Episode 36 | The true ROI of writing a book

Many aspiring authors anchor to one thing early in the book-writing process—often before they’ve even written a word: potential book sales. They do the math: how many books will I have to sell to make back my investment (time and money)?   But that’s a false equation, because the true ROI of a book isn’t […]

How writing my first book led me to live in Portugal

Time-sensitive note: My author accelerator program, Nonfiction Book School, is open! If you have a lifelong dream of writing a book, I’d love to guide you on your author journey. Applications close April 20 and may not reopen this year. Apply now: https://www.nonfictionbookschool.com In 2012, I was a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, attending […]

Episode 35 | Busting 5 book-writing myths—and why you should write yours

  Over the past decade-plus in the industry, I’ve heard every reason for not writing a book. And inevitably, those “reasons” are connected to myths—untrue beliefs that stop would-be authors before they even get started writing their books. In this episode, I bust five of those myths and explain why now, not later, is the […]

How to turn your expertise, idea, or story into a successful book

A quick note: applications for my 12-week author accelerator program open in April! Join the waiting list to be the first to know when Nonfiction Book School reopens. It wasn’t that long ago that I was dreaming of writing a book. In fact, it had been a lifelong dream, born in second grade in the […]

Episode 34 | What it’s like to write a book with leadership advisor and NBS student Mike Green

  In 2020, Mike Green’s wife said to him, “You should write your book.” Like so many of us, Mike was at home, shut off from normal life during the earlier days of COVID. Days later, he joined Nonfiction Book School, my program for aspiring authors. This week on the podcast, Mike Green shares his […]

Episode 32 | Write that book: a conversation with author and NBS student, Lindsey Weigle

In this podcast episode, I connect with author and Nonfiction Book School student, Lindsey Weigle. Lindsey joined Nonfiction Book School last fall to finish writing her book, Enough Already. The first two-thirds of the book came easily, and while she was driven to complete the first draft of her book, she was stuck and unsure […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]