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It's resolution time, and whether you commit to annual resolutions religiously, or you believe they don't merit a special time of year, the year's end provides a unique opportunity to consider where you've been and where you're going. I work with writers who want to publish, which means that the goals we set forth are two-fold: to finish the work-in-progress,…

That "authority" and "author" share the same root is a given in publishing circles. To become an author you should have authority in your subject, and those with authority often write books. The trajectory of authorship goes like this: You work to become an expert in a particular topic. You author articles and books. The more you publish, the more…

As a writing coach and publisher, I’m not supposed to take sides when it comes to genres. I work on all kinds of books—novels, how-to books, essay collections, anthologies, and even poetry collections; but memoir is my true love, and for me the most rewarding of all genres—to edit, to midwife, and to read.   But memoir has a somewhat…

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.…

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…

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…

This past weekend I attended a conference in San Diego. It was a much-needed opportunity to get of my environment, and off of autopilot. I went away to work on my business (as opposed to in my business), a perspective shift that gave me space to think about the big picture—where I’m going, what I want, and where I could…

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