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    Introduction

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Patrick Williams, Feb 19, 2009.

    Hello all,
    My name is Patrick. I’m a married father of three who writes reports all day to pay the bills. I just finished my first manuscript and have sent out some query letters. Now I’m just waiting for the rejections to come rolling in.

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    Hi from another member, in a similar position - good luck! :)
     
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    Hello Patrick, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Unfortunately, unless you're extremely fortunate, a rejection letter won't provide enough detail to help you make the next round of submissions better. It may not even mean there is anything wrong with the manuscript, althoug in truth, ANY MS can be improved. Good luck, but in the meantime, be your own harshest critic. Always try to make the next page you write better than the one before.

    Posting your own work 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.

    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 reviewing as a critical 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). 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 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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    Welcome to the club, Patrick, and the forums! Hang those rejections high and let them inspire you to not just improve, but to continue!
     
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    Hey Mr. Williams! Welcome to the WF!
    Nice to meet you
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    Thanks everyone for the welcome as well as the advice and encouragement.

    I plan on digging around as I'm sure most questions I'd have have already been covered in other threads. :)

    Patrick
     

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