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11 Secrets to Getting Published Paperback – November 9, 2011
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About the Author
Mary DeMuth is the author of 12 traditionally published books, so she knows and understands the publishing industry. She often speaks at major writing conferences around the United States, and she mentors writers toward publication at The Writing Spa. She lives with her husband and three teens in Texas. Find out more at www.marydemuth.com.
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Well, she's done it. DeMuth recently published a Kindle-only book, The 11 Secrets of Getting Published. The content is the best of the Wanna Be Published blog, organized for writers to find what they need. The blog is still on the web for anyone to read, but the $2.99 book will save writers lots of time.
Early on, DeMuth was frustrated when an author she was friends with was unwilling to share the knowledge she'd gained on her own journey. DeMuth was determined to share what she learned with others, helping writers along, instead of viewing them as competition.
DeMuth's ebook is rising quickly in the Amazon rankings. This is likely due to the short, easy-to-digest sections. It's a great book to read in the small gaps of time in a writer's day.
The book is broken down into the promised 11 secrets:
· Learn the craft
· Develop discipline
· Know the publishing industry
· Welcome critique
· Write great queries and proposals
· Embrace marketing
· Overcome fear and rejection
· Understand the key players
· Navigate writers conferences
· Excel in your genre
· Thrive in your career
Each section is chock full of tips, with examples and explanations. Things like:
· Why published writers are `allowed' to break the rules
· A hilarious essay on avoiding clichés
· What is `negation' and why authors should avoid it
· How to improve your writing by `writing nekkid'
The ebook also comes with three bonus sections. The first examines the excuses writers give for why they're not published yet. Bonus section two lists quick writing advice, and section three tells DeMuth's own fascinating story of the road to publication.
If you browse the Wanna Be Published site, you'll see the benefit of an organized book drawn from years of faithful blogging. DeMuth, a big supporter of writers helping writers, also has a resource page on her website with all kinds of free downloads, including a query tutorial. She also sells to excellent tutorials for writers: one is a fiction proposal tutorial, and the other is a nonfiction proposal tutorial. And for writers interested in publishing their own ebook, DeMuth shares a free article: Publish Your Ebook in 7 Simple Steps.
Someone once told me to read Strunk & White's The Elements of Style every year. I'm adding 11 Secrets to Getting Published to my annual read list. A fresh perusal on occasion will help me hone my writing, my knowledge, and my marketing.