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Writing & Words

Mar 26

2019

Answers to Your Questions About Book Deals + The Publishing Process! (Plus An Army Tank, The Nickname “Butch,” and My Favorite New Compliment: CREAMY.)

Mar 26, 2019

Last week I asked: what questions do you have about the publishing process? Since I’m in the thick of it, and you’re my ride-or-die crew, I thought I’d bring you along on the journey. (Picture me holding the keys to a Ferrari. Except instead of a Ferrari it’s more like a tank. Can you imagine […]

In: Book Publishing

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Sep 26

2018

How to Introduce Yourself at a Dinner Party Like a Cool-As-A-Cucumber BALLER

Sep 26, 2018

“So, what do you do?” These are the words WE ALL DREAD, FAM. Even professional communicators—cough cough—who work online and write inappropriate blog posts and whose job titles can’t easily be corralled onto some adorable fucktard pin. This past week, however, I had the opportunity to reflect on the personal intro more than ever when I found myself at not […]

In: Client Scripts and Templates, Communication Skills

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Aug 31

2017

The Three-Deadline Rule for Requesting Client Feedback

Aug 31, 2017

I’ve worked with a loooootttttttttt of kick ass writing clients over the years, and you know what’s always the hardest part? Never the writing. Always the logistics. If you do any kind of creative work, at some point you will need to request client feedback before you can move onto the next stage. Maybe you […]

In: Client Nightmares

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Aug 10

2017

#WRITINGTIP: Action Verbs When You Need Someone to ACT

Aug 10, 2017

Here’s a handy tip for writing headlines that inspire action: Start your headline with an action verb. (GENIUS, AM I RIGHT?)   When you need to fighter pilot your to-do list… vs Fighter pilot your to-do list.   Makes sense, doesn’t it? To inspire action, use action words. (And yes, “fighter pilot” is a verb […]

In: Creative Writing

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Jun 28

2016

How to Be Interesting As Hell On Paper

Jun 28, 2016

Agency. It was one of the first things my book editor said to me. “These parts need more agency.” And I obviously said: Like the CIA? And she said: Shoot me. And I said: Is that a CIA joke? So while furiously drinking wine and researching this new writing foe—agency—I had been delighted to discover […]

In: Creative Writing

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