1. Raymond Benson Tells You 'How I Got Published'

    By Devin Zydel on 2007-10-23

    Former literary 007 author Raymond Benson wants to tell you all about the publishing business along with 80 other well-known authors in the recently released collection, How I Got Published.

    Released last month and edited by Ray White and Duane Lindsay, How I Got Published collects essays from a wide assortment of authors in which they tell you in their own words, testimonials, revelations, and confessions about the publishing business.

    Benson’s essay, entitled ‘Bondage Paraphernalia’, deals with his James Bond association and his modus operandi. The full blurb:

    Writing is a lonely occupation where rejection is the norm, and learning about the early hardships of today’s best-selling authors can provide vital reassurance (and comic relief). These compelling stories of perseverance and publication will nurture your dreams until you succeed. Inside you’ll find:

    • How more than eighty authors launched a successful career—in their own words. Many of these stories appear in this book for the very first time, while others are famous and have been passed down as literary legend.
    • Ten “absolute” rules to follow for publishing success, gleaned from an analysis of more than fifty “how to get published” books. (All of these how-to books agree on what the rules are, if not on their order of importance.)
    • Inspiration and instruction that will help you realize your publishing dreams.

    This book focuses on the scary and exciting time when writers are poised to jump before they discover if they can fly–the days when a writer has nothing but a manuscript or an idea or a story, and a desire to get published.

    Everybody loves a success story, and this book will leave you feeling energized and upbeat about finding your way.

    Contributors include: Christopher Moore, Clive Cussler, J.A. Jance, Gayle Lynds, JA Konrath, John Lescroart, David Morrell, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Stephen White, Hallie Ephron, Stephen Coonts, Sue Ann Jaffarian, Dave Barry, MJ Rose, Jerry B. Jenkins, and dozens of other published authors.

    Order How I Got Published online:

    007 fans best know Benson as the author of six James Bond continuation novels, three short stories and the film novelizations for Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. Click here for CBn’s four-part interview with Raymond Benson.

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