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Q & A About Getting Published
Where have you been published? What magazines publish mystery short stories? What advice do seasoned writers have for budding novelists?

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Jim Rogers - 05:59pm Jul 29, 2000 PST(#96 of 103)

I have written a murder mystery revolving around a popular priest in Fall River, Ma. I am seeking a publisher and an agent who could market this.

Joan Hall Hovey - 06:46am Aug 18, 2000 PST(#97 of 103)

Hi: There's a great new site called Authors Den. You might know of it but if you don't it's a wonderful way to promote your books. I have a page there and you can too. If you're an avid reader (and what writer isn't) you'll find plenty to interest you. Check it out. Please mention that I referred you.

As to getting published: my first book, Listen To The Shadows was picked up off what is called 'The slush pile'; that's what they call it when you just mail off your manuscript, sans agent. (Picture floor to ceiling manuscripts and a harried editor with eyestrain.) I'm not even sure they'd read it now. It took me a long time to write the book. I made it the very best it could be, then checked out the publishers in my Writer's Market that seemed to fit. I also checked out bookstores for books in the same genre and with the same feel as mine. Zebra (Kensington Publishing) in New York seemed a real possibility so I sent it off. That was in November; in February the phone rang. They wanted to publish it. Needless to say, I was ecstatic. Nowhere To Hide came shortly on its heels. Both books received heart-warming reviews, from critics and readers alike, (having a reader say 'Your book kept me up all night', is music to an author's ears) sold through, (which means sold all they printed) and then promptly went out of print. (It's a strange business.) I'm happy to say they are now republished as Authors Guild Editions, available at and other online bookstores. The point being 'write the best book you can, fine-tooth comb every line for misspellings, typos, awkward sentencing, etc.; this will be your only chance to impress that particular editor. A misspelled word screams 'amateur'. Sad but true. The same goes for your cover or query letter. Good luck!

PS: If you have a specific question, drop me an email, and I'll do my best to answer it. I've also been a writing instructor for a number of years, so I might be able to help. I'd love to hear from you. Joan Hall Hovey

sassi - 01:54pm Sep 9, 2001 PST(#98 of 103)
I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.

Interesting what a person comes upon when wandering in the quiet halls of MN. :0)

I had a friend, who had a friend **g** who published from an online site and the finished product was very well done. I purchased his book from the site and was very impressed with the quality of the publication.

If anyone is interested, either look in my profile, email me or check out my web page under "links"

Happy Writing!

bemoore75 - 06:02pm Apr 18, 2002 PST(#99 of 103)

Hi all,

I'm in the process of working through a plan where (hopefully) mystery writers can get great exposure for their writing talents. I'm in the Seattle area and looking for a writer or writers who might help me out with this idea. If you are or know of such a person, please feel free to contact me at


Donna Weaver - 01:18pm May 26, 2002 PST(#100 of 103)

How does one go about getting their true life story published? My story is about my search for answers in the disappearance of my husband in 1983. My quest is over. I would like to tell the story of my husband's murder, and the large scale international corruption I uncovered involving two generations of federal law enforcement officers(father and son), which is still very much part of current events. I have given only one newspaper interview. When the newspaper story was published I did not yet have all the answers. I have them now and I am ready to tell about it. I did this all myself and it has taken a long time because I was determined not to sacrifice even one minute of mine or my daughters' lives and future happiness by dwelling on the past, even though I was continually made to fear for their lives and safety because of lies, corruption, and coverups. I realize this sounds somewhat dramatic, but it is still the truth, and I just don't know how to proceed. I would greatly appreciate any help or advice.

Fran Hinkel - 06:20am Jul 5, 2002 PST(#101 of 103)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Donna, I don't write, but I have a suggestion you might want to look into. Contact your local newspaper's crime reporter and find out if he/she is interested in co-authoring this story with you. You will get help with the writing and possible some recognition because the reporter is involved.

Kermit Fog - 04:28pm Mar 27, 2007 PST(#102 of 103)
"I guess I was wrong when I said I never promised anyone. I promised me." -- Kermit the Frog

haha! I was about to answer Donna's question but now I see that it is 5 years old. I wonder if this book ever got written...

Michael Allen - 02:47am Jan 12, 2008 PST(#103 of 103)

Here's some good advice on making it as a writer from a successful mystery writer:

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