Write the Damn Book Already

Ep 60: The Art of Reissuing a Book with Alix Strauss

October 11, 2023 Elizabeth Lyons
Write the Damn Book Already
Ep 60: The Art of Reissuing a Book with Alix Strauss
Show Notes

Alix Strauss recently reissued The Joy of Funerals, 20 years after its initial release (with St. Martin's Press). This fascinated me, as so often I hear authors wonder, "Can I still promote my book? It's been out for a year!"

In this episode of the Write the Damn Book Already podcast, we chatted about:

  • what compelled her to reissue the book
  • what she's doing differently this time around
  • how being a frequent contributor to the NYT informs her confidence about being a "good" writer
  • what she loves most about the writing community
  • how she summons and nurtures unflinching belief in her book. 

I had to sit quite far from the mic for the majority of the interview so it didn't pick up my near-constant laughter; the woman is hysterical!


Alix Strauss is a trend, culture, and lifestyle journalist; an award-winning, four-time published author; speaker; and frequent contributor to The New York Times. 

Her books include: The Joy of Funerals (St. Martin’s Press & Palagram Press), Based Upon Availability (Harper Collins), and Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous and the Notorious (Harper Collins).  She is also the editor of Have I Got a Guy for You (Simon & Schuster), an anthology of mother-coordinated dating horror stories. Her work has been optioned for several TV and film projects. 

A media-savvy social satirist, she has been a featured lifestyle, travel, and trend writer on national morning and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN, and the Today Show. During the past 25 years, she has written over 1500 articles. Her articles have appeared in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Conde Nast Traveler, the Financial Times, Time Magazine, and Departures, among others, and

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