Get Your Writing Done! Next Program starts 12/3

Lisa Tener’s Writing and Publishing Blog

book writing clients

Find articles on your most pressing book-writing questions.

book heart

Life, Writing and Presence Amidst the Holiday Mayhem

A couple of weeks ago, my office looked like this:   And my kitchen table looked like this: Can you relate? If not to the mess, at least to the feeling of overwhelm that comes with it during the holidays? Especially if you’re also working on writing a book! I’d scheduled with Jess for an…

Read More...

pencil holder gift for writers

27 Brilliant Holiday Gifts for Writers—Unique, Book-ish and Beautiful!

Buying gifts for writers in so much fun. One for your recipient and one for you! As I wrapped holiday gifts for the writers in my life, I decided to reach out to my Facebook community for additional ideas to share with you. And our writer’s gift giving guide wouldn’t be complete without a few…

Read More...

Grateful for The Untethered Soul

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thanksgiving Gratitude Thank you for being part of my community and entrusting me as a guide, colleague and/or coach in your book writing and publishing journey. As I think about Thanksgiving gratitude, this year, my mind turns to BOOKS! I am so grateful for books, in general and in particular. This week, I’ve been reading…

Read More...

books: write the truth

“If You’re Not Prepared to Write the Truth…”

Today, I spoke with a writer whose editor told her, “If you’re not prepared to write the truth, you shouldn’t write.” On the one hand, there’s some powerful advice in there. If you’re hiding something, if you focus only on a pretty package with your writing, such hesitancy to dig deep and write the truth…

Read More...

"Tell Me My Story"

Choosing How to Tell a Story: A Conversation with Mitch Albom

When it comes to telling a story, whether fiction or memoir, Mitch Albom is one of the most effective writers I know of. If you’ve ever read anything by him, you’ll know why it thrilled me to interview Mitch for Jewish Rhode Island. Mitch’s books have such heart and soul. Mitch’s new memoir Finding Chika is…

Read More...

in shock book cover

Working on a Health Related Book? Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals

Writing a Health Related Book This morning, I heard from a Family Practice Physician who’s been planning to attend Harvard Medical School’s CME Publishing Course for the past two years. She started on her book idea five years ago and feels ready to dive in. Helping her clarify what she’ll get out of the course—and…

Read More...

Emily Homonoff reading Finding Chika

Finding Chika: An Interview with Emily Homonoff

Finding Chika: Mitch Albom in Rhode Island When I saw Emily Homonoff and her mother, Robin Kall Homonoff, host of Reading with Robin, at Robin’s most recent author event in Providence, RI, both were super-excited to have Mitch Albom coming to the Ocean State, this time to speak about his latest book, Finding Chika.  …

Read More...

ELITE award winning author Martha Rhodes

How Martha Rhodes Sold Over 20,000 Books (and Ebooks), Mostly Through Bulk Book Sales

Talking About Bulk Book Sales When Stephanie Chandler asked me to speak at this week’s 2019 Nonfiction Writers Conference about Bulk Book Sales, I immediately turned to Martha Rhodes, author of 3,000 Pulses Later to get a feel for how an author I worked with is using that strategy. I knew much of Martha’s success had…

Read More...

writing by longhand

The Joys and Perils of Writing Longhand

Have you discovered or rediscovered the power of writing longhand? Moving your hand across the paper as the words pour onto the page, coming out faster than you can legibly write? I almost always write longhand when I work on my book. I even edit that way, on paper. However, when it comes to blog…

Read More...

checklist to speak with journalist

How to Speak to Journalists Before Your Book is Published (And Not Give It All Away)

During a lively conversation with a participant in my book proposal course, he asked, “how to speak to journalists and not give my book away before my book is published?” It’s an important question, especially if you are writing nonfiction that draws on new research or offers a fresh perspective. Be generous but not naive….

Read More...

writing coach Lisa Tener

Writing Overwhelm? How to Write Your Way Out of “The Messy Middle”

Are you experiencing writing overwhelm? There’s a place in the writing process that my friend and colleague, Stuart Horwitz refers to as “the messy middle,” where you may feel overwhelmed and stuck. For me, that messy middle period can drag out to months or years. It can stop a project in its tracks. The overwhelming…

Read More...

8 Top Nonfiction Book Proposal Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)

Nonfiction book proposal mistakes can get your proposal tossed into the circular file before the agent or publisher even gets past page one. Agents and acquisitions editors are some of the busiest people I know. They’re looking for reasons to move on, as much as they are looking for the next book they want to…

Read More...

Lisa Tener on Book Lover's Day

What Makes a Book Proposal Compelling to Agents and Publishers?

I’d already started writing this post on what makes a book proposal compelling to agents and publishers when this email hit my inbox: “Friday I signed my book contract!  Thank you Lisa for helping me to get to this place. I still can’t believe this is happening.  I have a feeling this will open so…

Read More...

become your child's sleep coach

Can You Still Get a Book Deal as a New Author?

I’m often asked, “Can you still get a book deal as a new author?” Yes. You can. The proof? One of my clients just signed a book contract on Friday, a first time author, and will be getting a high five figure advance with her dream publisher. She’s one of several new authors who signed…

Read More...

Lisa Tener on Book Lover's Day

How to Celebrate Book Lovers Day

Happy Book Lovers Day! How are you celebrating? I just started reading Sarah Blake’s The Guest Book, which I bought at Wakefield Books, the wonderful independent bookstore one town away from mine. I include the Amazon link but do encourage you to get a copy at a local bookstore if you can! The Washington Post…

Read More...

modern reader

How to Engage Modern Readers Through Voice, Style and Tone

Voice, Style, Tone: these tools of the writer can help you engage the modern reader. Ignore recent changes in reading preferences and reader’s needs at your peril! Less Time; Less Bandwidth Modern readers are strapped for time. Authors of the 19th and 20th centuries had the luxury of readers who often liked to work hard…

Read More...

writing in bed

Facing Fear, The Bird’s Eye View and New Material for Writing

Where was this new material coming from? I thought I’d finished my first draft. Yet, by making—and keeping—a morning commitment, I often find myself discovering new material. Some of it may not go in the book. Maybe it’s a blog post. Or a guest article. Or even material for a new book! Yet, some of…

Read More...

Lisa Tener

The Secret to Making Progress on Book Writing Every Day

Every day I make some progress on my book writing. Some days I surprise myself with new material for what felt like a fairly complete book. Most days I do some typing or editing of the book or proposal. My friend Paula is typing up my handwritten edits when our schedules mesh. No progress is…

Read More...

Fireworks

Happy Independence Day: Here’s to Freedom!

In honor of Independence Day, here are a few inspiring quotes about freedom and independence from Goodnet. What’s your favorite quote on the subject? Happy 4th! Enjoy the festivities. “My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson (31st Governor of Illinois and United Nations…

Read More...

Advice from Literary Agents and Publishers (Acquisitions Editors)

Having just returned from Harvard Medical School’s CME publishing course, I’m sharing the sage advice from literary agents and publishers, which they shared during a panel on publishing.   Regina Brooks (Serendipity Literary Agency): Some publishers are moving away from traditional publicity and are embracing content marketing instead. This increases the  requirement for  authors to create…

Read More...

iba16_gold_h
SAWIB14_Silver_H
Gold-awards-writers
Winner-Badge-300x120-1
Screen Shot 2020-09-07 at 10.05.50 PM