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How to sell stuff online when you hate talking to people (adventures in introverted entrepreneurship)

I didn’t start speaking until I was ready for full sentences. I don’t like making mistakes and hate being laughed at. Like most people, when I got into art or writing, I wanted my work to be “finished” before sharing it. Even though I’ve learned to share work earlier to get feedback before committing to something, I still feel like most ... Read More »

Email marketing mastery for authors (get more subscribers, increase open rates, decrease unsubscribes, and build an army of loyal fans)

Picture it like this: you’re a poor orphan on a ship with a spoiled princess. Lightning strikes, the ship is going down. You spot another ship not far away. You have to convince the princess to trust you and jump together off the boat. YOU know this is the only way to save her, but she’s not convinced. That’s email ... Read More »

When should you give up? The difference between “hustle” and “failure”

I started this post years ago, but the topic came up again recently at a business conference in Saigon. The speaker, John Logan of Consulting Unleashed, said something like this: Why would you want to grind or hustle? Don’t force it if it’s not working. There was a lot of confusion in the room, because entrepreneurs are familiar with stories ... Read More »

Do you have what it takes to be a writer?

  There are generally two places when writers quit. The first is after their first, second or third book. They expected everything to be easy and found out that publishing is hard. They assumed their book would be successful on its own merits, despite having an unprofessional cover, blurb and website. They thought it would connect with readers even though ... Read More »

Is my writing good enough? How to tell if you have what it takes to be a writer.

If you’re thinking about becoming a writer, you might be asking yourself whether you’re “Good Enough” to go professional. The short answer is YES, because quality doesn’t matter. Let me explain: Readers read for content, not quality.  Yes, it needs to be clean and edited enough not to be distracting. I shoot for less than 1 typo in 10,000 words ... Read More »

Best writing retreats for 2017 & 2018

  2017 The Creative Writers’ Workshop Memoir Workshop Who is it for? The workshop is for those who wish to tap into their life experiences and memories, turning their life incidents into a creative memoir. Participants will receive feedback and excellent help from Book Writing Coach & Author Irene Graham. When and where? October 13-14, 2017. Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, ... Read More »

15 author website examples and critique

It’s really hard to describe how to make a great author website, so I made a video critiquing 15 real-life examples. These aren’t *perfect* author websites, but they are representative of the type of websites most authors have. If you watch the whole video, you’ll learn a lot about setting up a website for authors. However: None of it really matters ... Read More »

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