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Writing Your First Book? Where to Start.

Why the beginning is not always the best place to begin. You’ve thought about it forever, and this is it. You’re jumping in. You’re writing your first book! So what do you do? Put on a shabby sweater, pour yourself a scotch and open a new doc on your laptop. Then—it dawns on you. You […]

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(Mostly Undiscussed) Advice for Beginning Authors

One of the great joys of speaking at a writer’s conference is meeting new authors. Many are starting their writing career, and they’re often seeking advice. While I’m certainly no expert, I seem to have a firsthand grasp of the pitfalls. From my experience, this is my advice. On How To Start: If you haven’t […]

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I Can’t Write My Story Because I’m Not A Writer

  Someone said this to me the other night at an event I attended for people who have consulting businesses. This guy is a consultant with a compelling personal story, and he’s been told numerous times that he should write a memoir. Earlier in the evening, I told a group of people my own professional […]

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Self-Publish Like A Pro Workshop

  Are you working on a manuscript that you plan to self-publish? Don’t get daunted by the process. Learn everything you need to know to hit the “publish” button with confidence and authority in this one-day workshop. We’ll cover: distributors, exclusivity, book covers, editing, beta readers, ISBN numbers, front matter, back matter, ebooks vs. paperback, […]

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Goodreads Has Not-So-Good News for Indie Authors

Anyone familiar with my book marketing coaching for indie authors, knows that I love Goodreads. After all, Goodreads has been critical to the success of many self-published authors who want to get their books noticed in a very crowded playing field. Indie authors know this site is a great place to interact with readers. I […]

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Do You Know What This Means: Die Erinnerungsbox

If you know what Die Erinnerungsbox means, then I’ve got some exciting news! If you don’t, I still have exciting news! The German translation rights for The Memory Box have just been bought! Isn’t that fabelhaft! It will be published by Edition M and released in Fall 2018. I’m so aufgeregt! I know some of […]

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Bookbaby’s Inaugural Independent Authors Conference is in the Books

  What a weekend! Bookbaby’s inaugural Indie Authors Conference, which took place in Philadelphia this past weekend, was a big success. On Saturday, I spoke to the attendees about how to give their books the best chance for success by releasing the strongest book they could,  maximizing all their opportunities, and to be ready to launch […]

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The Writer’s Life

  “You do not need to leave your room, remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” Franz […]

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THE MEMORY BOX Gets Translated!

It’s officially official! I am so thrilled to announce the first translation of THE MEMORY BOX will be Turkish! The foreign rights have been sold to the wonderful people at Pegusus, one of Turkey’s preeminent publishing companies located in Istanbul and home to many notable authors such as Jojo Moyes, Suzanne Collins, E L James, Stieg […]

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