How Do You Start Giving Paid Workshops?

By |November 23rd, 2015|

How do you start getting folks to pay you to teach workshops? First you have to gain experience, develop curriculum, and understand how to hold a class or a workshop. Start by volunteering for an established, successful writer who gives workshops in your area. In lieu of paying her fee or the full fee, volunteer […]

How to Rock at Your First Writers’ Conference

By |November 16th, 2015|

The 2015 NC Writers’ Network Fall Conference (NCWN) is this weekend in Asheville. Even if you are completely prepared, you might feel nervous, especially if it’s your first conference. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. By reading this post, I’ll help you rock your first conference—and it will rock. It’s the 30th anniversary of the […]

NaNoWriMo: Five Mistakes to Avoid

By |November 11th, 2015|

It’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, where dedicated writers churn out a novel in 30 days. Now that we’re almost halfway through November, a NaNoWriMo writer should have completed 18,337 words on their masterpieces. That translates to 1,667 words a day! I did NaNoWriMo six years ago and it took all of my time […]

What Would Boba Fett Do (WWBFD)?

By |November 1st, 2015|

To know me is to know I love Boba Fett, the most notorious bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy. I write Boba Fett poetry, some of which is published, and of course there’s a whole slew of Boba Fett poetry in my new book of poems, Heroes without Capes. I also aspire to create a […]

How to Take the Nightmare Out of Networking

By |October 25th, 2015|

If you want to be a super networker, focus on helping someone else every time you attend a networking event. I know networking events can seem scary, especially if you attend one alone and don’t know anyone there except the host. If you weren’t the popular kid in middle school or high school they can […]

Using #NaNoWriMo to Jump Start Your 2016

By |October 19th, 2015|

This week’s guestblogger is  Dave Baldwin of Raleigh: writer, content producer extraordinaire and sales process architect. I’ve known Dave for over eight years after meeting at a publishing panel in Durham, North Carolina. Since then, we’ve collaborated on writing workshops, writing projects, referrals and blogging. I consider him a great friend and he’ll be posting here once a month. […]

How to Set Better Boundaries

By |October 13th, 2015|

Six years ago I emceed a monthly open mic, a monthly morning networking writing group and book club. I also led a weekly women’s networking referral group. I had client work due on a Thursday, the same day as the morning networking group, and had to tell the client I couldn’t finish her work. It […]

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day

By |October 5th, 2015|

Today, October 5, is World Teachers’ Day. Take the opportunity to thank a special teacher who pushed you to new heights, helped you master a difficult concept and inspired you to change your life! Once again Grammarly has shared with me an awesome infographic that details the very important roles teachers play in our […]

How to Host a Book Launch Like a Boss!

By |September 28th, 2015|

Last week I celebrated two book launches for Heroes without Capes (check out more info about my book by clicking here), my new book of poems from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. I read my poems, sang my songs that originated from my poems and told stories about how this collection came to be born. […]

5 Creativity Killers and How to Deal with Them

By |September 21st, 2015|

This week’s guestblogger is writer, content producer extraordinaire and sales process architect Dave Baldwin of Raleigh. I’ve known Dave for over eight years starting when he showed up at a publishing panel I was on in Durham. Since then, we’ve collaborated on writing workshops, writing projects, referrals and blogging. I consider him a great friend and he’ll […]