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  • Q: What Builds Buzz for a Book? A: Craft and Enthusiasm. (11/14/2014) - 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 […]
  • How to Stand Out on Social Media: CARE (11/7/2014) - 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 […]
  • On Risk and Writing (10/31/2014) - This week, two articles I wrote were published: On Risk and Writing 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 […]
  • Create Experiences For Your Audience (10/29/2014) - 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?) […]
  • Overwhelmed: Turning Your Creative Vision Into a Sustainable Career (10/17/2014) - “Overwhelmed.” This is the word I hear again and again from creative professionals who are trying to create work they love, while creating momentum for their career. A writer in one of my courses recently asked about the next step – the step beyond developing one’s platform and audience. As he put it: “Ultimately we […]
  • Momentum Sometimes Looks Like Failure (10/10/2014) - No one showed up. That is what happened last week when my friends Scott, Andrea and I held a local meetup. This was our 10th event, which we started a year ago. We called the series MOMENTUM, and sought to bring together local creative professionals who were looking to create momentum in their business and […]
  • I Am Amazed By What These Two Women Created for Our Local Literary Community (10/3/2014) - This past weekend, two women amazed me with what they created for our local literary community. They launched things that were wholly unreasonable in their scope, are full of risk, but which are resulting in profound resources for readers, writers, and inspiring this community to embrace their own potential. “I Created a Bookstore” You know […]
  • What is Your Creative Capacity? (9/26/2014) - In my guest post for WriterUnboxed.com, I explore the concept of creating more capacity in your life as a writer and creative professional. I also talk about my recent efforts to write my first book; the result so far has been a habit of writing 1,000 words per day. I just reached the 26,000 word […]
  • It’s Later Than You Think (9/19/2014) - This week I received the news that a writer I had been working with recently had passed away. When we began working together, he was already mid-launch of a nonfiction book about international business – the culmination of his years of success as an executive in Fortune 500 companies. His publicist brought me on board […]
  • Two Words to Define Your Career: Custom and Collaborative (9/12/2014) - Your life is custom. It is unique regardless of where you went to school, or how many other people share the same job title as you. No one lives as you have. Likewise, your life is collaborative. No matter how much you have achieved because of your own experience, wisdom, and grit, much of it […]