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500 Writers Came Together for This (1/18/2019) - Last week something unexpected happened, I’m still trying to process it. I announced a weeklong free program I was going to run called Social Media for Writers. I invited people into a Facebook Group that I had used for a different program back in the Fall, there were 203 writers in there from that time. … Continue reading "500 Writers Came Together for This" Inside Children’s Book Publishing, My Interview with Emma Dryden (1/16/2019) - Today I share my interview with Emma Dryden, who in the course of her career has edited more than 1,000 books for children and young readers. She spent more than 25 years working in traditional publishing as an editor and publisher, working within Simon & Schuster and Random House. A decade ago, she founded her … Continue reading "Inside Children’s Book Publishing, My Interview with Emma Dryden" Social Media for Writers (1/10/2019) - I want to invite you to a free program I am running from January 14th through the 18th, it’s called “Social Media for Writers.” That week, I will share advice on four steps to develop your author platform via social media in a manner that encourages meaningful connections with readers. You can join me in this … Continue reading "Social Media for Writers" “It takes one person to write a book,” My Interview with Author Joseph Finder (1/8/2019) - In this conversation with New York Times Bestselling Author Joseph Finder, we dig into the value of a writer connecting with their audience, how he got his agent and made writing his full-time career, his experience having his books turned into major motion pictures, and what his creative process looks like today. I loved how … Continue reading "“It takes one person to write a book,” My Interview with Author Joseph Finder" How I Helped Create a Successful Online Summit for 600 Writers (1/4/2019) - A lot of writers I speak to want to engage an audience online. Today I want to share a case study of the exact way that I helped one of my clients do this. Her goals were similar what many writers want when developing their author platform and growing their audience: To truly help her … Continue reading "How I Helped Create a Successful Online Summit for 600 Writers" How to Define and Achieve Your Creative Goals (1/1/2019) - In today’s podcast episode, I share specific strategies to define goals for your creative work, and practices to actually achieve them. If you feel like you have hit a plateau with your craft or are in a rut, these are the steps I would recommend you take to create momentum. You can listen to the … Continue reading "How to Define and Achieve Your Creative Goals" The Best Time To Be a Writer is Right Now (12/28/2018) - Celebrate the Stories That Matter to You As we look to the year ahead, I want to encourage you to capture, share, and celebrate the stories that matter to you. Sure, this can be by writing a book, but it doesn’t have to be that big. The other day I recorded an interview: … with … Continue reading "The Best Time To Be a Writer is Right Now" “Don’t lose faith and quit on yourself.” My Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Thomas Greanias (12/26/2018) - Today I’m excited to share my interview with New York Times bestselling author Thomas Greanias. What jumped out at me the most was his advice to writers, and how they have a power that they often don’t fully understand. Unlike screenwriters and filmmakers in Hollywood, writers have greenlight authority on their own ideas, and also … Continue reading "“Don’t lose faith and quit on yourself.” My Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Thomas Greanias" Invest in meaningful conversations with those who inspire you (12/21/2018) - As we close out this year, I want to encourage you to spend 2019 having meaningful conversations with those who inspire you. If you are a writer, that may be readers, other writers, booksellers, librarians, and those who support and celebrate books. For the past three years I have lead a small group mastermind for … Continue reading "Invest in meaningful conversations with those who inspire you" The simple daily habit that pulled me out of a 25 year creative rut. (12/18/2018) - For 25 years, I failed at learning how to play the guitar. One year ago I set a goal for myself: finally learn how to properly play the guitar by practicing every single day for a year. Today I want to share what that process has taught me about what it takes to establish a creative habit, … Continue reading "The simple daily habit that pulled me out of a 25 year creative rut." What Practicing Guitar Every Day for a Year Taught Me About the Creative Success (12/14/2018) - One year ago I set a goal for myself: finally learn how to properly play the guitar by practicing every single day for a year. Today I want to share what that process has taught me about what it takes to establish a creative habit, reach your goals, and share your work. The insights below be … Continue reading "What Practicing Guitar Every Day for a Year Taught Me About the Creative Success" “If you are not making things, you are not impacting people.” My Interview with Jennie Nash (12/12/2018) - Today I talk with author and book coach Jennie Nash. She shares some inspiring stories, and super practical insights about what it takes to write, publish, and ensure your work truly has an impact on readers. She runs Author Accelerator where her team of coaches provide accountability, feedback and support to writers. Oh, and Jennie … Continue reading "“If you are