1. So Past a Dub

    So Past a Dub New Member

    Mar 21, 2010
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    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    I know I shouldn't be telling you this, especially since it is a dangerous meme...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by So Past a Dub, Mar 21, 2010.

    Oh no worries...just wanted to add a little fizzle to an otherwise ho-hum introduction. It would be fair to say that I know a lot about the book business, but not from the prospective of writers. I've enjoyed a career in the last 25 years that allowed me to play in the corporate world of the book business. I'm now a CEO of a college textbook wholesale company but I've owned college bookstores, been a professional book scout for decades and looked at the business from the inside looking out at the writing community. :rolleyes:

    I'm hoping to change that this year when I retire from this career and launch a writing career to develop tons of book ideas I've had and maybe I will get lucky and actually see a few in print someday.

    I have a pretty solid college background that includes some writing courses but I realize that isn't the real key to success in making it in this level of reality. I'm here hoping to find a few friends, confidants, and perhaps an evil villain or two to connect me to this world. :eek:

    Here's looking at meeting up with some of you virtually and maybe more...

    Cha Cha Cha

    Spad (So Past A Dub)
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    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 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!
  3. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
  4. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    and 'fizzle' it did! [or was that a freudian-slipped 'sizzle'?] ;-)

    welcome to the club!

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