Found 19th Aug 2010
Does anyone have any experience or ever considered writing a book?

I've always fancied writing a childrens book, although it's currently turning out to be a poem style picture book, something to be read to under 5's, not for any particular reason other than to get feedback and to say I've done it.

I recently saw a book I remember from nearly 25 years ago and I'm sure it'll jog a few of your memories: "The Very Hungry Catapillar" it's obviously a classic thats still going strong today, just goes to show how a simple idea can become a world famous book.

How easy is it to get something published?

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its not very easy to get published, you will have to be really committed and determined to get it published. Plus don't expect to make any money from it if it does get published as the majority of books dont make much money, some barely even cover their costs.

But don't let that stop you!

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Oh I wont, I think I can do the majority of the stuff myself - obviously the illustrations being the hardest part, if I can do that then submit it then I'd love to get some proper feedback.

Not planning to make any money from it, but what a buzz to walk into a bookshop and be able to pick up something you created.
Edited by: "MinstrelMan" 19th Aug 2010

I've a mate whose an author (just over 40 books in print in 20 odd country's).

Publishers will not take manuscripts sent on spec (I was talking to his UK publisher a while back, in 7 years she read 3 off the 'slush pile' and bought none of them.

You need to get an agent, research which one's handle the kind of thing you're thinking of writing. Some (most) of them charge a reading fee for the first one to discourage people sending in any old thing. They'll send you a breakdown of what they like and dislike. How to edit it for the audience you're aiming it at. And when it's in a state for publication they'll take it to the publisher and pitch it for you.

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You need to get an agent, research which one's handle the kind of thing … You need to get an agent, research which one's handle the kind of thing you're thinking of writing. Some (most) of them charge a reading fee for the first one to discourage people sending in any old thing. They'll send you a breakdown of what they like and dislike. How to edit it for the audience you're aiming it at. And when it's in a state for publication they'll take it to the publisher and pitch it for you.



Sorry, but I wouldn't send anything to an agent who demands payment to read a manuscript.

Most of the time they'll want a synopsis and the first three chapters. It sounds silly but send it to an appropriate agent too. Most will specialise so check who they represent.

Also the vast majority of people who will read your submission will be women, so bear that in mind.

You can also self-publish, I know someone who does just that and has several books available from Waterstones/Amazon but they are only printed when an order is placed and then a small percentage gets paid to the author.

It's a way of getting round editors and publishers as you are only dealing with the printers yourself.

Obviously this is not a way to make any money but can get your books and more importantly your name out there.
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