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Ok Nori, give me the low down.  I want to write a book, I'm not sure if its a sellable product.
I have never written a book before so I need to know as much as possible about the whole process so I know what to expect.

I want to write a book about the struggle I have gone through in the last 8 years trying to get businesses and ideas off the ground and explain to people the emotions I went through and how I found the right balance of lifestyle/work.

I believe there are many people with business ideas but haven't done any thing with them because it all seems to much.  I want them to realise that they're not the only person in that position and all of the other books in this category highlight only the high points of business success, not the struggle before hand.


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Dear Scotty,
Thank you for your letter. It sounds like a great idea for a book. Here's the low down. First you must research everything else that's already been published. This is your literature review. It's a good place to start so you won't waste time duplicating others' work. Also, you have to make sure your book offers a unique perspective on the subject. It sounds like yours does, but you have to be able to tell a publisher why your book will stand out.
Next, you need to write it. The idea appears in your head in a seed from, then you must download it from your head onto paper piece by piece. This can take a long time. It can also be difficult and the first draft may not resemble the original idea. Just keep at it and continue to work toward your original vision.
A good way to get started is using the method described in the book, "Writing the Natural Way." You can see the book at Amazon.com if you go to my page for writers:
http://steamboats.com/writing.html
Also, I recommend that you write for love, becuase there may not be a lot of money in it, as this is usually the case for first time authors. However, there are better reasons to write than money. It is gratifying to see your book in print helping other people and having a book can open new doors for you.
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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