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What is the best way to write a book when your time is not abundant.  I have a young child and may only get an hour or two here and there to concentrate on writing my book.  Once I have the ideas for a few pages or a chapter I have little trouble getting it down on paper. I need suggestions for getting my ideas down as they come to me, when I can't sit down at the computer.  

Also, where do I begin shopping my book to publishers?  How do I find the top publishers?  HELP!

Thanks!  

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Dear Rose,
Thank you for your question. Gee, I don't know how mothers with young children find time to do anything! So that's a good question.
I once had a writing teacher who said he knew about a word processor that was portable, inexpensive, and where you could find spare parts for it anywhere in the world: pen and paper. I took his words to heart and often use plain, old fashioned pen and paper to write. It's especially good for doing a first draft. there's something about the immediacy of the words and the paper with no machine involved . . . there's really nothing else like it.
re. publishing. You can start to look for a publisher anytime. Usually, once you have a first draft is a good time to start. It can keep you encouraged, especially if you get a "nice" rejection letter (anything better than a form letter is GOOD).
Don't let it discourage you. Some authors have files brimming with rejection letters. A rejection is just a signal to try again.
At my site I have posted an article called, "How to Find a Publisher." That outlines the basics of how it works.
http://steamboats.com/writing.html
If you want to discuss further after looking over the materials, feel free to write back again.
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), Jupiter’s Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisher’s 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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