A problem

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    Gwenneth Leaneposted 8 years ago

    I have a problem:  Months and months ago I submitted name and email to a publishing company regards to publishing a novel about life on the opal fields of Australia.  My email was never replied to and I thought my submission was rejected.
    However last week the company rang to say they would accept my manuscript.  In the meantime I joined Hub Pages and posted three stories from the book believing that the book would never be printed.
    I want to know if it is possible to delete the stories on the Hub  Pages as I do not want to be stricken off due to using material submitted else where.  I appreciate being a member of Hub Pages even though I have not submitted many Hubs to this point.
    I also do not want to miss the opportunity of getting my book published as an ebook as well as in print.
    Please can anyone help me as I don't want to break any rules on purpose.
    Gwenneth Leane

    1. Marisa Wright profile image86
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulations!   Yes, you can delete the Hubs.

      Go to your Account page.   Click on the name of the Hub to open it (NOT on "edit").  You'll see a "delete" button at the top.  Click the delete button, then on the next screen, click "done editing".   The Hub will disappear within 24 hours.

    2. LuisEGonzalez profile image78
      LuisEGonzalezposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The restrictions on being published somewhere else apply to online sites similar to HubPages and not to books or eBooks.
      I have several (quite a few) hubs which are part of some of my eBooks.

    3. peachpurple profile image82
      peachpurpleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      congrats, you should  publish your book, go ahead delete the hubs related to the book, don't let go this golden opportunity

  2. CuAllaidh profile image81
    CuAllaidhposted 8 years ago

    why not use the hubs to promote the book.... but yes you can of course remove hubs

  3. CuAllaidh profile image81
    CuAllaidhposted 8 years ago

    And congrats on the publishing news big_smile

  4. Samantha Sinclair profile image55
    Samantha Sinclairposted 8 years ago

    Yes, you can, but you may want to simply unpublish just in case you could use one as an except to advertise your newly published novel. Congratulations!

  5. colorfulone profile image77
    colorfuloneposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the book being published, @Gwenneth Leane

  6. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 8 years ago

    See if they are listed at archive.org, if not delete them.

    If they are archived fess up to the publisher just like you did here, apologize and offer to unpublish them.  if they like the book this honest mistake will not be a deal breaker.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image86
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Even if they are listed on archive.org or on the wayback machine, it doesn't really matter - none of the search engines check the archives so for all intents and purposes, they're not relevant.

      1. psycheskinner profile image80
        psycheskinnerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        If it is cached anywhere I would disclose it to the publisher because what can be found may be found.

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    Gwenneth Leaneposted 8 years ago

    The things is the three stories in my hub are part of my book , the book will be published in America but distributed world wide as ebook and soft cover and hard cover.  Will this make any difference to my hubs?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image86
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I would just delete them to be on the safe side.

    2. Lionrhod profile image80
      Lionrhodposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Contact your publisher, be up front, ask what they want. 3 or so chapters could be considered a teaser and might be seen as beneficial if you have readers.

    3. psycheskinner profile image80
      psycheskinnerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You are selling exclusive rights so the region is not really relevant because both American and worldwide digital rights are effected by online.  You need to make the rights effectively exclusive retrospectively, or ask their permission to leave the hubs up.

    4. CuAllaidh profile image81
      CuAllaidhposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      won't make a difference to your hub, but find out what rights you are selling the publisher and see if they have an issue

  8. Millionaire Tips profile image91
    Millionaire Tipsposted 8 years ago


    I do hope that you take the time to check out the publisher. I've read stories about people being scammed by so-called publishers who will publish anything (and charge people to do it) and don't want you to get caught unaware.

  9. Jodah profile image92
    Jodahposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations Gwenneth, that is wonderful having your story selected for publishing. There is good advice here. I would personally ask the publisher if they require you to delete the hubs or use them as a teaser.

  10. LongTimeMother profile image93
    LongTimeMotherposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations, Gwenneth. Don't worry too much. You own the copyright on your book presumably (I'd be surprised if you don't) and you published a couple of chapters before signing with your publisher. I don't think that's a problem. I could publish excerpts from my own books on hp if I wanted to because I own the copyright and it wouldn't violate my agreement with the publisher. One thing that might complicate things is whether or not you will be published under the same name you use on hp.

    You just have to discuss the issue with your publisher. Thanks to hp's stats you can tell your publisher exactly how many times they've been read if they ask, how long they've been displayed etc.

    Yes, they might prefer you remove them ... but I'd let them be the ones to decide. Write to them explaining the situation, provide them with links and stats, and ask what they'd like you to do.  smile

  11. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 8 years ago

    Almost every publisher wants exclusive print and/or digital rights and first rights. Ergo publishing any significant amount uses first rights and can in fact be a problem unless you are up front about it as soon as possible.

  12. profile image0
    Gwenneth Leaneposted 8 years ago

    'Thank you' to everyone who replied to my call for help.  Your suggestions are so helpful I can't believe so many people responded and cared so much. Thank you.
    Also thank you for your good wishes.


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