Creative Flow: An Event for Those Who Want to Stretch Their Creative Muscles

In November 2010, I hosted a speed networking event at the Galway Hooker in NYC, a bar just a few blocks south of where I used to work full-time for an academic book publisher.*

The event was a shot-in-the-dark idea I had for promoting my brand new career coaching business… one idea among many.

I paired up with Marian Schembari to plan and co-host the event. Together, we filled the space with publishing professionals we’d connected with over the course of our careers.

We filled that room with 25 publishing experts, and then — through a promotional push borne of the fear that no one would show up — we managed to fill the room with 50 more people eager to speed network with them.

The event was a resounding success, and I often thought of hosting more of them.

I never did. [Read more…]

Build Your Own Writing Group

I’ve been missing my old writing group.

We met years ago, in Cris Beam’s From Pitch to Publish Class at New School. For at least a year, the four of us workshopped each others’ pieces, shared contacts, suggested paying markets, and basically gave each other the kicks in the ass we needed.

Eventually, life got busy. One of us moved to Brooklyn. One of us moved abroad. One of us had a baby. And I kept getting promoted at work, a development that forced me to travel more often on business.

I used to daydream about starting a new group. But how? And who?

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How to Find a Writing Partner Who Will Make You Rich

This image is 100% about partners, and 0% about the huge crush I used to have on Burt Ward.

In 2011, I wrote a blog post that called for a “writing partner who can kick my lazy, procrastinating writer’s ass.”

Now I have a writing partner I love.

Shortly after securing this partner, I also left behind a low-paying permalance gig that had me feeling stuck. Soon enough, I was well on my way to making more money than I’d made previously, and feeling more productive and successful than ever before.

Coincidence? I think not.

There are numerous benefits to having a writing partner. Here are my top five: [Read more…]

It Helps To Have a Writing Partner Who Can Kick Your Writing Ass

In February 2011, I ran the following ad on Freelancedom:

Wanted: A writing partner who can kick my lazy, procrastinating writer’s ass. Must: Thrive on deadlines, and be willing to offer up honest and constructive criticism, while still being mindful of my multitudinous neuroses, my overwrought sensitivity, and my blind, codependent love affair with my own words. Should enjoy: Caffeine addiction, cats, serial commas, fuzzy pants, Slankets, and dance breaks. Must have a zero-tolerance policy for: Auto DMs, Foursquare, and checking one’s smartphone while in the company of others.

Interested? For the love of god, please e-mail me. Like, right now.

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