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Заря wrote:Oh god, I've always wanted to write something. I made numerous attempts and every single one of them failed. My scheme: 1. I have great idea 2. I usually write for 2 weeks 3. I read it and think about it 4. I think it's awful and not so great I thought it would be 5. I throw it away 6. Artistic part of me is depressed until new great idea occures.
Lada wrote:- What do you write? Prose or poetry? Novels or short stories?
I write prose and tried different types of it: novel (not finished yet), short stories, miniatures (one page story) and even faity-tail.
- Have you ever published anything or had success in other ways (performances, contests)?
Does Internet count? I published my works on several sites and as it always happens got opposite reviews, though fairy-tail was favored by the majority of readers. And I've never taken part in any contests.
- What is your ambition? Do you write just for fun or do you want to publish something and become a famous writer?
My ambition is to finish my novel
france-eesti wrote:I've decided to publish my last novel (the shortest one) as a free ebook on lulu.com, my self-publishing editor
vijayjohn wrote:I have to decide a) whether to try to find an editor (my dad doesn't seem to think I should bother)
Osias wrote:Bonne chance!
Aurinĭa wrote:Why does your dad think so?
france-eesti wrote:Good luck Vijay
let's keep updated!
Aurinĭa wrote:You need someone to properly typeset the text (and someone to design a cover, like france-eesti mentioned).
vijayjohn wrote:He seems to think it's a waste of money for something that isn't likely to make much.
france-eesti wrote:I totally understand you and this project is very awesome!
Just be prepared, that the world of publishing is very harsh... Which is why I've turned to self-publishing, because it's quick and easy, and you make your own communication. But you're right - no publicity then.
Do you feel you'll get yourself an agent? How does it work in the USA? I heard in the UK and in Ireland you need an agent to introduce you to publishers who are looking for new authors to publish. Publishers refuse unsolicited work - which is why I never tried.
Anyway I'm kind of curious to see how you will proceed - because that'll be interesting for me as well!
Aurinĭa wrote:I have a few more questions for you, if you don't mind.
Do you want to publish your grandfather's memoirs to make money, or do you want to publish them to share them with the world?
If the former, the only way to guarantee you won't lose money by publishing is to get picked up by a publishing company, which will then bear the costs of proofreading, editing, typesetting and publicity.
If the latter, not having it properly prepared for publishing is a good way to diminish the interest that there may be for it. Nobody wants to read something that wasn't properly edited.
Do you want it published as an e-book or as a physical copy?
Do you want the whole publication to be in English, or to have a facing-page translation for the parts originally in Malayalam?
If the former, do you want to indicate what was translated by you and what was written directly in English by your grandfather?
You mentioned that the diaries weren't always dealing with events in a chronological order, how do you want to deal with that? How do you want to indicate to the reader what was written when and in what order, and what happened when and in what order?
Have you thought of making some kind of time-line, perhaps to be put in an appendix, with ample references to page numbers for the relevant sections?
Do you want to publish for academia or for the general public? Or for interested family members?
Have you thought of starting a fundraising/crowdsourcing campaign to cover the costs of publishing? I'm not suggesting you badger your family members for money, but perhaps some of them would be interested in contributing, even if just a little.
Do you want to include a short biography of your grandfather as an introduction to the memoirs themselves? Do you have pictures of him that could be included?
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