makes it clear that, as an agent, she does not The networking train kept rolling as
accept science fiction, yet at least once a week a Eckstut’s boss mentioned their radio appear-sci-fi manuscript lands on her desk. ance to the president of Workman Publishing.
Research also means being able to iden- He said, “That’s a proposal I’d be interested in
tify whether or not an idea is a good one. seeing.” And the book—at least the idea for
Sterry and Eckstut suggest asking yourself the book—wasborn.
several questions, including: That leaves writing. Sterry believes the
■ What’sthecompetition? Theanswer is best way to write is to “sit down and get
crucial. The book should be similar but not going.” He cautions against being too
identical to others out there. wrapped up in the product rather than the
■ Is there an audience? It’s important to process of writing and rewriting. He also says
know that people are interested in the topic. friends and loved ones need to be trained to
■ Why me? You need to be able to prove not interrupt writing time.
to an agent or publishers why you have the Writing groups are a valuable resource
experience, knowledge or talent to write the for not only writing, but for networking and
book you have in mind. meeting other writers. “They give people the
As for networking, they encourage writers experience of working with a deadline,” says
to share ideas with anyone who will listen. Eckstut. “Reading a thing out loud in front of
Before writing Putting Your Passion into Print, others is also very helpful. Through that
Eckstut and Sterry, who live in the Bay Area, you’ll find clunky parts, or get a laugh where
put on workshops teaching people about the you didn’t expect one.”
publishing industry. Eckstut mentioned the If it’s true that 81 percent of Americans
workshops to a friend, who mentioned them want to write a book, Sterry and Eckstut are
to a friend who is a producer of NPR’s Talk of doing their part to ensure that 100 percent of
the Nation, resulting in a two-day appearance. them have every chance to make it happen. C
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