I’m happy to bring to you a guest post from William Myers on how he became a published author.
Perhaps his story can help you if you’re an aspiring author. So without further ado and in his own words…
My first full-length novel was A Criminal Defense. After I completed it, I sent some query letters to publishers but never heard back, so the book sat on the shelf for two years. Then, one day, I was at a professional conference of lawyers who do the same kind of legal work I do and I ran into a colleague, Anderson Harp, who was a published author. I explained to him that I had written a novel, and had sent query letters to publishers but never heard back. Andy told me I never would hear back; publishers pay no attention to unsolicited work. He told me that the key to getting something published was to get an agent. The conversation continued:
Me: That’s great. How do I get an agent?
Andy: You can’t.
Me: I can’t?
Andy: Is your next door neighbor an agent? Do they like you?
Me: No, on both counts.
Andy: Then, you can’t get an agent.
I said that can’t be; lots of writers had agents. They had to get them somehow. Eventually, Andy relented and revealed that the secret to getting an agent was to first hire an editor. The traditional publishing houses, he explained, used to have very deep benches of editors. But with all the upheaval and contractions in the publishing world, many of these editors—really great, accomplished editors—were on their own. Generously, Andy put me in touch with his personal editor—Ed Stackler. Andy told me that Ed was a blue-chip editor with the highest pedigree and it would be great for me if Ed would agree to look at my novel and, if he felt it worthy, to edit it.
When I first spoke with Ed, he agreed to look at the book and tell me whether it was worth editing. If so, he said he would edit it, but would not send it to an agent. Getting it to an agent was important to me, but I agreed to send him the manuscript even if he wouldn’t help with that part of it, simply to see if the book was potentially publishable, or was pure dredge.
A month after I sent the book, Ed got back to me and said the book was worth editing and he would be glad to do so. I said, “But you still won’t send it to an agent?” He said in fact, he would, and explained that he initially told me he would not because he didn’t want to get my hopes up, and much of what’s out there isn’t very good.
So Ed Stackler edited A Criminal Defense, and got it into the hands of agent Cynthia Manson, who agreed to represent me, and who sent it to Gracie Doyle at Thomas and Mercer, an Amazon imprint. A Criminal Defense was published in March of 2017 and ended up being a 2017 Amazon Kindle top-10 best seller. It was the first in what is now the Philadelphia Legal Series. The third novel, A Killers Alibi comes out Tuesday, February 19, 2018.
For attorney Mick McFarland, the evidence is damning. And so are the family secrets in this twisty legal thriller from the Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Criminal Defense.
When crime lord Jimmy Nunzio is caught, knife in hand, over the body of his daughter’s lover and his own archenemy, he turns to Mick McFarland to take up his defense. Usually the courtroom puppeteer, McFarland quickly finds himself at the end of Nunzio’s strings. Struggling to find grounds for a not-guilty verdict on behalf of a well-known killer, Mick is hamstrung by Nunzio’s refusal to tell him what really happened.
On the other side of the law, Mick’s wife, Piper, is working to free Darlene Dowd, a young woman sentenced to life in prison for her sexually abusive father’s violent death. But the jury that convicted Darlene heard only part of the truth, and Piper will do anything to reveal the rest and prove Darlene’s innocence.
As Mick finds himself in the middle of a mob war, Piper delves deeper into Darlene’s past. Both will discover dark secrets that link these fathers and daughters—some that protect, some that destroy, and some that can’t stay hidden forever. No matter the risk.
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