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 […]

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8 of the Best Writing Quotes of All Time

I love quotes. I’m the person who writes quotes down on little scraps of paper and tapes them to the wall. And while I hate going through and sorting the endless paper stacks in my office, I love finding quotes tucked between bills and book outlines, meeting notes and client contracts. Quotes are just…magical, somehow. […]

What Training Do Freelance Editors and Writers Need?

Many professions have guidelines regarding who can enter the field. Surgeons, for example, must go through medical school, pass the boards, and receive a license. Lawyers have to make it through law school and then pass the bar exam. Massage therapists have to go through school and become licensed. You can’t even cut hair without […]

10 Reasons Running Makes You a Better Writer

Writers are not known for living healthful lives. Drinking, smoking, working (or partying) into the wee hours of the evening—these are all more typically attributed to writers than strict diets and exercise regimens. But while those qualities might seem sexier than eating veggies and running a 10K, they don’t do much for a writer’s productivity—or […]

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 […]

2 Software Tools Every Freelancer Needs

I’ve wanted to be a writer since second grade. As I grew, I dreamed of what it would be like to be paid to write. Could there be anything better? But while visions of book signings and big paychecks swirled around my head, I never once thought about the practicalities of being a professional writer. […]

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. […]