7 last-minute holidays gifts for writers

I just love the holidays, don’t you? Family time, delicious food, time away from school and work . . . it’s the happiest time of the year! But as the weather turns a crisp 60 degrees Fahrenheit here in Portugal, and I gear up for some time off with my family, there’s one thing I’m […]

Growing Influence Bookiversary: Q&A with the Authors

Today is the two-year “bookiversary” of Growing Influence! I remember receiving my first copy while living in Thailand. I had just moved there with my family about a month prior, and it was the first international package I’d received at our new address. As I opened the box and held my copy, I felt overwhelming […]

Is your book idea any good? 6 questions to help you decide

Statistically, about 80 percent of people want to write a book. They dream of becoming authors—what it would feel like to hold a book in their hands, to have other people read it. Yet many aspiring authors hit a major roadblock before they ever start. One of the main reasons? Uncertainty around the book idea. […]

Let me tell you a story about sticking with your dreams . . .

(A quick note before we dive in: registration for Nonfiction Book School closes August 5! Let’s write your book together: https://nonfictionbookschool.com/. OK, with that note, let’s get to the story!)  Back in February of 2017, I sent my friend and colleague, Kelly, a 64-page document with the content plan and curriculum for what I called […]

My love story with writing

  At eight years old, I was sitting in my second grade classroom when I got the news. “Congratulations, Stacy!” my teacher said, handing back the poem I’d submitted to a statewide poetry contest weeks prior. “You got second place!” It didn’t matter that I hadn’t gotten first, or that my best friend at the […]

5 writing truths from working with 100+ books

I delivered a book draft to a client this week. No matter how many books I’ve written, coached, or otherwise impacted over the years, the first draft is always an incredible milestone. And no matter how well I plan the process—how dedicated, focused, and organized I am—the last few weeks before a book deadline are […]

8 ways to be a writer activist

My heart has been heavy over the last several days as I’ve watched the civil unrest back home, in the United States. It took me several days to process what I wanted to say or do, how I could best support from afar. I wondered, How can I be an ally and advocate for my […]

In this time of uncertainty, a story of serendipity

Photo taken at sunset at a viewing point in Sagres, Portugal. During senior year of my undergrad, I was faced with a decision: do I go straight to graduate school, or do I travel and experience the world? I’d heard of all those Europeans taking “gap years” and wondered if I could do that too. […]

Unsettled

These past several months have been a test: of patience, energy, resiliency, and commitment to this location-independent lifestyle. In April, we relocated temporarily from Thailand to our hometown of Boise. Here, we’re awaiting word from the Portuguese consulate. Will they, or won’t they, accept our residency visa application? Only time will tell. Along with the […]

Self-editing for authors: step into the flow

This week’s post comes from editor and writer Robin Bethel. Robin is a close friend and colleague, and we’ve worked together on various projects for more than nine years. Here, Robin shares self-editing advice she’s identified from working with dozens of authors (including me!). Whether you write articles or books—or aspire to do so—I hope […]