Happy National Good Neighbor Day!

National Good Neighbor Day celebrates the importance of having and being a good neighbor.

Do you ever ask a neighbor to feed your dog, cat, or hamster while you’re on vacation? Maybe you trade helping each other out this way? My neighbor fed and watered my dog, two donkeys, 12 sheep (including two lambs), and a dozen chickens while I was out of town for almost four weeks this summer. She’s done this for my family for a decade. We take care of her dogs and longhorn cattle while she’s out of town, too. Win-Win!

Can you top the donkey-sheep-chicken-sitting neighbor story? Take a moment this weekend to... Read More

Happy National Pecan Cookie Day

Across the United States people are asking each other: “Are you a Pe-Can or a Pe-Can’t!” Well, maybe it’s just a Texas thing when I get with my northern family members who say pee-can to my pee-con! Anyway, let’s celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day, no matter how you pronounce it!

There are many cookie and cake recipes made better because of the pecan: chocolate chip, oatmeal, brownies, banana nut bread, and more. What’s your favorite way to eat a pecan?

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Pecans are unassuming and delicious to eat straight out of the shell... Read More

National Online Learning Day

National Online Learning Day celebrates how we don’t have to leave our homes or offices, deal with airport or traffic delays, or get all dressed up to go to a conference to learn.

Online classes are growing. As a matter of fact, I have two online classes with more coming soon: 4-week self-paced book writing success formula course and a 12-week hands-on interactive group coaching program to teach how to write a powerful and profitable book. With these courses people all over the world in any time zone can achieve success – in their PJs with a midnight snack if they want!

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Happy National Swap Ideas Day

National Swap Ideas Day encourages sharing creative or helpful ideas with others and having them share ideas in return. Please share an idea for personal or professional use. I know some of you are organizers, photographers and videographers. Others are full-time moms with busy houses to run and the future to raise. Still others are entrepreneurs building businesses. Let’s share helpful hints that you use to make your life work better, faster, cleaner!

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Thanks to technology, swapping ideas today doesn’t have to be done on a one-on-one, face-to-face basis, it can be done online, at... Read More

Happy September Birthday Authors!

I love to read and celebrate writing, so I’ve learned about some of my favorite authors. This month we celebrate the birthdays and accomplishments of Roald Dahl, Agatha Christie, and Stephen King. What a mix, right? It may be that September birthdays may be all they have in common? Or not? What do you know and like about these authors? What have you read that was written by any of them that you would recommend?

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Most people recognize this author’s books-turned-movies, but haven’t read the books. Sad because the books are much better when compared to the movies. No doubt you’ve seen... Read More

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day dates back to a time when we celebrated the labor movement and achievements of American workers who are the backbone and success of our free trade capitalist economic structure. Labor Day started in 1882 in New York City by a Labor Union. It became a federal holiday in 1894, but before that it was considered a “strike day” for the unions to get members an extra day off of work.

The laborers at that time were working an average of 70 hours per week, seven days a week. Work conditions were horrible, unhealthy, and unsafe in most factories; that is why and how unions formed. Our Labor Day National... Read More

Assessing what to do differently in 2018 to grow business

As 2017 winds down and 2018 is about to begin, it’s normal to assess what to do differently in the new year. This post is focused on a tool to grow your business in 2018: Your Book. Business owners should be assessing: Did I do the amount of business I wanted to do this year? Rarely is the answer to this question, “Yes.” Most business owners come to the answer, “No” because either they didn’t do as well as they’d like or they did well, but aren’t willing to settle for that’s all there is. Therefore, the question is: What to do differently to get better results, which means increasing the number of clients and generating greater income.
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What’s the difference between writing nonfiction and fiction?

What’s the difference between writing nonfiction and fiction? We all know nonfiction is true and fiction is imaginary. Most people can readily spout off all sorts of other ways nonfiction and fiction writing are different, but how are they the same? If the writer has the ultimate goal of writing a sellable book, there are lessons to be learned and applied from each side of the book shelf.

For instance, all the best stories have a captivating beginning to draw the reader in, a solid middle that comes to a climax or peak, and a satisfying wrap-up to end the book. That’s right, even if writing a nonfiction book... Read More

How to “Write your book in a day”

“Let’s write a book in a day!” Got your attention? That’s the point. The statement draws clients in with promises of instant success, while the promiser makes money and up sells more services. This business strategy plays out every day on social media advertisements for webinars and workshops promising to help write a book in a day, or a weekend.

“Wow! Sign me up!” I’ve written a thousand magazine articles and each one took longer than that. I’ve written and coached writing for dozens of full length books. It took more time than a weekend to do market research or outline the chapters, much less create a top-quality... Read More

Do I need to write a book proposal?

Yes! Every nonfiction author should write a book proposal. Many people might say a book proposal is only for submitting a manuscript to an agent or mainstream publisher. For nonfiction authors, a book proposal serves the same purpose as a business plan. It provides a direction for the road to success. I’ll argue the information that goes into a book proposal is a valuable exercise for a writer to undertake for gathering market research, creating an organized, detailed book outline, and compiling an author bio with unique qualifications. 

As noted, book proposals are used to sell nonfiction books to agents and publishers prior to writing the entire book. If... Read More

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