With everything changing constantly, it is challenging to find an agent and publisher interested in your specific project at a specific time. I lost one editor between the time she bought the book and the time it was completed. Did you like to read as a child? Lots of sci-fi, lots of light fiction — more serious as I got older.
Read the newspaper page by page every day. My mother scraped together her pennies to buy a complete set of the World Book. I read every volume, and every annual update. Probably the best investment she ever made in my future. Your favorite childhood book?
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Two women who were destroyed because they wanted nothing more than to live their lives in peace and love, in their own way. Favorite villain: Richard III. Was there any book that made you want to be a writer? A lot of people ask if my surname has anything to do with it, but I knew I would be a writer before I knew who the other Hemingway was. My older brother became a journalist, and some friends thought I was following in his footsteps. I was surprised when he started working for a newspaper. Must be in the genes. First thing you ever got published?
I wrote for both my junior high and high school newspapers, so publication came early. My first paid article would have been about a high school football game. I was hired as a sportswriter for the local newspaper before my senior year. Or an act of god? Not far away live Gracie and Gabe Fortune.
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Gracie is bereft. In desperation, Gracie begins making demands of her wayward god, not realising that when her prayers are answered all hell will break loose. But when I sit down to it I usually go full throttle. I move around a lot so do not have a preferred spot for working. What I do need is a comfortable seat and calm. Perhaps some peaceful instrumental music or waves washing a shore in the background.
Bird song works especially well.
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SPS: Can you put your finger on the moment where you decided that you wanted to publish your work? It lends credibility to your work if someone other than your best friend wants to read it.
- The Once and Future Woman;
- See a Problem?.
- BOYHOOD IN A SOMERSET VILLAGE.
The advent of the Internet, ebooks and self publishing was admittedly a great incentive. SPS: Why do you think it is that you have found yourself writing in the style that you do? It has to come from somewhere. SPS: What would you say, if anything, best differentiates you from other authors? Everyday life and — as my dear maternal grandmother used to say — a delightful streak of insanity.
I love that person. Here is a brief description to give you an idea :. The only power I have over my life, thinks Claudia Stone as she puts the noose around her neck, is the power to end it. Claudia is failing to live her life. Or could it be that life is failing Claudia? Either way, hers is a mess. Until one day, by a twist of fate, she discovers a hidden talent.
When she becomes a phone sex playmate a new exciting world begins to unfold. But will it be enough to save her? SPS: Looking for Will is the story of a missing eighteen-month-old child. What led to you write about quite a difficult subject to cover? Of course, over time the characters embellished it and so did I. Totally immersed, I hate to put it aside. However, it needs quite a bit of revising if I want to publish it. I hope to get them both out there, but which should come first?
One in Toronto, Canada and the other in London, England.
Believe me, getting an agent was already a very difficult task. My British agent worked with film scripts as well as fiction and non fiction and was overloaded. Can I just hire an editor to help me with the layout for that? Then — I have to figure out how to set up the page that gets their email and name signed up on my blog.
Any ideas about that? Linda — My first ebook was just a PDF as well…certainly better than nothing.
And yes, I hired an editor and a designer to do it. You can read more about my experience with Mailchimp on my Products I Love page — see the tabs up top. Great post and love your blog. I have to agree that once you write your first ebook the challenge is then to get it known. This is a helpful post. Just wondering, when uploading a book, it asks for a publisher name. Can a person just invent one and put that in there? What do you think?
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You know what not to do. Would have to look it up. I am planning to open a new blog and its domain is christologic. But i am planning to open another blog where i can publish short stories and poem, can you give me an advice on this? Hi Carol — thanks for sharing this — will help me avoid similar mistakes in the future. Nice read, I think this is interesting and another way to make a few extra bucks online.
Appreciate the good rundown on things. Well, I have made many of them myself. Trying to learn from them since. Great insight. Thanks Carol for these insights.
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