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    Financing Your Writing

    I know sometimes it’s tough to deal with the challenges of feeling like you don’t have enough money to do the things you really want: take a vacation, buy a new car, or even start your own business. I have spent many years as a business coach training people around sales and money conversations. Over…

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    Three Ways to Find Time to Write

    One of the legitimate concerns people face when it comes to writing a book (or even a blog) is finding time to write. Believe it or not, as a well-published author, I can sympathize. I’m always writing or editing for my clients—that’s my job! What often feels like a struggle, however, is finding time to…

  • Why You, Too, Are Good Enough to Write Your Book

    Why You, Too, Are Good Enough to Write Your Book

    During a C-SPAN panel discussion in 1997, journalist and intellectual Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) said, “Everyone has a book inside them.” As an aspiring author, I was fortunate that I never knew he also said, “in most cases, that’s exactly where it should remain.” Before publishing my book, When Death Comes Knocking for Your Patients, if…

  • Are You Ready to Audiobook? 5 Essential Factors for Nonfiction Authors

    Are You Ready to Audiobook? 5 Essential Factors for Nonfiction Authors

    More and more non-fiction authors are recognizing the incredible potential audiobooks offer their business. Eager entrepreneurs, however, may dive in headfirst without giving sufficient forethought into how this unique tool can best be leveraged. Audiobooks are the fastest-growing sector of the entire publishing industry. The Association of American Publishers show audiobook downloads up by 31.1%…

  • Get Your Writing Done: Use a Recording Device, a Google Doc, and a Writing Partner

    Get Your Writing Done: Use a Recording Device, a Google Doc, and a Writing Partner

    You may have heard a fast, economical way to get your writing done is to use a recording device free to download on any smartphone. Then, for anywhere between $0.75 to $1.00 per minute, you can have your recording transcribed and back to you within 24 to 48 hours. From that transcription, you can then shape…

  • 3 Big Barriers to Writing a Bestselling Book: Dabbling, Dawdling, and Dashing

    3 Big Barriers to Writing a Bestselling Book: Dabbling, Dawdling, and Dashing

    If you haven’t written the book you’ve always wanted to write, it might be because you’ve been dabbling, dawdling, or dashing your way through the book writing and publishing process. See if you recognize yourself in any of the following scenarios:  Dabble: (1) to immerse one’s hands or feet partially in water and move them around gently (splash, dip, paddle,) or (2) to take part in an activity in a…

  • Writing an Obituary: One Last Kindness

    Writing an Obituary: One Last Kindness

    Writing an obituary is one of the last kindnesses you can do to honor a loved one’s life. But unless you’ve had to do it, you may know very little about writing an obituary (a public notice of death, usually with a brief biography), a eulogy (a tribute praising a deceased person), or a life sketch (a summary of a person’s…

  • Protect Your Time to Write

    Protect Your Time to Write

    Do you schedule regular writing time on your calendar so that your book or blog or LinkedIn article gets out in the world? If you answered “no” to this question, you’re not alone. Many would-be authors struggle to carve out time to write–even me! But to get your writing finished, you MUST protect your time…

  • 5 Surefire Ways To Get You Unstuck on Your Writing

    5 Surefire Ways To Get You Unstuck on Your Writing

    Whether you’re writing a book or a blog, I explain writer’s block, why it’s very common, and I provide you concrete strategies for how to break through any blocks, get writing, and get finished on time without compromising quality. Click here to listen to this webinar with Juliet Dillon Clark of Winsome Media Group.

  • Privacy Issues When Writing Memoir & Autobiography

    Privacy Issues When Writing Memoir & Autobiography

    Click here to listen to this 30 minute interview with award-winning memoirist, Phyllis Barber, and learn valuable strategies for respecting other people’s privacy when you write stories about your life.

