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Updated on October 20, 2016
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Make your Dreams come true

A first time writer had many plans to publish her book.

It was twenty years ago and the young writer gave careful thought to having her book published.

She had an idea of becoming a millionaire.

It was an ideal way for her husband to give up his tiring job.

To have her book on the market was a big dream, a dream at that time that seemed too good to be true.

A writer of many talented projects, and with no other job at hand, the final draw was the focus of her first book.

To be that published author meant having lots of money. To be a wealthy author was a dream that did not come close for her.

The effort put into publishing in a parenting book was not successful.

She dreamed, hoped, and wanted that book on shelf.

The many rejections made the author give up on the manuscript for a many years.

The manuscript was put on a back burner, and the special project stayed in the dark without any more thought given to it.

It was her ’’baby’’ and she kept this ''baby'' in a very safe place on a disk and into a nicely covered jacket.

  • Writing makes you wonder if you should go on or give up on that dream of being a writer.

She did not find any kind of job suited to her career.

The disappointment of not finding a job meant her writing had to be the main focus and on with all her mind.

The husband continued working and did not have much faith in his wife's manuscript.

He saw the reality of the negative replies and the wife saw her writing in the most positive way.

He did not encourage, or discourage his wife about her writing. The husband knew there is no money in writing and publishing of books.

The writer herself saw potential and wanted more from what she had produced.

The moment she had been waiting for so long.

One day she gets her mail and there it was a positive reply but with a Vanity publishing market. She did not know what that actually meant to her.

Her excitement from reading the enlightened words that the real approach of the letter did not sink in to see the truth of Vanity publishing.

She slept on that excitement and the next day realized that a vanity company required a lot of money of which was not possible.

The kind of publishing that did not work out very well for many writers.

She was disappointed though took it lightly. There were far too many disappointments and this one added to her list. It was not going to let her fall back down, not again.

It makes me think of how I began my writing and gave up on my disappointments. I had to know how I approached my challenges.

I had to face up to many obstacles.

Great minds think alike and that is so true.

  • What have you learned about the types of Publishing?

Publishing your first book sounds a wonderful idea. To see your book in print and on the shelf ready for sales is a great feeling.

Before you dive into getting that book published think about what you want from your published work.

I came across Conventional publishing during my research on book publishing, I learned more about this way of book publishing.

I have found out that Conventional publishing would meet up with all my costs, and are available to guide an author with contracts and in selling copies of my book.

I felt Self-publishing was my best choice to get my work seen in print and I have all rights to my book and know my sales in the followed up information provided by Kindle Publishing.

I can market my book in which ever way I please, and can distribute copies in any direction.

It is difficult to market a book.

If you don't have the correct tools like with social networks and with a proper budget plan you won't be as successful.

The help of family and friends can great if they try to help you.

I know that with the correct use of keywords and the correct category of the title the book can be found easily by anyone searching online.

  • The sensible option for me is self-publishing.

I heard of Vanity publishing when I first started writing in 1997, More research is required to know more of the many publishing companies. I decided not to go with the option of Vanity publishing.

Vanity publishing subsidizes the fees of a book in the works of publishing and the whole process was not for me.

I could not give away a substantial amount of money not knowing what would come of my work in the latter stages.

The problem with such a kind of publishing they require a large sum of money from the author and mostly the first time authors get involved with Vanity publishing.

They fall in hook, line and sinker because first time authors don't know much about such publishers.

Most first time authors want is to see their books in print and to be published hurriedly. When an opportunity like this one comes along the author takes it on bravely.

It does not mean if your book is accepted by Vanity publishers that it is badly written and presented. You just had no idea of the kind of publisher you had written to.

Proper research allows you to learn more about all kinds of publishers. Only then can you figure out which one fits your book genre.

I like the idea of self-publishing. Each copy of the book printed belongs to me and with vanity publishing the printed book belongs to the publisher.

A large payment is required by vanity publishers to take the work from first time authors.

You can publish your book with whomever you choose to. The issue here is you don't see your income like promised.

Some authors are happy with Vanity publishing and some are not sure. I on the other hand had researched many publishers and have finally got my choice, self-publishing.

Nothing is guaranteed in publishing a book you may not sell one book or you may sell a hundred copies.

What you write and who you are writing for does play a huge part in the writing field.

Print on demand is what I prefer and so far has worked well with me.

You don't always know what will sell unless you market that book in the right category.

You must pay attention on who will read your work.

Don't just rush into what you hardly know it would ruin your marketing plan.

It is not easy to give in and keep books in stock sometimes an author is bluntly turned down and then what do you do?

