How hard would it be to publish a story into a book?

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July 16, 2019 / By Darina
Question: I actually don't really have a story to publish at the moment but I was just wondering. For a few years my friends have been encouraging me to write my own story, preferably a fantasy book and I never really had the time. I sometimes do write short stories (15 or 20 chapters) just for fun, nothing really serious and my friends and family who have read them tell me I am an excellent writer. I've even have shown one of my teachers and they said the same. But now I really want to write one, if I was going to I would want to publish it. But I'm only 15. Do I have to wait until I'm a certain age?
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Bliss Bliss | 4 days ago
The harsh truth is that publishers and agents are far more strict than teachers, so you will really have to work hard to make them sit up and take notice of you. Don't let that put you off though! Just remember that it is very hard to get a book published. Now one of the users above said that you have to be 18 to sign the contract so you'll have to publish it under your parents name, and that's not true... You can sign the contract yourself, but your parents also have to sign some papers. The book will still be in your name. I would finish your book and forget about publishing for now, and then once its finished look into finding an agent (Hardly any publishers accept books directly off first-time authors unless they have been recommended by an agent). Get working on your book and make it as good as you can. It may be several years before you've finished, and once everything is done have a go at publishing. Like I said before, make sure you do your research so you know what to avoid. Buying some books on writing a good story will do you some good as well, such as "How Not to Write a Novel", and there is also "On Writing" by Stephen King. Good luck!
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Bliss Originally Answered: Why was the book Animal Farm so hard to publish?
Probably because each of the characters could be referred to as a historical character, most likely something against communism. Yeah check it from wiki: During World War II it became apparent to Orwell that anti-Soviet literature was not something which most major publishing houses would touch — including his regular publisher Gollancz. He also submitted the manuscript to Faber and Faber, where the poet T. S. Eliot (who was a director of the firm) also rejected it; Eliot wrote back to Orwell praising its "good writing" and "fundamental integrity" but declaring that they would only accept it for publication if they had some sympathy for the viewpoint "which I take to be generally Trotskyite". Eliot said he found the view "not convincing", and contended that the pigs were made out to be the best to run the farm; he posited that someone might argue "what was needed .. was not more communism but more public-spirited pigs".[14][15] One publisher he sought during the war, who had initially accepted Animal Farm, subsequently rejected his book after an official at the British Ministry of Information warned him off[16] — although the civil servant who it is assumed gave the order was later found to be a Soviet spy.[17] The publisher then wrote to Orwell, saying:[16] If the fable were addressed generally to dictators and dictatorships at large then publication would be all right, but the fable does follow, as I see now, so completely the progress of the Russian Soviets and their two dictators [Lenin and Stalin], that it can apply only to Russia, to the exclusion of the other dictatorships. Another thing: it would be less offensive if the predominant caste in the fable were not pigs. I think the choice of pigs as the ruling caste will no doubt give offence to many people, and particularly to anyone who is a bit touchy, as undoubtedly the Russians are.

