The 2-Step Plan for Increasing Your Creativity

Business man yoga

Stand up, everybody,” the perky lady said from up front. “We’re going to do a little stand-in-place yoga to get our blood moving.” Great, I thought to myself. Comfortably seated at a conference with two hundred strangers, I was not excited about getting up and moving my pudgy body in unusual ways for all to […]

The Best Thing to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

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I would have slammed into her if I hadn’t been looking. Luckily, at that particular moment anyway, I was, and so stopped within a few feet of her flashing hazards. The silver 1990s Corolla was bunching up the morning commute, and clearly the car was going nowhere. On another morning, a more hectic morning, no […]

Why You Must Not Ignore the Benefits of a Mastermind Group

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A group of friends got together to ask some questions. They ended up changing the world. In 1727 Benjamin Franklin started a group of about twelve souls whose purpose was individual and community improvement. The “Junto,” as Franklin called it, met on Friday nights and went through a list of questions including: What new story have you […]

I was honored to be on Jeff Goins’ “The Portfolio Life” podcast. We talked about what it takes to get a traditional book contract. We had a lot of fun in this informative conversation. I hope it’s helpful to you.

Date: September 25, 2014
Appearance: Jeff Goins’ “The Portfolio Life” Podcast
Outlet: Link
Format: Podcast

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 […]