Have you published anything either traditionally or as an E book? Was it through a publisher or did you do it yourself?
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Lulu had upped their prices. You used to be able to self-publish there for $99.95. They are not giving you any more for the amount they are now charging.
With lulu you publish for free, as it's always been. To get your book to amazon is also free. If you want to distribute your book also to Barnes & Noble and other online retailers than you pay $75.
Most publishers want to see a full manuscript from a new author. Once you have a few books under your belt, a small 'taste' my suffice. When you're all finished, ask close friends to help you do a first edit and then send it out to agents/publishers.
Thank you for the advice!! I suspected as much. I do have a friend working with me to iron out details, but no one has read it yet. I've never written anything this long before. Are there any guidelines on words/chapter or number of chapters?
Check out a few books in the genre you're writing and multiply words per line x's # of lines and then x by how many pgs to see how long a book in that genre typically is. The avg paperback is about 50,000-100,000 words. But there are exceptions!