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Book Ideas for Young Writers

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You’re just getting started as a writer. Or you’ve been doing it your whole life. But you’ve never published a book. And you want to; you need to. You’re just not quite sure how to begin.

No publishers are knocking down your door, but you feel like you’ve got a book in you. What do you do? Do you wait? Do you try to get noticed? Maybe not. Maybe it’s time to get started now.

Book Ideas for Young Writers

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Here’s a list of ideas — both conventional and unconventional — that I’ve brainstormed, and I’d love you to add to it.

Writing Ideas for First-Time Authors

  • Build a platform with a blog and let the publisher come to you.
  • Self-publish an eBook. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up like John Locke, selling a million books in 5 months.
  • Work on your book proposal. While I’m not a fan of waiting to be picked, writing a book proposal requires real work, and it can pay off. Getting an actual book deal still carries with it a lot of legitimacy. For more about this, get this book.
  • Write a 1000-word electronic manifesto and give it away for free. (Here’s mine.)
  • Do something remarkable — an article, publicity stunt, a bike ride across the country to benefit charity — and earn the attention of a publisher. Then, tell your story.
  • Write and publish a novel, one chapter at a time, using Amazon Kindle singles.
  • Write a print-on-demand book through a website like Lulu.
  • Start a website on WordPress or Tumblr and use it write your own blook. Build a tribe through your subscriber list and then eventually publish all the posts in a hardcopy book. Sell it to your list.
  • Finance your own self-publishing project by crowd-sourcing through a Kickstarter project. Anne Jackson is doing this with her next book project.
  • Don’t write a book. There are too many unread books in the world. Instead, write a short pamphlet to spread an idea. This, as you may recall, was how ideas got around long before the Internet.
  • Write a short book of poems or stories. Long projects are daunting. Start small.
  • Write what you know. Maybe it’s a memoir of your a family or a how-to book about getting started with your favorite hobby.
  • Keep a journal. Then, rewrite the entries in a much more polished book format, but use some photo copies or scans of the journal pages as illustrations in the book. You could even sell “deluxe” editions that come with photocopied versions of the journal. (A little personal, but people would love it.)
  • Write an article that tells the absolute, brutal truth about the status quo. Call out a dysfunctional norm, something that’s wrong with the world that we all know but don’t talk about. Be bold, be honest, and demand action.
  • Write a series of letters to yourself 10 years ago. What would you say? Use this as a manuscript for a book that you pitch to a publisher or print yourself.
  • Go non-traditional. Be the next William Faulkner or Ernest Hemingway. Be terse; go all stream-of-consciousness. Think outside the box.

A couple more resources

Once you’ve got the idea, it’s time to start writing. Here are a couple resources to help:

What would you add to the list? What book ideas do you have? Share in the comments.

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  • http://www.identitales.com Esther van der Wal

    Nice little list there Jeff. I especially like the 1000-word manifesto (1000 words sounds doable) and the journal idea. Stream-of-consciousness writing is awesome too, but I’d be afraid of publishing that blurb of words and thoughts.

    To add to your list: polish up some of your best, long email conversations. Either include your side only, or consult with the other person whether you could use some of their stuff. I tend to write long emails that help me explain my thoughts and feelings. Very personal, indeed, but some publishable material might come out of it. What do you think? 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      totally doable. give it a try, esther!

      i love the idea of using emails. i do that a lot with blog posts.

  • http://twitter.com/denizz_d ddenizz

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  • http://www.myoneresolution.com/ Don McAllister

    Blook..that’s funny, never heard that term before. Great list of ideas!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      yup. not a typo. blog + book = blook. google it! :)

  • http://chriscornwell.org Chris Cornwell

    I like that you said the “pamphlet” idea. In fact, that is what my first book is essentially. In a nutshell it’s a 21-day jumpstart guide to quiet times. How to start from scratch basically. 

    Some other very intriguing ideas there Jeff…

  • Nate

    I needed that Jeff! I’ve really wanted to get started, and I think the free eBook manifesto is the starting point. Thanks for always giving me added inspiration. 
    Nate

  • Al Pittampalli

    I think the idea of a “how to” course, delivered by autoresponder is something that has been largely unexploited. People love structure, and if you have a topic you have expertise in, offering it to people in a step by step (an e-mail each day) program might be in demand.

    • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

      Al, I agree. I just recently finished an e-course like this and it was a very unique, refreshing experience.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      love that idea, Al. i’m honestly working on something like this right now.

  • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    I really like what Michael Hyatt did with his life plan book. It’s simple, short, and interactive. I’m working on one that includes some worksheets and ways to implement the “how to”.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      i like that resource, too. can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • Keith Jennings

    Jeff,

    One of the most refreshing “discoveries” I’ve made as a writer involves writing through multiple personas and people.  I have ghost written everything from book chapters to thought leadership articles in A-list publications FOR OTHERS. 

    I absolutely love the freedom and creative challenge of morphing into someone else – finding their voice, their personality, their rhythm – and writing something that readers are convinced the “author” wrote.

    I also love the idea of writing under pseudonyms, although I’ve yet to explore this personally.

    For a “young” writer, both of these avenues offer the freedom and flexibility to explore different voices, topics, genres, styles, etc. without being creatively pigeonholed or perceived by others to be to unpredictable and flighty to be a “serious” writer.

    I continue to enjoy your blog!  Thank you for what you do for us!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      interesting!

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    I never thought I’d post fiction on my blog- it’s my haven from the characters in my head- but recently I decided to explore ultra-shorts.  I’ve been blown away by the positive feedback and now I think it will be a monthly feature.  Perhaps when the vignettes are complete, I’ll throw an e-book together.  For now, I like building suspense about Lurlene’s story a few sentences at a time.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      cool!

  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    This list is fantastic. I’ve got the first two planned. Already got the blog and am thinking of emulating the short book “template” used by The Domino Project and Blaine Hogan.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Awesome! Good luck, friend.

  • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

    A great way to gently help us get off the sidelines and get on to writing!  Have a great week!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks, mike. you too.

  • http://www.eileenknowles.blogspot.com Eileen

    I laughed when you clarified what “young” meant.  Confession time:  I didn’t click on your tweet the other day because it said young writers.  So glad for the reworded tweet tonight!  Great advice.   Love the idea of the free ebook as a way to ease into the whole publishing thing.  Thanks.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      you should do it, eileen! my ebook was instrumental in building my tribe.

      • Allie

        I think all your ideas are perfectly legit. But you can’t guarantee that only intelligent people will visit your site. Keep up the good work. I am inspired.

  • http://twitter.com/BethMacKinney Elizabeth MacKinney

    I loved this post, Jeff. When we were kids, that’s why we wrote. Just for the fun of it. Just for the thrill of it. Here’s an extra for your list: start a blog with humorous children’s ministry skits for free use. (I did this one.) 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      amen

  • Luv024

    Its RON WEASLEY!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Funny

    • RoseGenx

      Oddly enough, that was my first thought too :P Rowling has taken over the world….

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        indeed. much to my chagrin.

      • Anonymous

        i thought the same thing too!!!

    • Or not…

      J.K. Rowling to take over the world much? thank god i’m not the only one that thought that…

  • Elisabeth

    How come you’re so brilliant!? Thanks (again) for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us instead of hoarding it. You do what you say we should do: serve your audience. I’m all over it. Definitely will have something “published” one way or another some day or another.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      i’m just awesome… kidding! i’m learning right along with you. it’s a fun time to be a writer.

      • Elisabeth

        Ha!! Well, I do think you’re pretty gifted and it is a great time to be a writer.

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          thanks. you’re too kind. :)

  • http://twitter.com/HopeScribbles Elisabeth Allen

    This is a great list of ideas! I especially like the idea of writing a short pamphlet to spread an idea. That’s one of the things Martin Luther did – and look at how the Reformation grew and spread partly as a result of the pamphlets he wrote!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      yep. this used to be the ONLY purpose for books.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, Jeff. I stumbled upon your site here…literally. I run a website for writers and am an aspiring author as well. I wanted to take the time to let you know that your posts caught my eye, especially this one, and I was taken aback by your lack of arrogance and genuine wanting to lend advice to others. I had to bookmark your site and “like” your Facebook page, so I wouldn’t lose it. I look forward to reading more. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks! i’m glad to help.

