I asked what her goal was for this body of work and she replied to have a published book as a legacy for her and her family. After hearing this I handed the pile of papers back and stated I was absolutely sure it should be published.
Don't allow your life to be dictated by what others think, in writing or otherwise, especially if the person is not your ideal audience or reader. If you find the information you’ve written interesting chances are there are others in the big world that do too.
Her goal was to have a book in print. With the great technology we have today she can achieve that goal easily and quickly. There's no need to spend years querying editors, agents, and publishers, nor requirements for large outlays of money, nor others to dictate how your story will end, what the character names will be, or the final title of the book, yet there is a global opportunity for success.
Having a clear goal will guide your work.
If you want to write the next blockbuster or viral book then you will definitely focus more on the responses from beta readers, professional editors, and leaders in that genre.
Regardless of desired outcome, always assure your best work is accomplished. Look to paid editors and proofreaders and consider professional artists for covers and interior graphics. These individuals are well worth your money.
So what's your writing goal and how close are you to achieving it?
Email me, I look forward to hearing from you on how your writing journey is progressing.