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Turning your stories into published treasures.

Tell your stories even when you can't be there in person, even when you pass into storyland and beyond by getting them illustrated and published.

Website: http://publishedstories
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Latest Activity: Apr 12, 2013

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How about self publishing?

Started by Roger Jenkins Feb 17, 2012.

"A World of Storytelling" Radio Station

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Aug 18, 2011.

I am interested in publishing 4 Replies

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy. Last reply by Mylinda Butterworth Aug 19, 2008.

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Comment by Laura Kaighn on August 31, 2010 at 12:47pm
A fascinating subject. I'd like to know more, as I have many stories of original creation, some collected into an anthology and a series of novels...
Comment by Patsy Allan on August 2, 2010 at 12:32pm
I have just started writing picture books for the under fives and use them with my programs, haven't tried to get them published yet and I would also like to write some of stories of the flood when I was 11
Comment by Cheryl Greenfield on February 9, 2010 at 4:03pm
What I am doing is writing children's stories and rewriting with the idea in mind of publication. Learning to tell the story orally is totally different as a process as I am discovering, now. Had an editor of Highlights who I happened to meet when walking my dog kindly agree to take her valuable time and read my manuscript and gave me over an hour of wonderful advice usually reserved for paying authors. She encouraged me to submit to HIGHLIGHTS in a contest. The time to self-edit and rewrite lost something and I was not surprised to find I did not win... However, the story is a good one which can still be "tweeked" and I'm hoping to do that. Contests are a good way to break into writing for publication according to this editor so that is what I'm trying to do, as well.
Comment by Carolyn Stearns on December 11, 2009 at 9:14pm
My project is in the works. Part of me wants to submit the manuscript to a publisher or two in hopes. But I hear thats about a 2 year process and I really would like to have product in hand sooner. Then I heard about Create Space by Amazon, a publishing entity they have that lets you self publish and choose how many copies you want at a time. Changes in printing technique I am sure is the factor that make print as you go possible. Could my Christmas story be out for next Christmas Hmmm? I wonder? I wrote it 2 years ago into storytellers outline of words. Never in sentences. I told it, then put it away. Didnt touch it last year. Then this year in the fall I began reworking it. Tightening up the research, reading a lot more on the subject and places and finally last week went on a field trip to see some of the sites in the story. Now it pours onto the pages. My difficulty is finding that quiet time to write. Loved the snow day Wed. I got lots of pages done! A few will be done tonight and if lucky a few tommorow night I want to finish it over the weekend if I can, I will tell it twice next week and then do revisions after the tellings with the new material. Then........?
Comment by Glenda Bonin on August 25, 2008 at 10:31am
I'm glad to see this group has been added to the site.

I have found that being published is an important component to add to a storyteller's list of accomplishments. I am often asked if I have a book, and I hate to say "not yet." Guess its time for me to pay attention, get off my duff and start to make plans to get a printed project out of my head and into the hands of my customers.
Comment by David S. Sharp on August 22, 2008 at 11:52am
In my previous carreer I was an Illustrator and animator, sometimes graphic artist that the times have passed by. (No longer cutting edge in many ways) I've done most of the cover work for the music and storytelling albums my wife and I produce for our Mom and Pop label the old fashioned way by drawing first then modifying it with photoshop or some other program. I've been working on a storybook of our stories from our latest CD and planning to self publish. I'm not expecting a lot of distribution, but hoping to learn how to do it myself in a limited way.

Dave - Glastonbury duo
Comment by Mylinda Butterworth on August 18, 2008 at 7:21pm
Writing is not the same as telling. Too often people write the way they speak and it is does not read well. So you must have a great editor who knows how to take your spoken word and turn it into something readable.

The best way to start is by having someone take your recorded story and transcribe it. Once you read what is written you will begin to see what I mean by the spoken word being different. You will begin to see where as tellers we leave a lot of the verbosity (is that a word) out when we tell, but when we read we need all those descriptive words to replace what is seen and heard. This is a great lesson in learning the difference between orality and the written word.

I suggest that this as good assignment for anyone looking to publish their stories. Begin with a short story and put it through the told to written process and tell me how it works for you.

I will be rooting for each of you!

Always a tale to tell or write,
MyLinda Butterworth
 

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