The Book Proposal Resource Guide

Every day I meet people who want to write and publish a bestselling nonfiction book. I always encourage them. But, I know how hard it is. The market is tighter than ever before. At the end of 2009, an agent reported that she had read and responded to 38,000 queries... Read More

Write2Transform: Fierce Wonderings

In Ralph Fletcher’s marvelous book, A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You, he encourages readers to examine their fierce wonderings and bottomless questions. Today’s assignment, writers, is to make a list of everything you wonder about. What are you curious about? What are your bottomless questions? What places, things,... Read More

Are YOU a real writer?

Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day. —Norman Mailer I’ve read and shared this quote from Norman Mailer multiple times. He gives good advice: real writers work even when they don’t sleep well, the kids get sick, and the basement floods. Last week, I had... Read More

Reframe Rejection by Rochelle Melander

  This past weekend at WriteCamp 3 Milwaukee, a writer asked me what I thought was the most important trait for professional writers. I did not even need to think about my answer: persistence. Today on Online College, I read a post about famous, much-rejected authors. I already knew that... Read More