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    Hopelessness revisited

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by dalehileman, Feb 11, 2012.

    A quick query seems to confirm my dreary observation that owing to the proliferation given the boost through digital means and the Internet, it’s become fantastically difficult to peddle your works

    http://www.writingforums.org/showthread.php?t=48847

    As the author of a book, The World, as told to the yong man in short words explaining life and the Universe in 77,000 words of one syllable each, after long past having given up on the conventional means I’m wondering if anyone has come up with an easier way

    For instance I understand there are several organizations that accept and pay for unpublished works showing any promise at all, with the hope they can more easily find a market than the typical striving scribe such as I. However I also understand they don’t pay very well

    To peddle my tome I’ve offered any of my family and friends half the proceeds but with no takers, even though they mostly agreed my effort was intriguing if not earth-shaking

    Any input of any kind whatever is herewith solicited

    Thanks all
     
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    There are also many scammers. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    There's no substitute for having an established, reputable publisher accept your book. It may seem daunting, but it really takes work to develop your writing to professional quality.
     
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    Indeed but I might even consider an offer I didn’t think was very good

    Or even ask to read it

    Been working on it 70 years but evidently not there yet
     
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    most who want to be writers never get there... which is why writing is an 'art' form, not a mere physical attribute like walking and talking... sad fact o' life...
     
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    Have you asked them for a critique? As in, are there segments that made them confused, re-read a paragraph, or made them feel bored? Do they like your characters? Do they care about them, can they relate?
    Because such comments might help you re-write the book in a way to be more attractive to publishers.
     
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    No in fact they volunteered. I weas taken aback and flattered when one, a high Digital Aerospace Mucketymuck, actually expressed heartfelt approval

    Oh doubtless. The younger of the crew expressed no such reservations but then they’re my sons

    Well mine was non fiction, didn’t have characters. Being youthful however they might have responded to my views about sex and fatherhood


    Your input Jazz is much appreciated

    Your minigraph suggests not only attractive but thoughtful
     

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