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 […]

5 ways a book can mess up your brand (guest post)

This week, I’m pleased to welcome brand expert Justin Foster, co-founder of Root + River. Over the past six plus years, Justin has become a friend and trusted brand advisor as I’ve grown and shifted my business. (Fun fact: an early discussion we had spawned ideation for what would later become my TEDx talk on […]

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. […]

When home isn’t as sparkly as work

My life is mostly like I envisioned it. I’m a world traveler, one-time marathoner (ha!), and entrepreneur. I have a great husband, two adorable kids, and a nice place to rest my head at night. As a family, we’re planning exciting adventures (a year in Thailand), going for our big dreams, and loving the people […]

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 […]

4 simple steps to publishing your first book

When Reedsy founder and CEO Emmanuel Nataf reached out to me recently on LinkedIn, I was intrigued. A platform that integrates editing, design, and publication? No more worry about version control? Easily find creatives to help make your book happen?  No way, I thought. But it’s true: it exists.  While I’m new to the site, […]

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. […]

My beautiful life-work

I’m writing this as I nurse my baby. He is sleepy, and I’m the only one who can get him to bed when he’s overly tired like this. Downstairs, Lily is playing with a new babysitter (who I already love!), riding circles around the back patio on her tricycle. After I’m done putting Max to […]

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 […]

What’s It Like to Be a Freelancer? Here’s a Look

Fifty-three million. That’s the number of freelancers in the U.S.—more than one in three workers—according to a study by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk. Of that number, over 21 million are considered independent contractors, working on a project-to-project basis with no employer. Professional writers—often called content marketers—fit into all categories of freelancing, from full time freelance […]