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An Interview with Jeff Goins about Writing and Building an Audience

Jeff is the author of Goins Writer one of the most popular writing blogs online, the author of “Wrecked” and his latest book, “The Art of Work,” which has become a runaway national bestseller. He’s also the teacher of one of the fastest growing online courses for writers, Tribe Writers.

As renowned as Jeff has become, he’s still a down-to-earth guy, whose number one goal is to help his fellow writers reach their writing goals, find their tribe and make a living doing what they love.



The One Literary Agent Interview All Writers Need To Read

I recently had the good fortune of interviewing the literary agent, Mark Gottlieb, who has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on Publishers Marketplace. This interview was an eye opener for me. If you’re an author, trust me, you’re going to want to read it.


Most agent interviews are boring, so with that in mind, I did not ask Mark what his favorite color is or why he became an agent or anything that would put you to sleep. This interview is filled with serious questions that directly matter to you, as an author considering self-publishing or traditional publishing.

If you’ve considered self-publishing and wondered how many units you would need to sell in order to interest a traditional publisher, today you’re going to find out where that number starts.

You might not like all of the answers, but I will tell you this, as an author, you need to know them. And there are very few agents on the planet that know the answers as well as Mark does. He’s a straight shooter and not interested in blowing any smoke, so strap in and become informed.


Inspiration for the Modern Creative Person (You!)

One of the sad realities of our time is that thanks to movies, TV shows and yes, even books, we’ve come to expect success as something that will happen like a lightning bolt.

You work hard and create something incredible and CRACK – BOOM you hit the big time and everyone loves it, buys thousands upon thousands of copies, and you become rich, famous, and an all around badass success.



How to Stand Out as a Writer and Sell Your Work

Every week I receive emails from new authors ready to publish their books and they want to know how they can stand out and get noticed, and, well, sell a crap load of copies of their books.

That’s a tough question, and the answer is even tougher.



How to Create Magic With Your Words

It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of my latest book, Inspired Writer: How to Create Magic with Your Words. It’s dedicated to you: The Writer. It’s a fight song. It’s about letting go and becoming inspired to write what you’re called to write.

For this weekend only (including Monday), 17-19 Sept 2016, I’m promoting Inspired Writer for just 99cents on Amazon! I’m also giving away 3x $25.00 and 1x $50.00 Amazon gift cards.

Find out how to get one of the gift cards…



7 Positive Responses to Your Inner Editor (to Get Back to Writing)

Bad news first. It would be wonderful to say you can love to hate your inner editor, but really, we just have to hate to hate them. No matter how skilled we are as writers, no matter how much experience we’ve had, no matter anything, they will always be there on some level.

That’s the scary, hard truth. But there’s good news!



The Writer’s Rejection: Adding Insult to Injury (Inspiration & Fun Quiz!)

Note: This is a guest post by Karen Sargent. Karen anxiously awaits the release of her debut novel Waiting for Butterflies (Walrus, 2017). Visit Karen at Karen Sargent Books and at her blog.

The good ol’ rejection letter. At its best, a rejection tells us we’re close but not quite—so we keep trying. At its worst, rejection forces us into a cavernous pit of humiliation and defeat, and we vow to never write again. (Until the next day, that is.)



Struggling to Write Doesn’t Mean You’re Not a ‘Writer’

Note: This is a guest post by Dargan Thompson, a freelance writer, editor and writing consultant who loves helping writers shape their words, find their voice and focus their message. Find her online at her website or on Twitter @darganthompson.



Win an Autographed Copy of “Writing for the Soul” by Jerry B. Jenkins (2x)

Back in January, I had the privilege of interviewing Jerry B. Jenkins for Positive Writer. After the interview, I asked if he wouldn’t mind sending me a signed copy of his book Writing for the Soul. Well, guess what...

Jerry sent me an autographed copy of his awesome book on writing, but he didn’t stop there! No, when I opened the heavier than expected package I discovered that he included two more signed hardbacks for Positive Writer readers, and now I get to give them away to two lucky readers.



The Best Advice I Ever Received on Writing (and it Might be the Best for YOU too!)

For the love of your writing and your sanity, stop taking the advice from the know-it-all’s as gospel.

Seriously, that’s the best advice I’ve ever received and I’m willing to bet, at least by the end of this post, you’ll agree it really is the best advice for all of us.