June 12, 2011

Mystery We Write Blog Tour: Mary Martinez

Thanks for having me on your blog today, Beth. Everyone watch out because she gave me permission to rant about anything I wanted. I’m spinning the dial now. And Pitfalls won.

Pitfalls, in life? Naw, I think I’ll go with pitfalls in writing, after all we are on a writing blog tour. First I’ll share my very first experience with publishing, I tripped off a pitfall with all capital letters.

I have wanted to write stories, plays, books whatever for as long as I can remember. When the kids were young I started my first historical. Now this was in the dark ages before computers. Dragging three kids to the library for research didn’t work out so well, among other things. I decided to raise my kids and then start my writing career.

I wouldn’t recommend this. If you want to write, go for it. Even if it’s only a page every month. Go for it, NOW.

Back to my pitfalls. So the kids were older, I worked full time, but I determined it was time to write my book. After trying my hand at historical years earlier I’d decided that though I liked to read it, I wasn’t going to write in that genre. It took me two years to write and polish my first manuscript. Then I didn’t know what to do with it, so I Googled agents. I literally started with the ‘A’s’. Not to mention I had to figure out what a query letter and synopsis was.

And then I found a publisher, I was so excited. I didn’t know any better. I certainly didn’t know to run as fast as I could in the opposite direction. That was almost ten years ago now. I had no idea that there were other people doing the same thing I was. I had no idea about writing organizations, etc.

I will not tell you who the publisher, I’m sure most of you can guess. My advice to all those starting out, do you research on the industry. FIND other writers. Ask for help. I know how excited I was when I wrote ‘THE END’ and I wanted it out on the shelves the next day. Be patient, it’s worth it.

Maybe your mom said the same thing to you as mine did to me, “Anything worth having is worth working for and worth the wait.”

Now I’m done with my rant for today. I’d like to tell you a bit about one of my books. I’ve been posting about Classic Murder: Mr. Romance and also Watching Jenny, today I’ll post a blurb on Chick Magnet.

Madison McCullough is recuperating from a broken heart. Her fiancé hadn’t really loved her, he had used her as a babysitter for his young son while he wined and dined other women.

Brady O’Neill is a Formula One racecar driver recuperating from injuries from a near death accident and a broken heart. Brady’s matchmaking sister believes her son to be a chick magnet and encourages Brady to take her son to the grocery store.

When Madison and Brady meet, oranges roll. Thanks to Payton, Brady’s nephew. The first eye contact over the fruit table causes the air to sizzle. No matter how much Madison resists the attraction, the two are destined for each other.

For reviews, excerpt and trailer check: http://www.marymartinez.com/chickmagnet.html#video


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1606015648/bookstrand-20


Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Chick-Magnet/Mary-Martinez/e/9781606015643/?itm=2&USRI=Chick+Magnet

Places you can find me:
Web site: http://www.marymartinez.com/
Blog: http://marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/marylmartinez
Facebook: http://twitter.com/marylmartinez

Thanks for listening to my rant!
Mary, so many people fell for the same thing early on, but we all learn the ropes the hard way, it seems. Here’s another thought for new people desperately seeking a publisher: Know Your Worth. IF your book has been thoroughly edited by someone in the industry, then by all means seek an agent or a publisher. But don’t sell yourself short. Yes, there are tons of new books out there, more every month, but not all will sell many books; in fact, most won’t. But if you’ve done your homework, as Mary suggests, and you already know there are people out there who are only too happy to let you give them money to publish you, then you’ll be much better prepared to run in the opposite direction.

Your time and effort are worth something, remember that. A lot of what you sell will depend on you, but don’t let yourself get caught up in one of those schemes designed only to take the author’s money, because they’re out there and they’re experts in making unaware writers think getting published is easy. It’s definitely not easy, but the rewards are there if you’re willing to work for them.

Mary is also right about starting NOW if writing novels is what you ultimately want. I, too, waited till my children were grown, and then until after I finally earned a college degree. I wish I had started much earlier. There are quite a few NY Times bestselling novelists with small children, so it can be done. I think with many of us the real problem is fear of failure, and also, for some, fear of success. I know for sure, looking back, that in my case the want to write was there all along, but the WILL was missing for too many years.

Thank you so much, Mary, for sharing with us. This is definitely a most helpful blog for new writers.

Next week I’ll be featuring Marja McGraw, so come back again and read another blog designed to help new writers along the path to publication.

I love y’all, you KNOW I do.  Till we see you again I’ll leave the porch light on for you!

Hugs from me, DenaliDawg, Sarge and BooBoo.
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  1. Oh, Mary, you reminded me of what I was hoping to forget–starting out and how difficult it can be. Sometimes those pitfalls feel like sink holes. I’m glad you persevered, because we need writers like you. Nice blog! Marja


  2. Yes, there are always people willing to take your money. There’s a “publisher” in my state that charged nearly $4,000 to do book, but now they call it paying for a publicist, but the money still goes to the company. Ish.


  3. Very good advice, Mary. I was lucky to start with regional nonfiction publishers before I began writing novels. I’ve heard some real horror stories about agents who charged reading fees and unscrupulous vanity presses. Marja’s right, they’re virtual sink holes. I’m also glad you persevered.


  4. Great advice, Mary. I thank my lucky stars I discovered RWA early on. Their advice and recommendations about agents and editors is worth its weight in gold. So too, is the advice from MWA and SIC. Writers, whether beginners or published, can’t be privy to everything. That’s why organizations that look out for writers are so vital.

    Great post!


  5. Thanks for reading my rant! That is the best advice I know. Join writing groups, even if you don’t have time. Or get a WONDERFUL critique partner. I have the best, and no she’s mine! Get your own. LOL.

    Beth, thank you for having me on your blog!


  6. I double agree with all the comments. RWA was where I learn a lot of things, and writing groups on the Internet was where I learned about scammers. They’re out there, alright. I do have three crit partners, we meet almost every week and they’re wonderful, so I know exactly what you mean.

    It’s been a pleasure, Mary. I’m a real fan of your blogsite, love to just go and look at it and read all those recipes, YUM-O!


  7. Beth, thank you. I wish I could go there and sit everyday and write overlooking my waterfall.

    Thanks again for having me.


  8. Hey Mary,
    Saw the Tweet to stop by and say hi. but couldn’t get here until I got home.


  9. I’ll say “Hi” back atcha for Mary at the moment, Lindsay Downs. Thanks for stopping by!


  10. Great rant, Mary. I am so glad I got started with knowledgeable crit partners who kept me on the right path. It is a murky ocean out there.

    I love this story and I am going to have to get a copy ASAP. I wish you huge successes with it.


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