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  1. anthonyrosenthal74

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    I'm currently working on my first fantasy novel, and was curious if anyone else on the forums likes to write. Has anyone ever been published or completed a short story, or novel, or... whatever?


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    No books but I am a musician and I do write songs, including lyrics. Does that count?

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  3. politicalmonster

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    I am currently finishing my first pass edit of my SciFi novel, and shopping for an editor(which is a task in and of itself), before sending it off to some beta readers for feedback. Hope to publish around July.
    Good luck with your book!
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    Check the name and forum sig. NaNoWriMo winner two years running.

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    Thanks, politicalmonster. Same to you. Are you going to self publish? Or are you looking for a publisher? I think I'm going to try finding a publisher and have it published in book form. I'm an old fashioned read my book by turning the paper pages with my fingers kind of guy, and intend my book to be just that. Not much for the digital ebook craze. How about you?

    rotchefeller, I do a bit of music myself.

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    There is at least one published writer that is a member.
    Baronsamedi has been published... One of my most cherished books. Brew or Die
    And Matchstickman AKA Pipe Novelist is a hopeful, I believe. (Dang! He beat me to it. )


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    I'm in the midst of writing a book about a sniper in Afghanistan.

    "May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest." - Charles Lamb
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    I’m a screenwriter with two spinning round the circuit, and three in various stages. I also read and write coverage for screenplays and books. IMO self-publish through Amazon and do your homework of social networking. Contests are big but political, and a $1.00 option to screenwriters is also a way to go. Fantasy is always good for screenplays, but hard to sell because of cost. It really has to be ground shaking, the story and characters have to be unique.
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    Wrote a technical book many years ago, long out of print, on Ancient Oil Lamps of the Mediterranean (Levant). Otherwise, just several articles of archaeological intrest. I do not write much any more except these posts....Yes, I have become relatively boring!

    "I don't always smoke a pipe, but when I do I am even more interesting.
    .....................Keep smoking my friends..........................."
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    I've been published as an Editor and ghostwriter. So much fun!

    I'm so awesome, I make myself jealous of myself.
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    Congratulation on nanowrimo, Pipe Novelist. I have yet to write for that yet. Perhaps next November. Good luck irishsmoker

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    Two books of poetry published by good presses. I have also ghost-written a book. And when I was a technical writer, I wrote three or four books a year. Currently working on short stories and another book of poems.

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    I'm not sure about self publishing dragonslayer (love the name by the way)but I'm not about to rule it out either. My book is my baby and I want to see it soar, so I'm going to fight for the best for it. I thought I'd get some replies on this thread, but not quite as many. I guess writing and pipe smoking do go hand in hand. That is partly why I took up the pipe in the first place. Some great authors have smoked pipes. I may as well be one of them.

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    You guys humble me. Awesome for you all!!!

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    I'm in the midst of writing a book about a sniper in Afghanistan.

    It wouldn't happen to be based on a true story would it?

    As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
    Cigarettes are an addiction, cigars are a hobby, pipes are a religion
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    I've actually got two books. If you've ever wanted to learn how to read Tarot cards, without having to engage all the New Age gobbledygook, pick up my book Hard Core Tarot. It will teach you both Tarot and basic Numerology and you will be able to read for people with some practice in a couple of weeks.

    My other book, as Lawrence mentioned is Brew or Die and it will give you the basics in learning to brew your own Mead, Country Wines and Liqueurs.

    Both are Available on Amazon and qualify for Prime and Free Shipping if you buy both.

    I'm self-published through Createspace and I totally reccommend it for DIY writers starting out. Nothing like getting royalties from your own creations.

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    This is an interesting thread. I write/edit movie scripts and screenplays for one of the six major American film studios. Been tossing around a novel for a little over 2 years but no takers just yet. To fill the time worked on some children's stories and illustrations under a pseudo name. That was actually quite fun!

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    I'm tempted to find a copy of baronsamedi's Brew or Die, just for the mead. Mead is awesome.

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    I'm a professional writer/journalist who has published several thousand articles in newspapers around the country, via the Associated Press and Scripps Howard wire services. Pretty much all of my published output, thus far, has been journalism.
    Unfortunately, my pancreas decided to start packing it in a couple of year ago and I had to take a very, very early medical retirement/disability route.
    I am currently working on a novel, a non-fiction book, and some short stories in the hopes of "making it" as an author of books rather than as a journalist, or perhaps somehow combining the two. When it comes to fiction, most of my output is in the horror/sci-fi genres although my novel is actually a crime story (I was a crime/courts reporter, so it's not as great a deviation from my normal subject matter as might be supposed).
    I wish you the best with your book! I read quite a bit of fantasy even though I don't write much of it. It's a very crowded field, but a great deal of high-quality material is being published these days. Out of curiosity, which authors do you prefer?

