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Q&A: I’m writing a book and I was wondering if I should just throw it away. Do people read anymore?

by on April 15, 2011

Question by Candace B: I am writing a guide and I was pondering if I need to just throw it away. Do folks read any longer?
I’m seventeen a junior in large school and I’ve created a book. The origional duplicate is on notebook paper. It is above three hundred pages lengthy and a mystery. Given that I was eleven I have wished to be a writer, but not a mystery author historical fiction is more my issue. I know that is not usually a woman genre, but I cannot get the idea out of my head. I create everyday, but I am commencing to wonder if I am throwing away my time. Do folks go through any more. My English instructor told me when that individuals only want to examine books by properly recognized effective authors. I wanted to know if I should finish typing it and send it to a couple of publishers or if I need to just throw it absent. Am I just dreaming here? I know it is unrealistic but it is all I have at any time wished. I don’t care if I’m rich or if I have to perform and do my composing on the aspect to support myself. All I want to do is be a author. Ought to I just pay attention to what everyone’s been telling me and give up on my dream or really should I go after it?

Finest answer:

Remedy by believeinwishes
go with your dreams. deliver it to a few of publishers. if its a mystery, you will almost certainly have a whole lot of luck with it.
indeed, individuals still read. i enjoy to study.

Hope you make it!!! 🙂

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christy April 16, 2011 at 12:25 am

how do you know you won’t become a well-known, successful author if you don’t pursue your dream?

take your novel, type it up, print out some copies & hand them out to family & friends. ask them to read it & give you their honest feedback, including grammar errors, etc. then, submit your book to various publishers, preferably, with your parents’ permission… or wait another year.

your english teacher is WRONG! what kind of teacher is he/she??? that is terrible!!!!

DO IT! take the risk! don’t let the fear of rejection hold you back in life… or you might just life your life regretting the risks you did not take.

want2quit April 16, 2011 at 1:21 am

Follow your heart/dream. Just go for it. Look at Stephen King for example he began writing as a young child and didn’t get his first book until he was a grown man. Actually his first novel (Carrie) was rescued from the trash can by his wife. She refused to let him give up. As they say: the rest is history. And yes, people do still read. I average at least one book a week and they don’t have to be by well known authors. Every once in awhile you find a new and talented writer. Good luck.

Violet Pearl April 16, 2011 at 1:42 am

Your English teacher is full of crap.
Write- people have been reading books for centuries.
Type it. Read books on the craft of writing, and get a copy of Writer’s Market.
Pursue it. I did and it’s my greatest love.

soxwn04 April 16, 2011 at 2:20 am

go with ur dream

look, i reasd ur question, im reading a book now, and i read a whole book yesterday alone….i’d read it, if u told me what it was about, then id look for it on shelves sum today!

good luck

Eryc M April 16, 2011 at 2:48 am

if you are truly passionate about writing, you mustn’t let ANYONE’s bad advice to get to you. we are writers it’s in our heads, our hearts our souls. we cannot escape it. if you throw that book away, you are throwing yourself away. continue your work, life always has a challenge for us, it is why we are passionate about our “gift”. so write and write. you will not always hit the mark the first time. i highly encourage you and i hope to see your books at “borders” in the near future.

Rachel April 16, 2011 at 3:02 am

If you know any people that could possibly edit your story, I would start with that. (I edit!!! :)) I totally think you should pursue your dream. I think your english teacher was trying to motivate you. You know, like, making you try to prove her wrong.
I hope it gets published!!!!
Send it to me if it does! I’ll buy my whole family their own copy!!!
P.S. USA Today did a survey, and the most popular type of books that all people read are mystery books! 🙂

Kristen H April 16, 2011 at 3:13 am

Never give up on your dreams. A decade ago, there was a girl who was your age featured in Seventeen magazine that wrote her first book. I’m still working on mine. For first-time writers, make sure the word count is between 60,000-90,000 typed. People still read. Transfer everything to a computer and save it. No one accepts it on paper and pen. Keep going. Make sure you have a job to back-up you for support, since you’re a struggling and aspiring writer. Go for it! After you’re done, proofread it and spellcheck it. Have someone read it back to you. When you’re done and think it’s ready, work on your queries, synopsises for agents and publishers. If you want, you can sign up for an online writing workshop that’s free to get feedback and crits for it. I can recommend you one. Just make sure it’s typed. Plus find a local writing club in your area like your library.

krusty_blue_spaz April 16, 2011 at 3:24 am

keep writing don`t give up. Stephen King threw his unfinished novel “Cristene” in the trash,and his wife took it out and made him finish it…And you know who he is.

guitarpicker56 April 16, 2011 at 3:44 am

Finish your novel and edit it until you start to scream at nights. Then find a Writer’s Market book and research for the appropriate literary agent that might represent your manuscript.

