The Healer’s Rune Book One of the Ceryn Roh Saga Released January 19, 2016 by Brimstone Fiction In the world of Ceryn Roh, Humanity has been subjugated by the Rüddan, a fey race that dominates the entire world. Sabine Rhyonselle, a Human healer in the village of Khapor,...Read More
I’m in Roswell, New Mexico visiting family, so will be signing books at Hastings Music and Books Friday, July 8 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. If you’re in the area, come by and say hi! I will be just inside the doors, on the way to the Magic, the Gathering, tournament.Read More
You’ve done it. You’ve put in the grueling effort, the rear-end numbing hours, the family-alienating dedication. You’ve studied your craft, honed your technique, and parsed your rough draft until you have a final product worthy of public consumption. You have written a book / short story / poem / screenplay and have decided to publish traditionally, and you are looking for an agent and / or an editor to represent you.
There’s just one problem: most editors, and a lot of agents, are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts. So how do you get your finished product in front of someone who has the power and resources to publish and distribute your work?
There are two very good ways. The first is to get the most current copy of the Novel and Short Story Market (or whatever version of the Market fits your work–there are several), produced by Writer’s Digest (you can get it from the Writer’s Digest website, or from most bookstores). That book is a comprehensive list of which agents and editors are searching for clients, what they represent, and how to contact them. It also contains essays that discuss current publishing guidelines and how to prepare your manuscript for submission, and a section listing contests for the current year. Everything I learned about how to submit my work for publication, I learned from these Manuals.
The second way is to go to writer’s conferences and make a pitch appointment with an agent / editor you want to represent you. You can also have a portion of your work critiqued by an industry professional at most of these conferences. The best thing about the whole conference experience, however, is the people you get to meet. If it’s truly not what you know but who, then conferences are the way to meet the whos. Conferences can be expensive, but they are well worth the cost. Consider them a well-made investment in your future.
A few miscellaneous details to make your efforts more successful:
Now it’s your turn. What other questions do you have? Are there any pointers that I should add? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Happy writing!Read More
Join me this Saturday, July 2, at Half Price Books in the North Oaks Mall, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Come out and say hi!Read More
My next promotional stop is in the digital world. On Wednesday, June 15 I’ll be visiting 33 webpages to discuss The Healer’s Rune, answer questions from readers, and participate in giveaways. You’ll find me at these websites listed below.
A few notes: Some of these links are not active yet, as they are pages made specifically for the day of the event and will not be available until Wednesday, June 15.
1: Cover 2 Cover
2: Hope. Dreams. Life…Love
3: Lynn Crandall
5: Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama
6: Fabulous and Brunette
9: The Avid Reader
10: The Recipe Fairy
11: White Sky Project
12: Bookjunkie’s Book Blog
14: CBY Book Club
15: Christine Young
16: EskieMama Reads
18: Harlie’s Books
19: Independent Authors
20: Kit ‘N Kabookle
21: Lampshade Reader
22: Linda Nightingale…Wordsmith
23: My Odd Little World
24: Natural bri
25: Queen of All She Reads
26: Rayna Noire
28: SolaFide Book Club
30: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
31: U.S. – Brazil Book Review
32: Where Landsquid Fear to Tread
I met my second fan at a book signing yesterday (see the dedication in The Healer’s Rune to discover why second and not first). His first name is Phillip; his last name I withhold to maintain his privacy.
I was running late (my GPS had originally marked my destination as an empty field), and I was distracted by setting up my books while signing them (I have Lupus, and the exertion of carrying in and setting up my table and books left me winded). Fanning myself with a few of my bookmarks, I saw him standing off to the side, a copy of my book in his hands. Still a titch breathless, I politely remarked that he could purchase my book from me because it was not stocked by the bookstore. Phillip just as politely told me he had already bought the book and enjoyed it.
That’s when I realized he was not there to buy the book but to meet me. He had already read my story and enjoyed it so much that, when he learned I was coming to a bookstore near him, he was motivated to come and connect with me.
The moment suddenly became profound, and I did my best to honor it as such. Still fanning myself, still slightly breathless, I engaged Phillip in a conversation about the only common ground we had: my book. Imagining how I would feel to see Tad Williams or Neil Gaiman, or any of the other authors I admire (had I the access and the courage), I talked with Phillip unill I ran out of ideas and then asked if I could sign his copy of the book.
He said yes. With sweat beading down my neck, I wrote a personal note on the title page in purple Sharpie, signed it, and thanked Phillip for coming.
As I reflected upon this event last night, I realized that I should have asked him to take a picture with me, and I wished I had found a way to make the moment longer, to honor it more for what it was.
My debut novel is not quite six months old, yet it has touched someone deeply enough that he came to meet me. It is, for a writer, a moment of remarkable profundity. It is why I write–to give back to one of the most influential forces in my life by touching readers the way other authors have touched me.
Thank you, Phillip, for coming to see me yesterday. If you don’t mind, will you please send a picture of you with my book to my email address at Lauricia.Matuska@gmail.com? I’ll put it with this post.
To the rest of you who have enjoyed / are enjoying The Healer’s Rune, I hope to meet you someday, as well. Remind me to take a picture!Read More
What are you doing this Saturday? If you’re in the area, I’d love for you to join me for a book signing at Half Price Books in Sugar Land. I’ll be there from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.Read More
I am currently in the process of learning how to be THAT author who visits local schools, but I have no idea how to do it. If you, like me, share this passion and if you, like me, also don’t know what you’re doing, then have I got a blog post for you! Check out my resources page for How to Host an Author Visit to find links to instructional websites that I found helpful. If you know of any other useful resources on this topic, please reply in the comments.
As a shameless plug, if you are a school librarian or administrator in the Houston area and would like to have me present in your school, send an email to me at Lauricia.Matuska@gmail.com. I’m available to speak for Career Day, Library Day, Young Author Round Tables, and Creative Writing Skills workshops.Read More