The Watonwan County Library in St. James received special guest speaker, Author Julie Kramer, Tuesday, Jan. 22. Kramer has been on a book tour following the release of her new book “Shunning Sarah” which is the fifth book in the series.
“Shunning Sarah” is the story of a TV reporter’s investigation of murder in an Amish society. The series began with Stalking Susan and are all written with a glimpse of Kramer’s past as a TV news reporter.
Kramer has been publishing about one book a year for the series in the past five years.
This event was the kick-off event for Hot Reads for Cold Nights, the library’s winter reading program. Attendees of the program were most interested about the writing and publishing process.
Kramer explained that a writer really only gets one chance with the ‘big six’ publishers – so it is important to figure out what needs to be changed within the novel before it is sent to publishers. A good agent can help with that, but it’s up to the writer to make changes.
She also told the audience there is a saying that it takes about 1,000,000 words before a writer is ready to create a novel. So she is fortunate to have had the first novel she ever wrote published.
“Occasionally you get lucky right away,” said Kramer. “But usually it takes a lot longer.”
New writers should get used to people changing their manuscript and develop thick skin. A good writer is one who is able to write and rewrite. Publishers get sent lots of stuff, so if they’re interested in something and giving you changes to make, that is always a good thing.
The Watonwan County Library in St. James will be receiving a few authors and will have a book reading list out throughout the upcoming months in collaboration with their Hot Reads for Cold Nights winter reading program.