Aspiring novelists will get a practical guide on getting published from an accomplished and published writer at a workshop Saturday.
Augusta writer Karin Gillespie will conduct Publishing Your Novel: What New York Editors Really Want, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia County Library on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans. Admission is free.
Gillespie, the author of Bet Your Bottom Dollar, A Dollar Short and Dollar Daze, said she will help aspiring novelists get their works published by sharing her experiences of breaking into the literary publishing business.
"Publishing is like any other business. You have to know the rules of the game," Gillespie said. "So many people who write are these artists and they think it is all about the writing. But you really need to learn about the publishing business. There are tricks. There are secrets and tricks to penetrating it."
The workshop focuses on fiction writers and is for anyone working on a novel or thinking about writing a novel, Gillespie said.
"Whenever I do a book-signing, I am approached by writers, people who are interested in being published, and they are always asking, 'How did you get your agent?'" Gillespie said. "They ask me the same questions over and over ... This information is obviously needed."
Gillespie said that misconceptions about publishing lead writers to commit literary faux pas such as calling a literary agent or approaching a publisher directly. Gillespie said she'll discuss the query letter, which is the important first step to attracting a literary agent.
Researching what publishers are looking for, what's hot and what's not, will be covered in the workshop, in addition to the most common reasons publishers reject manuscripts, how to recognize literary agent scams and how to know when a manuscript is ready to go.
Gillespie said she began writing full time four years ago, but spent much of her writing career as a single working mother.
"We'll also talk a little bit about making time for writing," Gillespie said, referring to her experience. "That is one of the hardest hurdles to get over, to sit down and do it."
Gillespie, who expects to debut two more novels later this year, said she has no qualms about revealing the secrets to breaking into the world of literary publishing.
"One of the most thrilling things would be to discover that someone who took my workshop got published," Gillespie said.
She suggests that participants should bring something to take notes with and that those who are already writing should bring the first few pages of a work for her to preview.
Those who attend the workshop will get a lunch break. Registration is not required, but it is requested. To register or for more information, call the library at (706) 863-1946 or e-mail Gillespie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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