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Has anyone written a book before?
Is it possible to work 9-5 and research/write a book at the same time?
I mean a collection of words that could ultimately form a book.
Lecturers write books whilst also taking courses. They have time to research and write. But then they have beards and drink too much brandy. Maybe that's the answer...
(let's assume for the sake of this question I'm writing a book and there's a reasonable chance it's good enough/interesting enough to be published)
Part of the problem I have with motivating myself to write books is that I've got my music stuff I do where I know it'll get released/played live/there'll be an end product whereas with the book I'm not entirely sure what to do with it or when. And I don't want to spend ages writing something only to stick in my bedroom drawer never to see the light of day ('cos I've done that enough times already!)
So I suppose my questions are:
a) where do you find a list of sensible people to approach?
b) what's the best way to approach them?
c) at what point do you approach?
d) tips for negating the slush pile?
Like the right arseholes.
It's a closed business...Probably.
It's true of music and pretty much every other business on the planet.
It doesn't mean people who aren't 'in' can't get somewhere but life's pretty opposite to a meritocracy when all's said and done. People with money tend to get farther in life. It's mostly about who you know...
I was really being cynical facetious.
And get cracking!
I can't tell.
then being at work is your research. it could be chock block full of witty snipes about office politics and your funny work collegues. god...work collegues eh? bloody nightmare...i dunno....pff
but there's only 4 of us and we basically sit in silence all day.
I did the NaNoWriMo thing once and did get 50,000 words done in a month while still going to a fair few gigs and things. But I was single at the time, too.
I don't think that sort of writing is necessarily particularly productive. That said, I think to write you have to write all the time so that you get good. So I'd say get an EEE PC or similar tiny yet useable device, one you can actually type on and carry it with you and use it to write at all times you can: lunch time, on the tube, whatever.
it cannot be done!
Do not send into slush piles, it is a waste of time and money.
Plus not many publishers accept unsolicited work.
If you are going to go to the hassle of printing and sending out manuscripts then send them to various agents instead (But even then its not garuanteed and helps if you know someone.)
The Writers and Artists Yearbook has a list of agents to send stuff to but dont buy it as all info about agents is on their site.
It is possible to write and research but I think you need more free time to actually produce the manuscript itself... unless you have a few years.
Writing courses are a good way to get publish, especially Manchester or UEA.
However, you do have to be a massive twat to study creative writing.
Lastly, you really have to just do it, as oppossesed to questioning whether its worth writing something incase you do not have an outlet at the end.