Learn to prepare a knock-out query letter and know how to format and submit your manuscript. Forget publishing houses; they don’t entertain un-published authors. Your manuscript is automatically copyrighted once it is in printed form. Forget about the notion of sending it through the mails back to you. It’s unnecessary and a waste of postage.

Find disinterested grammarians to edit your manuscript. Seldom trust a close friend or relative because they will be biased in your favor. You need editors that will be nonsensical but fair. Develop a thick skin as a writer. You can ill afford to be sensitive and temperamental over work that is incorrectly formatted or edited.

Keep at it until you are satisfied it’s ready for submission.

snowflake1234 April 16, 2011 at 4:35 am

Your English teacher is full of crap.
By this logic, noone should ever paint, write, dance or write books ever anymore. Not too many people are born famous. People become famous.

I think it was Heisenberg ( anyway, a famous physicsis, one of the founders of Quantum Mechanics) who was told by his teacher not to bother with this career path because everything in physics is already discovered. haha.

Never give up your deams.

paganvegan April 16, 2011 at 5:12 am

I think that’s wonderful. Go for it! You might get shot down a few times, but don’t let that discourage you. Just consider it as part of a learning process. If this is your passion and you don’t try, you’ll just end up being miserable wondering what might have been. As far as well known writers go, I’m pretty sure they weren’t born that way. Forget what your English teacher says. English teachers are mostly just wannabe writer types who lack creativity and so end up being English teachers, instead.

boo! April 16, 2011 at 5:15 am

As a writer, write for the sake of writing, not for the sake of having readers. It makes all the difference in the world and keeps you going on in your darkest moments.

MrsDave April 16, 2011 at 5:49 am

Shame on your English teacher for trying to stall your dream

Don’t give up ..pursue it .. I have been a dealer of books for many years and have seen many newbies come into bloom

My advice to you first up would be to transpose the book to disk.
then my advice for you would be to submit a synopsis of your story to publishers on line who are in the genre your writing and are accepting submissions …If they are interested then they will request the full novel for further evaluation

this will be a heck of a lot cheaper and easier for you then to mail off your manuscript snail mail ….

I wish you all the best …. feel free to contact me

Courtlyn_87 April 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

I am a young writer as well, and there have been times that I have been very tempted to just throw it all away (frustration will do that too you). Don’t. There will always be those little things that get you down…and as for what your teacher said; we all have to start somewhere. No author is born famous, there is only one way to become a successful author and that is to write.
It’s all about the dream, never let that die. I know from experience that one of the most fulfilling things in writing is the pride you feel when you read your own words, when even you aren’t sure what will happen next.
It is an art form that could die if talented people give up on it.
Good Luck in all of you endeavors. Never give up on such a wonderful dream.

Nelson Muntz April 16, 2011 at 6:46 am

Writing–capable writing–is a genderless endeavor; people will value your work for it’s merits. Genre is another worry you have: desist at once! If a subject grants you pleasure while writing, why question such good fortune? History is the best palette of creativity: so many stories and even more interpretations.
Write till’ your mind cramps or your hands can no longer keep pace with your thoughts. Read to the irritation of your parents and friends. Think how happy you feel, when out of an ordinary situation, the frame-work for an idea or character strikes you and you can’t wait to see it made manifest by your hands- it’s almost like……..well, you don’t need me to describe the feeling for you.

Look, if being ex-communicated by the Catholic Church didn’t stop Galileo from plotting the heavens, then some silly teacher shouldn’t stop you from doing what you were born to do.
Go forth and let your thoughts multiply. All right, that was lame, but I sincerely wish you well.

Larry Powers April 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

If your English teacher told you that, she should be reported to your guidance counsellor.

Not only should you complete your manuscript, you should send it to publishers. If they reject you, then try again.

Of course, before you send your manuscript to any publisher, you should have someone you know and trust read it. Ask them for constructive feedback. Accept or reject that feedback, incorporating it into your manuscript as you see fit.

If writing is your dream, then write. Do not stop.

By the way, “The Fatal Crown”, by Ellen Jones, shows that women can successfully publish historical fiction. Indeed, I have read many historical novels, and have enjoyed them. “Julian”, by Gore Vidal, is probably my favorite. And if you hear people saying that “historical fiction is dead”, ignore them. Just write.

Uncle John April 16, 2011 at 8:18 am

Listen to your teacher-Some people read. I love to read! I wouldn’t say they only read books, by successful known authors. I had never heard of Joanna Fluke, when I first started reading her books. Work on your book. Send it to an editorial service, work on it again, if necessary, and submit it to some publishers. Want to collaborate? I have part of a story, but need help with it. If you were to use it, you’d have to inlclude my name on the title page, and we’d have to share the copy right. Oh yea, copy right is very important!

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