Has anyone tried writing a novel? Has anyone published a novel?

United States
April 6, 2007 3:23pm CST
I started writing my novel a few years back, and I am close to completing it. My only problem is that I can't get anyone to give me feedback on it. So I was wondering, has anyone here every written a novel? What was it about? Has anyone published a novel? Did you self publish it? How did you publish it? And any other advice you can give me about writing and publishing a novel.
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• United States
6 Apr 07
Hi phantomopera. I have three books published. I self published them all and make pretty good money from it. Go to my website and check it out. It's listed on my profile page. Email me and let me read your novel.
• United States
6 Apr 07
Could you tell me about the copyright issues behind self-publishing? What are the copyright issues behind traditional publishing? What was your rationale for self-publishing versus choosing a more traditional process. I am looking into publishing a novel and feel that my work has to be published (don't all writers feel like this?) and would love any information to learn about the technical aspects of self-publishing from someone who has gone through it. What is your website?
• United States
9 Apr 07
As far as copyright..go to the Library of congress website. There is so much info on that site about copyright. The key though is to finish the manuscript. Make a copy and send a copy to the Library of cogress with the appropriate form and I think around $25.00. Don't do that supposed "poor mans" copyright by mailing it to yourself. That doesn't hold up. Once you get back your copyright certificate back from the LOC publish it where ever you want knowing that you are now protected. As far as feedback I'd read it for you. I'm currently editing my friends book and I have contributed to three others that have been published.
• United States
9 Apr 07
Thank you so much for being willing to read my story. Anyone who wants to read it and give me critisism is welcome to read it, but please, if you have something rude and non helpful to say, keep it to yourself. That's all I ask. Thank you! What published books have you proof read? Thank you for the info on copy right protection.
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@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I have played around with a few short stories, and love to write, but never felt like I could write a full novel. I'm good at writing bits of the story, but I can't always link everything together into one long book!
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• United States
6 Apr 07
Try writing a bunch of short stories that have the same concept eg. love, hate, children, life, whatever and turn it into a book. Good luck, vivasuzi.
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
I write primarily to serve God and help people understand the Word of God. I am a Christian, a child of God, baptized into Christ on October 1, 1989 and I belong to the Church of Christ founded and headed by Christ as shown in Acts Chapter 2. I am given the gift of knowledge and understanding Bible Greek and I translate the Word of God from Greek to English PLAINLY - Greek word into its English equivalent with additional words for grammar purposes written in italics so that readers may delete them when they so desire. I have already published GENESIS, EXODUS, LEVITICUS (Greek-English), THE WILL New Testament (Greek to English), ELEMENTS of SALVATION, The Right Way, GOD, ORIGIN, TRANSFER into PERFECTION, GREEK-ENGLISH (Grammar & Vocabulary), WORDS in THE WILL New Testament, and others shown at http://www.lulu.com/arseniajoaquin I have seen the versions being circulated worldwide and they are generally admitted to be 80% NOT translations. My translations are 99.99% translations and I see the truth, beauty, and sweetness of the Word of God. I hope these books could also help people understand the Word of God and be saved. Some copies are sold and I hope that more will be sold when the books are placed on the Global Distribution Service. I expect a lot of money to come from the books so I donated THE WILL New Testament (Greek to English) to the Alpha Omega Seniars Intl Foundation, Inc. for senior citizens, widows, orphans, disabled, poor intellectuals, etc. I'm also donating at least 20% of the proceeds from other books that I publish. As soon as I finish GENESIS TO DEUTERONOMY (Greek-English), I intend to donate it to the Church. I have not spent even a single cent in publishing these. There are no set up fees. Authors are not even required to buy even a single copy of their books. In fact I have not seen any copy of any of my books as I have no money and I don't even have any credit card. Lulu does not interfer with the content. Write anything you want too. Choose the size there, book cover, you're free to set your royalty, etc. Copyright is automatically included there.
• United States
7 Apr 07
I started writing a novel not too long ago and while I am no where near being done I have thought about what I am going to do to publish it. I really don't think self-publishing is a good idea if you want to get your novel out there and make money for it. I plan on trying to send it to the major publishers and maybe to get an agent first. Then they do all the hard work for you. :) The hardest part I think will be doing the research to finding which publisher or agent would be right for you.
@Transformed (1262)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I'm in the process of writing a novel about a child who overcomes a bully. I have never published my novel, but am looking into both traditional and self-publishing. Good luck, phantomopera6.