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I have completed about 50,000 words of an historical fiction about World War I. The novel is an eclectic work in that it encompasses a vast amount of accurate history, a goodly amount of romance, and a mix of intrigue and guile. I am a published researcher in the fields of dentistry and periodontics, but I am unpublished in the genre of fiction of any sorts. I intend to complete this novel in another 50K to 100K words with a possible follow up novel set a little later in this time period. I plan to have this first work completed in less than a year, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Great War. As a first time novelist, I anticipate that I will probably have to submit this book as an online download. Should I try to find an agent for this work, or would I be better off just trying to fine an online resource.

Gary, I wrote you quite a lengthy reply, but when I hit the spellcheck button, the whole thing vanished. I contacted the tech to see if they could retrieve it. I'm hoping to get an answer by Tuesday, if I haven't received it, I'll rewrite.

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I can answer questions about the elements of fiction and non-fiction writing: how to get started, writing techniques, re-writing, etc. I will NOT write for you, do critiques except from my website at, or give you ideas. I will not answer home-or-schoolwork questions in any category. If English is your second language, please say so, and I will make an exception. Please submit no more than one or two questions at once, as I tend to go into detail in my answers.


I wrote my first book in 1957 and have been writing and studying writing since. I have a BA in Written Communications, and have taught writing both privately and through adult education for 15 years. Have also edited (fiction books) for an online publisher and edited/wrote more than 100 articles for a teen sex education site. Currently writing web content and mentoring beginning writers.

BA degree in Written Communication

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