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Truly Embracing Your Audience

You are a writer. You are an artist. You are an entrepreneur. You are a creative professional of some sort. What is the goal of pursuing your work? What does this look like in real-life? There could be many drivers for what you create, including validation, self-expression, helping others, adding more to the world than […] Read More

Q: What Builds Buzz for a Book? A: Craft and Enthusiasm.

Today I want to share my experience working with an author whose book comes out in January. During this process, I have been reminded of the core things I love about books, and what truly builds “buzz” for one of them. The author's name is Christopher Scotton, and his debut novel is The Secret Wisdom […] Read More

How to Stand Out on Social Media: CARE

This year, I have completely reshaped how I use social media, and it has been an exploration. I've tried to share the journey so far: I Am Changing How I Use Social Media: MORE Social, LESS Media Attack of the Social Media Zombies The Mindless Robots of Social Media “Best Practices” As the year comes […] Read More

On Risk and Writing

This week, two articles I wrote were published: I wrote this essay - "On Risk and Writing" - for Compose Journal, which is probably the most personal piece I have ever written. It begins: “Think about your family, you dolt.” This is the kind of mean-spirited personal attack that every blogger dreads. It was left […] Read More

Create Experiences For Your Audience

My latest guest post for Writer Unboxed talks about the value of not just searching for attention, but being careful about where you put your own attention. "Many people bemoan the self-involved writer on social media, the one who is constantly vying for attention and over-promoting their own work. This puts other writers (you, perhaps?) […] Read More