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Hi, i have started drafting a conspirational story about a popular and established society. I just want to know what key points can make it more realistic and any pointers for an amateur creative writer. Though, I am experienced in poetry, I have anxiety that people might hinder me in getting it published. It is a fact and fiction story relating the Society of Jesus as a cult and gets key events from the story of St. Ignatius and other christian events. (I am not an atheist, I just want people to think more.)

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Gerard:

Yeah, it can be tough to get published when you're doing controversial stuff.  Unless you're already well-known, of course.  Then you can pretty much publish whatever you want.  So your anxiety is probably not unfounded.

As for "key points," I'm not sure what to say.  Without knowing more about your project, I couldn't even venture a guess.

I can say, though, that you should probably not refer to it as a mix of fact and fiction.  ALL fiction contains facts, but unless ALL of it is true, you're stuck with the "fiction" label.  My newest novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, is set a quarter century in the future... but it draws upon and refers to plenty of facts from present day and other periods of history.  I could tell people that lots of the stuff in there is "true," but ultimately, it's still a novel, still fiction.

And really, if you're only in the drafting stages, you should put all worries about publication out of your head.  If you're goal is to be a writer, your head needs to be on the writing aspect first and foremost.  Publishing this project is a long way off.  So don't even think about it, yet.

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Vincent M. Wales

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I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.

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For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

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BA in fiction writing.

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My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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