  • How to Get Your Book Written – An Interview

    How to Get Your Book Written – An Interview

    Do you want to get your book written and finished, but you’re not sure how? If so, check out my INTERVIEW (30 minutes) with Luci McMonagle. I talk about how to get started, how to write it, and how to make sure you finish! Wealthy Wednesday Radio show is hosted by Luci McMonagle, an Abundance Breakthrough Coach, author, and public speaker.…

  • Debunking the Myth of the Lone Writer or 5 Ways to Get Help Writing Your Book

    Debunking the Myth of the Lone Writer or 5 Ways to Get Help Writing Your Book

    When you think of a “Writer,” you probably think of a solitary person writing a book alone without much help. Somehow, you think, real writers are born to write. “It’s easy for them,” you say to yourself. “They read tons of books and always earned A’s in English.” In your mind’s eye, you see them…

  • Mistake 2 of the Top 5 Writing Mistakes People Make and How to Eliminate Them

    Mistake 2 of the Top 5 Writing Mistakes People Make and How to Eliminate Them

    This is the second of a five-part series of blogs in which I explain the top 5 writing mistakes people make and how to eliminate them. For mistake 2, I want to free you and your voice. Mistake 2: You think you have to pretend you’re someone you’re not. In general, we all want to sound…

  • The Top 5 Writing Mistakes People Make and How to Eliminate Them

    The Top 5 Writing Mistakes People Make and How to Eliminate Them

    After 20 years of teaching people how to write, I’ve boiled down the top 5 writing mistakes people make. For this series of blogs, I’ll be giving you my best advice for how to eliminate each one. In reality, your very best writing will result from your very best creative and critical thinking. But by…

  • Six Guidelines for Writing Nonprofit and Cause-Related Blogs

    Six Guidelines for Writing Nonprofit and Cause-Related Blogs

    Why and how should your nonprofit blog? By posting regular blog entries, savvy nonprofits keep their advocates engaged and their website content current. Writing blog entries for your organization’s cause on a consistent basis might seem daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Your organization’s mission and marketing strategy should determine your blog’s overall…

  • It’s Valentine’s Day. Choose Your Words Wisely!

    It’s Valentine’s Day. Choose Your Words Wisely!

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, when many of you will write love notes to your loved ones, I thought I’d remind you of what the best writers know and care about. It’s called “diction.” Simply put, “diction” means “word choice.” And great writers choose their words based on a word’s denotation (dictionary definition) and its…

Unfailing, Efficient, and Expert Guidance

I am ever grateful for the unfailing, efficient, and expert guidance I receive from Dr. Bush and her skilled Accountability Coaches in the “Write to Launch Now” program. Laura’s remarkable patience and tact as I present my weekly writing for workshopping never ceases to impress me.  She projects a warm, cheerful attitude as she works with each author, giving us specific direction and clarity toward our end goal. I now know my book, Hiding Behind the Mask of Leadership, will be published in just a few months.

Deb Thibodeaux
Higher Education Executive
Author, Hiding Behind the Mask of Leadership

Peacock Proud Press
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2017-08-31T00:21:34+00:00

Deb Thibodeaux
Higher Education Executive
Author, Hiding Behind the Mask of Leadership

  • Four Surprising Things I Learned about Breast Cancer After I was Diagnosed

    Four Surprising Things I Learned about Breast Cancer After I was Diagnosed

    After a couple of abnormal-looking mammograms taken in my late 40s, I needed follow-up ultrasound exams. It turns out that I have numerous fluid-filled sacks in my breasts called cysts, which are common among women, but they can make interpreting a mammogram more challenging. In cases like mine, doctors often use ultrasound exams to further screen…

  • Cogitate, Prevaricate, and Other Big Words My Grandpa Taught Me

    Cogitate, Prevaricate, and Other Big Words My Grandpa Taught Me

    My mother says that as babies, my identical twin sister and I would jibber jabber back and forth, telling each other stories only we could understand. As I got older, my Grandpa May—with only an eighth grade, one-room-school-house education—randomly tossed out big words when I visited him, testing me to see if I knew what…

  • Reflections of a Nonprofit Heart

    Reflections of a Nonprofit Heart

    In junior high, I once jumped off a table Wonder Woman-style (but without bullet-proof bracelets) to defend another child from being teased. I don’t remember why I was perched on a table in art class, but I do remember the drama of leaping between this bully and his victim. Without hesitating, I knew I had…

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