Lori Gottlieb is a Current NYT Bestseller of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone | PoP 378

Lori Gottlieb is a Current NYT Bestseller of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone | PoP 378

Have you ever thought about writing a book? Where would you even start? Keen to hear from someone who has done it all, from start to finish, successfully?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Lori Gottlieb about her current New York Times bestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.

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Meet Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestseller and the author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. She writes the Atlantic’s weekly, Dear Therapist advice column and contributes regularly to the New York Times. She’s also a frequent guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, CNN and NPR

Find out more about Lori on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Lori Gottlieb’s Story

Lori studied language and culture first at Yale and then at Stanford University, where she explored beliefs and traditions across the globe—and she immersed herself in those stories.  In her twenties, she focused on visual storytelling as a film and television executive until she returned to Stanford for medical school. While there, her first book was published and ultimately she decided to pursue writing full-time.

In This Podcast


In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Lori Gottlieb about her current bestseller, how it all came about and what you can do if you also want to write a book.

The Journey

You know, the irony isn’t lost on me that the happiness book was making me miserable.

Originally Lori was supposed to be writing a book about happiness, and she couldn’t get herself to write it. Because she was starting out as a therapist at that time, and she really felt like first of all, happiness was beside the point. But that happiness as a by-product of living your life a certain way is great, and we all want that. But happiness as an end goal is kind of a recipe for disappointment. And the other part of it was that it just couldn’t reflect the nuances of what she was seeing in the therapy room. How people really live their lives, what those heroic moments looked like, what pain and joy and holding both of those together looked like, how people grow and change and transform.

And so, it took her a long time before she got up the courage to cancel that book contract. Partly because her agent told her that if she didn’t write this book, she would never write another book.

Seeing Things Differently

We grow in connection with others, its really hard for us to see ourselves because we don’t have the vantage point of living outside of our lives. It’s really easy to see something about someone else, but it’s harder to see something when it’s so close to you.

The four patients Lori speaks about in her book and the questions they were asking, forced her to ask herself these same questions and to really examine her own life. She then also speaks about herself as the fifth patient where she herself is in therapy.

Writing A Book

It’s important to know the why of why you’re writing what you’re writing. That it’s not just entertaining, but what’s behind that, is there something bigger?

If you are wanting to write a book the first thing is that you need an agent. And in order to get an agent, you need a book proposal. You can look online, there are all kinds of guides and samples of what a book proposal looks like. But it’s basically your summary of the book and why people would read this, who’s going to read it. They will also look at what your background is and why you are the person to tell this story. Based on that proposal, you try to find an agent. There are directories of agents where you can look. You want to look for agents who have written the kinds of things that are similar enough to your book so that you know that they might like that material. You have to submit to a bunch of agents and see who responds.

Books by Lori Gottlieb

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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