Ready to Write a Book? Do Your Homework First   

Dec 9 2015

by Catherine Hamrick


It seems everybody is publishing a book, especially with the push toward indie publishing. However, before diving in, research the wise words of five industry influencers.

  1. Jane Friedman, who launched the Writer’s Digest blog in 2008, guides authors as they wade through new media, technology, and publishing trends. Her blog and newsletter are must-reads. If you’re a first-time author, snap up Friedman’s Publishing 101.
  2. Joel Friedlander, aka The Book Designer, has journeyed from 1970s letter-press practitioner to digital-printing superman. He offers a collection of 700+ articles based on his background in book design, advertising, and graphic design to coach writers through the publishing process, start to finish. His webinars are highly informative.
  3. The Book Doctors—dynamic duo Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry—offer fun, smart, and cutting-edge publishing how-to’s. The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, their newly revised handbook, functions as a real-world, all-in-one resource for any genre. What’s more, they show how to master the art of the pitch!
  4. National publicist Sandra Beckwith teaches authors how to publicize, promote, and market their books. Her immensely popular blog—Build Book Buzz—offers free tips, resources, and advice in a genuine, encouraging voice.
  5. If you’re serious about the publishing game, learn to play it. Read Publishers Weekly, the industry bible. Subscribing to the free newsletter is a great way to start.

Catherine Hamrick held positions at Southern Living, Southern Accents, Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, and Meredith Books before lighting out for the territory ahead: digital media. She blogs at Random Storyteller and Catherine Hamrick, Soul Deep Storyteller.


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After a few years as a copywriter for the Southern Living Advertising Department, editor and writer Catherine Hamrick learned her craft in the magazine and book divisions of media giants Time Inc. and Meredith Corporation. She taught writing, literature, public speaking, and business communication at the university level. As a freelancer, Catherine has tackled "almost every topic but porn and physics" and has managed editorial projects or co-authored branded books for imprints such as Southern Living, Oxmoor House, Meredith Books, Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, Country Home, Midwest Living, The Home Depot, Ortho, and Lark Publishing. Certified in social media marketing, she coaches students and professionals in writing resumes, cover letters, and online profiles. She is also a ghostwriter—that is, a professional keeper of secrets. Connect @ChamrickWriter or drop by her blogs: Random Storyteller ( and Catherine Hamrick: Writer, Editor, Social Media Human (

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2 responses on “Ready to Write a Book? Do Your Homework First   

    1. Catherine Hamrick Post author

      Hey, Em. Thanks for reading. I’ll be writing an interview with The Book Doctors in January. They are so fun & their new book (mentioned in this post) is a smash.

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