Fall Coaching, Classes, and the State of the Books!

Hi Everyone,

Please see last week’s newsletter in which I described my new newsletter approach. Thanks to the many good people who wrote in with comments and/or in support of my new plan. I always welcome, and thrive on, your input.

Below are my coaching, teaching, and writing plans for the fall. Some good opportunities to jumpstart your productivity!



Current clients – Remember: coaching hours are usable for one year after purchase. If you’ve got ’em, use ’em! If you don’t know what to use ‘em for, email me: we’ll figure it out.

Former clients – I would love to hear from you. Please send an update and if you have a concise question or two that I can answer quickly for free, I will be happy to do so.

Prospective clients – From my coaching page :

Every season I take on a limited number of new coaching clients. They’re typically ambitious, focused individuals who want to make the fastest possible progress on one or more of these goals: get more work done each day; finish writing and other projects; work more effectively; have more to show for their efforts; reclaim the joy and attachment they previously felt toward their work; and/or achieve a happier, healthier, more joyful life balance.

I also help people: find new jobs; transition to new careers; and start or grow businesses (esp. writing, arts, wellness, coaching, consulting).

I coach only via telephone or Skype-audio, on a flexible schedule that allows me to work with people from around the world. I offer discounted rates for qualifying full-time students, and those doing at least half-time pro bono activist work.

For more info, check the page, and email me if you have questions or wish to set up an appointment.


My next online SavvyAuthors writing productivity class will start October 31 and last four weeks:

Online classes are cheap, convenient, and fun, and you never have to worry about parking. 🙂 Plus, you get loads of individual attention from me and loads of support from the other students. I teach these classes specifically so those who can’t take an in-person class or do coaching can have an opportunity to work with me. All lessons and discussion posted online: I post two classes and one or two homework assignments per week, and we spend the rest of the week discussing them. Everything stays posted so there are no time constraints and you can be located anywhere in the world.

This is a great “refresher” class for current and prior coaching clients, and plenty of people take it more than once.

Everything we discuss is relevant to all writers including fiction, nonfiction, academic, and those who write for business, activist, or nonprofit work. Come join the fun and get more productive!

Cost: $40 (Savvy members) / $50. To register.


The 7 Secrets of the Prolific continues to sell well and get great reviews in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Russian! A few months back, I got a great thank you note from a fan in Novosibirsk, Russia, and he also wrote me again last week to tell me that, with the book’s help, he had finished the first draft of his novel. Congratulations, Alexander!

The full text of The Lifelong Activist remains available online at www.lifelongactivist.com , where you’ll also find partial translations in Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish. (Translations done by volunteers; if you’d like to help please email me.)

My main writing project right now is a productivity guide for undergrads. It’s going to be short (< 45K words if I can manage it), sweet, and filled with examples relevant to undergraduates of all kinds. I’m really digging this project! At first, I thought it would be a simple rewrite of 7 Secrets—change the nouns, change the verbs, get it out there—but I’ve really taken the ideas to a new level. For instance, I’ve integrated many of the ideas and practices of nonperfectionist productivity into something called The Joyful Dance. I’ll send a description of that in a future newsletter.

On the back burner for right now but definitely will be done:

*The weight loss / fitness book. I’ve already written some on this topic.

*Entrepreneurship for Artists and Other Creative Types. Based on my ten+ years coaching startup businesses, and creative businesses in particular.

Future possibilities:

*Activist workbook.

*Book on perfectionism as an obstacle to social justice.


That’s it! Thank you for your interest in my work!

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