  • http://www.bappydood.com/en/ Miss Lego

    Thanks for the advices…I’ll keep it in mind.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      you’re welcome

  • http://mcrumph.com MCRumph

    I do lament the demise of the pamphleteer.  I kicked around an idea for making a super hero with that name (his sidekick would have been Letter Press).

    I guess it all depends on what you want to write, but I think most of these are closer to the end of the process.  My advice would be:

    1-Read the very best writers out there (and not just in your specific genre).

    2-Have something real to say.

    3-Write 100,000 words (not necessarily all on one thing) and then start your novel/whatever.

    But then again, I am shooting for something very specific.  The first two novels, and two dozen short stories I have written may not have been bad (or good for that matter), but they were only stepping stones.  I am more concerned with getting it write, than just being published.

    Good Luck!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I LOVE your attitude. Thanks for the comment. I like #1, as well. Great advice.

  • Poop

    Stumbled on your page. These are the shoes I’m in right now. I don’t know where to start, and I have all these amazing (or so I like to think lol) ideas, but no sense of direction. This helps, thanks!

  • http://www.kellenfreeman.net Kellen

    Those are some awesome ideas, some that I think I might start using shortly.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      awesome. good luck!

  • Martin

    I’m an older college student who is taking no writing classes, but who has had to write training manuals (restaurants) in his previous job. I’ve reached out to writing professionals and the advice I have been given is to write for small publications. I have a student newspaper where I got a letter to the editor published on my first try. Since then I have tried to write for small town newspapers and my college paper. Get published any way you can and if Blogs are the only you can publish, make sure friends and family read them. You need to establish a readership and parental pride can be a huge market. Good luck to everyone, I hope to read your articles and books soon!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Martin!

  • YesterdayNowTomorrow

    Well, I took your advice and began. Not sure what I’m beginning but as long as I’m doing it. Thank you for the post, definitely motivated me to get my ideas out there. 

    This is where I will be, I would really appreciate if anyone could take a look.

    http://yesterday-now-tomorrow.tumblr.com/

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      awesome!

  • Tiffanyhill27

    Thanks for the inspiration and advice!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      my pleasure

  • Hawk Girl

    Along with the journal idea it might help to write about a very personal experience, good or bad, how it effected you, what came of it, how you dealt with or are dealing with it. Always a good way to write something short but readable and usually loveable.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      good call.

  • Lia London

    All good advice–though I had to chuckle that you said to go unconventional, and then cited two classic authors every English major must read.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      They were unconventional though

  • ProcrastinatorNo1

    How about write a working progress book on a website such as Wattpad? As in, upload chapter by chapter and gain a big following, and then it can act as a platform for gaining fans when entering the official publishing world. Though the only downside is that the only successful books there are Y/A novels.

  • http://www.herbalcoolingtea.com Ben Sanami (FB Liangcha)

    Write a “how to” book

    • Sarah Pittman

      A how to book on what?

  • Phillip Jackson

    ginger 

  • Bella22

    ginger minger

  • J. R.

    Been reading so many of your posts lately that I feel like I’ve been put in front of the best dinner buffet ever.   Gonna have to pace myself better, I’m afraid . . . lol

  • Sarah Pittman

    I’m a girl only 12 years old, i want to write but i do know were to start. If you have ideas for me let me know and flow me on Facebook. 

    • Meredith McClelland

      Hey Sarah. I’m only 15 and writing a book and I think its so fun. Git gives me time to think about life and ideas for my book. Enough of me though. I think that I have a great idea for you. Image its a dark stormy night  and three kids are running along a ravine in between two sets of mountains. All of the sudden time stops and they find themselves in the past. what will happen next. Sarah I think that you should write about this. I seems like it would be an awesome story. Just use your imagination. 

    • Dee Tanner

      Hi Sarah. I was 11 when I started writing my first book, so I know what being a young writer is like in a way. In the end I have settled for writing the things I love. Fantasy. I’m 14 now and am well under way with my first proper book. Just write what makes you happy, what you can never stop daydreaming about or something like that. I love angels, so of course I’m writing about angels! Well, I hope it helped a little. Good Luck!

