New Orleans to Wichita to Washington: The Book Doctors April Newsletter


The Book Doctors


Genn Albin, author of Crewel, has been chosen to present at the very prestigious BEA Author Buzz event.  Of the hundreds of thousands of books that are going to be published this year, only three are chosen in the Young Adult Category.  Hers is one of them.  It could not have happened to a nicer person, whose talent is only matched by her work ethic.  Rock on, Genn!

We are also very excited to announce some book deals:  Client extraordinaire, Joanneh Nagler, just signed with AMACOM for her book, The Debt-Free Spending Plan.  She is represented by brilliant book dude, Herb Schaffner, to whom we had the pleasure of introducing Joanneh.

Arielle has also made a deal for her next book—this one with her mom!  It’s a lavishly illustrated visual guide to the science and culture of color.  It will be published by Black Dog & Leventhal in Fall 2013.

And David has three new books on or soon-to-be on the shelves! He sold his novel Mort Morte to Vagabondage Press.  It’s the first book he ever wrote, and he’s been trying to sell this it for 20 years!  We always say that persistence is one of the most important attributes an author can have, and this is the living embodiment of this idea.  Mort Morte will come out in August.

He is also signed with the amazing publisher Soft Skull for the sequel to his anthology, which ended up on the front cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  In addition, he’s been busy with an experiment in independent publishing. His new novella is now available in electronic and printed form.  It was quite an exciting and eye-opening experience to become his own publisher.  It confirms our belief that this is in fact the greatest time in history to be a writer. He will be writing more about that experience soon.

Suggested Websites

National Novel Writing Month or as it’s better known, NaNoWriMo
Free industry email newsletter, Shelf Awareness
Jennifer Laughran’s blog on children’s book publishing
The Book Cover Archive Blog for design inspiration
Mike Shatzkin’s blog, The Shatzkin Files
Mark Coker’s new ebook on Secrets to ebook Success

Spring has Sprung

Spring Book DoctorsAs the Ides of March recede into our rearview mirror, the cherry blossoms bloom and the tulips poke their heads out after a long hibernation.  The Book Doctors have just returned from an exhilarating, exhausting, and altogether magical trip to that great flyby kingdom called The Midwest.

Our first stop was Wichita, the Paris of Central Kansas.  Despite the No Gun sign hanging at the entrance of our hotel, people are just so nice in Wichita. Our four-year-old commented on how everyone says Sir and Ma’am.  We met some fantastic writers at the Kansas Writers Association Conference and ate some outrageous steak.

Next up, Kansas City.  We were lucky enough to hook up with last year’s winner, Genn Albin, whose book Crewel will be released in October.  So many exciting things are happening to her, and we couldn’t be tickled pinker.  Once again, we had the best of hosts at Rainy Day Books where we held another super fun Pitchapalooza, as well as a great workshop.

Then it was onto New Orleans, for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.  We fell in love all over again, with the street musicians, the silver human statues, the beads, and of course the food. Shrimp with grits, pork swimming in sweet succulence, beignets and bananas foster, turtle soup and alligator gumbo.  The festival itself was beautifully run, and we heard scores of brilliant pitches, many of which featured New Orleans herself as a main character.  We even had a man pitch in a mask and a kilt.  And no one even seemed to notice.

World Literary Cafe Online PitchapaloozaWorld Literary Cafe

We are delighted to be teaming up with World Literary Cafe for another Online Pitchapalooza.  From April 15 to May 15, submit your 200-word pitch to  The winner will receive an introduction to an agent or editor appropriate for their work.  And of course, anyone who buys a copy of our book The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published will receive a free 20-minute consultation.

Upcoming Events

May 2-5, Miami Dade College Miami, FL
May 14, 7PM, Watchung Books, Montclair, NJ,
June 2, Books and Books, Westhampton Beach, NY
June 22, Malaprops Bookstore, Asheville, NC
June 23, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
July 12, 7PM, Darien Public Library, Darien, CT
July 19, 7 PM, Book Towne, Manasquan, NJ
July 28, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
August 5-10, Cape Cod Writer’s Festival, Hyannis, MA
August 15-24, Alaska tour
August 31-September 1, Spellbinders International Conference, Oahu, HI
October 19-20, James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA

The Washington Post

Washington Post

Check out the great article about our DC Pitchapalooza in The Washington Post!

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