Writing Books/Welcome advice on first FICTION book
QUESTION: Hello. I've been a technical writer for some years and am planning on writing my first non-fiction book. I'm a history buff and am considering a book (first in a series?) about a professional genealogist who, with the help of a wide range of characters found among his historical society compatriots, helps people find out information about their past, for a variety of reasons: greed, fame, finding lost love, etc. I have not written one word yet... just developing story lines and characters in my head. As I do, I am asking people such as yourself for any insight or guidance you can offer. If this is too broad, I can certainly focus my question on, say, character development or marketing. But being a beginner, I'll happily abide by whatever you say. Thanks. -- Curtis
ANSWER: Hello Curtis:
I am a bit confused whether you are writing non-fiction or fiction. Does this genealogist really exist? If he doesn't, if you are making him up, you are writing fiction. Before I can advise you, I need to know for sure.
Please come back and let me know, and ask further questions.
Thank you for writing!
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QUESTION: I am SO sorry for the confusion. I meant FICTION. I knew that and I have no idea why I said what I said. Sorry about that. Can we try again please?
I believe this story as outlined has a lot of potential and if "properly" written could even become a best seller (a la Water for Elephants
). By properly, I mean
1. Written so that people will enjoy reading it;
2. No obstacles are put in the way of the reader's enjoyment;
3. Meticulous care is taken with the basics: spelling, grammar and usage,
4. You have your manuscript professionally edited; and
5. Assuming you find the right agent who can put you in touch with the right publisher.
If you have more questions, do come back.
I hope this helps. If it does, a nice rating would be greatly appreciated. I am proud of my high scores over 1900+ questions.
And thanks for writing!