I had a story in my mind, and I wrote and wrote and wrote. Over a hundred and thirty thousand words. One day I woke up and asked myself. “How long should my book be?” Research showed me that a fiction book needed to be between 70,000 and 100,000 words. Yes, there are longer books out there, but unless one is a famous writer, shorter is sometimes better. So I had to decide where to break off my first book and begin a second.
I still didn’t know the elements of a good story, even though I thought I knew. I kept on writing. How I wish I had known to do some research and study and find out how to construct a good story. Looking back at my first book, I see that it’s not terrible, but it would have been a much better book, and that would have made my three-book World Eternal series much better.
After deciding where and how to end the first book, I began searching for a publisher. I didn’t have an agent. I didn’t know anything about publishers except that the big ones wouldn’t even look at my book. So I Googled and searched, and I found a Christian publisher, which is what I was looking for. The publisher was a vanity publisher. I paid them to edit, do the cover and back, and publish my book to different vendors. For more information on how to find a publisher, see Debra Butterfield’s article here.