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The Book Doctors

From Midlist to Megabestseller: Christina Baker Kline on Selling your First Novel, Maximizing Writers' Conferences and Making a Living While Writing

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We are lucky to live in a town called Montclair, New Jersey. We had no idea when we moved here how many amazing writers would live within a stone's th...

Jenise Aminoff on Kickstarter, Writing, and Getting Her Novel Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.26.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Jenise Aminoff at the New England SCBWI Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. She wowed us with her awesome pitch at our Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books), and we were absolutely sure that she was going to be a published author sooner rather than later.

Imagine Being the Writer You Are Not...Yet: Cathy Salit and the Power of Performing as an Author

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Cathy Salit when she had an idea for a book. As the CEO of Performance of a Lifetime, a company that helps individuals and organizations ...

Frances Stroh on Writing, Getting Published, Beer, and Beer Money

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.02.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

Besides being a wonderful artist and writer, Frances is also part of a family that made wildly successful and popular beer for many decades. And then all the beer money dried up. And so she became yet another version of the American Dream: family dreams of making a fortune in the beer business, family makes a fortune in the beer business, family loses a fortune in the beer business. And now she's written a memoir to prove it.

JoAnneh Nagler on Poor Artists Monetizing, Dostoyevsky and How to Get Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.29.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We met JoAnneh Nagler a few years ago. She was such a charismatic, wise, energetic evangelist for artists looking to become better business people an...

Sharon Oard Warner On Reading, Writing, Getting Published And UNM Summer Writers' Conference

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

One of the best ways to go from being a talented amateur to professionally published author is to be around a bunch of professionally published authors.

Author Websites, Blog Tours And Reader Demographics: Fauzia Burke Gives The Skinny On Online Marketing For Authors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.29.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

Understanding your readers is crucial because it will help you devise the best online strategy for you. Online marketing is customized and personalized. It is essential for you to know your audience so you can serve them best.

Lin Oliver on Founding the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.23.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first became aware of Lin Oliver when we presented at the annual New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference. We lea...

Jerry Nelson on Feeding the Machine, Husband Training and Getting a Book Deal With a Great Publisher

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.02.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We've been to the South Dakota Festival of Books twice so far, and we have now discovered two amazing writers who came to the festival without a book deal.

Cathie Borrie on Getting a Book Deal When No One Wants to Publish Your Book

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.19.2017 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Cathie Borrie years ago on our trips around the publishing world. It was immediately apparent upon reading her stuff that she was an amazing storyteller and an exquisite wordsmith with a true gift for poetic articulation.

Julie Schumacher on Writing & Selling a Novel Written in the Form of Recommendation Letters

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.12.2017 | Home
David Henry Sterry

It's pretty rare when we, The Book Doctors, are reading the same book. Arielle tends to love books written by people who've been dead for several hund...

Dirk Lammers on Books, Baseball, and the Joys and Perils of Getting Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 03.22.2017 | Home
David Henry Sterry

Dirk told us about his book at the South Dakota Festival of Books. David is a huge baseball fanatic, so the subject was of great interest to him. Dirk was fun, knowledgeable, smart and passionate, all wonderful ingredients for an author.

Can You Land an Agent or Book Deal at a Writers Conference?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 01.26.2017 | Home
David Henry Sterry

If you're an unknown quantity, and you aren't sleeping with someone at a literary agency--or even if you are, in some cases--it's virtually impossible to get face time with a publishing professional, be it an agent, editor, or publisher.

How to Publish Books in Different Genres: Roxanna Elden on Books, Dogs, Kids and Agents

David Henry Sterry | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Roxanna Elden at Miami Dade College where we were teaching a class on publishing. From the second she opened her mouth (which she did frequently) it was obvious she was a published author waiting to happen.

Valley Haggard on Writing, Working With Kids on Writing, and Life in 10 Minutes

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.09.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Valley Haggard (best name ever! And yes, it's real!) when David was doing a reading at a tiny bookstore which shall remain nameless. The bookstore was so bad that they didn't even realize there was a reading going on there that day.

Virginia Pye On Books, Publishers & the Dreaded Sophomore Jinx

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Virginia Pye at the James River Writers Conference (another reason to attend what is a great conference) and we were immediately struck by how curious she was.

Josh Funk on the War Between Pancakes & French Toast, SCBWI & Getting Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.11.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

It's called Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, and it's a ripping barnburner full of outlandish action, heroic and dastardly characters, roller coaster rhymes and some absolutely fabulous illustrations by Brendan Kearney.

Ann Ralph on the Joys of Fruit Trees, Taking Care of Mother Earth, and How to Get a Book Deal Writing About Something You Love

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.23.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Ann Ralph when she won our Pitchapalooza with one of the great elevator pitches we've ever heard: The Elements of Style for fruit trees. It made total sense even as it was counterintuitive.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
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.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.24.2016 | Home
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.

Lance Rubin on Harry Potter, the Stinky Cheese Man and How to Get Your Debut Novel Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.11.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

One of the fun things about being a Book Doctor is that we get to travel to cool places and meet cool people.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.26.2016 | Home
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 05.18.2016 | Home
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 05.08.2016 | Home
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 05.02.2016 | Home
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.