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Should You Pay Your Editor a Flat Fee or Hourly Rate?

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, by now you know that editors aren’t just for the end of projects. A great editor can be your secret weapon at any stage of the writing game. Whether it’s working out what you should write about… Plotting the best...

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How to Find Out If Your Book Is “Good Enough”

When I was 9 years old, Madonna released the album Like a Virgin. I had just discovered WZPL, the pop music radio station in my hometown, and I was a Madonna superfan immediately. Overlooking content that was thematically questionable for the under-10 crowd, my mom...

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21 Micro-Commitments Every Aspiring Writer Should Make

Perhaps by now, you’ve discovered this truth: Writing a book is, basically, a commitment between two covers. And writers? We’re human beings like anybody else. Entirely prone to running the opposite direction when a commitment looms on the horizon. Just like...

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[VIDEO] Are You Ready to Write Your Transformational Story?

I recently finished reading Tara Westover’s extraordinary memoir, Educated, about her fundamentalist, abusive upbringing in rural Idaho—and how getting an education saved her. What a gripping story, written beautifully. Just the kind of unflinching memoir I love. For...

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[VIDEO] Why You Should Price Your eBook at $1.99

A couple months after my book published, I learned Hay House was putting the eBook on sale for the “low, low price” of $1.99. I was psyched. Why? Because as someone in the book biz, I know that making an eBook super cheap also makes it super easy for readers to say...

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3 Clues that You’re a Gifted Writer

“Am I a good enough writer to become a published author?” This is a query we get from aspiring authors every single day. I’ll admit it: For years I’ve shied away from the straightforward yes/no response clients are looking for when they ask a question like this. I...

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The Blessing of Writing an Unsalable Book

“Your first book goes in a drawer.” This was a phrase I learned almost as soon as I entered the publishing business. Among book industry pros it’s commonly understood that first-time authors may need to “cleanse the palate” with an unpublishable manuscript before they...

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[VIDEO] How to Find a Great Editor in Four Steps

There’s a lot to learn as an aspiring author. But nothing is more important than understanding how to find a great editor. A good editorial relationship can be the difference between loving your book journey and feeling overwhelmed, under-supported and just plain...

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[VIDEO] Four Writing Goals You Will Actually Keep

The New Year is underway, and I have just one question for you: Did you make writing resolutions that you’ll actually be able to keep? Every year I watch dozens of aspiring authors set themselves ambitious writing goals. And just a few days later they’ve already let...

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