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Oct.28.2011
I coach a lot of writers and authors who want to (1) begin blogging, (2) develop more effective blogs or (3) blog a book so they get discovered by an agent or publisher. In all three cases they always ask me how to search engine optimize (SEO) their blog and use keywords in their  posts. I...
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Oct.25.2011
Many of you who have been following this blog for the last few years or more know that I am the founder of Write Nonfiction in November, a challenge and a blog, affectionately called WNFIN. Although you can read the great blog posts at WNFIN all year long--and they are always posted here at...
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Oct.22.2011
A lot of people ask me how to begin creating the structure of a nonfiction book. I like to begin by creating a table of contents for a book. Once I have this, I can then create the content for those chapters. However, often I can do both of these activities at the same time. To accomplish this...
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Oct.17.2011
I read something interesting today in the New York Times. Amazon.com has entered the publishing game. Not only does the company now provide aspiring authors with the ability to self-publish POD and e-books--and to read them on a Kindle e-book reader and on the new Kindle Fire--but it is now...
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Sep.29.2011
  I often speak with my clients and to audiences about successful books. I have to remember that each author has a different picture of publishing success. For some, a successful book means having one become an Amazon best seller or a New York Times Best seller. For others, it means selling...
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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
Last week I promised another post about lessons I learned from Oprah--or rather from Oprah's last show. However, I feel so strongly that these are lessons not just for writers but for all those who want to make a difference in the world. Writers need to see themselves as change agents, for...
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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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Jun.01.2011
Last week I promised another post about lessons I learned from Oprah--or rather from Oprah's last show. However, I feel so strongly that these are lessons not just for writers but for all those who want to make a difference in the world. Writers need to see themselves as change agents, for...
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May.07.2011
Today I received a comment on my last Redroom blog post about writing for free. A reader said she thought we should worry less about getting paid and more about living "writers' lives." I queried back, "What is the 'writer's life'?" I wonder about this. Yes, it is writing...
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May.05.2011
I spend a good portion of my day writing for free, and that’s putting it mildly. I have five blogs; none of them bring in any income—at this point. I have two on-line columns; I supposed I get paid for these if getting approximately .8 cents per click counts, which amounts to $30-60 for...
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Apr.27.2011
Yes, indeed, I did! I took one of my short books--a condensed version of what will one day be a full-length book, revised it, had a cover made for it, and formatted it. I then uploaded it to Smashwords and Amazon, and it is now available as an e-book in all e-reader formats. Whoo hoo. And you...
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