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devplus
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Sorry if this is the wrong forum, I didn't know which one this was suited to. I have a idea for a book, but don't have a clue of where to take it- it is simply that, and idea. I know what I want it to be about, but don't know anything at all about writing, publishing financing etc.
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There are lots of options for doing this. Here's what I would suggest first, write the book. If you just have an idea you have several options. What you need to do is figure out what your style of writing is. Do you work best just writing the story and discovering how it goes? Or do you need outlines and such first? Figure that out and write a first draft. Go back and re-read the entire thing and then write a second draft. Remember that revisions should always make the book about 10-15% shorter than the original. As far as publishing and the rest of that goes don't worry about it until you actually have a product to sell. When you do get to that stage pick up a copy of the Writer's Market, they cost about thirty bucks at any normal book store. They have publishing companies and agents that work per genre/style. PM if you have any more questions.
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Step 1: Make sure you have something new to say. If you're not sure, do your research. The last thing the magic market needs is another book of recycled material.

Step 2: Know how to write. If you don't, you'll need to befriend or pay somebody who can translate your thoughts into intelligible prose.

Step 3: Write it.

Step 4: Repeat Step 1, this time involving others who may know more about your subject matter than you do. With the Internet as a tool, you can actually receive valuable critiques from top members of the field who specialize in the type of magic you perform; but since their time is limited, please use this resource with respect.

Step 5: Consider submitting your ideas to magic periodicals. This is a great way to build your reputation and credibility while laying claim to your hopefully unique contributions to the art.

On the other hand, if you think you may want to make a dollar or two from your creations, you will need to investigate its basic profit potential: weigh its cost of production and distribution versus a reasonable profit margin, and decide whether the resultant booklet can be sold at a price that the magic-purchasing public would be willing to pay.

Let me save you some time: you're not going to get rich on a magic manuscript. Nobody ever does.

With that caveat, you might be able to make a small profit. Go ahead and investigate the cost of printing inexpensive bound manuscripts via your local printer, and selling them (1) yourself, (2) through hand-selected dealers, or (3) through a major distributor. Each of these choices will net you progressively lower financial returns coupled with progressively wider distribution.

Another option (4) is printing your publication through a service such as Cafépress.com, which will print and bind your booklet on demand, and selling it yourself online; while this will save you upfront printing costs and result in a good-looking booklet, your profit margin may be quite small and your distribution very limited (so in some ways, it may be the worst of both worlds).

There is also the option (5) of using the e-book format. This will save you the costs of printing, but will prevent you from using offline dealers and distributors. It will also expose you to a greater risk of pirating.

Step 6: After all this, you may determine that the costs of publication and distribution outweigh the work of putting together a booklet. If that's the case, again consider the magazine route. It was good enough for Annemann, Baker, Curry, and others; it just might be good enough for you.

If I can be of any further assistance, drop me a note.

Best of luck,
Neil
Creator of The Xpert (20 PAGES of reviews!) and the Hands-Off Multiple ESP System ("Quality and design far exceed any ESP cards on the market"-Genii), both at Penguin.
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