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Volume 86, Program 10
11/21/2008
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Is your young writer ready to launch his work into the world? Even great writers sometimes have trouble getting published! If your student is trying to figure out how to crack the publishing industry, stay tuned to today’s Home School Heartbeat with HSLDA President Mike Smith, for advice from a best-selling author.

Mike Smith:
Noted author David Aikman joins me again today to offer suggestions for homeschooled writers. David, what advice would you give to young writers who would like to be published?

David Aikman:
Well, first of all, I think a young writer should try and find an easily accessible publication point, like a local newspaper, a local magazine, where it doesn’t take so much to get published in the pages.

Then, having collected a number of sort of articles, to show that he or she can put a sentence together, the next thing is to get acquainted with editors at publishing houses. Try and get introduced to them, call them up on the phone, talk to them. Only then can you seriously begin to suggest a particular book project. What you should not do is send over the transom a completely blind manuscript that nobody has any interest in reading.

Mike:
Well, thanks so much for sharing your expertise with our listeners. David, I know that young aspiring writers and their parents will find these programs very helpful!

And until next time, I’m Mike Smith


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