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    Hey :)

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by benatkinson1991, Sep 12, 2010.

    Hey Guys,

    Thought this might be the place to introduce myself before actually getting involved in the forums. Really quite excited to read some new writing, and getting tips and advice from others.

    As for myself, I'm a 19 year old student from the East Midlands in the UK and I'm just about to start University. I've been writing for as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed it.

    For the last year I have been working with an editor, and publicist to promote my second novel Walking on Cinders through social media. I started writing this three years ago and have taken the last year to edit the manuscript. My first novel was called "The Kraken's Curse." What we're launching is a 1,000 books to sell project, as the novel is self published, we are hoping to sell that number as here in the UK it's known as the number at which publishers start to take you seriously.

    Thanks for reading and being kind to a new member :)

    Ben
     
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    Welcome Ben. Woah, second novel?! Good luck with the novel(s). :)
    And woo, I'm nineteen and a student too. High five! :p
     
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    Hey Ben

    Nice to meet you. What is your local library system like - the one's here in north scotland organise author events they can sell a lot of local author books.

    -Charlotte
     
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    Hi Ben! It's very nice to meet you. Welcome to the forum.

    You're 19, and you already have a book ready to be published? I envy you in a most admirable way. I hope everything goes well, and I'll check out your site.

    T
     
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    Hello Ben, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please note that advertising is strictly prohibited on this site.

    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.

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    Thanks Cogito for info, for obvious reasons I am new and didn't immediately realise this! Will take some time to look around. Cheers.

    Thanks tayleea91 and Eunoia :) Nice to meet you.

    And Elgaisma, yeah I have support from the local library here. We're hoping to organise a talk of some sort this Christmas.

    Ben
     
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    Hi and welcome
    Good luck with your book
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forums :)
     
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    Hallo and welcome - that's really impressive, even if it is self-published -- you sound so confident about it that it really sounds like you'll get those 1000 copies sold. :p
     

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