All book writers, answer with a post here to be read, follow, and be followed! I just posted the first ten chapters of my novel, Critical Mass, for my followers, and would love to read work by other new authors, as well as share my own!
You'll find that publishing a novel or book online isn't always a smart move marketing or publishing wise. Most publishers are unlikely to publish something already online and fiction is a very poor money maker on the internet.
If you're interested in the creative writing community here, I'd advise having a look at Website Examiner's profile. He does editing and reviews and has a lot of knowledge in the creative writing field.
@Wrylit. I would never attempt to be published by a conventional book publisher. The road is too long. The competition is too intense. To me, it's just not worth the stress. Many good writers are finding ways of marketing their work on the web by self-publishing. There are many best sellers out there who self-published.
Wrylit, not true anymore. The current ethos is that if an author can make millions online without a publisher, then the publishers rush to offer them contracts.
check out the story of Amanda Hocking.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/ja … publishing
Also, my online book "You can heal your life through Dream Therapy" has had a mainstream publisher approach me three times over the past year. In addition, I only found out a few days ago, it was actually no 50 on itunes last year in Australia.
I wish I had known about measuring marketing but I am clueless when it comes to marketing.
good for you for moving forward with your writing, and inviting others to join you! You got it going!
Robert Elias Ballard and pen name Putz Ballard. I'm on Lulu, Google, and Amazon in print and eBook formats. Mine are memoirs and short stories with some inspiration thoughts. Self published.
I am new to HubPages... just trying to get my feet wet. I am slowly but surely re-writing and posting a couple of novels that I have been working on for years. I am a bit tenative, as thus far, I have only shared my work with my students and a few friends. I would like to complete a novel(s) sometime in the future. I appreciate the enthusiam and support on HubPages. Check out my first chapter of Nora Knows... I plan to find more time to read and comment on your novel as well as others.
I have thought of posting some of my material. Is it safe to do so? Are you finding you have a large fan base? Do you have an agent? I have a publisher reading my material right now. Do you think they would mind if I pus some of my manuscript online?
tlmntim9 at Hubpages also at blogger, redgage, triond, Bukisa, she told me, and best reviewer or see my own websites. Tim Wilkinson or Wayne wilks.
I have a few books on Amazon.com and another on the way. Lots of experienced writers are not looking for publishers these days. Even if you were published the conventional way a few years ago, you will find it more difficult now. Print publishers and book sellers are not doing as well right now. Borders, for example, is going into bankruptcy this week! Self-publication is true liberation. Maybe I should write something about the evils of traditional publishing houses! At any rate, you'll find my Amazon books my posts on the subject of writing and at my profile page if you click my name above next to the cat.
Kim Blacknall, I love writing fiction and Stagecoaching=which is where me and a friend, take turns writing every other chapter. Though we are not allowed to talk about the story.
Hi. My book, 'The Great Reflection', took years of study to realize. I placed in at Lulu. Then I got it on Amazon, through Create Space. Unfortunately, it was tucked away on a back shelf in their used book section. I have yet to get any reads or sales.
I thought to go through Create Space with my fantasy novel, 'The Faerie Dusters', but they would not help me publish it unless I cut 500 pages from it. Not at all helpful.
Since then, I have busied myself with other studies, now in Gnostic and apocryphal texts rather than the Bible. I have placed the occasional blog with portions of my work, but sadly, no one seems to be interested.
More recently, I have begun posting from my study, 'Winged Thoughts, the small book of angels', on my Wix home page. I will do one chapter per blog. Perhaps, I will do the same with my fantasy novel.
It is all just busy work. Without monetary encouragement, or even an audience, a writer fails in the calling.
Don't lose heart, my friend... I've found that the deeper the subject matter, the fewer people understand it enough to comment on it!! Fire off some mainstream dreck and slap a girly picture on it for a test if you want to see for yourself... people will eat it up! Keep the faith... you'll find your audience! Thanks for your input, it's good to see activity on this thread again!!!
