Category: Career

My advice for a first-time book author, and not about the writing part

Dear first-time author: Congrats on your book contract! This is a major accomplishment. You’re no doubt nervous about writing a 75,000 word manuscript over the next 6-9 months, and you’ll get all kinds of advice on that. This post is about the other part. The marketing part. Between now and when your book comes out 18 months from now, you will need to learn… read more »

How to be creative on demand

“Deep in the countryside of Bordeaux, France, anyone out wandering one early-January night in 2013 might have caught a curious sight: a black-haired woman in a lit studio window, scratching out ink drawings of the Alaskan tundra…” So begins my short ebook, What the Most Successful People Do at Work, in which I profile children’s book illustrator L… read more »

Do billable hours lead to unhappiness?

I’ve spoken with groups of lawyers, and groups that include lawyers, several times. I mention the idea of keeping a time log. I point out that people are no doubt familiar with the concept, and keeping a time log just means “billing” your personal time like your work time. Inevitably, someone will tell me that if she had to keep track of her personal time l… read more »

Strike a pose

Last Thursday I was snowed in, solo, with four small children. Monday was completely different. I journeyed into NYC to be interviewed for a potential article in More magazine, and then I discovered my inner fashion model as part of a 4-hour photo shoot. Check out the bathroom selfie I snapped with my hair in curlers. I was wearing my own clothes at that point, b… read more »

Reader question: How can I make time to start a side business? (with a side discussion on personality)

Today’s reader question comes from a woman with a full time job and two kids. She’s thinking of starting a side business, both because she’s interested in the work, and because she’s looking to help her family’s finances. She wanted to know how much time she should budget for this, and where she should find the time. She kept a time log, and “After l… read more »