Build the Brand that is YOU with Paul Angone’s “101 Secrets For Your Twenties”


“Truly going after your dream can feel like rappelling into the Grand Canyon – enormous, overwhelming, breathtaking, and a very real feeling that you might fall to your DEATH.” What does it mean to truly go after your dream? For a good chunk of my 20-something life, I tried on new career options like they […]

Writing Myth B-U-S-T-E-D! What You Really Need to Know About Writing


I’m consistently shocked by how many young kids and teens say they can’t write. I write say they can’t write because they can actually write – if given the right tools and motivation. Unfortunately, the right tools and motivation aren’t often given to kids and teens within the school system. Heck, sometimes even in creative […]

Does it Really Matter Where I Market My Novel?


~ The photo featured with this post is by Marina Blaze Photography! Check out more of her photos on Facebook. ~ Since a lot of people know I’m a marketing genius into marketing, I’m often asked the question, “Alright, Smarty Pants, so where would you market my novel?” Okay, minus the “smarty pants”. The point […]

I Want to Be Published, NOW! Obliterate the “Get Rich Quick” Mentality: Be Brave, Start Small

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When I was in high school, I secretly wanted to be a young, published author. I think every teenage writer does. What else can we expect of our young writers when, as a society, we’re constantly throwing the likes of J.K. Rowling’s explosive Harry Potter success story in their faces? I mean, for a couple […]

Characters First or Story First? A Checklist for Creating Dynamite Characters

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Any writer knows there’s no right or wrong way to start telling your story. You’ll hear writers talk about outlining versus little-to-no outlining; some prefer to do detailed outlines while some (like me) do their best work when writing on-the-fly. You don’t hear quite as much talk, though, about the order of creating characters and […]