Interviewing Family Can Be Awkward

Third in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. It can be hard to interview members of your own family. If I interviewed my sister I might feel she was mocking me – she always teases me! My brother is a man...

Throw Away Your List of Questions

The second in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. Before you sit down to conduct your interview, I recommend that you draw up a plan. This is not a list of questions, because that is the one thing most...

Is it time to call in the book experts?

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Permission to publish – who needs it?

There is no better time to be writing and publishing books than now. We’ve had the funeral when everyone thought books were dead, and now we’re in publishing paradise, where there are innumerable ways to write a book and to get it into the hands (five-fingered or...
What makes a bestseller?

What makes a bestseller?

Towards the end of this year’s San Francisco Writers Conference, a first-time author cornered me over coffee. “So what exactly makes a book a bestseller?” He was asking the million-dollar question. It comes up somewhere along the line at most writers’ events, and I...