"If you can tell a story, you can write a story . . . your first book."

How To Write Your First Book is The Art of War for aspiring writers and authors.
If you can tell a story verbally, then you have the unique power to write one
or speak it into a voice or video recorder for later transcription.
This magazine features excerpts from the book, articles about the art of storytelling
and writing, and also pseudo-random musings about the beauty of life.

Featured Articles

William Dean A. Garner Introduces How To Write Your First Book

Here, I introduce you to my process of designing and building your first book. It’s not biophysics, which I did for years, and it’s not celestiophysics, which I study to this day. And it’s not a silly gimmick. This method of writing your first book is tried and true and it works effectively for many… Read More

William Dean A. Garner On How To Write Your First Book: Why You Should Consider It

I designed and built How To Write Your First Book as simple as possible to reach as wide an audience as I could. This audience includes those of you who do not normally read much, if at all. Everyone has at least one book in them, and each of you should take the time to… Read More

Testimonials

"Literary agent, Particle Physics Illuminatus, and former Army Airborne Ranger. With respect for everything you do!" - Dan Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Deception Point "Dean Garner’s version of The Art of War confirms for us that for the past 2,000 years the fundamental principles of special operations in battle have not only remained true, but they apply equally to today’s boardrooms and bedrooms. When on the hunt or holding ground, success can only be had by the precise application of disguise, deception and diversion, and a genuine appreciation for angles, inches and seconds. Ranger Garner masterfully shows us how." - Dalton Fury, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden "Dino, THANK YOU! When I listen to someone speak in a class or make a presentation, I take notes on the key points, draw little lightning bolts when the speaker suggests 'actions,' and use the left side of the paper (and draw light bulbs) when someone they’ve said triggers some interesting idea or concept that I’d like to explore further. In your class, I spent a great deal of time scribbling on the left side of the paper. You have a positive, passionate spirit that comes through loud and clear, a flexible approach that probably made most feel that they got something valuable out of the class, and an intelligent, nonthreatening style for someone so accomplished. Thanks for a great experience and the willingness to keep lines of communication open!" - Jonathan Canger, PhD, Vice President, Global Talent Management and Organization Effectiveness, Marriott Vacations Worldwide "Before I turned pro and floundered without direction, it was Dean Garner who became instrumental in organizing my first two books. Since discovering my travel journals posted on my website, StrikingViking.net more than 10 years ago, he has been as inspiration and often editor of my work. Because of his encouragement and fine-tuning, my first book is still a continuing success, currently back-ordered in fifth printing, and was a National Geographic Channel documentary. "Through his personal writing skills and marketing expertise, Dean knows how to connect with readers as well as coaching authors. A remarkable man of incredible intelligence and unquestionable integrity, without Dean’s assistance, I’d likely be staring at publishers’ doors slammed in my face. "With utmost gratitude." - Glen Heggstad, bestselling author of Two Wheels Through Terror and One More Day Everywhere, featured on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, 48 Hours "My name is Steve Alten, I am the NY Times bestselling author of MEG, THE LOCH, and six other novels, including the just-released THE SHELL GAME. My books tend to be fast-paced thrillers, and the hero often relies on technology. War has also played a part in my storylines. It is imperative that I get my details right, and so I take great pride in writing this recommendation for Dean Garner. Dean edited four of my best novels and assisted two others. He is an outstanding editor and author in his own right and is a very valuable part of my team. You would be wise to hire him as a ghostwriter . . . but I expect his services shared with me on my ninth novel." - Steve Alten, New York Times bestselling author of The Shell Game, Domain and Goliath "When I first embarked on my single-title writing path, I had already published approximately 30 category romance novels for Harlequin Books. I had decided I wanted to write about former military special-operations warriors and develop bigger, more relevant action-adventure stories—still romance, but much grittier. While browsing the web doing research, I ran across Dean Garner’s website. Among other things, Dean had posted amazing photos of his time spent in Ranger Battalion. I literally accosted him in cyberspace by introducing myself, explaining that I was in a virtual drought of information on Ranger procedure and asked if he would be willing to answer a few questions. "Dean was open, forthcoming and generous with his responses to NUMEROUS questions and even went so far as to graciously share some of his journal entries with me, a virtual stranger, from his time at Ranger Bat. "For his generosity and patience, I will be forever grateful. The information he provided was essential background for the writing of that fist single-title book, TO THE EDGE, which subsequently sold and launched a strong of novels featuring former Spec-Ops warriors. That book kickstarted what ultimately became a series of 12 books, the last seven of which have landed on the New York Times Bestseller List." - Cindy Gerard, New York Times bestselling author "Sun Tzu for the Modern Warrior and the Modern Battlefield. Easily understood and to the POINT!" - Ranger Joe Mattison, Command Sergeant Major (US Army, ret.) "Soldiers and scholars have struggled for decades to extract the nuggets of wisdom contained in Sun Tzu’s classic work on war, strategy and tactics. Dean’s most recent consolidation of the major points made in the original is handy, helpful and valuable for all students of the art of war." - —Dale Dye (Captain, USMC, ret.), Hollywood film/tv actor and military advisor "In this short, easy-to-read book, the author William Dean A. Garner asks: ‘How many dots will it take you, Dear Reader, to realize that you are in the grip of an otherworldly, destructive force whose goal is to enslave you and your family?’ It was in 1790 when Mayer Amschel Rothschild said: ‘Let me issue and control the nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.’ Now Garner connects the dots for you and explains how: ‘We The People of the United States of America are in the worst predicament of the history of this country. And, perhaps worse, most of us don’t even know it." - Scott Oliver, Author of How To Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa and Costa Rica’s Guide To Making Money Offshore in Bull & Bear Markets, and founder of WeLoveCostaRica.com