    "Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the wise cannot see all ends. -- J.R.R. Tolkien
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    I've got a few favorites, doctorhoss. Tolkien of course must be mentioned, and Robert Jordan. Dennis McKiernan is a favorite, Terry Brooks, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, David Eddings... another pipe smoker. Those are a few great writers in my opinion.

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    @anthonyrosenthal - Yeah, I'm planning on doing the self publish route via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. E-readers are taking over, and I figure if it sells well enough on the Kindle, I will be able to figure out some way to get it into paperback later on.
    I am currently just going through the shopping for an editor, and have it narrowed down to 12. Need to get down to three or four.
    It is a really exciting process, and I am already looking forward to my next project.
    BTW...All of the authors you listed are some of my favorites, but I have to add in Terry Goodkind as well. His Sword of Truth series is one of the best written I have seen in awhile.
    -PM

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    I keep meaning to read some Terry Goodkind, politicalmonster.

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    just a few articles in a few vintage sportscards publications... I'm working on a screenplay... some non-fiction and the great american novel though

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    I'm in the process of writing a medieval mystery right now. Once it's done I;m going to try out writer's relief to see about publishing. I've written a few novels, but have a bad habit of not sending them out. Good luck with yours!

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    I'm a full-time freelance writer and have been publishing since the mid-80s. Six books and hundreds of magazine pieces so far. Now, I'm working on my first novel, which should get out to agents by the end of next month.

    Bob

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    You have seen my work in this and many other posts scattered here and there about the internet. Many would look on these as an unrelated series of ramblings, but they are actually the framework for a much greater story I call, Le Dynasty: A Life at the Top. Its plot has lurched along to this point, in fits and starts, but it's really about to pick up. The denouement is going to knock your socks off!!!!

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    Almost 26 years in the newspaper business as a reporter and copy editor. Does that count?

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    stuff related to music theory for guitarists but that hardly counts as writing and the books aren't prose or anything.

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    Be it for a newspaper, cards, music theory for guitarists (I'd read that. I play) or whatever. It counts. Good luck everyone.

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    politicalmonster wrote:

    I am currently just going through the shopping for an editor, and have it narrowed down to 12. Need to get down to three or four.

    Wow, I'm really surprised that you've found 12 good candidates. I'm not sure what criteria you're using to narrow down the field, but my own recommendation would be that you go with an editor who is familiar not only with SF but with your particular subgenre. And I'd stress "editor." Editing isn't the same as reading. . . or proofreading. . . or writing. You want someone who will catch inconsistencies that arise between something you say in Chapter 2 and something you say in Chapter 28, someone who can point out errors in fact, suggest ways to improve the flow of the story, highlight things that will be confusing to readers, and generally do everything possible to help your manuscript become the best book it can be. And don't be overly swayed by your budget: To compete, you need a finished book that can stand beside anything produced by the major houses. Assuming this is at least a standard-length novel (at least 80,000 words), you should expect to pay anywhere from $1,200-$4,000 for professional editing -- unless you know a professional personally who's willing to do you a favor.

    That said, my whole career has been in traditional publishing -- proofreader, editor, now freelancer -- so I'd encourage you to at least consider that route before taking on the investment required by self-publishing. Of course, that's totally your call, though!

    Wish you the best with this project!

    Bob

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    I've written two books, many articles, lots of advertising copy and a blog. Nothing about pipes, though ... but I'm usually smoking one while I write

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    @rmbittner - Yeah, I found a freelance editor website, and posted a job request. Got a good number of responses, and then had them do a sample edit of my first chapter. From that I was able to see who had an editing style that matched what I was looking for. I thought about doing the traditional publishing route, but Amazon has some good programs if you publish through them, and I don't really want to spend the time looking for an agent, and then waiting on responses from publishing houses. I am confident my book is good, and am willing to let the readers decide.
    (OK. I admit it. I am just not patient enough to go the traditional route...lol)
    But thanks for the tips!
    -PM

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    If anyone needs the services of an editor, a "polisher", ghost-writer, or plain ol' honest critic, let me know. I love to read. My services are, for the most part, free to those who I consider a friend, and that includes you Brothers (and Sisters) of the Briar.

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    @ rondyr I may look you up when my book is finished if you consider me a friend and the offer still stands when I'm finished.

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    glad I found this thread! I wrote a novel for nanowrimo last year that I've gotten some positive feedback from (not universally positive, oh hell no!). it's a sort of comedy. sort of. It's here if you're interested: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/149685

    I want to write a SF/fantasy for the next one.

    As for the people looking for publishers, I wish them all the luck in the world (and that's what you'll need in a way since you're competing against all the writers in the world!)

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