Started by contrarymary, Mar 17, 2006, 02:59 PM
contrarymary wrote: Is there any point in devoting all the time and passion writing such a book would take when I don't think I will find ANYONE who will publish it? Self-publishing is out of the question at those rates. I have read a few book and they were mostly targeted toward non-fiction instructional books. For obvious reasons, this book has to be written as fiction (even though it is not...) Of course there's a point in doing it! Just realize that only 1 in about 250 books makes it moderately big. Only 1 in 100 makes a profit. contrarymary wrote: Secondly, how riveting do you all think a book about the impact of false accusations on not only the falsely accused by those who love him would be received? You MUST use active voice and as personal a story line as is possible. The base story as I know it is important and as such can hold the interest of all. IF, if it is written clearly and actively: YOU must use active voice! contrarymary wrote: I'm wrestling with the format. I know what I'm attempting to convey, but I don't know how to convey it. We have two persons who are hurting due to bad choices - but some bad choices are more fatal than others ---- Focus on the hurt. Do not try to write a scholarly book: You don't have the background or credentials. Tell the story, tell it well. Make the reader care about the hurting people.
I agree wholeheartedly, bluegrass. There may well be a back door, and some other posters have made excellent suggestions about what that might be and how to proceed. I think you're right that, especially in fiction, one needs to avoid smacking people over the head with a message. (Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense.) It's generally good to avoid preaching. Then again, many feminist pieces of fiction -- Marge Piercy's "Woman on the Edge of Time" comes to mind -- were grotesquely obvious in their messages but the books sold well. I guess there's just no telling about sales in advance, but the back door idea may be an excellent one.BTW, thanks for the suggestions on the Danny Danziger series and on "Broken Flowers." I'll check them out.ContraryMary, what you've seen here in a number of excellent posts is the way that good writing critique groups work. Everyone has a different perspective and different suggestions. Ultimately, though, it's your book. Everything else is just friendly advice that, in a fine critique group, can be graciously declined.Are there any other writers here? I think we might be able to form an excellent critique group for writing related to men's issues or, for that matter, any subjects.