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Rick DeStefanis

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Rick DeStefanis is an award-winning novelist.
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Newspaper carrier, grocery store clerk, land surveyor, machinist (International Harvester), paratrooper (82nd Airborne Division), foundry worker, carpenter, brakeman and conductor (Illinois Central Railroad), deputy sheriff, business owner, house painter, dock worker, truck driver, airline ramp agent, operations manager (FedEx Express), Airline Flight Dispatcher, Area General Manager (General Electric), motorcyclist, skydiver, hunter, fisherman, wildlife photographer....Mississippi author Rick DeStefanis brings a lifetime of experiences to his writing. An avid outdoorsman and military veteran, DeStefanis brings several of these experiences to his books, both in his Vietnam War Series and his Sout
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Rick DeStefanis My advice for aspiring writer’s is to avoid using the “ready, FIRE!.....aim,” approach. I’m talking about assuming you are a good writer and…moreMy advice for aspiring writer’s is to avoid using the “ready, FIRE!.....aim,” approach. I’m talking about assuming you are a good writer and publishing an E-book just because it’s so easy and you can. Using only the first two steps of this approach is more than likely to cause the third to be much more difficult, because you’ve made your best shot with the first try. Grantland Rice said, “There is no substitute for hard work.” Okay, you may have an MFA in creative writing, but how many writers conferences have you attended? How many short stories have you crafted? You are a novel writer you say? Great. The building blocks of a novel are scenes i.e. short stories. I have read some truly talented writers who simply dove in with an E-book, giving no thought to attending writer’s conferences or the next big step, HIRING A PROFESSIONAL EDITOR.
You say, “My buddy who is an English Teacher at Tagewambaco Community College edited it for me.” Great! Now, take it to someone who is a truly professional editor with credentials, but be ready. The results won’t be pretty. They ain’t cheap, and they will lay waste to your writing foibles.
Self-publishing E-books has become incredibly easy and inexpensive, and the simple fact is that 90% of the books published in this manner aren’t near ready for prime time—and I’m being nice wording it in that manner. Frankly, there are a lot of aspiring writers out there who would better serve themselves by changing avocations.
BOTTOMLINE:
1st: READ, then read some more. Read the classics. Read current writers. Read the writers you wish to emulate. Keep reading while you are writing.
2nd: Work hard by writing constantly.
3rd: Attend some writers conferences (After you’ve been to five or six you probably have detected a recurring theme with your writing and its possible short-comings.)
4th: Join a local writers group and trade manuscripts. Tell them you want them to slice, dice and burn your writing because you want to improve.
5th: Absolutely NEVER publish a work without it being vetted by a professional editor.(less)
Rick DeStefanis In 1968 Buck Marino went to the war in Vietnam . He never forgot it.
-Valley of the Purple Hearts
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" Hey Ron,
Welcome. My top three time periods are:
1. The Vietnam War Era and subsequent years.
2. The American West from the early 1800's to just beyond
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" Yes, local boy. Volunteer Fireman joined the Oxford FD. He was quite talented. Too bad they die young. "
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