Is Your Book Too Long or Too Short?

Piles of papers with paperclips with the title: Is Your Book Too Long or Too Short?

What happens if you finish your manuscript and your book is either way too long or way too short?  First of all, what even counts as too long or too short?  If you’re writing “for your heart or your art,” it really doesn’t matter. You do you. But if you’re writing your book with hopes of big sales … Read more

3 Keys to Becoming a Spiritual Writer

Curious about how to become a spiritual writer? Wonderful! The wisdom you’ve learned, the obstacles you’ve overcome, the methodologies you’ve created—the world will benefit from you sharing them! From our decades of experience, we’re going to share the three keys to becoming a spiritual writer. These are based on the mistakes we often see budding … Read more

Should You Call Yourself a Writer?

There are plenty of titles that have to be officially given to you. Doctor. Police officer. 👑King of England. “Writer” is not one of those titles.  Yet so many aspiring authors are hesitant to claim the identity and call themselves a writer. Maybe as a kid, you didn’t get good grades in English class. For … Read more

The First Step to Writing a Nonfiction Book

Want to know the super-important, often-overlooked first step to writing a nonfiction book? (We consider skipping this to be at the top of our imaginary “nonfiction mistakes” list.) If you want to write your memoir, a self-help/personal growth book, a spirituality book, or any kind of transformational nonfiction, this first step will save you a … Read more

Platform-Building for Introverts

Introverts

I recently got a question from an aspiring author who asked, “How can an introvert like me deal with the marketing and all of the exposure that comes with having to sell my book?” Just in case you, too, want to go hide under a bed when you hear the term “author platform,” I want … Read more

Writing Your Life Story: Get Started with this Exercise

life story

I don’t know about you, but I start almost every day writing in my journal. I write down the weeks’ events, joys, challenges or obstacles—all with the goal of recording a small piece of my story. (And also to think things through…I process best in writing!) In some ways, writing a memoir is like a months-long journaling … Read more

Author Spotlight: Writing a Memoir with Lisa Marie

writing a memoir

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 Publishing Consultants. From our first phone call, … Read more

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

How to write a memoir

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

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