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The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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As Book Doctors we always say that independent bookstores are vital to any unpublished author.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.

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.

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.

Tegan Tigani, Kid's Book Buyer: How to Successfully Publish Your Children's Book

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.13.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Tegan Tigani a few years ago while we were on tour in Seattle. She was so excited to give us the grand tour of her kingdom: the Queen Anne Book Company kids section, where she is the book buyer.

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.

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
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."

Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, on How to Get People to Read Your Book

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you take nothing else from this, just remember, when someone flames you and you feel like lashing out electronically, think: "What would Mark Coker do?"

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.

The Book Doctors Present: As You Like It, Or the Power of Facebook for Authors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.17.2011 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Every day writers of all ages, races and creeds; published, self-published and unpublished, breathlessly ask us, "Do I really have to have a Facebook page, and if so, what the heck do I do with it?"

Book Doctors Meet Script Frenzy, or: Can We Write a Movie Script in a Month?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.31.2011 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Five years ago, the nonprofit behind National Novel Writing Month launched Script Frenzy. We asked Chris Baty, co-founder of Script Frenzy, to tell us what the event is all about.

How to Get Your Children's Book Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Henry Sterry

A staggering number of adults want to write books for kids. So we thought we'd get the inside skinny from one of our favorite children's book resources, Jennifer Laughram.

The Book Tour Chronicle: Stuck in Dayton on the Day That Would Never End

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Lots of people wonder what it's like to be on book tour. The glamor, the glory, the groupies. So I thought I'd document what life is like on the roa...