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What to Put in a Writer Portfolio

Every writer needs a good writer portfolio. But what do you put in a writer portfolio to ensure you attract the right readers and clients? Here's my take after almost two decades as a professional....

Book and Screen: How Thinking of Your Writing as Film Can Improve Your Draft

Lord of the Rings. Matilda. The Wizard of Oz. Bridgerton. They're all works that started out as books but moved to the screen. It might be debatable whether the movies/series are better than the novels....

A Smart Alternative to Using Word-of-the-Day Tools

Word-of-the-day options can be FANTASTIC. But if you want to make sure you learn new words YOUR audience uses and understands, here's an alternative. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unZ97Wht8vM Watch/Subscribe:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unZ97Wht8vM The idea here isn't that word-of-the-day options are bad....

The Problem with Low-Content Books

You might have noticed that people have figured it out. If you publish a super short book or a book that has almost no words, you still can put it up for sale on sites...
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The Value of a Reading Nook

Caught these two boys finding a perfect spot to read at my library's book sale. I love that they just flopped on the floor with books. Made me remember the reading nook I had in...

Why You Should Be Proud of Old, Bad Drafts

Have old, bad drafts that make you wince when you look at them? In this video, I explain why those can serve as a point of pride. https://youtu.be/IeRzcb_T_b4 Watch/Subscribe:https://youtu.be/IeRzcb_T_b4 The other side of this idea,...

Why Writers Need to Learn Basic Visual Design

Maybe you've noticed them. These *little* social media platforms called Instagram and Pinterest. Both depend on visual design to get people to click and dive deeper into posts. Even platforms that aren't based around visual...

How to Succeed on Social Media as a Writer

If you're a writer who wants to use social media to pump up your readership, this video offers general guidance on how to get the most out of your accounts and content. https://youtu.be/XXr3yx5v5gU Watch/Subscribe:https://youtu.be/XXr3yx5v5gU For...

Why You Shouldn’t Judge Writers Who Make Mistakes

A couple of weeks ago, I had an editor I'm connected with online leave a comment on one of my posts. I'd made a spelling mistake in my very first line, and it had distracted...

How to Prioritize Multiple Writing Drafts

If you've got multiple drafts going at once, which one deserves your top focus? This video reveals how I prioritize from among different options. https://youtu.be/1eeRsOckbgo Watch/Subscribe:https://youtu.be/1eeRsOckbgo Over the years, I've tried to be logical about...