I have been writing fiction (mostly short fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy mostly) and submitting to publishers for several years now. I have not yet been published, I believe that persistence is the key! It is good to seek out peers and to get feedback and criticism no matter how painful it may be. I for one don't expect anyone to kiss my butt, I expect honesty on the verge on cruelty, you won't hurt my feelings, as long as it isn't needlessly offensive or anything. I recently left the Marines after 5 years and in addition to being a full-time amateur writer Im looking for a job while transitioning back to civilian life. I look forward to reading you guys and getting to know you all. Expect to see a good deal of my stuff. I am by no means a prolific writer but I have a good deal of back material that never got reviewed or read by another soul and that I feel has potential if I can get truthful opinions. Godspeed!