“Is it really that hard to get published, traditionally?” one student asked. I answered, “You ever heard the newspaper reporter’s answer to a girl named Virginia when she asked if their was a Santa Claus?” She smiled and said, “Yes.” I told her, “Then my answer to you is, sorry Virginia, there is no publishing fairy. That’s not to discourage you … it’s to impress on you the huge effort you’ll need, rejection you’ll face, and perseverance you’ll require to reach your goal.”
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Dayton State College where I participated in the program titled “Bloom where you were planted.” This mini seminar was the inspired concept of Dr. Lynn Hawkins, PhD. and Director Mary Custureri of publisher Taylor and Seale. They’re speaking of making this an annual event; I certainly hope they do.
The cross-section of students who attended from DSC and Bethune-Cookman encouraged me. They weren’t the kooks and and rabble so often shown on television these days. IF they are representative of their generation, we don’t have to be nearly as concerned for our country’s future as many would have you believe. They were attentive and asked great questions.
My experience was enhanced by sharing a break-out discussion table with Veronica Helen Hart, a truly talented author, who knows the secret of an engaging novel is in its story. I strongly recommend you try one of her books. You’ll be captivated by her stories and writing quality. Amazon is probably the quickest and easiest way to obtain one. Look her up by author name.
As I stated, it was a joy to engage in discussion with these students. A couple of things struck me as we shared conversation. This generation IS concerned with the future, most are willing to work to achieve their goals, and light bulbs go on as you speak to them … they comprehend. Most of these students are great candidates to join organizations like the Florida Writers Association and to attend writers conferences like the Unicorn Writer’s Conference both of which I recommended.
Lynn and Mary, thanks again for “inventing” this great event.
PS – Hooray folks — The book I recommended to you is now on Amazon! Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I, is available!
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