The theme of my talk was focused on advising authors, once they have a finished piece of writing, on what often proves to be the most daunting next step—the submission process. After years of putting my own and others’ writing into publication, I enjoy sharing my personal experiences on how successfully playing your hand can lead to the satisfaction of getting your work published and available to a reading public beyond your own circle of family and friends.
Topics we covered included:
- Who really decides what gets published
- What these gatekeepers expect from you besides your very best work
- Tips on making your pitches, queries, and proposals most effective
I had a blast giving the presentation and was thrilled to have such an engaged group. According to Jenny Yacovissi, the chapter Secretary and author of Up the Hill to Home, the “attendance was the highest we’ve had since I’ve attended meetings over the last year, and it’s the first time we’ve gone so long that we’ve been kicked out of the room! High praise, indeed!”
And here’s some of what the attendees had to say:
“Your presentation was the best I’ve heard at MWA. You gave us more useful information per minute than any speaker I can remember.” —Sonia Linebaugh, author of At the Feet of Mother Meera: The Lessons of Silence
Many thanks go to Program Chair David Joyner for inviting me to speak, Chapter President Kat Spitzer for hosting, and all who attended.
The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Meetings begin at 6:30pm. For more information visit: annapolismwa.wordpress.com and www.marylandwriters.org.
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