We may be obsessed with and distracted by all things digital, but a good book still holds our attention: Printed book sales were up 1.3 percent in 2018. And while storytelling has never gone out of style, digital media has made it possible for more fascinating stories to surface, arguably making personal wisdom one of the most compelling book genres.
Publishing veteran and founder of kn literary arts Kelly Notaras believes each of us has a book inside. She’s edited New York Times bestselling books like “The Tapping Solution” by Nick Ortner and “Pussy: A Reclamation” by Regena Thomashauer, and is a go-to editing resource for the venerable Hay House. (Hay House publishes personal development and spiritual luminaries, including Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Gabrielle Bernstein, Brendon Burchard, Dr. Joe Dispenza and Robert Thurman.) Notaras has written the definitive manual for getting your book onto the shelf.
She specializes in a category that she calls “transformational nonfiction,” books whose goal is to inspire readers to change, transform and overcome obstacles, and in so doing, improve lives in important ways. In “The Book You Were Born to Write: Everything You Need to (Finally) Get Your Wisdom Onto the Page and Into the World” (Hay House, November 2018), Notaras breaks down and demystifies the process of germinating, writing and publishing books, helping authors focus their message and ensuring that their finished work stands out in the marketplace.
24Life sat down with Kelly to discuss how aspiring authors can get started, what the process is like, and what her book can do to get them on the right track.