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The Best Writing Advice Changes Everything

Brooke Warner | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

This summer I was invited to the Mendocino Writers Conference, where at the opening reception in downtown Mendocino (where one can't help but evoke Jessica Fletcher of Murder, She Wrote) each presenter was asked to come to the microphone to share their best piece of writing advice.

How to Turn Your 'Off' Writing Days Into 'On' Days

Brooke Warner | Posted 05.27.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

When it comes to the discipline of writing, there's a lot of talk about showing up. Butt in chair. Schedule the time. Keep your dates with yourself. All of this is good advice, and the most successful and prolific authors have the disposition or the drive or the self-governance required to stay the course on the long and arduous journey of writing a book, or multiple books.

What Big Publishing Consolidation Means for Authors

Brooke Warner | Posted 03.09.2017 | Home
Brooke Warner

If you are an aspiring author, every acquisition and merger of this type is another door being shut along your publishing journey. The barriers were already high, and with every consolidation, that barrier gets a little higher.

One Thing That Moves You

Brooke Warner | Posted 12.29.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

It's resolution time, and whether you commit to annual resolutions religiously, or you believe they don't merit a special time of year, the year's end provides a unique opportunity to consider where you've been and where you're going.

The Truth About Malcolm Gladwell?

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.18.2016 | Home
Lev Raphael

The Times reports that Gladwell hands blurbs out like Santa, though he doesn't seem to care if authors are naughty or nice.

5 Ways Authors Become Scribezillas, and What to Do About It

Brooke Warner | Posted 09.24.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

It seems to be a law of the universe that otherwise rational people get a little whacky leading up to their publication date, and it can continue well into post-publication too.

Being a Bestseller is NOT All About Sales

Chuck Boyce | Posted 09.07.2016 | Business
Chuck Boyce

Most every author dreams of selling a million copies of their book. Or even a hundred thousand copies. They gauge their success by how many units they...

How Do You Know If You're Good? 3 Ways to Get Validation for Your Writing

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.14.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

Writers struggle with their inner critics more than most artists, I think. But they suffer from outside criticism more than most artists, too. I get asked nearly every week some variation of this question: How do I know if my writing is good?

The Good, the Bad, and the Uncomfortable About Being a Creator in the Digital Age

Sarah Hinchliff Pearson | Posted 08.03.2016 | Arts
Sarah Hinchliff Pearson

If you believe in what you're doing, and I hope you do, then telling your story and explaining why people should care should really become part of your toolbox. And there is something pretty magical about the crowdfunding process when it works.

Stages of Authorship

Michael Putzel | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
Michael Putzel

Writing a book is not like journalism. For one thing, it takes longer. Sometimes a lot longer. In a four-decade career in news, I wrote on tight deadlines, often under pressure, and with no excuses for a story that didn't get done on time.

Irvine Welsh Talks to The Book Doctors About Writing, America, Rejection and the 'Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.18.2015 | Home
David Henry Sterry

This book is very different. First of all, it's set in sun-splashed Miami, where Mr. Welsh currently has one of his residences. It's also written from the perspective of two women. And two women who couldn't be much different from each other. I must confess, I loved this book. I devoured it in a weekend

The Book Doctors Ask Pitchapalooza Winner Judith Fertig: How Did You Get a 2-Book Deal for Your Debut Novel?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.26.2015 | Home
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Judith Fertig when she won our Kansas City Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books). She was commanding without being overbearing, powerful but warm, a total pro.

5 Things I Wish Every Author Knew

Brooke Warner | Posted 01.25.2015 | Home
Brooke Warner

These are five things I wish I every author could carry with them through their writing journey. Though they're all things people know, writing a book is one of those experiences that cause rational people to sometimes lose perspective, if not their sanity.

Your Instagrams Are Richard Prince Artworks

Matthew Israel | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

American artist Richard Prince's current show at Gagosian Gallery in New York, "New Portraits," features 37 images taken from other peoples' Instagram accounts, which have been enlarged to roughly 4 x 6 feet and printed on canvas.

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.02.2014 | Home
David Henry Sterry

It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into just three primary paths.

Pissed Off at Amazon? How to Help Your Writing Career with the Power of Your Purse

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.17.2014 | Home
David Henry Sterry

As Book Doctors we always say that independent bookstores are vital to any unpublished author. Right now, as Amazon is standing over the major publishing house, Hachette, threatening to crush them like a fruit fly, independent booksellers couldn't be more important. Let us explain why.

Book Doctors Interview Diana Abu-Jaber on How to Write Literary Commercial Prose

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.05.2014 | Home
David Henry Sterry

After three different people recommend the book to us, we always try to read it. This was the case with Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber. It's one of those rare books that's literary yet page turning.

How to Be a Successful Writer: A Bookstore Owner Gives the Inside Skinny

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.22.2014 | Home
David Henry Sterry

It's such a beautiful, little, Brooklyn, exquisitely-curated indie that fits in perfectly with its neighborhood -- exactly the kind of bookstore alleged 'publishing pundits' like to scream is dying.

Self-Published Authors Don't Need a New Term

Brooke Warner | Posted 06.15.2014 | Home
Brooke Warner

At the heart of this desire to re-term ourselves is the fact that self-publishing still carries a stigma, and yet we'll never get to distance ourselves from it completely, no matter how much momentum we might be able to muster.

Phil Donahue on Books, TV, Mohamed Ali and Erma Bombeck

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.03.2014 | Home
David Henry Sterry

In the 70s my mom went from being an immigrant housewife stay-at-home mom to a bra-burning consciousness-raising feminist to a card-carrying same-sex ...

Jerry Stahl With the Skinny on Fatty, Republican Sun Gods, and Happy Mutant Babies

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Home
David Henry Sterry

Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it.

Why Successful Authors Are Giving Their Books Away for Free

Simone Collins | Posted 12.17.2013 | Home
Simone Collins

Hugh Howey, John Dumas and Danny Iny all have one thing in common. The bestselling author, top-ranking podcaster and profitable entrepreneur have a habit of giving their books away for free.

Khaled Hosseini on Workshops, Editors, and Calling Yourself a Writer

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.13.2013 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Khaled Hosseini when I joined the San Francisco Writers Workshop. Listening to him read his work week after week, it was clear he was a writer of amazing talent. He has a new book out, And the Mountains Echoed, so we thought we'd pick his brain about the writing life.

Gayle Shanks of Changing Hands Bookstore on How Writers Can Work with Booksellers to Achieve Success

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.09.2013 | Home
David Henry Sterry

"It's not necessary to write about the impact Amazon has had but more interesting I think is the innovative ways that indie stores have struggled and evolved and managed to stay around in spite of the stiff and often unfair practices from the chains."

Caroline Leavitt, Best-selling Author, On Overcoming Nasty Writing Teachers, How to Write a Bestseller and Never Giving Up

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.18.2013 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Caroline Leavitt at the Miami Book Festival. Not only is she an incredibly accomplished novelist, she's also a crackerjack human being. So we decided to take a little peek into her world and see what makes Caroline Leavitt tick.