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A Personal Remembrance

I’m not in New York for this year’s September 11 remembrances. I’m in Paris for a couple of months, far from the site where I stood 13 years ago. But the sky here reminds me of the sky then, a clear, hopeful blue under an unwavering sun.
But I will think of what happened. I cannot [...]

What to Leave Out

You can’t put everything you know into a book. Unless you’re Leo Tolstoy or Marcel Proust or George Eliot.

But if you’re an expert in your field, and writing a book based on your work or the courses you teach, you’ll soon realize that you have too much information that can be easily contained in a single book.

Repurposing Material for a Book

A book is different from a seminar, and your seminar materials might make a good book, but not in the form that you use for your seminar.
In writing your book you may discover that what worked in other contexts – a seminar, for example – might not apply in book form.
Some people who have had [...]

What Makes a Successful Book

No one knows anything, to paraphrase the noted screenwriter William Goldman (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” among many others). He was talking about Hollywood, of course, and how impossible it was to predict whether a film would be a hit or a flop.
But he could just as well have been referring to publishing. Or [...]

Give It Away to Gain Readers

To get the attention of potential readers, give away what you write.
If you’re writing a book, share parts of it as you go. A chapter, a few chapters, the whole thing.
People want to see what you’re like (or what your writing is like) before they commit to you. And even if you’ve given away everything, [...]

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