Have You Thought About Writing a Book?

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  1. Avigail David

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    Historical fiction. Crime and thriller on justice and law like that of John Grisham's fiction novels. Action and adventure primary children's books. It's very nice to dream about writing science fiction, too.
     
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    I had a (factual) book published in March and (drumroll) have my first novel in the hands of a publisher right now. They are doing something with it...copy-editing at the moment, I think.
     
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    Wow! Congratulations @Tom Locke ! Perhaps, you could link to us your books? And post about your experiences with publishing? It's a great interest to many here, especially, to me. :)
     
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    Ken kindly allowed me to post this an another thread, so I hope it's okay to do so again. My published book is here:
    http://www.amazon.com/Life-Sauna-Tom-Locke/dp/1785072811
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Sauna-...=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429444392&sr=1-1

    It's called Life in the Sauna and it's about the two years I spent working as a volunteer in Eritrea. I worked as an IT Advisor in a petroleum refinery.

    As I mentioned, my novel is in production and should be published in the next few months. It's a mix of social observation and humour and my main character - antihero rather than hero - is based on a boss I used to have. He was such an egomaniac, fantasist and philistine that parodying him was really easy.
     
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    Hmm, where to start with that one. If I went into everything, this would be the longest post in the history of the forum. There are so many publishers out there and it really depends on so many things. You can target individual publishers or use a bombardment method. There are many writers' resources out there on the internet and various publications - in the UK, we have the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook that provides a comprehensive list of publishers, agents, magazines and what they specialise in. Presumably there is something similar in the US and other countries.

    Self-publishing is getting bigger as well. This doesn't have to be vanity publishing and need not be expensive. A lot of traditional publishers have a self-publishing arm and that was how I published my first book. In fact, the one I used call it 'assisted publishing' and it's not a bad way to go about things. You can spend months and even years trying to get something published, because a lot of publishers only want big names or 'celebrity' (ghost-written) autobiographies.

    I got lucky with my novel. I found a publisher that had an 'open submissions' window and sent my manuscript. Fortunately, they liked it and offered to publish.

    In short, there are many ways to skin this particular cat.
     
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  6. Joe Riley

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    We like to think that everyone has a book inside of us, but I'm not sure that is true. And for those who do, we have to find a way to write it. Here are the daily routines of twelve writers.
    The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers (And How They Can Help You Succeed)
    http://jamesclear.com/daily-routines-writers
     
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    I'm sorry. I didn't mean to write in this forum. But thank you. Write your publishing experiences in a book. You author it. And share some tips in forums, as well. :)
     
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    This is far from my mind now since a blog is my focus. I am to come out with my blog soon. But come to think of it, that blog would have articles written by me and I guess my collection of articles can already fill a book right now. That can wait but maybe that book publishing is a good food for thought.
     
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    I find that writing a blog keeps me writing, even if I'm in a bit of a lull in terms of working on a book. I tend to restrict myself to one blog article a month, but the nature of my blog means that I need to do a bit of research and also sort out the necessary photos.
     
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    So many times!! I play around with a few ideas, and never settle on one. All the ideas I toy with are all the same ones. I just question my ability to choose a subject people would want to read, and if my skill would be right for that particular subject.
     
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    A job begun, is a job half done! Start writing!;)
     
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    I have no idea where to start lol
    If I start working on all of them I'll feel schizophrenic, probably just kidding.

    The idea I'm most excited about, though, is writing first person point of views of several different personality disorders. Which, I will have to interview people and get them to write something up. I want something that you can look at, and not hear 'I believe she's having delusions, possibly triggered by any number of factors." Instead you'll read something that's obviously better than this example: 'I fixed my cup of coffee and sat at my kitchen table", they were all there,and laughing at me. I know people said they weren't real. But what none of them understand is that they ARE real. It's my 6th sense!"

    Did any of that make sense?
     
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    I like that idea! Yes, it sounds like you want to write dialog for a one woman show. Write a screenplay and see where it goes. You could call it "She, Herself and I".;)
     
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    I have been told many times that I should write my life story. When I read something, I want to be uplifted. There has been some high points in my life, but there has been more low points than high. I don't see how my story would benefit others, and I think the the world has enough tragic stories.
     
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    Every life story has some magic along with the tragic in it! Write about the magic!
     
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    I wrote 2 or 3 books in the past that were kept as a draft manuscript until one day I got mad at myself and destroyed all my work.

    I wanted to be a renowned writer, but used to find myself participating in local literary contests but not finding a publisher, just some recognition to my work.

    Took me many years to discover that I would need to do some networking to connect with the right people, but this term (and activity) was not common in the 1980s

    The next decade caught me writing lengthy diaries that could be considered my life's story, but things went wrong with my dreams and not being able to fulfill them, I threw those diaries to a black waters river, but later regret. Too late.

    Through this century I have tried to write a book again, but not having time I could devote to writing it.
     
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    Like Ina said; I think that if I tried to write my whole life story, it would probably not be uplifting either, and I think that a book should be uplifting.
    Some things in the past should just stay in the past. Bringing them out of the closet does no one any benefit, and sometimes causes harm.
    However, as Joe mentioned, there are always the good times, the magic moments, and special memories that we want to share with our families, and maybe with the world at large.
    That is why I settled on writing a blog that consists of those good memories, and stories that I want to pass along to my grandkids, and maybe even their grandkids.... who knows.
    As the inspiration hits me for a story, I write it down. Sometimes, it happens often, and sometimes, life just seems to interfere with recalling those old memories and writing about them.
    I don't think they would ever make a book, and never even considered the possibility of writing any kind of a book; but I do enjoy telling my stories when they come to mind.
     
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    I wish I could find the magic to write about right now. My mind seems to dwell on the medical blunders that led to my Dad's death. I've thought about writing a book about that and have actually had moments when I've felt pressed to write parts of it, but I doubt anybody would want to read it.
     
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    Why not write about your Dad's life, and go where it takes you.
     
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    It may sound strange but I really don't know enough about my Dad's life to write about it. I know that his family left Germany shortly before World War II, but that's about the extent of it. His mother died before I was born and his father died when I was so young that I have no memories of ever having known him. Dad was an only child and has little family in this country, so I can't even get answers to most of my questions now.
     
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    All the more reason to write about the Dad you knew. Not a book,necessarily, but a record of your memories of him. If you don't...who will?
     
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    I have two ideas for "Sure to be best sellers". Anybody want to help me write them? :D
     
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    So many years ago, my husband joined a workshop to learn how to write scripts, particularly movie scripts. The instructor emphasized that writing a script is like writing a novel. So that's where the element of the book came about. They were taught to write an outline called storyline. When you write a book, that same procedure is used to make writing a novel easier.

    The caveat in not using an outline is getting out of touch with your story. You have to remember what happened in chapter 1 when you are already in chapter 10. And if you don't have a good memory and you didn't create an outline, that's where the dominoes would fall.
     
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    I've just had an email from my publisher to tell me that my manuscript has been copyedited. This means that I'm going to have to spend several hours reading my own book - a slightly bizarre prospect. At least I'll know what I'm letting other people in for.
     
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    Congratulations,Tom!
     
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