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    Hey guys! I have always been very much into literature, but recently started writing a bit myself - nothing groundbreaking, I am just a humble writer - but I enjoy it a lot and I was wondering if anyone else here is writing, and if yes what your genre is, and where (if) you publish your writing and so on. I personally really enjoy writing stories from my childhood, or from my family. We are a very big a family, so there's a lot to tell!
    Hey, I'm a writer too I've posted a few things on fanfiction.net. But mostly I write dark YA fiction. I've finished around 9, but editing is another story I hope to get published soon, I'm going to send off one of my most polished manuscripts to agencies while I'm on break (or at least that's my aim.) I bet it doesn't happen haha.

    Normally publishers don't accept unsolicited manuscripts, so I'd recommend getting an agent first. This is also better, as it means you'd be able to publish more than one story, rather than having to go through the process of resubmitting work after every novel you write, i.e rewriting query letters, selling yourself again.

    For any writers serious about publication I'd recommend absolutewrite.com. Sorry if someone has already mentioned the site, I don't have time to read all the posts right now, just wanted to add a quick message. You can post chapters or query letters when you have enough posts. They're also password protected, and don't come up on google, so your work is protected and you don't lose publishing rights. I have to warn you, though, the people on their are ruthless. They'll rip apart everything you post, as it is really serious business. But I've met a lot of people on there, critiqued a lot of writing, and acquired BETA readers.

    If anyone needs a BETA reader or anything for their writing, I'll be happy to help, as I've looked over people who've gotten published and also query letters but prepare for my wrath haha!

    Or even if you want to talk general writing, or brainstorming, hit me up.
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    Hi bear but did you ever consider publishing (physically I mean, not only online?) I will have a read through your stuff since you are kindly sharing it
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    Sorry Save.me I did not even see your post. Thanks forall the really sueful information and for offering your help! You mentioned absolutewrite.com– but I am assuming htere is only any point posting soemthing there if you arethinking of publishing online at first, right? (I am aksing because I wouldrelly prefer to publish a paper book – I know super traditional :/ ) But somehow that doesn't sound too encouraging :P I mean criticism as such - contructive criticism that is - is crucial, but being riped apart just for the sake of it is not fun or good for your confidence either.
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    So young and already published - congrats! That sounds amazing, it must be great to be able to do what you love and earn money while doing so! And the travelling too. But how come you ended up with an Indian publsihing house? Do you have any personal link with India, or was it more of a coincidence? And anyways what's the name of your book series so we can check it out?

    And thanks for the message candycurls, yes I thought I had seen your nick before - it sounded familiar somehow. Yes it isn't an easy thing, but definitely worth trying if writing is what you love to do I guess! I like the idea of having someone who helps you through it all. It can be so daunting to have to decide everything on your own I guess.
    name of your book?

    any advice based on the fanfics ive done,most of my stories are unfinished?


    in truth im really struggling atm to stick to ideas and i feel pressured to do syocs but im struggling to incoporate other ocs since i favour my own characters?
    https://www.fanfiction.net/~scrawlx1012

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    (Original post by widmnd)
    Sorry Save.me I did not even see your post. Thanks forall the really sueful information and for offering your help! You mentioned absolutewrite.com– but I am assuming htere is only any point posting soemthing there if you arethinking of publishing online at first, right? (I am aksing because I wouldrelly prefer to publish a paper book – I know super traditional :/ ) But somehow that doesn't sound too encouraging :P I mean criticism as such - contructive criticism that is - is crucial, but being riped apart just for the sake of it is not fun or good for your confidence either.
    No problem, feel free to message me if you need anymore help (not claiming to be an expert or anything, I just really like chatting with other writers.)

    No, they're all for paper publishing haha. I want to be paper published, too there is a section for self publishing, though. They just read over some sections over your work, give you feedback, then you go out to agencies, and they print your books. Oh, they are really nice people, and it is all constructive criticism, but they do that to give you the best chance of being published. Because you only have one chance, after all. And it really prepares you for the real world

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    name of your book?

    any advice based on the fanfics ive done,most of my stories are unfinished?


    in truth im really struggling atm to stick to ideas and i feel pressured to do syocs but im struggling to incoporate other ocs since i favour my own characters?
    https://www.fanfiction.net/~scrawlx1012

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    Sorry I must be really stupid but I'm not sure what SYOCS and OSC stand for? I'll look over your FF

    incorporate your own characters if you want, do whatever you feel inspired to do, don't restrict yourself. The FF I have written is an original battle royale, which means that it's in BR format, but using my original characters. As long as you're not claiming the work as your own original idea, then you can put whatever you want in the FF.

    No self promo, but if you're curious or have seen BR before, then check out my chapter:

    https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11578497/1/Heartbeats
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    Withn my own circle, I'm known to be the female Shakespeare.
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    Hey, I love writing - always have. It is my dream job to be a full time author (chances of that happening are very low because I'm not very good)!

