Bring Your Manuscript to Publication


I highly recommend at the beginning of your writing to find a writer’s group. Most bookstores and libraries have them, and if not, they will be able to find a location where they are held. Don’t wait until your story has been completed. These groups are wonderful for support. Ideas fly around from the members on where you can improve, how to make your characters come to life, what might work better than what you are doing, or may point out something that isn’t important to your story.

Get all the help you can with your writing. That’s how you grown in becoming and interesting author. Don’t depend on yourself by thinking you have all the answers. Writers learn by hearing the mistakes other authors have made and their bad experiences. Their mistakes will save you time and money…and heartbreak. Other authors can open doors for you in the publishing world showing you what is and isn’t important. They can lead you to a publisher or agent.

No matter what it takes, you need to get yourself seen in the public eye. Go to book readings, conferences or media functions dealing with radio hosts or newspaper editors. Introduce yourself and your future book, even before it’s published. Ask for any airtime or a newspaper story about two weeks before your book is published and available. If it’s done too soon before the publication, people forget. Have your business cards, postcards, bookmarks on hand to pass out or a published book with your website and email so they can review your book to make a better interview. Authors are taken more seriously when you have your website up and running. Be Forward, yet professional.

This is a sample out of my workshop handbook Bring Your Manuscript to Publication. It’s available on and in Kindle.

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I'm an Awareness Coach, author, professional speaker and instructor. My memoirs are A Sample of Heaven; Our Last Call (looking for a publisher). Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round: An Alcoholic Family in Crisis; its sequel, Please, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism. My Narrative Non-Fiction The Mindset of an Alcoholic and Addict: 34 Americans and Canadian Share Their Struggle with Alcohol and Drugs. Looking for a publisher The Rusty Years; The Remembrance of Being Young and it's sequel The Rusty Years: Secrets Revealed. A Sample of Heaven won the Reviewers Choice Award 2008 Semi-Finalist by Reader Views of Austin Texas. Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round was nominated for the Editor's Choice Award for 2009 by Allbook Review of Canada and was nominated for the Dan Poynter's Global eBook Award 2011. Please, God, Not Two was nominated for the Editor's Choice Award for 2010 by Allbook Review of Canada and featured in the December 20, 2010 Publishers Weekly. My new Narrative Non-Fiction (searching for a publisher) The Mindset of an Alcoholic and Addict had been written by 34 addicts from the USA and Canada. It is a testimony on what they believe is not working in their recovery programs. It's a book for all; the substance abusers, doctors, counselor and family members. I speak to the public and private organizations on "The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family" since I lost a husband and daughter from this disease. I'm a producer, director, and co-host to NBTV-95 cable TV show from New Bedford. I teach three writer's workshops.

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