Carolina Slade Mystery Series (Bell Bridge Books) and managed Funds for Writers. Writer's Digest selected Funds for Writers for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 12 years. Hope lives in a world of writing, and couldn't be happier.
How did you get started in your line of work?
I started writing the great American novel, like most writers, only it didn't sell after spending two years on it. So, enamored with the writing business, I started freelancing instead.
A website editor asked me to speak on her behalf to a writers' group not far from me, and I did, only the topic turned from writing for the web to how to make a living on such a meager income. As a grant/loan specialist with the federal government, I started advising them. That turned into emails, which turned into a newsletter.
In two months I had 200 readers. In six months, 1,000. Today, I have 44,500 readers.
I pushed the novel to the back burner since I couldn't sell it, and focused on FundsforWriters, and had a ball. But a few years later, as I met an author for dinner before her book signing, she asked me what I wrote for fun. I referred her to FundsforWriters. She shook her head and repeated herself, saying what did I write for me.
I recalled the mystery, and she advised me to pull it out. I did, took it seriously, joined a critique group online (still belong to it), and began educating myself on serious mystery writing.
After a couple years of rewrites, I started submitting to contests, won one and placed in a few, and then sought an agent . . . landed one . . . and then found a contract. Today, Lowcountry Bribe is alive and well via Bell Bridge Books, Memphis, and they are reading book two and three now in The Carolina Slade Mystery Series. I've come full circle.
Today, I juggle FundsforWriters and Carolina Slade, but when I attend writers conferences each year to speak, I now have multiple topics to speak on. And life is grand.
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Friday, August 03, 2012
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