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Subject: Would love to write a book!
Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:08 PM ET
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Hi guys, have been seriously thinking of writing a book after some compliments on other threads on here, and I was wondering what anyone would suggest I do?  How would I go about contacting publishers, are there any you can recommend?  Do I need to talk with a publisher first before I start writing?  I'm clueless as to how this works.  Thanks ahead of time for your advice!

~Keri

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 4:32 PM ET
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Write it first.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 5:39 PM ET
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Are you planning on writing a fiction or non-fiction book? For fiction, the entire book needs to be completed before you approach an agent. (Most publishers won't look at unagented manuscripts.)

Is there a particular genre or area you'd like to write in? There are a lot of helpful websites and books that are geared toward different areas of writing.

 

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 10:41 PM ET
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Hi Keri,  I am working on a novel (or two :)  One group I joined this year is a year long writing challenge, you can read about it at this link....

http://www.pro-board.com/index.php?proboard=nanowriye2008&act=idx

I'm hoping to get published, but for now I am working on crafting my novel. The challenges have helped me create the discipline to write on a regular basis.

One book I'm enjoying right now is "Plot and Structure"  by James Scott Bell.    Fell free to PM me if you have any questions or want some encouragement.

 

 

 

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 10:45 PM ET
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Hi guys!  I'm hoping to do Christian Fiction.  Do you guys write manually (pen and paper) or do you write your books on the computer?  Any websites would be helpful.  Thanks so much!

~Keri

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 10:12 PM ET
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Hello,

write the book first, just set aside time every day and write! Try to write a page a day is what alot of professional writers suggest. Once you get into that rhythym it will seem easy. Yes I can say that as I do follow my own advice.

I write on by hand as well as by computer plus I have an Alphasmart which lets me type stuff up and then I transfer it to my computer. I use it because I do not have a laptop and I get distracted on the computer.

I have found fictionfaction.com to be a nice place to meet others taht write and has alot of helpful information

I belong to kiwiwriters.org (yes frm new zealand but a friendly group and everyone is welcome)

I would also like to mention that it is not wise to post more then 600 words on anything you are writing, to any online forum that can be read by the public.. Members only forums are different. I mention this because some places (publishers.agents) do not like potiental authors doing this.  SOme even have said this is publishing your work.

I would advocate getting an agent once you have finished the manuscript!

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 10:13 PM ET
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I'm also working on a Christian fiction (suspense). = ) This is my fourth go round with the book. The first three times it was a romantic suspense, I was so excited when an editor was interested and did some rewriting and tweaking based on their suggestion. In the end, it didn't work out so I'm back at the drawing board. I'm not ready to give up on the story but decided to let it become more of a suspense rather than romance. Which is what I think this story needed, I tried to force it into romantic supsense and obviously that didn't work. = )

I write on the computer ... mainly. When I get stuck, then I'll switch to pen and paper or even pencil and paper. Sometimes switching the tools I use helps me to break through. Or else because I'm not distracted by the internet.

The best organization to join for Christian writers is: American Christian Fiction Writers. www.acfw.com  There's a email loop that has great information about writing and in the member section of the website there are online writer courses, critique groups.

Some good technical books geared toward the inspirational market: The Little Style Guide to Great Christian Writing and Publishing, ISBN: 080542787-2, The Christian Writer's Manual of Style, ISBN: 0-310-48771-4, and the Christian Writer's Market Guide by Sally Stuart.

I seem to have lost some of my links, or the links are saved on my laptop rather than the desktop. I'll check tomorrow morning and see if that's where I saved them. Oh, a great blog to read is one my Chip MacGregor. http://chipmacgregor.typepad.com/

If I can help anyone with any other information feel free to PM me. 

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 10:24 AM ET
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Thanks guys so much!  I think i'm going to stick with pen and paper that way I don't have to worry about saving anything on a hard drive.  I think i'm going to get started this weekend on it, wish me luck! =)

~Keri

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 1:39 PM ET
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Keri,

Use whatever works best, but remember at some stage you will have to type it up.

Only christian fiction writer I read is Ted Dekker. Awesome books.  I think that area of fiction needs more good writers. 

Goodluck!

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Thanks, and I agree on the Christian fiction writers.  I'm hoping to come up with a plot that no one has used yet. =)

~Keri

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 8:54 PM ET
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Don't forget to pick up a Writer's Market.  It's the professional writer's Bible.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 9:15 PM ET
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another website to try is faithwriters.com.  They have weekly writing contests and  there is some good info on there.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 9:18 PM ET
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I have a 2003 Writers Market....is that a good one?

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 9:56 AM ET
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Keri,

If you're going to focus on the Christian Market, I'd get a copy of the Christian Writer's Market Guide by Sally Stuart. But, I'd wait until the book is finished and you've done a couple of rounds of editing on it. The information in the market guides become outdated real quick.

Publishers change their requirements and even what they are actively looking for from year to year especially what kind of submissions they will accept. (some will only take agented others unsolicited (which basically means writers without agents can query them)

 

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 10:48 AM ET
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Thanks Christina!  =)

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 5:04 PM ET
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Keri, I wanted to stop in and wish you some awesome writing days this weekend. Enjoy creating! = D

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 5:37 PM ET
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Hey Keri have you started yet? I'm working on a Love Inspired-style Christian romance myself. Maybe we could be crit partners. So far I've finished the rough draft of my prologue and first chapter.

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 8:26 PM ET
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I wanted to start writing a novel too, so thanks for all the info everyone! And good luck to everyone else writing out there!

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 11:07 PM ET
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If your writing by hand you are gonna love this tip. Skip lines. It seems so simple and not helpful until you realize you need to add a note or a small description or something like that. Before I had my computer I had to write everything by hand and started out on legal pads using every line but would have to scrap the whole thing if I needed to add something. Another cool tip is to buy post its and write longer notes or descriptions on them. Using just post its though can congest your pages up so I dont recco using just post its.

As other have said just write. Sit down and do it. Do not rewrite as you go you'll never get done that way (at least I dont)

Subject: Try IUniverse
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 5:37 PM ET
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I went through IUniverse to get my book published and they did a great job.  It wasn't terribly expensive either.  They have levels of publication from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand.  I really depends on how much you spend.  Even the lowest level, which is what I did, gives you a nice, sellable book.  I recommend them highly.

 

Ashley