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  • 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 […]
  • The Success of Starting (9/5/2014) - Many authors and creative professionals I meet express two feelings: They are overwhelmed juggling personal life, professional life, and writing life. They desperately want to feel a sense of momentum in their writing life. I have been launching some new courses recently, and am reviewing feedback from writers who have been through them. Their words […]
  • Getting Help: What I Learned in Hiring & Working With Interns (8/29/2014) - I need help. And let’s face it, we can all use some help. This year I have taken active steps to learn how to better integrate others into the things I am creating. A primary way I have done this is by hiring summer interns. I wrote about the process of finding an intern here, […]
  • Closing the Gap Between Your Taste & the Quality of Your Craft (8/15/2014) - Craft. To me, there is no more foundational of a word to describe the PROCESS of not only becoming a better writer, but becoming better at communicating with and connecting to the world. Craft is a skill set (or series of skill sets) that you hone slowly, often over the course of years. Craft isn’t […]
  • Forgoing the “New and Shiny” (8/8/2014) - I saw something a couple months back, that I can’t get out of my head. It’s something that reminded me of how – too often – we get distracted by the “new and shiny,” forgetting work of skill, craft, and meaning. But, I’ll get back to what that thing was in a moment… I see […]
  • New Online Course: “Launch Your Email Newsletter” (8/1/2014) - I was really surprised by the incredible response to last week’s message – so many people reached out to me with their thoughts and challenges in terms of connecting with their audience via email newsletters. I have been developing an email newsletter online course for awhile, but last week’s response made me think: “Dan, you […]
  • How An Email Newsletter Can Help You Engage More Deeply With Your Audience (7/28/2014) - My most recent post for the good folks at WriterUnboxed.com explores the value of email to develop a meaningful connection with your audience. A few key points: Obsess over the “least crowded channels” to reach your ideal audience. Give your fans the OPTION to engage more deeply. Too many people close these doors under false […]
  • The Mindless Robots of Social Media “Best Practices” (7/18/2014) - This is exactly how I feel about so many of the “best practices” for social media that I hear about; they have the right intention, but something goes awry: What you see here is a robot doing EXACTLY as it was programmed to do. And yet, something is lost in translation. Is the garbage can […]