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January 18, 2013

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NORMAN — The most interesting part of being authors is the people we meet.

When folks discover you are an author, be it published or unpublished, they inundate you with questions.

“I have led a very interesting life and want to write a book about my experiences. Then without taking a breath, they transition into recounting their life adventures. The truth is if you have been on this planet for a while, then you have experienced both interesting and dull moments. Some of which would make a great book or movie.

The caveat being that even though your adventures were interesting and exciting, your target audience may be too small for a blockbuster. However, if you write your story as fiction, with embellishments which will appeal to a larger readership, you may have a winner.

The most frequently asked question? “How do I go about writing a book?”

Once the author manages to tug his or her chin off the floor, the answer is simple, “Just sit down and start writing.”

There are so many things an author must do before his or her book lands in your hands or in your eReader. For example, those pesky little publishers expect your spelling and punctuation to be correct. Imagine that.

Both publishers and agents have submission guidelines and sometimes the two groups’ guidelines are similar and sometimes they are not. That’s just to keep the authors on their toes. Never mind they are already on pins and needles hoping for a positive reply.

Getting accepted by an agent is like an evening in Las Vegas — pure luck. If the agent had a bad day by the time he or she picks up your precious manuscript or query letter, you may receive a rejection letter. But most writers keep on trucking until someone sees the light and agree to represent them.

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