Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not Harder

As a small business owner, I understand the struggle of work-life balance and the constant feeling that there are not enough hours in the day. Balancing the needs of your employer or clients with your actual job requirements, not to mention your friends, family, and personal well-being, can be overwhelming. Sometimes it seems impossible. I’m […]

Building Your Tribe

Building Your Tribe

I’ve spent the last couple weeks speaking at writing conferences around the country which, while tiring, gives me the opportunity to spend time with my primary tribe: publishing people. The time spent with authors, literary agents, editors, and most importantly, readers, are some of the nicest, most supportive people I’ve met and spending time with […]

Tutorial: How to Host a Webinar Using Crowdcast

Tutorial: How to Host a Webinar Using Crowdcast

Interested in hosting your own webinar, but intimidated by the tech? This tutorial will take you through the nuts and bolts of running a seamless and successful webinar using my favorite tool, Crowdcast. Products mentioned in the tutorial: – Lavalier Mic – Webcam

On Going Slow and Getting Passed

On Going Slow and Getting Passed

Nearly a decade ago, I started competing in triathlons. I had never run more than a mile without stopping, I was a cautious cyclist who never felt 100% comfortable on 2 wheels, and although I was a strong swimmer by triathlete standards, I still resided in the slow lane at swim practice. But I wanted […]

Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Summer means beach days, family vacations, and weekend getaways, all of which mean reading time! As a book publicist, my to-be-read pile is constantly overflowing, but I make an effort to fit in books aimed at personal development. As I mentioned in a previous post, personal development is key. So whether you have a long […]

Tutorial: How To Save Time on Social Media Without Sacrificing Quality

Tutorial: How To Save Time on Social Media Without Sacrificing Quality

A strategic, high quality social media presence can significantly increase your online following and quickly grow your brand. Whether you’re a maker with an Etsy store, an entrepreneur launching a business, or a professional on the hunt for a new job, most people will first come into contact with you online. Potential customers, investors, and […]

Raising the Tides for All

Raising the Tides for All

A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend working the Printers Row Lit Fest, the Midwest’s largest literary festival, and in addition to frantically covering the programs for social media and coordinating media interviews, I had the chance to meet many of the exhibitors, speakers, and volunteers. At one party, I had a drink with […]

Personal Development Is Not Personal Indulgence

Personal Development Is Not Personal Indulgence

In most of our careers, especially if you’re working in a traditional 9-5, an emphasis is put on deliverables and billables. We’re evaluated on how many hours we dedicated to client work, how many units we sold, and if we delivered on the promises we made. Since we’re judged by these standards, it’s no wonder […]