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

Author Spotlight: Writing a Memoir with Lisa Marie

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Lisa Marie Runfola is a world traveler, a mother of five, and the author of A Limitless Life in a Powerless World: A Memoir, released in February 2019. We first met her in the Fall of 2017, when she scheduled a call to talk with one of our matchmakers. From our first phone call, we … Read more

How to Write a Memoir: Five Books to Get You Started

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They say there’s more than one way to bake a cake. While I’m not sure about that (I live in Colorado, where altitude ensures that all of my cakes come out like, well, pancakes) it is true when that “cake” is writing your life story! In this video I introduce you to:   Five books … Read more

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

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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

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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

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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

[VIDEO] 3 Ways to Reduce Book Launch Stress

A book launch can bring up many feelings, including excitement, exhilaration, and—like it or not—a certain amount of stress. So much preparation has gone into writing, editing and setting the book up for publication that releasing it into the world can feel like a make-or-break moment.    Beyond the logistical do’s and don’ts, every book launch education must include practical tips for managing stress and staying positive … Read more

3 Roadbumps You’ll (Probably) Encounter When Writing a Book About Your Life

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. If you have a book in you—if you hear the call to write—it’s because Life is asking for your story. Unfortunately, my many years of working with authors has taught me this lesson: You’re gonna hit some bumps on the road when you’re writing … Read more