The first rule of productivity is economy. In this article, I share five ways to rest and recharge while getting more done.Read More
I often tell excited prospective clients, particularly those who aspire to be traditionally published, that my superpower is being a buzz kill. This usually gets a laugh, but I'm only half joking.
This post with publishing statistics and advice from literary agents is not a sunshine and rainbows kind of post. It is, however, the kind of post that every aspiring author needs to read before investing time, energy, and money in a book project.Read More
Referrals are perhaps the most efficient way to get new business and establish yourself as a problem solver. In this post, I show you how I interact with people when I give and receive a referral and what I do to stay connected and valuable after the fact.Read More
Deciding how much you should pay a freelancer for editing, ghostwriting, or any other service requires an understanding of your goals and how freelancers make money. In this post, I tell you what’s behind a freelancer’s rate and help you determine how much you should pay.Read More
Many entrepreneurs, freelancers, and employees have the freedom to live and work wherever they want provided they have cell service and access to an internet connection. There is a growing trend among this group to live integrated lives by taking their work with them when they travel and explore.
Perhaps you’ve heard the terms “location independent,” “remote worker,” and “digital nomad.” But, the terms used to describe them are not interchangeable. In this post, I define each and dispel some of the most common myths about them.Read More
In this post, I answer many of the most frequently asked questions about ghostwriting and tell you what to expect if you hire one.Read More
Triple Bottom Line (TBL or 3BL) Accounting is a way of tracking the success of a business by three metrics rather than one. In this post, I provide a basic overview and share the three Ps of my TBL practice.Read More
LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool for serious business people, but many users are making the big mistake I talk about in this post and in doing so limiting their professional standing and income.Read More
Has a literary agent or publisher recommended that you hire a developmental editor, or are you confused about the differences between developmental editing and copy and line editing?
In this post, I'll describe the role of each and help you identify if you need a developmental editor.Read More
If you're confused by all the options for editing and editors and if your manuscript is in need of some serious help, this post will help you determine if it's time to make an appointment with a book doctor and what you can expect if you hire one.Read More
When space is at a premium and you need to run your business from your home on wheels, you must make tough decisions regarding downsizing your office.
The most challenging one for me but the one that has yielded the most benefits has been going paperless.
This post will address the benefits, timing, and challenges of transitioning to a paperless office and provide a list of the resources I use to reduce the physical footprint of my business while increasing reach and profitability.Read More
Starting a business is hard. We must commit, endure the grind, face our fears, stay grounded, and be flexible. Most of us understand and accept the association between healthy bodies, minds, and businesses, but the effort required to get a business off the ground can drain us and push out the activities that keep us healthy and engaged.
In this post, I talk about how adventure sports and physical fitness can make us better business people.Read More
Upon learning that I’m a full-time freelancer, nine-to-fivers often ask, “Doesn’t not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from scare you?”
The short answer is "no."
In this post, I explain why and share what squirrels seem to know, but many business people do not.Read More
In order to produce a compelling book, you must establish a solid structure and take readers on an emotional journey. This post is based on the methodology I use when coaching and collaborating with authors of memoir, but it applies to fiction too.Read More
Authors and other business people have been leveraging the power of the internet for many years, but the repeal of net neutrality rules is a game changer with the potential to limit your ideal reader's ability to discover you.
In this post, I examine some of the potential effects of the repeal and how new and established authors can mitigate risks by being more aware of the environments in which they operat and proactive in their marketing approach.Read More
Too often authors approach me about developmental editing after they've had their manuscripts copy and line edited. This is disheartening because they've wasted time and money.
In this post, I walk you through the four phases of a book project, focusing on the types and order of editing. I also talk about exceptions to the rule and how you can improve your chance of capturing the attention of a literary agent.Read More
Are you taking, yielding, or owning space?Read More
This post will help you to define your ideal reader by asking you to identify your book’s highest level of contribution, who wants to hear what you have to say, and where those readers go to find the type of information your book provides.Read More
When we ask better questions, we get better answers and immediately differentiate ourselves from our competition regardless of changes in the political and/or economic landscape.Read More
This is my first piece of commercial nonfiction published. In it, I show the progression of romantic relationships using rock climbing in the wild places of Idaho as a backdrop.
It is an example of narrative nonfiction.Read More