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    May 12, 2012 5:25 AM GMT
    I've been thinking about writing a book lately. I've written short stories in the past and I don't know, I think I can do it lol. I mean if 50 Shades of Grey can get published, why can't I? So I was wondering if anyone on here was working on a book or on a project of their own. Anyone want to share their struggles/insights? What are you writing about? Are you going to self-publish or are you pursuing a publisher? Lets support eachother. icon_cool.gif
  • GWriter

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    May 12, 2012 12:51 PM GMT
    I've published a book. I went through Amazon's self-publishing service, CreateSpace. I'm pretty satisfied with it.
  • swall1963

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    May 12, 2012 1:02 PM GMT
    I'm working on a novel about a gay high school baseball player. I have been working on it for about 10 years. The biggest struggle I have is that I never actually finish a chapter because I constantly re-read what I write and make changes.
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    May 12, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    I've been scribbling for years and years however it wasn't until I was in my 40's that I really got serious got about it. So I published a novel Doughnut Rising on the Nook and Kindle and two volumes of poetry on the same devices. I rather like self publishing even though the sales have been terrible.

    Right now I'm working on the second Doughnut novel The Road to Dragon Kong and a collection of short stories tentatively titled Half a Dozen Doughnuts and then Some.

    My best piece of advice. Write about what you love and in your own voice. If you like genre fiction, write that. If you like literary fiction, then write that. I'm a silly person so I write silly humor. After all what could be sillier than a gay guy with plates and spikes on his back and a spiked tail?

    Good luck.
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    May 12, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    I used Create Space.

    For my Kindle version, I cannot figure out why there is a page break after each chapter on my Table of Contents.

    I'm working on the second edition of one of my titles.

    I published my play. Then I published a nonfiction book. Then I published almost the same book under a different title for a different market.

    I have more YouTube views of my promotional videos than I have of book sales.
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    May 12, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    Oh,

    The name of my books are

    Water Bearing Fish, Part I

    Insights on the Exodus, King David, and Jesus

    The Greatest Bible Study in Historical Accuracy

    Here's a link.
    http://amzn.to/steefen

    You will need to do the same.

    The photograph of you that I said was a good picture could be an author picture on your new book.
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    May 12, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    swall1963 saidI'm working on a novel about a gay high school baseball player. I have been working on it for about 10 years. The biggest struggle I have is that I never actually finish a chapter because I constantly re-read what I write and make changes.


    I had that same problem until I forced myself to stop it. Now I just write something all the way through and make changes after the story is written.
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    May 12, 2012 1:48 PM GMT
    Okay, you want to know what the challenges are.

    1. Kindle formatting

    2. Your website

    3. Your YouTube videos

    4. Building your list of accomplished public appearances

    5. Book reviews

    6. Building your list of PR successes (articles in newspapers and magazines)
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    May 12, 2012 1:53 PM GMT
    I am working on my second novel now, the first one is here: http://lamatpress.com/titles/itm

    While these two of mine are traditional novels, you probably want to self-publish a short novel on eReader these days. Focus on something in the 20k to 40k word range. Make it full of romance, intrigue, suspense, and some humor. Sell it for $0.99. Cash follows.

    If you want to go print, consider places like CreateSpace or Lulu, that take your Word file and print a book out of it to your specs. I use them to get the drafts and review copies printed, and it's incredibly motivating to have your own book in your hands well before it is available in print.

    Don't go traditional publishing. Not because it doesn't pay well, but because it takes forever. It will probably take you over a year to land an agent. Then the agent will negotiate for another 1.5 years. After that, it takes the publisher another 1-2 years to get their act together. And by the time your novel comes out, you are already a grandpa. ;-)

    EDIT: Ok, I realize now you are a Berliner. The German market is potentially totally different, in particular I do not know the penetration of eReaders and the availability of CreateSpace/Lulu there.

    But, hey, at least I know you are a delicious cream-filled doughnut!!! :p
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    May 12, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    I've self-published four books using Createspace and Blurb, as well as Kindle and Nook ebook versions. All are available at Amazon. I highly recommend writing what you enjoy, and spend a lot of time editing. It is hard work, that's for sure.

    Musings of a Dysfunctional Life
    http://www.victorrook.com/musings
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    PHOTOPOURRI
    http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1170938
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    Growing Up Wrestling
    http://www.wrestlemen.com/growingup
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    Growing Up Wrestling 2
    http://www.wrestlemen.com/growingup/book2.htm
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    May 12, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    StephenOABC saidI used Create Space.

