My Tribute to Prince

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I have been in denial about Prince since I first heard earlier this afternoon. So much to process. His music was a part of two major defining moments in my life; the night I began working in the strip club and the night I left. Purple Rain was the song I auditioned to, and it was the song became the …

Scars and Stilettos: The first pages

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For those of you who haven’t read it, I am sharing the first few pages of my memoir, Scars and Stilettos. It took me 7 years, several writing classes and at least 3 complete re-writes to write this book!  Hearing the stories of women (and youth) who have been inspired to escape unhealthy relationships or walk away from the sex industry/the life …

Getting Published: How to Write a Book Proposal

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Getting Published: How To Write a Book Proposal One of the first steps in getting published is to create a strong proposal. A good proposal will convince the recipient of the need for your book’s existence.  It is important that you prove that this book needs to be written, that it’s marketable, and that YOU are the best person to write it. …

Getting Your Book Published

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Hey Friends, It’s been a while since I wrote something for the blog series on Writing a Book!  Today, a really good friend of mine was asking for input on how to go about getting a book published.  While I am no expert in this, I can share what I learned in the process of getting my memoir Scars and …

How to Write a Memoir Part 4: Keeping the Reader Engaged

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How to Write a Book Part 4:  Keeping the Reader Engaged I have written thousands of pages of material intended to be a part of my memoir.  Most of it was pretty terrible. My friend Ashley Abercrombie would take a bullet for me.  That is the kind of friend she is.  That is also the reason that she is the …

How to Write a Memoir Part 3: Structure and Timeline

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How to Write a Book Part 3: Structure and Timeline You wouldn’t drive to Timbuktu without a map or some sort of directions. (If you would, remind me not to get in the car with you:))   The same is true of writing a book.  It is always helpful to start with some sort of structure or general sense of …

How to Write a Memoir Pt 2: Why My Writing Used to Suck

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How to Write a Book Part 2 Why My Writing Used to Suck   In my first blog on writing a book I talked about Getting Equipped. Now I want to get into the nuts and bolts of writing the manuscript.   I will start with sharing the stuff I didn’t know.  These are a couple of the reasons my writing …

Wounds and Stilettos

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If I had to come up with a word to describe Friday’s strip club outreach, it would be “breakthrough”.  From getting into a club for the 1st time in 7 years with gift bags, to talking to a manager who says he is leaving the industry in 3 weeks because “God told him to” and he wants to “follow in His …