Jul 122011

Lisa Baron, author of the scadalously fabulous Life of the Party; A Political Press Tart Bares All and graduate of the Shocking Real Life Writers Retreat is hosting her book-launch party this Thursday and you are invited! (Behold the invitation below.) Her book is getting scads of national and international attention. Just read this racy piece in the UK’s  Daily Mail. Or this titillating preview in the New York Daily Post, which proclaims,Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter and Monica Crowley may think they’re pretty bold. But when it comes to baring the secret ardor of a conservative woman, nobody undresses like Lisa Baron.”

 “I had two things working for me that I believe made the difference: determination and Hollis Gillespie’s kick-ass work shop!” Lisa Baron says. “The workshop gave me the confidence I needed to continue following my dream of becoming a published author. She was key to helping me fine tune my proposal and her personal involvement in my journey has been invaluable.”

 Congratulations, Lisa!

The next Shocking Real Life Book Writers Boot Camp Weekend is Sept. 17–18. Click below to sign up at a $25 discount!

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Invitation to Lisa’s Book Launch Party:

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Jan 102014

Aug 152014


“Most agents hate prologues. Just make the first chapter relevant and well written.”

Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

“Prologues are usually a lazy way to give back-story chunks to the reader and can be handled with more finesse throughout the story. Damn the prologue, full speed ahead!”

Laurie McLean, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents


“I dislike endless ‘laundry list’ character descriptions. For example: Continue reading »

Oct 072017

I saw a job opening for World Travel Coordinator for Ponte Travels in Seattle, WA, on Indeed.com. Here is my cover letter:

Hello. Just so you know, I’d rock holy hell out of this job, because who wouldn’t want to be a WORLD TRAVEL COORDINATOR? First, I’m an AMAZING coordinator AND I’m a serious world traveler. I’ve been everywhere except India, where I would have gone two years ago, but my daughter refused because she didn’t want to miss a slumber party (I swear this is true) (and it goes to show how much I’ve spoiled her travel-wise).

Soon she’ll be attending Berkeley, where until recently I planned to get a job as a cafeteria lady so I could embarrass her every day (“Hi, Honey, I think I can feel all my moles changing color”), but then she one-upped Continue reading »

Oct 122017

I saw a job on Indeed.com for a Bank Fraud Investigator for Plains Capitol Bank in Dallas, TX. Here is my cover letter:

Hello. Holy crap, I’d be the BEST bank fraud investigator EVER. I have gotten really good at spotting fraudulent banks. Until now it’s been because I deposited all my money with them, but that there just proves dedication. Take, for example, when Bank of America conveniently forgot I’d linked my checking account to my savings account for overdraft protection, then charged me $600 in overdraft fees. It took me only two months Continue reading »