Don’t Bother with a Book Proposal

Don’t Bother with a Book Proposal

I received a manilla 8 x 10 envelope in the mail from a close friend of mine this week. Inside was another manilla envelope, self-addressed and postage paid, along with an introduction letter (I’ve known her all her life), a one page bio (I’ve known her...
The Five Best Books On Writing

The Five Best Books On Writing

I wanted to give an early Christmas gift (or maybe just a few ideas for your own Christmas list). I have a lot of books on the rules for writing and the business of writing, but my favorite books on writing have always been on the craft of writing – the magical,...

A book is a legacy

Two recent events reminded me of the profound legacy a book can leave. First, I finished When Breath Becomes Air, a book by the gifted neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi. Paul died of lung cancer last Spring, at the age of 37. When Breath Becomes Air was published...

The real reason to share your story

I received a letter the other day from a man in prison. We receive them fairly regularly; prisoners are allowed to write to request books. Since they’re not allowed to contact the authors directly, the letters come to us. Jesus had something to say about showing mercy...

Why books won’t go away

I purchased another book this week. The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future by Steve Case. I don’t know if the name Steve Case rings a bell with you. Maybe you remember. “you’ve got mail.” Steve founded America Online (AOL), the service that got America...

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