How New York Times Bestselling Author Chris Guillebeau Wrote His Latest Book


Several years back a colleague recommended Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Nonconformity, which was a real eye-opener to me. The book challenges readers to think about unconventional ways of doing life and making a living, and honestly I’ve never been the same. I can draw a straight line from his book to the creation of Book Proposal Academy, […]

5 Brilliant Things Writers Can Do to Overcome a Small Platform

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As editorial director for a major trade publisher, I regularly receive questions like the following: How big a platform is big enough? Am I out of luck if I don’t have much of a platform? What should I do if my platform is still smallish? Do I really have to be a superstar to get […]

A Hawk, a Deck Chair, and What They Taught Me about Calling

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Recently our family was getting settled around the dinner table when our seven-year-old son halted all his usual bounciness and pointed. “What’s that?” he asked, staring out the back door. We all looked to discover a young hawk perched on one of our deck chairs. I grabbed my phone and snapped this picture: We were floored. What was […]

If You Stop Writing Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later [Guest Post Notification]

I’m delighted to be have a guest post up over at Jeff Goins’ blog today. Here’s how it begins . . . When I was younger I played the trombone, but I didn’t really get it. I had friends who got it. You could tell orchestral music did something for them. But as I get […]

What an Odd Little Man Taught Me about Reverence and Mystery

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In Memory of Robin Williams As we entered his classroom, Professor Whipp grinned at us. Just as we finished settling in, placing our backpacks on the floor, our notebooks on our desks, he beckoned us to leave. “Come,” he said, “Follow me.” And out we went onto the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s wide campus one pleasant […]

Book Proposal Academy Closes in 36 Hours…

I’ll be closing registration for Book Proposal Academy at 9:00 Eastern tomorrow, Thursday, July 24. I’m really looking forward to helping a community of people work on their book projects. Bonus Courses I’m excited to let you know that some friends of mine are kicking in their own courses for free to students in Book Proposal […]

I was honored to be on Jonathan Milligan’s “Blogging Your Passion” Podcast. We talked about what makes for a great book concept and how bloggers can use their blogs to create great books. This is a relatively short podcast, but we packed a lot in. Hope you enjoy it.

Date: July 17, 2014
Appearance: Jonathan Milligan’s “Blogging Your Passion” Podcast
Outlet: Link
Format: Podcast

It was a lot of fun being interviewed by my friend Dale Callahan on his “Company of One” Podcast. We talked about how publishers make publishing decisions, how to decide whether to publish or self-publish, and how books are like small businesses. I think you’ll enjoy it!

Date: July 15, 2014
Time: Available now
Appearance: Dale Callahan’s “Company of One” Podcast
Outlet: Link
Format: Podcast

3 Superpowers I Picked Up at the World Domination Summit

Chris Guillebeau takes the stage at World Domination Summit 2014

A few years ago the Baker Books acquisitions assistant at the time recommended Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity to me. I loved the book. In it Chris points out that we don’t have to do life as it is almost always prescribed to us. We don’t have to earn a degree, get a job, and […]

I was honored to be interviewed on Rebecca Livermore’s “Professional Content Creation” Podcast. We talked about how to get started on a book project, the most important metric in platform building, and what publishers look for in any book they publish. Click here to listen.

Date: July 10, 2014
Time: Available now
Appearance: Rebecca Livermore’s “Professional Content Creation” Podcast
Outlet: Link
Format: Podcast