Where Most People Go Wrong When Chasing a Dream


Chasing a dream can be tough. It takes perseverance–sometimes more perseverance than we’ve ever had to muster in the past. Chasing a dream stretches us in ways we’ve never been stretched. I tend to think we actually become different people when we pursue a goal to which we feel deeply called. Watch this video to […]

Is This Blocking Your Creativity?


My son and I recently learned about electric motors. In fact, thanks to our friends Gretchen and Bill, we were able to build one through a service called Tinker Crate, which I highly recommend. So we were working on this motor, trying to get the wheel to spin, and nothing was happening. Just before throwing […]

Why the Strongest Thing You Can Do Is Embrace Your Weakness

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We all know we have a lot to offer the world—if we could just get a break, if we could just get out of our own way, if we could just be who we are deep down. But then life happens and we happen, then more of life and more of us. Things get complicated. […]

4 Proven Steps That Turn Writers into Tribal Marketers

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We were all excited. An author we had just published was going to be on Oprah, and the subject of our author’s book would be front and center during the interview. We shipped thousands of books to make sure our accounts had plenty of inventory. The day came, and Oprah set her up beautifully. The author did a […]

Who Else Wants the Key to Creative Genius?


Once there was a woman who wanted to help people with a product she had in mind, so she started a company. She read about similar products, and began creating hers. She tested and tweaked it until it was just right. She let people use it to be sure it served them well. She used […]

If you’re a writer in or around Michigan, Write on the Red Cedar (January 16-17, 2015) looks like a terrific opportunity. I’ll be speaking there Saturday morning on how to make the writing journey sustainable. Click the link below for an interview they did with me and more information about the event. Hope to see you there!

Event: Write on the Red Cedar: A Premier Midwestern Writing Retreat
Topic: You Can Do This! An Editor’s Manifesto on How to Stay Motivated and Keep Moving toward Publication
Public: Public

How to Find Success (It’s Simpler than You Think)


The more I work with successful people and observe how they become successful, I’m convinced: success is not the result of some magic key. It doesn’t happen to people who are smarter or prettier or more talented than everybody else, or at least that’s not how it happens most of the time. It’s much simpler […]

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Sending a Book Idea to an Editor or Agent


I recently received this question from an aspiring writer: “I have a contact in book acquisitions who is willing to look over a proposal. I have ideas and draft work for like 4 books. How do I decide what to send him?” Friend and author Michelle DeRusha and I are in the middle of a training […]

How to Get Published: A 3-Part Conversation with Author Michelle DeRusha and Me


Imagine you could pick up the phone when you needed writing or publishing advice and talk to two professionals with over 35 years of combined experience. These two have racked up a host of publishing/writing credits and have helped hundreds of other people get published and make progress toward their writing and publishing dreams. Do […]

3 Things I Learned about Building a Platform When My Blog Posts Went Viral

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When I started my Christian parenting blog, Christian Mom Thoughts, three years ago, I didn’t have any specific objectives in mind. But over time my readership and interest in writing steadily grew. Like many bloggers, I started dreaming of writing books. I began to research the publishing world and immediately ran into the word “platform” […]