10 Writing Lessons We Learned from 2020

10 Writing Lessons We Learned from 2020

Hindsight is 2020. I stole that great line from my son Greg Bergman, Editor-in-Chief for capitalwatch.com. This year was a nightmare, but we did learn a lot—the hard way—about our industry, ourselves, and each other.   1) Backlist matters. As terrible a year as...
A Writer’s Gratitude Journal

A Writer’s Gratitude Journal

This year, finding the silver lining in what often seems like an endless sky crowded with darkening clouds may be difficult, but as writers we are blessed in many ways. Just being a writer is in and of itself a blessing. Holding on to that understanding can be tough...
Namastay at My Computer

Namastay at My Computer

When after thirty-plus years of child-rearing I found myself with an empty nest, I needed something to do. Something to help me figure out who I was if I wasn’t a mom, first and foremost. Of course, I had other roles to play: agent, author, editor, significant other,...
The Art of Gifting Books

The Art of Gifting Books

Books make the best gifts. And giving books is good reading for the receiver, good business for the industry, and good karma for the giver. I need all the good karma I can get, so I give people a lot of books. So many that when my kids inspect the presents under the...
The Year of Giving and Receiving (Okay, Mostly Receiving)

The Year of Giving and Receiving (Okay, Mostly Receiving)

When we can meet life with an open heart, receiving becomes indistinguishable from giving and we become conduits of grace. —Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen Late last year, fresh off my yoga teacher training and full of good intentions, I decided to declare...
Embrace the Open Window

Embrace the Open Window

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” —Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music “Keep passing the open windows.” —John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire The Bible and the Buddha aside, sometimes I think that all you really need to...

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