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Posted by on Jun. 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM
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by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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Thanks so much for having me as a guest this week! I look forward to chatting with you all about motherhood and writing!

by Silver Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Where would be the best place to try to publish poetry

by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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In what order do you go in when writing a book? Do you write whatever then piece it together later?

My brain is always all over the place.:)
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by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Hi there

I wrote a children's story when I was 11! I am now 34...LOL. However, there still needs to be some proof reading done. My biggest thing is, who do I send it to to see about getting published? How much does it cost? I do not have an illistraitor :( Should I have it illistrated?

by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Hi!! So awesome to have you here! I've started (and stopped) writing my book so many times... I want to write about my experience with my son's severe illness/disability. I have a lot of it written down on his caringbridge page, but I'm having a hard time turning journals and health updates into a story.
I also worry that there's just too much information, and the book will be WAY too long! Any advise?
by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Hi Kate, thank you for giving us this opportunity to pick your brain:)  I think there are a lot of ladies here who have an interest in writing and can benefit from your advice.

I have been told I should write about my life by a  lot of people, my life is a bit off the norm lol.  I have often wondered how I would begin such a story.  What do you think is the best way to start a book? 

I have thought about setting a scene with the opening, do you think thats the best way to introduce characters? 

Also I wonder about fictionalizing rather than just telling the story in hopes of protecting the guilty lol and the innocent as well.  The problem I think of is that much of the story I have to tell is pretty unusual and I dont want it to be taken less seriously.  So do you think fictionalizing true stories is a good idea or would a pseudonym be a better strategy?

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver

by Bronze Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM
How would I find out if big name publishing companies accept manuscripts from authors who haven't bern published?
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by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

wow this is a great resource!

how do you go about finding an editor and a publisher that won't cost a ton of money and also the time to write LOL. i have so many ideas in my head but need to find time to write between working, raising kids and trying to have a social life! lol

by Bronze Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Kate , I have a story written and a activity book in the works I don't know where to start the publishing process . I do not have the money to self publish or to hire someone and I have talked with company's but they want me to pay them. How do I start that process with losing money I dont have?
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by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

How did you get your start?

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