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Best Practice Makes Perfect

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I've written this book, see. It's about a little girl and her mole man buddies (and other friends) and the evil elves who threaten her and kidnap her parents, whom they then try to rescue. I sent letters of inquiry to a couple of agents, and one of them has responded asking to see the first 50 pages. I would of course have preferred she request the whole book, but this is progress!

Once I find someone to represent me, they have to then try to find a publisher, and then there's an involved process of getting it into print. And I am impatient.

And by the way, my wife just had an article accepted by Fine Gardening magazine. Yeah team!

Andre Guirard | 25 April 2008 08:38:11 AM ET | Home, Plymouth, MN, USA | Comments (7)


1) My novel moves one step closer to reality...
Travis Retzlaff | 4/25/2008 2:35:40 PM

Very cool, best of luck to you.

In my fantasy reality I'd love to be a writer myself and have longer term goals of putting real effort into that desire. It's encouraging to get insight into the process from someone going through the process themselves.

2) My novel moves one step closer to reality...
Karl-Henry Martinsson | 4/25/2008 3:08:36 PM

Cool, I hope they like it and that you get published!

I have a fantasy myself about writing a book some day. Have some ideas, but not a full story...

3) My novel moves one step closer to reality...
Carl Tyler | 4/25/2008 4:16:13 PM

Have you considered trying to do it by yourself with ?

4) My novel moves one step closer to reality...
Andre Guirard | 4/25/2008 7:08:46 PM

Carl, I have considered self-publishing via Lulu or similar, but I'd prefer a regular publisher because I don't want to have to do all the work of selling it myself, and because it has a wider potential exposure thru libraries, etc -- I've never seen a Lulu book in a library, have you?

Karl-Henry & Travis, if you want to write, write! The story probably won't come together in your head unless you try to make it come together on paper, and you need to get the practice in...

5) My novel moves one step closer to reality...
Carl Tyler | 4/26/2008 11:23:26 AM

@4 To be honest I have no idea if I have seen a lulu book in a library, how could I tell? I think one of the options for Lulu is getting an ISBN number, that gets it into the that library in Washington right :-)

6) Andre, check this out...
Mael | 4/26/2008 2:19:59 PM

... first of all, best luck with your book

Coffee House Press -{ Link } - is a nonprofit literary publisher that has had great success. Lately with Firmin -{ Link } - a great book which has become a best seller in Europe.

Hope this helps and best of lucks.


7) My novel moves one step closer to reality...
I can’t wait to read it.. | 4/28/2008 8:31:18 AM

I hope you will get published. Sounds interesting. Is it a "Young Adult" book.?

8) My novel moves one step closer to reality...
Erik Brooks | 4/29/2008 7:51:43 AM

I personally enjoy music performance more than computing technology (though I do love I.T.) I chose the latter as a career since it allows me to better pay for the *other* things I love (cars, travel, etc.) I figured I can always tackle music on the side.

A client of mine is a brilliant, charismatic individual who administers projects for a market research company. He cautiously approached me to have a listen to a CD he wrote of children's songs. It was *brilliant*, and I encouraged him to try to publish them and put them online.

He's sold quite a few now and, more importantly, is thrilled that his hobby is taking off.

I'm curious, Andre -- is writing something you enjoy more than coding?

Best of luck in any case!

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