without bullshit https://withoutbullshit.com Tue, 14 Jul 2020 19:42:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 How to plan and write a useful memoir https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-plan-and-write-a-useful-memoir https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-plan-and-write-a-useful-memoir#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2020 19:42:27 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10429 Have you had an interesting life? Could others benefit from your experiences? Then you might write a memoir. But how should you structure it? Let’s look at two ways to structure a memoir filled with valuable lessons. I’m working with several authors on memoirs right now, and I developed these approaches to help them. One … Continued

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“Hide” and “ignore” are poor COVID-19 strategies. Let’s invest instead. https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/hide-and-ignore-are-poor-covid-19-strategies-lets-think-invest-instead https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/hide-and-ignore-are-poor-covid-19-strategies-lets-think-invest-instead#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:15:10 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10425 I am frustrated with our national leaders who seem more interested in blaming each other than solving the coronavirus problem. It’s time to consider actual solutions and invest in them. Start with this: the virus is not going away. It’s now expanding exponentially in Arizona, Texas, Florida, and southern California; ICU beds are filling up. … Continued

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“Will you be my coauthor?” and other questions about collaborating on books https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/will-you-be-my-coauthor-and-other-questions-about-collaborating-on-books https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/will-you-be-my-coauthor-and-other-questions-about-collaborating-on-books#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:50:48 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10416 A friend and fellow author recently asked me to be his coauthor on a topic close to his heart. I said no. Quickly. It has nothing to do with him. It has to do with the nature of coauthoring. What a coauthor is, and why I won’t be yours I’ve coauthored three books. Here’s the … Continued

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Do you get paid a bounty for referrals? Do you disclose it? https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/do-you-get-paid-a-bounty-for-referrals-do-you-disclose-it https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/do-you-get-paid-a-bounty-for-referrals-do-you-disclose-it#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:12:52 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10411 I may tell you to work with another professional for a service I don’t offer. Sometimes I get paid a bounty for this. Here’s why I always disclose those payments. When an author comes to me, sometimes I can help them, sometime I can’t. They might need a different kind of editor, an illustrator, a … Continued

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Vague hand-wringing on cancel culture from J.K. Rowling and friends https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/vague-hand-wringing-on-cancel-culture-from-j-k-rowling-and-friends https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/vague-hand-wringing-on-cancel-culture-from-j-k-rowling-and-friends#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:01:48 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10407 Is it time to back away from “cancel culture,” which calls for demonizing the voices of those whom others deem to be transgressors? This is an important question. Now 150 writers and other figures have published a letter addressing it in Harper’s — and done a terrible job of it. Analyzing the Harper’s letter The … Continued

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The battle of the shifting base: why only zombies can have a tenfold decrease in mortality https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-battle-of-the-shifting-base-why-only-zombies-can-have-a-tenfold-decrease-in-mortality https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-battle-of-the-shifting-base-why-only-zombies-can-have-a-tenfold-decrease-in-mortality#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:34:17 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10403 Beware percentages of increase and decrease. They don’t behave in an intuitive way — because of the “battle of the shifting base.” According to a tweet by our president, we’ve had “A Tenfold Decrease In Mortality” from COVID-19. While there’s a lot wrong with this tweet — here’s a fact check on why the statement … Continued

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What leaders do https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-leaders-do https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-leaders-do#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:36:21 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10399 I’ve had the privilege of working for some amazing leaders — and having helped elect a few, too. Here are some personal observations about what leaders do. The best leader I ever worked for was George Colony, the founder and CEO of Forrester Research, where I worked for 20 years. He wasn’t perfect and I … Continued

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What to do when your book agent ghosts, rejects, or dumps you https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-to-do-when-your-book-agent-ghosts-rejects-or-dumps-you https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-to-do-when-your-book-agent-ghosts-rejects-or-dumps-you#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:53:03 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10394 You finally got a literary agent to engage about your book proposal. Now they’re no longer getting back to you and things are stalled. How can you move forward? The first thing you need to accept is that, as friendly as agents may seem, they are transactional by nature, because they only get paid if … Continued

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Facebook pollutes discourse. Nick Clegg bloviating can’t change that. https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/facebook-pollutes-discourse-nick-clegg-bloviating-cant-change-that https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/facebook-pollutes-discourse-nick-clegg-bloviating-cant-change-that#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:21:35 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10390 Facebook’s advertisers are bolting — check out the activity on the #StopHateForProfit hashtag. The company’s VP of Communications, Nick Clegg, says Facebook is doing a good job stopping hate and doesn’t profit from it. Is his defense believable? I wrote about this on Monday and published an op-ed in the Boston Globe about it today. … Continued

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Doing well by doing good https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/doing-well-by-doing-good https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/doing-well-by-doing-good#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:56:17 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10385 I’m on track for a very good year in a very bad year. How did I get here? By helping people that need help — and saying “yes” as much as possible. This is a terrible year for many of us. Some of our friends are sick, and many of us have lost our jobs. … Continued

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