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It’s not me, it’s you.

It’s not me, it’s you.

Every person's perspective is subjective.If you're looking for a job, trying to get a book published, trying to get into acting ... everything comes with rejection based on these subjective perspectives. Any manager or editor or director already has in...

Writing and PR with Melanie
What you need to know before you publish

What you need to know before you publish

I've been in the publishing industry for a long time, and have always known that authors are more likely to get picked up by agents if the work is pristine. Limited errors. I recommend taking it a step further: buy the current edition of the Chicago Ma...

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The New One Minute Manager

May 20, 2015

What I was not expecting was to find that Blanchard and Johnson have, in this slim unadorned volume, encapsulated so much of what our country (our world!) needs to hear, to learn, to practice if we are to survive past the midpoint of the twentyfirst ce...

Writing and PR with Melanie
How I made a business contract in one hour

How I made a business contract in one hour

I recently joined the executive team for Ian Bright Photography. In doing so, the owner asked me to create new forms to use in his practice: model ...

Writing and PR with Melanie
Your place in a literary agents inbox

Your place in a literary agents inbox

Literary agents receive hundreds, if not thousands, of queries per month. Right there -- you're one of ... countless.There's way more to agenting than just finding new manuscripts. Agents have to pitch the manuscript to editors, just like you have to p...

Writing and PR with Melanie
Maximizing mental clarity

Maximizing mental clarity

There is a clean, healthy replacement for everything. This is a homemade peanut butter cup.       The daily drudgery of the modern hussle and bussle, the high fat content diets and soda drinks ... all of these lead to...

Writing and PR with Melanie
Best Kept Secret for Customer Retention

Best Kept Secret for Customer Retention

There's one document that every product has, but not every customer reads. This source can actually be a way to help retain your customers. And when I say "retain", I don't mean that you try selling more. In this instance, the company has an opportunit...

Writing and PR with Melanie
Elements of a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Elements of a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Non-fiction book proposals are really about selling your non-fiction idea to agents/editors. This is often written before you write the actual book. It's a type of contractual agreement. You need to convince the editor that you're the best one to write...

Writing and PR with Melanie
How to build success while you’re unemployed

How to build success while you’re unemployed

With the American economy in a recession, many citizens are out of work. Unless you plan to move to the city, careers are difficult to find. With everyone scrambling for work, hiring managers are receiving hundreds of applications for one job. Even par...

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The Happiness Equation for Success

The Happiness Equation for Success

It's hard to be rejected from ... anything, really. The hardest part is picking oneself up from ones own bootstraps and moving along. That's very hard, sometimes. It takes a lot of courage and awesomeness to not give up or give in to negativity.Life is...

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