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Local woman honored by Publishers Weekly

Eileen Gardner of Peru was the 200,000th follower of the Publishers Weekly Twitter page, landing her a guest blog on the company’s website.

Eileen Gardner of Peru was the 200,000th follower of the Publishers Weekly Twitter page, landing her a guest blog on the company’s website. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— Eileen Gardner is an aspiring writer. So, when she decided to learn more about breaking into the world of publishing, she went to a source she had heard a lot about — Publishers Weekly.

It turned out, that by simply following the weekly trade news magazine on Twitter, that Publishers Weekly reached out to her. Why? Gardner was contacted and notified she was the business’ 200,000th Twitter follower.

“It was exciting,” said Gardner. “I started writing about two years ago and I wanted to learn more about publishing, so I went on Twitter because that’s where a lot of writers and publishing types seem to hang out.”

When she clicked the button to follow Publishers Weekly, it was a connection that landed her recognition of the company reaching an on-line milestone and a spotlight on her own quest to become a published author.

“[Publishers Weekly] contacted me and asked me if I’d be interested in writing a guest blog for them,” said Gardner, “which was very exciting. So, I wrote about breaking into the publishing world.”

In her guest column, which can be found on-line at www.publishersweekly.com, Gardner talks about the likelihood an author would get published and the importance of getting one’s name out in front of those with the power to publish your work.

“I could’ve blogged about anything, but I though this would make sense,” said Gardner. “I know there are others who don’t really know that much about the publishing side of things.”

Gardner said she hoped to be able to educate others about things they need to think about during the publishing process like finding an agent and even preparing one’s self for rejection.

“The whole process can be a little bit dizzying,” said Gardner. “You don’t realize how much is involved with it.”

One thing Gardner has learned is that the Internet is a way to make connections and there’s no more evidence of that than her connection to Publishers Weekly, she said.

“It was an honor to be in Publishers Weekly,” said Gardner, adding she has placed even more value on having a Twitter account these days. “Twitter has become really big to a lot of aspiring writers.”

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