How I found my pitch — and how you can find yours

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I was recently in a competitive situation for an editing job. A first-time author with a book contract was seeking an editor, and someone she trusted had recommended me. She was also considering others. Strange as it may seem, this doesn’t usually happen with me. Usually, people who pick me want me. And I flubbed … Continued

The great thing about being a one-person company

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I’m working with about ten clients right now on various projects. And I’m dealing with a personal family issue that makes it challenging to work quickly or steadily, at least for a few days. Most of my clients are authors. A few are corporate folks, but they’re folks I’ve spoken with, folks I’ve worked with, … Continued

I like doctors. Let’s help them do what they do.

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Yeah. These doctors are good people, at least the ones I know. There are a lot of doctors in America. They’re in every available specialty. And I’ve interacted with a bunch of them lately, both for my family and personally. I’m sure there are doctors who don’t know what they’re doing or don’t give a … Continued

Not the day I was expecting

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I take a great deal of satisfaction in my streak. I write a substantive blog post every weekday, and have since I started this blog in March of 2015, almost five years ago. This is, of course, an insane thing to do. There is no rational reason for it. You might think the irrational reason … Continued

Last chance for authors

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I’m soooo close to 200 responses in my author survey. If you didn’t already take it and you are (or plan to be) a nonfiction author, please help. This is the last chance to do that. It’s 8 minutes. Eight. It’s here. Everyone who takes it gets a summary of survey results (see where you … Continued

My debut as a horror writer

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Tomorrow you will get to read my first ever horror story — and it’s a paid gig. Here’s how that happened and why it probably was inevitable. My ghostwriting agency, Gotham Ghostwriters, regularly sends out emails with specific ghostwriting needs. I’m very selective about which ones I pitch, because my value is in writing tech-focused … Continued

On quitting

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I. Hate. To. Quit. But I’ve tried to get good at it. I’ve quit a lot of things in 60 years on this planet. I quit graduate school. I quit a marriage. I quit as CEO of a nonprofit and as founder and leader of a huge user group. I quit four jobs and one … Continued