Inside Children’s Book Publishing, My Interview with Emma Dryden

Today I share my interview with Emma Dryden, who in the course of her career has edited more than 1,000 books for children and young readers. She spent more than 25 years working in traditional publishing as an editor and publisher, working within Simon & Schuster and Random House. A decade ago, she founded her own company, drydenbks, where she is a children’s book editorial and publishing consultant. We dig into every aspect of her career, but the part that really touched me is how she describes the massive creative shift in her career. At that moment, she asked herself a simple question that changed everything: “What could that look like?” when dreaming of her next act.

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“It takes one person to write a book,” My Interview with Author Joseph Finder

In this conversation with New York Times Bestselling Author Joseph Finder, we dig into the value of a writer connecting with their audience, how he got his agent and made writing his full-time career, his experience having his books turned into major motion pictures, and what his creative process looks like today. I loved how he underscored the incredible power that writers have: “It takes one person to write a book. To make a movie it takes 500.” His new thriller, Judgement, hits stores later this month.

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You can find Joseph at https://www.josephfinder.com.

How to Define and Achieve Your Creative Goals

In today’s podcast episode, I share specific strategies to define goals for your creative work, and practices to actually achieve them. If you feel like you have hit a plateau with your craft or are in a rut, these are the steps I would recommend you take to create momentum.

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“Don’t lose faith and quit on yourself.” My Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Thomas Greanias

Today I’m excited to share my interview with New York Times bestselling author Thomas Greanias. What jumped out at me the most was his advice to writers, and how they have a power that they often don’t fully understand. Unlike screenwriters and filmmakers in Hollywood, writers have greenlight authority on their own ideas, and also have final cut. He encourages you to use that power. 

His advice and stories are amazing — some highlights:

  • The writing advice that writer and filmmaker John Hughes gave him — literally on the set as they filmed The Breakfast Club.
  • How one of his screenplays had James Cameron seriously considering producing it, until he got distracted by another movie called Titanic.
  • How characters from his novel were brought into an augmented reality game that has 50 million active players.
  • What he learned about the value of connecting one-on-one with bookstores, and how he travelled around his home state ensuring he met with booksellers.
  • He has a detailed view of what works in publishing, and how to navigate your career as a writer.

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You can find Thomas at:
thomasgreanias.com
His books on Amazon

The simple daily habit that pulled me out of a 25 year creative rut.

For 25 years, I failed at learning how to play the guitar. One year ago I set a goal for myself: finally learn how to properly play the guitar by practicing every single day for a year. Today I want to share what that process has taught me about what it takes to establish a creative habit, reach your goals, and share your work. The insights below be applied to any creative craft, including writing. In the podcast, I mention my Creative Shift Mastermind, which you can find here.

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Thanks!
-Dan