Three Questions to Tell You if an Ebook, Printed Book, or Interactive IBook Is Right For Your Authorship Goals

Whatever you write, whether it’s a blog or a series of books, any writing project needs to match your goals and accomplish what you want readers to do after reading. Three people have asked me this month whether they need an E-Book or a printed book. The way to learn this answer is to work backward from your end goal and then see which path will get you there.

Three Steps to Find The Perfect Place to Write for Your Business

Often, famous writers will talk about their favorite places to write. If only we all had a house at Walden, like Henry David Thoreau, right? And then, Rimbaud did his best writing in his tiny apartment in the wee hours of the morning as he recounted all the ideas he had through the night's adventures in Paris. It's normal for creative writers to have well-planned writing conditions, and we are encouraged to think about them in creative writing classes, but what about business owners trying to crank out a blog or write a newsletter between meetings? 

If You Think Ghostwriters are Only for Celebrities, Read This

It’s very common for people to say “if only someone would write my blog/book for me.” This thought is usually flippant, and the idea of someone writing for you in your voice and representing your ideas remains nothing more than a frivolous comment. Maybe you think ghost writers are too expensive, unlikely to represent your voice accurately, or only available to famous people like Snookie and the Kardashians.

Well, guess what, none of those things are true.

Not a Vampire Bite: What Those two Dots “:” are and How to Use Them to Bling up Your Writing

Let’s talk about how to use a colon to make your blog, email, and social media posts stand out. Colons are really helpful when you want to use the first words of the heading to cover your keywords topic, then use the second half of your blog to entire your readers to find out more. As I did in this title, the first clause might also be a juicy hook, and the words following the colon can give more solid reasons that your audience should keep reading.

Hiring an Editor? Think There’s Only One Kind? Read This First!

The good news is that when you hire a professional editor, you can get the kind of editing you want. Here are some strategies for understanding what is included in different kinds of editing and choosing the kind that’s right for your project. Below I describe a few different kinds of editing that you might as for.

Is Your Manuscript in a Mess? Find Order in the Chaos With This Simple Exercise

I love organizing really big messes. Not closets or garages. The messes I like to organize are massive amounts of content. A sentence here, a paragraph there, and a transcript elsewhere, and they all need to be synthesized into a coherent, compelling document.