in my work. Plus books, nature and other inspiration. Here goes…but first, I want to say this: Given all that’s going on in the world, including the incredible polarization and demonization of opposing viewpoints, it’s more important than ever to focus on gratitude, foster…

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How to Write From Your Heart

Your Muse Wants You to Write from Your Heart Today’s post was inspired during our “Get Your Writing Done” session a few weeks ago. I’d offered that if anyone ever needs a little private laser coaching, they can request to do a short breakout group on our Zoom calls during the writing portion of the…

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Join Us for the Rhode Island Author Expo Dec. 2

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m a featured presenter for the Rhode Island Author Expo and will share 7 Fresh Ways to Use Journaling to Tap Your Creative Genius as a Writer. I invite you to join us for some fabulous—and free!—panels, presentations, and networking. For today’s post, I interviewed the Association of RI Authors…

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Lisa Tener, Book Coach

How To Write a Book During Tumultuous Times

I recently led a writer through my Meet Your Muse exercise. He felt overwhelmed by world events. How could he write a book when everything feels so bleak? What could he contribute to systemic problems that seemed unsolvable? The Muse said, “Keep to what you are here to do.” “You’re not going to solve the…

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Her Muse Gave Her a Stethoscope

The other morning, I led a doctor through my Meet Your Muse exercise to help her access her inner guidance about which book to write first—the one for other doctors or the one for patients. Her muse was clear—the one for patients. Before she left the scene, I invited her to ask whether her muse…

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Sell More Books Through Amazon Ads

There are so many ways to sell books nowadays that developing a book marketing plan can feel overwhelming. Many old-time strategies that worked well years ago have little effect nowadays. Even getting on national TV doesn’t necessarily mean breakthrough sales. When I participated in some breakout groups for the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the…

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The Link Between Writing and Health

“In my work and my book, I talk about the five absolute health tools—breathing, mindfulness/meditation, journaling or writing, mirror work and mind-body sensing. These five tools are tools for cultivating self-awareness, for being here now in the moment, and for being present with what is.”

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No One Can “Fix” Your Writing

A client mentioned something about my fixing her writing today. Later in the day, I attended our first meeting of a leaderless (someone said “peer support”) poetry writing group at Willett Free Library, just up the hill from my home. There, almost half of the members said something disparaging and judgmental about their writing. So,…

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My Best Advice for Writing a Successful Book Proposal

Last week, I appeared on the Journey Sixty6 Podcast with Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz to discuss my best advice for writing a successful book proposal. Melissa and Dave asked THE BEST and MOST THOROUGH questions about the subject and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you. Listen here for my advice…

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Answers to Your Indie Publishing Questions

A recent email came to me with a slew of indie- and self-publishing questions. The writer wanted to know how to choose the optimal publishing option and company. They had questions about applying for book awards, how to get into bookstores, questions about formatting, and even about naming your own publishing house. How Do I…

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The Books I’m Reading This Summer

This is my ode to summer reading. Ah, to cozy up to a book on the beach or in a hammock under the weeping cherry and immerse ourselves in another world, a sprinkle of wisdom, or pure magic! Summer began with some light reading: rom-com and chick lit. Once I got my fill (and found…

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Lisa Tener, Book Coach

Are Your Writing Files a Mess? Does it Matter?

Does it matter if your writing files are a mess? And, if so, what can you do about it? This summer, a book coaching client agonized over the mess her writing files had become. “Old stuff and new. All mixed together. I can’t find anything.” She had research files, articles, and various versions of her…

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Why I Self-Published My Last Book (and What Comes Next…)

A client recently asked me why I self-published my last book. I get that question fairly often, along with, “Should I write a book proposal and try for a traditional book deal or self-publish?” My answer to the first question is easy, but my response to the second isn’t always the same. It depends upon…

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