For Authors

Is self-publishing right for you?

Some of the most powerful advice I’ve ever read about self-publishing came from a worm farmer who published her own book more than 30 years ago. While “celebrating the value that small presses contribute to society,” she highlighted several timeless benefits of self-publishing, including the opportunity to exercise creative control over her work. “My goal…was…

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The Beauty in Discarded Drafts

The files stacked in the photo have a story to tell you. This paper testament shows how I’ve spent a significant number of evening and weekend hours for more than two years. They’re not going into the next draft of my novel, but these discards also don’t belong in the recycling bin. Learning to write…

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How I Fixed My ‘About’ Page (and So Can You)

Unless you’re a narcissist, drafting your autobiography can be tricky, even if it’s just a short bio on your website. Whether you call it “About Us” or “About Me,” editing that page gets easier when you think of it as an invitation. Tip 1: Tell me what you can do (for me), before you tell…

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Critiques and Edits: Which Feedback Should I Trust?

A new author preparing to “workshop” part of her manuscript asked what I thought about the process. (She’s taking a class that offers feedback from fellow participants and an instructor after reading an excerpt.) Ah. My advice about advice? I live on both sides of this question: I’ve been edited by others – and edited…

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E-books: Your Marketing Ally

Anyone can write an e-book, and using your e-book to build your business can be simple. (For the purposes of this post, an e-book is a digital “book” or chapter, whether it’s formatted as a PDF, EPUB, etc., which can be delivered as an email attachment or downloaded.) Here are five primary ways my clients…

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Public Speaking for Writers

Writers love words, but speaking in public can be an unfamiliar experience for some first-time authors who want to deliver speeches, offer book signings or lead workshops. After teaching classes to potential trainers and coaching individual speakers, I’ve compiled 10 of my easiest presentation tips anyone can use. Change your mind. Your business, the program or venue may require a lecture…

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Permission Granted

Two types of people call with questions about my business: potential clients and people wanting to become writers. (Okay, a third type also calls, hoping to sell me something.) I love trading ideas with other writers including those just getting started, and since everyone has a unique spark and approach to the craft there are no secrets, just tips to share…

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