Is writing a big book wise for a first time writer?

by P.H
(England)

Question: My idea is for a team to come together to investigate an evil presence that has been betraying mortals and the gods and mythical heroes. The gods believe that everyone is against each other plotting to overthrow one another's power but who is behind it???


Now I want there to be a lot of fights, in general it will be an action led story. The idea of mythical creatures and characters have been running through my head for ages now and I really want to write something about them. However this story will also have heart and emotion and despite my enthusiasm I'm not sure whether its best for me to start my writing career (fingers crossed) with a huge story involving many characters and action sequences.

Answer: It is true that fantasy novels, even first novels, can be a little longer than average. Fantasies often need a little more space to describe the world, and fantasy readers enjoy a world that is rich with detail.

That said, the publisher takes a little more financial risk with a longer book by an unknown writer.

Have you considered writing some short stories set within the same world as your novel and trying to get those published first? That might give you some credentials which would help sell your novel. If the stories are well received, you would be building an audience. And they would give you an opportunity to flesh out your backstory.

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Jul 01, 2012
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by: Joseph Ray

I have been working with High-risk youth for the past 20 years and I was thinking of writing a book on my experiences working with them. My question is do you think anyone would buy my book? Might be a stupid question but working with these youth has given me a different perspective on life and has made me a better person as well as an excellent father, husband, son, brother and overall better at relating to life. Any feedback is appreciated.

Jul 01, 2012
Advice
by: Joseph Ray

I have been working with High-risk youth for the past 20 years and I was thinking of writing a book on my experiences working with them. My question is do you think anyone would buy my book? Might be a stupid question but working with these youth has given me a different perspective on life and has made me a better person as well as an excellent father, husband, son, brother and overall better at relating to life. Any feedback is appreciated.

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