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I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943 to a Navy father and mother.

I graduated from Duke University in 1965.

In January of 1966, when I was on the bus leaving Parris Island as a freshly-minted Marine, I looked back and thought there was at least one good thing about this departure. "No matter what happens to me for the rest of my life, no one can ever send me back to this freakin' place again."

Forty years later, to my surprise and gratification, I am far more closely bound to the young men of the Marine Corps and to all other dirt-eating, ground-pounding outfits than I could ever have imagined.

GATES OF FIRE is one reason. Dog-eared paperbacks of this tale of the ancient Spartans have circulated throughout platoons of U.S. troops...more


So despite your literary agent’s best efforts, your first novel/first nonfiction proposal didn’t sell to any of the Big Five publishers.
What do you do now?
You ask your agent to plumb the directories of small presses and start cold calling.
Right?
Well, if your agent is a realist, that is if she has a family to support or
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"There's a crisis for writers these days. No more book reviews. Newspapers have cut back drastically. How can a writer get the word out that his book even exists? I decided to do a video and get it up on YouTube, link it to WWII sites, etc. I went a little crazy." ...More

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“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

“A cavalryman's horse should be smarter than he is. But the horse must never be alowed to know this.”
Steven Pressfield, The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

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HISTORICAL FICTION POLL "B"
There will be a series of polls to begin putting together a potential reading list for the "historical fiction folder". I have divided the books into groups of 15 books apiece. Make sure to choose your favorite from each poll and make sure to vote in each of these polls so that we can generate a list according to priorities and interests. You will only receive one notification per poll. There will be simultaneous polls so please make sure to vote in each one.

Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Book 1) by Patrick O'BrianPatrick O'Brian Patrick O'Brian

MASTER AND COMMANDER BY PATRICK O'BRIAN
 
  14 votes, 29.8%

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueErich Maria Remarque Erich Maria Remarque

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT BY ERICH MARIA REMARQUE
 
  6 votes, 12.8%

Life on the Mississippi by Mark TwainMark Twain Mark Twain

LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI BY MARK TWAIN
 
  5 votes, 10.6%

The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2) by Mary RenaultMary Renault

THE PERSIAN BOY BY MARY RENAULT
 
  5 votes, 10.6%

The Virtues of War  A Novel of Alexander the Great by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

THE VIRTUES OF WAR: A NOVEL OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  4 votes, 8.5%

Arundel by Kenneth RobertsKenneth Roberts

ARUNDEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  3 votes, 6.4%

The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline GedgePauline Gedge Pauline Gedge

THE EAGLE AND THE RAVEN BY PAULINE GEDGE
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

Gates of Fire  An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

GATES OF FIRE: AN EPIC NOVEL OF THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

The Afghan Campaign  A Novel by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN: A NOVEL BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson

THE BLACK ARROW BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary SutcliffRosemary Sutcliff


THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH BY ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

Eagle in the Snow by Wallace BreemWallace Breem

EAGLE IN THE SNOW BY WALLACE BREEM
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

The Last of the Wine by Mary RenaultMary Renault

THE LAST OF THE WINE BY MARY RENAULT
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Killing Rommel  A Novel by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

KILLING ROMMEL: A NOVEL BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great, #1) by Mary RenaultMary Renault

FIRE FROM HEAVEN BY MARY RENAULT
 
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Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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maricar thank you for accepting me as friend ^_^ keep up the great writing. have a nice day!


message 6: by A.J.

A.J. Hello Mr. Pressfield,

I don't get many opportunities to interact with writers I like, so I suppose I'll take this one. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Gates of Fire. Not only does it rank among my favorite novels, it also happened to turn me on to the whole historical fiction genre. So many thanks on both counts.

And on behalf of a few of my old theater job buddies, one of which was in Iraq for awhile, they sure enjoy your work as well. We're all pulling for you and spreading the word.

Thanks for listening. I look forward to reading your Alexander and Rommel novels sometime in the near future.

Sincerely,

-A.J.


Steven Thanks, Susan. I'm delighted that "War" struck a chord!


message 4: by Susan

Susan I loved The War of Art. Many thanks for writing it.


message 3: by JHHK

JHHK JHHK Oh, Resistance still kicks my butt each day. I just stand up, take the hit, then finish the day’s work. For a professional endures.


Steven Thanks, JH. You're way ahead of me. Resistance is kicking my butt regularly!


message 1: by JHHK

JHHK JHHK I read “The War of Art,” turned pro, started writing five hours per day, three hundred and sixty-five days per year, and have only been defeated by resistance three days in the last three years. I recommend your book to every writer I know.


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