Entries by Jeffrey Davis

Why Are You Writing Your First Book?

There are some generally held misconceptions about writing your first book, specifically the first novel. There are two schools of thought on first novels. Some people believe your first novel is essentially practice. First novels are sometimes referred to as “Juvenalia.” Consider William Faulkner’s first two novels, Soldiers’ Pay and Mosquitos, both almost forgotten. Critics generally […]

5 Stages of Confidence in Writing a Book

A funny thing happens to a writer’s level of confidence in writing a book. It shoots up and down seemingly as erratically as weather. Part of what makes confidence so unreliable is what we base confidence on. We try to base confidence on nebulous emotions such as passion and a blind belief in our own abilities & authenticity and […]

5 Ways to Advocate on Your Path to Publishing

You’re writing a book. You’ve written a book. You’re looking to publish your book. Your options are not just the Big 5 or self-publish or bust. The publishing world is so much more diverse than that. What’s cool but confusing is that as a business artist, writer, executive, or professional, you now have more viable […]

Books That Matter to Author, Consultant & Speaker Jenny Blake

Books That Matter is Tracking Wonder’s interview series that showcases influential thinkers’ and authors’ relationships with books that matter to them. Few people bring joyful mindfulness to entrepreneurship and to pivoting toward the next best thing the way dynamo Jenny Blake does. When corporate life nearly spent Jenny’s soul, she discovered the power of meditation […]

Do You Need a Publisher for Your Book?

Last week we discussed the six areas to consider if you plan to self publish. This week I’m spinning the lens around to examine at the same key areas you need to know to publish your book and how publishers add value in each of them. The first is the most abstract and difficult for most […]

Should You Self-Publish Your Book?

As a writer I’ve published my own books with Penguin and with independent presses. In my 20+ years in the industry I’ve navigated the path to publish extensively with authors. When you break down what a traditional publisher – regardless of size and reach and reputation – offers to you, you can start to figure out how […]

Books That Matter to Author & Teacher Roger Housden

Books That Matter is Tracking Wonder’s interview series that showcases influential thinkers’ and authors’ relationships with books that matter to them. Few people speak and write as eloquently about the role that poetry plays in our lives than author, teacher, and writing guide Roger Housden. Books such as Ten Poems to Change Your Life and […]

Brand & Innovation Digest – March 2017

Once again, over this past month, Tracking Wonder’s research assistant Gianna Kaloyeros and I have gathered and curated some of what we deem the most relevant studies, stories, and news that will help you and your team excel at having the most impact and influence via storytelling, brand and innovation. I wanted to share some of them with […]

Persistent Sprints Build Books & Businesses

Are you time-strapped or focus-challenged, but keen on writing a book or have a business to build? It might seem counter-intuitive – even threatening to your cherished beliefs – to imagine writing a book or building your signature business Story 15, 30, 45 minutes at a time. But that’s how you can do it. Fantasies trap […]

The BIG Book Myth: Does Your Book Have to Be BIG?

Consider the book you want to write. Why do we get caught up in thinking we have to write a 300-page “big” book or nothing? That’s the question my pal Charlie Gilkey invited me to consider, and that’s the question I want to get perspective on. Do you think that to write your first or […]