You can learn to be a successful author ─ the 4 C's approach to successful authorship: Joan Gelfand, author of You Can Be A Winning Writer, has been teaching the 4 C's to aspiring authors at book festivals and writer’s conferences for the past ten years, and helping writers around the country realize their dreams of becoming successfully published. Joan has taught her 4 C's method for becoming a successful author to college professors, CEO's, doctors, ghostwriters, poets, and playwrights.
On writing well: From first draft to building a reputation, the 4 C’s discusses craft, commitment and gives solid tips on how to build a literary community and a fan base. Unfortunately, becoming a successfully published author does not stop with mastering craft, commitment and even building a community. Confidence is key, and Joan tackles this sensitive subject that keeps writers unpublished and manuscripts in the drawer. With the help of Renate Stendhal, Ph.D., Joan defines clear steps writers can take to overcome the demon of lack of confidence.
Writing strategies book filled with authorship and publishing tips:With a splash of humor, a dose of empathy and a volume of support, mastering the 4 C’s includes real life anecdotes from famous and not so famous ─ but successful authors. You Can Be A Winning Writer is the go-to book for writers just starting out, to writers stalled after their first or second book, and for students. The 4 C’s wisdom and stories will inspire and encourage.
You Can Be A Winning Writer includes:
The mistakes that even the most talented prize-winning authors have made
How, with the help of the 4 C’s, those same authors could have enjoyed greater success
What it means to ‘fire on all burners” and work to develop each of the 4 C’s simultaneously
You Can Be A Winning Writer
Fear to Shred - Novel PreOrder Link!
As you know, I’ve been hard at work on my novel “Fear to Shred” for quite a while. I’ve recently partnered with Publishizer to co-create a preorder campaign and land a publishing deal.
That’s the good news. As you know, the literary world is experiencing some major changes! Which means before the book can be taken to publishers, we need to demonstrate interest.
TODAY, preorders for “Fear to Shred” has officially opened. This email means you will have first access to limited discount, perks and special bonuses.
The first 250 to preorder will receive an exclusive launch party invite, recognition in the book as a support and a free Kindle version.
Today you can link to my campaign page. There you can read a sample chapter, watch the video trailer and check out my cover.
The more preorders we receive, the bigger the publisher. Here’s something to share with two of your friends and network...
“Fear to Shred” is a book about a gaming startup in Silicon Valley. Power dynamics, women in the workplace and tech particularly, Hollywood and unresolved love affairs collide. Who wins? Who loses?
It’s sharp. It’s quick. And fun. The book is peopled with quirky founders, skateboarders, mensa geniuses and power hungry execs.
Early readers love the book and tell me it’s the first time they’ve understood what a startup is, how it grows and also sometimes, dies. They love the personalities and power dynamics. Alan Rinzler, editor of Toni Morrison and other literary luminaries, calls Hope Ellson (my protagonist) compelling, sexy and memorable.
With love, Joan
The Long Blue Room
Benicia Literary Arts (January 31, 2014)
Joan Gelfand writes about what matters: environment, the economic crisis, meditation practice, family and love, but not necessarily in that order. Gelfand is a San Francisco Bay Area poet whose work inhabits that space between dreams and realizes the world of activism through art. Her latest collection, “The Long Blue Room,” includes the award-winning “Ferlinghetti School of Poetics,” “Paris Kisses,” “5AM,” and “I Know Why Sylvia Plath Put Her Head In The Oven.” With poetry drawn from the canvas of an imaginative, quirky and curious mind, Gelfand paints a picture of a global community that while in the throes of economic and environmental crises, still yearns for love and deep connections.
This yearning to explore transports Gelfand to the rocky terrains of the global financial crises, hunger in America and the not-always-comfortable inner worlds of being a human alive in the third millennium. Her fertile words envelop the reader in worlds of incomprehensible beauty finding serenity amidst the chaos.
Winner of the 2010 Cervená Barva Press Fiction Contest
A collection of three award-winning short stories, taking place in Paris, Florence and Berkeley.
December 7, 2009
A CD album of spoken word poetry.
A Dreamer's Guide To Cities and Streams
San Francisco Bay Press (January 1, 2009)
In her second full-length poetry collection, Joan Gelfand explores the poignancy of living in a world that is war-torn and environmentally damaged. With a nod to the humorous paradox of modern life, Gelfand writes from the vantage point of a mother, an artist, and a Zen meditator. A Dreamer’s Guide… looks beyond the surface of our lives at the connections that make life worth living, and the sensual details that color it.
Seeking Center: A Collection of Poems
Heliographica (January 1, 2004)
In Seeking Center, Joan Gelfand joins the reader in a free-wheeling discussion, beyond the poems themselves, regarding what is poetry today, here at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In forms that span from the short, highly-constrained haiku to the almost limitless prose poem, she seems to define poems as she produces them. She refines this discussion through poetic techniques that include innovative line breaks, a few rhymes and near-rhymes, internal rhymes that surprise and wordplay. Through all of this she seems to ask-and-answer what is poetry? And isn’t poetry being constantly redefined by new voice, new angles, and vision. What is a Joan Gelfand poem?
These poems reach widely into media other than the printed word, thus knitting a web of connections between arts and artists. “Museum Pieces,” the first of four sections, deals almost exclusively with reactions to visual art. At her best, Gelfand expresses the ability of a work of art to shock our prosaic universe.