When I received my first book contract in 2004, I thought I was on my way to the big-time.  My publisher was very enthusiastic about my YA novel Frostie the Deadman and had high hopes for its success.  And upon release it did well. I did the book tour circuit, some radio and some TV appearances. Sales continued to move forward and I immediately started on my follow up, Half  Moon Falls.

I wrote at a feverish pace. I spent years learning my craft and knew how to write well AND fast. I had Half Moon Falls completed in 7 months and sent it to my publisher . They loved it so I set my schedule to make room for the book tour and to get the publicity machine going.

Then the recession hit, and my publisher ran into financial trouble, editors and jacket designers were let go. Contract were cancelled.

I wasn’t too concerned. I had already had a successful book under my belt and another ready to go. Then the writers strike hit. And during that 100 day strike those professional writers wrote books.

Lots of them.

Here’d the deal. They know how to write a manuscript that literary agents and publishers want to read, and more importantly, want to buy. It took me years to learn the ins and out of getting a book published and, had I known then what I know now, I could have saved myself a lot of disappointment and grief. So if you want to be able to compete with seasoned professionals for that publishing contract, click on the link below, watch the free video and find out just how much you know about writing and the publishing business and perhaps be surprised by how much you don’t.







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