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

To read on-line click here. I’ve long been fascinated by the events surrounding the Jonestown tragedy. I’m particularly interested, as a parent, in what would lead someone to poison their own child. It seems unthinkable. And yet we all know it happened. So I was drawn to Children of Paradise, and I found the treatment […]

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The Book Doctors & Erma Bombeck Writing Conference in the News

To read online click here. A magical moment happens when a writer takes a deep breath and launches into a passionate one-minute elevator pitch of a book concept before hundreds of other would-be authors. “It’s very touching,” says literary agent Arielle Eckstut about the emotion-charged atmosphere at Pitchapalooza. “These writers are wearing their hearts on […]

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PITCHAPALOOZA WORD JERSEY CITY May 22, 7PM

PITCHAPALOOZA WORD JERSEY CITY May 22, 7 PM Read coverage of PITCHAPALOOZA WORD JERSEY CITY in The Digest Online   WHAT:   Pitchapalooza is American Idol for books (only kinder and gentler). Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each writer gets one minute—and only one minute!  Many writers have gone from talented […]

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How to Pitch A Book: New Orleans Pitchapalooza Winner: Peaches

Blaxploitation Pippi Longstockings!  Professor Longhair!  Awesome pitch!

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How To Not Pitch a Book: LOL Cartoon

Here’s how to NOT pitch a book!

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San Francisco Writers Conference: HOW TO GET PUBLISHED SUCCESSFULLY MON FEB. 17 9AM

9 a.m. – Noon to register click here.  HOW TO GET PUBLISHED SUCCESSFULLY This is the greatest time in history to be a writer. The barriers to publishing have been torn down and now anyone can get published. But getting published successfully is a whole other matter. Arielle and David will take you through the […]

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Does an Author Really Need a Website? The Book Doctors Interview Annik LaFarge on How to Be a More Effective Author Online

“Do I really need an author website?” We get asked that question every day by an author, or someone who wants to be one. Having spent lots and lots of time and energy constructing one ourselves, we are big believers in author websites, but we decided to take this question to the person we consider […]

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7 Minutes a Day: Using Social Media Tools to e-Networking without Being Swallowed by the Timesuck

Flop sweat erupts on foreheads.  Faces go pale and bloodless.  Hands tremor.  Eyes widen in terror.  These are all symptoms suffered by writers when I tell them that they have to engage in social media.  They moan, they groan, I’ve even seen grown men cry.  Many are still living under the misguided fantasy that they can sit out in their cabin […]

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Society for Children’s Book Writer’s & Illustrators Gives Great Review of the Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

We just got a wonderful review for The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published  (to buy click on link).  Here’s the Essential Guide in SCBWI Bulletin.

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Tips for Writers on How to Blog

Blogs, writing, publishing. Mama plus! Buy a NEW copy of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published & Get FREE 20 minute consultation. In our recent interview, David Henry Sterry of the Book Doctors shared five of their top tips for aspiring authors. In this next installment, David covers more top tips specifically for […]

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Jerry Stahl With the Skinny on Fatty, Republican Sun Gods, and Happy Mutant Babies

To read on Huff Po click here. I first met Jerry Stahl at the Los Angeles Book Fair, back when it was held at UCLA in Westwood, the second happiest place on earth.  It was blazing hot, and Jerry was sitting in a booth trying to promote his book, squirming like a bug under a […]

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Top 10 Tips for Making a Great Pitch (with Bonus NPR Interview)

Your pitch is one of the most powerful and underrated arrows in your quiver as you attempt to scale the walls of Publishing Castle.  Here are just a few helpful tips. 1. A great pitch is like a poem.  Every word counts. 2. Make us fall in love with your hero.  Whether you’re writing a […]

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Art of the Memoir: Lisa Schenke: A Son’s Fall to Suicide, a Mother’s Rise from Grief

We first met Lisa Schenke at Book Towne on the Jersey shore.  In one minute she told us the story of her son Tim’s suicide, which led to a series of copycat suicides in South Jersey.  It broke our hearts.  Not just because it was so gut wrenching, but because she told it so beautifully, […]

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Book Clubs: Read Chicken & Have Me as Your Special Guest

Book Clubbers: I found out recently that three different book clubs are reading Chicken. One is right here in my home town of Montclair, NJ. I’m going to speak with them after they finish the book, something I love doing. So I thought I’d offer this to all Book Clubs who are bold and brave […]

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Huffington Post: The Book Doctors Interview Roxanna Elden on Getting a 2nd Shot at Publishing Success

