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  • The Complete List of Creative Distractions and Defenses Against Them (7/2/2015) - Over on Writer Unboxed, I shared a humorous take on a huge problem that affects many creative professionals: distractions. I cover a wide range of distractions, and propose clear tactics to combat them. One example: Distraction: Cleaning Definition: Dust bunnies. You can hear them calling, can’t you? They say, “Dust us! Collect us and deliver […]
  • Are You Preparing For Success, or Merely Protecting Against Failure? (6/19/2015) - Heads up: The deadline to register for my next online course — Get Read: Find and Engage Your Audience — is Monday. If you are a writer hoping to find readers and want to develop a successful plan to launch your book, please check it out.   Many writers and creative professionals aren’t prepared for success. […]
  • The Secret To Getting Your Book on the TODAY Show (6/11/2015) - A writer who had taken one of my courses recently reported something incredible: “Kathie Lee Gifford just shared my first children’s book as her Favorite Thing on TODAY!” Here is a photo: The author is Teri Case, and her book is I’m Going to the Doctor. Teri and I met when she took my online […]
  • Lessons From BuzzFeed on How to Grow and Engage Your Audience (6/5/2015) - If you are an author or creator hoping to grow and engage your audience — outside of your book itself — I want to introduce you to someone I’m a big fan of: Ze Frank. Ze (pronounced “zay”) is a “performance artist” who created one of my favorite things ever, and is perhaps best known […]
  • An Inside Look at How the Publishing Industry Promotes Books (5/29/2015) - This week I attended BookExpo America (BEA) in New York City, a trade show for the publishing industry. It is here that publishers, distributors, licensors, booksellers, librarians, and many others come together to do business. Because publishing is a business. Usually, there are yearly recaps of the show, and people try to determine “trends” or […]
  • The Trap of Your Comfort Zone (5/26/2015) - My most recent guest post for WriterUnboxed.com provides specific examples (with photos) of some projects I am working on that illustrate the need for writers & creative professionals to work outside of their comfort zones. I frame it in three stages of one’s career: Writing Publishing Developing an audience The post also includes a mind-blowing […]
  • Inside Kickstarter (5/15/2015) - How do you ask for help? A client and friend of mine is about to launch a Kickstarter campaign [update: it’s now live!], and today I would like to take you inside that process — that process of asking for help — and inside the Kickstarter company itself. We were able to take a tour […]
  • Behind the Scenes of My Life as a Creative Professional (5/8/2015) - Today, I would like to take you behind the scenes to see what my professional life looks like. I’ll show you many of the projects that I haven’t talked about recently, and some of the wonderful people that fill my life. The idea for this post came after reflecting on the words filmmaker Angela Tucker […]
  • “I switched from chasing other people’s sounds, into learning to cultivate my own.” My interview with sound artist Margaret Noble (5/4/2015) - Today I am excited to share my interview with sound artist Margaret Noble. I am inspired by Margaret’s habits as a creative professional, especially the intentional choices she makes to improve her craft, grow as an artist, and ensure she makes time to create. Some of what we cover in our chat: How she views […]
  • I’m Offering A Paid Summer Internship! (4/29/2015) - I’m offering a paid summer internship, and hoping to find someone to join our team that is as enthusiastic about helping creative professionals as I am. Full details can be found here. Thanks! -Dan