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Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Markley’

How Stephen Markley Went from Temp to Published Author

Stephen Markley wrote the forthcoming nonfiction title, Publish This Book. After listening to him read from his work at the In the Flesh reading series, we caught up with him for an interview.

Q: How did you conceive of the idea for Publish This Book?
A: Basically, I was getting tired of trying to break into a career as a writer. I’d written a few practice novels, queried for a few other book ideas and was living in Chicago making $320 a week as a temp and feeling like my life was essentially going nowhere. The book was born of this frustration. It began just as an irreverent idea but grew into a lot of different things as I began to write it.

Q: What pitch did you use to convince your agent to take you on as a client?
A: My pitch letter is included in the book (with the grammatical errors left uncorrected). Basically, I just thought to myself, ‘Catch someone’s–anyone’s–eye.’ And out of 50, approximately 1.5 agents were interested in my idea. I went with the one and not the point-five.

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Lit Resolutions from Kody Keplinger, Victoria Dahl, Stephen Markley & Isobella Jade

Yesterday, we revealed the literary New Year’s resolutions from authors. Today we continue with a few more authors who have set literary goals for the upcoming new year. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

The Duff YA writer Kody Keplinger: “My goal for 2011 is to break out of the ‘box’ and write something different from anything I’ve written before. Whether that means writing a screenplay for fun or writing a fantasy story, I don’t know yet. But this year, I want to challenge myself.”

Crazy for Love romance author Victoria Dahl: “I’d like to spend more time reading than writing.”

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