The Four Pillars of a Kickass Book Title

book title

If you’re an author, chances are you want to get your work out into the world as widely as possible. So—what’s the single most important factor in achieving that goal? Is it writing original, never-been-seen-before content? Is it perfecting your gorgeous, or hysterically funny, or deeply moving writing style? Is it crafting the best version … Read more

Building an Author Platform: Show Them the Money

building an author platform

Lately I’ve been working closely with a client on a book proposal for a self-help book. A proposal, if you’re unfamiliar, is a marketing document used to sell your book. It includes everything a publisher will need to know about you and the book in order to acquire your project for their company—or not. One … Read more

Welcome home, Wayne Dyer.

Wayne Dyer

Hello friends, It’s with a pang of sadness in my heart that I start this blog post today. Since the last time I wrote to you, we lost one of our greats: Dr. Wayne Dyer. I always say that KN Literary “started itself.” What I mean is that I didn’t intend to start a book studio. … Read more

Who Are YOU to Write a Book?

write a book

So there I am, sitting in a quiet booth in the back of a nice restaurant here in Boulder. And I’m listening to a friend of mine say one of the craziest things I’d ever heard. This friend is a highly successful entrepreneur, with a gripping life story. She’s also—and I don’t say this lightly—a … Read more

Five Tips for Actually, Really Writing That Book

writing that book

You’ve been thinking about it for years. Maybe even talking about it with a few select friends. So tell me—why haven’t you written that book? According to one survey, a whopping 81% of Americans believe they have a book in them. That’s basically everybody, people. But how many of us actually sit down and write … Read more

Four Steps for Taking Feedback Like a Pro

taking feedback

Recently I was chatting with a friend who’s a published writer with several books under his belt. We were having one of those conversations where we were teasing each other about our respective roles of “writer” and “editor.” A.k.a., the Hatfields and McCoys of the publishing world. Totally dependent on one another, yet often at … Read more

It’s Not About the Grammar

grammar

One of the persistent archetypes of the editorial world is that of the tight-lipped, punishing grammarian wielding her red pen with ferocious delight. This editor slashes mercilessly at the page, eviscerating all instances of bad punctuation, misspellings and sentences that end with a preposition. But I gotta be honest: That’s not the kind of editor … Read more