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Dear Nori,
I am interested in writing a book, with several different ideas for topics, but dont know how and where to get started, or even if I ought to get started.
I need more information regarding everything that would be involved as well as the possibility of getting published and renumeration for the time invested.
the kinds of books i was intereseted in writing would falli into non fiction:
one topic :
the culture of medicine, an inside look.
medical school, challenges, and opportunities
Becoming a doctor: coronation or condemnation

other topics of interest to me:
the south asian experience in america
muslim america vis a vis the terrorist threat


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Dear  Umer,

Thank you for your questions. At my web site I have posted a page for writers with articles on how to find a publisher and a few other things you need to get started. For non-fiction writing I recommend several books, The Elements of Style is the most important book for all writers, especially the last chapter on style. Also, On Writing Well, and the Natural Way to Write. You can find more about these books, which are linked to my writers page at
http://steamboats.com/writing.html

The Natural Way to Write is the best book on “clustering.” That's where you write down your main idea in one word, circle it, then draw spokes coming out from the word and you write down associated words. The brain does not think in a linear way, but more like the spider web of thoughts you get through clustering. Using clustering is a good way to get started. The main challenge is to get the words from your head onto paper, then you start writing and making outlines.

The subjects you want to write about sound valuable and you might have a good chance of finding a publisher. However, don't write a book for money alone. Write for love. Having a book will open doors for you and make you an expert in your field. For example, if you are a doctor, having a book will help you in your career. If you want to expand your career, having a book is the best way to do it.

I hope this helps. Feel free to write back later if you have more questions down the line.

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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