Airlia Airlia
age doesn't matter to write and publish a story. The things that matter is how well you can write a story, if your story is really good then you can write and publish it. If it becomes famous then you may rewarded for the work you have done in that small age..
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Tracey Tracey
1 in 1000 planned books is finished. 1 in 1000 finished books is sold to a commercial publisher. So, right now? You have one chance in a million. If you're that good a writer, though, maybe you'll be the one. But you'll never be if you don't sit down and write the book. There are no agegroups in publishing. You have to be as good as the best adults.
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Red Red
You can publish at 15, but you have a lot to learn between now and then. Here's some help.
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Mattie Mattie
You can self-publish at any age, just be sure you have your parent's consent if you want them to pay for it.
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Mattie Originally Answered: Want to publish a childrens book story?
I know this isn't what you want to hear, but unfortunately the odds are heavily stacked against you. You have chosen the most difficult thing in the publishing business - getting a children's book published. Let me describe for you the current nature of the children's book market. I just finished ghostwriting five children's books for a very major sports figure - already sold to a very major NY publisher. The first is due out in Spring. I am currently working on my 7th one for him with others to follow. This information was given to me by a Senior Editor at the publisher I write for (one of the top 2 publishers in the country) ... This is how the children's market breaks down. 40% of children's books published today are by celebs like Madonna, Jamie Lee Curtis etc. Celebs can get anything they want published. Their names sell. 40% are written by existing, established children's authors like Eric Carle. 15-20% are reprints of children's classics like Curious George. That leaves at best 5% for new authors. And that percentage is being cut into by adult authors like Carl Hiaasen and Mary Higgins Clark entering the childrens' market recently. To that, add the fact that most of the large publishing companies are backlogged with children's books they have under contract but havent gotten out yet. It takes about a year for a children's book to make it out. It usually takes an artist about a month a page to illustrate. So most publishers have their production schedules for children's books filled out for the next few years. As a result, most A list publishers aren't even reading childrens' books right now, which means agents arent either. Agents only read what they can sell. There is very little room to break into the children's market. Only books that are extremely exceptional and have huge appeal stand a chance. Forget any holiday related books - the selling season is too short to make money. Take a walk through any major childrens' book department and you will confirm what I am telling you. Getting a childrens' book done is almost impossible - and getting an advance for it is virtually out of the question anymore. Unless you fall into one of those categories above. I am fortunate to have the backing of a very major sports star to get me in the door with kids books. I write adult novels, but believe me I have tried with kids books before and failed for exactly the reasons I list here. Ghostwriting has gotten me in through the back door, and now I will be able to sell some of the children's books that have my name on them. For now, someone else's name is on the cover. Someone whose name sells books - big time. Don't ask me how you can get a ghostwriting deal for a major sports star ... I really backed into this. It was a gift from Heaven really and it is a blast working with this person too!!! My mantle is now covered with sports memorabilia worth a fortune!! I love presents. It has also led to 3 other ghostwriting jobs. That is the nature of the beast. You might get a copy of Writers Market and search for some small publishers who are reading childrens' books, but searching through the agents section, you will see that almost NO agents are reading childrens' books. Try for some small publishers that read without going through an agent. Expect a lot of rejection. Develop a really thick skin and learn to advocate for yourself. There is one shot you have. As you are searching through that book department, look for something that isn't there. Research. Some kind of a topic nobody has written about. It would be something that teaches a lesson to kids in a fictional way, but that hasn't been done before. Believe me - there are topics. I found one recently. I did a teleconference with the publisher I work with and he was thrilled. He wants te book yesterday. No such book exists. If you can find a topic nobody has covered before and write an exceptional book. you have a shot. Jamie Lee Curtis has been very successful with that. Always remember that before you send anything to anyone, check them out. Preditors and Editors, Absolute Write Water Cooler's Bewares and Background Checks, Writers and Writers Wall are all great sources and totally free - although if they help you, it is nice to contribute a donation. Someone has to pay for running the sites. If you do not see information on the publisher or agent in question, write to Dave K at Preditors and Editors, Victoria Strauss or James Macdonald at Absolute Write or Angela Hoy at Writers Weekly. They are happy to pass along any info they have to help you. As for self publishing it with someplace like Lulu - it will get you nowhere. Self published books dont make it to bookstores. It is a financial black hole to self publish. I recently read about a woman who refinanced her house and spent over 70 thousand dollars publishing and promoting her children's book. She has recouped less than 10% of her money and is in danger of losing her home. Childrens' books are impulse buys. What is out on the tables for kids to see is what sells. Kids don't shop at websites for things like books. They have to hold them in their hand and nag Mom to buy it. The only way to achieve that is through a good traditional publisher. Self publishing will do nothing for you but take money. I have starred a lot of great Q and A regarding writing on my profile. You can access it and print out the pages. Start a notebook you can refer to. There s a lot of good information here and I add more as I see good ones. I am doing it to help others. Feel free to use it. Add me as a fan and get the regular updates. Keep writing. Remember you have to need to grow a hide as thick as a herd of elephants. There will be rejection letters. That is inevitable. But you are only 12. Gone With the Wind was rejected 50 times. Never forget that. Just keep writing. Be exceptional!! Good luck. Pax-C

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