Skip to main content

What helped get his detective novels noticed by publishers - Paul Leonard Williams, Tom Ray's Art Podcast Clip

What process helped this writer get his novel noticed when submitting it to publishers?

I met the writer Paul Leonard Williams on my podcast. Paul writes a detective novel series and he told me one of the things that he discovered that not only helped his writing but also helped it get noticed by publishers.

You write a whole book and now you're gonna put it out there. I don't know if you started with the publisher that you have or if you were putting stuff out there first?

I was very very lucky in that I had a friend who used to be in the industry. 

He was a screener. So he was the guy that decides, does this go in the circular file or do we want to pay this attention. 

So he told me some wonderful things that really helped me out. 

First of all, you got to grab the screener's attention, the publisher's attention in the first two paragraphs. If you haven't they're probably not going to make it past the first page or the second page and you're forgotten about. 

And he was my first line editor. So we developed this relationship of work. 

I was telling him about the ideas for my book and he was like, "oh that sounds fantastic!" 

He came in one day and goes, "how's your book come along?" 

(I said) It's horrible. It's terrible. I'm not good at this. 

So he said, "I don't want to read it. I want you to read it to me."

And so I did! 

He went, "you're a fantastic storyteller, you just need a line editor. I'll be your line editor". 

So we got into this thing where he'd have me read it to him first before he edited it so he could get a picture in his own head. 

And he told me later when I would read (to him) there's a character father Dominic who is from Northern Ireland.

"I heard Father Dom's voice in my head!"

So that was a wonderful relationship to have while I was kind of learning, so it was easier for him to know what I was going for when he was editing.

Listen to the whole interview with Paul Leonard Williams https://www.tomrayswebsite.com/2022/05/paul-leonard-williams-writer.html

Listen To The Podcast

Popular

How I use one Gmail address for multiple Soundcloud accounts

Do you know the Gmail "+" trick to use one email for multiple accounts on one service? Here's a little trick I use that works for any service.  I talked about this on the podcast episode I did with artist Mortimur K . In this case, let's say I used up all the uploads I have for my free Soundcloud account . With this trick, I can open a new free account and use the same Gmail address. I don't want to create another Gmail account to sign up again.  Using my one Gmail address for multiple accounts on the same service I don't remember when I learned this but you can alter the name on a Gmail address. Like, let's say mine is "tom@gmail.com". To be clear that is not my email. I wish it was, but this is just a short example. Start with the original Gmail address Add a "+" after the email name Where it says "tom" on the address I can put a "+" after that. Add a "+" after the email name After that "+" I ca

S03 Episode 1: Kelly Sauvage Angel, Writer

Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Kelly is a writer who contacted me through the American Bandito Facebook page. She's written a book called "Om Namah..." available on Amazon . As she explains it's a story of healing from betrayal, discovering spiritual discernment, and the best ribs on the east side of Madison. We talk about the book while walking around the Atwood neighborhood in the fall of last year. Plus, a segment from a series of pop-up interviews I did at the Hibernation Liberation event. You can buy the book Om Namah... for Kindle or paperback here .

Travel planning.

I feel like once we finally get this sorted out it will be less frustrating.

cold air.

Still waiting for it to possibly change back.