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A Word Please #4 — The *Monthly Newsletter of The Writing Prof

In which TWP resumes its monthly newsletter campaign.

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Greetings from The Writing Prof. We are still here, and we are still growing.

If you have signed up to be a writer with The Writing Prof, please consider submitting your fine essays to me. This is a small operation, but a good one, focused on providing publication opportunities to new(er) as well as experienced writers. Your work will be treated respectfully. I offer feedback and editing expertise for all submissions.

New Substack (FREE) Newsletter

I have started a FREE substack newsletter — “My Own Private Waste Land: T. S. Eliot, Mental Illness, and the Making of a Memoir.” Please subscribe, even if you don’t intend to read it.

I am growing an audience in order to increase my chances of publication.

I assure you, however, the newsletter is riveting, chock full of fun, sad, poignant, touching, exciting stories taken from my memoir.

You can also follow my editing process/progress and my journey toward traditional publication.

Follow along at

My Memoir . . . is Done! (Sort of)

I have completed my memoir — My Own Private Waste Land. At first it was 203,000 words. I knew that was too long. I cut it down to 168,000 words, still too long. But I sent that copy to some beta-readers. The deafening silence indicates a problem — either with my manuscript or the busy world.

So now I’m cutting the manuscript so that it’s less than 100,000 words, a sort of psychological block for agents and editors. Anything over 100,000 words is a risk in the publishing world for anybody other than established writers.

As of this writing (April 8), my manuscript sits at 134,000 words. Great progress! But there is more to be done. Stay tuned.

Atlanta Writers Conference Here I Come

At the beginning of May, I will attend the Atlanta Writers Conference, where I will meet with at least two editors for a manuscript review and a couple more agents for pitch sessions.

I have prepared a query letter, a synopsis, and the first 19 pages of my manuscript.

I hope to at least earn a read from one of the editors or get a referral to someone more suitable for my material. At the very least, I hope to learn about the intangibles of the publishing business so that I can query my manuscript with agents/editors successfully and confidently after the conference.

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Lee G. Hornbrook is an expert in the writing process who taught college English for 25 years. He is the editor of The Writing Prof.

Follow his progress in getting his memoir published at his FREE newsletter “My Own Private Waste Land: T. S. Eliot, Mental Illness, and The Making of a Memoir.

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The Writing Prof is a collection of ideas about the art and craft of writing from a college professor and other writing professionals. You’ll find writing tips and posts about grammar and punctuation, language and literature, book reviews, personal essays, and all things writing.

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Lee G. Hornbrook

Writer and Writing Coach. Memoirist. Editor of The Writing Prof. Experienced writer — I can help you tell your story. Connect at LinkedIn, Twitter @leehornbrook

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