About David Berndt, PhD:
David J. Berndt, Ph.D. was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago where he published or presented over 80 papers and articles before establishing a private practice. Dr Berndt currently lives in Charleston, S.C. where he also teaches in an adjunct capacity at the College of Charleston. He is best known for his psychological tests The Multiscore Depression Inventory, and the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children, both from Western Psychological Services. He also contributes to several psychology websites. His most recent book is Overcoming Anxiety.
What inspires you to write?
I have written for my peers (I am a psychologist) since I was in grad school, but recently I felt compelled to write for the public so I could share what I have learned by working collaboratively with my clients.
Tell us about your writing process.
For my psychology knowledge series I try to write like I am talking to one of my clients. Since I am presenting ideas and tools I routinely talk to my patients about then I have a pretty good idea of where I am going, at least within each chapter. Which chapters go first is more of an art form.
What advice would you give other writers?
Most writers should probably be independently published (indie) and most indie authors need a good editor and book cover designer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a good agent and follow the Big 5 publishers and agencies because my wide is a successful hybrid author. In doing her promotions and publicity it became clear to me that the big publishers were falling behind the indies because they were not nimble enough. I decided to go indie so I could have more control over what I write and when I publish, not to mention book cover, promotions, and a host of intangibles, and yeah- almost three times the royalty percentage.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I predict that one or two of the big-5 publishers will be able to survive, and they will be the ones who understand how the eBooks have changed everything, and adapted. Indie authors will continue to outpace the traditional market, and most midlist authors will go indie if nothing else for the better money. The mega stars will mostly stay with their publishers and sell fewer books for more money, except of course those whose talent overcomes the handicap of unreal prices,
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: mental health, self help, psychology, psychopathology, nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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