Write Here, Write Now with David Ebershoff

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David Ebershoff – 2014 SCWR faculty member 

“A Deep Look at Editing” – as interviewed by 2016 SCWR faculty member Erin Niumata

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Podcast excerpts:

On finding time to write: “There’s an enormous amount of momentum to be gained by writing a page or two every day. It’s not so much the time of day, because everyone has different schedules, but it’s more a matter of ritual. You fall into a habit, and habits are not so hard to form as we sometimes think.

When I was writing The Danish Girl, I made a plan for how many pages I was going to write each day based on what was going on at the office and put it on a calendar on my fridge. I never once made my goal–not once–but I sometimes got to 70 or 80 percent. If I had been hoping to write 50 to 60 pages in a month and instead got only 45 or 40, I was still making progress.”

On following a trend: “The best books come from passion, what’s in the writer’s heart, a deep curiosity, a need to learn more about a subject and communicate that to readers. Write the book you want to read. If you want to read it, someone else will, too.” — David Ebershoff


ebershoff2David Ebershoff is the author of four books of fiction, including the novels The Danish Girl and the #1 bestseller The 19th Wife. The Danish Girl was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and five BAFTAs. The 19th Wife was made into a television movie that has aired around the globe. Ebershoff’s books have been translated into more than twenty languages to critical acclaim and twice Out Magazine has named him to its annual Out 100 list of influential LGBT people.

David had a long career at Random House, where he was most recently Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House. He edited more than twenty New York Times bestsellers and three Pulitzer Prize winners and a winner of the National Book Award. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. Originally from Pasadena, California, he now lives in New York City.


Erin Niumata, Folio Literary ManagementErin Niumata has been in publishing for over twenty-five years. She started as an editorial assistant at Simon and Schuster in the Touchstone/Fireside division for several years; then moved over to Harper Collins as an editor, and then she went to Avalon Books as the Editorial Director, working on Romance, Mysteries and Westerns. Erin has edited many authors including Leon Uris, Stuart Woods, Phyllis Richman, Senator Fred Harris, Michael Lee West, Debbie Fields, Erica Jong, Brenda Maddox, Lawrence Otis Graham, Joan Rivers, Carolyn Brown, Sandy Robins, Discovery’s River Monsters, Cash Cab, Extreme Couponing, Josh Shipp, Charlotte Cho, WE Tv’s Marriage Boot Camp, TLC’s – The Cake Boss, and many more. She’s worked on 28 NY Times Bestsellers.



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