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Cover Reveal! + My Big Realization

Cover Reveal! + My Big Realization

The goosebump moment every writer hopes for—LOVING their new book cover. After countless hours—maybe years, possibly even decades spent writing and editing your manuscript—you hold your breath as you open that email, praying to all that is holy that the JPEG face your...

Book Deal News! + Other Goosebumpy Tidings …

Book Deal News! + Other Goosebumpy Tidings …

Dreams come true, my friend. Hold onto yours TIGHTLY. I’m so happy to share this week's announcement of my Beautiful Writers book deal in Publishers Marketplace (and in Publishers Weekly, shortly). This was lonnnnng in the making. I could have given up or thought it...

Made this for ya. Free Audio of My Best Writing & Selling Tips

Made this for ya. Free Audio of My Best Writing & Selling Tips

GREAT NEWS! There are easy ways to ensure literary agents & publishers LOVE your work. I’ve had the best time recording my top strategies for you here, ready for you to download now. This is one of my favorite things I've EVER made! In finding myself giving this...

The G Spot

The G Spot

I hope you’re having a lovely day wherever you are, and finding time to read something glorious. Or, even better, WRITE something glorious! You are writing, right? I’m back in the writing saddle myself these days with a July book deadline. It’s been heavenly sitting...

Want a STELLAR 2021?

Want a STELLAR 2021?

You've probably heard me say that I don't make a significant move without consulting the stars via my little sis, Carol Allen, one of the top Vedic astrologers (& love coaches!) in the country. Her predictions are so spot on that I've learned over the decades to...

Liz Gilbert & Marie Forleo: Behind the Bestsellers

Liz Gilbert & Marie Forleo: Behind the Bestsellers

"I'm glad I'm not competitive," Elizabeth Gilbert said when listing her dear friend Marie Forleo's assets and calling her a "quintuple threat" before adding how incredibly loyal, decent, and giant-hearted she is. It's with that kind of feel-good sisterhood that we...

Publish or Perish: Ready to Launch Your Writing? My Top Secrets to Landing the Deal

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  • THE #1 secret I’ve ever found for taking writing from good to unignorable—fast!
  • The top 3 little-known mistakes I see most new writers make, preventing them from landing that coveted book contract.
  • How to script your Book Proposal’s success so that you land your dream agent and dreamier book deal

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I'm excited to share the goosebump moment every writer hopes for—LOVING their new book cover. After countless hours—maybe years, possibly even decades spent writing and editing your manuscript—you hold your breath as you open that email, praying to all that is holy that the JPEG face your publisher has created for your book baby has the right look and feel.Introducing the final Beautiful Writers cover (pub date, summer 2022). I couldn’t love her more. I think my publisher, BenBella Books, got it right, and I hope you agree.You never know how you’re going to feel about your cover. Putting a visual on all those many words, encapsulating the essence of what’s inside—your book’s personality in a single image—that’s a big job with high stakes. We all know not to judge a book by its cover, but can we help ourselves?I’ve received covers I adored and others I hated. And I’ve never been more blown away by a publisher’s artistry. I shouldn’t have been surprised—in our interactions with BenBella, my agent and I have been consistently awed by their skill, organization, and enthusiasm. But cover art can be a scary thing.Sometimes publishers get it right. Very right, right away. Sometimes it takes many iterations. And in other instances, yuck. An author rarely has the final say on their cover from a contractual standpoint, and some authors aren’t even consulted. (Fortunately, most publishers are very good at what they do—and even “ugly” covers have hit the lists, so it’s a crapshoot.)My first house sent me something like 25+ cover samples for #LivesCharmed, none of which felt right. It got to the point where I’d call my editor laughing, and he’d join me. “I know. I know,” he’d say. To read the rest of the story (and my big realization), go to today’s #bookmama blog: https://bit.ly/3C0XoJB#beautifulwritersbook ... See MoreSee Less
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Wrote something that surprised me. The writer is the last to know.

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