Please join me for a Twitter chat

I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat at 12:30 p.m. eastern today on a wide range of writing topics: making time to write, writing routines, writing fiction vs. non-fiction, and about my novel, The Cortlandt Boys. The hash tag is #CortlandtBoys, and my handle is @lvanderkam. Please join me! If you can’t make it live, no worries. You can post a question o… read more »

“Rarely do people question success in the same way they do failure”

Oh, Real Simple. Your cover stories on laundry, your strange editor’s letters about Sheryl Sandberg, and photo spreads featuring not-real-simple $400 linen pants have been forgiven. The March issue features a fabulous interview with Kat Cole, the 36-year-old president of Cinnabon (a billion dollar company). How did Cole rise so high so fast? Maybe it… read more »

Is it better than driving a taxi?

Every list has its charm and idiocy, and the US News annual list of the 100 best jobs is no exception. The list attempts to rank jobs according to some mix of demand, salary, and satisfaction. Hence nursing or being a physician’s assistant score very high, whereas writing does not. Indeed, while being a receptionist or a taxi driver make the list, becoming a w… read more »

Out today: The Cortlandt Boys (my novel)

I am happy to announce that my novel, The Cortlandt Boys, is now out as an ebook, and available for purchase at major retailers. Here are the links to Amazon, to Barnes & Noble, and iTunes (if you frequent another e-retailer, let me know and I’ll hunt down links for those too).
This is the story of a small town high school basketball team that wins the Pe… read more »

What stories people read and shared in 2014 (Fast Company version)

In addition to blogging here, I’ve been writing three stories a week for the past year and a half over at Fast Company’s website. This has been a fun gig partly because the potential audience reach is so huge. When I see that something is being shared broadly, I know it is resonating with people. That’s often a sign it’s worth writing about more. Here are… read more »