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? 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
During the climb of your Hero’s Journey to your goal of finishing your book, mastering public speaking or finishing your first marathon, you’ll meet awesome mentors and supportive friends, as well as “tor-mentors.” Tor-mentors are jokers who first appear to you as mentors and teachers, but then change their tune when they feel threatened by […]
Today coach Natali Sanchez Rheault shares 10 tips with us for clearing your mind and getting into the zone for writing your first book. Many people want to become a published author, but so few actually make it happen—why? Because the task overwhelms them, they don’t have a proper support structure or they pick a […]
I had the pleasure of reviewing Jeannine Hall Gailey’s third poetry book, Unexplained Fevers for Pedestal Magazine (read the review here) and was thrilled when Jeannine asked me to review her fourth collection, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter. A Generation Xer (yes, a poet from my generation!), Gailey writes sci-fi/fantasy/speculative poetry—a poetry sub-genre I wish more […]
I love teachers who kick my butt—means they care, right?
That’s how you grow. I have teachers who are invested in my learning and aren’t lazy—it takes effort to give constructive criticism.
I think back to when I was in middle school and taking ballet, flute and guitar lessons, and I contrast those lessons with the Irish […]