The Secrets to a Memoir Outline

It may seem like a memoir would be one of the easier books to write. After all, a memoir—in today’s parlance—is a book about your own life, focused on a particular time period, event or theme. Pouring your life story onto the page sounds simple enough, right? It’s not like you have to do research … Read more

Choosing an Ideal Reader Is the #1 Secret to Writing a Self-Help Book

Ideal Reader

People often ask me what was the most important or surprising thing I learned while publishing my own book. Truth is, I learned so many lessons it’s hard to narrow it down! But one of my top-favorite lessons was:   The importance of writing the book for someone. I was shocked by how much easier … Read more

How to Self-Publish: The Exact Steps You Need to Publish Your Own Book

What’s so cool about being an aspiring author today is that there is literally nothing standing in the way of you having a book in the world. You don’t have to receive permission from the Great Gods of Publishing anymore. You can simply DIY and self-publish! That said, there are a lot of things aspiring … Read more

How to Publish Your Book: Three Great Options

How to Publish a Book

I don’t know about you, but I like to have options. When it comes to getting your book published, you may think there’s only one option available to you. How wrong you are!   There are, in fact, three great publishing options available to aspiring authors today. You don’t have to be perfect for Penguin … Read more

The Topic For Your Self-Help Book Is Right In Front of You

Self-Help

About 10 years ago a psychic/intuitive whose books I was editing told me my guides had a message for me. He said, “They say you’re going to have a big organization.” “It’s going to be online.” “It will be kind of like ‘Kelly Notaras University.’ Not exactly that, but close.’” “You’re going to teach a … Read more

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Finding a Literary Agent

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It’s one of the great mysteries of the publishing process. Will I find an agent to represent my book? How do I even start looking for one? What specifically are literary agents looking for?   I often say that finding a literary agent is like finding a best friend. You can’t just walk up to … Read more

Why Self-Publishing Has a Bad Rap: Three Pitfalls and Their Antidotes

Self-publishing

Let’s face it, my friends. Self-publishing has a bad rap. Publishing your own book is snootily labeled second-class, amateur, slipshod, self-centered, unprofessional and much worse. In the “bad old days” (before the digital print-on-demand revolution rendered self-publishing a reasonable pursuit for just about any author) DIY publishers were actually called “vanity presses”! The stigma, as … Read more

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

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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