  • Sarah Pittman

    I know, i know 12 is a young  to write a book but i love it so much. I don’t want to do it to be popular, and i think thats the problem with some people who don’t like writting but like the fame.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I agree, Sarah.

  • Sarah Pittman

    I love this poem. Tierd of trying, sick of crying, yes i’m smilling, inside dieing.
    Life is fading just like love, the only thing i need is a hug. :’(

  • http://twitter.com/PhilViana Phil Viana

    Great article

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Phil!

  • meredith

    Hey Jeff. I’m writing/typing a new book write now. I really want someone to read over it. I was wondering if I could get your e-mail

  • Meredith McClelland

    Hey Jeff. I like your ideas a lot. I was wondering though could you read some of the book I’m writing right now. I’m having a little writers block too and I need some help. Also I was wondering if I could get your e-mail.

    • Lola

      yeah

  • http://www.facebook.com/weslly.johannes Weslly Johannes

    Salam, Jeff..
    May I translating this article to publish on my blog?
    I will put your name and link to this post also.
    Thank you..

    I’m sorry, my english are bad.

    Salam,
    Weslly (Indonesia)

    • Jeff Goins

      Hello Weslly,
        Yes you may!
      Jeff Goins

  • Reemah13

    Writing has always been an interesting thing for me. All my classmates like my book but it was half-written so but they want me to write more but I think its too much dramatic. i like to write what I want to write. I was thinking on historical Family-complications. My friends say they’re boring stuff but I want to change their opinions but I dont like writing those as well but I think I need change by the way I can get alot of Facts about history and all from my history book and Im only fourteen. I just want to know the opinions of people here as well :)

  • Roy Eynhallow

    Hello, Jeff!

    Thank you for the awesome advice! I am a beginning writer and this is just what I need. I have just started building my platform and hope it becomes as good as yours six months down the line :) Going back to work, to write that manifesto !

  • http://twitter.com/ranaizhar Izhar ul Haq

    Nice Ideas, I have written one book but still unable to publish it. Will use these tips to do so. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/wwwel7lcom yasser

     nice article, i just finished bookmarking it for future reference. i would love to read on future posts. how do i configure the rss again? thanks!
    العاب
    افلام

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Go to google.com/reader. Set it up. Then, add goinswriter.com/rss to it.

  • Parking Meter

    my head got eaten by a giraffe and my legs are stuck in a fish bowl… what pickle should i eat now?

    • definitely not

       the hippo flavored one

    • HannahTimothy11

      Hahaha, Parking Meter, that is funny!

  • hannah

    or just write… writing comes from the heart if you love it enuf then when the time is right you’ll know when to publish, its about the words not the cash and fame

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  • Virginia

    Where do you go to get MAGIC book ideas??

  • Robertkisiely

    I’m thinking of writing a book about highschool drama…

  • Old Spice Lover

    Are you ron weasly? If so, say hi to harry for me!

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  • http://twitter.com/LettersofMelody Melody Michelle

    For the past few years, I’ve been working on defining my identity as a writer. This post gives me a lot of hope that I’m on the right track! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  • http://theannoyinglife.com/ Kevin Martin

     Thanks for making this list, Jeff. I’ve been thinking about writing a book lately. I like writing and I blog a lot, so I’m going to take a stab at writing a book and see where fate takes me.

  • Haley Nak

    I actually already have a “blook” :P  I currently just published the sixth chapter!  It’s http://17hnak.blogspot.ca/  This is a great article!  Good advice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002551670494 Sam Ndex

    Great list of things I can take into consideration.  I have a Blog Book Series i have on my word press take a look at the posted ideas so far and help by giving me feedback :)
    writerinparadise.wordpress.com Its called shadow.

  • LuisGonzolis

    to tell you the truth it sucked there wasnt any good ideas in here for YOUNGE writers o try again.

  • Benfriedrich

    Thanks for this. I’m 24 and just published my first memoir! Yes, I was able to find enough material to fill an entire book. 

  • Rubish

    Rubish page

  • http://twitter.com/kungislove Kungis Love

    Loving this LIST!!! 

