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  • When you say everything, you say nothing. On the value of clarity in sharing your work. (7/30/2015) - We live in a pretty crowded world, right? You feel constantly inundated with messages, ideas, information, and opportunities. If you are a writer, or artist, or musician, or other creative professional, you are probably aware that your ideal audience is inundated as well. Browsing Amazon.com for books, or Etsy.com for art, can make you feel […]
  • Is your voice being heard? Join me in Fearless Work. (7/23/2015) - I understand how difficult it is to make your creative work a priority. You want your voice heard, but it gets drowned out in the process of attending to everyday responsibilities. The result? Your art, your craft, your creative work is left undone. Ignored. Abandoned. I hear this from so many people. Which is why […]
  • Okay, this is something I’m really excited about… (7/10/2015) - My team and I have been working on something I am incredibly excited about. I won’t be announcing it just yet, but I wanted to share a bit of the “why” behind it, and give you a teaser. Every single day I talk to people who are trying to find more time to do their […]
  • Is Your Creative Work Stuck in the Mud? (7/3/2015) - Overwhelmed. Distracted. Treading water. Alone. Frustrated. Stuck. These are terms I hear often from creative professionals trying to gain momentum in their work. Including me. I have wrestled with these challenges as much as any other creative trying to hone their craft, and make a living around it. Too often, we ignore the problem. We […]
  • 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 […]