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My website is now up and running and I am looking to add to it. Some people actually get a book published whereas others make a start but then get distracted or lose interest along the way. Whether you have had a book published or in the process of writing one why not tell how you got started, idea behind it, problems along the way, research and anything else of interest. Also, something about yourself, if you wish to reveal. Of course, there are people who write for magazines or newspapers, so join in if you wish. It may just inspire others to have a go or go back to the unfinished book. 

 

My brother-in-law has finished his life story, as well as two novels and I'm sure Geoff Lee has some interesting tales to tell. They do say there is a book in everyone. 

 

My website is www.raygent.co.uk PM me for my email if interested. 

 

I do have a link if anyone wishes to put their website on and perhaps they can do likewise for me.

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I have been a rugby league fan since 1947. I have also been aware of the existence of  humour at work and the old saying that "They could write a book about this place. It would be a best seller."  for a long time too. These two things are what inspired me to start writing my first novel as a hobby, originally called "Tales of a Northern Draughtsman", later changed to "One Winter".

To any one today thinking about writing a novel, particularly if it is one set against a rugby league background, you are lucky because there is so much material about the game's fascinating history, its players, its supporters, its dramas and its battles to draw on. All that may I add in addition to games that you may have played in, watched or heard or read about. 

The old saying that "There is a book in everyone" is still very true and particularly so for those who are getting into their 50s, 60s and even 70s. They almost have a duty to add their experiences in life generally albeit, in the form of combining fact and fiction for the benefit of future generations. This is something that I have tried to do, hopefully reasonably successfully with my five novels, putting something back into the game which I have had so much pleasure out of.

 

More on www.geofflee.net

PM me if interested

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Hi Geoff,

 

My brother-in-law was in his mid-fifties before he started writing and has just finished his third novel, although yet to publish any of his books.

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Fixed the link for you in your original post Ray

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Interesting to see a bit of info about what inspired you to write. I've never felt the desire to try to write anything, let alone try to get anything published but a few friends have, from novels to training materials. Most have gone with the self publish route for whatever reason they've chosen, how successful that's been I don't know. A couple of examples below (mods, please feel free to delete the links if this is viewed as advertising!)

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Reunion-Jon-Wilmot-ebook/dp/B00FKM9FQS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390943895&sr=8-1&keywords=jon+wilmot

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Bromley/e/B008PCQWES/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1390944045&sr=8-3

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birds-Hull-Area-Richard-Broughton/dp/1902039149/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390944086&sr=8-1&keywords=richard+broughton+birds

 

Edit: The latter of the three might be of interest to some of the Hull residents on here for the title alone, were it still in print that is! :lol:

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Interesting to see a bit of info about what inspired you to write. I've never felt the desire to try to write anything, let alone try to get anything published but a few friends have, from novels to training materials. Most have gone with the self publish route for whatever reason they've chosen, how successful that's been I don't know. A couple of examples below (mods, please feel free to delete the links if this is viewed as advertising!)

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Reunion-Jon-Wilmot-ebook/dp/B00FKM9FQS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390943895&sr=8-1&keywords=jon+wilmot

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Bromley/e/B008PCQWES/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1390944045&sr=8-3

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birds-Hull-Area-Richard-Broughton/dp/1902039149/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390944086&sr=8-1&keywords=richard+broughton+birds

 

Edit: The latter of the three might be of interest to some of the Hull residents on here for the title alone, were it still in print that is! :lol:

 

Thanks for that Gareth. Did you see my PM?

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Thanks for that Gareth. Did you see my PM?

I did. Will add you a link onto my site next time I'm updating it. ;)

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I did. Will add you a link onto my site next time I'm updating it. ;)

 

And likewise with your one Garth on mine.

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I am looking to include some amusing stories connected to football. If you would like to share one then PM me for my email address and I'll pass it on to our Stu. They don't have too be long. This one from my brother-in-law made me laugh.

 

When in his teens, my brother-in-law Peter went to Stoke to see Blackburn Rovers play in an FA Cup-tie replay. Prior to setting off, the door handle on the passenger door fell off, leaving the lads wondering what to do. No bother though as he tied a rope to the car handle inside and held on for dear life down the motorway at speed. As for the duration of the match, the car remained unlocked. 

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I have now posted a piece on my website about the ties/connections between football and rugby league. Let me know if you can recall any interesting ones.

 

Also, let me know if you want to put your web address on my links.

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My Dad is close to getting published, having been at it for twenty years.  He has always been able to write and his submitted synposes often led to a request for sample chapters, and on several occasions for the full book, before finally declining.

 

His problem, I think, was that he was writing general fiction.  Therefore, he was not fortunate enough to catch the zeitgeist, have a niche and did not have a ready made following.

 

He has now at the point where the full book has been accepted in principle, but he has been asked to tighten it up.

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My Dad is close to getting published, having been at it for twenty years.  He has always been able to write and his submitted synposes often led to a request for sample chapters, and on several occasions for the full book, before finally declining.

 

His problem, I think, was that he was writing general fiction.  Therefore, he was not fortunate enough to catch the zeitgeist, have a niche and did not have a ready made following.

 

He has now at the point where the full book has been accepted in principle, but he has been asked to tighten it up.

 

That's what you call staying power and good luck.

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As I have no intention of ever working in the NHS I could write about what goes on in Theatre. That could worry some people.

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