1. Peaches4u

    Peaches4u New Member

    May 26, 2010
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    Newbie Fiction Writer

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Peaches4u, May 26, 2010.

    Hello Fellow Writers,

    I just wanted to briefly introduce myself to everyone.

    My name is Peaches and for the last several years, I've been writing non-fiction. My speciality lies in the health, fitness, and nutrition field. I have studied and researched my field of interest for twenty-five years.

    Lately, I've been slowly venturing into the fiction world. I've recently written a short story but don't have a clue on what markets to target. How do you know what markets to target if you don't know what category your story falls into?

    Any suggestions are welcome.

  2. Halcyon

    Halcyon Contributor Contributor

    Apr 19, 2010
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    Hi Peaches.

    Welcome to the Forum. I'm a little puzzled that you can't figure out what category your own story falls into, although many stories do cross different genres.

    Perhaps if you gave a description of the story to this forum, we might be able to suggest which market to target. Or, if you're willing to critique some of the submissions from other writers here, then you can even submit an excerpt from your own story, and get useful feedback on how to improve it, as well as considered opinion on where to try to get it published. :)
  3. bigSQUISHY76

    bigSQUISHY76 New Member

    May 20, 2010
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    San Diego California

    Hello Peaches,

    I haven't a clue or even a guess to answer your question. I am completely new to the whole writing process and adventure. I do want to welcome you here. I have been here only a short time and have learned alot and read some very interesting works. Hope you enjoy your time here. Maybe we will get to see some bits of your progress.


  4. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    First, write the story. Meanwhile, try to find similar pieces of fiction in a variety of publications. You'll probably be able to identify one or more genres your story fits into. There are annual market guides that can help you find publishers and publications by genre in your local bookstore. Also check out Duotrope's Digest.

    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.

    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!
  5. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI

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