Guest Blogger Mary Martinez on how to start a book!

Hi everyone,

Today, we host Mary Martinez, author of the newly released Classic murder: Mr. Romance wjo will share her thoughts on writing and how to get started. Plus she has a great contest that will tell us about!

Welcome Mary






Thanks, Marie-Claude, for hosting the fifth day of my blog tour. Anyone who would like to know the schedule can check it out here.  Each blog a different question from the host. Sort of like a continuing interview.  I will also have two giveaways at the end of the blog tour. At the bottom, I’ll tell you how you can participate.

 Marie-Claude: What advice would you tell a newbie writer? Something that you wish someone would have told you.

 Mary: Do have a few hours to spare? Because if I told a new writer everything I’d wished I’d known before I embarked on this crazy publishing career it would fill a book. Where do I start? There are so many things.

 First and foremost, if you’re going to write a book, do your research first. Just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean you can make up facts as you go.

 Second, if you haven’t been in school for while, take a refresher course on your grammar and punctuation. True many things encompassed under the term, grammar, are subjective, but the basics are not.

 While you’re writing your book, research. No I don’t mean for facts, I mean do your research on writing groups and organizations in your area. Once you’ve found them, join one.

Do your research, getting a pattern here?  Find some critique partners. Until you find a writing group you probably have no idea what a crit partner is. I didn’t.  But they are invaluable. And I don’t mean your mother, brother, sister or husband. None of them will give you the advice and feedback you need.

 More research because writing the book is only the surface.

 I wanted to write a book, I thought, hey I can do that. And I did, but that the easy part. Getting it right and polished isn’t even the hardest part. Not to mention I had no idea what to do once I thought it was done. And no it wasn’t, far from it.

If you cannot find a writing group, do your research on line. And oh how I wished I’d known what Predators and Editors were back then. I literally Googled ‘agents’ and then started at ‘A’ and sent a query. Did I know what a query was? No but on one of the web sites there was a lose description. I cringe to think about it. I don’t even think I knew what ‘genre’ meant.

Yes talk about green, and I don’t mean as in green environment. I mean green as in ‘know nothing’. That was me, so if you’re new if nothing else research your facts, grammar resources, writing groups, writing partners and industry agents.

 Thank you again Marie-Claude, talk about making me think.    

 Here is a blurb for my new release Classic Murder: Mr. Romance

 Adam enjoys a lifestyle most men only dream of. Then one day he wakes up to find the morning headlines blaring, “Another victim falls prey to Mr. Romance. Who is next?” He suddenly realizes his way of life is not only frivolous, but deadly.

 Dubbed Mr. Romance by New York society for his romantic adventures, Adam Fernando Russo loves women. But lately he realizes how lonely it is coming home to an empty house. Can he settle for only one woman? After he makes a list of qualities worthy enough to merit giving up his desirable existence, suddenly recipients of his coveted attention mysteriously fall prey to a murderer. The murders seem unrelated with one exception–all the victims have recently returned from a fabulous weekend rendezvous with Mr. Romance.

 Adam’s assistant, Katie Sinclair, knows Adam is innocent with airtight alibis. The police are at a loss so Adam and Katie work together to discover the link between the murders. As luck would have it, their plan to prove the murderer is copying classic Cary Grant movies goes astray just as Adam realizes his perfect woman has been by his side all along.

 Available from BookStrand Publishing (Electronic Format, Print coming in spring 2011)

 For an excerpt and to see the trailer visit my web site:

Now to the giveaways, everyone one who participates by commenting on each day of the tour will have their name placed in a drawing for a Photo Album and a signed copy of Watching Jenny.

Everyone who participates and comments on half of the days will have their name in a drawing for a download of Classic Murder: Mr. Romance (or they can wait until it’s in print for a signed copy)

9 Responses to Guest Blogger Mary Martinez on how to start a book!

  1. Mary, I have to agree with you. Research is the key to finding the right publisher. You don’t want to send your Inspirational story to an erotic publisher. That’s just a sample, even though I’m sure most people wouldn’t do that. lol

    And critique groups or critique partners are soooo important! I don’t know what I would do without mine!

    Great blog!



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  3. Thanks for dropping By Marie. I got a lot of rejections in the beginning, I’m sorry I don’t handle Romance. LOL.

    Anyway Thank you Marie-Claude for hosting me today!


  4. jbrayweber says:

    Hi Mary!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and tips with us. For a newbie, there are so many mistakes to be made. But even seasoned authors still need research, refreshers, and critique partners to help keep them on track.

    Congrats on your new release!


  5. Great interview, Mary. This is a tough business. Talk about GREEN. I had no clue what it was all about. Sometimes I still feel lost. Now I’m panicked about promotion and book signings. But writing seems to be in the blood. Classic Murder: Mr. Romance sounds great. Off to check it out.


  6. Thanks Anita and Jenn for dropping by. I know research is very important, but sometimes I’m a bit afraid to start. The reason is, because I get lost in it. I love research and I have to remind myself why I need the information and not let myself go off in a interesting but different direction.



  7. Sheila says:

    I’m always interested in how an author writes. Research is always key to a good book. If a fact is wrong, it can pull me out of a story but if I know what you’re saying is right, I’m in all the way to the end.


  8. Grace says:

    I would add “Don’t get stuck in research. Start typing!” to the newbie advice.

    Your story about your agent hunt was wonderful, Mary! Thanks for sharing!


  9. Sheila, that is so true. I’ve been pulled out of many a book. I shake my head and think HUH? She/he didn’t do their research.

    Grace, you’re right I love to research and I get lost learning. I think if I could have afforded it, I’d have been a professional student.

    Thanks again everyone for coming out to my blog day.


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