In my new life as a retired person, I have found myself compelled to write. As I have sought ways to develop my writing skills, I have sought the advice of a few seasoned writers. One recommendation I heard and read several places was to join a local writer’s group.
Today I went to a meeting of the Richmond Writer’s Club. I’m so very glad that I did. The speaker, David H. Morgan was excellent.
I learned a lot. I wasn’t the only newbie. More than half of the people in the room were there for the first time. I will spend the next few days sharing what I learned.
The biggest idea today was that there are three questions a writer must answer, preferably before they begin writing their book, but definitely before they submit a query letter to an agent, or write the blurb for their book: Not being able to do so often leads to rejection.
- Why this book?
- Why now?
- Why by this author (what makes YOU the one to write this?)
Speaker bio from Richmond Writer’s website:
“A 40-year veteran of the publishing industry, David has worked as a Senior Fiction Editor for a New York-based literary agent, a free-lance acquisitions editor/editorial consultant (i.e., “book doctor”) developing writers and manuscripts for top literary agents, a literary agent, a publishers’ sales rep (Doubleday, Farrar Strauss and Giroux, Rizzoli, City Lights, Garden Way, Rodale Press, among others), a book buyer in retail book stores, and the Director of Promotion and Marketing and editorial consultant for a regional press.”