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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Can you give me advice on writing a book, publishing, editing, etc.?

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I already have Writer's Market but I want more advice from experienced people.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Pick up a copy of the Writer's Market.

    EDIT: On what, exactly? If you need help with query letters or something... I found a site a few months ago that's quite helpful.

    http://www.lisagardner.com/tricks/synopsis.htm

    As for writing... you can always read Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, as well as Dialogue by Gloria Kempton.

    Good luck!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Go to predatorsandeditors.com for lists of publiahers and agents, their specialties, and any ethical problems. But first, you must have a finished, polished work that has been edited to perfection (or as close to it as possible). Any errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation will send your manuscript to the rejection pile. Read as much about writing as possible. Learn how to write a great query letter - this will be the first sample of your writing an editor will see - if he's not impressed, he most likely will not want to read your manuscript. I have two books coming out this year and have spent a long time editing and rewriting them before they found homes with publishers. It's a long road, filled with a lot of hard work, but reaching your goal is more than worth it. Good luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I wrote my book, "The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book" expressly for you. It is in the library system world-wide, so you should be able to find it. Or order it from me (you will want to refer to it, often) at www.matilijapress.com.

    Once you read the book and understand more about how the publishing industry works, your options, the possible consequences of your choices and your responsibilities as a published author, I am available to respond to any questions you might have.

    Patricia Fry

    PLFry620@yahoo.com

    Patricia Fry

    Source(s): 35 years as an author, freelance writer, published author and the president of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) www.spawn.org
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Join About.com's writer's forum. Everyone there is supportive and very knowledgeable. Next to the Writer's Market, they are the best resource for writers.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Here's some information from a great author of children and adult books. He gives information about finding an agent to getting your book in a publishing house, to developing plots and character.

    http://www.rickriordan.com/index.php/about-the-aut...

    Good luck with your book.

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  • 4 years ago

    Excellent question, I'm in your shoes!! after writing, you should try and do as much polishing as possible, when done hand it to your agent or publisher of your choice. they usually have their own editors who will go through your novel and make changes.. hope this helped and good luck ;-)

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  • 1 decade ago

    First, develop the characters.

    Then, have general plot points in the story.

    Finally, take a crack at it and write.

    As for publishing and editing...

    you'll have to look that one up online.

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  • You can find books in your local library.

    Mine?

    http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200...

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  • Go read the answers of this question: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;...

    It will answer everything.

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