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You can learn to be a successful author ─ the 4 C's approach to successful authorship: Joan Gelfand, author of You Can Be A Winning Writer, has been teaching the 4 C's to aspiring authors at book festivals and writer’s conferences for the past ten years, and helping writers around the country realize their dreams of becoming successfully published. Joan has taught her 4 C's method for becoming a successful author to college professors, CEO's, doctors, ghostwriters, poets, and playwrights.

On writing well: From first draft to building a reputation, the 4 C’s discusses craft, commitment and gives solid tips on how to build a literary community and a fan base. Unfortunately, becoming a successfully published author does not stop with mastering craft, commitment and even building a community. Confidence is key, and Joan tackles this sensitive subject that keeps writers unpublished and manuscripts in the drawer. With the help of Renate Stendhal, Ph.D., Joan defines clear steps writers can take to overcome the demon of lack of confidence.

Writing strategies book filled with authorship and publishing tips: With a splash of humor, a dose of empathy and a volume of support, mastering the 4 C’s includes real life anecdotes from famous and not so famous ─ but successful authors. You Can Be A Winning Writer is the go-to book for writers just starting out, to writers stalled after their first or second book, and for students. The 4 C’s wisdom and stories will inspire and encourage.

You Can Be A Winning Writer includes:

  • Post-publication strategies
  • The mistakes that even the most talented prize-winning authors have made
  • How, with the help of the 4 C’s, those same authors could have enjoyed greater success
  • What it means to ‘fire on all burners” and work to develop each of the 4 C’s simultaneously

Maybe you've read Stephen King's On Writing, Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird, or William Zinsser's On Writing Well ─ Now you need to read You Can Be A Winning Writer.


Joan Gelfand

The author of three acclaimed volumes of poetry, an award-winning chapbook of short fiction and a forthcoming novel set in a Silicon Valley startup, Joan is the recipient of numerous writing awards, commendations, nominations and honors. Her reviews, stories and poetry have appeared in national and international literary journals and magazines including Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Kalliope, The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, the Toronto Review, Marsh Hawk Review, Levure Litteraire and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

For over ten years, Joan has lectured on the 4 C’s System and has coached writers to great success. An MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA, Joan is a past President of the Women’s National Book Association and the founder of the WNBA National Writing Contest. Editor of the newly published anthology of winning contest writers, Joan is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a juror for the Northern California Book Awards. She blogs regularly for the Huffington Post on books, travel and movies.

“The Ferlinghetti School of Poetics,” a poetry film based on Joan’s poem was featured at the 4th Annual Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece and won Certificate of Merit in a juried art show at the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Adam Hertz and two beatnik kitties – Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.


"I couldn’t recommend a better guide for writers taking their books out into the world.”

-Renate Stendahl, author of “Gertrude Stein in Words and Pictures” and "Kiss Me Again, Paris"

"Joan Gelfand is the perfect person to write this book and to share her expertise about writing and the importance of community for writers. In addition to being a remarkable poet and writer herself, Joan’s reach into the literary community is far and wide. She is an inspiration to many and a wonderful teacher."
-Jane Kinney-Denning, National President, the Women’s National Book Association, Director of Pace University Publishing Program

"Dense with great examples, bountiful in its outpouring of concrete advice, and full of the joy of being part of a special tribe, You Can Be a Winning Writer is the book I wish I had when I first fell in love with the art of writing. It is one in which every writer — wherever they may be in their writing lives — will find the help and inspiration they need, and I will recommend it time and time again."- Rosemary Daniell, author of "The Woman Who Spilled Words Over Herself"

"Joan Gelfand is amazingly knowledgeable about writers and the literary world. She has far-ranging insight into the ways that writers can connect and find readers and recognition for their work." - Zack Rogow, poet and author of the blog Advice for Writers

"Joan Gelfand is very skilled at bringing books to a wider audience. She has great connections and generously shares them."
-Diane Frank, Author of Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines and Publisher of Blue Light Press