I’ve finally completed a real interviewer! Yay! I interviewed my old English teacher, Ms. Holland, from elementary school. She remembered me! Now she didn’t know anything specifically on Harriet, but she helped me get an insight into the world of publishing and writing. I learned that, as a children’s writer, she got a lot of inspiration from her childhood. This reminded wanted to have Nancy’s life when she was child, and it was as if she was inspired by her childhood fantasies.
Ms. Holland told me that you need to research your market VERY WELL if you want to get published. Harriet and her father clearly had as she had a company that published all the Syndicate’s books. Also, the Syndicate had a trend with mystery novels which seemed to be selling very well.
Another thing Ms. Holland talked about was the amount of editing that went into getting a book ready for publishing. I can only imagine how many times Harriet would edit a story then give it back for them to fix over and over with every single book in the Syndicate’s making. She must have spent most of her time editing. I bet she got real good, real fast, at editing. Editing was also her first job ever that she did for the Syndicate.
Ms. Holland said that something that helped writers a lot were writing groups. They are very inspiring and are thorough if you have the people within the group edit you work. I wonder if Harriet was part of a writing group. Probably not because then there would be people editing her ghostwriters work, a job that was hers, and would know the stories before they were published and who it was writing them. If anything, Harriet would have had a writing group within the Syndicate. (There’s a learning center idea…… Hehe)
Ms. Holland was very helpful in helping me see into the technical world of writing. I hope to keep those tips in mind as I work towards completing my IEP goal of finishing my book. I wish I had time to read a book written by Harriet before Night of the Notables to give me some help on seeing different writing tips in her stories. Another thing I’d like to know is what happens after companies say “Yes, we will publish you.” I hope to use the information I learned within my learning center as I turn my little section of the school into the Stratemeyer Syndicate story brain storming meeting (whether that exists or not is unknown but it works for what I am doing). So yay! Hope to see a bunch of people there.
I have to go work… stupid procrastination…..