I just finished my first "short story" called, "The Story of Ginny". I've had a few Hub friends come by, and so far it seems to be well received. I hope you guys will take a look and leave some comments.
Wondering if Hubbers have the time to read more than one page? Mine is total of 3 Hub pages.Thanks.
Thanks WryLilt, I have updated my profile to make it a bit more informative.
I love writing... it is the ultimate sharing and caring... the way I express myself the best.. I just published my first short story and am excited to read what other's think.. I am considering hubbing my first novel, chapter by chapter... asking questions about copyright and if people could steal ideas or not... thanks...
My book: "The Reason Why Traditional Nursing Homes in America Suck & How Anyone Can Help Bring About the Changes for Every Single Nursing Home in America Today"
Long title but talks about why all nursing homes need Culture Change. I also have posted many hubs concerning nursing home treatment.
BobbiRant, you could have told us that your book is available on Amazon.
You are right, I forgot. Thank you so much for saying so. I got in a hurry. It is on Amazon and on Kindle too. Thanks. You are very sweet.
do you have an agent? How does one get an agent? I have a publisher reading my manuscript right now, but they would prefer to work through an agent. Why?
Sounds strange to me. Either a publisher accepts to work with authors or they do not. If they require an agent, they will not read your manuscript if you submit directly. If they do not require an agent, it is all up to you whether to find one or not.
the book: "A Boy in a Hurry for Manhood to Arrive" is about my years in the military, first in the regular Army then as a DI in the Reserves as well why I joined. On Amazon.
You'll find me on here talking about my Murder Mystery books and many other things I gleemed from my research.
Plus of course there's my own Web Site and more than a few reviews written about me and my work.
Not sure putting an entire book onto an open site like this is too smart an idea though !
The way I look at it is this; if we are good enough and our stories are well written then sooner or later we will be found. Independent Word of Mouth is a great way for the World to be told about us.
Beats blowing our own trumpet too often... Toot Toot !
Says Merlin Fraser, author of the Inner Space trilogy, available on Lulu.com and the author's handsome website, merlin-fraser.com.
Don't forget Amazon as well in both Paperback and E Book versions, not to mention a review of Book One by Website Examinier himself no less !
He hasn't got to books two and three Yet ! But I live in hope....
Now that you made it public, how can I say no? I will be sure to have Book Two and Three reviewed by the end of January 2011. Looking forward to it, matter of fact!
hey love the idea of this
I'm only 19 but finished one novel and doing my second and the biggest thing ive found is getting feedback on them. I'm not worries about putting them online as i know none are good enough to be published and need feedback and experience lol
I like the idea of getting the writers to know each other and check each others work out
If you can get a free plug for your work too all the better
Into speculative, fantasy, and mystery writing. Two novels completed, several short stories and about 50 poems.
So far, this chain has produced some work definitely worth following! Thanks to everyone who has posted so far... Hopefully this will spread... I saw one like this for poetry, and basically copped the idea, because it seems too much is lost to the obscurity of the "WWW"
Just joined and posted the first chapter of my book here.
Normally I'd be writing fantasy, but this is a fiction in a more modern day place, following a detective named Theodore Mosley, and he tracks down a serial killer offing both Mob and innocents alike.
It's not a big focus on mystery or detective aspects though, and is much more about the state of affairs the city itself is in and what not.
I probably should have posted something prior to the first chapter though, to give people more of an incentive to read it.
But regardless, I'm virtually done with it, and I'll just be posting chapters up as I finish my revisions and what not, hopefully at least one a week.
I do plan to start reading what some of you guys have posted as well, since I have quite a bit of free time this coming couple weeks.
Michael Crissman, welcome to HubPages! I realize you have only been here a few hours, but I highly recommend getting yourself an avatar. Branding yourself on a public forum doesn't work very well without one.
What an exciting post !
