1. ShortBus
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    has anyone gotten anything published?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by ShortBus, Sep 28, 2011.

    i think the thread says it all. im just curious and i would like to know about your personal experiences going through the whole process.
     
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    Why I'm sure people have, but as has come up before you won't get much information beyond a simple google search. Specific questions can be asked, and hopefully answered, in the publisher section.

    So to answer yes some have, but they won't be spilling their royalties.
     
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    Yes, I have had work published.

    If you're considering it, the best characteristics you'll need is patience and perseverence. You won't meet success immediately. It took me about a year of writing seriously and submitting before I got my first acceptance.

    But it's worth it. Definitely worth it.
     
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    in my old writing-for-money life, i had a variety of things published/produced for pay, including short stories, poetry, song lyrics, ad copy, etc.... and in my 'maia' life, since i stopped writing for money, i allowed much of my work to be published for free...

    the process is simple, but not easy... and it's gone into at great length and depth in many threads here, as well as on many sites where agents and publishers and authors lay it all out...

    as noted above, you should browse the 'publishing' section on this site for details...
     
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    thanks for your replies. i used the search function and typed a few different keywords and it took me a good 10 minutes to find nothing, so i figured i would just post it myself.

    im actually not looking to publish my work right now. my plan is to make a name for myself by posting my work for free and hopefully get some kind of an audience who is willing to follow me.

    i have a vague understanding of how the whole process works and if and when im ready i will do further research. i was actually more interested in your personal experiences. be it success or failure. as Banzai mentioned it took him/her over a year to get some headway. it seems that it worked out very well for him/her. (congratulations ☺)

    from what ive learned through any type of corporate structure, they will twist and turn their words and make it something it's not. this is another good reason i would like to hear from the people who have been through the process and not someone who is trying to sell me something.

    ill check out the publishing section like u guys said to do. thanks again for your input.
     
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    ShortBus,

    I have had about a dozen short stories and about a dozen articles published. I've had one novel published through a small publisher with a second scheduled for release November 1st.

    I am not sure if posting your work for free is the best way to garner an audience. If you're able to get your work published (such as short stories) through quality ezines, you'll get more attention. They already have an audience that visits and supports them.

    I think you're misinformed about publishers, as a corporate structure, twisting and turning words until a story or novel is no longer what it was. Even if that were the case with some publishers, research would enable you to avoid submitting to them and not have to worry about such a concern.

    Good luck moving forward.

    Terry
     
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    Yes, my book 'The Hierophant Of 100th Street' was published in 2008.
    It wasn't easy at first what with all the rejections received from many agents,
    (some nice and respectable, others downright mean-spirited and supercilious) for
    reasons due to poor demands of the market. But I had found that getting published
    in a country that barely reads as much as its previous generations read can be difficult.
    But I kept at it believing my book to be special and would one day see the light of day.
    And although my manuscript had been dropped in many of mailboxes, and flung over many
    transoms for years, it was finally picked up and published by North Atlantic Books. :)

    My advise to writers: NEVER GIVE UP! EVER!
     
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    I have one novel forthcoming through a small e-publisher and I've had a few pieces published in newspapers over the years. I only started seriously writing a year ago and got extremely lucky with my first book which was picked up within six weeks. I know it's not the same as a traditional publisher but it's still thrilling to be accepted by a publisher, but it did give me a bit of a false idea of how easy it is to get published.

    Now I'm spruiking my second book and dealing with the agent rejections.... It's only been a month and I know this is just a drop in the ocean in the publishing world, but patience is not my strong point! I just keep reminding myself it can sometimes take years and that I just have to keep believing in what I've written and putting it out there...Easier said than done.

    I agree with other posters that self-publishing is not the way to go if you want to make a name for yourself. To be brutal there is a lot of garbage out there and the chances of people wading through it all to find your work are small. There's no short cut, you just have to keep plugging away like the rest of us and hope for the best... At the end of the day it's the journey that matters not the destination yada yada yada. I've been well and truly bitten by the writing bug now and couldn't stop even if I wanted to but i can't deny that recognition is very important to me too.
     
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    I'm planning my novel, but it shall be rather interesting, so I'm hoping to publish this one :) . Firstly though, I have to finish, unlike the others I have tried..
     
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    Do you still get an advance through an e-Publisher?
     
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    No advance. I think I get 50% percent of sales, which doesn't amount to much when books sell for $3, but if you sell enough I guess it adds up. At this stage I'm more intersted in building a profile than making money, although some extra $$$ would be nice.
     
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    How do they/you market an e-Book?
     
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    From my understanding (and I'm very new at this) there is a lot of social networking involved... The onus is really on the writer to get out there and market their work these days. It states in my contract that the publisher will have the book reviewed by a number of high profile websites to get the ball rolling, and there are opportunities with my publisher to contribute to their blog and participate in virtual book tours (still not really sure how these work). I'm also planning to get a website, but for someone who doesn't even use Facebook it's all a bit daunting.
     

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