I’m so excited today to be able to share with you this 30-minute video session with book coach Jennie Nash, and to be part of a special offer she’s extending to readers of Write It Sideways: a free week’s trial of her new book-coaching program, Author Accelerator.

WriteItSideways-adJennie and I first connected years ago when I reviewed one of her novels, and for the last couple of years we’ve worked together on the masthead at Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. I even had the pleasure of having Jennie as my editor for a couple of interviews I conducted for the journal, and her feedback is thoughtful, thorough, and honest but encouraging. When Jennie told me about her Author Accelerator program, I knew my readers would go crazy for it, which is why I am delighted to act as an affiliate.

Kick Procrastination and Doubt

Author Accelerator is an online program that gives writers some of the benefits of working with a book coach, without the hefty price tag. It was designed specifically to combat procrastination and doubt. You get weekly video lessons, daily emails that count down to your submission day, a submission deadline where you can submit up to ten pages of your book, and personalized, professional feedback from an editor trained by Jennie Nash.

Readers of Write It Sideways are invited to try the program free for a week—which includes one free submission day. Click on the ad above to learn about Author Accelerator, then write to [email protected] and ask for the Write It Sideways free week trial.

(Hmmm. Anybody else thinking a subscription to Author Accelerator might be the perfect holiday gift for some lucky family member or friend?)

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7 Tension-Building Tips for Writing Action Scenes

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Today’s post is written by Joan C. Curtis. She’s the author of four business books and a new mystery, The Clock Strikes Midnight. The best writers know how to create action scenes that cause readers to fly through the pages, dying to know what happens next. As a reader, I lose myself in the action and […]

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I Got Published in “The Writer” Magazine

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I’m happy to share some exciting news with you today: an essay of mine was purchased by The Writer a few months ago, and it appears in the November issue. The piece is called “Stand out”; the cover line is “Make your mark in literary journals.” Although “Stand out” is not available online, the November issue is on […]

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Sorry! Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email

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So, the other day I mentioned to my hubby—who is also my technical guru—that one of the online forms at Compose didn’t seem to be working. As he prodded into both of my sites, he also discovered a glitch in the contact form at Write It Sideways. In fact, there were hundreds of email messages I hadn’t received from […]

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How to Write Better Short Stories and Get Published in Lit Mags

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A couple of days ago, I published a post at Writer Unboxed called How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags. Some commenters said they bookmarked the article as a reference for when they have a polished short story to send out to the world of lit mags. Others were grateful for that little push […]

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Stop Asking Yourself If You Have Writing Talent

Today, I’m over at the award-winning blog Writer Unboxed to discuss writing talent and whether or not it’s an innate ability or a skill to be developed. Here’s a short excerpt of the post, “Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question: Hemingway. Austen. Dickens. Woolf. Carver. We know these names well, these masters of […]

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