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01-12-2012, 06:16 PM
Research for my book
I recently decided to write a book. Yes I did that many times before. But the times before were all made up stories and I had to accept that I am not a good fiction author.
But I am a pretty good writer when it comes to real stuff, things that really happen or happened. Right now I am writing for a living and my clients are very happy with me. Feedback I get from my clients is usually that my style is very good and the articles are well researched, etc. Basically this was the last thing I needed. I needed feedback from someone who can very well just decide to not hire me again. I needed to hear from a person that is not my friend and not dependend on me, that my writing is good. And that is what I got several times now, so I would like to give it a try.


The book will be about me leaving Christianity and later on leaving witchcraft.
A few things will of course be included:
- How did I leave
- Reasons that made me leave
- Some background on my live to explain connections etc

I do not want to give Christianity a big focus as it was not a big part of my live really.
I would rather focus on witchcraft, as this is what was in me for the majority of my live.

But I am not sure what someone would like to know specifically.
You guys are a bunch of international thinkers and that is why I chose to ask you guys:
>> What are things that you would expect to learn from a book like that? Are there any specific points that you always wanted to know?
Somewhere in this forum someone asked why witches keep doing their rituals if they never work... Things like that or more specific things?

(Yes, I will write the book in English. Yes, I will mention this forum and probably some members but under alias names.)

Please let me know, I'd appreciate any input.

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01-12-2012, 06:52 PM (This post was last modified: 01-12-2012 06:59 PM by ghostexorcist.)
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I had a friend in high school who dabbled in Wicca. His parents were free-spirited high school art teachers. I never knew what religious views they held, but they didn't really have a problem with their son taking the path that he did. I personally think he did it to rebel against the Christian establishment (we were living in the deep south). This leads me to some obvious questions: What drew you to Wicca in the first place? Did you come to it wholeheartedly, or did you do it in order to rebel like my friend? Who introduced you to the religion? Did you ever have any "personal experiences" akin to those that practitioners of the more mainstream religions experience? If so, did this influence you to stay in the religion as long as you did? Did you know any other people (perhaps in your own coven) that left for atheism?
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02-12-2012, 02:09 AM (This post was last modified: 02-12-2012 02:12 AM by Mark Fulton.)
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(01-12-2012 06:16 PM)Leela Wrote:  I recently decided to write a book. Yes I did that many times before. But the times before were all made up stories and I had to accept that I am not a good fiction author.
But I am a pretty good writer when it comes to real stuff, things that really happen or happened. Right now I am writing for a living and my clients are very happy with me. Feedback I get from my clients is usually that my style is very good and the articles are well researched, etc. Basically this was the last thing I needed. I needed feedback from someone who can very well just decide to not hire me again. I needed to hear from a person that is not my friend and not dependend on me, that my writing is good. And that is what I got several times now, so I would like to give it a try.


The book will be about me leaving Christianity and later on leaving witchcraft.
A few things will of course be included:
- How did I leave
- Reasons that made me leave
- Some background on my live to explain connections etc

I do not want to give Christianity a big focus as it was not a big part of my live really.
I would rather focus on witchcraft, as this is what was in me for the majority of my live.

But I am not sure what someone would like to know specifically.
You guys are a bunch of international thinkers and that is why I chose to ask you guys:
>> What are things that you would expect to learn from a book like that? Are there any specific points that you always wanted to know?
Somewhere in this forum someone asked why witches keep doing their rituals if they never work... Things like that or more specific things?

(Yes, I will write the book in English. Yes, I will mention this forum and probably some members but under alias names.)

Please let me know, I'd appreciate any input.
Hi Leela, I've just spent 7 years in my spare time researching and then writing a book on the history of Christianity.

If you are going to write YOUR story, then it won't be as massive an undertaking as what I've tried to do, but perhaps

if I share my experience with you you will learn something.

There's millions of books out there. If you want to sell yours, you have to be unique. So you need to know what's out there, and write something completely different. Do your research first. Know who your market is.

