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I'm a freelance writer and book editor represented by Andy Ross of the Andy Ross Literary Agency. You can read an excerpt of my memoir, Paris On Less Than $10,000 A Day, and visit my website for more info about me.

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What Are You Afraid Of? 4 Ways to Overcome Your Fears and Follow Your Dreams

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I’ve been thinking about fear lately. When I attended the BlogHer ’13 conference in Chicago, Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook and author of Lean In) urged us to “Write down what you are afraid of, then go do it.” I thought about what I wanted [...]

Is Social Media a Waste of Time for Writers?

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In response an article in Creative Nonfiction titled “Platforms” Are Overrated, SheWrites Press publisher Brooke Warner wrote a great post titled Your Author Platform is Not Your Social Media Following. The quick summary of Brooke’s post is that social media is just one piece of the [...]

Four Book Marketing Tips

Last month I posted an interview with SheBooks co-founder Laura Fraser. This month I want to discuss a few things about what I learned by publishing my first book, Runway, and what I plan to do differently next time.

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1. Are you blogging to the wrong audience?

What is [...]

Six Ways to Build Your Author Platform

Tuesday night, I had the privilege of attending Sin and Syntax author Constance Hale’s class The Book Biz from A to Z at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. One of the topics that arose was platform.

Today, every agent and editor wants to know that you have a platform before representing/buying your book. But [...]

7 Things I Take to Writers’ Conferences

First up, a few announcements:

I have room for a couple more students in my Blogging for Beginners class, which starts August 7 and runs for four Wednesdays at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Email me if you’d like to enroll!

Anyone who has followed this blog for a while knows that my posts [...]

How to Convert Your Followers into 1000 True Fans

If you’ve been reading blogs for a while, you have probably come across the term “1000 true fans.” Kevin Kelly first wrote about this idea on his blog Technium. The number 1000 is an estimate, of course, but the rationale goes that all you need to succeed in your field are 1000 true fans, [...]

Tips for Making Video Blog Posts

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! This week, I’m switching things around a bit and posting my YouTube video today and my regularly scheduled blog post on Thursday. Here are a few tips to help you make your own video blog posts, including links to all my equipment. (To be sure you [...]

Should All Authors Blog?

This week, I’m introducing a series of YouTube videos that I am creating to give readers who don’t have a lot of time to read long blog posts quick access to information about writing, editing, publishing, and social media. To be sure you don’t miss any, click on the red “Subscribe to my videos on [...]

How to Avoid Becoming a Self-Publishing Failure

An essay that ran in Salon two weeks ago titled “I’m a self-publishing failure” recounts how one writer, John Winters, spent countless hours and dollars promoting his book online only to sell a handful of copies. Where did John go wrong? How can you avoid becoming a self-publishing failure?

1. First of all, start [...]

1020 Words About How Writers Can Use YouTube

Today I’d like to welcome Dane Golden of Hey.com, who is here to talk about how writers can use YouTube to build their author platforms.

If you’re a writer, how should you use YouTube?

Well, I believe YouTube is best thought of as social video, a conversation between you, the writer, and [...]