Happy Birthday to Me! Write from the Inside Out is 9 Years Old!

By |August 3rd, 2015|

It’s my birthday—well, Write from the Inside Out’s birthday. Blow out the candles and I can cry if I want to! We’re 9 years old this month—can you believe it? Throughout the years, my basic offerings haven’t changed: editing, author mentoring and writing workshops. My first workshop in 2006 was a creative nonfiction class at […]

My New Book is Almost Out–Heroes without Capes

By |July 27th, 2015|

It’s exciting when your new book is about to be published. Heroes without Capes will available for pre-orders for only a few more weeks. What that means is that you get a $6.50 discount off the book’s retail price of $14 and it will shipped to you as soon as it is published—which […]

5 Ways to Fight Fear

By |July 20th, 2015|

Fears. We all have them. As writers, we can experience the fear of failure, the unknown, rejection, and criticism all in a few minutes or maybe even seconds. It’s okay to be afraid, but not okay if we let our fears stop us in our tracks.

I had a big fear not long ago that I’m […]

6 Awesome Ways to Value Yourself as a Writer

By |July 13th, 2015|

You feel like an imposter. You hear voices telling you, “What makes you think you’re a writer? What makes you think you’re any good?” How do you combat these voices and be the rock star author millions will read? How do you value yourself so others value you? Read on!


1. Show Up! And be sure […]

How Does a Writer Find An Editor?

By |July 6th, 2015|

Look for a shared sense of humor. The writer needs to be open to possibility and try to find an editor who looks like they can challenge you and help you learn. This is actually very similar in finding a music or dance teacher.

And on top of these points, I choose my writers usually from […]

The Secret to Attract Awesome Clients

By |June 29th, 2015|

When I first started my writing business I didn’t think about the kind of clients I wanted to attract. If they paid me, then they were great clients! I wouldn’t have thought it possible to turn away ANY client. These were the dark days of the Great Recession and I needed money to pay for […]

Are You a Grammar Nerd?

By |June 22nd, 2015|

Are you a grammar nerd? The good folks at Grammarly want to know! In this new study Grammarly looked at their 5 million-strong Facebook fan base and profiled them to form The Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd.

Do you correct others’s grammar? Do you find yourself yelling at the newspaper when you see a boo-boo? I was surprised […]

How Do You Book a Book Signing?

By |June 16th, 2015|

When you’re an independent author or publish with a small press or are a poet, you have to book your own signing gigs, much like independent musicians book theirs. Your publisher is too small to do it for you. How do you go about doing this? Well, today we’re going to discuss booking a gig […]

What Are You Grateful For Today?

By |June 8th, 2015|

As a kid I was forced to write thank you notes to my paternal grandparents (and Aunt Karyl) and maternal grandmother (and Aunt Suzanne) every Christmas. I remember my dad would take me to his office in downtown Washington, D.C. the day before school started back up after winter break so I could write my […]

6 Steps for Getting Your Memoir Done

By |June 1st, 2015|

How do you start a book? A better way to put it would be, how do you eat an elephant? One page (or bite) at a time. Writing a book about your life is a daunting project and I’ve known some writers who started taking memoir workshops with me ten years ago and they still […]