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Sep.28.2011
Do you want to write a book, article or essay but feel stressed out and self-conscious when you think about the fact that your writing will be read by others? Does this reduce your creativity and leave you feeling blocked and unable to write? Try blogging. "Wait," I hear you protest. "Blogging...
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Sep.27.2011
I just came back from giving a talk at a local writer’s club. There I heard the same question I hear everywhere I go: What’s the best way for writer’s to accomplish their social networking — especially given the fact that they really don’t want to do social networking at all. They just want to...
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Aug.04.2011
Today’s post truly comes from my own experience. I’m here to tell you that hard work pays off. I landed a traditional publishing deal! Whoo hoo! Not only that, the publisher, Writer’s Digest Books, is happy–no thrilled–with my platform, which has been 8-10 years in the making. Yes, that’s a...
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Jun.05.2011
I spent all of Memorial Day outside pulling weeds. I have a large property up in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California. Between work and driving my son to and from San Francisco almost every day--a three hour round trip drive--I don't have much time to get outside these days and...
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Jun.05.2011
I got motivated to turn out some products--books--the other day. I'm off to a convention at the end of the month where I am teaching two workshops. I'd like to bring something new and more professionally produced. I have a number of short books based on longer works I planned on writing one day...
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Apr.22.2011
If you are as pressed for time as I am, writing fast becomes a necessity. When I sit down to write, I've got to churn out copy as quickly as I can. How do I make that happen--and how can you do the same? Here are a few tried and true methods I use. Lose the Inner Critic. Don't do any editing,...
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Mar.25.2011
After I published this post yesterday, today I saw this article announcing that Amanda Hocking had, indeed, signed a four-book deal with St. Martin's Press in New York, reportedly for $2 million. As she said in her blog, she's a writer: "I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling...
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Mar.25.2011
In a recent blog post, best-selling author and marketing expert made this statement:"No one is going to pick you. Pick yourself." He was talking about the fact that authors and musicians are making millions without so-called "gatekeepers."  and that the gatekeepers--"the...
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Mar.01.2011
I work as a developmental editor. I also do line editing, sometimes also called copy editing. The latter involves cleaning up your grammar and punctuation and strengthening your sentences. However, today I want to talk about the former: developmental editing. You see, one of my manuscripts...
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Dec.22.2010
It's my belief that everyone has a story to tell. Some people feel it's their purpose in life to tell their story. However, you can't just tell your story--or write it--because you feel it's your purpose. Your story has to teach someone something, change someone in some way, or inspire someone...