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

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

book topic

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