Why You Should Find an Editor BEFORE You Start Writing

Find an Editor

If you’re an independent spirit like me, you might feel like: You should “already know how to write a book.” Asking for help before you’ve completed a first draft means you’re “not a real writer.” You might think that “real authors don’t need help.” I totally understand. But with all due respect, you’re totally wrong. … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Using a Pen Name

co-writer

Let’s face it: Putting a book into the world can be a vulnerable thing. You’re putting your words…your story…your ideas…dare I say your heart, right out there. And if you’re lucky and do your job right, people are going to read it! And judge it! And most frighteningly, write Amazon reviews about it! (Cue the … Read more

Quick Start Guide to Building Your Author Platform

author platform

As an aspiring author, there is (no joke) so much you could be doing at any given moment. But perhaps nothing is as freaky-scary-frustrating to new authors as the concept of building a platform. Your “platform” is the audience that’s ready and waiting to buy your book when it hits the shelf. Publishers want you … Read more

Why Done Is Not Good Enough for a Book

Done Is Not Good Enough for a Book

Not long ago a friend told me she had someone she wanted to introduce me to. Let’s call this person Cathy. Cathy, my friend told me, had just published a book! As an editor, I’m intimately aware of how much time, effort and energy it takes to cross the threshold from “writer” to “author.” Anybody … Read more

How to Tell Your Story (Even If Mom Won’t Like It)

What if Mom gets mad about your book

This weekend, we in North America are celebrating Mother’s Day. I think it’s a fairly normal thing to have complicated feels toward our mamas. We love them with all we have, but they are human, too. It’s a part of life. But the mother-child relationship can be especially flummoxing for those of us who write memoir. Because many of … Read more

Key Insider Tips about Traditional Publishing

Key Insider Tips about Traditional Publishing

Most of the aspiring authors I talk to want very much to be published by a traditional publisher right now. You may understand the feeling. (I certainly do!) And, there’s often a lot these hardworking, big-dreaming authors don’t yet know about how the biz works. Today I’m offering some key insider tips about the traditional … Read more

The #1 Key to Writing a Book That Sells

There are a thousand different reasons to write a book: You might be writing it for your heart—because you just have to. You might be writing it for your art—creative expression in action. You might be writing it for your clients—so you can hand them all your wisdom in one nifty package. And you might … Read more

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 bought me the Like a Virgin cassette tape. I played … Read more