Writer’s Advice 2014

Today’s topic is: how to connect writer’s to publishers.

There are multiple means to meet editors and publishers nowadays.  In truth, people continue to respond well to in person contact.  There may be conventions, writer’s retreats or conferences you can attend to further your writing goals.  There may be connections through writer’s groups and even writing classes at a local university. 

There are some other methods.  One of these is to call people at organizations and ask about their needs or pitch your ideas.  How easy this is may vary from person to person. 

Another method is to write to people at magazines.  There is something called a Letter of Introduction that is often used by freelancers in the industry.  As with so many other relationships, when it works something longer term often results.  Many writers eagerly seek to build a clientele of editors who tend to accept their work. 

Following submissions guidelines at publishing houses is another simple rule to follow.

Of course one can also search online.  There are several online freelancing services, but there are also ways to contact literary agents and publishers online.

Hello, out there!! Did anyone even notice me?

Today, I finally realized that there is an indicator the system has built in to tell whether or not anyone even notices and bothers to read the blog.  It being the system, it applies to you and your friend’s mother’s uncle’s granddaughter’s blog to. 

Not meaning to whine, I am happy to see that there are real people out there – if that’s really you, then that really does mean you, you have read it and are interested at least some of the time. 

Being a writer, it doesn’t work that well without readers. 

More about story:  Where did the name Tutweiler Buckhead come from?  Tutweiler Buckhead is the mysterious villain in The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead aka An Adventure in Indianapolis.  In truth, I had a small professional writing contract in which I wrote about real estate in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area.  As I lived in Indianapolis at the time, I had to research to do it, but thanks to the power of the Internet I could still do it.  Buckhead is a nice neighborhood.  If I recall correctly it is rather higher than lower in the middle class but really is just a middle class neighborhood – for anyone who has bumped into actual rich people and seen how they live.  Rich people, remember, are only about 4% of the entire population, so either most of us have met that same one rich person, or haven’t met anyone rich ever, in person.  Anyway, Buckhead is not that fancy, but is quite ritzy compared to what both the poor and lower middle class have. 

Anyway, that’s the villain’s surname.  I just wanted, as an artist, for the character to have a really fabulous name.  It was not a conscious nor unconscious comment on class issues, to give him that name.  

Hope you all enjoyed that moment of ‘inside scoop – the mind of an author’.

If you love hard copies and to be the first or one of the first at something, you can pre-order a hard cover of this novel at http://sbpra.com/MiriamPia/

For some reason this novel is facing challenges.  This is the second publisher who has accepted it and made a cover and given it more editing.  One failed to release it as promised and so I am back to trying to get to avid readers of crime fiction by new authors using this publisher.