5 Good Reasons to Go to a Writers Conference

I enjoyed the James River Writers Conference in Richmond last weekend, and am combing through my notes for all the good ideas I wanted to apply. There are a lot of them, but they’re all lining up after the non-fiction proposal I have to finish and send. The best part of the conference was just being around so many other people who loved to write. We could talk writing morning, noon, and night, and no one started yawning after the first sentence!

Whether you’re an established writer or just getting started, a writers conference is a great place to be. Here are five good reasons to go: (Read more…)

Lucky Freelancer 7-Week Intensive Scheduled

It's time to become who you want to be.Do you have a project you need to finish? Perhaps it’s a book proposal, a career map, a first draft, or a final chapter, or maybe you just need to get clear on where you want to go in your freelance career. I offer the 7-Week Intensive to help you get those things done.

You can read more about Lucky Freelancer Coaching and all that the 7-Week program includes by clicking on the pages in the right column. I recommend beginning with the LF Coaching page, then reading the Intensive page. Be sure to note that members of NAIWE (National Association of Independent Writers and Editors) receive a $100 discount on tuition for this event.

Registration for the spring edition of the Lucky Freelancer 7-Week Intensive will close on Monday, April 19, and calls will begin on April 20. For this session, group training calls will be scheduled on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The next session doesn’t begin until October, so if you need to make 2010 a super-productive year, join us. I think you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with someone to guide and encourage you.

Freedom is not in doing what you want to do, but in becoming what you want to be.

Ardis Whitman

Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing- A Personal View

I’ve been working on a book proposal, and as it takes shape I find myself in an unexpected quandary. It’s a good book (in my completely unbiased opinion;-)) on a popular topic, and it’s built on many years of practical experience. Although I have a publisher who specifically requested this proposal, I’m hesitating over the question of whether or not I want to go through traditional publishing channels or self-publish.*

You see, I’ve done both, and I know how to self-publish properly– doing everything that a regular publisher would do, including using my company’s own ISBN and hiring experienced specialists for editing, copyediting, indexing, cover design, proofreading and all the other details. I have access to a high-quality pool of experts in NAIWE, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, and I’m not worried about the mechanics of the process. Because I have a reasonably well-established online presence and a solid platform as a writer, speaker, coach, and director of NAIWE, I’m not worried about the marketing.

The reason I’m wavering is twofold: First, I know the vast difference in profit margin between the two methods, and second… Read more