Leave a Lasting Legacy

Yesterday, I was coming home on the bus from my volunteer efforts on behalf of the homeless, when I ran into an elderly gentleman on the bus. Our eyes connected and we smiled at one another. I just had a feeling that something good was going to come of it, and I was right. (more…)

Make Money Reading Books

Ever dreamed of a life where you could get paid for spending your time reading books? Surprise! I’m about to help you learn how to do just that. In 7 simple steps, you can create a passive income stream that pays you for all the hard work you’ve done reading your favorite books. (more…)

The Value of a Writing Community

It’s been a while since I’ve really been active. My life got turned upside down in February when my husband got his new job and then we moved out to Denver, which had been a life-long dreams of ours but still represented a major change. We’re still living in the same motel room we were in when we got here. There are still so many pieces of the puzzle that aren’t in place. It’s been hard to get back into the swing of things.


How to Write a Book

You are an aspiring author or an entrepreneur who desires to put the “author” in authority by writing your first book. You’ve never done this, and you don’t know how. That’s great! I can teach you. (more…)

Wednesday Writing Prompts With The Write Words

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a story is finding an idea. That’s why I developed The Write Words – a game for where the best story wins. It’s a game you can play by yourself, in a group such as during a party or other social setting, or in a classroom. (more…)

The 5 Things That Are Killing Your Dreams

You have dreams and aspirations, but you never seem to be able to make them happen. You’ve spent your whole life struggling for a breakthrough, and you’re sick of the struggle. You don’t know what you’re doing wrong or why your plans just aren’t working. You want 2017 to be different, but you don’t know how to make that happen. (more…)

Move Forward Monday: Move the Needle Forward

Move the Needle Forward
I was sitting in my Aunt Connie’s garage. There was stuff crammed into every square foot of the space. She was moving. All of this stuff had to be sorted through, packed away, and prepared for the movers. I could feel my heart sinking as I surveyed the mess around us. We would never get this done in time.

“Pick one corner and only focus on that corner.”

My aunt’s words were a liferaft being tossed out toward me. I’d been drowning in the sheer size of the job ahead of us, but this was hope. This was something I could do. One corner. One small area. Just one thing to do.

Writing a book, building an audience, and publishing a book are all giant tasks that can feel impossible to achieve if you’ve never done them. You look at the sheer size of the thing you’re trying to accomplish and your heart sinks. You’ll never get this done. You don’t have time. You don’t have the connections. You don’t know how or where to even start.

Move the Needle Forward

Moving the needle forward means doing one thing each day that moves you closer to your goal. If you want to write a book, that means writing just one sentence if that’s all that you can manage. That one sentence, written every single day, will eventually add up to a book.

If you want to build an audience, that means setting a goal of writing one blog post or posting one meme that’s going to speak to the kind of audience you want to build, or looking up one meaningful quote that you could add to your Twitter feed. Do ONE thing that will help attract people to you and get them interested in hearing more from you.

If you want to find a publisher or publish your book, it means rolling up your sleeves and doing one piece of research on what you need to do so you’re prepared to do it. Maybe today you research publishers who buy the kind of book you’ve written, or you research the publishing process so you’re more educated, or you research your competition so you know what you’re up against and where you fit into the picture.

Big dreams start with small seeds

No matter how big your dream is, it will start with a small seed. That seed is what you need to focus on today. If you don’t have that seed, find it. If you have the seed but you haven’t planted it yet, dig the hole and drop it in so it can start to grow. If you have planted the seed, water it. Find ONE thing you can do today to make progress on your way.

40 Day Writer Reality TV

My big, hairy, monster of a goal this year is to take the idea of 40 Day Writer Reality TV and bring it to life in the next 12 months. I want to see 40 writers competing over 40 days to finish, polish, and pitch their books to publishers who then compete Shark Tank style for the rights to publish them. I want to put reading, writing, and publishing in the spotlight so people see just how powerful and life-changing it can be to read, to write, and to publish a book. Best of all, I want aspiring authors to approach writing with realistic expectations of the challenges they will meet along the way.

Last year, I put together a crowdfunding campaign and launched it. It didn’t succeed. The support team didn’t have enough direction from me to know what I needed them to do. I didn’t have enough proof to off them that I could deliver on the promises I was making. So last year, I spent my time moving the needle forward a little at a time. Making connections, putting a program out there and testing it, getting the things I would need to make sure the next time I tried it, I would get the success I desired. I learned from my failure.

How Are You Moving the Needle?

Where are you in terms of pursuing your own big, hairy, monster of a dream in life? What are you going to do, today, to move the needle?

Your Opportunity to Move the Needle Forward

I am moving the needle forward on my dream of making 40 Day Writer Reality TV happen this year. You can sign up to join me at http://www.subscribepage.com/n2p9s9. I’ll be releasing a 40 Day Writing challenge soon to help prepare you for the day when that launch finally happens. Sign up for the email list and together we can move YOUR needle forward.

Query Letter Outline

Query Letter Outline
A friend and client of mine sent me over a query letter to review. It was not bad. But, as I told her, it lacked meat. It lacked the kind of things that, based on the information I’ve found, makes editors and agents drool. I put together a Query Letter Outline and am sharing it with you today as we head into the New Year in hopes that THIS is the year you will get your query letter (and your book) out that proverbial door. (more…)

8,991,000 Rejections

Best Seller Truth BombIt’s Monday morning after NaNoWriMo. That was a fun month. I put together a beta version of The Quest for Confidence and I put it out there for you to find and read. I already know that there are some things it is missing (this article would be one thing), but I’d like your input before I go through the full re-write phase.

Today, I want to talk to you about your book. The dream you have is to turn that book into a New York Times Best Seller. You want it top of the page in every single home in America. You want Oprah Winfrey begging to have your book to use in her book club. That’s how amazing you want your book to be, and that’s awesome. (more…)

Author Spotlight: Clara Rufai

Developing ResilienceTomorrow at 3 pm CST, I will be joining author Clara Rufai on her Leap and Shine 2016 Teleconference. I’ll be speaking about the topic of Confidence, one I’ve been writing about since June. I’ll be sharing with her listeners the I’ve learned over the past 11 months after taking the leap to a full commitment to my writing business on how to step out in confidence no matter what your situation or circumstance happens to be. However, before I go into that, let me share an excerpt from her book, Prison Break: The 9 to 5 Escape Agenda, that outlines her journey to becoming a published author. It shows the kind of resilience it takes for you to succeed. (more…)

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