I recently received the brochure for the 2009 course, Publishing Books, Memoirs and Other Creative Nonfiction, which is offered March 26-28 at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Hotel. Several of my writing coaching clients have told me they’ll be there. Will you? Even if you’re not a medical professional or health writer, I can think of a whole bunch of reasons for you to come: 1. It’s one of the most comprehensive courses on how to become a published author, including information on how to build your platform (and if you don’t know what a platform is, you really need to attend!)…. Read more
I am writing in response to Mary O’Connor’s comment/ question for the writing coach: “What advice would give to someone with a fully formed book about addicted mothers of young children? I don’t know how to frame the format and include my personal story, my professional story and the macro effects of current policy on our culture and future. “Hint – I want to testify before congress, but am not sure of my audiance. Thank you for this resource. I love it. Floundering in upstate Michigan.” Mary, you bring up a very important point. You can’t write for EVERYBODY. What… Read more
I often hear questions about literary agents’ fees and book promotion expenses, such as those asked by Kathi McKnight in response to my last post. I’m sure many of my readers, students and writing coaching clients are burning to know the answers; so, rather than answer them in a comment, I decided to write a new post and address them in detail: 1. Do you pay literay agents up front if they say they want to represent you? No. A literary agent receives a percentage of your royalties. Usually that’s 15%, but in some cases, such as if you already… Read more
Aspiring authors often ask me whether it’s important to have a literary agent. My answer, as an experienced writing coach, is always yes. Recently, that answer really hit home when my client, Dr. Ellen Weber Libby, e-mailed me to say that her agent, Regina Brooks of Serendipity Literary Agency, had not only found her an ideal publisher, but had negotiated several unusual and important items in the contract. But let me step back and tell you just one reason why it’s important to have an agent. Years ago, before I became a writing coach or even a published author, I… Read more
I had been asked to participate on a panel for the Rhode Island Birth Network‘s Second Annual Fall Forum (which took place today) to discuss empowered decision making around birth. Erin Goodman invited me on the panel to share my birth experiences: a c-section in the hospital followed by an empowering and completely natural home birth six years later (at the age of 43). Other panelists included a nurse, two doulas, a medical doctor, another mom and a hypnobirthing instructor. Listening to the panelists I felt moved by each person’s passion, perspective and knowledge about one of the most miraculous… Read more
Sometimes I hear from someone who’s finding it too painful to write their story. Usually, they’re referring to a memoir, but sometimes they’re writing a self-help book that touches upon a painful real life story, or even a novel based on the author’s life.
My best advice is…
I began my retreat with an ayurvedic massage, followed by a walk in nature that led me to a beautiful labyrinth. As I walked the labyrinth, I found myself feeling peaceful. Afternoon yoga brought more peace and feeling centered in my body. By the time our writing workshop began at 7:30 pm, I felt ready to “write from my heart.” And that was the big distinction in Nancy’s Slonim Aronie’s workshop: Writing from the Heart. We didn’t write from our heads or write what we already knew, we wrote to discover or rediscover our truth, from a place of feeling… Read more
My writing retreat starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 am as I drive north and westward. I’m only taking notebooks (the paper kind). Not sure why, but something is telling me I need to write long hand. I’m tempted to bring notebooks and folders full of notes for a couple of books I am thinking about writing. I could also have brought my latest version of my children’s book. But I am bringing nothing but blank sheets. Call me crazy. It feels crazy. I like to be prepared. Yet, this feels right. I took the day off from work yesterday and… Read more
The last two posts have been in anticipation of my personal writing retreat next week. Carol posted a comment saying she’d never been on one and can’t wait for her own turn. This post is for Carol and anyone else who thinks they have to wait for their turn. I will attempt to address every concern that may prevent you from getting your writing retreat…NOW. If I don’t address what’s stopping you, make a comment and tell me what it is. I’ll do my best to find a creative solution for you, so that you don’t have to wait for… Read more
I am still dreaming about my writing coach’s writing retreat. One week to go.
How does one prepare for a writing retreat? In the past, I’ve packed up all my notes on the book I’m working on, maybe some research to read over, and thought hard about what I would accomplish.
This time, my writing coach (me) suggested I try something new. I’m clearing my mind in preparation. I’m not even sure which book I’m going to work on. I probably won’t take any of my preparatory notes for my works in progress.
I admit, this is my book writing experiment…
As a writing coach, I think I have one of the most fun jobs in the universe. I love the process of helping people:
* Clarify their book ideas
* Learn the secrets of good writing
* Write a compelling book proposal
* Attract a top agent and publisher
* Enjoy the benefits of being a published author
There’s just one problem…
People often come to me with more than one great book idea. One thing I do as a writing coach is help them evaluate which book to write. Here are a few ways to evaluate for starters:
1. Goal based:
* Identify Your Goals.
* Evaluate each book project on how…
While investors continue to panic at the stock market crash, I suggest you take a deep breath and focus on what you want to create–not what’s going on this very minute in the stock market.
If you already have a business. Writing a book can help you…
Someone told me yesterday that he lost millions in the stock market. Guess what? The stock market peak is not actually money in your pocket–it’s the concept of money he lost. Money invested anywhere holds a risk and everyone seemed to have forgotten that until a few weeks ago. Now, I’m no financial analyst, but this past year, I’ve been happily investing in my business: in courses, conferences and other professional development–learning more about web 2.0, social networking, seo and other not-so-esoteric information. I’ve been investing in a consultant to help me with my business, people to help me with… Read more