The Origin of the Current Fad for Beards

When did guys start growing beards again? And where did this start? If you look at newspaper and magazine articles, they credit George Clooney, soccer stars, and hipsters with the craze for beards. But this is wrong: I remember noticing the widespread appearance of...

Cleaning Up the Newsletter List

Okay, I finally cleaned up my andreas.com newsletter list. Or, actually, lists, as in plural, which is to say it was a bit of a mess. Here are the details. The various lists happened because I used various tools: Gmail: I segmented my Gmail contact list into family...

How to Do Research for Your Book

(Excerpt from my new book “Write a Book!”. Get the whole book for free (this week only!) at Amazon.com.) In the research phase, learn as much as you can about your subject. Talk with people, read books and articles, and think about the topic. Go to a...

What’s It Like to Write Books?

What’s it like to write a book? And watch it go to #1 at Amazon? #1 in two categories? OMG, what a ride. I hate early mornings. But this week, I’m getting up at 5 a.m. to send emails, upload files, post to Facebook and my blog, send tweets, and update...

How Do I Find a Publisher?

(Excerpt from my new book “Write a Book!”. Get the whole book for free (this week only!) at Amazon.com.) There are several ways to find publishers. You can look for publishers. The best way to do this is with The Writer’s Market, by Robert Brewer,...