Enjoying reading all the input. It has restored my inspiration to focus on a long ago writing goal
I have a book that I have written and I'm self publishing through Create-a-Space. I'm still in the editing stages and I hope to comeple that by the end of the up comming year 2011. I am writing short stories on hub pages at this time to get people to know my writing. So I hope that you'll read my hubs ans enjoy them.
Thank you, shape_shifter for posting this Hub. What a great idea! Wrylit, thank you as well for your wise warning.
I’ve just joined HubPages on December 6th & have found it to be full of inspiration & really great people! I’ve posted, on HubPages, the first three chapters of my humorous novel, “The Authentic History of Harbour Castle”. Your comments & constructive feedback are welcome.
I look forward to reading everyone’s fiction!
This is a great idea. Thanks for starting this.
In addition to my hubs, I have started writing articles about things to do in Madison, Wisconsin for the examiner.com.
I also write erotica for theeroticwoman.com and oystersandchocolate.com.
I am working on having my first novel published. It is entitled, The Perfect Stranger. I'll keep you posted on that.
I also just recently started a creative writing blog that is designed to provide writers with exercises to keep their creative juices flowing, keep them updated on contests and other opportunities and provide a range of other resources including publishers and helpful websites. I call it The Elusive Muse and I hope people will check it out. Eventually I will transition to an income generating blog, but for now, I'm just getting my thoughts and knowledge out there.
Wonderful idea! Thanks for the opportunity. My name is Gina Magini. My book is called The Gypsy Pall. It's for adults only and available on lulu. thanks!
Well, I'm writing a book and the first drafts of parts 1 and 2 are on hubs, but as a short story cycle and I don't intend to post the whole thing online, not before trying to get it published first.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Notebook-a-tale … ies-part-1
I'd love some constructive feedback on it.
(part 2 is here on hubs, the next two parts are already on my blog, but not yet here because I want the first parts read first:)
Thanks for chance to share my info.
My book is called James Willis Makes a Million and it is geared toward middle readers, but it's a story really for anyone. It's available on lulu. Thanks again!
Hello writers, my book is Where the River Splits, published in 2008 by a small international England/Spain publisher, who has since succumbed to the Great Recession, although their website is still functional. I had an excellent review in the St. Louis-Post Dispatch, and one of my stories has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize; however, as you guys likely already know, making money from publishing fiction is extremely difficult. Recently, my hubs have been focussing on 35 years of trying to become a paid fiction writer.
Thank you again, shape_shifter for creating this chance to share! This is my second submission to your Hub.
I've posted the prologue of my historical novel "The Making of Lhiannon Sidhe". I welcome & look forward to constructive feedback!
Okay, "Yhe Mythidria Chronicles: Rise of the Nightmare" published through Stonehedge Publications and available now on Amazon, MobiPokets, Diesel, BooksonBoard, and a host of other site, incuding internationally. I come to HubPages to divert from my "serious" writing and flex my humour a bit. Currently, I'm working on the second in the series as well as another story I started during NaNoWriMo 2010 to do for this year.
Cheers and best of luck.
I have hubs here that mention my work as a writer. Disco evil has been mentioned and also my novel Ghost Dance.
I thought, at this point, I should place another shameless self-plug on here, mainly just because I am a compulsive symmetry freak... lol Balance is the key to efficiency. Efficiency is beautiful... efficiency is art. http://hubpages.com/hub/Author-Introduc … tical-Mass there it is, was, and will continue to be, but probably will only evolve for another two to three more chapters on HubPages, as I am getting ready to publish to CreateSpace and Smashwords. This will hopefully be a timely favor to any of the dedicated readers who have been following my painfully slow release of chapters here, but obviously read much faster than I've wanted to publish the individual hubs... My apologies, and Thank you for you interest and diligence!It may please you to know that the next book in the series is already evolving faster than I can capture it... For anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about, the novel is called "Critical Mass," and is a hopeful look through a dismal, and probably unavoidable future here on Earth, at a collision between races, distant in time and space that was foretold over 2000 years ago by the lore of Nordic man in the time of the early Vikings, but plays out 93 light years from Earth in a fight for the survival of 2 races, and their planet, in the system of the "Demon Sun," Algol, the binary "twin" star that has mystified mankind for centuries.
