Win a free pass to the Nonfiction Writers Conference ($225 value) or membership in the Nonfiction Authors Association ($190 value)!

Enter to win a pass to the Nonfiction Writers Contest or membership in the Nonfiction Authors Association! I’ve teamed up with the Nonfiction Writers Conference and Nonfiction Authors Association to host a simple contest. Two winners will be selected at random to receive one of two great prizes: A Gold access pass to the Nonfiction […]

5 mistakes writers make in National Novel / Nonfiction Writing Month

Ah, October. The month when writers all around the country ready their pens and keyboards to write a first draft of their books during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo), which takes place from November 1–30 each year. The goal? Write a 50,000-word book in 30 days. Don’t break stride […]

An inside look at my new course for aspiring authors

It’s been a few weeks since I launched my new course, Finish that book!, a book-writing planning and productivity course for aspiring authors. This week, I take you on a short video tour of what the course includes and why it’s so powerful for aspiring authors. This course was created in response to a need. […]

What to Expect When Hiring a Ghostwriter

When I see a new book by a celebrity or politician, my first thought is always the same: I wonder what professional writer behind the scenes helped make it happen. That’s because I am one of those writers. I’ve written hundreds of articles and several books—almost all for other people. Sometimes I’m credited on a […]

Why You Must Craft Your Own Reality

I almost titled this, “The post in which I get real.” Because here’s the thing: It’s easy to write a post targeting X reader about Y project.  It’s simple to write a cookie-cutter article sharing five steps toward accomplishing Z. Seriously, after 800+ articles and dozens of books, I can do that in my sleep. […]

On Starting a New Book

I’ve spent the last week plus in a sort of ritual: getting my writing space just so, organizing my notes, preparing my brain for the huge task of writing a new book. It’s funny—each time I get ready to write another book, I think I’ll be able to ease into it gracefully and efficiently. As […]

5 Ways to Find the Right Freelance Book Editor

Author’s note: This post originally appeared on JaneFriedman.com, an excellent blog by the fantastic Jane Friedman. It prompted a hot debate, as you’ll see in the comments on her site, and resulted in media coverage all over the web. Since it still remains a popular article, I’m bringing it to my blog for a second […]

6 Strategies for Making Time to Write

I have so much free time, I don’t know what to do with it all. I finish my client projects early and have no trouble devoting hours to my own writing. In fact, I wish I had more to do! Just kidding. Unfortunately, time is not something many of us have a lot of. If […]

Video Podcast, Episode 2: Epic Advice for Graduates with James Morrell

[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGeN3nTGyPY&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] A few weeks back, I was asked to contribute to James Morrell’s new book, Epic Advice for Graduates. My contribution was a top ten list of things I wished I’d known when I graduated high school. There are also lists from 32 other outstanding individuals, loaded with advice every graduate should know. […]

Video Podcast, Episode 1: Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous

[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5AxAVgA_rc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] I’m excited to be involved in this year’s Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous, coming up May 1-3 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. The lineup of speakers is phenomenal, and the classes and events that make up this three-day writing conference are sure to inspire even the most hesitant writers to start (or […]