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On Writing

The Road to Publication

The art of writing and the business of getting published are two very different animals.  For me, the process of getting my work published is an evolving one.  As I prepare for the release of my third mainstream novel, I’m able to look back at the last dozen years and offer up many of the lessons I’ve learned along the way–I can also share a few of my more spectacular blunders.

This interactive presentation, which is geared toward those interested in how one goes about getting into print, offers different approaches toward:    Getting that all-important first break.

  •     What to do with all of those rejection letters.
  •     Trying to find an agent, and when do I really need one?
  •     Do’s and Don’ts of the publishing world.

Here are essays and articles I’ve published on the topic of writing and getting published:

Why I Write, published in Physicians Practice Magazine July/August 2007

Killer Personalities a Psychiatrists Guide to Writing Believable Villains, published in Writer’s Digest Magazine August 2006.  To read the full text click here.

A two-part interview with Don D’Auria, Acquisitions Editor for Leisure Books.  Published in The Country Life Magazine segment of The Waterbury Republican.

Part one 

Part two

The Novel Side of Psychiatry, published in Psychiatric News (December 2004) click here

Two Writers on Writing co-authored with Lisa Hoffman and published in the Waterbury Republican click here

Lisa’s Primer for Publicity co-authored with Lisa Hoffman and published in the Waterbury Republican click here

An Intervay with publishing insider Joseph Montebello, who was the Vice President, Creative Director for HarperCollins and editor for HarperStyle.  This interview was published in the Waterbury Republican and was co-authored with Lisa Hoffman  click here

To view streaming videos of Writing about Patients as Peoplean annual Yale department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds that I’ve participated in, click on the following:

Writing about Patients as People 2004 presentation  Go to the link for the May 21st, 2004 presentation

Helpful Web Sites for Writers:

Mystery Writers of America   I’ve been a member of MWA since the publication of my first novel.  They’re a wonderful resource for all things related to the writing and publishing of mysteries and thrillers.

Writer’s Digest 101 Best Web sites for Writers  The name says it all.  Over the years I’ve found Writer’s Digest, and their various publications to be helpful with everything from tracking down an agent to getting my first piece published.

The American Booksellers Association  This is a not-for-profit trade organization that represents independent booksellers.  Their web site is jam packed with useful information, especially when trying to find area booksellers.  To access this feature just click on the hyperlink, go to the bottom of their homepage and type in a zip code.  Alternatively you can click on their “advanced search” feature and pull up stores by state or other descriptor.

Public  The name says it all.  This helpful web site is great when planning publicity events.  Libraries often look for authors to talk about their books, their subject matter or writing in general.  The search feature is free to all, and they also offer a paid service for writers, which I’ve not yet pursued.