1. Rechan

    Rechan New Member

    Jul 28, 2010
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    Breaking Out In a Broader Way

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rechan, Jul 3, 2011.

    When I can beat Grad school back with a stick, I work on my writing.

    So far, I have had three short stories in a small fan magazine, one story in an anthology, I'm currently editing an anthology (which will likely have two of my own stories in it), and I have a published novella. All of these have been paying gigs through an actual small-business publisher, all selling hard copy.

    The drawback is that these are all in a small niche subculture that doesn't pay much attention to the writing, where most book purchases are done at conventions. It's so small, if you've sold a hundred copies of a book in the first year, you're a smash hit. My novel has only sold around 61+ copies since October.

    You'll notice I haven't linked to the book, because the topic is kinda weird so I don't want to get "those" looks.

    Anyways. I want to break out of this little subculture and hit the actual mainstream. Which is scary and intimidating. Also the whole undertaking of writing a Novel is scary and overwhelming with the work and consideration. I have terrible discipline/routine problems.

    Oh. I'm Rechan by the way. :)
  2. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome. :)
  3. Leonardo Pisano

    Leonardo Pisano Active Member

    Jan 21, 2011
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    Welcome, Rechan! I am looking forward to your contributions!
  4. MRD

    MRD New Member

    Jun 29, 2011
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    Hello Rechan, I hope I'll be seeing your name around the forums in the near future.
  5. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Hello Rechan, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Do you pronounce that like Ray Chan, the brother Jackie never had?

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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 Writing Workshop, 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 Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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!
  6. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the WF.
  7. Jayyy1014

    Jayyy1014 Jerrica Contributor

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