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A friend told me that I have what it takes to write a book. An inspirational book to be exact. I want to know exactly what it is I need to do to get started? I have a history, however, I am just clueless at this point to everything in regards to book writing.
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Dear Arnessa,
Thank you for your questions. If you have a book in you, the trick is to get it to come down your arms and out of your fingers onto paper. The number one book to help with this is Writing the Natural Way, by Gabriele Lusser Rico. You can find it linked to my writing page under "good books": http://steamboats.com/writing.html
Also consider reading The Elements of Style. Every non-fiction writer (and every writer, for that matter) should read that book at least once a year. The last section is the bible for all writers. Another good book is On Writing Well, by William Zinsser. They're all linked to my page.
The main idea is to start clustering about your subject and then start writing it. It will probably take a lot of drafts before you get something close to the book that you see in your mind, but keep trying.
Then the next step is to find a publisher. At my writer's page there is an article called "How to Find a Publisher." There's a lot of competition, but if you are determined you can find a publisher. However, as they say, don't quit your day job, because even a highly successful book will only pay the author's groceries for a little while, then you have to write another one.
There are other reasons to write a book besides money, so if you have strong motivation, you can add something worthwhile to the bookshelves and make the world a better place.
If you have any further questions, feel free to write back.
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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