Set the Page on Fire
25 years. 25 cities. 250 interviews.
Coming June 2019 from New World Library
SET THE PAGE ON FIRE
SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL WRITERS
by STEVE OKEEFE
Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers will show you how to be a far more productive writer. When you Set the Page on Fire, your output for the time spent writing takes off. Your readers catch fire, too, and keep reading as long as you burn.
Set the Page on Fire will show you how to ignite a bonfire of writing and keep feeding it. You'll understand the Writer's Warm-Up — the shift from verbal brain to writing brain — and learn tricks for getting hot, fast, like puffensprocken, creating a new word at the start of a writing session to engage your massive written vocabulary.
Once you Set the Page on Fire, the right words erupt effortlessly, like fireworks. You struggle to keep up with your thoughts instead of struggling to get started. You find yourself writing tweets, articles, email, short stories, poems, screen plays, letters and books! Your writing at work gets sharp and even grocery lists start showing literary merit.
You're going to want to find outlets for all this material and Set the Page on Fire will help you do that, too. You'll learn about a Four Part Pitch you can use to shop your writing to websites, newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters and other periodicals. The same pitch will put your work in front of top literary agents and book editors.
Set the Page on Fire and you will no longer dread writing assignments — you'll look forward to them! You will no longer have trouble coming up with written material on even a very tight schedule. You'll love the way you write and you'll want to write more. You'll even look forward to the toughest writing assignment of all: pitching editors and agents.
Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers is based on interviews with 250 successful authors and publishing professionals, plus 25 years in the classroom teaching writing and publishing. The author is longtime book editor and publicist, Steve O'Keefe, freelance writer, author of several textbooks, editor of half a dozen newsletters, employer of dozens of successful writers.
Set the Page on Fire and see how fast you love what you write!
Publishing Professionals Interviewed for Set the Page on Fire
Judith Appelbaum (1940-2018), Author of How to Get Happily Published
Dan Poynter (1938-2015), Publisher, Author of The Self-Publishing Manual
Melvin Charles Jones Sr. (1931-2014), Proprietor, A Tisket A Tasket Booksellers
Peter Workman (1938-2013), Publisher, Workman Publishing
Phil Wood (1938-2010), Publisher, Ten Speed Press
Jan Nathan (1939-2007), Executive Director, Publishers Marketing Association
T.A. Guillory, Professor of English Emeritus, University of Washington and Purdue
John Huenfeld, Consultant, Author of The Huenefeld Guide to Book Publishing
Michael Hoy, Publisher, Loompanics Unilimited, he taught me book publishing
Alice Acheson, Celebrated Book Publicist and my mentor
Jeff Herman, Literary Agent, Author of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents and my agent
Gary Michael Smith, Publisher, Author of Publishing for Small Press Runs
Rick Wilks, Publisher, Annick Press
Pam Art, Publisher, Storey Publishing
Dominique Raccah, Publisher, Sourcebooks
Maggie Lichtenberg, Book Publishing Coach
John Kremer, Author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books
Ken McCarthy, Publisher, author of System Secrets
Marcella Smith, formerly Small Press Vendor Relations, Barnes & Noble
Richard Hoy, Co-Founder, Booklocker.com
Jeff Bezos, Founder, Amazon.com
Organizations that Assisted with Set the Page on Fire
The Association for the Export of Canadian Books (AECB)
Authors (and Others) Interviewed for Set the Page on Fire
More Authors (and Others)
Ann Conti Morcos
Rev. R. Tony Ricard
David Meerman Scott
Family and Friends who helped Set the Page on Fire
Brian T. O’Keefe (1925-2003)
Maureen O’Keefe Cousins
Cristy Drake O’Keefe
Sharon O’Keefe Newlon
Francesca O’Keefe Wolf
Kathleen O’Keefe McClanaghan
Leslie Graves Key O’Keefe
Thomas E. O’Keefe
Barry Wilder O’Keefe
Stephen Boyer Wallace
Gerald Wayne Strickland
Co-Workers and Colleagues who helped Set the Page on Fire
James A. Cox
Elijah “Max” Cross
Ellen Reavis Gerstein
Lori Sayde Mehrtens
Dr. Robert Pretlow
Andrea Millen Rich
Richard R. Troxell
Rob Van Slyke
Kathleen Jacob Wikstrom
George “Loki” Williams