July 2, 2011

Mystery We Write Blog Tour 2011 Presents Marilyn Meredith

F.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of nearly thirty published novels. Her latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, from Oak Tree Press, is Angel Lost. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Internet chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com

ANGEL LOST: As plans for her perfect wedding fill her mind, Officer Stacey Wilbur is sent out to trap a flasher, the new hire realizes Rocky Bluff P.D. is not the answer to his problems, Abel Navarro’s can’t concentrate on the job because of worry about his mother, Officer Gordon Butler has his usual upsets, the sudden appearance of an angel in the window of a furniture store captures everyone’s imagination and causes problems for RBPD, and then the worst possible happens—will Stacey and Doug’s wedding take place?

Marilyn has some definite and true words for people who want to write, or who want to have written.  Listen up, newbies, because Marilyn isn’t kidding.  She speaks the truth.

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE A WRITER? by Marilyn Meredith

Writers write.

Writers don’t just sit around dreaming about being a writer.

Writers don’t tell everyone all about the book they are going to write one day, they put their fanny down in the chair and start writing.

Writers learn all they can about writing and the genre they are going to write in by:

Reading books in that genre.
Reading books on writing.
Taking writing classes on line or by going to writers conferences.
Participating in a writers critique group.

Writers write on a regular basis even if it’s only one hour a day.

Writers rewrite.

Writers edit their work carefully and find another person who knows how to edit take another look at the manuscript. (To really edit properly, you need to print out the manuscript. It also helps to read the manuscript out loud.)

Writers study the market to find who would be most likely to publish their book. When submitting they follow the guidelines exactly.

Writers don’t let rejections get them down. Being rejected is another part of being a writers.

Writers don’t give up. Once one book is done, they begin the next one—and the next, and the next.

Writers learn that there are many barriers that arise in a writer’s life, but they move on anyway.

Writers love to write, which brings us full circle. Writers write.

I write under the name of F. M. Meredith and Marilyn Meredith. I feel qualified to give you the above advice because my first book was rejected nearly 30 times over a three or four year period of time. I rewrote each time it had been rejected five times. This was back in the day when a typewriter and carbon papers was all there was and the full manuscript was mailed in a box with another box inside with the proper postage on it so you’d get it back.

Over the years, I’ve had many manuscripts rejected.

I’ve had four different agents; none of them ever sold a book for me.

I’ve had two publishers who turned out to be crooks.

Two of my publishers died.

I’ve had publishers who didn’t bother to pay me my royalties.

No matter what, I kept on writing, attending writers’ conference, going to my critique group on the average of once a week, sending out queries, learning more and more, joining writing groups on the Internet, and a lot more.

No, I’m not with a New York publisher, but I’ve had nearly 30 books published. I’m with two small presses who do trade paperback and e-books. I’ve been an instructor at many writers’ conferences. And most importantly, I’m doing what I love. I’m a writer.

For more about F. M. Meredith and her books visit: http://fictionforyou.com and her blog http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com

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Beth’s Corner:

Folks, I’m being featured over at http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/ this week, so pop on over there if you’d like to hear more about me than I’ve told you so far.  😉

Next week, in case I didn’t tell you before, HOTCLUE herself will be back to give me a hard time over just about everything, so be sure and tune in. I’m looking forward to her visit.  (Or maybe not.) Actually, I’m just hoping she doesn’t get too much out of hand but you know Hotclue, or you do if you’ve been wondering where she’s been.  Pop in, you don’t want to miss her; she does like to give me a hard time.

I can hardly wait to see what she’s wearing when she gets here.

Meantime, I hope all of you will have a safe and Happy Fourth of July.  And always remember what this holiday is about.  It’s about all of us here in America. Not just some of us.  All of us.

Come on back next week, ya hear me?  I’ll leave the porch light on for ya.  I love you all, you KNOW I do!  And so do DenaliDawg, who will be here as my guest in two weeks, and Sarge the Terrible, who has finally, this year, stopped jumping off of the garage roof, and BooBoo the Wonder Cat, who has multiple personalities so look out!  😉

 

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  1. Hi, just dropping by to read and say hello.

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  2. Hi, back at you, Vivian.

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  3. Marilyn, you’re so right about writers needing to write. A day without writing is like a day without breathing. It just doesn’t feel right. Or as Wayne Overholser once said, “Writing is an itch you can’t quite scratch.”

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  4. Yep, and sometimes we just need to say, today I’m writing and that’s all there is to it.

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  5. Marilyn, your recap of agents and publishers had me rolling on the floor laughing MAO. I’ve never forgotten — don’t remember who at San Joaquin Sisters in Crime said it — that when you lose a publisher you just step over the dead body and move on. Bully for you, kiddo. You’re an inspiration to us all!

    Hugs from Beautiful Downtown Yukon, where old Route 66 crosses the Old Chisholm Trail —
    Pat Browning

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  6. Oh, my dear Pat, yes, I’ve had quite a time of it over the years. You keep your chin up and keep on going.

    Marilyn

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  7. Oh, and I should say, when I finally counted,it was over 30 published book. You can check it out on my website.

    Marilyn

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  8. What an honest and inspiring piece. Marilyn, some of your comments just cracked me up. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for brightening my day.

    Your books rock, and that also honest.

    Marja

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  9. Sage advice. Writers write. Thank you!

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  10. Late getting in on the post. But great one and worth the read! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Thanks, Marja, compliments are always nice.

    Thanks for stopping by, Anne. Believe it or not, I have friends who say they are writers and they seldom write. I don’t understand that.

    Hi, Mary, I usually tell it like it is.

    Marilyn

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  12. Really good post, Marilyn. I’m just catching up on emails after being on vacation a week, and I really enjoyed this.
    Best,
    Jackie

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