Following is the meat of a post to a friend on Facebook in response to a question about publishing:
My last book was self-published, so I didn't work with a publisher on that one. It was actually my 8th novel and I tried a little to get some of the other ones published but never really delved deeply enough into it.
In some ways, I wish I would have tried to do more with them, but then again I think something inside made me want to wait to mature as a writer and as a person. And no regrets, there is only now. And speaking of now, I've written a 9th novel, working title The Obamacare Experiments, and now I'm pursuing a traditional publisher for that one more rigorously.
Find an Editor
One thing I've come to understand is that you have to invest in your product. That means you need to seek out a professional editor. It's expensive but it must be done, for four reasons.
First, it's the best way to learn. It's like hiring a tutor.
Second, writing is a collaborative process. It is very rare when a person can just write something down and have it published (maybe impossible). You need that professional with credentials. Why? So you will trust their recommendations. Preferably, you should find one from NYC with publishing experience, again expensive, but worth it.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Friday, January 13, 2012
From the first page of The Self-Improvement Book Club Murder I was hooked. I took the book on vacation to have something to read while I was gone but I couldn't put it down and finished it before reaching Greensboro, NC. Mr. Wright takes the theories behind self help books and brings them all together to develop an excellent murder mystery. I enjoyed the evolvement of the characters, how the detectives develop a tie between the individual books and the murder. Wright's knowledge of the self help books he uses as a basis for the novel is extremely detailed and intriguing. I find myself compelled to pick up a self help book. A must ready for anyone who has doubt of how to live in the here and now or if you just want to enjoy a good book.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
This was the scene at the writers' reception, held Friday night, 11/11/11, at the Grand Theater in downtown Frankfort. From the reception to the event itself, the Kentucky Book Fair is a well-run affair. Congratulations to Connie Crowe and her team!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The FDA is scheduled today to issue final approval for a new drug widely touted as a miracle cure, quite literally for everything--from anxiety and depression to heart disease and all forms of cancer. Xanoxidoo will be available to the public as soon as the ruling is issued.
Though the pill received "fast track" consideration by the agency, it has been under development for more than 12 years by the merger its highly successful early testing spawned between pharmaceutical giants Eli Silly and Smerck.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
My request to you is this: If you've read The Self-Improvement Book Club Murder, please go to its page on Amazon and write a review. If you haven't read it, please get a copy and do so as soon as possible! Everybody's talking, you don't want to be left out!
Scott gave it 5 stars and wrote:
Scott gave it 5 stars and wrote:
The Self-Improvement Book Club Murder was a recommendation to me from a colleague, and I ended up reading and enjoying it in just three sittings. The personalities that were developed really spoke to me -- they became as famailar as friends by the end of the read. Even the injected references to well-known and respected volumes in the "self-help" genre -- Covey, Hill, Nirenberg, Persig and others -- provided me with additional insights that I had never considered before. What a rare combination -- a fictional work that provided a 'value-added' quantity for everyday events through the teachings of the self-help masters. And, as with any respectable mystery novel....I certainly did NOT see the ending coming....