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Self published my book

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dlsafrica    5

So I was wondering whether or not to talk here about this, and I figured why not?

I spent seven months writing my book and yesterday secured my fourth sale. I know it's not much, but it's something I have actually created that people want -- and since I haven't been employed since 1998 (except for selected one day jobs), this gives me a sense of accomplishment. I have always been best at writing - but who would have thought that my most successful writings would be in the form of biographies? I left a HUGE biography project half finished after three and a half years before. Maybe I should try to finish it.

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ELLIE52    47

That's wonderful.  Biography is considered the highest form of writing so we were told in literature class. So is this an eBook or what?

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dlsafrica    5

I put an early edit of it online -- people  can just read it -- but the completed book was only finished 6 June, and it went to printers that day --- I neeed to correct one paragraph but I only print five copies at once so it's easy to ---- I got my fourth sale this week; post it off today - yesterday I posted one to England

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Toddy    10

How are you printing only 5 copies at a time? What service are you using?

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dlsafrica    5

I go to a print place a few hundred meters from my house. They print whatever - documents, flyers, books etc... and I'm on a serious budget because I have a fixed disability income.

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dlb    56

I recently had my autobiography published too.  I've been hesitant to connect a link here.  Soul Uncharred-my autobiography.  Any questions lemme know.

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Firefly 35    7

That's so cool.  Writing is a cool hobby since it's one of the few where you can actually make money off of it.  

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Bettypooh    920

My sister finally got her book published but it took her several years to find a publisher who would do it at no cost to her and who had good sales connections so it would get out into the world and be seen. Unfortunately she did not take some of the advice offered by the publisher and other successful writers so her book isn't selling well when it could have. She did it more to give herself some closure with a bad part of her life than to try to make money from it, so that much has been a success for her. And sales may pick up later on.

I once wrote fairly well and had some of my work nationally published where it was well received. I had tons of stories that disappeared with a couple of hard drive failures. When my clinical depression almost took me over the edge and I began getting help for that, something went away in me and I just couldn't write like I used to now. A big part of that is in my typing which once flowed nearly error-free, but now is so bad that I can't write a sentence without several mistakes which makes writing such a hassle that it's no fun anymore. And along with all that my memory went sour and I cant remember the important details which made my stories even when I try to write them within a day. I've gotten over the disappointment of my loss but that was a long time in the doing. It still hurts though for there was nothing more enjoyable for me than writing- it was what I was meant to do in this life- and now it's gone forever.

Bettypooh

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Firefly 35    7
9 hours ago, Bettypooh said:

My sister finally got her book published but it took her several years to find a publisher who would do it at no cost to her and who had good sales connections so it would get out into the world and be seen. Unfortunately she did not take some of the advice offered by the publisher and other successful writers so her book isn't selling well when it could have. She did it more to give herself some closure with a bad part of her life than to try to make money from it, so that much has been a success for her. And sales may pick up later on.

I once wrote fairly well and had some of my work nationally published where it was well received. I had tons of stories that disappeared with a couple of hard drive failures. When my clinical depression almost took me over the edge and I began getting help for that, something went away in me and I just couldn't write like I used to now. A big part of that is in my typing which once flowed nearly error-free, but now is so bad that I can't write a sentence without several mistakes which makes writing such a hassle that it's no fun anymore. And along with all that my memory went sour and I cant remember the important details which made my stories even when I try to write them within a day. I've gotten over the disappointment of my loss but that was a long time in the doing. It still hurts though for there was nothing more enjoyable for me than writing- it was what I was meant to do in this life- and now it's gone forever.

Bettypooh

Not necessarily.  To remember an awsome idea, record it with a voice recorder or take a picture of it.  Most phones already have both already built in.  And to protect your stories from a hard drive crash, I'd back them up to a flash drive.  They have ones that go all the way up to 128 gigabytes now (I actually have one of those myself).  So there's definitely things you can do, and honestly in my opinion if you write stories as well as you wrote that post, you are on your way to being an awsome writer.  

Just let me know if there's anything else I can help shed some light on (pun intended).

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Bettypooh    920

Good suggestions but that can't bring back what I've lost so long ago. As to my previous post, that took me about 10 minutes to write and correct where back when I was more 'normal' (I hate that word!) it would have taken less than a minute. Of which there is no fix :crybaby: Something went wrong between my brain and my fingers and my once-good typing went to pieces. My therapist said things like this sometimes happen if the trauma is deep enough and nothing she suggested was able to help. The words are still in me but it's too exasperating to try to wrote them so now I just keep things short enough for me to deal with.

Bettypooh

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Firefly 35    7
8 hours ago, Bettypooh said:

Good suggestions but that can't bring back what I've lost so long ago. As to my previous post, that took me about 10 minutes to write and correct where back when I was more 'normal' (I hate that word!) it would have taken less than a minute. Of which there is no fix :crybaby: Something went wrong between my brain and my fingers and my once-good typing went to pieces. My therapist said things like this sometimes happen if the trauma is deep enough and nothing she suggested was able to help. The words are still in me but it's too exasperating to try to wrote them so now I just keep things short enough for me to deal with.

Bettypooh

Well there's no such thing as normal, since it's relative to the person defining it.  Also, if typing is difficult, have you thought about publishing your stories as a podcast?

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