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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...

8 Ways to Spark Agent & Editor Interest in Your Book

Lately, I've had a lot of questions from my Beautiful Writers Group around how to spark an agent or publisher's interest in a manuscript. Other than writing a RIVETING page turner of a book, no matter your genre, you can guess my answer. Uh huh. Build. Your. Platform....

Is a Writing Retreat “Right” for You?

You. Your book. A writing retreat. Is this your next step? You know you need something—feedback; affirmation; advice; the TIME to write; peace and quiet for God’s sake; camaraderie, even pampering, although you’re not even sure what that would feel like these days....

Daniell LaPorte uses Linda's book proposal template

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