“I Want to Write a Book”

Article Title: I Want to Write a Book!
Submitted by: Craig Lock

Category (key words): “I Want to Write a Book”, Writing, Writing a book, Creative Writing, Publishing Course, Book Publishing, E-books, Creative Writing CourseWriting Hints/Tips (enough there for now, craig!)



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“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

(AND GET PUBLISHED extracted from Online Creative Writing Course)

This short extract is from my booklet ‘How to Write a Book and Get Published’ and was written for the “off-line” world of publishing many “moons” ago (well before the new age of immediate and easy online publishing). No matter! Although it’s a very brief look at this vast subject, I hope these pointers may be helpful to aspiring* or perhaps other “non-techno” authors, like ‘yours truly’.

* What’s the definition of an aspiring author?
A waiter!

(to roars of laughter from family and friends)

Me write a book! What!!! A “pipedream” or perhaps a possibility?

A introductory words…

Writing a book may seem extremely daunting …and perhaps even impossible to you, as I felt when I started out writing (like flying to the moon); but if you believe you have some writing talent just DO IT. As with eating an elephant (“hephelump”), break it into “small chunks”. No only joking! Please treat all animals with great care. My point simply:
The key is taking that FIRST STEP in writing that first sentence…then one just gets involved in your “work of art”, as writing becomes a daily habit. One word
simply flows into the next…then one chapter just leads on to the next one.
Nothing is impossible, but the hardest part is getting
an acceptance from a publisher. Hope these tips may
be helpful in submitting your manuscript (hardcopy)…

* put in an approximate word count (I don’t do it “naughty, lazy boy”!). Send your manuscript together, so it arrives on the editor’s desk as one.
Don’t send in sections (after writing or checking). Bits and pieces are then more likely to be mislaid (sounds disgusting!).

And it happens quite often – misplaced (better word) by
publishers, I mean. If you do your work on a word processor using a computer disc (I do), also send the work on paper. That is the non-technical term for “software”. Not tissue paper please!

NB: Keep a COPY of everything.

All mail should have a return address. Always send a covering letter with your manuscript. Multiple submissions are OK, but always remember to withdraw an offer, if publication is accepted by another publisher. Write immediately to them.

I find multiple submissions save a lot in finding a publisher, as publishers are often extremely tardy in replying to unsolicitated* (big word) submissions.

* that’s not standing on unlit street corners at night looking for a publisher for your manuscript!

Finally, always try to give your work a ‘real professional’ look, as befits the effort put into your work of art.

Then PERSIST and

Try different publishers and don’t be afraid of rejection.

Look at this….

The following are actual rejection notices received for these famous and incredibly successful books..

# “It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.”
The book: ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell

# “The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling, which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.”

The book: ‘The Diary of Ann Frank’

# “It does not seem to us that you have been wholly succesful in working out an admittedly promising idea.”

The book: ‘Lord of the Flies’ by Wiliam Golding

# “For your own good, do not publish this book.”

The book: ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ by DH Lawrence

# “A long dull novel about an artist.”
The book: ‘Lust for Life’ by Irving Stone

THE CRYSTAL BALL CRACKED for those authors. Some hope for you and I then too!

So as the Nike ad says,

Just DO IT

Then hopefully one day I’ll see your name in print or on the www.


Good luck* and happy writing

Craig Lock (Eagle Productions Books)

* Wasn’t that once defined as where ‘preparedness meets opportunity’

As the ancient Chinese proverb said so wisely…
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with …
a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.”

About the author:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make some small difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html 
www.lulu.com/craiglock + www.webng.com/writernz

Let us help you publish your book for an unbelievably low fee! Click on http://www.creativekiwis.com

Enjoy some of my favourite quotes…

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
– Colette

“He who cherises a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.
Dream lofty
dreams and as you dream so shall you become.”
– James Allen

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your
ultimate accomplishments.”
– Napoleon Hill

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Together, one mind at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow. ”
– Langston Hughes


About craig lock

ABOUT c the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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