welcome friends!

If you’re new here, I blog about twice a month on writing, editing, publishing, and mindset. I like to say it’s 50% teaching, 50% encouraging, and 100% free coaching advice.

I occasionally host webinars on topics related to writing, editing, and publishing.

My goal in all of it is to help you tell your story, whether through ghostwriting, coaching, digital products, or the free resources you can find on my blog or resource page (also, below). I believe we all have a story to tell.

Whether you’re planning to write a memoir for your family, a how-to or self-help based on your experience, or a book to promote your business, you’re in the right place.

You can head directly to my blog by clicking HERE, or look through my recommended resources below.

On Creativity & Inspiration

An insightful book on the things that hold us back from being creative, or from showing up when we've committed to a created work.

Simon Sinek argues that "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it." A great read on finding your "Why" and using it to inspire others.

Elizabeth Gilbert argues that creativity is our "birthright as a human being." A delightful reminder that creativity isn't exclusively found among artists and writers. We can all experience the magic.

On Writing

On Writing Well covers the fundamentals of good writing with lots of examples.

A must read for anyone who wants to write memoir. It's filled with practical advice and includes a Required Reading List at the end.

Straightforward and thoughtful with plenty of tips and exercises to get your started in writing memoir.

The Byline Bible shows you how to craft and sell essays, op-eds, humor pieces to major publications. It's filled with published essays from her students.

Lee Gutkind is considered the godfather of creative nonfiction. He mostly discusses essays here, but provides many examples of what it takes to write good creative nonfiction.

On the Writing life

This book is on every writer's list for a reason. Hilarious and encouraging—it's the truth about writing.

Through a series of short essays Dillard poetically describes the writing life for better or for worse.

A delightful read on his life as writer along with some practical advice for aspiring authors.

On Editing

If you want to learn how to edit or more about the drafting process, read this. While it's targeted toward fiction and memoir authors, the exercises and how-to will help nonfiction writers as well.

The Elements of Style covers everything from the basics of writing (proper punctuation and structure) to writing styles. The book is organized is such a way as to be easily referenced and is filled with nuggets for writers at every skill level.

Susan Bell guides you through the how-to's of editing your own work. I highly recommend it.

On Publishing

Writing a book is more like starting a business than you might think. Having an Author Business Plan is important. This book is simple and straightforward and will help you think through the things you didn't know to think about. I highly recommend this book to all authors.

Courtney Maum does an excellent job of laying out what it's really like to get a book deal: the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you're considering publishing traditionally, this is a must read.

If you're interested in traditionally publishing a nonfiction book, you will need a book proposal. This is an excellent guide to get you started. Work through this BEFORE you write your book.

In The Book Bible, author Susan Shapiro talks you through how to sell your manuscript and get published. She does a great job showing how much patience and flexibility is needed to survive in the publishing industry. You'll learn a lot.

On Productivity

My absolute favorite planner! This 90-day calendar is designed to help you achieve your goals. I could go on and on. I've been using it for years and it has helped me reach my goals.

To every writer/author who thought they weren't good enough. Psychologist Angela Duckworth proves that it is passion + perseverance, and not talent + luck that leads to achievement. Engaging and inspiring.

Let's be real—books cost in time and money. Getting your finances in order will give you the freedom to pursue your dreams and still take care of your family.

If you want to achieve your goals, you'll need to change your habits. I find myself coming back to the truths in this book over and over again. 


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