    For my Kindle version, I cannot figure out why there is a page break after each chapter on my Table of Contents.



    I just helped someone publish their book in both Kindle and Nook. Here's the low-down on formatting in MS-Word for each.

    Kindle:
    1. Insert Page Breaks (not Section Breaks) where you want forced page breaks on Kindle readers.
    2. Only use one paragraph return for each line. Never use two paragraph returns to form a space between text or it will be much larger on a Kindle. Instead, format the paragraph above with spacing under it using the Format-Paragraph and under Spacing choose like 12 pt or more for After.
    3. For Table of Contents, type is out normally (don't use the Table of Contents generator). You don't need page numbers because pages are different on e-readers since text flows and can be resized.

    Nook:
    1. Use Section Breaks where you want forced page breaks on Nook readers. Yeah, I know, just the opposite of the Kindle.
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    May 12, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    I used to enjoy writing short fiction, but now that I write technical stuff for work, I almost never do any more. Sitting down to write some more is like the last thing I want to do at the end of the day. I almost feel as if I need to retire before I can enjoy writing again. Or at least take a vacation.

    The last time I wrote a decent length piece for publication (a few chapters in a textbook) was when I was building my house. I'd get the body involved in some repetitive task and think about what I wanted to write. Then I'd sit down with my laptop in the tool shed and just write it out. Maybe I'll see if that works with sailing my boat: cruise the river by day, anchor and write by night.

    All of the options available on modern word processors can be a distraction. It was almost easier to let the writing flow back when we used manual typewriters. If you spilled something, all you could do was make a quick note and keep going.
  • calibro

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    May 12, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    yes, i write (and publish), and i teach writing at the collegiate level. in regards to your question about publishing, here's how i see it. if you're just looking to have your work out there and maybe make some cash (statistically speaking, not much), you can self-publish; however, in the writing world, self-publishing is pretty much a joke akin to recording a cd on a computer and selling it on the street corner. also, selling books isn't a yardstick for quality (Dan Brown is considered a joke amongst most writers). in order to be taken seriously within the community, you have to have your work not only published by others, but also have it reviewed well.

    my advice is don't write because you want to make money or be famous from it. it seems like everyone is writing a book. and of the people who do write and publish, 99% is garbage. i'm not saying you can't be publish good writing, but that shouldn't be your end all goal.
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    May 12, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    Yes, I have gotten several articles published on money saving magazines and online newsgroups.

    I am a personal finance junkie and I am on over 400 money saving websites.


    I was also in the writers guild in high school and in college. I write a lot of poetry. I've written over 6 books of poetry or several hundred poems.

    If you want me to share any poems, just e mail me. icon_cool.gif
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    May 12, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
    I've written a fantasy novel that's currently on review with a big NYC literary agency.
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    May 13, 2012 1:25 PM GMT
    I've written a couple sci-fi adventure novels for fun! I recently started a new one with a twist on Fairytales where Red Riding Hood is a Wolf Hunter, Snow White a pop star with 7 split personalities, The Pied Piper as a bad ass mob bosd, Jack B. Stalk as a flamboyent Crazy person with OCD issues for stealing and wearing shiny things,and the Big Bad Wolf as an evil creature trapped in a realm of Darkness known as The Writers Block. A serial killer is lurking about too, but that's a whole other tale. Lol, I love writing. I just wish I had more time to do it.
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    May 13, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    calibro saidyes, i write (and publish), and i teach writing at the collegiate level. in regards to your question about publishing, here's how i see it. if you're just looking to have your work out there and maybe make some cash (statistically speaking, not much), you can self-publish; however, in the writing world, self-publishing is pretty much a joke akin to recording a cd on a computer and selling it on the street corner. also, selling books isn't a yardstick for quality (Dan Brown is considered a joke amongst most writers). in order to be taken seriously within the community, you have to have your work not only published by others, but also have it reviewed well.

    my advice is don't write because you want to make money or be famous from it. it seems like everyone is writing a book. and of the people who do write and publish, 99% is garbage. i'm not saying you can't be publish good writing, but that shouldn't be your end all goal.

    I would disagree, only because the world has changed. Yours is the opinion of a college educator, but there are an awful lot of people who are finding that they can and do make money, at least from what I am reading, by leaving the publishers behind and self publishing and marketing themselves.
    I think people like you believe that reviewers and educated back slappers are the key to success because that is how you want it to be. People can and do write well without you telling them what well is. You and your friends may think Dan Brown is a joke, but he sells a lot of books to a lot of people who like his work, (I do not like his work), but it is so often the ivory tower know nothings who stick their noses up in the air and miss out on what is happening in the world.
    Actual book publishing is quickly going the way of CD's, so stand on the corner and sell your book and CD and see how that works for you. Everyone else is moving on.
    Obviously, I do not write for a living.
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    May 13, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    GWriter saidI've published a book. I went through Amazon's self-publishing service, CreateSpace. I'm pretty satisfied with it.

