Last evening at the library I attended, “The Path to Publication: Five Authors Talk about Books.”Anjali Mitter Duva, Kate Flora, Michael Ponsor, Henriette Lazaridis Powers and Meg Wison shared their experiences in becoming a published novelist. (Check out their websites.) Here’s what I learned:
• Keep writing every day, even when you don’t feel like it.
• Be prepared for rejection. • Have others read your manuscript before you send it out or publish it yourself. • Indie publishing is another term for self-publishing. • The publishing world is changing daily. Publishing with one the big six (now five) companies is not the only way to go. • These big publishing ‘houses’ only publish books that will make a great deal of money—to support staff, advertising and big offices in New York City. • Numerous smaller companies are being created. • Print books are still important but e-books are the biggest sellers. • I repeat, Keep writing every day, even when you don’t feel like it.
4/30/15 Finishing up VG. 4/29/15 Sending "Very Grateful" to my copy editor. 4/28/15 Sinus infection; Hanging low. 4/27/15 Have a little cold so I'll see what the day brings. 4/26/15 Church; settling in. 4/25/15 Flying home. 4/24/15 Uffizi; train to Rome. 4/23/15 Fiesole and more. 4/22/15 Duomo climb. Boboli Gardens and more. 4/21/15 Open schedule in Florence. 4/20/15 Vatican and afternoon train to Florence. 4/19/15 Roman Forum, Colosseum and more. 4/18/15 Meeting family in Rome for the school vacation week. 4/17/15 San Marco; Medici Chapels; packing for Rome tomorrow. 4/16/15 Vasari Corridor. 4/15/15 Fiesole. 4/14/15 Uffizi. 4/13/15 Orsanmichele; Boboli Gardens. 4/12/15 San Marco; Botanical Garden. 4/11/15 Wandering about in Florence again. 4/9-10/15 Flight to Rome; train to Florence. 4/8/15 Packing and visiting. 4/7/15 Packing for another walk in Florence. 4/6/15 Getting ready: finishing "Very Grateful".