Happy Birthday, John Berendt, born 5 December 1939
- Nothing can be said, including this statement, that has not been said before.
- Keep a diary, but don’t just list all the things you did during the day. Pick one incident and write it up as a brief vignette. Give it colour, include quotes and dialogue, shape it like a story with a beginning, middle and end—as if it were a short story or an episode in a novel. It’s great practice. Do this while figuring out what you want to write a book about. The book may even emerge from within this running diary.
- The mega-selling books by celebrities are not so much books as products.
- Good reviews will get you a readership right away, but that’s it. The review or the article appears one day in a magazine or a newspaper, then it’s gone. Word of mouth is a continuing phenomenon, much more powerful.
- Rule number one: Always stick around for one more drink. That’s when things happen. That’s when you find out everything you want to know.
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