Paula Berinstein

Goodreads Author


Born
in The United States
Website

Twitter

Genre

Influences

Member Since
January 2010


Paula Berinstein (Paula B) is the author of the Amanda Lester, Detective middle-grade/YA series, which features a descendant of the Sherlock Holmes character Inspector Lestrade and is set in the English Lake District.

From 2005 to 2012, Paula produced and hosted the popular podcast The Writing Show (http://www.writingshow.com). She holds degrees in English literature and librarianship from UCLA.

To ask Paula Berinstein questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Paula Berinstein Thanks so much for your question, Jason. Very interesting!

The simple answer is no. I'm not avoiding taking risks. I've taken so many risks in my life…more
Thanks so much for your question, Jason. Very interesting!

The simple answer is no. I'm not avoiding taking risks. I've taken so many risks in my life that I'm not sure there are many left untaken. What I am doing is avoiding doing things I'm not yet ready to do because I haven't finished laying the groundwork yet.

Let me explain. Self-publishing has turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. If you look around, it seems that it's lost most of its stigma and indie writers can succeed as well as writers who go the traditional route. However, that's not quite the case. It is still very difficult to get past the gatekeepers, which means it's difficult to get reviews and to sell books. Many, or should I say most, reviewers will not look at self-published books, and that includes not just Library Journal, etc. but also bloggers. It is also still nearly impossible to get self-published books into libraries, especially school libraries, which in the case of kids' books, don't want to buy books that aren't on the AR (Accelerated Reading) lists, and of course if you're self-published it's very hard to get onto the lists. Of course it's nearly impossible to get *any* book into physical bookstores. Etc., etc.

All of this means that it's very difficult to establish credibility, and without credibility, it's hard to get speaking gigs, do school visits, raise money, win awards, etc. So before I can "take the risk" of attempting to do those things, I have to establish credibility. And that's where I feel stuck at the moment. I have big plans I want to implement. I've just got to get past a few obstacles first.

Just one more note. If you'd asked me this question a decade or two ago, my answer would have been completely different. Experience makes a lot of difference. After a while you can either just do things or don't worry when you can't. Age has its advantages. :)
(less)
Paula Berinstein
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Average rating: 4.21 · 395 ratings · 124 reviews · 58 distinct worksSimilar authors
Amanda Lester and the Pink ...

4.17 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 2015 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Amanda Lester and the Orang...

4.30 avg rating — 30 ratings5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Amanda Lester and the Blue ...

4.53 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Amanda Lester and the Purpl...

4.52 avg rating — 21 ratings5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Making Space Happen: Privat...

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Writing Dialogue: The Impor...

4.36 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2008
Rate this book
Clear rating
Writing Fantasy: How to Int...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2009
Rate this book
Clear rating
Point of View in Fiction

4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2008
Rate this book
Clear rating
Amanda Lester and the Red S...

4.82 avg rating — 11 ratings2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Writing Dialogue: Combining...

4.57 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2008
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Paula Berinstein…
Push Not the River (The Poland Trilogy, #1) by James Conroyd MartinPush Not the River by James Conroyd Martin

Push Not the River is such an exciting book! Set in the dramatic 18th century, the story features twists and turns both political and personal. It reminds me a bit of a Philippa Gregory book in scope and treatment, centering as it does around a high born but emotionally disadvantaged woman who finds herself caught up in events beyond her control. The h... Read more of this blog post »
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on December 04, 2017 11:34 • 29 views • Tags: 18th-century, poland
Amanda Lester and the Pink ... Amanda Lester and the Orang... Amanda Lester and the Purpl... Amanda Lester and the Blue ... Amanda Lester and the Red S... Amanda Lester and the Gold ...
(6 books)
by
4.31 avg rating — 190 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Extreme Prejudice...
Paula Berinstein is currently reading
by Dharma Kelleher (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
Rough Crossings: ...
Rate this book
Clear rating

 

Paula’s Recent Updates

Extreme Prejudice by Dharma Kelleher
Extreme Prejudice: A Jinx Ballou Novel
by Dharma Kelleher (Goodreads Author)
progress: 
 
Rate this book
Clear rating
Extreme Prejudice by Dharma Kelleher
Extreme Prejudice: A Jinx Ballou Novel
by Dharma Kelleher (Goodreads Author)
progress: 
 
