Dr. Rob Currie is a freelance writer and speaker.
Provide a glimpse of your continuing class at Write-to-Publish, “How to Get Published.”
The class will show step by step how to get that first publication. You’ll learn how research openings, pitch your idea to editors, and follow through when they express interest in your writing.
Who should attend your class?
This class is intended for individuals who have never been published.
What’s your best advice for writers?
Read great writers in your genre. Write regularly. Get honest feedback on your writing. All three are essential, and all three will improve your skills.
Since you are a Write-to-Publish alumnus, how has the conference helped your writing career?
First, I got published because of Write-to-Publish. So far that has led to three books and half a dozen articles. This has happened because at the conference I learned how to format my writing to be appealing to editors. I learned the importance of a target market and of writing something that engaged the reader with a hook.
Second, I discovered that a writers’ journey often takes unexpected twists and turns. One of my books began as a magazine article and then grew into a book that I initially didn’t intend to write. The lesson there is to write your best work and be open to God’s leading because He may want to use your work in a different way than you think.
Can you give a specific example of how the conference led to publication for you?
I met my first agent at Write-to-Publish many years ago. I discussed my book idea with him, and he said I could send him a proposal. He used his contacts, connections, and credibility to get me my first book contract. Another example is when I showed an article to an editor from Focus on the Family Magazine, and he agreed to publish it. Though some magazines accept unsolicited articles, there is no substitute for having the full attention of an editor for fifteen minutes.
What are some other ways your writing career has benefitted from Write-to-Publish?
I learned the importance of having a platform, that is, a way of getting one’s message to readers. I initially disliked this idea but have come to enjoy sharing ideas I am passionate about. I also learned about the many resources in terms of books, such as The Christian Writers Market Guide and books by James Scott Bell.
Can’t a writer learn the same lessons from a book, blog, or podcast?
No. Although these are valuable resources, when I read a book about improving my writing, that book can’t read my work and suggest key changes. That book also can’t look me in the eye and ask for me to submit a book proposal.
Interviewed by Susan Miura, speaker, freelance editor, and author of four award-winning novels and a children’s book.