A lot of people ask me how long it takes to publish a book. I wish I had the definitive answer. Let’s get perspective on the reality and why you might or might not need a traditional publisher. It took one author a solid 15 years to publish her book because of the book’s complexity […]
About Jeffrey Davis
I'm a wonder-tracker, a writer, a question-scratcher, a creativity consultant, a business owner and entrepreneur, a happy papa for my daughter, a content lover and dream-partner to my wife, a workshop facilitator, and speaker.
I work with writers (from NYT bestsellers to first-timers), artists, entrepreneurs, micro-business owners, and schools hungry to change the way creativity happens. I travel to the Bahamas, Taos, Greece, Woodstock, and elsewhere to help people create optimally in this one wild life.
I'm interested in systems and habits and states of mind-heart-imagination that help creative innovators flourish alone and in collaboration. I'm interested in the untried paths, too - how the body's intentional movement and respiration affect our creative productivity, how idleness is productive, and more.
And I want it all to be authentic. To me, that means meaningful, genuine, connected to what matters and to one another, and coming from a source of one's own authority (not the authority of conventional wisdom or the status quo).
Entries by Jeffrey Davis
In this Books That Matter feature, Paul shares the book that changed something profound within him, his forecast for the publishing industry, and the book he wants to write.
Here is what I cannot stop asking myself: How do people get through the inevitable challenge of writing and create their best work? What drives them? Really, that question has driven me for years to experiment with, research, and create. It’s driven me to track wonder. It’s one thing to fall in love with […]
So who’s your Story about? I generally feel a wee bit disoriented right after shaping a book proposal. What’s it worth? I wondered. What if my agent rejects it? What if this is all a fool’s errand? What have I done with my life? Okay, I don’t go quite that far. Last time this happened, […]
Writing drafts is a process of discovery You know, Michael Bungay Stanier didn’t write his elegant book The Coaching Habit in one draft. Or two. Or three. He wrote multiple drafts. In fact, he presented the book with multiple angles and in multiple structures to Workman Publishing, who had published his previous book Do More […]
How do we stay productive each day and each week while still feeling spacious with presence, delight, purpose? This comes up a lot when we discuss the process of writing your book. “Productive” here references the quality that you’re moving forward on the projects and ideas that matter. And by “that matter” I mean the […]
You want to publish your book. Whether you’re writing your first or fifth book, you fantasize about finishing that book, getting it into the hands and hearts of people who need it, and what might happen to your life and sense of fulfillment as a writer once that book is “out there.” But you feel a tension. This […]
During the past month, Tracking Wonder’s research assistant Gianna Kaloyeros has 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 brand building, storytelling, and innovation. – Jeffrey, Chief Tracker at Tracking Wonder Four Reasons Every Startup’s […]
Guest Post by Marisa Goudy, Copywriter and Storytelling Coach “Creating in the midst of chaos is your superpower.” When someone first said this to me, I took it as a compliment. I’m a mother, a business owner, and a creative. Chaos seems inevitable. It’s better to embrace the mad swirl of the full catastrophe than it is […]
Creative professionals and practitioners are either Time Crunchers (pressed for our own time) or Time Stretchers (self-employed creatives who own their time). Both categories benefit from mastering the art of shaping time. Creativity is not about waiting for the muse to show up. Productive creativity is about shaping time to show up for the muse.