But yesterday I attended the Book Doctors’ 4-hour publishing workshop at Stanford – a live presentation of much of the information in the book, enlivened by the vibrant personalities of Arielle and David. Their candid yet always kind presentation uplifted and inspired me, a first-time novelist just entering into the fray. Rare and treasured are the speakers who can present boatloads of information with such passionate wit, clear-eyed wisdom, and profound sincerity, as Arielle and David did.
The workshop is just that: a participatory event where speakers and listeners work in unison to get the most out of their precious time together. About an hour was devoted to hearing pitches from the audience and providing instant feedback. I was duly impressed. Arielle and David cut to the chase and did not sugar-coat, pointing out what was good and what needed work, but always with the utmost respect and care.
At the Book Doctors’ workshop, not only do you get possibly the most valuable and specific advice about publishing you will ever receive as an unpublished writer, you will also be entertained. Arielle and David, a husband-wife team, work flawlessly in concert to instruct and keep their audience engaged and amused. Their expert advice is liberally seasoned with stories, because – as any good writer knows – the magic is in the details, and the fun is not in the facts but in the tales of the lives of real people. Isaac Bashevis Singer said that writing must not only instruct and enlighten, but entertain. The Book Doctors do just that.