On Saturday, February 7th, I presented my “Pitching, Querying, and Proposing: How Authors Go from Shy to Sold” presentation during the Carroll County MWA chapter meeting. The meeting takes place in the large meeting room of the Finksburg Branch Library, the event lasted from 1:30 to 4 PM, though as usual we ended up chatting for another half-hour or so. All who attended seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event. And they made me the nicest poster!
You’ve experienced the satisfaction of working hard to learn a craft and producing a quality piece of writing—but now what? If you ever want anyone to read your work outside of your immediate circle of family and friends, you’ll need to get published. Though self-publishing is always an option, this talk focuses on how writers generally approach the submission process. Find out who really decides what gets published, how to approach them without getting the proverbial door slammed in your face, and what these gatekeepers expect from you besides your very best work. You’ll also get tips that will make your pitches, queries, and proposals more effective for best results.
You are an excellent public speaker! Your presentation was full of valuable tips about writing as you shared your in-depth knowledge of the publishing process. You were generous with encouragement and practical advice, and I was thoroughly entertained by your stories. I’m only a beginning writer, but I picked up a lot of useful information.—Cindy Van Ells
Your practical presentation gave me real insight into the process and criteria through which publishers make their decisions. Thanks so much for sharing with those of us new to the publishing game.—Ellen Marshall
Your presentation was, by far, one of the most helpful, well-organized, insightful, and honest presentations I have heard on the topic of preparing and submitting my work. The examples of queries you spoke of from your experience, and the references you provided during the meeting and just the overall thoroughness of your whole presentation combined to make a motivating and positive experience. Thank you so much for all of your help!—Mike Crowl
As an active member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, I know that the organization is a great resource for advice and guidance in the writing and publishing process. I am always so excited to be invited to give presentations to such a great group of local writers.
During my talk on Saturday, I shared essential advice for writers about the daunting process of selling your work to the companies who can get it out into the world. Thank you to Chapter President Kelly Peresta for inviting me back.
For more information on the Maryland Writer’s Association, please visit their website: MarylandWriters.org