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

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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How Important is an Internet Presence? 3 Top Agents Weigh In

A client e-mailed me a couple of days ago suggesting that he didn’t really need an internet section in the promotion plan of his book proposal. “Isn’t that an agent’s job–to publicize my book on the internet?” No. Book publicity is your job. Both agents and publishers want  close to a sure thing. Your proposal…

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Authors Need to Social Network; Try a Few Apps

As an author or aspiring author, you need to use social networks to help create your platform and, eventually, promote and sell your books. Yet, social networks can eat hours or days of your time with little impact. This is because social networks aren’t generally built in a day. If your social network is going…

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They’re Getting Book Deals: Find Out How

I’m going to out and out brag here. July is shaping up to be an exciting month for my clients and we’re celebrating. Want to hear their secrets of success? First, here’s the good news. In July alone: – Three of my clients signed contracts and/or received offers from publishers for their books. – Two…

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How Do You Make a Creative Environment?

Having worked with a handful of talented feng shui practitioners as clients, I’ve learned the importance of our surroundings in supporting our creativity. Working with them helped me realized I wanted to be more intentional about making my creative environment more inspiring to my  muse. Until recently, I kept a bulletin board behind and above…

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Be Accountable: A Key to Writing Consistently

What to do when your writing loses momentum? Trap yourself. If you’re not accountable to anyone to get your writing done, it’s easy to get off track. Often, all it takes is being accountable to someone to get back in the game and write again. Teaching a class has been great for me. Every week…

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Engage Your Fans

In this interconnected world, we’re seeing that authors who engage their readers and create a sense of community can achieve great success, like the phenomenal success of Twilight, due partly to a huge Facebook and social networking fan base. As you know, my focus as a writing coach is on adult nonfiction. While the ideas…

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Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish?

Beware: if you don’t answer this question when you begin writing your book, you may end up doing a good deal of extra work. That’s because authors who intend to self-publish can just write their book, but those who intend to traditionally publish need to write a book proposal first, particularly for a nonfiction book….

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Get Your Book Writing & Publishing Questions Answered

Join us on Blog Talk Radio’s Positive Living Network as host Patricia Raskin asks me all about how to write  a book, getting started, organizing your book, getting published, avoiding blocks, getting inspired, what publishers and agents are looking for, and anything else you might be wondering about: Wednesday June 3 Noon Eastern Time Blog…

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Dressing for Your TV Interview? Chris Fulkerson’s 12 Top Tips

My first time on TV, no one told me not to wear busy designs with lots of color. I wore my most stunning spring suit and it danced around the screen hypnotically (and distractingly) when I appeared on ABC World News with Peter Jennings. Of course, I should have asked…or researched. Sigh. I was never…

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Ask the Writing Coach: In a Book Proposal, Do You List Unrelated Books & Articles?

Kathleen Burns Kingsbury asked how much information about previous publications to include in a book proposal. Specifically, she traditionally published a book called Weight Wisdom. Should she include information on this book in her book proposal? How about articles? She asks, “When you are writing a book proposal is it best to just list the…

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