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  • Quotes from “How to Write One Song” by Jeff Tweedy
    I’m not a songwriter—at least not yet—but an accomplished songwriter recommended Tweedy’s book to me. His words of encouragement and practical insight are helpful for all writers. Here’s a sampling: “Maybe it’s a cliché, but you have to focus on verbs over nouns—what you want to do, not what you want to be.” “At the core … Read more
  • The book every overwhelmed creative needs: Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte
    I fell down the rabbit hole of YouTube videos about Notion. In fact, the website you’re reading this on is created in Notion and hosted by—that’s how far down the hole I fell. YouTube’s algorithm eventually led me to watch Ali Abdaal’s “How to Organise Your Life – Building a Second Brain,” which eventually led … Read more
  • The brutal truth about earning out
    “Seventy percent of authors don’t earn out.” That’s publishing guru Jane Friedman during her excellent and information-laden workshop, “How to Get Your Book Traditionally Published” at DFWCon 2017. What does earning out mean? When an author signs a book deal with a publisher, the publisher pays the author in the form of an advance on future … Read more
  • 5 reasons I self-published
    A popular question for self-publishers is, “Why did you choose self-publishing over traditional publishing?” While an average reader may assume that most self-publishers chose that route because they simply couldn’t get a traditional book deal, this can be far from the truth. There are a number of reasons why a writer might choose to self-publish. Here … Read more