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After more than three years of writing, rewriting, taking and applying critiques, more rewriting, honing craft, querying agents, getting rejections, learning from them, and starting over, I received The Call. More correctly, The Email.

I hadn’t submitted to many publishers directly because agents don’t seem to like authors muddying the waters for them. The manuscript went to a couple of editors I met at writers conferences and one or two other small houses, but mainly I kept to querying agents. A few expressed interest and requested chapters, but had all passed on the project. That I was an unpublished, unproven writer didn’t help, nor did the tanking economy.

Already moving on to the next book, I tried one more round of agents with similar success, when hope rose over the horizon.

I knew of Lea Shizas from the Muse Online Writers Conference she started and nurtures. She fashioned talented writers and publishers from around the world into a group that not only participates in the premier writers internet conference devoted to helping writers learn and connect (for free!), but continues to network, help, and improve year-round. (Did I mention free?)

In the several years she’s been shepherding this group, she has also assembled a top-notch team of publishing professionals, from editor to cover artist. When she announced the formation of MuseItUp Publishing, my ears snapped to attention. I checked around and, impressed with what I found, submitted. And here we are, with a tentative release date in February, 2011 for an e-book, with a paperback to follow. The King of Silk, available to the reading public.

What’s next? Lots and lots of work. Deadlines. Leaving in, taking out. Proofing text. Having fun. And looking forward to the goal.

I’ll keep you posted on our progress, make a few comments, even have a guest now and again. Keep coming back. It’ll be a hoot, maybe even two.

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  1. Susanne Drazic
    April 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Congrats Joe on your book contract.

  2. April 21, 2010 at 3:53 am


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