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Ok, so for my first post, I think it's best to get out there that i have finally finished my first novel, a young adult fantasy. It's called Death's Warrior. I will post a summary up here later.  It's been a process.  I've even all ready re-wrote the entire thing once.  It has been a great adventure so far, and now I'm trying to find a publisher or agent who will look at it.  I'd prefer a publisher over and agent, though.  An agent is good and all ,but i doubt they'd be able to help me much.  All the ones I've contact haven't wanted a thing to do with my book. 

Well, that's most of what I want to say in this post.  Look forward to more as I've started a new novel, this one focused at adults.  It's a bit of a mix of steampunk setting with some classical fantasy elements. 

Later,

CJ

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writingtotry
Aug. 3rd, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Hey!
I stumbled across your journal from one the the fiction communties, just wanted to wish you luck in getting published.

I've just finished writing my first full length novel (YA) and hope to get it published too...if i can just stop giving it a nip and a tuck!

Anyway, it's always nice to read about others striving for the same goal. x
cassandra_jent
Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey!
If you want some advice on trying to get published, I'm willing to share. I've spoken with a published cartoonist and she's given me some advice.
writingtotry
Aug. 4th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey!
Thanks, any pointers are MORE than welcome...after doing some research i decided to go the agent route but that's about as far as my thinking has taken me so far. Am yet to put anything into practice!x
cassandra_jent
Aug. 4th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey!
Agents are good. Also, try looking into small press operations. There's always the option of self publishing. Amazon has a good program that's free to join and is print on demand. The book is listed on amazon.com and everything. Try specialist publications. Build up your credentials by getting some works in magazines dealing with your genre/subject matter. Start a blog (got to love lj). If worse come to worse, get a following and publish a few excerpts on your lj and make people want to rad your masterpiece. Then get it self published.

And if you were just wondering, and so i can plug the name of my cartoonist friend, this advice came from Carol Tyler, winner of an Inkpot award at ComicCon this year.
writingtotry
Aug. 4th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey!
thanks for that, it's really helpful. I have heard/read some bad things about self-publishing though which put me off. The general impression i got was that self-published books aren't really taken very seriously...as in it's a last resort after years of rejection...maybe that's the wrong way to look at it, i don't know.

I'll definitely check out some Carol Tyler work..friends in the know are a gem!

Cheers, Lipsy x
cassandra_jent
Aug. 5th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Re: Hey!
You're very welcome. One of the things about self-publishing that really needs to be understood is that, with services from amazon and a few others, is that the book manuscript can still be sold to publishers as the copyright owner is the one doing the publishing. Rights are retained by the writer. So if you write another novel that gets picked up by an agent/publisher, you can probably get your first book published soon after, especially if they two novels are in the same genre.

Caro's nice. My mother is her mother's beautician. Carol's a professor at the University of Cincinnati and a Residency artist in the Arts Learning Program with the Ohio Arts Council. She knows her way around a graphic novel. If you like WWII soldier stories, her graphic novel "You'll Never Know: Collateral Damage" may be something you might be interested in.
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