Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend this past Friday and Saturday was already shaping up to be an amazing experience for me months ago. I floated the idea to my client-turned-friend Mark Nepo that I’d love to fly up to Seattle see him on tour. I don’t even know what possessed me to ask him for a ticket, but I did.…

Every so often (fairly frequently, actually) I get an email from an author telling me that an agent or editor really loves their work, but . . . From here any number of scenarios ensues. The agent has suggested that a multiple point-of-view novel be changed to single point of view; that a memoir be fictionalized so that it can…

I write a lot about the changes happening in book publishing. I tend to cover the rise of self-publishing, new models of publishing, and the ways in which traditional publishing is consolidating and contracting, making itself inaccessible to aspiring authors. So it wasn’t a complete shock, but still surprising nonetheless, to listen to the panelists at last weekend’s BlogHer 2014…

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This week, the Big Five just got bigger with the announcement that Hachette (the fourth largest U.S. publisher) is acquiring Perseus (the sixth largest U.S. publisher) in a deal that will close next month. In the world of book publishing, the new millennium seems to have ushered in an era of acquisitions and mergers. Recent notable acquisitions have been Random…

We’re in the middle of a cultural shift. Have you been paying attention? If you have you’ll know that somewhere between 400,000 and 600,000 books are self-published each year. For some writers this news is discouraging, while others find it inspiring. Regardless of what the numbers say to you, the fact is this: If you’re writing, you need to throw…

Many aspiring authors I work with either don’t like or don’t get marketing. If you’re a writer who likes it, consider yourself lucky. Whether you like it or not, however, the important thing to understand is just how early marketing starts. One of the primary focuses of my coaching is helping authors with their platforms, which I like to describe…

I went back to San Miguel de Allende a few weeks ago for the San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference. This was my second year at the conference, and my second year sitting on Amy Ferris’s amazing panel, “Women Write Their Lives.” Last year I was moved to be in the company of such amazing panelists, and I still have…

Earlier this month I had the privilege of spending some time with Mark Nepo, the man Oprah Winfrey has called one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time. In reflecting on his personal journey over the past three years, which, due to the support of Oprah, has been pretty meteoric in nature, he told me, “I’m just so glad…

I’m often asked this question when I speak to groups of writers, as if there’s a magic formula aspiring authors can follow to get an editor to rally behind their book and champion them right into the doors of the publishing house and all the way through publication and beyond. Unfortunately, there’s not a formula. But there is an art…

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