Friday, November 13, 2015

Long Road to getting Published

       Many writers aspire to writing books. Writing a book is a LONG, involved, difficult process. Book publishing is a difficult challenge in today's world. A writer may submit his book time and time again only to be turned down again and again. He may eventually be successful. Wouldn’t it have been easier to have just gotten published the first time? Is that possible? You might improve your chances if you understand a little bit more about what happens at the publisher’s desk. Book publishers are busy people with several projects crossing their desks every day. They must make fast decisions about what will sell. They must also delegate their time efficiently in order to keep the business running. Only occasionally do publishers actually seek out work as they are inundated with submissions on a daily basis.
Persistence is the real name of the game in submitting your work to a publisher.

      Regardless of how many times you get shot down and your ideas are thrown in the trash, you have to keep going back for more discouragement. The idea in your mind is that eventually you’ll make it in the door. If you can get all the way through, you will finally get to the place where more of your work is accepted than declined. When working with the book publishing world, the rule is the same. If you have a book that you know will sell, you can’t give up on getting it onto the publisher’s desk again and again. You probably won’t be sending the entire book, but excerpts from it. As you continually send your manuscript again and again to publisher after publisher, you should try to market it in different ways. Publishers are looking for a particular kind of writing and will dismiss anything that doesn’t look like what they are looking for. Variation in your marketing techniques may turn a rejected book into an accepted book.

This is the LONG road.  But there is another way. Next time we'll look at the SHORT road.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Writing Ideas - Where do they come from?

I have often wondered what would I do if I had no idea what to write next. Where would I get the idea to get the blank page in front of me to come alive with words?
Last weekend, I was in San Diego for the wedding of my niece. It was a great family event and both of my brothers were present. The bride certainly didn't take after my brother. Now there is an idea for writing a chapter on how the lovely bride didn't look like her father or mother.

The wedding took place on the beach. What a novel idea to place the events surrounding the next important event in your writing on the beach. The sun setting on the Pacific and the sound of waves crescendos as background for the dialog about the most important revelation or secret unraveled in your story. Manipulate your words to paint the sea, the sounds, the smell, the pelicans diving into the ocean to catch their supper. 

OK, so she doesn't look like me either !!!!

The day after the wedding, I went downtown to visit the USS Midway aircraft carrier. What a might fortress of American maritime and naval power. She is retired now, but just across the harbor another active duty carrier was undergoing an upgrade. The size of these vessels defy easy description.

Imagine the intrigue that could take place on such a large ship with clandestine meeting among the large crowd of people roaming all over the vessel. Perhaps a meeting of lovers to get away from some prying eyes could take place without anyone knowing about it. 

If you can't think of how to start the blank page you are staring at,  try "The sound of the ocean only added to the expectations of the people watching the beautiful young lady walk up the beach, not knowing that she 1) about to be married in the church across the road, 2) about to be murdered by the sniper in the steeple of the church across the road, 3) had snuck off from her husband to carry out a secret mission for her agency that he didn't know about.

Let your imagination flow as you write.
Ideas can come from anywhere but start with a simple sentence and see where it takes you.