My book cover concepts are in. Thank you to Elke Barter, my amazing designer!! So I'm using this month's newsletter to talk about covers---process, how to assess what's working and determine what you like, and also how to get the cover you want from a designer by providing them with the information they need before they start working on your…

Writing my book in six months! And you can too! Just like a lot of you, I have a busy life, a messy house, and other things I could be tending to besides my writing. So here's my progress report, complete with messy kitchen and makeshift writing space. What I've done so far: •Scaffolding (intro and Chapters 1-5 pretty much…

I am excited to announce the launch of Write Your Book in Six Months, an exclusive author mentorship program with myself and Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Write Your Book in Six Months starts at the end of June, but as a benefit to our readers, followers, and students---and for my own accountability since…

Part of the reason I’m such a structure nazi is because I’m a fan of controlled scenes. I think one of the primary reasons writers get rejected for “bad writing,” which an editor will never generally cop to in a rejection letter, is because the writer is self-indulgent and/or isn’t in control of their scenes. When a writer comes to…

There’s an exercise I do with clients that I got from Tsultrim Allione, author of Feeding Your Demons. The exercise is more or less a guided meditation that encourages people to give characteristics to their saboteur (demon). The point is to give form to your saboteur—to determine its shape, smell, size, color, and even to name it. Over years of…

I was a pretty big fan of “American Idol” when Simon Cowell was still a judge. The reason I liked him was the reason a lot of people liked him: He wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is. I like to fancy myself the Simon Cowell of editors, although I’m gentler than he is. One of my favorite pieces…

Yesterday’s New York Times article, “Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal,” is about how Amazon is getting into the business of publishing rather than just selling—which is something it’s been doing for a while already. It’s just doing it more—and more overtly. Certainly there’s precedent for this among booksellers. Barnes & Noble, for instance, has had its…

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This month I’m using my newsletter to talk to you all about a few new developments at Warner Coaching Inc. So often in my coaching practice I’m working with writers around the various things they need to be doing to raise their author platforms, and it often occurs to me that I don’t always practice what I preach, or take…

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