Situation 1: A friend of a friend’s gardener–who is a great guy, I’m told–wants to publish a book. He doesn’t know how to do it. Can I help him?
Situation 2: A teenaged daughter of a colleague of my husband has been writing. She would like to meet with me to discuss her work.
Situation 3: An important business person, the colleague of a colleague of a former editor of mine, would like to have a phone conversation with me about her publishing trials. When can she call?
Situation 4: An acquaintance asked that I read his entire manuscript, and attached said script with his request. Is it ready for publication? he asked.
There are other examples, but you see the trend. They all want something. It might seem like everyone wants something different–a critique, an opinion, advice–but I think it all comes down to the same request. I was published. They are not. They want to know The Secret.
Do I really know anything more than others who’ve been swimming in the I-Want-Publication pond? I don’t think so, no. But if you want to know the secret of publication–at least what I think it is–then I’m happy to tell you. [Read more…]