Do You Want to Be Published?
A simple typed query letter from my hometown in Missouri arrived one day in the Memoria Press office in Louisville. Thanks to the generous vision of Mrs. Cheryl Lowe, founder of Memoria Press, who received my letter, the book Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child found its home.
Do you have an idea for a writing project? Do you have a story to tell or an idea to pursue? Would you like some resources to help? Each of the following books helped me with the process of conceiving the idea, writing the non-fiction manuscript draft, developing a proposal, and persevering despite inevitable demands, doubts, and distractions.
I wish I had been given this list of books several years ago, so I share the titles with you now. Sift through the list to suit your own needs.
Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Serious Nonfiction–and Get It Published, Rabiner & Fortunato, 2002.
Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids, Katz, 2007.
The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less and Create Success. Cohen, 2010.
The Elements of Style, Strunk and White, 1999.
The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers, Lerner, 2000.
Write the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 Proposals that Sold and Why, Herman, 2001.
Time to Write: No Excuses, No Distractions, No More Blank Pages, Stone, 2008.
A Writer’s Space: Make Room to Dream, to Work, to Write, Maisel, 2008.