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Hi Nori,

Essentially, I'm just trying to gather information about writing fiction.  I have a "day job", but have always wanted to express my creativity through writing.  Eventually, I'd like to complete a novel, but would like to start by writing children's stories.  

So...I suppose the questions running through my mind are almost all of the ones listed on your profile!  Any guidance you can suggest would be extremely helpful.  I'd imagine that one of the first steps for children's books would be teaming up with an illustrator.  Another main question would be--how can I minimize my own outlay of capital to get things started?  Again, I'm sure I don't know what I don't know, so any advice you have would be great.

Thank you...

Dear Dan,
Thank you for your questions. You are getting started the right way. Keep the day job and use your spare time to write. Also, it's smart to begin with genre writing and work your way up to writing a mainstream novel. There are specific rules for genre writing that you need to know. You can break the rules, but it's best to know what they are first. At my site you can find good books on writing for children.
See: (click the link for "good writing books")
Surprisingly, you don't need to team up with an illustrator. Most publishers want control over who will do the illustrations. They choose the artists and match them up with the author after they accept a story. You should not need to spend anything except on postage, paper, ink cartridges, and reference books.
Also at my site you will find the "Fiction Writers Workshop." It's a step-by-step program to structure a fiction story.
There's also an article called, "How to Find a Publisher" that outlines the basic process.
If you have any questions after looking over the materials, please feel free to write back.

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Nori J. Muster


Writing and publishing books, including e-books.


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

Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

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

UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme,, 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),, 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,,

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.

ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle,,, Apple Books, and others.

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