In a random phone conversation at work yesterday, I was talking to a guest who was re-booking her summer vacation. In the process of that exchange, we began to talk about the book that I have written. It seemed like just a simple trade of information until she called me back half an hour later and said she had some information about publishers.
When one is a fledgling author, the mere mention of any connection to a publisher is exhilarating. As I frantically wrote down the information she was giving me, I could feel my heart beating at an accelerated rate. I was writing with one hand, Googling with the other and trying to retain all of the information from each place.
She had given me the name of a recently published author who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her friend assured her that he was a really nice fellow willing to help out where he could. With my tenacious Google-searching skills, I had tracked down his email in no time and sent him a query. Much to my delight, he answered within a few hours.
Although he may not be the direct link I need to have into the publishing world, as a newly published author he could be a wealth of information for me at this stage of my writing career and he seems to be very engaged in helping others that are going through the phases of being a writer that he has already experienced.
I have since sent my first four chapters to the publishing company that previously took a chance on the Winnipeg writer and will wait with crossed fingers to see if I get a response. If nothing else, I have a published author willing to send me snippets of much-needed advice and that, in itself, is priceless.