Writing Books/When to send the book
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?
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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