Getting a book published

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I’ve been self publishing and sending out work to traditional publishers and agents for my entire writing career.  And finally, one of my novels has been published by a traditional press – which has benefits and drawbacks.

The best thing that can happen to my book,  In Good Faith, is that it becomes an overnight success, because it took 11 years to write it.

Since I’m a fan of independent publishing, I published In Good Faith two years ago.  Then Write Life Press picked it up.  I did not get an advance, but I did get editing and the cover design and of course, the book.  I wrote two books in the Real Estate Diva Mystery series before In Good Faith and one after it, and it was this, the third one in the series that was finally published up by a traditional press.

In Good Faith began in 2000. I worked as the marketing department for United Way and feeling burned out.  So I wrote a long short story chronicling the antics of the world’s worst non-profit.   What did I hate most about the non-profit world?  I put that in the story. What did I hate about volunteers?  I put that in the story. I hated being treated like the help.   I put that in the story too.  And I finished up with the worst thing (or two) that can happen to a non-profit.

Sure, I felt better, but where to put this story (it was at least more sophisticated than a rant).  It would be years later, after I left the non-profit world and became embroiled in the real estate industry (where the very worst thing that can happen, happens daily) that a new character emerged and the Real Estate Diva Mysteries were created.   The bad non-profit story merged into a murder plot for the third book and now I had a full story.

If you or a friend ever worked with a non-profit or volunteered with a non profit; you’ll recognize much of that world in the novel.

As for me, I hope no one calls me and claims I wrote about them and their organization.  Because I made it all up.  I’m pretty sure I made it all up. . .

Catharine Bramkamp

In Good Faith –  A Real Estate Diva Mystery

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