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"The Ballad of the Pilgrim Cat" audio made my day! Planning on a long afternoon to read the archives. You know a good story when you see one, editor. Thanks for sharing.
DH: I'm so glad you got a chance to listen to it, Colleen. Not our usual cup of tea, but that's what makes it special.
I stumbled across Popcorn Fiction a few months ago and have loved it ever since. I find myself looking forward to the new story each month. Thank you for creating a great service to curb my craving for new and exciting pieces of writing!
I'm writing to you today for advice. I'm interested in writing and have thus far been expressing it through writing short stories and keeping a blog to build an audience. However, the more I write, the more I wish it were something I could do full time (I currently work in advertising in New York). If you have time, I'd love to hear how you managed to get your writing career off the ground and any advice you have for me to take this from a hobby to something more serious.
Anything helps! I look forward to hearing from you.
DH: Hey, Dan… Thanks for reading our offerings here… It's great to hear that they're still influencing writers out there. I also started out in advertising… working on the business side as an account manager. I always wanted to be a writer though and kept at it, writing novels and screenplays at night when I'd get home from work, making sure I put the time into my writing. I treated it as a second job rather than a hobby and kept plugging away. I think the biggest thing you can do from a writing standpoint is to surprise your readers… zig when they think you're going to zag, zag when they think you're going to zig. Every chapter, every scene, every page should leap at the reader, build up and break like waves on a beach.
After you get your manuscript or screenplay where you want it… have other people read it… people who have no vested interest in lying to you. Get some real opinions… did you entertain them? Did you hold their interest? Do they want more from you? If the answers are yes, yes, yes… then you have to go through that miserable process of trying to get a credible agent to represent you. I don't know the best way to do that anymore… in the old days you'd send out query letters, trying to get someone to read your work. Now I suppose it's query emails? I don't know… but you WILL need to get a representative to trumpet your work if you hope to get anywhere with publishers or studios. So concentrate on that. I know that's vague, but that's pretty much all I have. Best of luck!
I greatly enjoy your stories and website.
I have a couple of good short stories of my own but they are non-fiction.
Can you help with suggesting a reputable site as your own to send nonfiction stories to or maybe expanding your site to include a new criteria for nonfiction works?
DH: Hey Joe… I think I skipped your letter last month… so sorry. I don't know any cool nonfiction story sites… I would think that you'd want to go to a major magazine like Rolling Stone or Esquire or Vanity Fair or maybe even a website like HuffPo… There seems to be a lot more places to land a nonfiction piece than a fiction one these days. We're going to stick to fiction on Popcorn Fiction though… at least for now. Thanks for reading!
Thank you for publishing the reading of "The Pilgrim Cat." It brought me back to that wonderful family in the living room Thanksgiving feeling
DH: Thrilled you enjoyed it Kevin… and I hope a lot of other families got to listen to it this Thanksgiving. Have a great December!
DH: Okay, what'd you think of "Claustrophobia?" Let me know. And also… my novel The Right Hand is out in paperback this month, so buy it! For you… or as a Christmas gift… because nothing says love like an espionage thriller.