A Snarkling writes:
I've had a large part of a first version of my First Sucky Attempt at Novel Writing online because I didn't know better back in 2002. I've taken it down long ago, and I have to rewrite the sucker, but I still wonder if it counts as prepublished. The novel (Hist Fic saga) will probably clock in at 150K, and I had 95K up.... I still have most of the characters, the major plotline, though with some changes, and an entire subplot intact. I like the story, despite its shortcomings, and I will try to kick it into shape. But I'm also going to be honest about having had most of it online. I'd like to know if I better post it at my blog and have some copies made via Lulu for my friends, or if I still stand a chance to find an agent/publisher for it. BTW, I'm working on other projects besides, and those have never been online except for a few snippets.
prepublished? I'm not sure what that means. Everything including Miss Snark's hand written directions to Mr Clooney's Bel Aire home are "prepublished".
If you mean does it count as published, the answer is no.
Two standards to use:
1. does it have an ISBN number? If the answer is no, it's still just Xerox copies off the machine.
2. Did anyone enter into a contract with you for publication rights for all or pieces of it? If the answer is no, you're good.
Putting it on your blog isn't publication. Putting it on my blog isn't publication. Putting it on the Random House web site is hacking, a felony, and probably going to get you some unwelcome attention from the boys in blue, but it's still not publication.
I'm not sure what Lulu is but those two standards should still be applicable.