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I have been working on a novel about a girl who sees the Blessed Virgin Mary in a small city in late 20th century America, namely, Cleveland. I enjoy your feedback, as I've conversed with some of you in the past. Do you think it could become a best-seller? I have researched some of the writers on this site and, while noticing their talent, have begun to gain confidence that I never had before--that with a lot of hard work, anyone can get published.
Have any of you been published before nationally? What does it feel like? Some of the bloggers here are well-known at the national level.
I write, but am not published. From the little research I have done, there seems to be a very small (but growing) niche market for Catholic writing. Try http://www.tuscanypress.com. They are having a contest with a June deadline.
I write fiction from a (necessarily) Catholic POV, but have consciously toned it down to make my characters seem "spiritual but not religious" or "religious but not explicitly Catholic" -- to improve marketability. (Example, the hero is on Fifth Avenue in NYC. He steps into "the old church". If you are Catholic you'll know it's St. Patrick's Cathedral.)
Depending on what the point of your story is, I think the topic could be of interest to a large share of the reading public. Depends on if it's a mystery or a whodunit or a character study...or a theological tract.
I have a book, and I guess what I would say is that there is a Catholic audience, but it is not like the mainstream market.
If a "Catholic" book sells 1000 copies that is considered a success.
Anyone can publish a book. Whether it will sell is another question.
I really wish you the best...it's hard to write a book, edit it and actually bring it to market. But it can be a worthwhile endeavor.
I have read all three. For $5 it was some pretty good reading.