It is available for preview at the above link, and hopefully very soon for puchase on various know eBook outlets... Thank you, everyone, for your input to this thread! There are some stellar writers in here, to be sure, though sadly I have only reached the tip of the iceberg in checking everyone out!!! It is my goal to do just that, and so far, I've been impressed with what I've been able to see! Wassail!
I have 21 chapters of my novel, "The Swamp" posted and am furiously working to finish it by late summer. A daunting task but made easier by my addiction to writing hubs. I have also written several "how-to" hubs for writers, as well as a bunch of chapters from my horror novel, "The Thing in the Corner" and the continuation, "Sam and the Creature". I welcome any and all comments and am a big fan already of many of you posting here. Good luck and see you in the world of fiction!
I have founded the HubPages Fiction Writers Club to help give exposure to promising fiction writers here. Unsurprisingly, I have written a hub about that. Membership is free, with 1 or 2 newsletters to be sent out each month.
which really is a brilliant concept. Thanks for that,
I have 3 hardcover and 4 will be published in February. Insanity is writing on 4 at once, need to step back from my work here for a bit but love what's developing elsewhere so......
I have two serials on the go, they are both urban fantasies.
Vannryks and Werewovles
This is about the controversial love that develops between a werewolf and a vannryk, who are natural enemies. Vannryks are a new creature of urban fantasy, they're pretty cool.
The Dormant Soldier Chronicles: Beauty of Darkness
This is a Japanese anime and Captain Planet inspired story of 4 young men who each discover that they have the power of one of the four elements.
I have two books, one is a chess book for kids, and the other is a young adult fiction called "Ainsworth" about life growing up on a farm in Nebraska, a way of life gone by. Both are available at Amazon.com and at my websites which can be found on my profile.
I've just published a press release hub for my third CreateSpace book. If you have time, take a look at it, and then suggest where I should send the press release.
There are people selling contact lists of libraries and schools and reviewers. They are charging hundreds of dollars for these lists. I propose that we hubber authors help each other compile our own lists for free.
Cecilia, glad you like the idea! I think we can each start with our own local library or university library or local book reviewer, if we actually read a newspaper. ;->
We can then decide which of our fellow hubber's books are worthy of being recommended to each contact. One book might be right for a particular contact but not another. (Each of us might only come up with a list of about five contacts, and we needn't recommend every book to each of them, we can be selective.) It could still amount to quite a lot, if we pool our resources.
I actually think that's a great idea. I mean this is beginning to feel like a writer's domain. I am still in the process of writing however. No books out yet.
Compiling a listing of promotional contacts that is accessible sounds like a great idea. But it also sounds like a monumental task to sort through all of publishing related services, websites and charlatans.
Aya, I’d also like to hear about your experience with create space.
There's a very easy way to tell the charlatans from those who are not: charlatans charge money. They charge money for writing reviews. They charge money for giving you contact lists. They charge money for generating publicity. In most of these cases, if you don't derive any benefit from their product, they'll blame your book, or you for not knowing how to use it.
The great thing about CreateSpace is that you can do it for free, and they make their money when you sell a book. This is how it should be.
Now, mind you, CreateSpace will try to sell you all sorts of packages, too, from editing to typesetting, to promotion and reviews. But the good thing is: you can say "no, thank you" and they'll still let you publish your book.
I finished my first novel three years ago. It is on Amazon, and as you know, you can read a few pages--enough to give a rough preview. Link is on my profile page.
I didn't know this place exist till I published first chapter from my further book. I am glad I did. Very interesting posts here as well, could not agree with everyone but it just let me think how many people are writing. I don't write for money, I write for me. Besides my six marketing books, this is my first attempt to write.
