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 […]

Learning Your Value: Why It’s Critical to Charge What You’re Worth

I started my business from a one-bedroom apartment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Our only air conditioning unit was in the bedroom, and with the Caribbean heat, that often meant I camped out on my bed to get work done. I didn’t have a desk or any real space to store my files and office […]

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 […]

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. […]

What Every Teen Should Know: Epic Advice for New Graduates | Book

My first day of high school was a bit more intense than average, I think. Having transferred from a small Christian school, I was overwhelmed with the sights and sounds of public school. Piercings. Short skirts. Swear words. Talk of drugs and sex and all sorts of things I’d never been exposed to growing up. […]