Experiential Confidence

You know how some kids need to have their tongue freeze on a lamp post to learn the lesson? And some people need to touch the stove to believe it’s hot? That’s experiential learning. Many of us are gaining our confidence through experience and no matter how much others may say we rock, we need to experience it for ourselves. …

Why Stress Dampens Your Creativity

…and how to write again It has happened to all of us at some point. Your life just blew up and you’re lucky if you can fit in three square meals and other life-sustaining essentials. You’re exhausted, and yet you can’t sleep. Your new normal is now an adrenaline filled fight or flight fiesta. Suddenly, your inner critic wants to …

The Waiting Game

It was the best email I had ever received. “Thank you for sending your proposal my way.  I’ll read this over the weekend and respond to you on Monday.  Have a great weekend.” A weekend! I only had to wait a weekend to find out if my book proposal has legs and if this top New York Literary Agent thought the …

10 Books I Want to Read

One of the most frequent requirements of my job as a writing coach is going to battle with my client’s inner critic and champion their authentic self to dare to speak (and write) their truth in service of others. It is not an easy task. Fear and self-doubt can creep into a writer and paralyze their creativity at any moment, …

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The Reader Comes First

I sat across from my client in a busy coffee shop. The table was littered with papers and notebooks, laptops and coffee cups. An ordinary meeting on an ordinary day until I decided to put my stake in the ground and my contract with my client on the line. The reader comes first. Always. She argued her point well, that her …

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How Authors Make Money

I hate to burst your bubble but… Book sales are NOT your end goal. The reality is that it takes a while before writing, publishing, and book sales accumulate enough traction to be as profitable as the Brené Browns and Glennon Doyles of the world. In the meantime, being a published author is an admission ticket and a statement of …

3 Things Stopping You from Writing and Finishing Your Book

Who am I to write a book? First things first, let’s address the crazy-making mind chatter we all live with every day. Over the last ten years, I have heard that voice in your head called many things: the ego, the inner critic, gremlins, Resistance, the saboteur voice, the itty-bitty-shitty-committee, and the monkey mind. Great books have been written about …

Are You a Thought Leader?

At the end of June, less than a month after my mom died unexpectedly, I was asked to give an inspirational talk. It’s hard to think of anything inspirational when you are sitting shattered and vulnerable in the valley of despair. I decided to talk about sitting in that valley and the value of honoring my pain. I shared my …

Multiple Author Books: Yeah or Nay?

  Sometimes called anthologies, or compilations, multiple author books can be a great way to get a taste of the publishing world and a fast track to calling yourself a published author. However, not all projects are created equal. Here’s what you need to consider if you are asked to be part of a multi-author book. Platform An anthology, like …