Rate this book
Clear rating
Paula Berinstein is currently reading
Extreme Prejudice by Dharma Kelleher
Rate this book
Clear rating
Paula Berinstein wants to read
The Secret Fiend by Shane Peacock
Rate this book
Clear rating
Paula Berinstein rated a book it was amazing
Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
Rate this book
Clear rating
Paula Berinstein rated a book it was amazing
The History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons
Rate this book
Clear rating
Paula Berinstein rated a book really liked it
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Rate this book
Clear rating
Paula Berinstein rated a book really liked it
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Rate this book
Clear rating
L.G.
L.G. is 40% done with Macbeth
Paula Berinstein started reading
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Paula's books…
“The books you read in childhood shape the person you become.”
Paula Berinstein

“archenemy,”
Paula Berinstein, Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Cozy Mysteries : 2016 Summer Challenge 110 159 Sep 29, 2016 09:12PM  
Cozy Mysteries : 2016 Autumn Challenge 141 280 Dec 23, 2016 05:35AM  
“I would be perfectly willing if a publisher came up to me and said, "I need a novel about underwater Nazi cheerleaders and it has to be 309 pages long and I need fourteen chapters and a prologue.”
Michael McDowell

“Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Reader's Bill of Rights

1. The right to not read

2. The right to skip pages

3. The right to not finish

4. The right to reread

5. The right to read anything

6. The right to escapism

7. The right to read anywhere

8. The right to browse

9. The right to read out loud

10. The right to not defend your tastes”
Daniel Pennac

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.”
Stanley Fish

84674 Crime, Mysteries & Thrillers — 9279 members — last activity 22 minutes ago
Welcome and join us for our monthly group reads. We read Mysteries, Thrillers, and a variety of subgenres. True Crime, Cozy Mysteries, and Series are ...more
71883 Great Middle Grade Reads — 2808 members — last activity 15 hours, 44 min ago
GMGR brings together parents, teachers, librarians, writers and readers, who all love middle grade books. If you've ever wished for your very own magi ...more
188 Children's Books — 4379 members — last activity 12 hours, 6 min ago
From picture-books to juvenile fiction, award-winners to overlooked gems, the world of children's literature provides an endless supply of fabulous bo ...more
31471 Goodreads Author Feedback Group — 11029 members — last activity 22 hours, 26 min ago
This is the official group for authors to give Goodreads feedback about the site. Share your thoughts and questions about the Goodreads Author Program ...more
237556 Silent World — A discussion group — 632 members — last activity Oct 18, 2018 06:58AM
A place to discuss all the unique aspects of Deaf culture as highlighted in the new release book Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by Lanc ...more
148718 ALLi Goodreads Group — 169 members — last activity Apr 28, 2015 07:44PM
ALLi Goodreads Event
26989 Goodreads Authors/Readers — 29299 members — last activity 8 minutes ago
This group is dedicated to connecting readers with Goodreads authors. It is divided by genres, and includes folders for writing resources, book websit ...more
221348 Parents find Children's books and Authors — 44 members — last activity Jan 06, 2018 06:52AM
This group allows parents, readers, and children's book authors, to meet and discuss new releases, old favorites and children's books in general and t ...more
208112 Of Wonderland Book Club — 588 members — last activity 9 hours, 43 min ago
Hello! We are Inge, Aly, Anissa, Wren, and Ely of Of Wonderland, a book blog which mainly celebrates Young Adult and Fantasy. Welcome to #OWBookClub, ...more
134618 99 cent Bestsellers — 2925 members — last activity Nov 15, 2018 12:38PM
Welcome to 99 cent Bestseller. We give you the best books pricing 99 cents from amazon. If you love books then this group is for you. Authors can also ...more
More of Paula’s groups…



Comments (showing 1-4)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 4: by Paula

Paula Berinstein Denise wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Paula."

Thank you for connecting, Denise!


Denise Baer Thanks for the friend request, Paula.


message 2: by Paula

Paula Berinstein Hi, Gerald,

Same here! I'm using Goodreads more and more. There's something welcoming about it. :)

How's your writing going?


Gerald Paula, somehow I figured you were already a Goodreads friend but now glad to meet up with you again!


back to top