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If you write and publish, you know that thick skin is required. Writers, all of us, are an insecure lot. Even the most talented and prolific writers I coach and edit crave validation, need to hear those magic words: “Yes, it’s good.” But even when it’s good, if you’re exposing any experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and ideas that may potentially rub people the wrong way, you may still be facing your vulnerability head-on when you publish. And because people are easily rubbed the wrong way, about 90 percent of the authors I work with encounter some form of criticism on their publishing journey.
When I worked at Seal Press, I learned that courting controversy is a marketing strategy. Posting provocative stuff online to make a play for people’s extremely divided…Continue
Remembering the unkind words of former teachers.
Going over all the disappointments you’ve suffered.
Telling yourself you don’t know how to write or that you’ll never get published.
If you have found yourself doing any of the above (and, let’s face it, you have), then you have been visited by the Demon Editor: a grotesque being who lurks in the dark corners of the writer’s mind and exists for the sole purpose of undermining your writing.
The Demon Editor is a shapeshifter: It takes many forms. It is tenacious and sneaky, with an insatiable appetite for misery, and it feeds on writers’…Continue
I love hearing great speakers present a well-crafted message. I especially love presentations when the speaker is an author whose books I've read. Even if we've never met, it feels as if we have a connection. I’m eager to hear my favorite authors speak because their message has already intrigued, entertained, or inspired me.
So when I learned that Lysa TerKeurst was scheduled to speak at an event about an hour down the road, I knew I would be there. TerKeurst is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the author of three New York Times bestsellers—and sixteen other books. Of all nineteen of her books, I’ve read one. And I only read that one last fall when Proverbs 31 did an online Bible study using The Best Yes as a study guide. She’d written nineteen books in a genre that I enjoy reading and I had never even heard of her until last fall.
Maybe I’m not very observant or “with…Continue
Whenever possible, I suggest making a concerted effort to have at least one copy of your book with you wherever you go. You never know when you're going to come across a potential reader, so it's best to be prepared. I've sold (and given away) many books over the years simply because I had a copy with me. The reality is that most people will go their entire lives without meeting an author, so when it happens, they are often excited to buy a signed copy. Why? Because even if they don't plan to read it, having a personalized autographed copy of a book is cool! And who knows? Maybe they will read it, love it, write a glowing review about it on Amazon and Goodreads, then tell their friends to read it, or even buy copies for their friends as gifts.…Continue
Six years ago this month, I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder’s journalism school without really knowing what my journalistic future would hold. Throughout J-school, I would be encouraged to find local stories in the community, ended up writing about all kinds of people: a former detective in the JonBenet Ramsey case, the man who invented snowboarding, a long-time employee of the Hotel Boulderado who experienced hauntings, and even went to a Quaker meeting to see how they…
Part 2 of my interview with poet and filmmaker Janet R. Kirchheimer appears today at the TweetSpeak Poetry blog. In this segment, Kirchheimer talks about her recent collaboration with photographer Aliza Augustine on a multimedia exhibition.…
at sea, it is a squall. i watched
a programme all about dream fish.
we need none.
we have dreamed a while, made a little
garden house, while mrs ciano is safe indooors.
cosy, she is by the old books
where else would she be,
still the rain pours, a draught
at the window.
Once you make up your mind keep those thoughts in the forefront. Take a step towards them each day. Don’t push them onto a back burner to eventually be forgotten about…
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