Marla Miller: Freelance Writer, Author & Founder of Marketing The Muse, a resource site for writers en route to publication. Marla also is a medical cannabis activist and uses her writing/editing to further the cause.
As I continue down my own publishing road, I appreciate how hard it is to not only write well, but well enough to get published. It’s tough out here. More than ever, writers need each other. In these changing times in publishing, it does take a village.
I worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner/teacher until my 3rd daughter arrived. One of a fortunate few, I was able to full-time mother my children. My writing career shifted from professional journal writing to freelance writing during their wonder years.
I penned several series for The Writer Magazine. The first one featured notable authors’ ‘salad days’; the second zoomed in on query letters that hooked literary agents. My last series was a video column called Critique My Query. It ran from 2010 until the magazine changed hands in 2012.
During my time as Assistant Director of Santa Barbara Writers Conference, 2005-2008, I MC’ed many literary agent panels. Their denial of ‘change coming’ always astounded me. We all know they aren’t saying that anymore and more than a few blog posts here are devoted to that subject–our changing times.
In addition to the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, I love presenting MarketingtheMuse workshops at the Southern California Writers Conference. Executive Director, Michael Steven Gregory (MSG) & Wes Albers, Director, always have writers’ backs. I also added Writers Digest Conferences to my list of teaching gigs. Though a bit more corporate in feel, I was impressed with the level of talent on the podium and in the audience.
Marla Miller’s platform building continues:
Marla Miller’s Marketing the Muse Quick Query Critique video mini-workshops were offered free from 2010 – 2014 @ www.MarlaMiller.com and YouTube The easy to understand vids received high marks from authors on the road to publication. A Simon & Schuster author, she wrote for Orange County Register’s lifestyle magazine before becoming founding editor-in-chief of a quarterly Southern California coastal lifestyle magazine. Nonprofits, health/wellness & personality profiles, specialties.
Marla’s first ‘indie’ book project, The Booty Bible, was written with fitness model/celebrity, Alicia Marie. Promotion of The Booty Bible continued online at FitPOP.com where Marla’s Ageless Fitness column – delivering useful information about health, wellness and fitness at any age- ran for two years.
In late spring 2012, Marla’s 2nd ‘indie’ book about health care pricing, Decode The Black Box of Group Health Insurance debuted. Marla was ‘with author’ on this project led by a senior V.P. executive in the health care insurance pricing field.
Marla has written for many magazines that include The Writer, MORE Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Los Angeles Times & Oxygen.com. For eight years, she co-hosted a radio talk show on public radio in Orange County, California, and interviewed many civic leaders, public personalities and writers including Ray Bradbury, Barnaby Conrad and Joe Wambaugh.
In spring of 2013, she launched a KickStarter project to raise ‘publishing’ funds for her novel, Deadly Little Secrets, a fast-paced medical romantic suspense novel about the early years of the AIDS epidemic. The good news? She reached her goal . Deadly Little Secrets was e-published at Kindle Digital Publishing (KDP) Select on December 1, 2013.
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