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Some of my friends and I would like to collect stories from teachers on their experiences in the classroom.  We are also teachers.  We were wondering how we should go about collecting stories from other sources across counties and states.  What is the best way to collect stories from teachers?  Are there any useful websites that might help with this?

Thank you for taking time to answer this question!

Sincerely,
Casey

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I think it's great that you and your friends are creating a book you and many others may be interested in.

To gather stories for the book I suggest that you create a website and post exactly what the book is about, samples of the stories you are looking for and a contact form where interested teachers can reach you with questions or to submit an article for the book.

Also be clear on who the publisher of the book is.  If you don't have a publisher let interested teachers know that you are searching for a publisher but that you have an agent, etc.  Also spell out payment plans (royalties, etc.) for book sales.

At some point you will need to work with an attorney and create a contract for all teachers who participate in the book project to read, review, sign and return to you.

To get the word out to teachers you can write and distribute a press release or/and market your website thru discussion groups at Google, Yahoogroups, etc.

Best wishes!

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Rhonda Campbell

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I can answer questions on how to get published in magazines and newspapers; how to market your own books; how to earn a living writing; how to write press releases; how to find a good editor; how to edit your own books; finding a good printer; finding a good book illustrator; doing your taxes as a freelance writer. Questions I can't answer include specifics around working with a print on demand publisher

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I have 36 years of experience as a writer (fiction and non-fiction). I am a book reviewer with Nielsen Media. I am a newspaper columnist and a reporter. I am a former radio station host and I am the editor of a literary newsletter, The Book Lover's Haven. I am also the author of more than 10 books.

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