Realize that you may write a fabulous book, but it won't necessarily sell. (I'm not suggesting mine is fabulous, or that it won't sell). You need to find out about marketing, websites, self publishing etc etc. You are going to need to spend thousands of dollars to do it properly. That's tiring and very daunting.

As a first time author, it's a long and lonely road. You will be plagued by self doubt. You will ask friends for help, and most won't oblige LOL. Your writing will probably compromise your interpersonal relationships...unless you're very careful.

Your first 20 drafts will be crap, and it'll take you a while to realize it. You will likely spend months trying to reduce your wordiness, and it will still be too wordy.Your final draft may be crap too....it's hard to know after after you've lived with your own words for so long, and , as you know, it's hard to get frank opinions from people

Some people will delight in putting you down, and rubbishing what you have to say. What may be worse is that most people will just ignore you.

Everyone is so busy...and there is so much information out there. You will be just another name in a list of thousands.

You will make what you think are fantastic observations, yet if you don't put them on paper properly, they'll have no impact.

There is an easy alternative...just don't do it LOL. There are lots of other, easier ways to find meaning and happiness.

IF you do start it, I will help you by doing some editing, and being honest with you. I'm not pretending I'm William Shakespeare, but I have some idea, and I'll do it for free. Regards, Mark
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02-12-2012, 05:19 AM
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ghost exorcist: Those things will basically be told when I talk about all the religios background. But I didn't even think about the rebelling, probably I will say something about that, too.

@ Mark, Thanks for the feedback!! This does really help. I am not sure I need to spend thousands of dollars but I am currently doing research on most of the topics you mentioned.
I already have a proofreader who is very honest with me. That is my husband. He will never say that something is good just because I am the wife. But I would love to have more feedback, so I will probably come back to you.

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03-12-2012, 12:18 AM
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(02-12-2012 05:19 AM)Leela Wrote:  ghost exorcist: Those things will basically be told when I talk about all the religios background. But I didn't even think about the rebelling, probably I will say something about that, too.

@ Mark, Thanks for the feedback!! This does really help. I am not sure I need to spend thousands of dollars but I am currently doing research on most of the topics you mentioned.
I already have a proofreader who is very honest with me. That is my husband. He will never say that something is good just because I am the wife. But I would love to have more feedback, so I will probably come back to you.
I agree with what Mark has to say.
I had a book Who is this God published in 2007 by Zeus Publishing Qld Australia and made a very bad choice.
Many publishers don't care all that much about new writers and are more concerned getting up front fees.
Publishers will slug you for a lot of things, such as type of paper, print set ups, editing (mine did an awful job)links to major book distributors, literary assesements,promotions, internet links etc etc.
You also need to be careful regarding intellectual property rights. After my contract expired I found my book still being sold on line and this was very annoying.
Self publishing is one option if you are really confident about your work. You can get ,say 30 copies bound and printed, take them to an open market or sell them from the boot of your car and hope a big publisher picks it up.
I have a new almost finished book here on ice and am carefully looking at the best market .I'm in no hurry.
Good luck with yours.
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03-12-2012, 10:20 AM
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Hey thanks Mr Woof.
Yes, I am thinking about self publishing. A friend who did this, too, offered me some help. Basically he did it via Amazon and he also printed a few copies. I am taking all the help and input I can get. And I try to learn for them mistakes other's made.
And just like you, I am in no hurry, with the publishing Smile
Btw, a few years ago, when I started researching, I got the tip A LOT that a publisher who wants money from you (for whatever reason) is not good for your career as a writer. If you are serious you try to get in touch with a big, well-known publisher. Of course that will take longer, because more people chose those, along being processed with your book can take two to three years. Then it will be proof read and you go over it and it will be checked again, then they approve, and then they start selling it. Only the big publishers can afford that.
And for the intellectual property I think that what I will do is, every draft I write, I will print it out and then send it to myself via mail. The envelope will remain unopened until someone tries to steal my book and I need this to prove that this is mine, and has been from the beginning.

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