Episode 23: How to write a For Dummies book with Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener for Dummies

Many writers might covet a byline on one of the most popular educational, instructional series ever, the For Dummies line published by Wiley.

But not many can snag that gig. For Gwen Hernandez, her story shows how a writer follows a passion that puts her in the “right place at the right time” to compete for a contract on Wiley.  In other words, it’s the magic of the universe and Gwen’s quite familiar with the serendipity of things.

In this candid interview, which will be released in two parts, we break down how Gwen matched the witty and quick voice that is trademark to the series, how she organized a 400-page book (hint, hint), and whether landing a For Dummies book deal means she’s hit the big time.

Of course, I have the Check In and some other random but important stuff to tell you.

CORRECTION: Gwen Hernandez was a manufacturing engineer. I said mechanical engineer in the audio.

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Gwen Hernandez

Gwen Hernandez

Gwen Hernandez is the author of Scrivener For DummiesProductivity Tools for Writers, and the Men of Steele series (romantic suspense). Before she started teaching Scrivener through her popular online courses, she was a manufacturing engineer and a programmer. She loves to travel, read, jog, practice Kung Fu, and hang out at home near Boston with her Air Force husband, two teenage boys, and a lazy golden retriever. Find her online at gwenhernandez.com.



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