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Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:32:29 PM

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So how to get published?

Lush is the first placed I have publisd any of my writings, and I have considered writing actual noval length erotic fiction (with a plot and everything!). The problem is (problems are).

I dont know if im good enough (if you get the time, have a look at my stories and let me know if they are of a publishable quality - Im talking grammar and sentence formation more than content).


I dont know where to go to enquire about publishing. Im UK based.

Any thoughts on how I should start off? I have plenty of writings and short stories, and a mind full of ideas that I want to share.

Happy reading/writing!

Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012 9:35:25 AM

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Here's some writing advice for today...not sure if it will really help you though...

If it does, you can thank me later...happy8

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Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012 10:03:39 AM

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Awesome. Made me smile...Probably because its true. d'oh!
Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012 2:39:45 PM

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We offer some general advice throughout these forums (this article is amusing: http://www.lushstories.com/forum/yaf_postst20266_This-article-should-be-absolute-required-reading-for-anyone-actually-looking-to-get-published.aspx), but you're better off going to a site which specialises in all genres of writing, offering specific advice.

There are many great sites out there for writers - google is your friend: http://www.writersdigest.com / http://www.fictionfactor.com/getpublished.html
Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012 4:58:09 PM

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Hi Orion,

Welcome to Lush. I've read your latest story (Nicky, My Babysitter) and I think you've got a lot of potential. There's nothing wrong with your spelling and grammar. The mods here are quite thorough when they check and don't let things through if they're not up to standard in that department.

But, getting published isn't all about the grammar. It's not all about content either. Somewhere between those two you have technique and structure and it's those which turn you from someone who can come up with a story and construct sentences into a good writer. If you'd like some extra feedback I'd be happy to pass on some of my limited experience. There's also a lot of great advice on this forum for starters, especially in Morgan Hawke's board.

Regarding finding a market for your work, try searching the web as Nic suggests. Start building up a list of blogs and markets as you come across them and you'll start to get a feel for what's out there. Network. Word of mouth can be a great way of finding leads. A lot of publishers advertise calls for submissions for short stories, so you might find you want to write something to their specific requirements as a way of getting your foot in the door.

If you're looking to write novel length stories then consider looking into finding an agent as a lot of publishers won't consider you unless you have one.

There are quite a few published authors here, so you could look to see who they are published with as a place to start.

Hope that helps.

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 5:17:12 AM

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General things first.

If you are going to submit to a publisher look at what sort of stories and/or novels that organisation publishes. It is no good submitting a hardcore rape porno short story set in contemporary Washington D.C. to a publisher who specialises in Sci-Fi novels.

Develop your story/novel until it is completely laid out and plotted; not necessarily completely written, but you need to know everybody who will appear as a real character in it, and everything important which will happen to them. You also need to have a good idea about locations. For example if a lot of the storyline occurs in a house you will need rough floor plans for every floor of that house. This is because most publishers ask for a complete synopsis of the novel and at least three chapters, usually the first three. Preparing the characters locations and plot will allow you to give a coherent synopsis.

Read the publisher’s web site and find a copy of their submission guidelines. If they want submissions double spaced on paper it is no good sending them an electronic copy – they simply won’t read it, let alone accept it. This applies to the least detail: If they specify that all paragraphs must be indented on the first line with a tab character – do that. Most publishers are inundated with unsolicited submissions, so ANY submission they can find ANY excuse not to read gets discarded.

Characters come in three sorts: I call them real, cardboard and ghost.
Real characters have names and personalities and are carefully introduced to the reader. I have a file with for each character with their information on it, including where, when, how, and why they appear at each stage of the story line.
Cardboard characters have names and notes on their appearance, but do not appear often, and so the reader does not know much about them.
Ghost characters do not even have names. For example “There you are sir,” said the barman handing him his martini, “stirred not shaken.”

An agent will cost you money, so try without one at first. E-publishing is easier to get into and can be a route to paper publishing.

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give anyone ANY money towards the cost of publishing your story, of selling it, of advertising it, or any other excuse. Those organisations are not interested in anything but getting the up-front money from you. They live on money from gullible would-be authors. Real publishers live on their cut from the sales of your book, which means if they don’t sell it they make nothing.

Particular things.

See my PM to you.

News of ALL my novels (and where to get free copies) via charmbrights@yahoo.co.uk
Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 5:59:07 AM

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Thank you everyone. Lots to go on there and plenty of research to be done also. I have a few ideas for longer length stories, but I think I will continue writing some shorter stories for lush first to gain some experience.
Again, thankyou for taking the time to post.
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