How to Know If You’re Ready to Write a Book

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How to Know If You’re Ready to Write a Book

Should you write your book right now? How do you know if you’re ready to write your book? What should you do if you are—or aren’t—going to get serious about this book thing? And how can you be totally cool with your decision, whatever it is? Here are three questions to help you know if you’re ready to write your book now, and some advice on what to do next. Read more…

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How to name your non-fiction book

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How to name your non-fiction book

Choosing a name for your non-fiction book is a big task. It can feel daunting. But names are fun, and you should really try your darnedest to lighten up and enjoy the process. If it deserves considerable time and energy (as naming your book does), you should enjoy the time and energy you give it. Here’s how to have fun naming your book. Read more…

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When life stops you writing

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When life stops you writing

At 10.44pm last night, I sent one of my clients her final, full, shiny and sparkly, ready-to-publish book manuscript. It felt pretty damn good, I’ll tell ya, because this project was a challenge. Here’s what happened when life tried to stop Emma from writing. Read more…

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Is "write a book" on your bucket list?

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Is "write a book" on your bucket list?

I just started working with a client to create a plan—an outline that will help her finally write her book. This client—we’ll call her Joanna—initially spoke to me about her book more than a year ago. She wasn’t ready to work together then, so she went off and did her thing. Last month, she reached out and told me it was time. Wanna know why she decided to get her shit together and write this book now? Someone asked about her bucket list. Read more…

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How to find the theme in your book idea

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How to find the theme in your book idea

In this post, we talked about what theme in non-fiction is and looked at examples from based-on-real-life TV, movies, and books. Today, we’re covering how to find the theme in your non-fiction book idea, because it can be as confusing as the nine dimensions of The Good Place. (When you need a laugh, please go watch that show!) First, remember that everyone approaches writing—and writing themes—differently. Read more…

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A Review of Jenny Shih's Make It Work Online

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A Review of Jenny Shih's Make It Work Online

As a graduate of Make It Work Online 2018, I get asked what it’s really like inside the program, so I’m sharing all the gritty details here in my completely honest review of Jenny Shih’s Make It Work Online business coaching program. There’s my review, some thoughts of who MIWO is right for, details of how much Make It Work Online costs, whether I think it’s worth it, a bunch of FAQs, aaaand… details of the bonus you’ll get if you sign up using my affiliate link! So if you want to know if Make It Work Online is right for you, keep reading. Read more…

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I wish I found her sooner

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I wish I found her sooner

I'm going to continue talking about theme in non-fiction, but today I feel called to interrupt that discussion so I can tell you one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from running my online business: It matters who you surround yourself with. And I don’t just mean your friends and family. Read more…

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Why your non-fiction book needs a theme

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Why your non-fiction book needs a theme

I just finished reading Becoming, the new best selling memoir by Michelle Obama. (When I say reading, I mean listening. Audiobooks for life. Fist bump.) Being a memoir, it’s quite different from the self-help, how-to books I usually work on, but it taught me something about theme in non-fiction. Read more…

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Ask questions to brainstorm your book ideas

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Ask questions to brainstorm your book ideas

The first time I told a man to hide his knives in the freezer, I felt pretty stupid. The second time, I managed to say it with more confidence. By then, I knew it was a strangely helpful tactic to slow someone down when they’re considering slicing their wrists open. I learned many weird things working on my local suicide prevention hotline, including the power of asking questions. Here’s how you can use that power.  Read more…

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Frustrated? It's worth it

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Frustrated? It's worth it

Life happens. Sometimes work gets busy, clients ask for more than expected, or wildfire evacuations are issued and you have to leave your home (ahem, last summer). It’s frustrating, especially when you’re self-employed. But this week, I had a great reminder of why the frustration is worth it. Plus, there’s a version of the writing tracking spreadsheet for your free download.  Read more…

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How to track your your book writing goals

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How to track your your book writing goals

I suck at tracking my book writing goals. I know measuring my writing progress will help me write more, but this shit is hard, and I don’t care for hard stuff. I like easy. Ordering take-out is better than slaving over the stove. I watch Netflix because it doesn’t make you press “Next Episode” like a chump. I’m the fool who pays for pre-washed boxes of pre-chopped salad. But I still do hard things. Read more…

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Do we really need your book?

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Do we really need your book?

There are a bazillion books in the world so, whatever you want to write about, the chances are good that there’s already a book (or two!) on that subject. But it doesn’t mean no one will be interested in your book. In this post, I’m going to tell you why we need your book in this world, and I’ll back it up with some extra resources from super-smart, entrepreneur business folks.  Read more…

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What do I want to write about?

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What do I want to write about?

What do I want to write about? What books do I want to work on? What excites me? I spend most of my time talking about you, the entrepreneur and budding author reading this blog. I want to focus on your goals and how we can make them a reality. But people always ask about me. So in this video, I’m going to answer those questions, and tell you what I love to write!  Read more…

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How much should I share in my book?

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How much should I share in my book?

Should you tell that really personal story in your book? Should you write about that incident, even though people might judge you for it? This is a question writers ask all the time. We know readers connect best when you share your message by telling your own story. But sometimes writers get scared of sharing too much. We worry a certain story will make people think we’re [insert really crappy thing here].  Read more…

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Should I self-publish or publish traditionally?

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Should I self-publish or publish traditionally?

The two most common paths to book publication, self-publishing and traditional publishing, each have both pros and cons. As a writer, you need to know the ins and outs of both so you can decide which to pursue. No matter what you decide, always remember this: There is no one right path to book publication. Read more…

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How to get help writing a book

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How to get help writing a book

If you’re struggling to write your book, if it feels like your beating your head against a brick wall, if the blank screen on your laptop is staring at you, judging you, this video will tell you the three types of help available to get you moving so you can finally write your book. Read more…

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The one mistake most non-fiction authors make

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The one mistake most non-fiction authors make

If you want to write a book about your business, you might not have given thought much to publishing yet. You’ve got to write the book before you choose between self-publishing and traditional publishing, right?! Wrong. That’s the one mistake most new non-fiction authors make. We’re going to talk about why you should decide how to publish your non-fiction book before you write. 

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How will a book fit into your business?

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How will a book fit into your business?

A book on its own will probably not make you much money. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news. So why bother doing one? Because it can be the catalyst that bolts your business to the next level and makes a lot of money in other ways. In this video, we’ll talk about what those ways are so you can make money from your book, even if it’s not through direct sales.

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