I'm new to MWSA membership. I've just finished a memoir of my career in the Air Force, 1980 - 2000. Yeah, I'm a Cold War baby, a woman, and a retired support officer. So what I have to say isn't similar to many of the military memoirs today. I wrote In Formation: What the Air Force Taught Me about Holding On and Manning Up because I recognized that even without battles, the military demands courage, of all types. I'm still looking at options regarding publication, but in the meantime I've started a blog. This was my first entry:
In 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill Sherlock Holmes. I say tried, because his attempt at literary homicide (litericide?) was ultimately a failure. By all rights, it should have succeeded. As the writer, Doyle held the power to destroy that which he had created. Holmes, by contrast, was only a make-believe character. His very existence was subject to the whims and intentions of the man from whose imagination he had sprung. Doyle should have been able to kill off his fictional detective with a simple stroke of the pen, but thing
In a year of journeying on this road to publishing and launching my first book, I have been blessed with many gifts. I have come to better understand the beauty which lies within than that of my outside reflection. I have come to realize the importance of speaking the words which lie in my heart. For these terms of endearment, bear the truth of knowledge and understanding.
A compelling memoir, a poignant personal journey, and an action-packed, teen angst and alienation, urban-fantasy novel are the books discussed as “At Ease” rings out the New Year. It’s a surprising author mix, but tune in and you’ll see why we did it. Listen to us at www.veteransradio.net at 9 a.m. EST Saturday, December 29.
Today I received this email from the publisher at Macmillan. I am passing this on to the membership because I believe there is information that is important, regardless of whether or not you are an author for one of the New York houses.
To Macmillan Trade Authors, Illustrators, and Agents,