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|Comment||Hi Susan, My sincerest apology for not replying to you sooner as my Internet Connection was giving me some trouble. Anyway I am very grateful for your follow up advice. And I must say it does shed light on the extent of my 'knowledge' of the publishing world. You presumed from my initial e-mail to you that this was my first book. You could tell! Yes it is Susan. And in answer to your question, ‘Have I a specific publisher in mind'? No! I don't, though I do know the book should fit well in the 'Self-Improvement' market. Of course there are many books in this sector, all with their own individual slant etc. Mine is has its own slant and is different from anything I know that presently exists. I do know this as I've carried out some ‘market research' prior to writing. Your advice was a timely reality check and I now realise that the onerous challenge of 'serious' writing is not for the faint hearted or the 'sprinter' types and I think it has made me more determined than ever to see it through, not less. Continue with your good advice Susan as ‘emerging' writers like myself are indebted to people like you who give of their time freely when they could be doing something else. It's highly probable that I'll be calling on your advice again. Thanks for now; Joe|
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I wrote my first book in 1957 and have been writing and studying writing since. I have a BA in Written Communications, and have taught writing both privately and through adult education for 15 years. Have also edited (fiction books) for an online publisher and edited/wrote more than 100 articles for a teen sex education site. Currently writing web content and mentoring beginning writers.
BA degree in Written Communication