    I used to write fan fiction on Wattpad, but now I'm starting to focus on original contemporary fiction! In fact, I uploaded my first ever finished one a few months ago on Wattpad if you'd like to check it out and give me some constructive criticism, it's called "No Problem" https://www.wattpad.com/user/takemetoanewlife
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    Never give up I also sometimes feel like I am just not good enough, but heck, if it appeals to anybody, even if it's just 1 person, then for me it will have been worth it
    @ Candycurls: Sorry, to get back to Novum Publishing : I would like to find out more about them, any chance of asking your friend how they were managing the PR side of publishing? Like, what decisions did they make, and where did the author have some freedom?
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    @ Candycurls: Sorry, to get back to Novum Publishing : I would like to find out more about them, any chance of asking your friend how they were managing the PR side of publishing? Like, what decisions did they make, and where did the author have some freedom?
    Sounds like a vanity press. I would avoid.
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    But is vanity press automatically bad? I mean if they just help you a lot when it is your first book and offer you services like taking care of th PR side of things and so on - I just can't see it as a bad thing if you don't have a reputation yet that you can lean on.
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    (Original post by widmnd)
    But is vanity press automatically bad? I mean if they just help you a lot when it is your first book and offer you services like taking care of th PR side of things and so on - I just can't see it as a bad thing if you don't have a reputation yet that you can lean on.
    For book publishing, money should really be flowing into your direction; not from you to the publisher. You can view these presses as 'help' but vanity presses view you as basically a way of extorting money from a gullible writer. They don't really care if your book does well or not, nor about building your reputation or brand, nor of the quality of the stuff they are 'publishing'. They might say they'll be able to help you with PR stuff, but when was the last time you saw vanity press books in major bookstores?

    There's a lot of reasons why people don't publish under traditional publishers - but the big reason is probably just because they aren't very good writers. You'd be much better trying to go through an indie or small press first.
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    (Original post by spacepirate-James)
    For book publishing, money should really be flowing into your direction; not from you to the publisher. You can view these presses as 'help' but vanity presses view you as basically a way of extorting money from a gullible writer. They don't really care if your book does well or not, nor about building your reputation or brand, nor of the quality of the stuff they are 'publishing'. They might say they'll be able to help you with PR stuff, but when was the last time you saw vanity press books in major bookstores?

    There's a lot of reasons why people don't publish under traditional publishers - but the big reason is probably just because they aren't very good writers. You'd be much better trying to go through an indie or small press first.

    I understand. But I would have thought that since the publishing house invests time and money into you, it would not come free - that the book pays itself back afterwards but that an initial investment is required. After all they have a team of specialists, graphic designers etc, and how would all these people get paid otherwise (if for example your book does not sell very well).
    To be fair I think I would not know which publishing house is a vanity press, so I might have seen their books being sold
    In any case thanks for your advice - I have a lot to learn I guess.
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    (Original post by widmnd)
    Hey guys! I have always been very much into literature, but recently started writing a bit myself - nothing groundbreaking, I am just a humble writer - but I enjoy it a lot and I was wondering if anyone else here is writing, and if yes what your genre is, and where (if) you publish your writing and so on. I personally really enjoy writing stories from my childhood, or from my family. We are a very big a family, so there's a lot to tell!
    The only pleasant moment in writing is stopping writing. It's a miserable and gruelling experience and I will be very cheesed off if it turns out I have been chasing treasure at the end of a rainbow when it's done
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    Wow, that's what I call a positive outlook
    Well I love writing - maybe I would start hating it if my wage depended on it, but as it is it is something I do on the side, and I really enjoy it.
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    Never give up I also sometimes feel like I am just not good enough, but heck, if it appeals to anybody, even if it's just 1 person, then for me it will have been worth it
    @ Candycurls: Sorry, to get back to Novum Publishing : I would like to find out more about them, any chance of asking your friend how they were managing the PR side of publishing? Like, what decisions did they make, and where did the author have some freedom?

    No worries he told menearly everything about them, and we are both happy to help! As far as I canremember, he told me, that he had to fill out a big questionnaire at thebeginning of “the process”, which contained issues about editorial, layout,graphics, advertising and so on… in this way, they want to make sure that youropinions and suggestions get taken into consideration. Furthermore, they takecare of all the important stuff, that comes along with producing and selling abook but won’t make any decision without your permission (contractuallyguaranteed) you can decide about date of publication, an ebook version and soon… my friend also told me, that they are really good at the PR side of thingsand your book will get exhibited on book fairs and different events, to catchpotential readers attention therefore, you will get your personal custodianthat holds your hands throughout the whole process… Normally, publishing housesavoid accepting inexperienced an unknown authors, but they are specialised inthem… and if you look through their website, you will also find a list ofprices they have already won hope, this
 
 
 
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