How to Know When You're Ready to Query Literary Agents & Editors

Maybe you've written a few chapters and they're fantastic. Or you have this great idea for a nonfiction book, and you want a deal in hand as soon as possible because you've got a conference talk lined up in a few months. Slow down, take a deep breath, and let's talk about this. How do you know when you're ready to query? ...more
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Find Your Passion with February's BlogHer Writing Lab

So what is the BlogHer Writing Lab theme this month? ...more

BlogHer Writing Lab February 2016 Prompts

The theme for February's Writing Lab is PASSION. If you're participating in the Writing Lab in February -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more

5 Tools That Will Force You to Write That Blog Post

This is how many of my blogging sessions go. I sit down with the intention to write a post responding to an article I read in the Atlantic. But first, I should probably check the bulletin boards I frequent to see if there are any new postings since 10 minutes ago. ...more
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4 Ways the BlogHer Writing Lab Can Help You Balance Your Life

Sometimes it can be difficult to fit blogging into an already packed schedule. When you're short on time, it can be hard to think up blog post ideas or gather images or schedule social media promotion. ...more

5 Book Challenges to Kick Off 2016

Reading challenges are a great way to find new books, reach goals, and remind yourself to... well... read. It's too easy to surf blogs and play games on your phone in the evening rather than picking up a good book. Joining a reading challege will not only remind you how enjoyable it is to curl up with a good book while it's cold outside, it will give you plenty of blog fodder. As you read, keep a notebook of post ideas that the book triggers or write a review of the book when you're done. You can always set your own personal challege, but it's fun to read with a group. So peruse the list below and jump into a reading challege to kick off 2016. ...more
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January's Writing Lab Helps You Achieve Balance

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BlogHer Writing Lab January 2016 Prompts

The theme for January's BlogHer Writing Lab is BALANCE. Here are some prompts to get you going if you're participating in the BlogHer Writing Lab in January. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
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Use Facebook to Say You're Sorry

"I don't know if you remember me, but chalk this up to the strangest email you will receive today..." I began. A few years ago, I went on Facebook and found a boy I yelled at back in high school and wrote him an apology note. ...more
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5 Great Tools for Curating Blog Content

Information on the Internet moves so quickly that it's easy for your list of links to share and posts to read to look like the bottom of your purse: a place that your hand scrapes and quickly retracts from as it feels the mess. ...more
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