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    Hello WF

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kevin B, Jan 11, 2011.

    My name is Kevin Bozard, and I am the author of two self published novels. Currently I am in the editing process of my third novel, and writing my fourth. While I am self-decidedly against self publishing (because of my experiences with it), I am not totally against it as a way to get at least your first novel in print. Especially for anyone who's spent years collecting rejection slips, and waiting for that rare opportunity of having a traditional publisher ring your telephone.

    I haven't given up on traditional publishing as of yet, but I've seen it become harder and harder for an "unknown" aspiring writer to break through the slush piles atop an agents desk.

    I've bumped elbows with some popular mid-list writers over the years and even some of those are either pursuing the self publish route, or have stopped writing all together because of various reasons, which include being dropped by their agents, publishers etc... for more established names.

    Mingling with like minded individuals is what I consider an important part of being a writer, and I look forward to meeting and trading thoughts with anyone here that is willing to lend an ear to further the cause. :)
     
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    Welcome Kevin. :)
     
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    Thanks for the welcome Eunoia.

    One thing I should mention. When I'm writing posts in these forums, I'm in relaxed mode. This means that while I will check for spelling errors, I won't worry about punctuation, or grammar as much. So if you're reading one my posts, don't expect it to be perfect. If I'm going to follow creative writing rules, it will be in the pages of my book. :)
     
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    Hey! I know you.

    Welcome aboard, Kevin.
     
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    Welcome to the WF. :)
     
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    Hello Kevin, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     

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