Friday, November 5, 2010

Non-Fiction: Another Great Way to Get Into the Publication Game

A friend of mine did something so clever, that I had to pass it on. It’s one of those gutsy moves that should get writers to thinking about achieving publication in a different light.

Mike Madigan worked as the sports editor for the Rocky Mountain News. If you live in Colorado, you’ve no doubt heard of the newspaper. After his retirement, his previous employer commissioned him to write a series about the newspaper’s headlines over its 150 year history. Alas, the newspaper folded soon after and only a few of Mike’s articles graced the pages.

So he had all this material. This is where the genius struck. He published his own book using his research entitled Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters / 150 Years of Front-Page Stories from the Rocky Mountain News. He hooked up with a book distributor and King Soopers all along the front-range carried the perfect holiday gift in the fall of 2009. It won the 2010 Colorado Author's League Awards in the general nonfiction category and placed in the finals of the 2010 Colorado Book Awards.

Now Mike has another book: Historic Photos of Denver in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Not long after his first non-fiction piece swept across Denver, Mike got an agent to represent his fiction.

Mike will be attending a couple of events and doing signings in November. The first is the annual "Harvest of Books" at the Molly Brown Summer House on Sat., Nov. 6, from 10am to 2pm. At least nine Colorado authors will participate The second event is Wed., Nov. 17, 7:30pm at the legendary downtown Tattered Cover, where he’ll talk about and sign his Historic Photos volume.


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