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Been There, Done That

Yes, I did write a book (well I've written many through the years) AND it was published. It was published by PublishAmerica, which was yet another 'life lesson'. I wrote a sort of murderous mystery story, actuially I Co-wrote it. A friend that I met through a poetry site and I had exchanged 'character' thoughts and I (being the queen of the 'Bossame' tribe, that I am) sugessted we put his character and my character together and see where it woul go. And it flew! (we were writing across thr pond-one of us in the U.K.and on in the U.S.) We wrote our book in about 6 months- then found PublishAmerica and the story was accepted. Then we decided (foolishly) to self edit as we were so anxious to see it in print. I now have the utmost respect for editors. They are the unsung heroes of publishing.
I was so disappointed with the final outcome of our book I chose not to push it on the public- I still stand behind the story and the characters bu the finished product...sucks. so- ANOTHER LESSON IN THE GAME OF LIFE.
I WILL write another book (I have finished two more, actually) BUT I am now 'gun shy' and have not pursued publishing again (yet)
feyth feyth 51-55, F 7 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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Thank you for sharing that. I too have a book that I am working on. I intend to self publish, but I suspect that I shall need a professional editor when the time comes.

Hey, Feyth, don't get discouraged. I've had two collections of stories pubbed ("Cruising the Green of Second Avenue," avail. at B&N) and LUCKILY had a terrific editor. After some four decades of writing and 40 stories published in the past five years, I'm STILL learning!

Editors are amazing.. I have some of the most amazing editors (aka beta readers) in the world an my story wouldn't survive a day without them

Fantastic!!

Kudos for actually having it published. I'd say just go ahead and publish the rest, you might be sitting on a gold mine.

Well, you did it, and are writing again, I think that's awesome :) I'm sure your book was great! If I ever did write one, I will have an editor :)

All the best authors, whom I have heard talking about getting published agree, a good editor is essential. They almost all give credit and thanks to their editor in the acknowledgements.