Jonathon Keats on Buckminster Fuller, Being a Critic, a Writer, and How to Get Unusual Books Published
Jonathon Keats’s book You Belong to the Universe came out this year. We picked his brain about philosophy, lighting, publishing, and how to get strange and beautiful books published.
We picked Caroline Leavitt’s brain about her new book, Cruel Beautiful World, the state of writing, publishing, and how she got an interview on NPR.
Amanda Bullock, the festival director for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, explains what makes Wordstock tick and why writers need to go to festivals.
It often seems like a bestseller comes out of nowhere, fully formed like Athena springing from the head of Zeus. But as you’ll see from our interview with Christina Baker Kline, a groundbreaking novel, like Rome, is not built in a day.
We first met Jenise Aminoff at the New England SCBWI Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. She wowed us with her awesome pitch at our Pitchapalooza, and we were absolutely sure that she was going to be a published author sooner rather than later. Sure enough, her new book, A Witch’s Kitchen, is coming out, and we thought we would pick her brain about her road to publication.
Cathy Salit, CEO of Performance of a Lifetime, had a life-changing book on her hands: Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work. It’s a book that everyone interested in becoming a better version of themselves should read, especially if you’re an author without writing experience, or a writer without publicity and marketing experience.
What’s the key to unlocking publishing doors? A great pitch! Learn the art and science of the seemingly impossible task of boiling your book down to 250 words or less.
I came away from our workshop inspired, hopeful, informed, and once again in love with writing, writers, and even agents (well, some of them)!
It reads like a fairytale: A man, afraid of pursuing his dreams, takes a leap of faith toward them. He attends The University of New Mexico Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe, on the wings of his wife’s benediction, “I just want you to be happy.”
Frances Stroh is part of a family that made wildly successful and popular beer for many decades. And then all the beer money dried up. Since her memoir, Beer Money, just came out, we thought we’d pick her brain about alcohol, money, family and writing it all down.