All titles are not stocked unless there is a demand for that specific title.

As a writer use ideas carefully.

Overall, I find that it is a risky business in the publishing world. If you don't know what you are getting yourself into then writing and publishing can be a hard hit to you.

So the more you know the better for you in future plans of publishing.

Writing will never be easy especially, if you choose to write for money and make that your priority. Be focused and write for yourself and enjoy what you do.

If you want to be that millionaire from writing then you are holding onto still dreams.

I write to learn more from my challenges, to share my great mind and to be myself.

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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have absolutely no desire to publish a book at this time. And this hub shows many of the reasons why. Hooray for those who do!

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Devika

      Once again you have written an article filled with information and thoughtfulness. Your experiences should be worth noting to any reader who has publishing a book on their mind. You have quite rightly pointed out that there are pitfalls and disappointments on the way along a journey one may never accomplish. For you to have achieved such goals is a testimony to your skills as a writer. Great read, Voted up,useful and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Do I have dreams? Most definitely! Are all my hopes resting on those dreams? Not at all. I will publish my new novel and then begin writing the next....and the next....and the next. Best wishes on your future efforts.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Thanks for the reminder that writing can be hard work. Those who want to succeed need to give it their best efforts!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Devika. Good luck with all your future writing and publishing efforts!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      This story is the story of many wannabe writers. At the end of the day, ech must choose which way he or she will go to fulfill that dream. Cheers to all who are still working to have the dream come true.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      I take my hat of for writers who pursue their dream to become a published writer. Hope your dream comes true, DDE :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      What is life without dreams? I believe it's better to try and fail, than to never try at all. However I do agree earning from writing is not as easy as it may seem.

      Interesting and thought provoking as always.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      We all dream of publishing a book, I remember writing a huge book back in the 80s, I wrote it on an old typewriter, it got rejected once and its still sitting in the drawer! I did take a look at it recently and its so dated I would have to do the whole thing again, ah well, never mind! lol!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Writers love to struggle! Just kidding....but sometimes our best work is created when we want it so much and it isn't made easy for us. I think when publishing a book, you need to keep in mind that everyone wants their cut and the aim is to get maximum exposure for the minimal bribe. Hence self publishing if done correctly, can be a total win-win. Voted useful.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ericdierker thank you

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. So nice of you to always comment at my hubs thank you for all comments and all votes your kindness is always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc thank you very much for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      cecileportilla thank you for commenting

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thank you very much for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MsDora thank you kindly

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Martiecoetser so glad you came by thank you very much for sharing your kind words.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tobusiness so glad you stopped by to share your mind here thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Nell interesting about writing and book publishing one requires patience to make it work. Thank you for commenting.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Suzanne thank you for all votes and comments so true about the publishing world

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      My piano teacher published a book before she passed away. It took all of her savings and she saw little return for it when she was alive. I have a copy of the book and enjoy reading it. She wanted to tell her story to the world and I think in a sense, that gave her more pleasure than money ever would have.

      But I think it's always great to have a dream and the determination to see it through. One never knows what the outcome will be.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      When I was younger, one of my dreams was to see my face in the editorial page of a magazine. It eventually happened although it was short-lived. The magazine is now defunct and much as I love the internet, it was the culprit why print mags died down.

      Then I had my first book of poetry published (self-publishing) although it was sort of testing the water. Now, after reading your hub...do I still have a dream? Yes, yes! And, will continue dreaming and hoping. Someday, I'll come to the realization of those remaining dreams.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi CraftytotheCore, you are so right about having a dream, ''But I think it's always great to have a dream and the determination to see it through. One never knows what the outcome will be.'' Well said. Thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      CrisSp, life is challenging an shows us through our great experiences if you have a dream bring it alive and in time you will see. Thank you kindly for stopping by.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Dreams are very necessary to achieve anything in life. This is my belief. And becoming a published writer is the dream of so many writers.

      Goodluck to you Devika.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      I have never thought about publishing a book, but I am just a beginner so I don't know how it goes. I have seen my sister and father publishing few books, in the conventional way. I can see how much hardworking that needs and once that is done, it will be so rewarding. Thanks so much for sharing so many aspects of writing!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rajan thank you for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      VioletteRose so kind of you to come by here thank you

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      As you pointed out, you do have to think about who will be interested in reading your book if you hope to make lots of sales. Good points. Voted up and useful!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jtrader thank you for all votes and for taking the time to comment on my hubs I gladly appreciate you stopping by.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for reminding us of the difference between vanity publishing and self publishing! Good job!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi rebeccamealey thank you for sharing your comment here I appreciate you stopping by

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