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10 Surprising Takeaways from Book Expo 2017

By |Categories: Writing|

Book Expo (formerly Book Expo America or BEA) is an annual publishing industry trade show that’s been going on for 70 years. The expo is primarily geared toward traditional publishing although in recent years, they've opened up a smaller exhibition area for indie authors. 2017 marked the first year that the show was run by ReedPop—the company [...]

Never Run Out of Writing Ideas

By |Categories: Writing|

We all have days when we struggle to write. We feel blocked or the words don’t flow. Those days are tough, and it’s important to power through and try to write anyway. Here’s how to rescue a bad day. Other days it may feel like we’ve run out of ideas. You know you could write, but [...]

Should You Take That New Job? 6 Questions to Ask When You Have a Job Decision

By |Categories: Career|

Do you have a hard time saying “No” when new opportunities come up? I’m not talking about a birthday party invitation, I mean those big, hairy job decisions that sometimes rear their heads when you least expect. Example: I was wrapping up a big book launch for a client when, out of the blue, a former [...]

A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur: How to Schedule Your Time for Maximum Productivity

By |Categories: Entrepreneurship|

Have you ever wondered what an ordinary day is like for an entrepreneur? Are you considering quitting your 9-to-5 job and striking out on your own to live the entrepreneur life? Do you have the discipline to stay focused and on track? I made the leap to a full-time entrepreneur in 2016, and now I work [...]

How to Run a Book Pre-Order Campaign: Generate Buzz for Your Launch

By |Categories: Self-Publishing|

Have you launched a book and found it difficult to sell copies? Maybe you tried paid advertising and lost money, or posted about your new book on social media, but heard crickets? If so, it could be time to rethink your launch strategy. Many traditionally published authors include a 2-3 month pre-order phase. Selling copies to [...]

10 Ways to Get Organized, Clear Your Head, and Set Yourself Up For Success

By |Categories: Productivity|

Feeling overwhelmed with clutter? Here are 10 ways you can get organized starting today! Think of each step as something you can do in 10 to 15 minute chunks. You can spend an afternoon working through everything on the list or tackle them bit by bit each day.

10 Ways to Conquer the Negative Self-Talk That Is Holding You Back

By |Categories: Creativity|

Does your inner critic often trigger negative self-talk? I hear from many authors at all levels of success. No matter the experience level, we all share something in common—negative self-talk. Negative self-talk can pop up when you’re least expecting it--when you just finished a book or when you’re stretching yourself toward a new creative goal. You’ll [...]

Recommended Books for Your Creative Journey

By |Categories: Creativity|

Many books have helped me on my journey to live a more creative life. I hope these recommendations help you in some way. On Life Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life – Eugene O’Kelly The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – Bronnie Ware Creativity and Passion Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert The War [...]

Can Creativity Make Us Happier?

By |Categories: Well-being|

Research suggests creative people are happier than everyone else. Why are so few people talking about the impact of creativity on success and happiness? Disregard the mental image of the starving, depressed artist toiling away in a studio. Anyone can be creative. That’s right—you and I can be creative when we open our minds to new [...]

How to Beat the Winter Blues

By |Categories: Well-being|

Winter can be rough especially for those of us who live in cold climates. Take it from me. In Chicago, temperatures can hover around 20 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks. Combined with the wind, it’s not fun to venture outside most chilly days. Winter is hard on our mental well-being. Here are 5 ways to beat the winter [...]