Lately I've been working with a lot of writers who are stuck on "showing," to the detriment of their work. It's been an interesting turn of events, since for years at Seal Press the primary reason I rejected memoirs was for telling too much. In fact, most newbie writers struggle with telling--especially memoirists. I came to the determination that this…

1. Create a Facebook fan page and ask for likes. It's never too early to create a fan page on Facebook, and you don't have to be well-known. Everyone starts somewhere, so if you've been dragging your heels, do it today. Start building by asking everyone you know to like your page. Yes, it's going to push you out of…

Earlier this month I had the privilege of seeing the Dave Matthews Band at Shoreline in Mountain View, California. The concert was as amazing as I’d anticipated it would be, but for a very specific reason: Dave Matthews surrounds himself with masters. He clearly knows and loves good music, and the solos he chooses to showcase are nothing short of…

I pulled this list of memoir categories together for the memoir class I'm teaching with Linda Joy Myers. I've been sharing it with a few people who've found it fun to contemplate, so I'm sharing it here, too. I'd love to hear your additions or tweaks.   Childhood, Adolescent, and Coming of Age Memoirs • Family dynamics, dysfunction, drama •…

This Friday, August 17, Linda Joy Myers of the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW) and I are presenting a teleseminar all about the “muddy middle,” a term Linda Joy coined to describe that sticky, boggy middle place many writers know well. You know you’ve reached the muddy middle when your enthusiasm for your project begins to wane. Where you…

The desire to write is a strong pull. Anyone who’s written a book or is currently writing a book knows intimately the power writing can wield over us. As much as we want it and love it, our writing can start to feel like a “should,” and a little bit like a spurned lover when we’re not giving it our…

I couldn't be happier to be reporting, on my due date, that my book is with the copyeditor. Hurray! What's Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author will be available this August.

One week from today Kamy Wicoff, founder of SheWrites.com, and I will be launching She Writes Press, an independent publishing company that will serve the members of SheWrites.com and offer an alternative to traditional publishing. So consider this a sneak peek! All the legwork that’s gone into preparing to launch the press has given me an opportunity to research the…

Heading into June with two chapters to complete before the end of the month, I realized that I had to move past the second to the last chapter and write my last chapter first. I did it, though I'm still feeling dread about circling back to the final unwritten chapter. 19 days to go before my July 1 deadline!

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