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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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Eric M. Bailey

Perception Does Not Equal Reality. 

Perception is More Important than Reality

We’ve all heard the phrase “perception equals reality” or some derivative of it, right? Well, in “reality,” that phrase is a lie. Perception does not equal reality. If you dive into the definitions of the two words “perception” and “reality,” you will see that reality excludes perception. Perception: A way of understanding or interpreting things.

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Terrah Hancock

Black and White Thinking

When I was about ten years old, a child psychologist asked me once, “Have you ever heard the word ‘scapegoat’?” “No,” I responded, arms crossed, not giving anything away. “A scapegoat is one member of a family who is blamed for things, picked on, and constantly put down. It seems like the scapegoat is always

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Dr. Laura Bush

Avoid Costly Mistakes: Choose the Best Publishing Option for You

There’s never been a better time to publish your book. There’s also never been a better time to make a lot of self-publishing mistakes. To avoid the most costly mistakes, you should know the key differences between traditional versus self-publishing, including three different ways to self-publish. Knowing your options will help you choose the book

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Peggy Doherty DeLong, Psy.D.

Life Takes Another Turn

February 27, 1994 When Scott, my fiancé, got out of bed, I was expecting another luscious, lazy Sunday with the love of my life. But life took another turn.  “Peggy, can you come in here, please, and take a look at this?” he yelled from the bathroom in our apartment. Curious, I stepped into the

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Peggy Doherty DeLong, Psy.D.

Writing Your Way to Happiness

This guest blog is an excerpt from Dr. Peggy Doherty DeLong’s book, Feeling Good: Thirty-Five Ways to Happiness, Even During Tough Times. In Chapter 18, she explains how research shows that writing/journaling can help you be happy, especially when you’re dealing with stress. Journaling helps us to process difficult emotions and experiences. All you need

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Wendy Ledger

Choosing the Best Transcription Services for Your Writing Project

One strategy for getting your book written is “talking” your ideas into your phone or a digital recorder and then having that recording transcribed. For entrepreneurs on-the-go or for those who don’t type quickly, capturing your expertise digitally and then transcribing those recordings for yourself can be a viable option. Besides saving you money, transcribing

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Rachel Overvoll

My Deceitful Body

I went to the altar at Sherwood Baptist church frequently because the thought of being unholy terrified me. The church taught me that, if I died at any minute but had not repented from a sin that I committed a mere minute before, I would end up in hell, thanks to my most recent unconfessed

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