"Get as many friends as you can to read it, and do a new draft each time. Polishing is really important if you want to bring out the best of the story. Only then would I seek a professional editor or publisher. If there's anything too troubling…"
"I brought 100 years of solitude with me on a school trip to Europe. I had to read it for class. I hadn't in the front pocket of my back pack and it rained...hard...multiple times. So now half the cover is gone it is all puff the way books get…"
"All of my original Harry Potter books were almost ruined from the time we had originally gotten them (around the time they first came out and until now) from so many reads! Pages were falling out and bindings were cracking! Luckily, we have a whole…"
"When I was in fourth grade my house flooded and every single book I owned except for Harry Potter's 3-5 got destroyed. That really, really sucked. They were mostly little kid books, but it was still devastating. The only books I've…"
"One day I was reading in the bath and I (stupidly) didn't lock the door. My dad walked in, and unfortunately Message in a Bottle got wet as I ducked down out of sight. Fortunately, it was still readable :)
Another time I had a (borrowed) book…"
"If you don't know why your characters are doing what they are doing, then you need to flesh them out more first. They'll tell you.
If you don't know where to start, begin by establishing their "normal", their day-to-day…"