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Limited 2018 Carmel Writing Retreat Dates…

I'm making some changes to my schedule. To the amount of time I spend not writing books. Because it's time to scale back so I can ultimately give more. At a certain point, we all have to put our hours where our writing is. For me, it’s time to stop stealing time here...

Carmel Magazine Feature + Booking Dream Media

Imagine your dream media coverage. Your ultimate wish list. Names of outlets that give you butterflies when you dare think of being associated with them. How about The New York Times or the Los Angeles Times? What about CNN or Forbes.com? I’ve been blessed with...

Tom Hanks on the Beautiful Writers Podcast

Just posted! The one and only Mr. Tom Hanks! He’s caffeinated and ready to rock this podcast—with melodic typing accompaniment, no less. I couldn’t have chosen a better guest host than Danielle LaPorte to join me in perhaps our most enjoyable conversation yet. From...

Van Jones on the Beautiful Writers Podcast

CNN political correspondent and New York Times bestselling author Van Jones is on today’s podcast. In the Beautiful Writers' house! Just in time, too, to get our stinking thinking turned around before next month's Thanksgiving feasts (because didn’t we have enough...

Revel in Rejection. Seriously.

You may have heard me say this before: REJECTION letters—from literary agents, publishers, or gatekeepers at magazines, newspapers, and even blog sites—are a healthy part of the process of writing. Stabilizing, even. They prove you’re moving forward and thinking next...

Beautiful Writers Podcast “Best Of” Episode, Part I

Today is a celebration day at the Beautiful Writers Podcast, our first-ever "Best Of"episode! Yesterday was my birthday, and we're sneaking up on the two-year birthday of the podcast this fall. Since it’s still summertime and I’m feeling reflective and especially...

Daniell LaPorte uses Linda's book proposal template

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