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

Who’s on Your Team?

I recently read Open, Andre Agassi’s autobiography. It’s a great read and I was also struck by how dependent he was on the people on his team. I think that’s true about most successful people–they don’t do it alone. They have great coaches, managers, trainers, strategists, advisers, mentors… Who are the people on a writer’s…

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Celebrate Your Accomplishments

My very first coach, Wendy Keilin, taught me to end the year by celebrating the year’s accomplishments. It’s so easy to look ahead and make some crazy list of the 5 million things you plan to accomplish in 2010. You can do that. Just, first, take a deep breath and enjoy all the gifts of…

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Distractions and Interruptions

I’m preparing for my interview with Joe Carroccio tomorrow (Monday, December 21) on his program The Law of Distraction and Interruption. It’s got me thinking about what keeps people from writing their books (myself included): Interruptions like phone calls, e-mails, other people’s needs which we may put before our own. Distractions like all the other…

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How Much Time Does it Take to Write a Book?

An aspiring author recently called me to explore writing coaching to help him write his book. He wondered about hiring a ghostwriter. Generally, I’m all about writing your book yourself. I’ve met too many people who’ve hired ghostwriters and been disappointed. And most relatively smart people can develop an engaging (or even compelling) style and…

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How to Promote Your Book: Win an Award

One exciting thing about the internet is that everything you do builds on everything else. That makes the effects of your actions exponential.  The more you do in each venue–social media, blogging, outreach via e-mail and traditional marketing–the more each one builds on the others. Your promotion efforts on the internet are not fleeting, either–unlike…

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What Inspires You?

As writers, it’s critical to surround ourselves with things that inspire and enjoy activities that inspire us. I’ve shared before about the Melissa Harris artwork in my office and how walking in nature, especially Newport’s Cliff Walk energizes me for the day. I’d like to share with you another inspiration dear to my heart and…

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Pearls From a Publishing Panel

Back from Las Vegas and, in my total 17 minutes of gambling, I won $40 at roulette. More than 130% return on the $30 I bet. But I bet you want to hear book writing advice from the publishers at the Medical Fusion Conference. Dr. Julie Silver facilitated the publishing panel made up of Debbie…

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Short ‘n Sweet

I’m about to take off for Lucky Las Vegas for the Medical Fusion Conference, where I’ll be presenting  a writing workshop on 5 Secrets of Good Writing, serving on a panel about getting published and meeting one-on-one with aspiring authors in the medical field. Here’s one secret to good writing: Don’t use any extraneous words,…

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Lose Weight: Write a Book?

Over the years, I’ve had several people come to me and say, “I need a book writing coach. I have to write my book. I keep gaining weight and I know I will lose that weight when I write my book.” One beautiful soul told me recently that her belly actually looks pregnant, “I’ve gained…

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How Much Do I Share?

One of my private coaching clients called today as we’re wrapping up her book proposal and making our short list of agents. She had a number of next step questions on her list, but one stuck out for me. A colleague had asked to interview her for a chapter in the colleague’s book. The colleague…

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The Muse Loves Nature

This morning I asked my muse–my inner creative being–how he wanted me to start my day. He suggested a walk along Newport’s Cliff Walk. Even before I got there, as I drove across the Narragansett Bay, along the Newport Bridge, I received clarity about a client’s project. Seems I ‘d been approaching it from the…

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When Should I Write?

My private clients and book-writing students often ask me if there’s a best time to write. Yes, there often is, but that perfect time varies from person to person. If you want to find out the best time for you, try early morning, mid morning, mid-afternoon and evening. See which seems to be your most…

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Should I Hire a Ghostwriter or Write My Book Myself?

Easy answer: 9.5 times out of 10 you should write your book yourself. My first year on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s publishing course, a doctor told me his horror story on landing a top publisher who recommended hiring a ghostwriter. Sadly, the ghostwriter’s version took him far afield from his vision. He took…

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How Dreaming Out Loud Can Help You Write Your Book…plus contest winners announced

Tara Sage Steeves and I created the Bestselling Author Dream Contest to help people get in the spirit of The Dream Party. It’s a fun exercise, but you may have wondered, Isn’t it more important to be writing my book than writing about my book? (especially if you haven’t finished writing yet). The answer is…

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Can Writing Your Book Be Easy?

Writing a book can certainly be easier than most people make it. I’ve been providing book concept consultations for the students in my book writing class this week and have been struck by how many of them have struggled for years with writing their book. They started and stopped. Or they keep thinking of different…

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It’s an Author’s Dream Contest

Most readers of this blog dream of becoming a published author. Those of you who don’t probably already are, but many look to take your book writing and marketing success to the next level. It seemed only fitting that, as the dream party approaches, we share our dreams about our writing–who we reach, what our…

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Being a Bestselling Author: The Dream Party

A year ago, my good friend Donna Mac invited me to the Dream Party. I looked forward to seeing her, since we live in different states, so I showed up. Donna invited me to get with the spirit of the event and, “Come as you aspire to be 5 years from now.” Five years is…

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Are You Getting the Word Out?

I was the first one up in my house this morning. That’s unusual. I bounded out of bed and ran to the computer before anyone could wake up, reflecting on last night’s teleseminar, which I hope you had a chance to hear. Morgana Rae interviewed me about writing and publishing a book right now in…

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Why is it so Hard to Write a Book?

It’s not hard for everyone to write a book, but I’d say in most cases it’s not exactly a walk on the beach. Yet, even conservative polls seem to indicate that more than half the population wants to write a book. So, we don’t they? I think there are, of course, many reasons, but one…

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How to Evaluate an Author Platform Opportunity

I recently spoke with a client who is working hard on growing her following so that she can increase the chances of selling her memoir to a publishing house. I had suggested she contact another client of mine for ideas in her field–the person who had initially put her in touch with me. This mutual…

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