Every well-known author has a “brand”. Think of Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, John Green. When you see their names and their books, you get a sense of what’s important to them and how they see the world.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”–Aristotle
What personal habits are keeping us (writers) from reaching our writing goals? Cluttered workspace? Unclear goals? Perfectionism? Taking on too many projects at one time? Disorganization? Lack of discipline?
Many of us have taken time management classes in an attempt to get more out of our days. However, sometime we don’t realize that writing and managing a writing career takes different types of time: actual writing time, time spent marketing, time spent communicating with clients (editors and others), time
We all know about survival guides. There are guides to surviving in the wilderness. (I’d rather not, thank you.) There are guides to surviving parenthood, divorce, the death of a loved one, job loss, and just about every other conceivable situation.
Writers need feedback. Unfortunately, feedback can be hard to come by. What to do?
Your first reader should, of course, be yourself. After you’ve read through the manuscript and revised to the best of your ability, find several other readers to offer critiques. These first readers are often referred to
Writing coach Teresa Funke shares her best tips on dealing with the hardest aspect of being a writer, getting rejections. Download Teresa’s Submissions Tracking Chart to track your rejections and acceptances.
Getting feedback, whether it’s from a writer’s group or a professional editor, is a crucial step in your journey to becoming a published author. In this video, Teresa tells you what to look for in a critique, how to handle constructive criticism, and how to work with an editor at a publishing house.
Successful authors have done one single, simple thing that has helped them vault to success. In this video, Jon tells you exactly what it is!
Jon's here with some tips on how to view the world in a way that will make you a better and more successful writer.
Jon checks in with some ideas about how to bypass a huge pothole that often engulfs writing careers.
Getting honest feedback for your writing is absolutely vital — but necessarily a whole lot of fun if you don't have a thick skin. Jon's here with some thoughts on how to get unbiased input, and how to deal with criticism in a positive way
Having trouble getting motivated? Stuck for new ideas? Feeling uninspired? We've got the solution!
Unlock Your Creativity is filled with practical advice that will get your creative engine humming. And we want you to have it — absolutely free!
You’ve finished the first draft of your novel. Congratulations! Completing that all-important first draft is truly an accomplishment. But at the same time, it’s only the beginning, because taking a manuscript from good to great requires countless hours of revision. But before you dive in, you need some honest, objective
No doubt about it; writers have it hard. We work like a mule to craft a wonderful book, send it out, then wait to hear back from the editor. We may start to feel persecuted because so many things in this crazy industry are out of
Let's continue our series of quick videos about developing a success-oriented mindset with a chat about the way successful writers approach their careers. The key: avoiding the "all or nothing" syndrome.
In this video, Jon explains why knowing the difference between being a writer and an author is vital – and which label newcomers should embrace.