I see some of you not a new to this and I would like your opinion. I did show to a few friends of mine, but you know friends, they always trying to be nice.
It is different with you, you don't know me and wouldn't be afraid to be judgemental. You don't have to follow me if you don't want to, I just will appreciate your opinion.
And one last thing, English is not my first language and it hasn't been edited yet, please don't look at that.
I researched CS, a bit, and I am a member, but only as a result of an agent suggestion to submit my novel to the ABNA. I am however unconvinced as to participating with publishing there, unless I win of course, a doubtful venture considering the parameters.
I found (so far) the CS marketing avenues limited compared to other publishing options, but I am still researching. CS does still hold my interest as a marketing vehicle, therefore my question into your experience
There are a few publishing entities that market to not only to Amazon, but other book retailers as well, like Barnes and Noble and Borders to name just a couple and you can also deliver your work in multiple electronic platforms, POD and/or limited run.
I was just curious as to your results with CS, not exact figures, just generalities.
There are MANY publishing entities that do that, but how many of them do it for free? To me, that's the big selling point with CS.
It's not about how much I make with them -- it's that I'm not expending anything out of pocket. So far, I haven't made anything to write home about, but it's been about three dollars per copy sold... It sure beats Adsense!
It means that I can continue to publish as many books as I like a year. Some people spend all their money on one book, going for bestseller or bust, but then when it's not a success, they don't have anything left for the next one.
I started small with two small children's books and no press release and no book trailer and very few reviews, and I still sold some books. The next one, which is coming out soon will get more attention, but it's still just a chapter book.
Next after that come some novels. By then, I hope to have more of a handle on promotion. That, to me, is the real problem area.
They say that even if only one of your books starts to sell, it will help the others.
Hi, I'm writing a book on meditation. I just joined hubpages, and its great to be here and meet you all
Most of the services that have interested me are basically free, no outlay of cash, only royalty shares, just like CS and Amazon, some as little as 6%. Just like getting a publishing house and an agent, but I've seen these deals with splits as high a 70/30 and the author ain’t getting the 70.
The best ones I have come across so far take a bit higher cut upto about 23%(which includes the retailer) but they also distribute through multiple retailers on varing platforms and appear to have decent price supports with quality servicing.
I haven’t chosen a specific one yet because there are other aspects in my promotional campaign for which they do not support. In all likelihood I will use one of these in conjunction with distribution from my own website.
Yes, I’d agree publicity is the biggest contributor to publishing success, though notoriety it seems lately must be directed towards the author not the work. That’s one of the reasons entering the traditional publishing world is so difficult. The work alone, sometimes no matter how good, can’t crack the glitz.
At CreateSpace we set out own book price, so the royalty percentage is something we ourselves decide. CreateSpace will tell you how much they want for making each copy of the book, so there's a minimum price. But you get to decide how how high to set it. I get a lot more than the eight percent under a traditional publishing contract. (Of course, I'm also the cover designer and the editor, and the proof reader and the publicist.)
The trick to selling books seems to be author cachet. Hopefully, we don't have to become notorious to sell books, we just have to seem mildly interesting.
Not sure where the 8% came from, but in the systems I am considering the author sets the retail price, a commission percentage is then paid by author, via deduction from the revenue a book generates, I have seen these commission rates as low as 6 percent and as high as 23%; meaning if a book sells in ebook format for $5.00, the author receives between $4.85 to $3.85 per copy. The difference in the percentages is often traced to the level of service. The lower being for direct digital delivery and collection only.
Not sure what you mean by commission paid by the author. I look at it this way, CreateSpace gets paid for producing the physical book. CreateSpace gets to set the price for that right up front. So if it costs $5.00 to make the book, and you set your price at five dollars, then you get nothing. But on the other hand, you can set the price of the book as high as you like, and the higher you set it, the higher is the percentage of the cover price that you receive. (Of course, set it too high and nobody will buy it, so to some degree the market determines this.)
