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The Book Doctors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books
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.

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.

Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators' Kristine Carlson Asselin Give The Book Doctors the Skinny

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We thought we'd take the opportunity to pick the literary brain of SCBWI's own Kristine Carlson Asselin, who is a very accomplished writer in her own right.

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.

The Book Doctors Interview Roxanna Elden on Teaching Writing, Writing About Teaching, and Getting a Second Shot at Publishing Success

David Henry Sterry | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

When we first met Roxanna Elden during our workshop, she said she had an idea for a teacher book. We've run publishing workshops for years, and we've met hundreds of teachers who wanted to write books. Quickly, though, we realized Roxanna's idea was different.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.13.2013 | Books
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.

Bob Calhoun Dishes the Dirt on Comicon, Star Trek, Mitt Romney, Westboro Baptists & Bigfoot

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
David Henry Sterry

Bob Calhoun's got a new book out called Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay, and Conflict on the Expo Floor, and we thought we would pick his brain about the crazy world of fan boys and girls, expos, trade show and conventions.

Irvine Welsh on Elitism, Writing, Drugs and Scottish Football

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.25.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I first met Irvine Welsh at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I was a huge fan of Trainspotting. And now that the prequel to Trainspotting is out, I thought I would pick his brain about writing, books and Scotland.

Virginia Pye, First Time Novelist, on Writing, Writers Conferences, and How to Get Your Book Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

When we first met Virginia Pye three years ago, she'd been writing and rewriting a novel for a very long time.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Founder Chris Baty on Writing, Writers, Doing & Dreaming

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We watched as he built this strange, beautiful community of lunatics and dreamers who, every November, write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. NaNoWriMo, as it's called, now has hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world, writing writing writing.

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 | Books
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.

Agent Extraordinaire Mollie Glick on Trends, Self-Publishing & Truth Versus Fiction

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.13.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Mollie is that rare agent: smart, wise, savvy, and nice. So we thought we'd pick her brain about the state of books.

Rebecca Tells the Book Doctors Her Dirty Little Secret

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.13.2012 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Yes, she has tons of inspiration. But she also cranks out the necessary perspiration. Now that her first novel, My Perfect Little Secret, is about to come out, I wanted to ask her about what it was like to write her book, about the publishing process, and yes, her dirty little secret.

How to Get Love From Independent Publishers and the Future of Books: Richard Nash & the Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.18.2012 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Richard Eoin Nash ran the independent publishing company Soft Skull Press from 2001 through 2009. He built a brand that embraced a community of writer...

Why Khet Mar Got Thrown in a Burmese Prison for Writing

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.22.2012 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Khet Mar is a writer and activist from Burma. When I heard about her heartbreaking odyssey, I thought it was my duty to tell the world her story.

How to Get Your Book Published When Everyone Keeps Rejecting It

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.09.2012 | Books
David Henry Sterry

When Nura pitched her anthology revolving around the love lives of Muslim-American women, we were blown away.