not making things, you are not impacting people.” My Interview with Jennie Nash" This simple question changed everything for me (12/7/2018) - A decade ago, I sat down on the floor of my old apartment and took out a stack of index cards. The floors were crooked, and whoever installed the carpet in the living room did it wrong — there was this harsh ridge running diagonally across the floor. There I sat, on one side of … Continue reading "This simple question changed everything for me" Why I stopped teaching online courses (12/5/2018) - Three years ago I stopped teaching online courses. Today I want to talk about why that is, and what I think does work for writers and artists who want to truly move ahead with their craft and their career. In the episode I mention my Creative Shift Mastermind group. You can listen to the podcast … Continue reading "Why I stopped teaching online courses" Your Creative Support System (11/30/2018) - My days are spent talking to writers, and delving into the reality of what truly works in ensuring they: Find more time to write and create. Define their creative identity. Forge a meaningful connection with readers. In those conversations, I hear a lot about what trips up writers in the process. They struggle alone, without … Continue reading "Your Creative Support System" “I rewrote that book for six years, and it never sold.” My interview with author Jessica Strawser (11/27/2018) - On the surface, one would think that Jessica Strawser was perfectly placed to easily become a novelist. She was the Editorial Director of Writer’s Digest magazine — someone who had incredible connections in the publishing world, and understood it inside and out. But her reality is different than the fairy tale that we tell ourselves … Continue reading "“I rewrote that book for six years, and it never sold.” My interview with author Jessica Strawser" Thankful (11/23/2018) - Every day, I work from a private studio. Here I collaborate with writers, work on my own writing, and obsess about the creative process. On the wall in front of me are photos of writers, artists and creators who inspires me: I want to share the story behind four of those photos today. Here is … Continue reading "Thankful" “I trained myself to write anytime, anywhere, in a split second.” My Interview With Author Elizabeth Spann Craig (11/21/2018) - Today I’m excited to share my interview with author Elizabeth Spann Craig. Okay, let’s get the impressive stats out of the way first: She writes 3.5 books per year. She has written 27 books since 2009. She shares so much amazing advice about how she writes, manages her publishing career, and attends to her author … Continue reading "“I trained myself to write anytime, anywhere, in a split second.” My Interview With Author Elizabeth Spann Craig" Listen to Your Readers (11/16/2018) - A few weeks back I launched a program called The Reader Connection Project. This was meant to be a free 10-day course, where I walk writers through 5 actions they can take to immediately connect with readers. Things didn’t go as planned. I expected like 9 people to sign up for this. I figured I … Continue reading "Listen to Your Readers" The Essential Ingredients of a Writing Career: Hope and Perseverance, My Interview With Author Therese Walsh (11/13/2018) - I’m so excited to share my interview with author and editorial director of WriterUnboxed.com, Therese Walsh. In our chat, we dig into: How she co-founded a blog that turned into a thriving online community for writers. The realities of the book publishing business, and how to develop the right mindset to navigate it. What she … Continue reading "The Essential Ingredients of a Writing Career: Hope and Perseverance, My Interview With Author Therese Walsh" You have to ask (11/9/2018) - Some writers I speak to have this dream: that they will release their books, and something magical will happen. People will find it. People will read it. People will review it and tell their friend about it. A wave of interest takes hold, and before they know it, they have a dedicated readership. That dream … Continue reading "You have to ask" Keeping a Book Alive (and Selling Thousands of Copies) Two Years After Launch, with Author Cathey Nickell (11/5/2018) - Today, author Cathey Nickell shares details of how — two years after release date — she has ensured her book gets in front of readers, and has sold thousands of copies. Cathey is the author of Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car, and she recently finished her 50th school visit, presenting the book to kids. Everything that Cathey … Continue reading "Keeping a Book Alive (and Selling Thousands of Copies) Two Years After Launch, with Author Cathey Nickell" What To Do 8 Months Before Book Launch (11/2/2018) - Earlier this year, author Pamela Toler hired me to help her prepare for her upcoming book launch. We began working together 8 months before launch day, and when I said to her, “Many writers may ask why you began working with me so far ahead of book launch,” her reply was: “I felt I was … Continue reading "What To Do 8 Months Before Book Launch" “I learned to not be afraid of risk.” Illustrator, Author, and Art Director Samantha Hahn on Making her Creative Shift (10/31/2018) - In this podcast interview, I speak to illustrator, author, and art director Samantha Hahn about why — and how — she made a huge creative shift in her career. How, even though she had a thriving career as a full-time illustrator and author, she wanted to expand her work and her creative process. She shares … Continue reading "“I learned to not be