Anyone attempt to write a book?

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Re: Anyone attempt to write a book?

Postby RYP » Mon May 15, 2017 2:44 pm

Self publishing is always an option, but you would have to build in a pretty aggressive marketing campaign. Most people don't want to be an author that badly.
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Re: Anyone attempt to write a book?

Postby soren » Fri May 19, 2017 4:32 am

Darcy wrote:The rejection letters are starting to come in now!

So what makes one able to brag in bars......"I'm a writer"???

a. having written a book
b. being published
c. having received a certain amount of rejection letters?


d. Selling poetry by the sheet on street corners and/or internet ad copy

e. Paid per post on internet bulletin boards. I had a ton of Netpond points when they went under. Before bitcoin caught on, it was a digital currency that *almost* worked in the Red Light district of Amsterdam, or I am *almost* more charismatic in real life than I am on the 'net.
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Re: Anyone attempt to write a book?

Postby Ozymandias » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:05 am

I wrote a book on my July 2007 road trip from London to Liberia in a 1974 Land Rover Series III. Mainly did it to keep an account of the journey for later in life. I tried shopping it around to a few publishers in 2008 but never got anywhere, which was a shame as it was a great journey (especially the Senegal to Sierra Leone bit)! In the end the only thing that got published about it was a few articles for specialist Land Rover magazines and this piece on Polo's Bastards: http://polosbastards.com/west-africa-monrovia-or-bust/

I have had a few travel guides published by Bradt (Angola and Equatorial Guinea) but that process is a little simpler than writing your own fiction / non-fiction book. I'm hoping to write the Bradt Guide to Guinea-Bissau next year, assuming the government is onboard.

I am currently putting the finishing touches on a book about my June 2016 kayak expedition down Angola's longest river (the Kwanza - 1300km). Again, have no idea if a publisher will pick it up but it was such an epic journey it would be a shame not to share it. Also, our documentary on the trip and my talk at RGS in London got a fair bit of attention, so I'm hoping that might drive book sales. We'll have to see! You will all be the first to hear about it if I do get a publishing deal!
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