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 …

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Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

Having self-published my first book, and now being on the path of acquiring an agent and submitting to conventional publishers with my second book, I often get asked to explain the difference between both methods. After I explain the difference, people often ask me which is better. And my answer is always… it depends. It depends on what your purpose …

Starving Artist

You Don’t Have to Starve for Your Art

I recently had a phone conversation with someone who wanted to write a book. I could hear the passion she had for her topic reverberate through my earpiece and into my heart. This book needs to be birthed into the world. And, as with most of my phone consultations with most of my clients, the topic eventually turned to money. …