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Writing (and maybe publishing) a book? - January 1st 2016, 01:53 PM

Hey guys,

So this is random, but how do you go about writing and publishing a book?

I used to want to be an author, but that fell through because I'm not very creative and the longest creative piece I wrote was 2 pages

But, I've recently had a change of mind. I was thinking of writing a book (or different types of books) aimed at children/ teenagers about what it's like to have a close relative with Alzheimer's. This came about because I follow a blog of an American teenager who had a dad with Alzheimer's, and published a book for young children to raise more awareness. I haven't done much research but I know the Alzheimer's charity in the UK has only recently (within the last month or so) set up a website specifically for children and young people to learn more about Alzheimer's. I doubt there are many books, but I would research first. I've also been thinking about a book dealing with child-on-child abuse, because that doesn't have many resources either, but that would be on the back burner.

I think I have been inspired by these type of help books for children because my brother who has suffered from constipation used to have a book when he was younger about going to the toilet. He bought me a similar book for Christmas as a joke (we have a lot of toilet humour here ) and maybe it's a sign

I think as well, now that many YouTube vloggers are having books written and published, I thought why not? I know that I don't have a fan base, or extra letters after my name (many help books for children are written by doctors or psychologists), but I do have the personal experience and an interest in literature, children and raising awareness. Though I am aware, that publishing is a separate issue and publishers can be brutal...I mean, Harry Potter was rejected so many times...and I have no idea about the illustration side of things either.

Any thoughts or ideas would be very much appreciated, thanks

PS. This is just an idea. I have no idea if I would take it seriously. Plus, it may be all the 'new year' hype

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Re: Writing (and maybe publishing) a book? - January 1st 2016, 07:32 PM

As far as writing a book. I don't think there's really a right or wrong way to do it. I mean after all it is YOUR book. Once it is finished or near completion, there are many sites online that list publishers out there. Most sites require a small fee to access their database but there are a few out there that are free. Then you just send your work to them and see if it is something they would be interested in publishing. It might take a while before someone becomes interested enough to pick it up (for example JK Rowling was turned down 12 times..and look at her now lol ) I wish you luck!

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Re: Writing (and maybe publishing) a book? - January 2nd 2016, 06:00 PM

Hey there,

I'm also working on the beginnings of a book, of sorts, but it will probably be a collection of short science fiction stories.

There are various companies like Lulu that will print your book on-demand when people order it. Seems like an easy and affordable way to go.

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