• Craft,  Writing Ideas

    How Do I Get My Book Published?

    Last month I received an email from a young girl asking for information about how to get a book she’d written published. The following is, in part, what I sent back to her. Dear Writer: Since my weekly blog is primarily about writing and getting published, some of my earlier posts might help you. On the lower right side of my blog you will see a list of recent posts. Click on any that look like they might be of assistance. If you don’t find anything there, at the very top of the right side you’ll see a spot where you can put in a word or words and click…

  • Musings,  Uncategorized

    The Waiting Game

    Being a writer is a hurry-up-and-wait business. Either you set deadlines for yourself, or, because you’re under contract, you have deadlines set for you. So you push yourself so you make those deadlines, and then you send the story off . . . and you wait. You wait for the agent or editor to say yea or nay. And while you wait, you’re supposed to start something new . . . stay busy. And that’s a good idea, but even while working on something new or staying busy, a part of you is waiting. Waiting and worrying. I usually start out certain what I sent was wonderful, but within a…

  • Uncategorized

    How to Pick a Best Seller

    Every so often I’m asked to read and critique someone’s work. What most want to know is: Will this story sell to a publisher? And beyond that question is: Will this book be a best seller? It would be nice if I or anyone could answer those questions. I know I can’t. I can point out spelling, grammar and formatting errors that will weaken a writer’s chances for success, and I can give my response to the material; that is, did it grab my attention, were the characters’ actions and motivations reasonable, and did the story have an interesting plot? But I can’t guarantee a book I like will be…