To read on Huffington Post click here. When we first met Roxanna Elden during our workshop at the Miami Writers Institute, she said she had an idea for a teacher book. This made us skeptical at first — we’ve run publishing workshops for years, and in that time we’ve met hundreds of teachers who wanted […]

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How to Get Your Book Published When Everyone Keeps Rejecting It

We first met Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mutta at our Pitchapalooza during San Francisco’s legendary LitQuake. Lots of great writers pitched lots of great books that night. But when Nura pitched her anthology revolving around the love lives of Muslim-American women, we were blown away. She took charge of the room like a seasoned professional, […]

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Tamim Ansary, the Wisest Man I Know, on What America Should Do About Afghanistan

Tamim Ansary is the wisest man I know. Don’t get me wrong, in many ways he’s as big an idiot as you or I. For example, he’s not nearly as smart as his smartphone. But I know lots of clever geniuses who can make their smartphone dance the chachacha while reciting the Gettysburg Address, but […]

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

I  first met Bob Calhoun when we were on the same bill at one of the greatest literary dives in America, the Edinburgh Castle, deep in the seedy groin of San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Bob is a genuine force of nature. He talks like he has a megaphone in his mouth, and I’m sure that somewhere […]

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Writers, You Need a Platform: Or the Power of Facebook for Authors

 “Is’t possible that on so little acquaintance you should like her? that but seeing you should love her? and loving woo? and, wooing, she should grant? and will you persever to enjoy her?” — William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act V, Scene II Every day published, self-published and unpublished authors breathlessly ask us, “Do […]

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

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. Her enthusiasm and passion for books was completely contagious, she was exactly the […]

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The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully

Purchase the Book Paperback : Amazon.com | Barnes & Nobles | Indiebound Ebook : Kindle | Nook | iBookStore | Kobo Signed Book : Contact me Discuss the Book The best, most comprehensive book for writers is now completely revised and updated to address ongoing changes in publishing. Published in 2005 as Putting Your Passion […]

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

“I am completely biased towards writers and writing. I think there’s nothing better to do with one’s life.”

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The Book Doctors Workman Pitchapalooza in the Wall Street Journal

“Aspiring authors at the Workman Publishing office for The Book Doctor’s Pitchapalooza, got exactly one minute to pitch those book ideas to a panel of publishing industry judges.”

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Irvine Welsh on Scagboys, Elitism, Writing, Drugs & Scottish Football

“Sometimes, as a writer, you think, ‘plot wise, this should happen now, but this guy would never do that…’ I think that’s one of the reason in genre fiction that many characters aren’t drawn in any detail. Once their psychology becomes apparent, it’s harder to make them jump through hoops to suit the story.” – Irvine Welsh

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Swedish Writer Uses The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published to Land Major Swedish Publisher

“The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published resulted in an incredible support and personal commitment from my publisher, editor, publicity and marketing team, and sales representatives.”

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

“We change every day in small and large ways. We respond to trends, to our customers’ suggestions, to our employees ideas, to our community’s desires.” Gayle Shanks, Changing Hands Bookstore

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The 7 Minute Rule for Social Media

How to build your social network/platform without getting lost in the time suck.

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Caroline Leavitt with The Book Doctors

Caroline Leavitt On Overcoming Nasty Writing Teachers, How to Write a Bestseller and Never Giving Up

Never give up, says Caroline Leavitt.

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The Book Doctors Interview Agent Extraordinaire Mollie Glick on Trends, Self-Publishing & Truth Versus Fiction

    A couple of years ago we did a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books) in Kansas City. Our winner, Genn Albin, gave an outrageously amazing pitch for her dystopian YA trilogy. This led to an enormous buzz around her book, Crewel. Many agents were interested in her and she asked us for our […]

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The Book Doctors interviewed by the fabulous Caroline Leavitt

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The Book Doctors talk with Powell’s Kevin Sampsell about Publishing, Bookselling & Writing

We first met Kevin Sampsell when David did his tour for his first memoir Chicken. On his Portland stop, David was scheduled to read at Powell’s, one of the great bookstores not only in America, but in the known universe. He went to college in Portland, and started going to Powell’s when he was an […]

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The Book Doctors with Smashwords Mark Coker on e-Books, Good Writing & Bad Mistakes

  I first met Mark Coker over the Internet. Which seems appropriate, given how he has done such great things for writers in the world of ebooks. I was trying to upload a book onto his company’s website, Smashwords. I have a problem formatting files. I’m very bad at it. It’s a weakness. I’m not […]

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The Books Doctors & Pitchapalooza Reviewed on Randa’s Fans

sweet review of pitchapalooza from randa’s fans, by a total cynic skeptic.

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