Several COWG members met with author Beth Groundwater June 16 prior to her book signing at Barnes and Noble in Bend. Beth’s latest mystery novel is To Hell in a Handbasket, a sequel to A Real Basket Case.
Beth had one major piece of advice to writers: Submit, submit, submit! She suggested several websites when researching markets: www.storytellermagazine.com, www.wingedhalo.com, www.sniplits.com, www.duotrope.com, http://amazonshorts.gather.com,
Beth recommends anthologies as good markets for short stories. Do a Google or Bling search to find sources. Whatever publication a writer chooses, online or print, diligently read and follow the guidelines for submission. And learn about story rights—first rights, reprint rights, electronic rights, and audio rights. Beth told us that once our writing is published online, first rights are gone, even when published on our own websites or blogs.
On that note, Beth emphasized it's important for writers to establish and maintain websites and/or blogs, as well as to have business cards and other marketing tools (bookmarks, for example). These should include the website/blog address, places you’ve been published and any awards you’ve won or been considered for, if space allows.
And don’t forget Beth’s No. 1 mantra for writers—submit, submit, submit!
We thank Beth for visiting with us and sharing her guidance on how to succeed in the wonderful world of writing. Go to Beth’s website for updates, and to sign up for her newsletter: www.bethgroundwater.com