Writer's Roost Home Page
Last update: 9 August 2016
Welcome to Steven Houchin's official author website. He is a writer of novels,
short stories, non-fiction articles, technical papers, and also performs
editing services for other writers. His second novel won the Pacific Northwest
Writers Association's 2007 Literary Contest in the Mystery/Thriller category.
He was also selected to read and critique manuscript submissions for PNWA's
annual literary contest in both 2009 and 2010 for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category,
and in 2016 for the Mainstream Fiction category.
Please check out his
Writer's Roost BLOG. It contains book reviews,
announcements, and articles on the writing craft. Please post your comments on
any of the articles. Also, take a look at our list of upcoming Literary
Conferences and Contests.
By the way, if you think you are related to Steven, check out his
family genealogy website.
** Steven was selected to read, critique, and score manuscripts
submitted to PNWA's 2016 Literary
Contest for the Mainstream Fiction category.
** Steven's article "A Journey Through Time" appears in the
October 2011 issue of Northwest
Prime Time magazine. It tells the story of a letter he wrote
while in kindergarten that returned to him 49 years later, unopened.
** Steven gave an interview about his writing experience to
local Seattle author Norma Nill, which you can read on
** Steven served as guest blogger at the Literary Liasons site
with a posting titled "So, You Want to Win a Literary Contest?" In it, he
explains some of the factors that will help your manuscript break through the
clutter of contest entries to maximize the chance of winning.
** Steven's non-fiction article "McGraw Square" was
published in the Summer 2009 issue (Vol. 23 No. 2) of
Columbia Magazine, a publication of the Washington State
Historical Society. It details the history of a statue in downtown Seattle that
honors John McGraw, who served in the 1880s and 1890s as King County Sheriff
and Washington's second governor.
Finding a Literary Agent to Query (Part II)
I wrote earlier some tips on where and how to compile a list of
literary agents who you can query for your novel (see Finding a Literary Agent to Query). I wrote it because
I was doing just that for my latest novel: looking for agents who were
interested in cozy mysteries.
Well, I must have done something right because a couple of weeks ago an agent I
queried asked to see the full manuscript! That is, of course, just the
first step toward signing with an agency and then getting published. But it
feels like a big step right now. Especially since, up to then, all I received
for this novel from other agents was a terse, "It's not for me" sort of
I'll post more later when I hear back.
Steven Houchin -- 9 August 2016
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