For Writers

Welcome.

Using my signature writing tools and energy therapy techniques, I help people break through blocks, write their book in as little as 5-15 minutes a day, and get their work into the world.

With no college degree or formal writing education, I’m proof that anyone can be a successful writer.

I’m the bestselling and award-winning author of four traditionally published books translated into twenty languages. My work has been featured in The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, GMA, CNN, CBS, New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Oprah Daily, and more.

With over a decade of experience helping people become their happiest, healthiest, and most creative selves, my work is highly recommended by artists, literary agents, editors, and other creative industry professionals.

Finishing your project may be up to you ... but you don't have to do it
alone.

Work with amy

Classes

From one-off classes to get you unblocked to my popular Craft Your Draft program, I’ll teach you my signature writing tools and techniques to help you finish your project in just 5-15 minutes a day.

1:1 strategy session

With decades of marketing + publishing experience, I’ll help you get unblocked and create a clear path for your project—with actionable steps and confidence to take them.

Book proposal coaching

Join the waitlist for private sessions where I’ll use my expertise, intuition, and extreme accuracy to help you identify and release blockages holding you back.

Free Crash Course in Book Planning

Book planning can feel overwhelming, but not Amy’s way! In just 20 minutes, create a solid outline and get to the fun of writing, faster.

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Advice for writers

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Amy is proof that anyone can be a successful writer

How I got here

From wishing to be a writer “one day” to publishing four bestselling books (and a fifth coming in 2024), I’ve come a long way.

But it wasn’t because I knew what I was doing or because I spent years learning. In fact, I don’t even have a college degree. It’s because I showed up. Over and over. Even when it was hard. That is the difference between writers who make it and writers who don’t.

I feel so lucky to be where I am today. That’s why I want to help you.

I show up for and with writers, helping them gain the confidence and momentum they need to get those words on the page—with more fun and flow along the way.

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FAQ's to get you started

Being stuck or blocked is the #1 challenge that people come to me with.

Here’s the truth: Your ability to create and your ease in creating is directly tied to how you feel.

Over the last decade, I have worked with writers, artists, and creatives—from novices to celebrities—who are blocked or can’t find their flow. When we feel stuck, we tend to push harder to try to move forward. But this rarely works. Why?

When we don’t feel good, we can’t be the channel our work requires; which can cut us off from our source of creative energy, inspiration, and joy. In my experience, creative blocks often stem from a depressed creative energy, or rather the literal depression of self—usually, from being buried under the stress and stuff of life.

I give writers, artists, and other creatives the clarity, confidence, and support — no matter where they are in their process — to get unblocked and move forward on their path. My approach, which is a blend of intuitive and practical rules and tools, will get you feeling, thinking, and working better. It’s the trifecta that’s gotten so many people unstuck and back to work already. You’re next.

Start with 5-15 minutes a day. That’s it.

I know that figuring out what you want to do or how to do it can feel overwhelming. But here’s the thing. Writers, it turns out, often write about everything. Artists create art in so many ways. You get the idea. So start there. If you’re a writer, start by writing snippets of what you care about without boxing yourself into a genre. If you’re a painter, paint in little bits. From there, you may find you are drawn more to one path or another. So you’ll create a little more on that. And so on. But starting small and in snippets is the way to explore your life as an artist.

Any snippet can then be turned into a larger project later. This is how all my books start. I write totally out of order and in little pieces that don’t connect to each other at all. But it’s the way I start, and continue, when I don’t know what’s next.

Already know what you want to write or create? Same advice as above (snippets!)—but also set a timer. Make yourself sit, even if you can only bear to set the timer for 5 minutes at a time. There’s no way to be a writer without writing. No way to be any kind of artist without actually doing it. Promise yourself you’ll do at least a few minutes every day; not in order to create something “good,” but to practice the art of connecting to your work. when you are inconsistent in your creating, you lose your creative flow; and every time you sit down, you start all over again.

 

Specifically for writers … 

I’ve had experience with both: self-publishing and traditional publishing. My first book was self-published and later picked up by Simon & Schuster for traditional publication. I always recommend authors try the traditional route first. Even though I was self-published myself and give much credit to those who go it on their own, the industry does not view self-published authors with the same status as they do traditionally published. As a self-published author, I found it difficult to get bookstores to carry my book, secure speaking engagements, and more. In addition, publisher support in terms of cover design, editing, etc. can be priceless. On the flip side, and to be fair, getting your book out into the world is a great thing no matter how it’s done. So if you don’t have or want to build the platform you may need to get a traditional publishing deal, there is no shame in exploring self-publishing. But I still always recommend aiming for the stars and then adjusting your plan if necessary. Even if you decide you want to pursue self-publishing, having a proposal to use as the framework for your book will help you in ways you can’t imagine. I recommend every author put one together regardless of their publishing preference.

I’m so glad you asked! Writing essays or short stories for major publications is one of the best ways to enhance your author profile, get attention, and build your platform, making it easier to get a book deal (if that’s your goal). I learned an indescribable amount of crafting and pitching the perfect personal essay from Susan Shapiro, bestselling author of The Byline Bible and professor at The New School. You can sign up for her free events and classes at www.susanshapiro.net.

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