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Hi.  My name is Beth and I want to write a book about Multiple Sclerosis and its affects on the average person.  I have had this disease for 8 years and would like to share my life before and after with people.  Would like to touch on other subjects in the book also.  Like the way animals have helped me. And the fact that things can always be worse.  I would like to write this book to maybe answer some of people questions about the disease as so many people have no idea about it and what it does.  Willing to write about the good bad and the ugly.  I have so many ideas that I want to share. Thank you for your time. Beth  

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Dear Beth,
Thank you for your letter. It sounds like a worthwhile probject to help yourself and others. It's always good to get your thoughts down on paper. Authors usually see the book in a vision at first, but the hard part is getting it to come down from your mind onto paper. The best book to help you do this is "Writing the Natural Way.." You can see the book at Amazon by clicking on the book cover at my page for writers:
http://steamboats.com/writing.html
Use the techniques described in the book to start writing. Just write whatever you want in the first draft, then later you can start to edit it and change it to match your original idea. Working with a first draft is easier than trying to pull the ideas directly from your mind, so whatever you write in the first draft will help you later.
I have also posted an article on how to find a publisher. Once you have written the first draft, start to work on a book proposal and start researching the types of publishers who are looking for a book like yours.
Keep in mind that you have to do it for love, because writing books is not the easiest way to get rich.
I hope this helps. Write back any time.
Best to you,
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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