1. Empyrean

    Empyrean New Member

    Nov 16, 2009
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    Some new guy.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Empyrean, Nov 16, 2009.

    Hey! Who knew that a simple google of 'Writing forums' would bring up such a lively community! I believe it goes without being said, but I'll say it anyway: I hope to become a good asset to this community.

    Cognito, already read the post you write to every newcomer. One question: Is there anyway to hide a work that's already been posted on a public website in order to augment the chances of getting published? You say merely deleting it afterward does no good... you sure there's no way around that?
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  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    (There is no 'n' in my name :)).

    No, there is no way around it, because whatever you have posted previously could have been collected and copied by an archiving bot, or a devoted fan. or Random Randy. There is no such thing as unpublishing something.

    And now for something completely familiar:

    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.

    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. Taylor Nicole

    Taylor Nicole New Member

    Oct 17, 2009
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    hello, and welcome! :]
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI

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