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Hi Susan,

I am currently writing a travel literature book based on a two year trip i did a couple of years back. I'm not sure when to start sending it off, should i finish it first or send it off and then finish it? It seems to be taking a while and I'm getting anxious that i may spend ages writing it but no one will publish it. Any advice?


Hello Barry:

Assuming this is your first book, definitely you should finish a first draft, and any further drafts that are necessary, before "sending it off." All writers start this way, "writing on spec." No one writing their first book knows its chances of being published, or selling. If you are passionate about your subject, you will write the book whatever its chance of being published. In any case, you can always self-publish, or publish it online if all else fails.

Travel books enjoy a certain popularity, but we can't all be Paul Theroux. You must do the best you can with it, and accept the fact that you may write several books before finding a publisher.

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I can answer questions about the elements of fiction and non-fiction writing: how to get started, writing techniques, re-writing, etc. I will NOT write for you, do critiques except from my website at, or give you ideas. I will not answer home-or-schoolwork questions in any category. If English is your second language, please say so, and I will make an exception. Please submit no more than one or two questions at once, as I tend to go into detail in my answers.


I wrote my first book in 1957 and have been writing and studying writing since. I have a BA in Written Communications, and have taught writing both privately and through adult education for 15 years. Have also edited (fiction books) for an online publisher and edited/wrote more than 100 articles for a teen sex education site. Currently writing web content and mentoring beginning writers.

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