Writing that novel

@oldchem1 (8144)
May 4, 2010 12:08pm CST
How many people have actually written that novel that is supposed to be in us all. I actually wrote two and tried to get one published with no luck. HAs anyone managed to get a book published, if so how?
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@chulce (1540)
• United States
4 May 10
How have you been attempting to get your novels published? Have you attempted to send the whole books upfront? If you are new to getting published there is a certain line you will need to follow. I haven't had any of my books published as of yet, but I have followed the steps and received answers that have explained why I wasn't getting published with certain companies. I can give you several different methods in order to help you attempt to get your novel published. First off, you can go via self-publishing. This is one step that a lot of writers are now taking, there are a lot of great self publishing companies that also provide editing services as well. There is also a writing magazine I think the title is "Writers Guide" It will give you the names of different publishers that are accepting at this time. They also give you the best information on how to submit your ideas. When you attempt to send the novel, you only need to send the first 3 chapters. This is to wet the interest of the publisher, secondly, write your cover letter as if you haven't finished the story, finally, be sure you have gotten all spelling corrections taken care of within those first chapters. Also in your cover letter, give the publisher a sense of your writing experience. For example if you work as a freelance writer, give them examples of your writing for example maybe an article that you had published for the local newspaper, etc. I hope this will help you out. We writers need to help each other in as many aspects as we possibly can. Oh, there are also a number of great writing forums you can join. One is WOW-Women on writing. You get information from all realms of the writing world from a woman's perspective. Good Luck and Happy Writing!
@oldchem1 (8144)
4 May 10
Thank you so much for a very comprehensive reply. I shall read and inwardly digest all you have told me!!
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@petersum (4525)
• United States
4 May 10
I got as far as five chapters, pretty damn big ones at that, then self doubt kicked in. Writer's block, or whatever you want to call it. About three years later, I 'found' my work, read it and was shocked to find how bad it really was! At the time of writing we tend to go for quantity rather than quality. Afterall, a novel is a lot of words. Budding authors will find it best to start with short magazine articles.
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• United States
5 May 10
I've written four novels, only one of which I have attempted to send out queries for. After several rejections, I decided to take a step back and try to figure out how to build my writing credentials so I don't immediately end up rejected. I've been writing long works since I was 12. I finished my first full-length novel when I was 16. I find writing a book easier than writing a short story.
• Canada
4 May 10
I think that's really great , I write too. But I've never written a novel. As far as getting published a lot of people I've talked to say what I write isn't great.