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 […]

Call for Entries! Idaho Author and North American Book Awards

It’s that time of year again: Yes, time to enter the Idaho Author Awards! Only this year, there’s a bit of a twist. They’ve extended it to the entire country. That means that any author can enter who has published a book in the past 3-5 years (see details below). But hurry! Entries must be […]

Book Review: Platform by Michael Hyatt

I like a book that gives me practical advice to grow my business. That’s what I found in Michael Hyatt’s Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Platform is a New York Times best-selling book that offers a step-by-step guide to setting up a platform or improving a platform that already exists. Hyatt defines a […]

10 of the Most Influential Books Ever (at Least to Me)

As sometimes happens on social media, I was called out by a couple of friends to complete a list of the 10 most influential books of all time. Now, I’m not always big on social media challenges, but when someone says “books,” I say, “right on!” It’s taken me about a week to piece together […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Tips for Setting Up a Writing Space

My writing space has shifted a lot over the years. It’s grown and changed right along with my life and business. In the Dominican Republic, I wrote on my bed, mostly because the bedroom was the only room with air conditioning. I could hear the street sounds of Santo Domingo rise up to our fifth-story […]

Infographic: What Authors Need to Know About E-books and Publishing

I’m always looking to understand more about publishing. E-books especially intrigue me because they can have such huge potential for authors—and yet, they also pose a threat to small bookstores and local efforts. So, I took research into my own hands to get a better grasp on the e-book market. What I found was surprising: […]

3 Ways to Support Local Authors

Note: This blog post is sponsored by Grammarly. (Thanks, Grammarly!) I use Grammarly for free proofreading because I edit all day long, and my eyes get tired. So, so tired. The software doesn’t replace proofreading from a living, breathing human, but it’s great for the first round. Last night, I had the honor of hosting the Top […]