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    08-16-2011, 11:51 AM
Green Broke
Can someone help me with my book?

I've been told that I'm a very good writer, and not to be vain or anything, but I think so too. I love writing and people have always enjoyed reading my stories and poems. Last night my mother and I were contacted by a publisher(!), and they have told us that if I want to, they will PUBLISH a book of mine! I was so amazed and happy.

They told us that a popular theme is like olden day/historical type things, which I think is wonderful, because that is my favorite thing to write. So here is the "basic overview" of my book:

It's set in Ancient Greece, as a war between the Greeks and Romans. I've done tons of research, and am pretty confident about this... Also, it has the Greek and Roman gods in it, who also join in the war, but the catch is; The Greek and Roman gods are the same beings, just with different names, so it is basically self destruction. And they are fueling the war to make it an extreme big thing.

Now, a young Roman man, and a young Greek woman (who at first is disguised as a man in order to get into the army), have to put their differences aside, and travel to the City of the God's in order to stop them before they destroy the world. But along the way secrets are revealed...

What I need help with is the part in bold. Women/girls, or even guys, why would you disguise yourself to join the army. What is the motivation? Pride? Loyalty? Please give me ideas.

And would anyone be willing to read it as it goes along? What do you guys think? Would you read it if it was published? Thanks
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    08-16-2011, 12:00 PM
Could be any number of things-maybe nationalist pride and loyalty to ones country, maybe something deeper like her family history is in the military and she is her parents' only child or something and feels she must carry it on...I dunno.

Congratulations on getting published! You're living the dream of a lot of young writers.
    08-16-2011, 12:03 PM
Green Broke
Thank you! That's one great idea
    08-16-2011, 12:09 PM
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Or maybe she believes the "other side" is in the right.... Like maybe she's from the "evil" side and wants to fight for "good"....
    08-16-2011, 12:15 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
Or maybe she believes the "other side" is in the right.... Like maybe she's from the "evil" side and wants to fight for "good"....
That's an idea... so would she join the army to find a way to stop it?
    08-16-2011, 02:20 PM
Congratulations! It sounds like a very interesting story.

Not to put a damper on anything, but I just wanted to suggest that you thoroughly research the publishing company that is making offers, and preferably get an agent to handle negotiations for you (they get a percentage of what you make, but a good agent will more than make up for their fee). The publishing industry is going through a very hard time right now, and there are lots of changes taking place - including lots of shady companies cropping up who prey on writer's desires to get published. I've been through all of this recently (my first novel came out in June), and I'd do some things differently if I knew then what I know now, as they say.

Good luck with the writing!!
    08-16-2011, 02:27 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for the advice mgarzon, I will definitely do that :)

What is your book called? I would love to see if it's available here and read it!
    08-16-2011, 03:53 PM
Have you ever read the book THE HORSES SHADOW? Well, maybe that idea isn't so great for you, but anyway.

What if the girl was abused at home and she wanted to get away from the abuse so she joined the army? Just a thought.
    08-16-2011, 03:53 PM
That's great, LoveStory10! I wish you a long and successful writing career :)

My book's called Blaze of Glory (there's a thread about it somewhere on this forum). It's for sale on lots of websites, like Amazon:

There are some other stores on my website: m.garzon | welcome , but I think the easiest is ebooks... I've gotten emails from people as far away as Australia and Bali who have read my book in ebook format! Another thing to consider for your story - ebooks outsell hardcopy by 5 to 1 :)

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