afraid of risk.” Illustrator, Author, and Art Director Samantha Hahn on Making her Creative Shift" The Reader Connection Project (10/26/2018) - I want to invite you to a free 10-day project to connect in meaningful ways to readers. If you are an introvert who wants to develop an audience for your writing, this project is for you. Imagine if 10 days from now you: Had a clear sense of who your ideal readers are. Created at … Continue reading "The Reader Connection Project" “I rely on my creative community to feel sane.” My 2nd Interview with Writer and Illustrator Meera Lee Patel (10/25/2018) - Last Spring, I spoke to writer and artist Meera Lee Patel, and the conversation was filled with so many practical tips and deep wisdom that I reached out to her again to record a second podcast. To my total delight, she said yes! So three huge things jumped out at me in this conversation that … Continue reading "“I rely on my creative community to feel sane.” My 2nd Interview with Writer and Illustrator Meera Lee Patel" Creating a Radically Honest Homepage (10/19/2018) - Today I want to share some tips on how to create a website that feels authentic to who you are as a writer or artist: Step #1: Understand Your Goals Earlier this year I was having a conversation with a writer in my Creative Shift Mastermind about options for a website homepage. I explained a … Continue reading "Creating a Radically Honest Homepage" Can your writing make someone’s day? (10/12/2018) - I received this letter in the mail recently: It was from a writer I have been working with, and it was a letter expressing her gratitude for what we have been creating. To receive a letter like this is, well, a shock. I mean, how often do you go through your mail to discover a … Continue reading "Can your writing make someone’s day?" A Creative Career Guided by Principles: My Interview With Writer Sean McCabe (10/10/2018) - In my interview with writer Sean McCabe, we dig into the reality of what it means to run your own business. He shares the behind the scenes decisions that have sometimes cost him tens of thousands of dollars, or more than a year of his time going down a path that he later reversed. Sean … Continue reading "A Creative Career Guided by Principles: My Interview With Writer Sean McCabe" Choosing the writer’s life (10/4/2018) - Today I want to celebrate someone who has been a source of inspiration for me in the past year or so. She’s a novelist who writes historical fiction, and is currently finishing up a manuscript that she will pitch to agents. She’s actually a client of mine too, I’ve been helping her get creative clarity … Continue reading "Choosing the writer’s life" The Best Way to Support Writers (9/28/2018) - What is the best way to support a writer whose books you love? Take two simple, free, and generous actions: Action #1: Post a Review The first is to leave a review for their book at online retailers. Especially Amazon. This is a step that many people miss. They buy a book or take it … Continue reading "The Best Way to Support Writers" A writer is a story (9/21/2018) - This week, I bought another vintage typewriter. But this one came with a story of a writer. The typewriter is a 1959 Hermes 3000, made in Switzerland: In 2014, the owner had it serviced, a receipt came with it that had their name on it. The name was that of a woman, someone different from … Continue reading "A writer is a story" Double down on your writing (9/14/2018) - Not long ago, my friend Jennie asked me to consider what my perfect day would look like. At first, it was easy to scoff at this question, because each of us does so much to support the needs of others, and ourselves. It feels almost decadent to consider a day that isn’t defined by how … Continue reading "Double down on your writing" Risking It All to Become an Author — My Interview with Robert Fieseler (9/12/2018) - I first met Robert Fieseler, who I know as Bobby, when he was working at an ad agency. Then, to my astonishment, I saw him make some big changes in his life. Even though he was on a great career track in advertising, he began taking classes in the evenings and weekends to get his … Continue reading "Risking It All to Become an Author — My Interview with Robert Fieseler" How to Make Your Creative Shift (9/7/2018) - For the past couple of years, I have been working with small groups of writers and artists to develop a process that I call the Creative Shift. This is where you move past a creative rut and feel lit up about your creative vision and writing. Today, I want to share two things with you: … Continue reading "How to Make Your Creative Shift" Make Your Creative Shift (9/5/2018) - In today’s podcast episode, I take you through the three steps of my Creative Shift process. I have honed this after working with hundreds of writers who wanted a sense of clarity to move their creative work to the next level and truly reach people. I also talk about my next Creative Shift Mastermind program, … Continue reading "Make Your Creative Shift" What buying a typewriter taught me about writing (8/31/2018) - A couple weeks ago, I bought three typewriters: They were all used by the same woman who had passed away 20 years ago. I answered an ad for them on Craiglist and went to the home of her son to pick them up. He lived in a large house, which was now empty because he … Continue reading "What buying a typewriter taught me about writing" Writing Spaces: Where You Create Matters (8/24/2018) - Craft comes first. But when speaking with writers, I often find that they struggle to create. They can’t get in a good