What the Best Memoirs Have in Common

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Many aspiring authors come to me with questions about writing their memoirs. The answers to most of their questions can be found by looking at what the best memoirs have in common. As an editor who has been working in the publishing industry for more than 20 years, I can tell you there are two … Read more

Book Launch: The Essential Guide

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Introduction Chapter 1: Book Launch Basics Chapter 2: The Book Launch Myth Chapter 3: Finding Your Voice Chapter 4: Book Launch Timeline Chapter 5: Book Launch Team Chapter 6: Book Launch Dos Chapter 7: Book Launch Don’ts Chapter 8: Book Launch Campaign Ideas Conclusion INTRODUCTION “I can plan my book launch without all of the … Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Writing a Memoir

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Table of Contents Introduction What Types of Memoirs Are There? Preparing to Write a Memoir How to Choose a Theme for Your Memoir How to Create a Memoir Outline Publishing Your Memoir Introduction Today I’m talking about a captivating, life-changing, beautiful story. Yours.  It’s a story about the most meaningful parts of your life. The … Read more

How to Self-Publish a Book: The Guide Every New Author Needs

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Table of Contents Chapter 1: Four Publishing Options Chapter 2: Self-Publishing Timeline Chapter 3: What is POD? Chapter 4: What Will You Need to Self-Publish Your Book? Chapter 5: How to Make Your Self-Published Book Look “Traditionally Published” Chapter 6: Preparing for Your Book Launch Chapter 7: Next Steps Chapter 1 Four Book Publishing Options One of the most frequent questions … Read more

Author Spotlight: Teri Dillion, Self-Published Author of “No Pressure, No Diamonds”

I’ve known Teri Dillion for over a decade, having first met on a month-long meditation retreat in Colorado in 2008. Back then if you’d asked me about her, I would have spoken of her devotion to her practice and her penetrating blue eyes. Today, if you asked me about her, I would speak of courage, … Read more

Promoting Your Self-Published Book: Publicity Secrets from Dawn Michelle Hardy

If you’re self-publishing your book, does that mean you can’t get publicity? Not according to my guest today, the publicist Dawn Michelle Hardy, who is also a friend of mine. She’s going to give us a good schooling in how a self-published author can and ought to seek publicity for their book. Dawn is a … Read more

What’s a Sensitivity Read, and Why Is It Important? By Felice Laverne

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We invited our friend and colleague, Felice Laverne, to guest blog about the importance of a sensitivity read. Felice is a Diversity & Inclusion coach, literary agent, book editor, and author coach. She has established Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at global brands such as HarperCollins Publishers, and she has edited books such as Zerlina Maxwell’s … Read more

Writing for Change and Justice

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If you’re reading this newsletter, it means you’re a writer interested in helping transform, uplift and inspire others to live more joyful, fulfilling and service-oriented lives. So I’m pretty certain you care about basic human rights. For everyone. You probably also care about leading with love and compassion; fighting to end oppression; and dismantling systemic … Read more