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I was never interested in writing until I was around forty years of age. I have done a fair amount of writing in the past decade or more, mostly emails, personal letters, and messages to various online discussion forums. in the past two years, I have written over a hundred essays, of one to four thousand words each, on a variety of topics and am now interested in publishing a collection of them. I have read How can I make a collection of essays / arguments more attractive to publishers? and am looking for further advice.

Yes, I realize the odds of success are quite low and any “reasonable” person would tell me to just give up my dream and not even try. Call me a fool or worse, but I must assume that I am brilliant, and that others will be interested in my views on the human condition. How do I get from where I am to having my work published and being read?

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Hello and welcome to Writers. I've made some changes to your question to focus it more on the problem you're trying to solve and less on the discussion-forum aspect. I also added a link to the question you referred to; can you edit to explain what you're looking for that's not addressed there? Are you specifically interested in publishing a collection (as a book or e-book), or would blogging or serialized publishing (like in magazines) meet your need? Please edit to clarify. Thanks. –  Monica Cellio May 9 at 0:21

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Consider publishing them yourself. It's not hard to do these days. I won't say it's easy (learning the tools will take a bit of time), but it's certainly doable.

At the turn of the year I knew absolutely nothing about producing books. In the four months since then, I have published four short stories as electronic books through various distributors (Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords), and one short story as a paperback (through CreateSpace).

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Just out of curiosity, how are they doing? –  Patches May 18 at 1:45

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