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Publication is not for the faint of heart. There are many hurdles jumped through everyone of the takes time. It is a commodity that will not and cannot be a stingy one.

As with any business there are steps to being published writer first you must have something to say to know how to say it. Then there are two different paths to choose. Each is a busy throbbing partnering. One direction from the four belongs to the domain nonfiction all the other is reserved for flights of fancy, fallacy and fantasy. Like the writing, the direction you take is of the utmost importance.

If you go with nonfiction you can sell an idea but shall need to write a book proposal. If your heart throbs with fiction ideas you must first write to complete the book. No one will look at an idea in this arena.

Okay, you know what you’re writing and you’ve written what you have to. Either a book proposal or the completed manuscript is sitting on your desk. You have been accepted format in you get a few local people with good grammar spelling skills go over to, says the best can be. Good. Now it’s time to find agent.

All some of the smaller publishing houses will take “ unsolicited” manuscripts, the larger ones won’t. That means you need an agent who can talk to those people for you. If you have the right agent they will fight for you. They believe in you’re writing and their job is to sell it for you and get the best possible price. After all, they don’t get paid until you do, if the price is small than their pay is smaller yet.

So how do you get a good agent? Research, like anything else. Find out what they specialize in. What kinds of books have they recently sold? Will you are book look good in this line up?

Do not just look at the agent’s accomplishments. Look at them as a person. After all, if they agree to represent you you’re going to be working together. Is there something in their background that you can’t deal with? Do you have something in common? You have to walk away from your research with the idea that you found a good fit and possible friend.

All right. You found an agent. Now you need to write that all-important cover letter that will not only sell your book but you to the agent. Be personal. Don’t send a form letter! Let them know just by how you write that you did your homework. Just like there was a special format for writing either the proposal or book there is a format here to. It is important. If you don’t follow these qualifications you run the major risk that the agent won’t even read cover letter and if they don’t read that, they won’t read the other things you sent either.

Writing is a crap-shoot. If you don’t have the facts or don’t follow through on them, you lose. The winning streak begins when an agent picks up the letter and grins. They found a new jewel. You find out because you don’t get a form rejection letter, you get an acceptance letter. Now sit back and take a deep breath. You did it. You got an agent. You’re on the way to publication. Now write that nonfiction book or smile if you wrote fiction because you’re done.


Upcoming Book

If you are looking for an interesting read, if you like history and you like the strange, you’ve come to the right place.

All books are works in progress. Even when they’re done, they are not done.

For the passed six months I’ve been puting together some of the strangest and least known events in American history. They are tales of real people in very unreal situations.

If this sounds like a book for you, tell me and spread the word. This book is coming and it won’t be stopped. Join me for the wildest true ride you’ve ever taken. I promice you won’t forget it.

Experience the tragic magic of air and water mixed…

All of us take things for granted. Though it might not be considered a good thing, it does keep us human. We believe that certain things should work all the time and when they don’t we can’t understand it.
For those inside Seattle’s King County Courthouse one day in 1989, the unspeakable happened. Unbeknown to the workers, something had been changed in regards to the water pipes. Someone had falsely connected an air compressor to it and what resulted was not so funny to those who had the misfortune of experiencing it.
Somewhere between 20 and 25 people that day, before the warning was out, went to the bathroom with the intent of doing their business and carrying on their day. They had no idea that the nightmare they’d had as a child was about to catch them unaware.
There was a flush, then a geyser as the toilet with all its unsavory contents exploded upon the poor flusher. While the building manager reported to the paper that an error had occurred, he only related that the unlucky victims of it had been soaked.
I don’t know about you, but I’d think twice before I used the facilities the next day if I were one of the unfortunate few to be, shall we say, rained on.

