At this surreal time in our political landscape, funding issues are understandably focused on defense, healthcare, Social Security and other pressing matters, in turn making it all too easy to forget the arts.

I would argue that funding the arts is pressing as well.

The past week has taught us…


As I write this, I’ve been on Clubhouse for exactly 15 days.

Initially, my hefty old ego was thrilled to be included early on in something that Vogue had already deemed exclusive. (It should be no surprise that the guru of branding, Re Perez, was there first and nominated me.)…


You have a book. Or a book idea. Or just this idea that you should be an author. What now?

The first step is to understand your publishing options. Let’s start with traditional.

How Traditional Publishing Works

If you’re interested in selling a book to a traditional publisher, here’s how it works if you…


We are the freelance publication for the book publishing company Launch Pad, a done-for-you book service with a mission to launch (or re-launch) careers by making entrepreneurs into authors.

Re $$$: we are not part of Medium’s paid program. …


Sucky Samantha ain’t nowhere near this keyboard

You’re at least partially convinced you’re NOT.

And this belief has a name: imposter syndrome.

We’ve all been plagued by it — either in the David Byrne (And you may ask yourself “My God! What have I done?”) way or simply in the who-do-I-think-I-am-why-should-anyone-care-about-what-I-have-to-say way.

Here’s my retort to that…


This post is for industry leaders, or those aspiring to be industry leaders, who want added credibility as an author.

I’ve published seven books about addiction, recovery and relationships — four with HarperCollins, one with Simon & Schuster, one with an indie publisher and one on my own. One of…


Oh, the holidays are here and while this time of year can be challenging for sober folks (as grizzled old timers in 12-step meetings are fond of saying, alcohol is a three-fold disease consisting of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s), it is also a time to cherish and spoil the…


Once upon a time writers could rely on traditional media to find an audience for their work.

It worked for me — appearing on TV shows like The Today Show and The Talk and getting coverage for my books in publications like Cosmo and Forbes meant that I was able…


You hear it all the time.

“The bubble has burst.”

“If it was five years ago, I would absolutely do it.”

“My UNCLE has a podcast. Clearly I’m too late.”

Yes, it’s true. There are a lot of podcasts out there — over half a million as a matter of…


It took me a long time to realize my dad was extremely mentally ill but it wasn’t until I was a senior in college that I realized how much his mental illness directly impacted me.

I was in therapy, theoretically to get hypnotized to stop picking at my fingers —…

Anna David

NY Times bestselling author of 8 books, publisher, TV/TED talker. Want to launch a bestselling book? Go to www.launchabestsellingbook.com.

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