    Start co-blogging with a friend about our story!! I’m super excited!! Weird considering I have my own blog

  • fruitninja

    I find that to start some of my books i write down my thoughts about certain things that affects different aspects on the way of living, like friendship or my daydreams which i quite often have as a “child.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.torrance.1612 Jack Torrance

    Okay, I’ll give it a try.  But if trouble comes out of me writing my manifesto, I’m gonna be be mighty upset. 

  • melvis dingbat

    I feel embarrassed to read this. I feel like these ideas are for stupid people who don’t have any talent e.g. someone who doesn’t use predicate nominative pronouns correctly. That said, I feel much better about my own career as a writer having read this.

    I don’t mean to be a troll.

  • youngwriter

    hello, i read this article to find eyes of how to write books. instead i found a list of things to get a publishers attention, the old way. i wanted IDEAS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF BOOK TO WRITE :) please add this.

    • Guest.

       Ahem. *Directly quoted from the article*Here’s a list of ideas — both conventional and unconventional — that I’ve brainstormed, and I’d love you to add to it.

      Writing Ideas for First-Time Authors

      Build a platform with a blog and let the publisher come to you.Self-publish an eBook. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up like John Locke, selling a million books in 5 months.Work on your book proposal. While I’m not a fan of waiting to be picked, writing a book proposal
      requires real work, and it can pay off. Getting an actual book deal
      still carries with it a lot of legitimacy. For more about this, get this book.Write a 1000-word electronic manifesto and give it away for free. (Here’s mine.)Do something remarkable — an article, publicity stunt, a bike ride across the country to benefit charity — and earn the attention of a publisher. Then, tell your story.Write and publish a novel, one chapter at a time, using Amazon Kindle singles.Write a print-on-demand book through a website like Lulu.Start a website on WordPress or Tumblr and use it write your own blook. Build a tribe through your subscriber list and then eventually publish all the posts in a hardcopy book. Sell it to your list.Finance your own self-publishing project by crowd-sourcing through a Kickstarter project. Anne Jackson is doing this with her next book project.Don’t write a book. There are too many unread books in the world. Instead, write a short pamphlet to spread an idea. This, as you may recall, was how ideas got around long before the Internet.Write a short book of poems or stories. Long projects are daunting. Start small.Write what you know. Maybe it’s a memoir of your a family or a how-to book about getting started with your favorite hobby.Keep a journal. Then, rewrite the entries in a much
      more polished book format, but use some photo copies or scans of the
      journal pages as illustrations in the book. You could even sell “deluxe”
      editions that come with photocopied versions of the journal. (A little
      personal, but people would love it.)Write an article that tells the absolute, brutal truth
      about the status quo. Call out a dysfunctional norm, something that’s
      wrong with the world that we all know but don’t talk about. Be bold, be
      honest, and demand action.Write a series of letters to yourself 10 years ago. What would you say? Use this as a manuscript for a book that you pitch to a publisher or print yourself.Go non-traditional. Be the next William Faulkner or Ernest Hemingway. Be terse; go all stream-of-consciousness. Think outside the box.

  • GarrettDenney

    Jeff, this was a great post. Just bumped into it on your “Top Posts of 2012″ post and clicked through – glad I did!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      awesome!

  • http://www.corynikkel.com/ Cory Nikkel

    Superb work, Jeff!

        What about visualizing yourself doing it? Taking the time to see yourself as a creative genius who has the ability to write words that catch the eyes of millions of readers–then make it happen by putting fingers to keys or pen to paper. We all have a story inside of us to tell!

  • Ycee

    I want to write but cant figure the topic

  • Rrattus10

    boring

  • Ziv363

    borig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carole Anne

    Am I too old?  I AM 70  iS IT TOO LATE?  I have forgotten so much, you know, proper english.  But I have a desire to write.

    • Mia

      Hey, Carole Anne, that is never to late to write! You can be 100, and still have  million best selling novels out. I think you would be a great writer! Write while you can!

    • MaiahGreene

      I don’t think anyone is too old to write if they want, not if they are forced to.

