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    Hello everyone!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Fantasy Lover, Mar 24, 2013.

    Hi everyone! :)

    Im new and looking forward to exploring more of this site.

    I love to write and I'm currently writing an urban fantasy series and I'm still working on my first book.
    I actually started out writing again over 6 years a go now, but that was on another fantasy series I've put on hold as it requires a huge amount of research compared to my current one.
    I want to start with this urban fantasy as it requires less research and I thought it would be a good stepping stone before I started out with the other one, as I want that to be a big series.

    I'd love to actually start writing short stories before starting out with my first novel, thought I would be a great learning experience and I'd get to tell a story a lot sooner too.

    Well I'm looking forward to meeting you all, so see you around :)
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, Fantasy Lover!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirements. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills. The requirements of the Writing Workshop don't apply to the contests, so new members are allowed (nay, encouraged!) to get stuck in and enter!

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


    Banzai
     
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    Hey, FL (mind if I call you FL?) Welcome to the forum.

    I think it would be a great idea to start out with short stories before trying to publish your first series. And then maybe a stand-alone novel or novella? It might be difficult to find a publisher willing to contract you for a whole series of books before you've proven you can write one. Just a word of advice.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks to everyone else for the Welcomes :)
     
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    Hi FL,
    I am afraid that I have to agree with the Rev on this one. In my own experiences I've found that publishers tend to overlook writers who don't have a portfolio. I'm sure you appreciate the time investment that is required by them, and therefore you need to make things easier for them by having something that separates you from the herd, i.e. a portfolio proving that other people have already taken the time to read your work and deemed it publishable.
    Having said that though, do not stop writing your series now because your unsure if it'll sell. My advice would be to finish the first book in the series and get that one polished and perfect. Then do a series synopsis outlining the initial storyline and the projected number of books in the set. Now you have something that outlines the target market and potential capital investment for a publisher. I would then think about finding an agent that specialises in the genre you are targeting and see where that takes you. Agents do this for a living and they'll already have personal connections with players in the industry, which are road blocks you'll have to deal with if you are going it alone.
    Just my thoughts on the matter and not sure if the others on this site would agree or disagree with me.
    Welcome to the forum and keep on writing. Looking forward to reading some of your work.

    -o0oHANDo0o-
     
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    welcome Fantasy I will look for some of your postings...I wish you all the best, and keep on writing! :)
     
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    Hi there FL, welcome on board.
     

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