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  • Do you ever stare at an empty computer screen? 

  • Do you draw a blank about what to write?

  • Do you tell yourself you’ll never be a good writer?

Well, welcome to the club. All writers feel that way sometimes. The difference between writing fears and writing success is just that—writing. In other words, successful writers have figured out how to start writing by working with and around these saboteurs.

I’ve experienced all of them. I used to beat myself up about my writing. I told myself I’d never be able to write. That my first drafts were hopeless. It took me a while, but I eventually tackled my fears and learned how to start writing with confidence.


If you have writing fears and saboteurs, too, please don't listen to them. They’re like bullies on the playground—mean troublemakers who make you think you’re not good enough. But you are. I’ll show you how to quiet those voices and how to start writing to get the results you want. 

I wrote my first nonfiction writing book—Words at Work: Powerful Business Writing Skills Deliver Increased Sales, Improved Results, and Even a Promotion or Twostraight from my heart, a much-needed response to all the questions people have about writing today.


Words at Work won top honors from the National Best Books Awards.

If you hate to write (but have to at work), dread starting, and are afraid you'll never get the words right, this book is for you. Words at Work shows you how to:

1. Overcome fear of writing

2. Write faster and with ease 

3. Organize information (no tedious outlines)
4. Use stories to engage your readers
5. Tap into your creativity (yes, you are creative!)

Over the past decade while teaching writing, I’ve marveled at how quickly people got over their fear/dread. How? When I explained how the writing process works.
Once they understood those easy-to-learn steps, they were off and running.


Words at Work shares the tools and techniques I use so you can excel too. It not only teaches you how to write, but helps you develop a writer’s mindset. You’ll feel more confidant and creative—and there’s no telling where that can lead.


                                                    “CATCH THE SPIRIT IN THIS BOOK and follow the suggestions. I guarantee
                                                                  your writing will improve, and you’ll be a happier communicator." 
                                                                             —Thomas Moore, best-selling author of Care of the Soul 

I wrote How Not to Sound Stupid When You Write: 52 Writing Techniques to Kick-start Your Writing, Improve Your Communication Skills, and Deliver the Results You Want! as a companion book to Words at Work—offering more nuts and bolts about writing. Say goodbye to all those niggling and nagging problems with writing. Refresh your grasp of style, punctuation, and grammar; discover shortcuts to your writing success; and relax knowing you’re on the right path.

  • Start faster

  • Find more time to write

  • Craft engaging headlines, titles, and social media

  • Hook your readers from your very first paragraph

  • End with impact and effective calls to action

BUSINESS WRITING GODSEND! Everyone who writes in

or for business should have this book. They’ll soon be

sailing through emails, blogs, bios, proposals and more!

—Jenny Capella, author of Your Dream Team







How to Write Stories that Sell: Your step-by-step guide to writing nonfiction & fiction stories that sell your ideas & deliver your dreams is the third book in my Write Faster series.  Are you looking for a sure-fire way to hook your readers? Want to make your writing more memorable—with extraordinary results? This book shows you how.


It’s filled with practical tips and techniques designed to help you write engaging stories for your books, blogs, and articles. Whether you’re writing about growing a business, managing a department, improving customer service, raising a child, or writing fiction, stories draw in your readers and get your message across more effectively. And don't forget, stories are more memorable than just facts and prose, so your readers will remember your message—and you.

How to Write Stories that Sell shows you how to:


1. Hook your readers with stories

2. Tell stories that lead to the results you want

3. Activate memories and trigger emotions—where we buy and buy in

4. Choose stories that engage the head and the heart

5. Break stories into stages for greater impact

6. Create a story inventory




My longtime colleague Virginia McCullough and I have also written two books to help people write and market books they've always longed to write:
Write Your Book Now! and Book Proposals Made Easy


My fiction books include my Appalachian Mountain Mysteries series:
A Life for a Life, The Roads to Damascus, and Welcome the Little Children.


I hope you enjoy all of these books! Let me know your thoughtsand questions. I'll get back to you ASAP.

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