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Scott Berkun gives us the backstory on releasing Mindfire 1.1: the updated edition

Author Scott Berkun gives us the inside scoop on releasing the updated edition of his self-published book, Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. First published in October 2011, the new edition catches 100 typos and adds fixes and little touches “to make it the best version of the book ever,” in his words. The book is a terrific collection of his […]

[VID] Knock Down 3 Stumbling Blocks Preventing You From Writing a (Short) Book

Watch the replay below of my webinar on the topic of writing a short book. A few nuggets from the presentation: – Develop a daily writing practice – Channel Hemingway (stop at a place where it’s easy to start the next day) – Revel in sh*tty first drafts (means you’re doing it right; thank you Anne Lamott) – Think about […]

Lessons on writing that sucks: from Pam Slim and Betsy Rapoport’s workshop in the red rocks of Sedona

I attended my first writing workshop recently. The red rocks of Sedona were a magnificent setting. The attendees were thoughtful and smart. And the workshop leaders were a perfect blend of inspiring and practical. It added up to a magical weekend whose effects linger still. Oh, and there was a lot of swearing which, somehow, was very helpful. The participants […]

Rockstar author David Meerman Scott talks about seeing big picture patterns, always writing in the morning and the stories in his books

Rockstar author David Meerman Scott, best known for his international bestseller The New Rules of Marketing & PR, recently took time out to speak with the Beta Authors enrolled in my 8-week book writing program. I’ve known David for years so it was intriguing to ask him more about his writing process and where he gets the ideas for his books. Our conversation […]

Three words for 2013: Fearless, Imperfection and Storytelling

I was going to post this on New Year’s Day, but then productive procrastination set in. I’m in good company. Not everyone publishes their New Year’s resolutions on Jan. 1st. In fact, just this week New York Times columnist John Tierney wrote about the power of positive procrastination. It was supposed to be his New Year’s column. But I digress. Here […]

Top 10 Questions on APE: the new bestseller on self-publishing by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

The inimitable Guy Kawasaki is the best-selling author of 10 books, the original chief evangelist for Apple, a venture capitalist, founder of Alltop.com,  an ice hockey player and father to four children. He’s also the co-author, with the talented Shawn Welch, of  APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur | How to Publish a Book. It’s the best, most comprehensive (over 300 pages) book thus far on the topic […]

Book designer Alex Miles Younger explains his art: Seth Godin’s 800-page behemoth, This Might Work

When Seth Godin ran his wildly successful Kickstarter campaign (he raised over $280,00), one of the bonuses he offered backers was “the mammoth limited edition 275,000 word best-of-the-net hardcover collection that won’t be sold in stores” – as he described it. Intrigued, I signed up to back his book project and receive a copy (as did about 2,000 others). This Might Work, as […]

Award-winning author Pam Slim on writing her next book: the big idea, kitchen-sink first drafts, yellow pads and how the book relates to her business

Pam Slim, award-winning author of Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur, graciously agreed to a live interview for the current group of Beta Authors to talk about writing her next book. Tentatively titled Body of Work, it will be published by Penguin Portfolio in the fall of 2013. The interview was so interesting and wide-ranging, I can’t resist sharing it […]

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