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wildfoodie



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 12 7:26 pm    Post subject: writing a book  Reply with quote    

Are any DSers thinking about writing a book? working on a book? have found a publisher for their book?
I'm interested in any level commitment about a chunky writing project, fiction or otherwise (40,000 to 100,000 words chunky)
From
- I'd love to but don't know where to start, to
- I've got lots of pages written but need to get it all into some kind of order, to
- I'm on the final draft, to
-I'm on the road to getting it published


I'm asking cos I've reached that stage in my life where I think I'm just going to write a book because it's been on my things to do before I die for too long and I've had several of those synchronous encounters and events just recently which have pulled it off the back burner of my consciousness... no pressure no expectations of fame and fortune just the satisfaction of doing it...


dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 12 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the folk i know who do just do it and then chuck it then do it etc til they have a good un

wildfoodie



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 12 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yeah that's what I was thinking... just do it...

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 12 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just do it, get the writing done first and worry about how to get it published when you are about 2/3 the way through. I self published my first handful of booklets and it was only when I reached about 70,000 words on the next one and still had loads of notes to deal with that I realised I needed external help and went and got an agent then. I have several more books (non fiction so multi tasking works ok on these) on the back boiler now and will do exactly the same, once they are almost there I'll assess then whether to give my agent a call and see if she's still talking to me, or whether to self publish.

tim_and_nicky



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 12 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What Sally said. I started (and even finished) several before I had anything worth showing to anyone else. Like most things, you get better with practice.

You can self-publish free via Amazon Kindle if you want to test the water. I've got a couple on there and am currently looking for an agent to handle another one.

Best of luck with it.

troyannick



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 12 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ive been writing notes on Bulgaria to hopefully one day collate a book, guess just keep writing then present it to a publisher or someone who can collate all the info into book format, if its interesting I guess people will want to read it. I saw lots of young people reading books on the various planes and trains back here so books are alive and well.Go For It

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 12 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

troyannick wrote:
Ive been writing notes on Bulgaria to hopefully one day collate a book, guess just keep writing then present it to a publisher or someone who can collate all the info into book format, if its interesting I guess people will want to read it. I saw lots of young people reading books on the various planes and trains back here so books are alive and well.Go For It


From my own experience, these days publishers want as finished a product as possible, unless you are writing on something very topical and cash generating (thinking some of these awful celebrity kiss and tell efforts) then they will be very unlikley to take unfinished notes, they will do the final layout, but as for collating, you will be expected to do everything including generating your own index pages. You will also be expected to demonstrate to them who the audience is and how many potential buyers there are and where your book overlaps or improves on what is already on the market. It was quite a learning curve and I initially wasnt prepared for just how much work the publishers want the author to do beyond the actual book writing itself. Just something to bear in mind as a lot of this you can pre-empt as you go along if you know its expected!

wishus



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 12 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I am an editor - mostly freelance copy-editing and proofreading, but I do some small press commissioning/substantive editing too...

So, I've seen a lot of new books!

My advice would be forget the market, forget trends, forget your favourite writers.

Work on finding your voice and the story you want to tell. Even non-fiction will have a narrative thread of sorts that pulls the whole thing together. You'll know it when you spot it.

Write your dream book. Take your time on it, get it right.

Do not show draft versions to the people who are closest to you. This can cause rows.

Select trustworthy beta readers if you will... but 'that's nice', and 'I enjoyed it', won't help to get it published.

Always rewrite.

Get a nice clean ms together that's relatively free of grammar errors, typos, spelling errors etc before you let any professional people see it.

You may want to pay someone to read/proofread it before it goes to a publisher/agent.

troyannick



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 12 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Interesting and good advice, its obviously like everything in life not that easy, but a great ambition.To most people even having an article published in a mag somewhere would be a great acheivement, I would love to do that.

Duckhead



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 12 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wishus wrote:
I am an editor - mostly freelance copy-editing and proofreading, but I do some small press commissioning/substantive editing too...

So, I've seen a lot of new books!

My advice would be forget the market, forget trends, forget your favourite writers.

Work on finding your voice and the story you want to tell. Even non-fiction will have a narrative thread of sorts that pulls the whole thing together. You'll know it when you spot it.

Write your dream book. Take your time on it, get it right.

Do not show draft versions to the people who are closest to you. This can cause rows.

Select trustworthy beta readers if you will... but 'that's nice', and 'I enjoyed it', won't help to get it published.

Always rewrite.

Get a nice clean ms together that's relatively free of grammar errors, typos, spelling errors etc before you let any professional people see it.

You may want to pay someone to read/proofread it before it goes to a publisher/agent.


That is good advice, thank you.

At the risk of sounding daft, how many words are in a book? I mean if I have a 150,000 wordcount in MS word, is that a slim thing? How many words are there in a 2" thick Robert Ludlum for example.

Thanks

tim_and_nicky



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 12 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Duckhead wrote:
At the risk of sounding daft, how many words are in a book? I mean if I have a 150,000 wordcount in MS word, is that a slim thing?


"Full length" would normally be 60,000 words plus, so 150,000 words is plenty.

Duckhead wrote:
How many words are there in a 2" thick Robert Ludlum for example.


Probably too many.

wishus



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 12 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tim_and_nicky wrote:
Duckhead wrote:
At the risk of sounding daft, how many words are in a book? I mean if I have a 150,000 wordcount in MS word, is that a slim thing?


"Full length" would normally be 60,000 words plus, so 150,000 words is plenty.

Duckhead wrote:
How many words are there in a 2" thick Robert Ludlum for example.


Probably too many.


Actually 40,000 is just a novella, so 60,000 is still quite tiny. A few years ago, 80,000 would have been just the right size, but this is considered a 'slim' book now. 120,000 is a good size. Your 150,000 may grow or shrink....

vegplot



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 12 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

An excellent piece of software which can help with layout and organsiation is Scrivener - it's designed for the task.

wildfoodie



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 12 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've just found and been playing with Yarny

and joined nanowrimo - the forum bit of the site is a bit unwieldy size wise, but you could practically SMELL the writing enthusiasm and creativity on the discussion boards. But I'm a total group experience person - find I work so much better when I don't feel alone.... nanowrimo probably not for everyone, tho there are an awful lot of members...

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 12 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Get yourself a copy of the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook - Amazon link.
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