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Publishing Success Story: Rachelle Bergstein



Every author has a different path to publishing—it’s the beauty of the business. And it’s filled with rejections and challenges along the way, which also lend to its ultimate reward.

In Lucinda’s brand new interview with Rachelle Bergstein, the author of Women From the Ankle Down, Brilliance and Fire, and the just released sensation, The Genius of Judy, writers will hear firsthand Rachelle’s inspiring story from editorial assistant to journalist to an author published by major houses, complete with professional and personal challenges she could have never imagined.

This is how she succeeded.

In the interview, Lucinda asks questions of Rachelle such as:


  1. You have an unconventional story in terms of breaking into book publishing. Was this always a career you wanted? 
  2. Tell us a bit about your experience working with a literary agent (my husband).
  3. How do you find your best book ideas, or rather, how do you distinguish the wheat from the chaff when it comes to deciding on the right book?
  4. What inspired you to write your latest book, The Genius of Judy?
  5. Who do you think it will resonate with and why?
  6. You went through a very difficult personal experience in between landing your book deal (during the pandemic no less!) and now launching your book. How did you work through this?
  7. How has the marketplace changed since you first began in publishing?
  8. What advice do you have for aspiring nonfiction writers? 


Watch the Video by clicking here

Rachelle Bergstein’s latest book, The Genius of Judy: How Judy Blume Rewrote Childhood For All of Us is now on shelves! Inspired by Blume’s longtime fight against book bans, Rachelle is following the current politically charged book banning crisis on her Substack, called Banner Year.

Learn more about Rachelle, order her new book, and follow her on Instagram


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