About Dave Bricker
ABOUT DAVE BRICKER
An award-winning writer, author, editor, and consultant, I offer guidance with eloquent writing and smart publishing strategies. My practice revolves around, “helping remarkable people tell remarkable stories.”
As a marketer and MFA graphic designer, I create powerful visual communications, engaging on-screen user experiences, and effective promotions. The lost art of traditional book design is among my creative specialties. My <PubML>® technology brings rich media eBooks to the open web, and empowers anyone to create beautiful eBooks with WordPress.
A university teacher for 15 years, My programs and workshops include such topics as Write Right Now: Crafting Powerful Prose, Publish Your Book, All About EBooks, and Finding Your Story.
While sailing thousands of solo miles and crossing the Atlantic in small boats, I developed my appreciation for storytelling. I help clients and audiences find and tell their stories to add power and magic to life and business.
Books by Dave Bricker
The Story Story: A Voyage Through the Islands of Connections and Engagement for Writers, Speakers, Professionals, and Visionaries is a story about storytelling. Too many books have been written ABOUT storytelling. But if stories are so powerful, why not use a story to teach about stories? This is a non-fiction business book wrapped in a novel.
If you’re unsure whether to include a Preface, a Foreword, or a Prologue in your book, or don’t know what an Epigraph or a Colophon are, The Publisher’s Guide to Book Anatomy is for you.
On the surface, The Blue Monk is a memoir that recalls how I came to love sailing, joined a unique community of misunderstood people at Dinner Key Anchorage and sailed away to enjoy a life of carefree adventure. The book also provides an account of a special slice of Miami history that would otherwise remain unrecorded. But The Blue Monk is not really about me; who wants to read a book by an author who can write about himself for hundreds of pages? Blue Monk is a book about something much larger than myself. I am but the narrator. My experiences sailing alone on a small boat were sometimes terrifying and frequently beautiful. Often, they were an odd combination of both. The Blue Monk is the story of an encounter with the remarkable world that lies just beyond the horizon of what we believe is possible and deep within each of us.
Hanns is a restless engineer, photographer and film-maker ready for his next adventure. Tino is a brilliant painter and flamenco guitarist. Anna is an uninhibited dressmaker and chocolatier who delights in life’s absurdities. Antonio is an amateur bullfighter determined to prove himself in the ring.When inexplicable circumstances bring them together, they are catapulted off on a whimsical expedition to Southern Spain to create a documentary film and search for a magic guitar. Along with Kalimba; the son of an African witch doctor and a Christian missionary, the unlikely group journeys to music shops, island anchorages, gypsy camps, bull rings and bedrooms to discover the rules for breaking the rules.
Dave Bricker’s first novel, The Dance, is a joyful, sexy, humorous and provocative excursion that leaves few traditions unquestioned as its unusual cast of characters brazenly steals a peek under the skirts of life’s magic to revel in its mystery.
An epic sea story written by an experienced sailor, Waves is a colorful, authentic account of an extraordinary voyage.Hanns sails a 47′ cruising trimaran to the Caribbean through a realm of transcendent beauty. Trusting instinct and nature’s signs, he survives storms and reefs to find paradise threatened by the very people drawn to its magic; a poignant allegory for our times.
Dave Bricker’s third novel, Currents continues the remarkable voyages of Hanns as he sails the Caribbean, determined to enjoy life to the fullest.
Underwater volcanoes, a broken rudder, rainforest business ventures, a trip to New York in a leaky freighter and a ride with a jealous captain keep this vivid adventure moving as dark forces gather beyond the horizon to challenge Hanns to a deadly game.
Written by an experienced sailor, Currents is as much a story of the human spirit as an epic, authentic sailing adventure.
It has never been easier to publish and market your own books, but success depends on good writing, quality production and hard work.
The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing offers a solid overview of what’s involved in getting your book printed, distributed and promoted in paper and e-book formats.
(This book was published in 2010, and is out of date. See my blog for information on writing, publishing, and book design.)
As a writer and storyteller, I didn’t really think I needed a book editor. Boy was I wrong! And what a gem I found in Dave Bricker! I never realized just how good my book would become until Dave put his magic spin on it. Not only did he work wonders with the writing and structure of the content, he did an excellent job on the layout. And on top of that, he designed my contextual models for worksheets and postcards to use in conjunction with my book in programs and workshops. He was easy to work with, and didn’t just meet my deadlines – he beat them. I can’t sing his praises enough, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for premium editing and graphic design services. Five stars.
Motivational Speaker, Comedian, Author of The Story Formula and Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale
—Margarita Gurri, PhD, CSP
—Laurie Guest, Speaker
—Caroline de Posada, Speaker
—Marsha Freedman, Speaker
The editing of my book was a true collaborative effort, and the re-design of the book cover was brilliant: I am so happy with the results.
I advanced my writing skills, and acquired a new friend!
—Robert M. Fisher, Author
—Lanny Smith, The Earthman Project
—Scott LeBlanc, MFA Graphic Designer
—Richard Geller, Author, Poet, Instructional Designer
—Sid Mitchell, Author / Archivist
—Jorge E. Sotolongo, MA Graphic Designer
—Liz Cunningham, Author
While laboring through the final draft of our first co-written book, my wife and I decided to hire an editor to help us polish the work and make it more presentable to the public. We’re both experienced journalists and are therefore well aware that everyone needs an editor, and that no work is exempt from the need for a sharp editor’s eye and pen.
We searched around online, found a few people that seemed good fits for our book and our somewhat quirky personalities, then chose Dave.
What a smart decision.
Dave asked the tough questions that needed posing; suggested twists, additions and approaches we’d not thought of, and generally made us better writers in the process. Thanks to Dave, I’ve remembered writing tips long forgotten and have a bunch of new arrows to deploy from my writer’s quiver on future projects.
Dave made our book better, our writing clearer, more precise and accurate, and he even deftly navigated the linguistic landmines coaching my British wife and me on which spellings to use. It was clearly a labo(u)r of perspicacity, if not genuine concern.
He’s also a genuinely good guy, fun and smart. Hire him. We’re certainly glad we did.
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—Steven Bauer, Writer/Editor at Hollow Tree Literary Services
—Lee Graham, eLearning Developer and Instructional Designer
—Neal Petersen, Keynote Speaker and Global Investor
—Barbie Taylor & George Walther, Authors
—Maria Laria, Author and Television Personality
—W.D. Clarke, Author