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Denene Millner: From Daily News Reporter to Bestselling Author

It may be tough for journos to break into book-writing, but for Denene Millner, landing her first book deal in 1997 was “a total fluke.”

The journo wrote a feature story for the New York Daily News about how the relationship book The Rules wouldn’t work for black women and, by 3:00 p.m. that day, Millner had landed a book deal for that very subject. Since then, she’s penned 21 titles, including Steve Harvey‘s bestseller, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

“It opened doors for me for other projects, because when other celebrities are considering who should write their book, they’re going to see my representation and my reputation as a writer,” Millner told Mediabistro about the runaway hit. “You know, New York Times-bestselling writer and top-selling book of 2009 is a hell of a calling card. In some other ghostwriting projects, my name hasn’t even been on the spine or the title page, but I try my best to negotiate that so that somebody knows I wrote it besides my family. It opens a lot of doors for more work, which is kind of awesome. It’s all any writer can ask.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Denene Millner, Co-Author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man?

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NYT Veteran Gives Tips for Journos Who Want to Write a Book

It’s a pretty big accomplishment for a first-time author to land on the New York Times bestsellers list, but Isabel Wilkerson definitely deserves it. The Pulitzer-prize winning journalist spent 15 years researching and conducted over 1,200 interviews for The Warmth of Other Suns, an account of the men and women who lived through the Great Migration, when 6 million African-Americans moved to the North.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, she talks about her writing process and gives tips to fellow journos who want to write a book. Below, an excerpt:

You interviewed more than 1,200 individuals. What skills do you possess that made people feel comfortable sharing their stories and information?

I always go into interviews with a great sense of gratitude for the courage it takes to share one’s story, particularly one so painful and heartbreaking, things that they had deep within themselves and had just gotten to the point of being able to share. So I think being an empathic listener, someone who was truly wanting to understand what they had endured — those are things I think they could pick up and sense in me. I also think they felt I had a sense of connection with them.

For more, read Hey, How’d You Write a New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller, Isabel Wilkerson? [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Investigative Journalism And Nonfiction Books: On The Menu With Author Ethan Brown

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Today on the media-bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, journalist and author Ethan Brown joined host Jason Boog of GalleyCat and special co-host PRNewser‘s Joe Ciarallo to discus his nonfiction tome “Shake the Devil Off.”

As Ethan explained, the book focuses on a gruesome murder-suicide involving an Iraq war veteran in New Orleans. The author of three books, Ethan talked about his transition from magazine writer and freelancer to author. “The driving force behind working on my first book was my frustration with the post-9/11 recession in the media world,” he said. “I’ve been in the book world primarily since 2003 with some freelancing, but not much.”

Ethan’s book also uncovers the failure of the veteran’s services in the U.S. and the affect of PTSD on veterans, and he talked about the coverage of these things in the media. Ethan also discussed his feelings about the public’s current interest in fiction and fantasy over investigative reporting and nonfiction like his work. “I do think from reviewers there is a tendency to keep the superstars that have been there for awhile there,” he said.

You can find out more about Ethan at EthanBrown.com.

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