How best celebrate Gathered writer tribe genius, Emerge inspired, changed? Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, short form or long, a writer’s conference is an opportunity for so many personal wins: pitch a book and secure representation; meet a favorite author; befriend other writers; visit an unfamiliar city and savor focus on nothing but your… Continue reading Writer Conference Winner
View story at Medium.com Fear’s trusty whispers Suggest useless evasions Of work’s hard truths and joy I learned the lesson well: Focus on that one big thing that you want to accomplish. In one company that I worked for, there was a name for it: The Big Idea. All of us smart, eager, marketing types… Continue reading Counterbalance for Achievers
It was the 1980s. New York. Marketing department in a huge, powerful corporation. Our boss was a confused — and confusing person. She claimed credit for our best ideas, badmouthed us to senior management, and spent days behind closed doors doing who knows what until she would bolt out, rage at her nearest direct report (unfortunately usually… Continue reading Pigs Are Flying!
Rage surged through telephone calls, fueled investigation, and focused into a terse blog post. It was glorious, horrible, energizing fury. The final break was coming on Monday. Then it all changed. Coming inside from reading a terrific book on a chair looking out over the lake, I found a voice mail from the owner of… Continue reading It’s Us Now*
Between you and your dreams of a traditionally published novel stands a powerful stranger. Agent or editor, they guard the gate between creative aspiration and success in the marketplace. More than anything, they yearn for great stories, long to launch the story that you wrote. However, their hearts have been broken before, their wisdom, expertise… Continue reading Pitching Fiction (#AuthorToolboxBlogHop)
Test markets don’t lie All see their desired results Debate best tactics Short, burly Maury was the New Product Development team’s favorite chef/food scientist. For decades, he had consistently delivered original, delicious recipes on time, as requested, and with a smile, often with a creative twist that delighted taste panels and consumers alike. Affable… Continue reading Primed to Win
Doree Shafrir is intimately familiar with the world of her debut novel Startup. However, while she could have written a lightly masked story about her experience at Buzzfeed, Shafrir set her book in a fictitious New York City startup company on the verge of bigtime success. Shafrir’s deft, evenhanded approach brings to dramatic life the… Continue reading Sensational Startup