Douglas Speer

July 15, 2009

Post #2515 – 20090715

Dear Mr. Pinkwater, I’ve always enjoyed listening to you on NPR, especially your “duets” with Scott Simon.

I need some advice. Several years ago I wrote a childrens book about a big striped cat and how he saved a grieving young womans life. That manuscript was produced one winter as I was driving a big, giant truck around the U.S.. It has languished in my files for seven years.

I pulled it out the other day and read it, cover to cover. It’s really pretty good.

My question is: How do I get it reviewed and hopefully published? As you know; if you don’t have an agent, you won’t get published and if you haven’t been published, you won’t get an agent.

How does one overcome this catch 22?

Any light you could shed on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards, Doug

Daniel replies:

After pornography, the most popular topic on the internet is how to get published. At last count there were 4,000,647 sites dealing with this subject. What is more, every person posting knows more about it than I do, has fresher information than mine, (most of which dates back to the early 1970s when I clicked as a writer and started selling), and possibly gives a hoot. Good luck.