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Catherine Chisnall

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Copyright 2011 Catherine Chisnall

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How To Get Your Book Published

A momentous year

2010 was a landmark year for me. It was the year I realised my most cherished and long held ambition- to publish a novel. Many people have the same ambition, so I thought I would tell potential authors how I did it, to give them inspiration. I emphasise that this is how I did it, this is not a guaranteed method. But it is pretty effective, as I found out.

Practise, practise, practise.

I have been writing novels for years, but never dared show them to anyone, fearing criticism. Then I found the perfect place to practise writing, where I would be supported and encouraged: a fan fiction site! Here, people write stories about their favourite programme or film: Harry Potter; Twilight; Home and Away; Neighbours etc. What they wish would happen, or part of the story or characters they didn't see much of on screen. Pick a programme or film you love (there are fan sites for every conceivable franchise) and join one you like the look of.

Fans will tell you how believable and realistic your stories are, and give constructive criticism and advice. You can hone your writing skills: plots, characters, dialogue, descriptions for as long as you want.

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