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Weekly Tips for Writing & Publishing Your Bestselling Book

Lean Into Failure May 19, 2024

I just finished an excellent book that is, in fact, hardly a book. 

It was actually a commencement address delivered by the inimitable Pema Chondron, Buddhist nun and spiritual leader....

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Let's GO! May 12, 2024

“People suck at following advice. Even the most effective people in the world are often terrible at it.” - Tim Ferris blog post, February 2024. 

He goes on:

“There are at...

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Paying Authors More Profits May 05, 2024

I was thrilled to read this Wall Street Journal article a few weeks ago, announcing a New Kid on the old Publishing Block: Author's Equity.

The publishing company will pay $0 upfront – so no...

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The Intangible Benefits of Writing a Book Apr 28, 2024

Last week, I talked about the financial and career benefits of writing a book to build your personal brand.

This week, I want to emphasize all the other reasons there are to embark on the process.

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The Business Benefits of Writing a Book Apr 21, 2024

Publishing a book is good business.

According to research from the Rain Consulting Group:

  • 95% of business owners who have published a book say that it has helped them get more leads
  • 50% say their...
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Reignite Your Love of Reading Apr 14, 2024

With the constant distractions of our devices, many of us find ourselves feeling that we don't have time to read – even if we were avid readers when we were younger.

The truth is, there are...

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A New Take on KISS: Keep It Short and Simple Apr 07, 2024

People often get intimidated at the prospect of writing a book, thinking, "Books are big. I've never written anything that long before." 

But I'll let you in on a little secret: A good book...

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AI Is Not Entirely Evil Mar 31, 2024

In last week's newsletter, I lambasted MovableType for claiming that its AI can write you an even semi-decent book in 15 minutes.

Only you can share your stories and wisdom.

And... AI also can be...

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Beware of Empty AI Promises Mar 26, 2024

I almost vomited when I got an email announcing that, with a mere prompt, click, and payment, MovableType will "compile a high-quality first draft of your book (over 35,000 words, 150+ pages) in...

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You May Have ALREADY Written Your Book Mar 25, 2024

Writing a book is a powerful way to build your brand, but the time commitment involved might feel overwhelming.

Well, I have great news for you!

You may not be as far away from holding your book in...

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Tapping Into the Power of Teamwork Mar 23, 2024

In 8th grade, my good friend Rachel and I wrote this song as we worked together on a class project:

Cooperation, it's in our blood

Cooperation, we won't stop til we're done

Cooperation, it takes...

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Leaning In to Purpose Power Mar 23, 2024

Since 2015, I've been a paid contributor to Forbes. My "swim lane," as developed by me and my editor at the time, Christina Vuleta, is "aligning your career with your life purpose."

Studies show...

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