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I've always thought of writing a book(s) yet, never had I put into action this idea. Now, as a college student and self-supporting single woman I realize the potential in writing.
I don't know where to begin though and searching for guidance...
- how do I format a book for a publishers' liking
- what "special things" do publishers' look for in a new writer's story (fiction or non-fiction)
- where do you find ideas to start writing (fictional books more so than non-fictional)
Basically because I'm just now doing research on "writing books" I have lots of questions, more than I probably know to ask. If you could help me with the questions above and any other info you find important to share that would be greatly appreciated.
By the way, I'm leaning towards more "christian fictional books" more so than "secular fictional books"

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Dear Tracy,
Thank you for your letter. At my site I have posted some resources for writers, see:
http://steamboats.com/writing.html
The Fiction Writer's Workshop should help you get started on a fiction book. If you want to write non-fiction, go to the "good writing books" link and check out "Writing the Natural Way," "The Elements of Style," and "On Writing Well." The last one, especially, is valuable for any sort of writing you do.
Also, let me warn you that writing does not pay very much money. There are other reasons to write a book besides money, though, and you say it's something you've always wanted to do. Therefore, I recommend that you write something that suits yourself, rather than worry about what publishers are looking for. There is no one type of book that they want, rather each publisher is looking for something different. If you write something that's true to yourself, then there's a good chance someone else will like it too.
I hope this helps.
Sincerely,
Nori

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Nori J. Muster

Expertise

Writing and publishing books, including e-books.

Experience

I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at Amazon.com.

Organizations
Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

Publications
Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories


Education/Credentials
UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
Interviews:
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme, Salon.com, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne), Rediff.com, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West, Rediff.com, Amazon.com.

Book Signings:
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.

Publishers:
ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle, steamboats.com, surrealist.org, Apple Books, and others.

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