Here’s what I know to be true after yesterday’s Women’s March in DC: We are the country I thought we were. We are diverse, we care about each other and our future, and we are kind. We are afraid, but we will rise to the challenge to fight for those issues we deeply care about—women’s issues, inclusivity over isolationism, the…

New year, new you. This is such a significant concept that industries everywhere spend millions in pursuit of their goal to sell you stuff to reinvent yourself, or reinvigorate yourself, or whatever the heck you might need to pull yourself out of the inevitable slump you will have reached by year’s end. And by all measures, 2016 was a doozy…

For the past five years I’ve kept a rigorous writing schedule. I’ve written or co-authored four books and one e-book. I’ve blogged religiously every other week, plus written countless guest posts and, for the last year, a monthly column. In my most recent book, I wrote about how to be what I call a “content monster,” knowing from firsthand experience…

Dear Women Writers, Perhaps you’ve known since you were a little girl that you wanted to write. Or maybe you’re someone who processes everything through the written word, who cannot go a week or a day without writing. Then again, you may be waiting to find your voice, not sure where to begin. Regardless of where you are in your…

This week I had lunch with an agent friend who expressed her frustration that the best manuscripts she’s representing simply aren’t selling to traditional publishers. It’s a storyline so familiar to me that I used it as the plot for my book trailer for Green-Light Your Book, in which an animated author gets rejected over and over again for her…

When I got into book publishing I was an inexperienced 23-year-old whose previous work experience was waitressing and a couple of cherry college internships that had nothing to do with publishing. I worked my way up the ranks, learning publishing and how to edit books. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way—the kind that sting but make you better…

Because I host regular free webinars about memoir writing, I’m in contact most months with hundreds of memoir writers. And even though the topics I teach typically have nothing to do with libel or slander or misrepresentation, people’s questions always go there. Most writers are afraid of what will happen to them if they write their memoir. The consequences of…

This summer I was invited to the Mendocino Writers Conference, where at the opening reception in downtown Mendocino (where one can’t help but evoke Jessica Fletcher of Murder, She Wrote) each presenter was asked to come to the microphone to share their best piece of writing advice. I was inspired by what people chose to impart, but more important, I…

I get an inordinate number of questions about what the industry fondly calls “blurbs,” and here I attempt to cover them all with a detailed list of how authors can approach soliciting and choosing, and everything in between. In today’s book marketplace, blurbs still matter to publishers and the industry at large, in part because they’re a bit of a…

Last week a longtime coaching client of mine pulled the plug on her copyedit-in-progress. She wanted a full stop, she said, because she found another editorial company online that could do the edit for $500. We were charging $1800 for the same service. When I emailed my copyeditor, her response was swift: “You can’t save ‘em all.” This editor knows…

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