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Dan Gutman
Author of over 50 books including:
Shoeless Joe & Me
Babe & Me
Roberto & Me


-What is the hardest part about writing a book?

The hardest part is after I have worked on the thing for nearly a year and I turn it into my editor, and she asks me to make major changes that I don't agree with.  That is really disheartening.  But it is a negotiation.  I will make some of the changes that I think will make the book better, and if I don't feel that way I don't.  


-Why did you want to become an author?

 I never took a writing class in my life.  I went to college (Rutgers) and studied psychology.  I even went to graduate school for two years.  But then I decided that I didn't want to be a psychologist.  I didn't know what to do with my life.  So I thought, "What do I like to do?"  And I always enjoyed writing letters to my friends.  Writing always came naturally to me.  So I decided to be a writer.  And the rest is history!

-How long does it typically take to write a book?

It depends on the book.  The My Weird School books come out every three months, so I have to write them really fast--about a month.  My baseball card adventure books, on the other hand, are for older readers and I have to spend a lot of time researchingthem.  So I may spend a year on one of those.


-What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Don't try to write the next Harry Potter or A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Find your own voice.  Don't use a bunch of five syllable words trying to impress people.  Read your rough draftout loud to yourself.  And go to my web site (www.dangutman.com) and click TIPS FOR YOUNG AUTHORS.

You can find current information on Dan Gutman at the following:
-Web site: www.dangutman.com
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