  • Mia

    Hey, Carole Anne, that is never to late to write! You can be 100, and still have  million best selling novels out. I think you would be a great writer! Write while you can!

  • haabra

    hello ron weasley

  • ruis2002

    I purchased the John Locke ebook through your link. It sounds intriguing. Are you familiar with Donna Kozik’s Book in a Weekend program? She also recommends writing a “short and powerful book”, and offers a free book writing planner to help writers get organized. I’ve never written anything more important than a term paper for my lit classes, but I’m thinking of starting small, maybe with a vegetarian cookbook for Kindle (I’ve been a vegetarian for many years now). It’s probably not as platform-building as a manifesto, but I don’t really know what my “platform” should be, so I think I’ll just write a cookbook, or a how to book, or both. To get these rusty writing joints lubed up at least. :)

  • WriterMummy

    What a great list of ideas! It’s difficult to make yourself heard in the noise of new writers and it’s great to look at things from a different angle.

  • HP van Duuren

    It’s my experience with print-on-demand that you can also prepare a special automatic Thank You Note for the readers that buy it, and that some readers actually write you their Readers Feedback by email,
    Something that can help with giving you new ideas for possible future
    Upgraded Versions or other projects.

  • SerinaLoraine

    I love the SWITCHFOOT quote found in your book “You Are A Writer: So Start ACTING Like One.” I’ve loved Switchfoot since I was a kid in middle school (I’m now 24, still a kid), so I immediately recognized the quote to be from their song “Hello Hurricane.” It’s great to see and recognize another Switchfoot lover out there! I definitely look forward to buying your book and taking your advice; I also aspire to publish my own book(s) one day.

  • SerinaLoraine

    Lol…okay correction: “Needle and a Haystack” atleast I got the album right!!!

  • MaiahGreene

    Thank you for that list! I am trying to write a book, but I don’t know if I am too young to? I am 12 years old? Do you think I should continue on my book and try to get it published or do I just stop completely, because I have this very great topic. I have only done the first page of the entire book. What should I do?

    • Elizabeth

      Your not to young to write I started writing at 11 so a website to start would probally be wattpad.

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  • Roxy

    I am 13 years old and I have some very good ideas to publish some sort of book. Be it online or not. It has a very deep plot that takes place directly after the thousand years of peace after the the battle of armageddon. I do not want to start out with a small-time poetry book, my writing/reading is at college level. My mother is writing a book, and I want to write a bookso I would have a little bit of money for me to go to medical school. What are my options in terms of what sort of book I want to write and how would I do it?

  • Gavin Brady

    @Roxy I am 12 yrs old and im trying to write a book because my mom wrote a book and I thought, hey, why not? Im in 7th grade pre ap English and reading so i can write better than a lot of people my age. My only idea is a kids twin is a genius and invents a device that allows him to go inside video games, but if in the game you die, you also die in real life. I hope its originally awesome!

  • Roxy

    Gandy, my mom is writing a book too. She said that she doesn’t want me to read it until she finishes, but it has to do with the differences between being born with insanity or being inherently evil. I read at the 12th grade-college level lexile, I read at my 18 year old brother’s reading level. I hope that you will finish and publish this book before college, that way you have money for college. Remember to have either your mom and/or your dad read it before you send it for publishing, because having an adult read it will create it so they can help detect plot-holes in the story. I have not created a name for this book, but it will be a three book series and I have the whole story written. I just need help deciding what the main character will do when he figures out about why he was in the human clan but has a very dangerous bloodline. He figures out about his family when a certain someone speaks to him and tries to manipulate him.

  • Jose

    Hello Jeff, Do you recommend any particular editors? It’s so hard to trust one that I have never used before. Thanks Jeff

  • A passionate writing teacher

    There are several reputable websites and publishers that young authors can submit to: Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off! matches young authors with young illustrators, and they received an award by the American Library Association. Stone Soup is a print magazine that has been around for a long time- they are excellent. Merlyn’s Pen is perfect for the teen-aged young author.

