Blogger Backgrounds

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wanna Be Published blog

A Place for Writers Seeking Publication
new writer

Who: For anyone on the journey toward publication who needs some direction, practical tips, and wisdom from professionals who have been there.

What: An online place full of practical, hands-on tips for writers seeking publication.

Where: The blog is called "So You Want To Be Published"

When: Anytime your fancy strikes you.

Why: To bypass years of trying to figure out the bookselling industry, the writing world, or the tangled web of getting published. Get wise advice in one easy place.

How: Nonfiction and fiction author Mary DeMuth (author of five books with four on the way) remembers what it's like to be wide-eyed and naïve about publishing. She's passionate about helping new writers, but since her writing and speaking schedule is filling up, she's decided to funnel her help into a user-friendly blog. This week's entries include:

  • A listing of upcoming writers conferences with links.
  • How to Get Published in 2008
  • Mary's letter to new writers, complete with links to other helpful books and sites.
  • A helpful formula for writing: Grace + Grit
  • A 27-point checklist to see if you're ready to look for an agent
  • 10 Common Writing Mistakes
  • 2 Ways to jumpstart your writing

Other features include:

  • A listing of helpful websites
  • A listing of excellent writing books
  • Links to writing magazines
  • A poll asking "What scares you the most about publishing?"

And now, an offer:

I'm going to be giving away three of my nonfiction proposal tutorials ($10 value) to folks who comment on the first post on the blog: 2 Ways to Jumpstart Your Writing.

Here's a blurb about it:

Nonfiction Book Proposals that Grab an Editor or an Agent by the throat (in a good way) Have you been languishing in the frustrating land of nonfiction proposals? Don't know where to go next? In this fifty-page tutorial, Mary walks you through two proposals and empowers you to write one that sells.

Hear what industry professionals have to say about this product:

"Mary knows how to write a proposal that gets an editor's attention: well-organized, persuasive, and with the information I need to make a decision."

Terry Glaspey

Director of Acquisitions and Development

Harvest House Publishers

"As a literary agent, I see a lot of proposals. Mary's are top-notch-comprehensive, thoughtful, well-written, and professional. I'm proud to send them to the best publishers in the business."

Beth Jusino,
Literary Agent
Alive Communications

"Mary's proposals include the straightforward facts that publishers need with a personable style that publishers want. Great research, great voice, great proposal. Mary does an excellent job selling herself without seeming to sell herself."

Andy Meisenheimer,
Acquisitions Editor

"I first met Mary DeMuth when she was a student in one of my sessions at a writers' conference. She stood head and shoulders above the others at the conference because of one particular skill: Mary had an amazing ability to create strong, complete, and eye-catching proposals. Listen to what she has to say-she is as good as anyone in the business at crafting book proposals."

Chip MacGregory
Literary Agent
MacGregor Literary

"Mary's book proposals reflect her intelligence, wit, and charm, as well as her high level of craftsmanship as a writer. And just as important, her concepts are fresh. She has no interest in covering the same ground that has been plowed already by other authors. That's important to a book editor who is glassy-eyed from reading stacks of proposals."

Ron Lee,
Senior Editor
WaterBrook Press

Mary DeMuth
P.O. Box 1503
Rockwall, Texas 75087

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A Hero in Three Pages

I'm blogging about writing heroes over at the Seekerville blog today:

A Hero in Three Pages

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Writers and worry

DiAnn Mills recently asked me this question in an interview:

What are the most challenging problems for writers?

For most writers, the writing is easy—most writers can’t NOT write. But a lot of writers worry about if they’ll get published or if God wants them to be published and when.

I had the same fears before being contracted, and I still have the same fears now that my last contract has ended. The difference for me was that I’d already laid down my writing because God told me to, and He’d clearly given me permission to take it up again, so I knew for a fact that writing was what God wanted me to do.

I think writers need to CONSTANTLY examine themselves in prayer and with an open Bible.

If God asked you to, would you be willing to give up your writing? Would you be like Abraham, willing to trust God enough to sacrifice Isaac?

Your answer says a lot about your attitude about your writing—do you consider your writing yours or God’s?

If our writing is God’s, then we trust Him even if we don’t get a contract, even if it takes years, even if it looks like we’d only write articles, or only stories just for ourselves—simply because that’s God’s will for us.

If our writing is God’s, then we trust Him with the “when” of publication and try not to worry and angst about it. We grit our teeth and pray for patience, peace, and contentment no matter what happens.

If our writing is God’s, then we trust Him with each rejection, knowing He has a plan for us, for our stories. That story wasn’t right for that house, and God knows what’s best. Maybe we need a different story, maybe we just need to submit to a different house. God knows and molds our journey, and each rejection is another step forward on the path, not a step back.

For me, keeping an attitude of surrender has helped me be more at peace with each setback, has kept me from worrying too much about things I can’t control (like another contract).

This might not apply to you, but it might apply to some of you. I’ve gone through the worry and fear and insecurity, and the reminder that my writing is God’s, not mine, has helped me on my writing journey.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A New Year’s Writing Challenge

Happy New Year! I was racking my brain to figure out something pithy and witty to say for my post, but my friend Tina Russo solved the problem with THREE writing contests:

The 2008 Challenge

Even if you’re only thinking about writing a novel, here’s your incentive to start!
Related Posts with Thumbnails