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candyreaid
Candy Reaid

Apr 21, 2014, 10:04 PM

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Hi Folks,
I beg you all to bear with me at my brash attitude here, but I am pleading for as much help as possible. Obviously, I am new to this site as well as to writing. In 2007, I survived a stroke, a one month stay in the hospital, absolute fear and embarrassment at my new-found inability to do anything at all close to what I did before my stroke. My doctors and nurses told me what to expect medically when I was going home and for their input, I am grateful, but information pertaining to real world life was practically nonexistent. For that reason, after 7 long, hard years of trying to function post-stroke, I felt that I might offer some insight to other stroke patients coming home. The fear, loss of mobility, inability to control my bodily functions, inability to walk properly, cook, clean, care for myself, drive and any the myriad of things I could no longer do still weigh heavily on my mind and body. I did find, however that I could still compose a letter for our family owned business, indicating I could still think to some degree, and I still felt compassion for most people, especially those in my situation. Perhaps my words could help them to cope a bit better after coming home, or even while still in the hospital. I though that perhaps I might have found my "calling" in life. My problem is that I have no clue how to get this book published and made available to the people who need it. I've spoken with scam artists who will, for a massive fee, publish my book. I'm not looking to make millions of dollars here, I only want to be able to support those who I might have the ability to help. My son, who is proficient at writing scientific research, suggested I do this, write to you, who may know how to help me in this adventure. He says I need an editor first and foremost, submit my manuscript to competitions and contests to help advance my goals. What say you? I have no money to speak of, as I am disabled and a survivor of Social Security battles which are never-ending.


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Apr 21, 2014, 10:31 PM

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Welcome, Candy.

You may need an editor, but editors are expensive. You can start with finding local writers who can help you improve your work in return for your feedback on their work. Go to Meetup.com and see if there is a writing meetup near you, or check with your local library for a writers' group.

You have probably also discovered our non-fiction section here. You can ask questions there, and browse through the discussions to see if there's anything useful to you.


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Victoria Leo
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Apr 23, 2014, 6:31 PM

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I know exactly how you might feel. Well not exactly. But I am Victoria, a 17 years old girl writing poetry and I am writing a book called Second Chances in the perspective of a girl named Victoria which is me going to a residential lockdown program facility. It is hard to try to find the certain person and then to face rejection. I love Ellen Hopkins so I went to her website and she has information that helps writers there. It helped me a little. I suggest that you go there. :) <3


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