• Side Gigs,  Teaching and Coachig,  working from home,  writing

    Five Reasons To Write a Non-Fiction Book

    Have you been thinking about writing a book? Publishing used to be for the select few but with self publishing platforms like Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and let’s no forget Smashwords, there’s never been a better or easier time to pen a non-fiction book. If I haven’t convinced you, then here are my top five reasons why you should get started today- Shows You As An Expert People listen to and buy from people who they consider experts. I’m not just talking about people with advanced degrees in topics, but anyone who has knowledge and the expertise they feel can help them solve a problem. It could be their home or…

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  • Friday Ramblings

    Friday Ramblings-Last One of August

    This whole year seems to be flying by and summer, while it’s not quite over yet, but fall isn’t that far away. Many of you know, I’ve been teaching an online three month writing retreat and seems like it was just yesterday that we got started and it ends on Monday. Speaking of which, I know some of you are aspiring writers, and lots of you have books that you want to promote so I thought I’d mention the two classes I’m teaching beginning on September 8th. First one is a regular class about crafting a short story. The other is my boot camp about promoting your book. This will…

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  • Business Talk,  Teaching and Coachig

    Finding the Right Coach

    Coaches…these days, it seems like everyone has either a coach or is a coach. Some people even fit into both categories. When I started writing, I always thought wouldn’t it be great to have someone show me how it’s done. I never found that person and it was one of the reasons I decided to coach aspiring writers. Just about every profession has a coach, writing, art, business, and yes, the life coach. They’re popping up everywhere and you might even be thinking about hiring one. Here are some of my tips for finding the perfect match for your needs- What’s Their Background? I’m seeing more people hang out their…

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  • Friday Ramblings

    Friday Ramblings-Self Publishing Entrepreneurs

    It’s spring but yesterday we had snow…big change from the 70 degree temps earlier in the week. How is everyone doing? I hope you’re well and doing something fun besides working. Taking time off is something I’ve always found hard to do. I’ve told myself that this weekend I’m going to do some artwork. My self publishing class began on Monday and I’m seeing more people want to go that route. (More people have told me now they have the time, they’re finally writing a book). Five years ago I launched a site dedicated to self publishing because I knew it was going to be the new big thing. I…

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  • Business Talk

    Content Might Be King but…

    They say that content is king but I also think knowing when to reach out for help is also equally regal. Launching a business, stepping into the unknown is scary but you don’t have to do it alone. Here are some ways you can access help and be on your way to success- Mentors My mentor was my former boss who sadly passed away about 12 years ago. She took a chance on me, the girl who had no experience working in public relations. My degree wasn’t even in an area that even closely resembled the field of communications. She trusted I could do the job and slowly became my…

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  • Teaching and Coachig

    Making Money by Sharing Your Skills

    Teaching, coaching, tutoring, so many names for the ways you share your skill with others. One thing they all have in common is it’s a great way to make some extra money or even turn it into your full time business. I turned to tutoring during the Great Recession when more freelance assignments were far and few between, and more work was getting outsourced. I enjoyed it so much that I actually started to drop some of my freelance writing gigs and switched more to teaching others how to write. I began teaching classes through some of the chapters of the Romance Writers of America. About four years ago, I…

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