Marla Miller: Writer, Author, Editor & Founder of Marketing The Muse, a resource site for writers en route to publication.
I worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner/teacher until my 3rd daughter arrived. One of a fortunate few, I was able to mother my kids full-time. My writing career shifted from professional journal writing to freelance writing during their wonder years. For 16 years, I wrote 3 columns for the OC Register’s lifestyle magazine before becoming founding editor-in-chief of a California coast lifestyle magazine. 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. I jumped into Indie publishing when Createspace and KDP debuted. The best way to get the feel of this option for publishing is to actually emply it which I did. As of this posting in 2017, with rare exception, I now encourage writers to query literary agents and small presses before going rogue and self publishing on Createspace. Why? Since indie publishing came on the scene in 2010 (approx), too many wannabe storytellers have taken the easy route. The result? Millions of ‘draft’ books are now found on these platforms. Not good for writers intent on becoming storytellers to take this easy way out. It just isn’t. For the rest? Experts with platforms should utilize these new options. Why? The turnaround in traditional publishing-18-24 months-often turns experts’ content into ‘old news.’ In Indie, once an expert’s book is polished, it can be published within 3-5 days.
In addition to the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, I present 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. However, if I were a writer with limited funds, I’d go to a traditional writers conference and not some corporate entity that can pay big bucks to keynote speakers, which draw neophyte writers mostly to these huge and impersonal corporate affairs.
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 receive high marks from authors on the road to publication. If you take the time, you can learn how to write a query letter just by listening to my critiques. I learned how to write query letters by writing thousands during a 20+ year period of pitching story ideas to magazine editors and literary agents.
My 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 my Ageless Fitness column – delivering useful information about health, wellness and fitness at any age- ran for two years.
My second eBook, Days Gone By: Barnaby Conrad’s Santa Barbara Writers Conference, debuted at KDP Select in May, 2013. It’s a short work of fiction and dedicated to Mr. Conrad’s many contributions to the international writing community.
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YouTube: Query Letter Video Critiques
GoogleOn-Air TV: LitSalon: Prose Talk Prose
In 2014, Marla combined her health care experience/knowledge with her writing knowledge/ experience to become a medical cannabis activist.
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