The Four Ps of Public Speaking


Speak in public? Most people shake in their boots at the very thought. Yet, as a writer, chances are you will find yourself in front of an audience sooner or later. The ability to speak confidently and comfortably to a group will help you communicate your knowledge in an engaging style, enhance your credibility, and build self-confidence. Public speaking is a learnable … [Read more...]

Why PowerPoint Doesn’t Suck, After All

Speakers love to criticize PowerPoint. I was one of them. I’m not any longer. When speakers slam PowerPoint, they say things like: “You shouldn’t read your presentation.” “If they can read your presentation, then what extra value do you bring?” “PowerPoint takes the attention from the speaker – and you’re the reason they are there.” “John Kennedy didn’t need … [Read more...]

How To Publish Your Blog to Amazon’s Kindle – Step-By-Step Instructions


Publishing to Kindle has always been a great way to build royalty income and a fan base.   But one very smart play is to publish content to Kindle that already exists or is being published elsewhere. Alas, Amazon has a solution for this too.   Fact is, now bloggers of all genres can publish their blogs to the Kindle device. Plus, bloggers stand to make 35% royalty of either … [Read more...]

Important Writing Skill: Focus on One Task at a Time


One of your most important writing skills is the ability to focus on a single task at a time. It is something of a cliché to say that writers are scatter-brained. But for many of us, much of the time, it's true. As we sit alone at our desks we often find it hard to keep our minds focused on one task at a time. Instead, our minds wander. We may be working on one … [Read more...]

How to Find an Endless Supply of Best-selling Ideas for Your Nonfiction Book Title


Feel stumped when it’s time to create your book title? There’s no need to stare helplessly at a blank page or blank screen. Instead, jump-start your creation of a title by looking at successful books on today’s best-seller lists and using the patterns you can identify in those titles to spark your own ideas, tailored for your own book’s content and focus. For example, … [Read more...]

Four Ways to Bring Settings to Life


The devil, it's said, is in the details. So, too, is much of the work of a writer. Too little detail leaves your characters wandering through the narrative equivalent of an empty stage. Too much, and you end up with great blocks of description that tempt the reader to skip and skim, looking for the action. To set your stage, it's important to choose the most appropriate, … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Work Well With a Book Writing Coach

Let’s start with a little scenario. You have what you consider to be a great idea for a nonfiction book. Your head is spinning with ideas, and you can hardly wait to get started. Perhaps you have made a list of the main points you want to cover or even begun to write. At first, the words just seem to flow onto the computer screen. You feel like a real author … until the moment … [Read more...]

From Author to Book Reviewer

Book reviews are essential for getting books noticed, and people who love books often decide to write book reviews, either as professionals or just by posting their opinions online. Getting started as a book reviewer is not difficult, although a few guidelines should be followed. So you want to be a book reviewer. You love to read books and you think you can make some extra … [Read more...]

Seven Deadly Sins of Fiction Writing


In addition to the five fatal mistakes cited here, several editors had their own pet peeves to share. Here are seven other problems that can speed your story to the rejection pile: Preachiness. "Stories that present an obvious moral, without nuances, subtlety, or complexity, are the first to hit the [reject] pile," says Skylar Burris of Ancient Paths. Cliches. "I did, … [Read more...]

Becoming a TED/TEDx Talk Presenter: Tips for Authors and Experts

One of our long-term clients is a highly successful business professional and author. She was the COO of a Fortune 200 company and now sits on the boards of several organizations including one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies. Over the course of her book publicity campaign with us, we’ve secured a number of high profile media placements across national … [Read more...]