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Dr. Laura Bush

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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Dr. Laura Bush

Three Reasons to Write a Book for Yourself First

Most entrepreneurs, speakers, coaches, and leaders will say they want to write a book to benefit their readers—and rightly so. But I’m here to tell you that it’s A-Okay for you to write a book for yourself first. Why? Because when you invest your time, money, and whole heart into writing a quality book, your

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M. Lisa Forner

Is Your Editor a Friend or Foe?

If you’ve never worked hand-in-hand with an editor before, you may not know much about how the editing process works. You might also be afraid of what an editor will think about your writing. Will she be your friend or your foe? Writers new to working with editors might picture them as people like your

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Rhonda Willford Eberst

The Spitter

Ohio takes football seriously. There is nothing more insulting than making a disparaging remark about the Buckeyes, especially if the remark comes from a Michigan fan. Dan, wearing a maize-and-blue shirt says, “Mrs. Eberst, he spit on me.” Looking at the accused spatter and thinking this is out of character for this student, I call

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Wendy Ledger

Five Surprising Writing Rules from The Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style, informally known as Chicago or CMS, is the reference guide for editors of fiction and nonfiction books. It’s our go-to source for editing guidelines and for any suggestions we editors make to authors about their manuscript. Although CMS contains volumes of principles and guidelines about writing, here are five general

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Jane M. Powers

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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Wendy Ledger

Why You Should Take Source Citation Seriously

Perhaps you remember this task from school. You had to write a term paper or a thesis, and your professor explained that you had to cite your sources, pointing you to MLA or APA as your guide. If you were anything like me, you might have rolled your eyes, yawned, or cried to the heavens,

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Dr. Laura Bush

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

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I am ever grateful for the unfailing, efficient, and expert guidance I receive from Dr. Bush and her skilled Accountability Coaches. 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.
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Deb Thibodeaux
Higher Education Executive
Author, Hiding Behind the Mask of Leadership