I was born a White Asshole and I didn’t even know it. In fact, I was so good at it that I actually became a professional White Asshole on TV. At this moment in American history, many of my white friends are asking, What do I do? How can I help? So I thought I’d put together this easy-to-follow list of things that we can do to stop being White Assholes. We made this mess, white people. It’s our job to fix it.

10) Don’t say, “I don’t see color.” Instead, see how color makes it harder to walk, drive…


Over a year ago, we received a dream email from Steffanie Strathdee and Tom Patterson. They wrote to tell us about how our book, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, helped them do just that. The email detailed their ups and downs on the road to getting their book deal, and the ending couldn’t have been a happier one. They landed a major contract with Hachette for their book, The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug. It was such a great story that we couldn’t wait to interview them upon publication.

The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug, by Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson


Roxanna Elden on How to go from Teacher to Non-Fiction Author to Publishing Her Debut Novel

Roxanna Elden is one of our favorite authors. We met her in a class at Miami Dade College where we were teaching. From the very first time she raised her hand and opened her mouth, we knew she was something special. One of the consistent things we’ve found in our years of teaching and doing Pitchapaloozas is that teachers make the best public speakers. Anybody who can wrangle a class full of kids and live to tell the tale is prepared for anything. …


JoAnneh Nagler is a woman of many passions and talents. When we met her, she was trying to figure out how to put that passion into print. Now, she’s on her third book. So we thought we’d pick her brain about what it takes to get a non-fiction book out into the world successfully.

JoAnneh Nagler

THE BOOK DOCTORS: Tell us about your new non-fiction book, Naked Marriage.

JoAnneh Nagler: First off, David, thanks so much for interviewing me. So, here’s Naked Marriage in a nutshell: it helps busy, married couples find ways to touch, get sexual, get close, talk, and find…


We first met Grant Faulkner while presenting our writing workshops in rural Alaska, at one of the greatest gigs the Book Doctors ever had! Amid this majestic canvas we saw eagles, bears, and met drunken sailors, and moreover, lots of amazing Alaskan writers. Going through the writing process bonds you with someone, and we feel like Grant has become part of our literary family. …


We first met Jane Friedman online, which is where she is a lot. And quite brilliantly, she’s carved out a very cool corner of the publishing world by taking deep dives into analytics and numbers revolving around the Internet and books. We subsequently got to hang out with her in person recently at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Conference — which is, in fact, one of the great writers’ conferences in America! She was a panelist on our event, Pitchapalooza, and as always, was a font of wisdom. Yet another reason to go to great writers’ conferences: You meet the most…


May Cobb on How Book Fairs & Writing Contests Help Get You Published

The Book Doctors first met May Cobb at the 2011 Texas Book Festival in a town that is one of our all-time favorites: Austin. For those of you who haven’t been, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. It’s one of the great book festivals, in one of the great cities in America. May was one of the brave souls who pitched her book to us in front of a packed house at our Pitchapalooza . Think American Idol for books … only kinder and gentler. She dazzled…


Tami Charles on Writing for Kids and Getting on Good Morning America

We first met Tami Charles at a Pitchapalooza at the great independent bookstore, Word, in Jersey City; and we immediately knew she was a star. We met her again a year or so later at a book reading by Arielle’s Newbery-Award-winning client, Kwame Alexander, where we got the news that Tami had landed a book deal. Just another reason to go to awesome author’s events! Tami carries herself with such style and was so articulate, funny, and altogether together, we immediately thought she was a person who would succeed in any business. And it turns out she has, in the…


We first met MaryAnn L. Miller at a memoir workshop. When we heard her story on hysteria and paralysis, we were overcome by admiration and shocked that she had become such a brilliant, vibrant artist working in so many mediums. Then she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Now that her remarkable new book, Cures for Hysteria, is out in the world, we picked her brain about poetry, being paralyzed, and how to get big time writing awards.

MaryAnn Miller

The Book Doctors: First of all, congratulations on your amazing Pushcart nomination. …


When Kauai Writers Conference invited us to present, we celebrated and danced in our kitchen. Then we looked to see who else was presenting because one of the great pleasures of going to a conference is hanging out and networking with some of the most interesting people in publishing. We were overjoyed to see Brooke Warner’s name on that list. If you’ve been in publishing, especially independent publishing, for any length of time, you are aware of the force that is Brooke Warner. Educator, writer, editor and entrepreneur are just some of the many hats she wears, and wears well…

The Book Doctors

Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry have helped hundreds or writers get successfully published. They wrote The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.

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