writing routine, and other important priorities (job, family, home) distract them from writing. Today I want to talk about how where you create can help you write more. A year ago I took … Continue reading "Writing Spaces: Where You Create Matters" How to Build a Following with Uniqueness, Authenticity, and “Getting Crazy.” My Interview with Travis Jonker. (8/16/2018) - I recently spoke to author, book blogger, and school librarian Travis Jonker about three aspects how he became an author: How he got his literary agent through his blog. How he developed courage to share his creative work by “failing in public” by creating a series of zines that he would mail to friends and … Continue reading "How to Build a Following with Uniqueness, Authenticity, and “Getting Crazy.” My Interview with Travis Jonker." The best advice that many writers fail to take (8/10/2018) - This week I saw a series of Tweets from author Delilah S. Dawson in which she tried to demystify the reality behind what leads to “huge traditional publishing success.” The entire chain of approximately 30 Tweets is amazing, but here are a couple to frame our discussion today: If I could change 1 thing about … Continue reading "The best advice that many writers fail to take" Conduct an audit of your author platform (8/3/2018) - I get emails like this all the time from writers: “All the literary agents are telling me: ‘If you had a platform, I would represent you.'” Why do they say this? A lot of books are thrust into the marketplace with a quiet “thud” — no readers, no sales, no reviews — and the agents want … Continue reading "Conduct an audit of your author platform" How to Kickstart Word-of-Mouth Marketing (7/27/2018) - This week I asked author Allison Leotta how she found her literary agent. The answer? From her existing network. Allison didn’t spend weeks researching agents, creating spreadsheets, and then spending months emailing dozens of them. Instead, she considered anyone she knew who was a published author, and reached out to them for advice. In her … Continue reading "How to Kickstart Word-of-Mouth Marketing" Why Writing a Novel is Harder than Law School, Running a Marathon, or Climbing a Mountain. My Interview with author Allison Leotta (7/25/2018) - Author Allison Leotta made an incredible career transition. After spending 12 years as a federal prosecutor who specialized in sex crimes, domestic violence, crimes against children, she became an full-time novelist. She now has five books published, one being prepared for publication, and another being written. You can listen the interview on iTunes or via this … Continue reading "Why Writing a Novel is Harder than Law School, Running a Marathon, or Climbing a Mountain. My Interview with author Allison Leotta" What does it really take to succeed? (7/20/2018) - My days are spent obsessing about the creative process of writers and artists. The photo below is of Danika Massey. She has this amazing channel on YouTube where she goes by the name ComicBookGirl19. Here she is on her couch, crying: She had just got done telling her audience that she is going to have … Continue reading "What does it really take to succeed?" My next book is a mess (7/13/2018) - This is the feedback I just received on the draft of the book I’m writing: It wanders. It’s circular. It’s repetitive. It’s confusing. It’s a mess. It’s bloated. This is the book that I started writing in 2015. That I wrote 72,000 words on. Then I threw those words in the trash and started again … Continue reading "My next book is a mess" “What I wish I knew when I first became an author/illustrator,” with Lori Richmond (7/9/2018) - I invited author/illustrator Lori Richmond to talk about what we wish we knew when we first started in our creative careers. Both Lori and I made big creative shifts midway through life: we left safe corporate jobs to start our own companies that focus on creative work. In her case, she became a children’s author/illustrator. … Continue reading "“What I wish I knew when I first became an author/illustrator,” with Lori Richmond" 5 Things Successful Writers Do that Others Miss (7/6/2018) - Last week I mentioned that I have spent the last 8 years working with thousands of authors and artists. Today I want to share some of the trends that I see that successful writers do that others miss. What I share here today is the heart of what my Creative Business Boost event will be … Continue reading "5 Things Successful Writers Do that Others Miss" 8 years ago, I took a big risk (6/29/2018) - Eight years ago this week, I took the biggest risk of my life. Just before my first son was born, at the bottom of the recession, I started a company. Now, “starting a company” sounds kind of glamorous. But in my case, it amounted to me saying, “Hello world. Um, does anyone want to hire … Continue reading "8 years ago, I took a big risk" I’m Hiring (6/26/2018) - I’m hiring a social media assistant to join me at WeGrowMedia! This is a “virtual” position, meaning you can do 100% of the work from home, or wherever you are. Do you work best from the beach? That’s fine by me. I work with writers and artists and think these people are AMAZING. If you … Continue reading "I’m Hiring" I’ve never done this before (6/22/2018) - I’m doing something I’ve never done before, and I’m kind of excited, kind of terrified! Last Fall, some writers in my Mastermind group encouraged me to create an in-person event. I told them there was no way I would organize that, and then listed out all of the reasons. I told them how I hated … Continue reading "I’ve never done this before"