What Happened When I Asked You to Vote on a Kindle Cover (And Why I Love Google Forms)

February 9, 2014

Last week I sent a poll to my newsletter subscribers asking this community to choose which cover you liked best for my first Kindle book. (If you don’t get the newsletter and want to be part of these types of experiments, you can sign up here.) While I’d hoped this poll would help me choose […]

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Q&A: Dana Bate on Publishing Her First Novel

February 25, 2013

We’re about to chat with an author whose book is on my bed-side table at this very moment. Excited! Unlike many of the interviewees who land on this blog, Dana Bate is an IRL (In Real Life) friend, although I now follow her online, too. We went to journalism school together, and I’ve eagerly followed […]

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When You Have to Admit You’ve Failed

February 18, 2013

The blogosphere is full of posts about failure. About how you have to face failure if you want to succeed. About how the biggest successes stem from failures. About how no one succeeds without failing. In fact, I’d even say it’s actually hip to write about failure. But here’s the catch: most bloggers write about […]

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Q&A: Chuck Sambuchino on the Writer’s Platform

December 10, 2012

Whether you’re looking to self-publish or go the traditional publishing route, your writer’s platform — aka how you’ll sell the book — is more important than ever. So it was smart for Chuck Sambuchino, who has become an expert on the topic of platform, to write a book about it. Chuck was here a year […]

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6 Tips for Creating and Selling Your First EBook

October 17, 2012

Now that I’ve been creating and selling digital guides and courses for more than a year, I’ve identified a handful of things I wish I knew when I started. We’ll go over these and more — oh, wayyy more — in a webinar next week. And yes, it’s totally and utterly FREE! Sign up to […]

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Writers’ Roundup: November 25

November 25, 2011

Hope you enjoyed your turkey (or tofurkey) day! Great reads for the weekend: Writer Torre DeRoche shares her secrets to getting published and explores whether being a woman is an advantage in the publishing process. Learn how to tackle the challenges of bootstraping your business while working your day job, at Great piece from […]

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Writers’ Roundup: November 18

November 18, 2011

Today marks three months since I started working for myself. And know what? I’m now bringing in as much income as when I had the day job + side gig! This is exciting news for a newbie entrepreneur. Reaching the income I left behind has been one of my goals since the beginning, and getting […]

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Writers’ Roundup: October 7

October 7, 2011

Happy fall! I’m writing from my parents’ house in upstate New York, where I’m hanging out with Cooper (the dog I brought home from a writer’s colony) while they’re on vacation. So far, this has proven to be one of the best perks of becoming self-employed; I can work from wherever is convenient! Thought-provoking links […]

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Reporting from the Trenches: Writer’s Colony No. 3

September 8, 2011

Every September I go to a writer’s colony. Not because I planned it that way. I just realized this while preparing for my first residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, known among artists as VCCA. My two weeks there start today. Yup, today. In September 2009, I spent five weeks at The […]

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Writers’ Roundup: August 12

August 12, 2011

Some exciting things happening on my end, projects I’m psyched to share with you in the coming weeks! For now, helpful and interesting links from this week: How to prioritize your life? Tackle your fears first, says Hey Amber Rae. I recently added this blog to my RSS feed; it’s awesome for inspiration. Author Jody […]

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