    Link?
  • calibro

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    May 13, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    smartmoney said
    calibro saidyes, i write (and publish), and i teach writing at the collegiate level. in regards to your question about publishing, here's how i see it. if you're just looking to have your work out there and maybe make some cash (statistically speaking, not much), you can self-publish; however, in the writing world, self-publishing is pretty much a joke akin to recording a cd on a computer and selling it on the street corner. also, selling books isn't a yardstick for quality (Dan Brown is considered a joke amongst most writers). in order to be taken seriously within the community, you have to have your work not only published by others, but also have it reviewed well.

    my advice is don't write because you want to make money or be famous from it. it seems like everyone is writing a book. and of the people who do write and publish, 99% is garbage. i'm not saying you can't be publish good writing, but that shouldn't be your end all goal.

    I would disagree, only because the world has changed. Yours is the opinion of a college educator, but there are an awful lot of people who are finding that they can and do make money, at least from what I am reading, by leaving the publishers behind and self publishing and marketing themselves.
    I think people like you believe that reviewers and educated back slappers are the key to success because that is how you want it to be. People can and do write well without you telling them what well is. You and your friends may think Dan Brown is a joke, but he sells a lot of books to a lot of people who like his work, (I do not like his work), but it is so often the ivory tower know nothings who stick their noses up in the air and miss out on what is happening in the world.
    Actual book publishing is quickly going the way of CD's, so stand on the corner and sell your book and CD and see how that works for you. Everyone else is moving on.
    Obviously, I do not write for a living.


    I'm not saying you can't make money self-publishing, and I am definitely not saying having a publisher is the key to selling a lot of anything. I'm saying no one in the writing world takes a self-publisher seriously for the simple reason that there's no barrier to demonstrate any craft or talent to publish. Even when publishing through a publisher, many books are published to make money, not because they're any good. Good writing vs commercial/popular writing has always been a debate in art in general. It isn't to say you can't write a masterpiece and self-publish it, but I haven't heard of a self-published book that been considered such. What I do hear in terms of success stories are bad writers (I call them as I see them) making money selling their books just like the bad writers who have publishers. I think writing is one of those things many people think they understand because they do it.... the thing is, many people can swim, but that doesn't make you Michael Phelps. I would never tell a person who loves to swim to stop swimming just because they're not Olympic caliber, but I also don't humor the people who ask me to read their work in hopes of me publishing it.
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    May 16, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
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    StephenOABC saidI used Create Space.

    For my Kindle version, I cannot figure out why there is a page break after each chapter on my Table of Contents.



    I just helped someone publish their book in both Kindle and Nook. Here's the low-down on formatting in MS-Word for each.

    Kindle:
    1. Insert Page Breaks (not Section Breaks) where you want forced page breaks on Kindle readers.
    2. Only use one paragraph return for each line. Never use two paragraph returns to form a space between text or it will be much larger on a Kindle. Instead, format the paragraph above with spacing under it using the Format-Paragraph and under Spacing choose like 12 pt or more for After.
    3. For Table of Contents, type is out normally (don't use the Table of Contents generator). You don't need page numbers because pages are different on e-readers since text flows and can be resized.

    Nook:
    1. Use Section Breaks where you want forced page breaks on Nook readers. Yeah, I know, just the opposite of the Kindle.


    I don't have a table of contents for page numbers. I wanted the chapters on one Kindle page so a person can click a chapter title in the ToC and jump to that bookmark.
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    May 16, 2012 10:37 AM GMT
    you guys are amazing =D
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    May 16, 2012 10:50 AM GMT
    I have written and published one nonfiction item, a church history book. I've published a few short stories and poems over the years. As publishing paradigms shift, I wanted something more immediate, so I created my blog: http://originalcontentrequired.tumblr.com
  • GWriter

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    May 17, 2012 10:17 AM GMT
    smartmoney said
    GWriter saidI've published a book. I went through Amazon's self-publishing service, CreateSpace. I'm pretty satisfied with it.

    Link?

    Well... since you asked. icon_wink.gif

    http://www.amazon.com/Biology-for-Bodybuilders-ebook/dp/B005HIV860/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337249654&sr=8-1