I've WRITTEN books. I've been bothering people to try to get them published - without success so far, but I've heard that most writers suffer loads of rejection before anyone takes a chance on them. Publishing is a business, after all. Publishers and agents like to seek out marketabilty (sometimes over good writing, sadly), and seem to rather stick with "safe bets" - i.e. writers already establised in the business. I've researched this junk... I am serious about pursuing being a novelist.
That said, I write fantasy. My very first "novel" is a big steaming pile we will not talk about. It rests in a box somewhere, awaiting the day I get the guts and desire to give it a complete overhaul.
Another novel I've tried to get published is something I've put on the back burner, as well. I think it could be decent with a little more work, I still like some ideas in it. It is a story of a fantasy world that's based upon cliche's - the people in it fill archetypical roles ("Hero," "Companion" etc.) and they all know about and are doomed to this - the story deals with what people would do in a self-aware fantasy land where they knew they were doomed to their specific cliche's. I wrote that one several years ago and decided, ironically, that it's too cliche' and I'd rather keep it on the back burner than purse publication on it as of the moment.
As far as pieces I'm actively trying to get literary agents and publishers to pay attention to...
I have a website promoting one of them. It has a few sample chapters posted to it. http://www.shadsie.com/MBSite/MBindex.html
It is about a gryphon and the slave woman who raises him from an egg. It has a lot of complicated themes such as the natural world vs. the human world and questions regarding the morality of war and "are humans good or are humans [email protected]
%^&*&s?" The story is actually a fantasy with a little bit of sci-fi flavor as genetic engineering is a major plot point and it is shown at some point in the story that the humans arrived to the world on "great birds" (that I hint at being dimension-crossers rather than just space ships, simply because a planet filled with mythical type animals doesn't make sense to me as hard science).
I have another, quite a bit longer novel I'm trying to get attention paid to, but I do not, as yet, have a website for it. I do artwork for it, which sometimes appears on my DA page. "The Featherchaser" is about a boy on a quest - but of a different kind than most quest-fantasies. He grew up in a little walled city that is feared by his world as a place where human sacrifices are preformed - but the city is actually kind, a place that takes in the world's unwanted people and takes care of them. When their young people reach a certain age-group, they are sent out as "sacrifices" to the world upon little world-bettering quests of their own chosing. My main character is facinated by nature and chooses to collect one feather from every bird (and other feathered creature) in his world to build a scientific record. So... a young person on a quest, but he's not out to destroy ancient evils or collect mystic artefacts... he's just out there being a birdwatcher, all the while meeting people and changing lives in subtle ways along the way. Fairly introspective and stuff about human nature is explored.
I'm currently dabbling/trying to write a new book that's somewhat post-apocalyptic (not immediate aftermath, more like a "couple of centuries after something bad happened to reduce the human population. The survivors and their decendants have gone on with their lives." ) It has to do with small town people, mystical guardian creatures, and the nature of faith - but not regarding any one particular religion. I've taken it upon myself to write a secular novel about the nature of faith, so, while I hope to see it through to the end, if it peters out, I'm sure I can forgive myself because the themes I'm playing with are pretty lofty.
Also of note: I suppose I could vanity press publish (pay a book bindery, do it yourself type), but I do not want to. I want a bonafide literary agent to represent me, a bonafide "we decide who is worthy" publisher to take me on. I need someone besides me and my friends to see my work as "good." I feel that vanity press is a cop-out (and only something I'd do if I found out I was dying and it was my last chance to see my work in print or something). I really want someone in the professional realm to take a chance on me and to give me that kind of validation.
Meanwhile, I'll keep writing because I am addicted to it.