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Re: [Durham-Writers-Group] How did 'they' get Published?

From: Elizabeth
Sent on: Friday, April 11, 2014 4:39 PM
Hello Kim,
I just wanted to add a bit to Mickey's response because I had the very same dilemma upon joining the group.  I am a writer of rhyming children's picture books, and was all to aware that I was the ONLY one.  I too emailed with the same question (I believe I asked Eric Maier) prior to attending a meeting. His response was very similar to Mickey's, but I wanted to share some of my experience with you.  I was just a tad hesitant to read "Harold and the Hideous Beast" in front of this group, although I really wanted and needed input from others prior to resubmitting the story.  What I found was this - during a given meeting you could encounter something similar to the following three readings:  1) "Harold and the Hideous Beast"  2) "Your Colon - Book four in the Home Surgery Series"  and  3) "The flying meatloaf and the Fairy Princess", a Paranormal/Magical Realism novel.

My point is this...perhaps not everyone knows the exact rules of meter, rhythm, and perfect rhyme - Just as I have no earthly idea what Magical realism even means.  However, the group is able to focus on the nuts and bolts of good, clean writing.  They have a wide variety of skills and talents which make for nice, well rounded feedback.  Diversity in writing style is appreciated here and anyone who is open to it, can find great support and encouragement within this group.

My suggestion would be to come to one meeting and just listen.  Give feedback if the mood strikes you, and then see how you feel.  If you like the group and the people...volunteer to read the next time.  I don't think you will be sorry you did!

Hope to see you soon!
Elizabeth Kenly


On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:25 PM, mickey baumer <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Kim,
Yes it was a great meeting, sorry you missed it.
As to recommending a sub-group, nothing is an exact fit.  I would suggest stopping by the ‘main’ group & seeing how that feels. If you find the group agreeable (and attendees do vary) & the format to your liking, there is no problem with bringing your work in to get opinions.  You’d have to tell us what advice you’d be looking for … Personally I would be interested in exterior Italian design. If you would be looking for expert feedback, well, you might meet someone knowledgeable but I wouldn’t count on it.  If is a book for general consumption, the main meeting next month might work out.
Stop by & see how it feels.  Meanwhile, you’ll get involved in giving some other people guidance … Meanwhile there are some people who know a little about getting published as well. As you have probably noticed there are some subgroups aimed at e-publishing, perhaps…?
 Write back, after next week I’ll probably have some time on my hands, if you have any other questions that I can’t answer.
Thanks,
Mickey

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From: Kim
Sent: Thursday, April 10,[masked]:23 PM
To: [address removed]

Hi Mickey,

That sounds exciting! Sorry to hear about your back too.

I signed up awhile ago and have yet to attend a meet up.  I'm not sure where I fit. I'm writing a non fiction book about exterior Italian decor. 
Do you have any suggestions as to which sub group of this meetup would be best? I would really like to get in the grove with others working on a passion. 

Best,



Kim Levell
Levell Design




On Apr 10, 2014, at 1:29 PM, mickey baumer <[address removed]> wrote:

 

Hi All,

First - A great meeting last night, two of our participants just had their novels published!  How did they do it?  With hard work, clean living and all that but also w/a little help from their friends.

So on that note ... here's some blog/website/email info to help us support each other.

Cut and paste the addresses and visit the websites, log on the blogs, leave comments, add your email to 'follow' where you can.  All these things are criteria that agents & publishers look at when making decisions. Also, go online and review our new authors.  The more reviews, the more sales on the internet, this regardless of the nature of the reviews.

Let me start with Jon Baston, his novel "Adventures of a Space Bum" is available at selected retail outlets as well as online. Jon is also an expert in self-publishing and will be offering tips and advice his Sci-Fi novel at: Storytellers Bookstore in Wake Forest on April 11 @ 7pm and will have free series on self-publishing at the Durham Library 4/7, 5/4, 5/11 from 10-2 (and it is free!). Contact Jon at his website www.therealjonbatson.com

Eryk Pruitt (The Reverend) his novel "Dirtbags" is currently kicking it on Kindle and will soon be available at selected retail outlets. Eryk is having a book party at a Durham tavern "106 Main" on 4/17 starting at 6:30 ... the name and the address are the same. Special prices on well drinks when you tell 'em you're with Eryk.

Jonathan Giles giles-jonathan.blogspot.com  [address removed]

Audrina Jones Bunton  www.thepeacefulplace.org   [address removed]

Elizabeth Kenly  [address removed]

Mickey Baumer lmbaumer.blogspot.com dorothyleebaumer.blogspot.com [address removed]

Beatriz Coningham  [address removed]  www.chieftravelwriter.com

Paulette [address removed]

Richard Wolfe [address removed] carolinagodiva.org

Persia Hurley [address removed] a.k.a. P.M.Carson

Thanks to everyone for the support they've offered me as I get ready for my back surgery.  Wish me luck!

Will see everyone in a couple of months.

Support your local artists!

Mickey





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