David Henry Sterry

Author, book doctor, raker of muck

David Henry Sterry



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  1. This is so helpful to see. Wonderful. And I feel palpably relieved that the author doesn’t need to sound like a cheerleader or used car salesman to have a good pitch.

  2. thanks! no, no cheerleading or used car selling!

  3. thanks, I appreciate your kind words. Yes, I guess you’re right, but wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where people aren’t shamed for their sexuality? If there wasn’t any shame, there would the no such thing as sluts. Why would someone want to be shamed? I don’t think you sound like a slut shamer. But here’s an example, if someone is a racist & they don’t say anything, they’re still a racist.

  4. Great advice. Seven minutes seems simple, but a lot can be done in that amount of time. I like the strategy and am going to use it everyday. I think I might also use the seven minute idea twice a day to reach more people. I do have a twitter account, FB, blog, and website, but I’m going to be more pro-active with them. Thanks for sharing.

  5. u r very welcome!

  6. Johnf274

    Thanksamundo for the post.Really thank you! Awesome. efcccegdgkek

  7. Great article, David. With your usual wonderful humor. Brimming with ideas — so many for 7 minutes a day! Oh well, one step up the mountain…. Thanks so much.

  8. thanks Steven!

  9. A question about putting links to other content on your website. Is there any legality or protocol to be concerned about? If I post a link to an npr online article, will Terry Gross show up at my doorstep with a meat cleaver? Or is it free game to post any link?

  10. I think you can put up links to pretty much anything on your website. So things go viral. You can only hope that Terri Gross shows up at your doorstep with a meat cleaver. It would be the best thing that ever happened to you. Of course I’m no lawyer so I can’t give you legal advice, but I think it is pretty much free game to post a link.

  11. Katharine

    Great interview! I would love to know more about mapping story by means of moral wants and needs.

  12. Hi David,

    I love this! Can’t think of a single thing you left out when considering what NOT to do when pitching!

  13. Great going, David. I thought you were going to say, “I vowed, then and there . . . never, never . . . to do it in a minute. But always take my time.”

    I’m glad you went back on your vow, and now have a wife, a kid, and lots of great sex behind and in front of you.

    Hugs, Perry

  14. Suzanne Bott

    Wow – wonderful (and quite exhausting)! So happy I have met Olive; now I know the rest of the story!

  15. John whalen

    My first experience with you and Arielle &Pitchapalooza a special delight — educational & encouraging. Your kind comment about my storytelling ability an adrenalin spiker. Writing to request a consultation. Thanks. John

  16. David: I have not done a vanishing act. Got an emergency call to travel U.S. east and returned yesterday. I was reviewing my memoir before sending
    it off to you when I noticed I neglected to devote words to a life and death (sort of) moment in my life, swore some yiddish and decided to devote some words and and pages to the matter. I’ll be all whole shortly and I’ll be with you. Sorry about that. I had asked elsewhere for some books you doctored. and then I found some titles with your name which may not be doctored lit but your own work. Fun writing, great cartoons (yours?) but I’d still like to see something you doctored or whatever you want to call it. We’ll talk soon…. Dick

  17. I’m sitting here grinning like a fool and wiping a few tears away, too. What you wrote actually makes me look forward to turning sixty. Here’s to another sixty years with even more wild adventures and great loves and good work and fantastic food and being feverishly recruited for the over-100 softball league. Happy birthday!

  18. thanks ever so much you’re so kind! Hope all is well with you and yours.

  19. I don’t know how I got here to this page this afternoon, but I’m glad I did.

    You wrote, “I feel a calmness, a peace, an enjoyment of life that I’ve never had.”

    I’ve just achieved this recently too and it’s pretty much the best thing I’ve ever experienced.

    Thanks for posting. Hope to see you, somewhere in the world, soon.

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