  • mafa omo

    I love this; thank you very much. now I can start my own book. God bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vitorruas

    Recently I was extremely low on money and debts were eating me from all sides! That was UNTIL I decided to make money.. on the internet. I went to surveymoneymaker dot net, and started filling in surveys for cash, and surely I’ve been far more able to pay my bills! I’m so glad, I did this!!! – gabi

  • Rajbir Dhadda

    I will start my book now

  • Deborah Dills

    All my friends tell me I should write a book about my life, and in particular, my recently (Jan. 20th 2014) finding out I was adopted-and never told about it, I am now 56 years old, and my birth mother was from Strasbourg, France, and I was born in Germany on a military base, with no father listed on my certificate. He was an American G.I, I also found out, Through DNA testing, I have found a first living cousin, who has told me his father and my birth mother weer brother and sister, but his dad changed his last name because he was in French Foreign Secret Service as a spy, and got out and became a naturalized u.S. citizen. My cousin also told me that the family was told by my birth mother that I had died of a disease, which really wasn’t questioned back then because children did die of diseases like small pox, measles, etc. When I called my cousin in CA, he knew immediately that I was the his relative, because my birth mother did say she had given birth to a baby girl. He also thinks it wasn’t her idea to say I had died, but her mother, the matriarch, French, a very religious Jew, who was old fashioned and embarrassed that her daughter got pregnant and not married.

    To add to my story, as no one can truly believe, my husband of 33 years walked out of our marriage and me in September 2013, with no notice to me at all, just left,and lives in a big rig truck. Only 4 months later, I was told by my brother, Dave that he was cleaning out our dad’s apartment and found my adoption papers, He called me late one night and told me to sit down, because he had something “very serious” to tell me-, and that I was adopted, Half of my adoption documents are in German and half in French with my given birth name changed by my adoptive parents through the French courts. All of this took place between 1957 and 1959. I now have my own naturalization document dated May 23, 1962, from Roanoke,VA , stating that that my former nationality was France, Talk about an identity crisis knowing all this so late in your life, I am having one.

    Let me know what you think about my story. After watching the movie : Philomena, it sounds so similar to her’s but my birth mother never came to look for me.At least the ending is my birth mother passed away while living in Israel, and think she is now watching over me.

    • Sophie Eliza

      Wow. Just wow. Your story is amazing, you should definitely write a book about it! Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction is up to you, but I would choose fiction. Not only do more people read fiction, so you would have a bigger target audience. It would leave room for imagination as well, so you could make it even more interesting- if that’s possible! I would definitely read that book, whatever you decide to do, so put pen to paper and start writing!

      • Deborah Dills

        Thank you so very much for your “pep” talk, and I am now writing whatever I can, with the title of my book called “My Journey, My Life”, The first chapter is called “Utterly Crushed” about my husband of 33 years walking out on me and our sons, and another chapter is called “The 50+ Year Secret” about my finding out I was adopted. Another chapter is called “My Teen Years-Let the Battle Begin” pertaining to my toxic relationship with my adoptive mother, who abused me, and I eventually had to leave and join the U.S. Navy in 1979, at age 22 years, to get away from her. Her second husband recently spoke to me a week ago, filling me in a lot of reasons why she acted towards me the way she did, Also in my book, I want to discuss the fact that my two sons, with my husband and me, had significant problems growing up, and still suffer from, things like -learning difficulties, behavioral problems, ADD/ADHD, but my youngest son, age 23, suffers from major depressive disorder, social anxiety disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, and recently went into a mental hospital, and is on disability now. He is being referred through his psychiatrist, who is giving him medications to stabilize his moods, to go to a major university in Seattle for genetic testing because he thinks he suffers from a genetic mutation called “fragile X syndrome. In fact, both sons will be tested, because they both have had similar traits all their lives.

        Because I was not only in the U.S. Navy for 10 years myself, I was a Navy wife for over 20+ years, with my husband retiring as a Lt. CDR, and feel that my training of being alone for so many years while he was out to sea , has given me not only the upper edge on many women who have been suddenly left, but the gumption and strength to deal with what life has thrown me -especially during the past 10 months, All I can say is I don’t have to make anything up in my book, because I live it every day. I’m not a religious person either, but feel that someone or something is guiding me and my sons towards a new life, a calmer life now.

        Thank you again for all your support:-)

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