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Forum: Unpublished Writers

Discuss the road to being published. Share your experiences/dilemmas/questions with fellow unpublished writers and published writers here. Search our archives via the blue "Search" link at the top of forum pages (not the main site search) for answers.

  1. What do agents/publishers look for?

    It's really hard to know what to write next when you don't know what will strike an agent or publisher. I'm a fiction writer and am waiting for that...

    Started by Kyle Anderson‎, 01-12-2012 11:33 AM
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    02-28-2012, 02:49 AM Go to last post
  2. Groups that would be right for my writing genre

    I am still reading a bunch of middle grade novels (although I may cut it down to fifty instead of a hundred, because I may run out of recently...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 01-26-2012 11:38 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    02-21-2012, 09:09 PM Go to last post
  3. Criticism in the publishing industry

    I've heard that agents and editors criticize harshly to authors and sometimes make them rewrite their work. One time, I submitted my older book to a...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 02-13-2012 08:22 AM
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    • Replies: 33
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    02-17-2012, 11:38 PM Go to last post
  4. Should I say my book has been published or unpublished?

    I have a book on the market called Alyssa's African Adventures, about the same girl (although now I changed her last name to McCarthy), except she...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 11-06-2011 07:06 AM
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    • Replies: 21
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    12-01-2011, 02:03 PM Go to last post
  5. Questions about my Writing Future...

    I have been writing my entire life and have never been so deturmined to get published as I have this last three years, though I would really like to...

    Started by KyAuna Alonzo‎, 10-18-2011 01:10 PM
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    agent, book, future, passion, questions
    • Replies: 12
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    11-24-2011, 10:31 AM Go to last post
  6. Upper Middle Grade or Lower Young Adult?

    Here's a description of my book: Twelve-year-old Alyssa Norris has been going through tough times of her life. She lost her parents at the age of...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 10-03-2011 01:43 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    10-21-2011, 03:55 PM Go to last post
  7. Is first person the main style of narratives for this time?

    I browsed Amazon for recently publishing middle grade novels. Every look inside book had first-person narratives. My book, meanwhile, is in third...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 10-14-2011 05:59 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    10-16-2011, 03:46 PM Go to last post
  8. Competing with a published nonfiction book similar to mine

    I've finished writing my book Don't Wear Shorts on Stage which is a Q&A covering everything in stand-up comedy except joke writing technique. I...

    Started by Rob Durham‎, 10-13-2011 04:49 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    10-14-2011, 05:53 AM Go to last post
  9. Rejected!!!

    After sending out query letters to over a dozen lit. agents for my first novel, I patiently waited for days and weeks to hear back from someone....

    Started by Ty Waller‎, 09-15-2011 01:53 PM
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    10-02-2011, 10:22 PM Go to last post
  10. What's the story with this new crop of e-publishers?

    While I continue to query (unsuccessfully) literary agents, I have begun thinking about other options. I've rejected the idea of self-publishing...

    Started by Kenneth Teicher‎, 08-12-2011 02:42 PM
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    • Replies: 25
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    09-29-2011, 11:47 AM Go to last post
  11. Online Critique Groups That Allow Minors

    I've had trouble finding critique groups online that allow minors. Almost everything I could find required writers to be 18 years or older. My...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 09-23-2011 03:18 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 2,747
    09-28-2011, 03:34 AM Go to last post
  12. Back of Book Index for Bible Verses

    Might anyone know how I can build a Scripture Index? Using MS Word (Mac 2008) I am able to generate a general index, but I cannot seem to find a way...

    Started by Charles Bancroft‎, 10-26-2009 04:23 AM
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    • Replies: 15
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    09-23-2011, 11:21 AM Go to last post
  13. Looking for Literary Agent for Two Psychological Thrillers

    I am looking for a Literary Agent to publish two psychological thrillers. Marketing might dictate a timed release as the beginning of book 2 is...

    Started by Michael Letterman‎, 07-29-2011 09:26 AM
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    • Replies: 16
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    09-19-2011, 11:54 PM Go to last post
  14. Do I REALLY need an agent?

    I've heard a lot of mentions about agents on this on this forum and elsewhere, and I'm wondering if I really do need one. I've heard that having an...

    Started by Jody Mosier‎, 07-22-2011 11:17 PM
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    • Replies: 22
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    09-19-2011, 01:21 PM Go to last post
  15. Question Advise please

    Hi, thanks for reading my post. I am not a writer per se. I like to tell stories, I discovered this when my son was a toddler and to put him to...

    Started by Lionel Bajaña‎, 06-24-2011 06:30 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    09-19-2011, 01:16 PM Go to last post
  16. Attn: Short Story Writers

    Want to sell your short stories as PDF donwloads to over 3 billion potential computers and mobile devices and keep all the proceeds. You need a...

    Started by jules jules‎, 09-19-2011 12:00 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    09-19-2011, 01:11 PM Go to last post
  17. something you should know about editors and rejection letters

    Hi all, I'm new here and new to fiction writing. Sitting on a middle-childhood novel manuscript, ruminating about publication options, I have this...

    Started by M.A. F.‎, 08-02-2011 11:48 AM
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    09-09-2011, 03:18 PM Go to last post
  18. Characters, Plot Structure, Viewpoints

    I've read many articles and books regarding the above, and wonder if anybody here has read works authored by Gioa, Gwynn, James Scott Bell and Nancy...

    Started by Robin Teeter‎, 09-09-2011 05:43 AM
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    09-09-2011, 11:42 AM Go to last post
  19. New Literary Agencies

    Does anyone know of a listing of "new literary agencies" on the net? I used to have a link to a hotline that gave continuous updates when something...

    Started by J D‎, 09-05-2011 03:31 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    09-09-2011, 07:27 AM Go to last post
  20. Oh my God!!!

    I love to write childrens stories.I have 3 finished and ready to go! But where? How and who is the question! I cant pay 4000.00 to have my book...

    Started by Kathy Curtin‎, 08-11-2011 11:35 AM
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    • Replies: 17
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    09-05-2011, 05:02 PM Go to last post

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