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David Henry Sterry

Melissa Cistaro on Horses, Mothers, Bookstores and How She Got Her First Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.26.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Melissa Cistaro when she pitched her book to us at a Pitchapalooza we did for Book Passage (one of America's great bookstores) in Corte Madera, California. We've been doing this so long we can usually tell when someone has a book in them and is capable of getting it out successfully.

Alice Carbone on Building Community, Writing, Sex, and Getting a Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I first met Alice Carbone when we connected about sex and addiction. I spent a lot of my life being addicted and having sex. Then trying to not be addicted and not have sex.

Jenny Milchman on How to Get a Book Deal After Only 11 Years of Bitter Rejection

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Jenny Milchman when we heard about some crazy book tour she was doing that seemed almost as ridiculous as the book tour we were doing.

Jerry Stahl on Voltaire, Cher, and Being a Dad When You're Not Wacked Out on Heroin

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I'm lucky enough to say I've now known Jerry Stahl for over a decade, and we're both still alive. Ten years ago you could've gotten very good odds betting against that happening.

Ylonda Gault Caviness on Being Black, a Mom, a Black Mom and How to Get a Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Ylonda Gault Caviness when she won our Pitchapalooza at Words Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ. We were immediately struck by her presence, authority, wit, style, and the way she could string words and ideas together in exciting ways.

How to Find an Agent: The Book Doctors and Andy Ross

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Andy Ross at Cody's Books, which was one of the most influential bookstores on the West Coast, smack dab in the middle of Telegraph Avenue in book-crazy Berkeley, California.

Stephen Mooser on Kids, Books, Writing, and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.08.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you are in any way, shape, or form interested in writing a book for kids, you're crazy not to hook up with this organization. There's so many smart, encouraging, inspiring, learned people both teaching workshops and attending them.

Bruce Holsinger on How to Write Historical Fiction, Plagues, Witches, Wars and Guns

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Jeff Holsinger at the Tucson Book Festival and when he told us about his book, The Invention of Fire, we just had to pick his brain about writing historical fiction, non-fiction, teaching fiction, plagues, witches, wars and guns.

Jon Pressick on Best Sex Writing of 2015: Consent, BDSM, Porn, Race, Sex Work & Being Canadian

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I met Jon Pressick a few years ago when I wrote a book about sex. That's what happens when you write a book about sex. You get to meet Jon Pressick. He has talked about sex to some of the coolest sex people in America, and lived to tell the tales.

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 | Books
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 | Books
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.

Low Riders in Outer Space: Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Robert Rodriguez, & Diversity

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Cathy Camper at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books) at one of our favorite book stores, Powell's in Portland, Oregon. As soon as she pitched us her graphic novel, Low Riders in Outer Space," we knew this was a great book waiting to happen.

Lee Wilson on Memoir, Ballet, Broadway, Editors and Choreaographers

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Lee Wilson at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books) at a fantastic bookstore called pages: a book store, in Manhattan Beach, California. She was so warm, funny, passionate and professional. And she had excellent posture! Turns out that was no accident.

Jackson Michael on Bart Starr, Frank Gifford, Bob Griese and the Men Who Made the NFL Great

David Henry Sterry | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I first met Jackson Michael in Austin Texas. He pitched us a book about interviewing old-time NFL players. Men who played the game before there was money. Men who made the NFL a multibillion-dollar franchise.

Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cari Noga Reveals All to the Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted.

Can Sex Work Make More Sense Than Working At Walmart? Hell, Yes

Lara Michelle | Posted 09.28.2014 | Women
Lara Michelle

I understand that there are women who are indeed coerced into sex work, who are abused by pimps, mistreated by johns, raped and bullied by men on the streets. But that simply was not my story. I made a conscious decision to enter the sex industry. When I wanted to quit, I did. So yes, for me, a job in the sex industry certainly made more sense than a job at Walmart.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
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.

Peter Reynolds, Picture Book Master, Talks to The Book Doctors about Books, Kids, Writing, Twins and How to Get Published Successfully

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.24.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We met Peter Reynolds at the New England Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators Conference, when he gave one of the best talks we ever heard.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
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.

Jane Yolen, America's Hans Christian Anderson, on Rejection, Reading Out Loud & the Keys to Writing Great Books for Kids

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

One of the great things about attending a great writer's conference is that you get to bask in the glow, and imbibe the wisdom of, great writers.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
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.

Antonia Crane Talks About Sex Work, Slut-Shaming, Biting Matthew McConaughey and Her New Book: Spent

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.05.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I met Antonia Crane when I was putting together an anthology I did about sex work & sex workers. From our first correspondence it was clear she was sm...

What You Don't Know About Immigration and Border Patrol Will Horrify You

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I met Todd Miller after a friend told me about the amazing work he was doing on the issue of immigration, borders and the people who guard them. My pa...

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.03.2014 | Books
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 ...

Jonestown, Kids, Gorillas & Tragic Death: Fred D'Aguiar & Children of Paradise

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.26.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I sat down with its author, Fred D'Aguiar to talk about Jonestown, kids, and how he wrote this wonderful book.