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Elinor Brynn says...



To Begin:

You will have to add the first chapter of the novel to the forums. To do this, go to the black bar on top of the screen and click 'submit'. From there, click the appropriate genre and post the first chapter of your work.

Alternatively, you can post the first chapter by going to Discover Works and then clicking All Literary Forums. There, you can scroll down to find the genre -- make sure you post in Novels, not Short Stories!

Creating Your Page:

1. Once the chapter is posted, there should be a blue bar on the upper right-hand side asking if this a new project you are working on. Hit yes and you'll be taken to a creation screen.

2. Type in a title and sure all parts of the story are labeled in the same way, with 'Chapter #" distinguishing them. For example, a novel entitled The Wind and the Sea would have the corresponding parts 'The Wind and the Sea Chapter 1', 'The Wind and the Sea Chapter 2' and so on.

3. Write a brief synopsis describing your novel in one or two sentences, and a plot description that can be as detailed or as short as you wish.

4.When you get to Step 2, you can pick a cover. Step 3 asks you to pick a color for the the title and, if you wish, a pen name and an extra phrase for the cover.

5. Step 4 verifies chapters to your project -- make sure you check everything you want to add. If there is something that is part of a different project you do not want, or for instance, want to remove chapters because they are rougher drafts, you can simply un-check the box next to that chapter.

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1. When all of that is finished, you will have your novel page. To access it in the future, you can go to Discover Works and then hit 'Novels and Novellas' and then 'View Your Novels'. Another way you can access it is by simply by going to any of the chapters and clicking on the 'view novel' option in the blue bar.

You can edit it and change details at what ever time that you so wish by clicking 'edit' via the blue bar at the side of any of the chapters or at your project screen.

2. To add additional chapters to your project, repeat the same process that you used to submit the first chapter. You'll find a blue bar asking you if this is a part of your project -- if it is, click yes and it will add the chapter automatically.

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Thanks for this, Ellie, however, it's not quite working for me. Because, well, I have posted a new work (Codra-Chapter One) but that blue bar which usually appears at the top hasn't come. Have I done something wrong?
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Inbetweener>> Have you put it in the novel forum? If you put it in the short story forum, it won't work! However, you can get a mod to move it for you! Just PM the guys in green and they'll be happy to move it. :)
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Yeah, I actually realised that shortly after I posted that. Sorry...
But yes, I got a mod to move it for me! Thanks for you help, anyways!
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DelanieHeart says...



Thanks so much :) This actually really helps me. I don't know whether this counts as a short story or not so I'll just put it under novel because I hope it's long.

Also, can I just post an idea and have people review that or does it have to be a story?

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Rosey Unicorn says...



Also, can I just post an idea and have people review that or does it have to be a story?


That's what Writers Corner is for. :) Feel free to post ideas there!
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Well I'll be sure to check that out because I'm bursting with ideas that can't be tamed. Like Miley ;)

Anyways, thanks and I'll check that out right now!

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Is there any way to delete chapters from your novel at all, like still keep them on your portfolio but just not on the novel anymore. I have some chapters I want to take out but can't figure out how, I've had to resort to renaming them 'no longer a part of the novel,' which is lame and looks really messy on my novel page :(
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amiemalamie wrote:Is there any way to delete chapters from your novel at all, like still keep them on your portfolio but just not on the novel anymore. I have some chapters I want to take out but can't figure out how, I've had to resort to renaming them 'no longer a part of the novel,' which is lame and looks really messy on my novel page :(


Sorry amiemalamie, but there is no way to do that presently. I agree it's a pretty big problem, and it's something that will be fixed within the next month.
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Yay for the fixing though :)
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Is it possible to post a custom cover for your novel instead of the ones in the gallery? Just wondering.
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CelticaNoir wrote:Is it possible to post a custom cover for your novel instead of the ones in the gallery? Just wondering.


Nate's working on it. :) Just be patient!
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Okiiiiiies.

Rosey Unicorn wrote:
CelticaNoir wrote:Is it possible to post a custom cover for your novel instead of the ones in the gallery? Just wondering.


Nate's working on it. :) Just be patient!
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Can you post one chapter at a time or does it have to be all at once?
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You should post one chapter at a time! That's the what the novel system is for, because it collects all the chapters into one page. :) However, if you do want to post it all at once, there's a different board for that - see advanced critiques: forum159.html

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