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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 Write Your Life

Babette Hughes | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Babette Hughes

Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom -- the stuff of a memoir. Writing yours can be a treasured gift to your children and grandchildren because it tells them something eloquent about who you are and who they are.

What I Learned After 30 Straight Days Of Blogging

Jonas Ellison | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonas Ellison

Thirty days ago, I was creatively stuck. But here's the thing: The mind is deeper than you can ever imagine. It's only when you get it circulating that you start to see its true potential. And after 30 days of blogging, I'm merely skimming the top. Creativity is infinite possibilities.

5 Key Things People Who Love Their Jobs Do Differently

Anne Bechard | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Anne Bechard

Find someone who says they love their job and you've found someone who loves their life. People who are happy with life before and after 5 p.m. do their whole lives differently. Here are some characteristics of people who love their jobs and five things they're doing right all the time.

The Freelancer's 3-Step Guide to Finding the Perfect Workplace

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 05.22.2015 | Small Business
Danielle Wolffe

Know yourself. Ninety percent of artist retreats are offered in rural locations. If country based solitude is the key to your artistic soul, wonderful, congratulations. You have so many great options. If you are part city mouse -- consider alternatives.

6 Steps to Publishing and Marketing Your Own Book

Tom Ayling | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Tom Ayling

A book is the best way to turn your passion into income. Once you write a book you'll gain what we call the book echo. In essence it's the difference between searching for customers and attracting customers.

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.

7 Lessons You Need to Learn When Writing Your Book

Maria Ross | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Maria Ross

Ever wanted to write a book? Do you have an unfinished opus about your expertise sitting on your laptop? How about the next Harry Potter or crime thriller?

How to Write With Substance

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Gregory Ciotti

Since everyone in the company is responsible for communicating well, everyone is also responsible for writing well. The importance of this is multiplied when working in a remote culture. For essays, updates, announcements, emails, and more, here's an abridged guide to writing with clarity and substance.

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.

5 Ways Writers Can Steel Themselves Against Online Haters

Brooke Warner | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Having been at the center of a few online shitstorms myself, here's my advice for dealing with criticism.

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.

The Three Catalysts To Boost Your Writing Productivity And Performance

Tom Ayling | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Tom Ayling

Some were bad ideas, some were executed terribly, some didn't even get out of my head, and some of those that did were only partially implemented.

Learn the Secrets of Publishing Stardom!

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.30.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Throw out every writer's guide you've ever bought or downloaded. Shred all the notes you ever took at all those writing workshops. Forget everything your writing teachers told you in school. E.L. James, author of the blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, has published a writing guide.

Part and Parcel: Kelli Russell Agodon

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Hannah Stephenson

What happens when romance meets substance? Is the world of art somehow separate from the world of routine? Artists must constantly confront this issue, but not all deal with this tension explicitly in their work.

Show Up for Your Dreams

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 06.02.2015 | Divorce
Elizabeth Denham

Don't be afraid to make adjustments. We all have ideas of what our dreams should look like. Sometimes life takes you down a path that looks different but still takes you where you want to go. Be open to different views of the same dream.

The Savvy Author: What You Really Need to Know to Be Successful

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

What you have to remember is that it isn't you who is being personally rejected. It simply means that a particular agent wasn't interested in what you wrote.

The Secret to Doing What You Love (and Being a Runaway Success at It)

Lisa Mae DeMasi | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Lisa Mae DeMasi

Mentors are necessary. Hemingway had Stein, Beethoven had Neefe. The true challenge once you know the secret lies in finding a mentor is how to find that coach who can make your passion work in the world.

My 7-day Cycle for Generating Content That Gets Read and Shared by 30,000+ People/Week

Paul Jarvis | Posted 05.24.2015 | Small Business
Paul Jarvis

I've worked out a fairly straightforward system that lets me focus more on writing and less on how it all works. No step, except for writing and editing, takes more than a few minutes.

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

Writers of Color: Your Voice Matters

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 05.20.2015 | Books
Vanessa Mártir

The only way to uncover your voice is to write and read a lot, then write and read some more. Record yourself telling your stories and transcribe them.

Getting Grammatical: What's the Big Deal With the Passive Voice?

David Kudler | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
David Kudler

An author I work with recently asked me, "What's the big deal with the passive voice?" My first instinct was to answer, "Well, would that question have made as much sense as 'The big deal with the passive voice is about what?'"

Why You Should Write for Free... and When You Should Stop

Kristen Houghton | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Your free work has provided you with a résumé. List the sites for which you have written and are writing. List any accolades or awards the sites have received; it reflects well for you that you're part of those sites.

The Top 5 Business Writing Mistakes

Dianna Booher | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

With fewer and fewer of us talking and more and more of us writing, it pays to write well and fast. Here's how to avoid some common mistakes as you move from face-to-face and phone conversation to almost exclusively written communication.

Navigating the Bumpy Road to 'Published'

Michelle Kennedy | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Michelle Kennedy

I watched live television coverage of the multicar accident for an entire day before recognizing my father's Chevy pickup pinned between two semi trucks. A news reporter at the time, I narrowly avoided being assigned to cover the collision that killed my father.