Cover for The Artisan Way Collection: Comprising the Dunlith Hill Writing Guides to Surviving the Writing Life, Professional Relationships, Sustainable Creativity, and Artisan Publishing


Being a professional writer involves more than mastering the craft of writing and the art of storytelling. There are the constant challenges of managing your own expectations as a writer, dealing with other people in the industry, maintaining your creativity, and running what is, in truth, a small business.

This collection includes four Dunlith Hill Writing Guides:

Surviving the Writing Life: How to Write for Money without Going Crazy

Professional Relationships: How to Deal with the Characters you can’t Re-write

Sustainable Creativity: How to Enjoy a Committed, Long-term Relationship with your Muse

Artisan Publishing: Why to Choose the Road Less Traveled

Together, they will help you explore an art-and-craft-centered approach to your writing life we call, The Artisan Way.


Surviving the Writing Life

1: Hard Questions and Sober Answers

2: Not for the Faint of Heart

3: The World of Commercial Publishing

4: Your Role as a Commercial Writer

5: Writing Advice

6: Surviving the Writing Life

7: Your Job as a Writer

8: Good Writing

9: The Great Conversation

10: Coda

Professional Relationships

1: It’s Not About You

2: Don’t Criticize, Condemn, or Complain

3: Give Honest and Sincere Appreciation

4: Arouse in the Other Person an Eager Want

5: Agents

6: Carnegie’s Six Ways to Make People Like You

7: Audience

8: Carnegie’s Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking

9: Marketing and Promotion

10: At the Summit

Appendix: Author Platforms in the Age of Abundance

Sustainable Creativity

1: The Substance of Art

2: Expression

3: Context

4: The Art of Collecting Ideas

5: The Science of Using Ideas

6: The Creative Life

7: Creative Discipline

8: The Art of Doing Hard Things

9: Making Time

10: Repeatability

11: A Creative Life is the Sum of all Your Parts

Artisan Publishing

1: Artisan Publishing

2: A Clear View of the Publishing Industry

3: Why You Shouldn’t Choose Artisan Publishing

4: The Advantages of Being an Artisan Publisher

5: Editorial Control

6: The Challenges of Artisan Publishing

7: Grappling With the Time Beast

8: Mastering Your Craft

9: The Artisan Philosophy of Business

10: Artisan Marketing

11: The Illusion of a National Book Culture

12: Strategic Publishing in an Age of Abundance

13: What Should You Do?

About the Author

Deren Hansen

Trained as an anthropologist, engineer, and historian, Deren Hansen brings a unique structural perspective to the conversation about writing and the writing life.

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