How to Engage Book Clubs

How to Engage Book Clubs

As an author, it’s a wonderful feeling to connect with readers who love our work. Book clubs are one of the most engaging ways to create deep meaningful relationships with readers. Today, we’ll cover ideas to create fun and memorable experiences as you engage book clubs!  Why Engage Book Clubs? First, think of a book… Read more »

Start Guest Blogging to Build Your Author Platform

Start Guest Blogging to Build Your Author Platform

There are a lot of ways to build your author platform these days. But guest blogging is still one of my favorites. Writing an article for a popular blog has long-term value that far outlasts the effort, and offers an engaged audience within a focused niche. But my favorite perk is seeing my own work… Read more »

Tales of a Solopreneur

Tales of a Solopreneur

As I write this post in early 2022, I’ve closed out my 2021 Virtual Writers Sabbatical (“VWS”) and started fresh. I mentioned in my Discovering the Art of Book Coaching post in December that my 2022 VWS would include focusing on completing a book coach certification program and starting a book coaching business. I’m at… Read more »

What MFAs Miss about the Editing Process

What MFAs Miss about the Editing Process

Browsing Twitter last week, I saw a tweet from a colleague of mine that read, “I’m curious, for writers who have published books, what was the editing process like? Especially curious about your first book. From whom and at what stage did you receive edits? To what degree? Does this question even make sense? Why… Read more »

Kid Lit Craft: Interview with Anna Staniszewski

Kid Lit Craft: Interview with Anna Staniszewski

Hello fellow Kid Lit Writers! This week, I have the pleasure of introducing author Anna Staniszewski.  Anna has been writing children’s books for 10 years now; her first book came out in 2011, and her most recent book, Double Clique: A Wish Novel, came out in December of 2021. She was born in Poland and… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Ways Freelancers Can Keep Clients' Data Safe

#5onFri: Five Ways Freelancers Can Keep Clients’ Data Safe

Being a freelance writer can be an empowering career path. You have the opportunity to pursue a creative activity you love while also keeping a schedule suited to your lifestyle. However, as with any business owner, you also have certain responsibilities to your clients. The need to keep clients’ data safe and secure is one… Read more »

Life of a Writer—Episode 5: Revelation

Life of a Writer—Episode 5: Revelation

If you’ve been following this column, you’ll remember that the previous episode of my journey to becoming a published author ended with me querying a not-quite-ready manuscript—which didn’t go so well—and left me doubting whether I truly have what it takes to be a writer. What you may not realize is that it happened over… Read more »

My Top Tips for Self-Publishing Authors in 2022

My Top Tips for Self-Publishing Authors in 2022

Self-publishing might be a grand undertaking for most authors, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a struggle. Though trial and error will always be part of the process, a bit of preparation goes a long way—and if you know your stuff going in, you might even enjoy the ride! On that note, if… Read more »