February 9, 1937

The United Flight traveling from Los Angeles to Oakland California, with one stop in San Francisco, was on time. At 8:44 p.m., 10 miles out from the airport, pilot A. R. Thompson called the air traffic control tower in San Francisco, gave his position and asked for weather conditions. The conditions were good and he was told to land on the North-South runway.
Three minutes later and now only 3 miles out he called the tower again and informed them that he would be using the East-West runway. Why he changed runways we will never know. If it would have made a difference in the outcome, we know not. However, clearance was given for this change in direction and the pilot began a wide turn over the water in preparations of making both a straight and smooth landing.
Flying at an altitude between 400 to 500 feet above the water, witnesses at the airport watched as the plane began a descent angle of approximately 35 to 40 degrees. The plane seemed to skim the water as in a rush of heart pounding 4 seconds it crashed into the water 2 miles in the bay from San Francisco Airport.
Of the pilot, co-pilot, stewardess and 8 passengers, none survived and the Douglas DC-3A was totally destroyed. Its pieces were found at a radius of over 800 feet. Its recovery took nearly 3 weeks. The report by the ‘accident board’ wouldn’t come out until April 12th of that year.
When the report came out it told of one of the strangest reasons for an airline crash. Extensive research and reconstruction confirmed that both the pilot, co-pilot and the plane itself had been recently reviewed and given clearance to fly. The report also showed that the planes last few seconds were fought in a struggle that could not be won.
Either the pilot or the co-pilot dropped their microphone in the last minutes before landing was to occur. Perhaps they picked it up to tell the passengers that they were about to descend. Either way, the mic was dropped. It fell between the elevator control column and the seat rail support.
This quite possibly was the worst place it could have landed. It jammed the elevator control and made lifting the nose of the plane and averting the crash impossible. With the pilot and co-pilot’s combined strength they would have been unable to relieve the stress or retrieve the microphone from its destiny appointed lodging. At 8:50 that night, San Francisco Bay welcomed it’s newest tenants to the deep. There their memories will remain for all times.

  What does it take to write well?    

Research, its what any good writers find themselves doing on any given day. If you are like me, in the very beginning you thought choosing to be a writer was going to be a fun, easy job. You thought all you needed was a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. You’d sit down, put your finger to your forehead and think deep thoughts. Then you would translate those thoughts to paper and you’d have a wonderful story or article. It was going to be just that simple.

How long did it take before you found out you were dead wrong? Did you write an article and have someone you trusted read it only to have them tell you that your facts were wrong? Did you start out with a story and realize that you needed more information to give it depth and realism?

Like many of us, I was a novice. I thought writing to be easy and learned it was like any other full-time job. It took dedication, smarts and a lot of go power. These days I work on non-fiction in such varied subjects that I couldn’t possibly know were to even begin without researching it first.

History is good. There’s a lot we can know from school but there’s so much more that they never taught us. Our books told us of Orville and Wilbur Wright but they didn’t explain how that plane got off the ground. Sure we knew it had something to do with lift but did we really understand what lift was? I didn’t.

At the moment I’m working on strange occurrences in history. This requires my brain to travel on a different path than my fiction works. I have to learn. And let me tell you, its getting to be a lot of fun. My Internet connection is non-existent at home so I live in the library. The computer keyboard does quick rat-a-tat-tat talking as my fingers fly across the key and over at the circulation desk, a printer hums as page after page comes sliding down the tray. Dimes seem to fly from my pocket into the librarian’s outstretched hand as if by magic.

Research, it is a constant needed commodity. We go to garage sales and see books on our chosen subject and down the driveway it goes with us to our waiting cars. The library shelves become bare as we take dozens of books home to pore over in the wee hours of the morning. Internet links buzz and we read the word, searching…. flashes at us from somewhere in cyber space.

What would we do without research? Would we be capable of writing intelligent articles or books? Would anyone buy anything we wrote if we didn’t sound credible? Therefore, our foundation for any writing, be it poetry, children’s board books or a flight pilot’s manual is and always will be research.

Don’t give up on your dream of publication because you don’t know everything. Research it until you are the authority on your given subject. Remember that those who are authorities are the ones who did the same research you’re doing now. In the beginning they didn’t know anything either. So what are you waiting for? Pick up that book, type in that keyword or ask that question and get going. It’s research time!

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