What Should I Wear to a Conference

If you have been following my posts on this blog, you may be aware that this topic was prompted by a question asked on last week’s blog. One of our faithful readers wanted to know what to wear to a major conference. I didn’t intend to devote a complete post …

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Tools from the Front Lines: Emotional Memory

You’ve heard it over and over: Show, don’t tell. And that’s appropriate whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction. When you communicate emotions in your writing, when those emotions are vital to your scene or message, it’s more powerful to show them. Now, I’m not going to tackle the pros and …

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It’s a Flat World After All

As a preface to this post, let it be known that I really enjoy hitting my thumb with a hammer, pushing forks into electric toasters and tripping over things in my bare feet in the dark. It is that very masochistic tendency that prompted me to write this blog. _____ …

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I Was Wrong

“I was wrong.” Three words that are really hard to say…especially in public. In the business community and the marketplace it takes courage to admit mistakes. A Famous “Oops” One of the most famous business mistakes came when Coca-Cola tried to retire the “old Coke” and release a “new Coke” …

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Conference Travel Mishaps

Last week, I listed a few things that can go wrong when you travel to a conference. Today, I’ll offer a few ideas that might help overcome these mishaps. Getting there 1.) The car taking me to the airport doesn’t show up. This has never happened to me, but I …

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Tools from the Front Lines: Quotations on Writing

Okay, admit it, you love to read quotes about writing or writers. Especially if they’re from other writers. So do I. In fact, I keep a growing list of quotations that inspire me, or make me laugh, or make me think. And on those days when I’m struggling, or when …

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The Lincoln Lessons

I couldn’t let this day pass without mentioning Abraham Lincoln. It was 150 years ago today that the U.S. President was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth while attending a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. He died the next morning on April …

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How Do You Know What Will (or Will Not) Sell?

There is a mysterious magic embedded in the mythos of the publishing industry…the ability to pick successful books. I was recently asked “You say ‘no’ so often, how do you know when to say ‘yes?’” I wish I could claim that every agent and publisher have a secret formula that we consult …

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