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I am thrilled to be a part of this article about book coaching from Mediabistro, written by Jenny Rough. Here's a little excerpt:   What is a book coach? A book coach instructs and supports aspiring authors. Unlike a book doctor (someone who fixes a problem, such as rewriting an ending that doesn't work) and unlike a book editor (someone…

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…

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…

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…

Last year, before I finally wrote What’s Your Book?, all I knew was that I wanted to publish a book someday. I knew I had a book in me, but there were barriers. Time. A big one for me since I had a one-year-old and a full-time job at the time. The messages in my head (in my case remnants…

I had the great privilege to be at AWP this month, showcasing what Kamy Wicoff and I are doing at She Writes Press. And because we had another great privilege of being in what we nicknamed the “Woman Hood”—because our table neighbors were Hedgebrook, ARHO, VIDA, and Women’s Review of Books—we ended up talking a lot about women and publishing,…

I'm doing a three-day giveaway of my book, What's Your Book?, on Kindle starting tomorrow, Friday, January 11, through Sunday, January 13. I want each and every one of you to download it and enjoy it, but I also want to write a little bit here about KDP Select and how I'm doing this promo, with the goal that each…

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