The "Good news, everyone!" thread


Recommended Posts

Six months, 40,000+ words and 79 pages in my word processor later, I've finished my book. It is a reference book of sorts--a thesaurus for middle and high school students that defines synonyms one by one and explains logical places to use them instead of just blindly picking them out of a Roget's.

My mother is proofreading it for me--former English teacher and all that. I hope to be able to self publish it soon.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 1.8k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

It's a great idea, James. Have you thought of shopping it around to some academic publishers? I think you might have a winner on your hands.

Might be worth putting off self-publishing to see what publishers think. You'd net a lot more money (academic books are crazy) and it would reach more readers. Especially if it gets into schools.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

So, between my in-laws and my parents I got a not insignificant amount of money for my birthday. I used it to order a chef's coat and a nice mid-range chef's knife.

Fast forward and my order is a week late. Amazon makes up for it by giving me the knife for free and sending me a second coat, which both arrived today.

Pretty much awesome.

Link to post
Share on other sites

For the past year I have been fearing that getting my masters in Library science is a waste of my time and money. After six months of volunteering I got a call for an interview tomorrow about a part-part part time substitiute job. It is a start.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Did you have to get an agent for your book? Because I keep reading on all the publisher websites I visit that they don't take "unsolicited submissions."

Sorry James, just saw this. No I didn't have one, but I'd imagine an academic literary agent would be a little easier to get than a regular one.

Preston's right about the hit on the agent. Getting an academic publisher gets it in schools and on book-buying lists. Schools buy books like crazy.

Definitely worth looking into.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I started sending query letters last night and I'm going to continue to when I get home. It's hard for me to send a sample of my work because no one will take attachments in emails and the formatting causes everything to be wonky in the email.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.