How can one get readers for a novel that has not been published yet?

Jump to Last Post 1-7 of 7 discussions (10 posts)
  1. lovebuglena profile image86
    lovebuglenaposted 5 years ago

    How can one get readers for a novel that has not been published yet?

    I've written a novel and am currently editing it. It would be helpful to get feedback from readers as that may help make the story even better. How and/or where can I find people that will be willing to read my novel? Any help, suggestions will be appreciated.

  2. To Start Again profile image78
    To Start Againposted 5 years ago

    Try a friend or family member first, someone you can trust to give an actual opinion not just tell you what they think you want to hear. Someone who reads a lot of books, especially in the genre you are writing, can be very helpful! Or, you could try joining a writing group and ask for readers who would be willing to help. Or, you can pose excerpts here and see what readers say.
    I will warn you, though-hubbers aren't likely to give you decent constructive criticism in their comments, though. You'd be more apt to receive a lot of generic 'good job' kind of stuff. Not that that isn't nice to hear sometimes, but it isn't really helpful when in the editing process. A friend who will be honest with you is your best bet, I think (I'm actually writing a hub about that now.)
    You could try reaching out to fellow hubbers in the forums and see if someone would be willing to read some, too.
    My questions to you would be, 1)what type of novel are you writing? and 2) what kind of feedback are you looking for?

  3. Ronna Pennington profile image83
    Ronna Penningtonposted 5 years ago

    Maybe Readers' Favorite could help. I can't paste the link here; it's not allowed.They have a writing contest too, so maybe you could kill two birds with one stone. I don't know if they have fees or not.

  4. lovebuglena profile image86
    lovebuglenaposted 5 years ago

    The main character in the story is 19 years old so the novel doesn't quite fit into the YA category. As far as the genre... there is a love/relationship aspect to it... but not sure it is really romance or not. I am not good at classifying novels. I know for sure that it's not supernatural, or fantasy, or western, or sci-fi...

    As far as the feedback... it would be helpful if someone were to point out any weak spots in the story, or any parts of the story that perhaps should be edited or removed altogether or if anything should be added to the story that is currently not there... that kind of thing. I don't need someone to critique every word or sentence...

    I've had some people read my novel (people I know) and they said they enjoyed it, that it was great. Found some typos/errors in it that I've corrected. But they couldn't offer any constructive feedback on improving the novel, and as it is my first one I am sure it needs improving...

    I have been editing it for a long time, so what I have now is not the first draft. Not even the second...But even with so much editing I still feel that perhaps it is not the best it can be...

    1. Marian Designs profile image77
      Marian Designsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I write fiction, too, and I sympathize with you. I'm not sure that you will ever feel that your novel is the best that it can be. At some point, once you've gotten feedback from readers whom you trust, you have to let it go on out into the public.

  5. Ericajean profile image78
    Ericajeanposted 5 years ago

    Creating an author profile on Goodreads has helped me with getting a reader. Also, like someone else said, getting a close truthful friend who is always frank with you is another good help.

    I do book reviews for traditional and self published authors and the work is hard because I have so many books piled high to read. But just googling bloggers who would be more than willing to check out your novel helps as well. (Do a book giveaway on your website and pitch it to bloggers and let others know on your social networking site-folks love free stuff).

    Hope this helps.

  6. WalterPoon profile image79
    WalterPoonposted 5 years ago

    I wonder whether it would be better to just try your luck and sent it to a few publishers to get a feel. If they reject it, don't be too disappointed because some publishers don't entertain new writers. In my opinion, I think that looking for smaller publishers is better than looking for the big names. Once you have established a name, you can then contact the bigger publishers.

  7. whitacre1880 profile image61
    whitacre1880posted 5 years ago

    you could always post the novel on here and have some of us read it and help you out. some of us, like myself, are writers also. i havent done any full novels, but ive done several short stories and poetry. i would love to read it and help you out as much as i can

    1. Ericajean profile image78
      Ericajeanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good idea, Whitacre.

    2. whitacre1880 profile image61
      whitacre1880posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      thank you Ericajean


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)