I pay zero out of pocket for the book to be produced, though CreateSpace gets its five bucks or so for every book produced, and I keep the difference between the price of production and the price I set. In this scenario, nobody got paid a commission.
But sometimes I do get paid a commission for selling one of my books as an Amazon associate. That comes out of Amazon's take, not my pay as an author. The commission is tiny compared to my earnings as the publisher and author.
First book: Berry Fields West
Available on www.amazon.com is about a young university student living in an antagonistic Pennsylvania suburb named after the infamous Strawberry Fields of Liverpool in England.
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You can publish a book at Lightning Source, CreateSpace & Lulu as a publisher, retaining your own ISBN & copyright. You retain complete control of the book as if you were sending it out to a printer. You basically use these 3 sources as printers with the added feature of having your book placed in each of their online stores & marketed & distributed by Ingram & Baker & Taylor. I did so with my first book, A Different Kind of Sentinel. No printer can beat their prices! Lightning Source produced the best copy. You can order what ever number of books you want. I ordered 100 & had them at my house in less than a week, ready to sell.
I know I responded before, but time to throw myself out again after being re-released.
"The Mythidria Chronicles: Rise of the Nightmare" Is available on Amazon, Google, Diesel, Amazon UK, and Borders. SO far this is just the re-release. FOr Amazon, you want the lower priced version as it is the correct and properly formatted version that was to have been originally released.
I will be having a promo ad done by both my brother (an absolute GENIUS with music and animation) and I. I am also working on a line of action figures and accessories to coincide with the release of book 2 later this year.
I hope folks look to get this book (on Kindle or .pdf) enjoy it, and drop a line to say what they thought. All criticism is welcome, taken as constructive, and negativity ignores.
Thanks Website Examiner for your patience in letting the geek here ramble along.
I am writing my first complete novel, "The Swamp" and have posted the first hundred pages on Hubpages. I don't know if I should continue and post the whole thing or not, but I have some time to decide, I guess. I am getting very good reviews on the book so far. I believe I have a chance to publish traditionally, and will try and go that route first.
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Posting a novel on HubPages is not always a rewarding experience. Others have done that, then come back to want to take it down because of lack of traffic and feedback.
I currently publish my books through Lulu too and have accepted requests for articles (re: Autism Spectrum) for magazines in the U.K and U.S. (which was a huge honour for me).
Self publishing is becoming huge now, as many people get tired of the effort involved with submitting manuscripts to publishers and the time it takes. Rejections can take the wind out of your sails too.
I wish you well and success with your writing
Author: VH Folland.
Fire Season, my first novel, is now out but gets its national release on 16th April. I've had to use a penname to avoid confusion and help SEO. Fire Season is a small press release with Kindle to follow shortly. The book has standard distribution (Nielsen listed, Amazon, Waterstones etc) and Book Depository are offering free shipping worldwide.
I'm self publishing my first book, a collection of WWII and OSS memoirs. I think self publishing is certainly the way to publish now. One should diligently research self publishing companies before choosing. I've been happy with the one I chose. The name of my book is Phantom Seven, and I'm publishing through WinePress.
Hey everybody! Just a quick update to say that my novel, "Critical Mass," is published and selling!!! For right now, it's available only as an ebook, but by early summer, it will be in paperback and hardback! (There are still some considerations before this can be achieved...) Thank you all for your support (as well as input and criticism) throughout my hubpages preview, and I invite you to check it out at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/49222
The beautiful finished cover came courtesy of our own Website Examiner, and his very talented business associate/ graphic artist! If any of you are stumbling in this department, I highly recommend you contact W.E. for a possible solution... My book can be purchased in any format necessary for ereaders, or may I recommend PDF for a very good "on screen" or printable read on your computer... Hope you all enjoy it, and keep a weather eye for the sequel, which is already in progress!!!
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