The Introduction Thread

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by Mira » May 7th, 2012, 3:03 pm

Nice to meet both of you, Rich and Michelle!

I hope you look around and make yourselves comfortable! :D

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by Amanda Elizabeth » May 22nd, 2012, 1:23 am

Hi everyone. I found Nathan's site while googling what to do next with this massive word document I'm calling a novel. The story is finished...now for the edits and more edits (and who are we kidding, more edits). I'm a bit nervous sharing details of my story on the Internet, so it may take me a while to come around :)

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by Sommer Leigh » May 22nd, 2012, 8:53 am

Welcome Amanda! :-)
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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by Nicholas Sabo » May 26th, 2012, 3:31 am

Hello Everyone,

My name is Nick, and I have been a follower of this fantastic blog even before the Jacob Wonderbar days. I'll be starting college this coming fall, and while I'll be majoring in Finance, I have always enjoyed writing and I hope to be able to continue writing.

English/Literature is a school subject that has always clicked with me, and everyone always tells me how good of a writer I am, but the truth is, I'm only eighteen years old, so my writing probably sucks compared to you people. That being said, I am beginning to get pretty serious about writing a novel, and I hope that being a part of this forum along with my continued writing allows me to progressively develop as a writer.

Anyways, it's good to be on board!

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by Mira » May 27th, 2012, 5:59 pm

Welcome, Nicholas! Glad you're here, and good luck with school.

And I think history has proven that many young writers are extremely talented. :)

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by writersink » June 7th, 2012, 12:03 pm

Nice to meet you Nicholas. Just so you know, I'm a student too. We're great writers! (Maybe. A little.) :D

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by Bobcgirl8 » June 7th, 2012, 4:54 pm

Hi! My name is Rebecca.

I recently finished my first novel, and am starting the hunt for an agent. I write fantasy, generally for adults, and have an entire series planned out. The first book, STARKIN LOST, will be the first of a trilogy, followed by other trilogies that will all be interconnected.

It is a scary world out there for beginning writers like me. I could use all the advice and support you are willing to give :)

Good luck to everyone else as well. I look forward to getting to know you all through your queries and such.

Sincerely,

Bobcgirl8

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by windycacket » June 7th, 2012, 11:10 pm

Hello Everyone!
I have always been scribbling something, most often on something other than conventional paper. A napkin, a candy bar wrapper, the palm of my hand. I have been a blogger for a number of years, starting with the digital chronicles of my art, and now I have another blog that I started to keep track of ideas and various 'omg that would be such a cool thing to write about' moments. November 2011 marked my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, and I reached my goal, and upon finishing the really-oh-so-rough novel, I found myself wanting to do more with it. And so, I am doing the work that I hope will lead to getting my story out there.

I look forward to walking the hallways here and getting to know you all!

cari, aka windycacket
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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by Mira » June 9th, 2012, 4:07 pm

Hi Rebecca! Hi Windy!

Welcome! Pull up a chair and get comfy. :)

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by rathrift » June 12th, 2012, 2:41 pm

Hi all,

I'm Richard and I'm an emerging author. I've finished the first draft of my book, The Rails of Canaan Heights, a paranormal mystery. With all the changes in the publishing world, I'm both scared and excited. I know I'm no Hemingway or Steinbeck in quality, but I love my characters and have enjoyed the process of watching them get into trouble and out of it again. I'm looking forward to contributing to the forum and hope the wise and experienced among us can offer me and others helpful critiques and mentoring.

Ciao!

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by QueenViv » June 12th, 2012, 6:37 pm

Hi, guys

my name is Vivian and I've been writing for most of my life. After college, I decided to get myself out there and try to find an agent. But first, I had to overcome one small problem: how do you write a novel? Yep! I started with poetry as a kid and moved to short stories as a teen but I spent years writing screenplays (I actually majored in film). So, I wrote the first manuscript. Let's just say I'm happy my computer fried during a blackout. Then, I wrote the second... which is good in theory... but it only took me some 90k words - and about 25 rejections from agents - to figure out what was wrong with it.

Now I think I have a solid book. I'm really proud of this one and I've put all the hard work (and the several "how to" books I read) to good use. The last 3 years have been a bitch, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I feel like I've gone through college all over again - but in a good way.

The only problem now is getting the perfect query. If only there was a basic formula... or if agents agreed on what they want to see in one. :D

Well, that's it. I'm Vivian. I'll be around.

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by G B Miller » June 13th, 2012, 11:23 am

Greetings everyone!

Allow me to introduce myself, my pen name is G. B. Miller and this is my first commerical foray into publishing. I've done the self-publishing thing previously, but I found that in order to succeed in self publishing, you really need to have a solid background of writing credits.

I've only been writing for a very short time (about 6 years) but only recently decided to get serious about it in early 2010. I have two short stories published ('09 & '11) and recently sold my adult fantasy "Line 21" to Solstice Publishing in February of this year. At the moment, I'm in the queue for an editor but I do have the cover done, which is my avatar.

I'm looking forward to picking everyone's collective brain here in the coming months and I appreciate the opportunity that this forum is presenting to me.
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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by dios4vida » June 13th, 2012, 3:15 pm

Wow, so many new faces around here! Welcome, everyone, and make yourselves at home!

For those who mentioned being young and/or new to this whole writing thing, don't be intimidated! We have a lot of folks around here who are still teens or early twenties, and an equal number of those who are still on their very first novel. We all started there, so even the veterans around here know what it's like to be in your place. Feel free to ask any questions you have, even if you feel they're dumb/ridiculous/been asked before. We don't bite, I promise!!

Looking forward to seeing y'all around the forums!
Brenda :)

Inspiration isn't about the muse. Inspiration is working until something clicks. ~Brandon Sanderson

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by cozycoleman » June 20th, 2012, 10:12 pm

Hello,
I'm Sharon

I'm an artist with a home based business, I also homeschool my 4 kids, so I can be a bit sporadic on the computer. I do most of my writing the old fashioned way (remember pens and paper?)

I likely won't post much or come back much as I tend to be rather hit and run in forums. It is a failing of mine.

I am working on an autobiographical novel at the moment with about 30,000 in a week! (I decided the brain dump had to happen if I was to move on to other things.) And then all the air left the balloon. The problem is, I'm a bit stuck. And the stickiness always makes me want to switch gear.

I have about 30,000 words down on this one, and about 20,000 on another novel, a sci-fi fantasy based with a workable plot line.

Both of these are my first attempts and I'm wondering if I shouldn't just give up, because apparently I can start a book, but not go any further. Oh, and in re-reading my autobiographical novel I discovered that, while I do have 30,000 words, probably half of those should be kept and the other half elaborated on.

I am British and American, so you can read this with whichever accent you prefer ;)

Any suggestions. Is there a thread for being stuck?

Thanks,
Sharon

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Re: The Introduction Thread

Post by ebook-translations » June 24th, 2012, 6:03 am

Hello everybody, my name is Juergen from Germany. I am not a writer (at least not a very good one;-) but I own a publishing and translation agency. We are only doing translations from English to German and have specialized on fiction. With the rise of self-publishing the demand for affordable and good translations has grown substantially in the past months and we are trying to offer our clients the chance to get their work on the international radar. If you are interested in what we can do for you, visit us at http://www.ebook-translations.de. Best regards, Juergen.
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