Read Well Think Well – Author Interview – Hal W. Lanse, Ph.D.

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Paperback Writer is pleased to introduce author of the parenting and educational book Hal W. Lanse, Ph.D., Dr. Hal is a premiere teacher trainer in New York City, specializing in middle-grade and young-adult literacy. He is the winner of the 1997 Frank W. Dilley Award, Walden University’s annual prize for outstanding doctoral dissertation.

About the Book:

Millions of children struggle with reading-and even more struggle to understand exactly what they’re reading. Read Well, Think Well will help you to teach your children to build the essential reading and comprehension skills they need to succeed in today’s demanding school system. Teacher trainer and literacy specialist Hal W. Lanse, Ph.D., provides the necessary knowledge, strategies, and exercises that will turn your kids into first-rate readers and thinkers.
Learn how to:
Choose the best, age-appropriate reading material
Boost your child’s memory and retention skills through verbal and visual exercises
Utilize technology aids to help your child understand the comprehension process
Understand the “Big Six” of reading comprehension through analysis and summary of the text
Promote values for everyday life through reading
Read Well, Think Well-the ultimate guide to secure your child’s academic success.

Hi Dr. Hal

Welcome to Paperback Writer.

It’s a pleasure.

Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?

I’m a longtime reading specialist and teacher trainer. I’ve given many
workshops over the years for teachers and parents. Parents have told me time
and again that they appreciate the information I share with them. In the
back of my head, I always thought, “I should turn this into a book,
someday.” Finally, after writing two children’s books I decided it was time
to write my book on reading.

Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very
long time?

I’ve been thinking about it for years; but it’s a big leap from writing
informational packets and children’s books to writing a full length
informational book. I wasn’t sure the work would flow as smoothly as writing
fiction—which I do stream-of-consciousness style. Nonfiction has to be
outlined in advance. It turns out that the writing went very well. I was
dying to get this information out on paper and into the hands of parents, so
it all came pouring out.

How did you come up with the title?

I didn’t. I originally called the book The Reading Revolution. It turns out
that a tutoring service in California already owned the name; so the
publisher selected a new title. I love the title, by the way. I love the
cover too. It blew me away when the publisher first emailed it to me.

How did you find an agent and publisher?
The publisher who brought out my children’s books strictly focuses on fantasy
literature. When I was ready to move away from writing children’s fantasies
she hooked me up with my current (and very talented) agent, Irene Goodman.
My children’s books were sold without an agent. It’s the old story: I knew
someone who knew someone. For this book, I needed and agent and Irene did an excellent job.

Who reads you work in progress?

Irene is very hands-on. She read and critiqued my book proposal which
included the first chapter. After that, no one saw it until the editor had
it in her hands. I’m not much into sharing when I’m in the middle of writing
a book. I don’t want anyone’s critique to disrupt the flow of my work.
Irene was a different story because it’s her job to make sure I’m a success.
Her suggestions were always right on the money.

Who made a difference in the book’s quality?

My agent and the editor both had some impact on the book; though given the
brief turnaround time the editing was minimal.

How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

Two months! I still can’t believe I finished it. Thank heavens for summer
vacation. I signed the contract in June and THEN the editor asked for the
final draft on September first. For two months I felt like the protagonist
in The Stranger. My whole world narrowed to one room in my home. I lived at
my desk and dined on nothing but Chinese take-out. A lot of pigs sacrificed
their ribs for this book.

How long did it take from start to publication?

All together, about sixteen months. Irene and I actually spent more time on
the proposal than it took to write the book.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

When it comes to writing informational books, compile your research before
your start peddling your proposal. As a reading specialist, I belong to
several professional organizations that publish peer-reviewed journals. I
also attend lots of professional conferences where I take copious notes.
Without these materials at my fingertips, meeting the editor’s deadline would
have been impossible, summer vacation notwithstanding.

Thank you, Dr. Hal, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book
tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.

Thanks. Please let your readers know that they can sign up for my free,
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3 thoughts on “Read Well Think Well – Author Interview – Hal W. Lanse, Ph.D.”

  1. Hi, recently I published a book. It’s going well among people and I want to publish few more books. I was in search of better ideas to reach the audience effectively. From this interview, I got some new ideas to write and publish books in an effective way.

  2. Excellent interview, and I would have to agree with what Dr. Hal W. Lanse says. I used to run a cognitive genetic lab at the U. of Colorado and we studied reading disabilities. Getting kids to read is one of the most important skills they can cultivate in terms of developing their cognitive abilities. Glad to see a book that outlines some of these techniques.

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