1. wolfkys

    wolfkys New Member

    Jul 16, 2009
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    I am in the process of moving to Wyoming.


    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wolfkys, Jul 16, 2009.

    Hi, I have been writing for years, have had a play performed (badly :))have a kids book written and will be looking for an illustrator at some point and have several plays and stories outlined. I have 3 small children at home and with the "baby" starting kindergarden this year I am hoping for a little more time to dedicate to my first love.:cool:
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Wolfkys, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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.

    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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  3. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    welcome to the forums, w!

    that's ok if you're going to self-publish, but if you hope to sell your ms to a paying publisher, most use their own illustrators and won't take artwork... and artists won't do all that work for free, since most first books by new and unknown writers have little chance of being sold, so promise of payment after sale usually isn't worth the paper it's promised on...

    i mentor many pb writers, so if you want any help with this, just drop me a line any time... meanwhile, enjoy the forums!

    love and hugs, maia
  4. Brightsmiles

    Brightsmiles New Member

    Apr 3, 2009
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    Somewhere between the rabbit hole and wonderland.
    hi W!

    welcome aboard! awww, your baby starting school.... so sad but exciting!

    good luck with that move too... :D

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