It took over two years and a lot of time and heart, but I have the rough draft of my Novel. Roughly 26 short chapters, it is far from a large book and should top off just under three hundred pages. Give or take. My wife is all excited as is her friend, who actually does some editing for some other published authors and she has been giving me some advice and has read the first ten chapters. She thinks it's very good and has a great chance. That's all well and good, and I appreciate the confidence in my ability to tell a good story. That's not my problem, that I can do. I can make a character so real you would swear they were standing next to you and care so much about them that if they died in a story you would morn. Many have that craft, it is in my opinion common. That is what being a writer is all about. Where my confidence wanes is in my grammar, being dyslexic it is a challenge at times. I have been studying up on my grammar, working hard, but still I miss things. My fears are twofold.. First is that my skills are not up to the task of adding the polish necessary to my draft to attract a publisher's attention. I fear being discredited because of small mistakes that marks me an amature. I am fairly certain this is true and something I am working hard to avoid. Second, I fear someone is going to steal my work, my story. I know this is irrational, but it's there. I fear I am going to make some mistake and sign some contract, and give away two years for a song. I know that sounds strange. I want my book to be read and enjoyed by children, but if someone took it and put it under their name I would be crushed. How do I avoid these pitfalls? I am no fool, I know this book is far from ready. I am humble enough to know I have a lot to learn, and respect and honest with myself to take constructive criticism and to learn from others. I have beta tested a few chapters, very controlled studies with trusted friends and their children. My results have been encouraging, The children eat the story up like candy and just want more and more. I am careful though and keep the trials to the first four chapters, again the fear of losing my work. The idea of the trials was to see if it would hold their interests or did I have to modify something, and it did quite nicely. But children are easily pleased, I have been a story teller for many years and I know how to hold a child’s mind entrapped and excited. What I fail at is my word crafting, there is more to writing then idea's, and for some it's easy but for me it is hard. I struggle with verbs and adverbs, prepositions and clauses, when I try to analyze the sentence structure my head spins. Can I hire someone to do the finishing grammar for me, once I have the story right where I want it? Is that cheating? Would I be thought less of? Understand, I have had two very short stories published in magazines that are no longer in existence. That is extent of my experience, that's it, rather depressing. So by all means I am a rookie, and taking this in note ask politely for advice. Thanks, Dave..