3 Questions to Help You Bust Through Creative Blocks

A Little Story about Choosing to Do Your Art

Last summer a friend and I went to an outdoor concert at Frederick Meijer Gardens here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have an amphitheater there, a large stage up front with a leaf-shaped canopy and terraced grass-covered seating for a thousand or more. A lovely venue. The local band was pretty good, but I don’t […]

6 Takeaways for Writers from the #1 New York Times Bestseller *Originals*

Strategies to Help You Truly Stand Out and Make Your Mark Forever

As I’ve gone about my travels recently, one book has stood out to me again and again. For one thing the cover is irresistibly head-turning; the promise of the title is also compelling. I’m referring to Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, the #1 New York Times bestseller from respected Wharton business school professor Adam Grant. I […]

Veteran Book Publicist Reveals How to Attract Media Attention

An Interview with Heather Adams, Cofounder of Choice Media and Communications 

Book publishers often think of publicity as the Holy Grail of marketing and for good reason: Media attention has the potential to skyrocket sales. So how does it all work and what do writers need to know about attracting media attention? To find out I turned to 20-year book publicist Heather Adams of Choice Media […]

5 Scientifically Verified Reasons You’ll Hate Yourself if You Stop Writing

The Surprising Health Benefits of Continuing in the Craft

So much of winning at the writing game can be summarized succinctly by the immemorial words of Dory in Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming. Easier said than done, for sure. But it’s important because really the only way to lose is to stop writing. To give up. To abandon your dream of that book or that […]

This One Decision Will Release Your Extraordinary and Unique Creativity

At my local YMCA, the gym where I’m a member, you go one direction to lift weights or use machines. You go the other direction to attend one of the group fitness classes. Earlier this week I decided, for the first time since joining a couple of months ago, to go the group fitness direction. […]

How a Writer Self-Published a High-Quality Book That Now Generates a Passive Income

And You Can Do the Same . . .

Anyone looking at my resume would probably not consider me employable. And yet every job I’ve worked has informed what I do now in my life as a solopreneur. Once I finally decided what I wanted to be when I grew up (at 50), I decided to publish a book. The book had been inside […]

3 Ways to an Acquisitions Editor’s Heart

What I've Learned from Up-and-Coming Authors

I recently had conversations with two first-time authors, and I feel very hopeful about both of them. Whether the publisher I work for pursues them or some other publisher, I’m quite certain these authors will be offered contracts. And as long as the publisher doesn’t overpay, chances are good these books will be successful for […]

How to Get a Bigger Audience for Your Writing [Free Video]

Recently I asked readers of my blog this question: “What’s the biggest creative challenge or obstacle you are facing?” As I read through the responses, I noticed one particular theme came up again and again: the desire for a bigger audience. Listen to some of these responses; these are direct quotes: “I feel stuck in a […]

What You and a Beluga Whale Have in Common

Or What Gideon Tsang Taught Me at Catalyst

I’ll tell you the story of a moment that shook me in a good way. It didn’t last long, but it pierced the black that so often fills my interior life. Maybe you’ll relate. As I write this I’m in Atlanta for the Catalyst conference, and this took place in the preconference sessions, the “Labs,” as […]

How One Writer Went from Blogging to Book Contracts in 5 Years

An Interview with Natasha Crain

If you’re a writer with a book inside you, a platform builder, or someone who simply wants to have an impact in the world, this interview is for you. Join me today for a conversation with author and blogger Natasha Crain. Over the past five years Natasha has steadily grown her blog traffic and subscriber […]