The Blessing of Writing an Unsalable Book

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 write their first masterwork. That first book, as the saying goes, … Read more

[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 miserable. I’m not exaggerating. I hear every day how influential and important our … Read more

Your Book Will Change Lives

Your Book Will Change Lives

Well, that was an exciting week! The Book You Were Born to Write officially published on Tuesday! I had my first bookstore reading/signing event on Wednesday, and the room was crammed with people I love and admire!  On Thursday, an article I wrote got published in Best Self Magazine! It’s the last one that I would like to … Read more

[VIDEO] What to Do the Day Your Book Publishes

What to Do the Day Your Book Publishes

The book journey has many exciting moments. Surprisingly, “pub day” is rarely one of them! It may sound counterintuitive, but by the time your book publishes most of the heavy lifting is behind you.  Unless you’ve scheduled a bookstore event or a book launch party, pub day is more of a whimper than a bang.  But you … Read more

[VIDEO] Why You Shouldn’t Go on a Book Tour

When you’ve got a book coming out in the world, everybody is going to start asking you the same question:   “Are you going on a book tour?”   My answer, after 20 years in the book business, is an emphatic NO!  In this video explains why—and what to do instead. Filmed just five weeks before my own … 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

Three Types of Memoirs that Sell

types of memoirs

“Do you think my memoir can get published?” A client recently posed this question at the top of the hour we had scheduled for a book consultation. If I’m honest, it’s a question I sort of dread. It asks for a black-or-white answer to a question that’s decidedly gray. When this kind of question lands on … Read more

A Tour of the Publishing World with Rob Kandell

publishing world

Ready to throw in the towel because you’ve received 3 rejections? 10? Kelly says not so fast. Take a listen to her conversation with teacher, coach, and lecturer Rob Kandell on his podcast Tuff Love. Kelly addresses the real reasons you should–or should not–write a book, how the publishing industry has changed since she got started 20+ … Read more