Hello from WA state - USA
So, I'm trying to follow protocol and say hello. With that said... Hello AW! I'm trying to read the do's, don'ts and info here and I am a bit overwhelmed but excited. There's a whole new 'lingo' to learn but I have a 13 yo son, so that's something I'm used to
Now.. do I talk about myself? Wait for others to chit chat... ??
I am very excited to have found this forum though. I have very supportive friends and family but when I am banging my head from writer's block or pacing over a submission they just smile and keep their distance. Looking forward to making friends with people that 'get it'
Welcome to the Water Cooler. Yes, do tell us about yourself. What do you write?
Resources for Promoting on AbsoluteWrite:
New Fish; Exploring the Written Sea
It must be winter up here in the PNW. Lots of writers coming out of the woodwork. Welcome to the gathering spot
I'm just a girl.
Welcome to the Water Cooler!
Thanks everyone! "What do I write" hmmm, it definitely falls into the fantasy fiction category although I have a hard time pin pointing it past that. Some of my stories (I call them stories because they have yet to become 'books') cross over several genres.
As for coming out of the woodwork, I have recently (in the past 2 years) come out of the closet - as a writer-. I finally let a dear friend read a book I finished and she begged me to let another friend read it.
I was TERRIFIED beyond belief. I had never put my writing 'out there' it was something I did for me. So.. long story short... I ended up with about 25 'readers' and finished a 4 book series for them. Then they started nagging me to get them published. I had no intentions, this had already went further than I ever expected.
Synopsis - started to google 'how to get published' ... had mild heart attack (figuratively). Decided not to publish, got threatening texts, calls, emails from my readers... ha ha
So.. yea, that about sums it up
Cast Your Eyes On The Ocean,
Cast Your Soul To The Sea.
When The Dark Night Seems Endless,
Please Remember Me.
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Nice story, welcome aboard!
One evil little baby step at a time
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My First Novel (a.k.a., The One That'll Never See Daylight): Insomnia - Fantasy YA - 100+K words
I'm Querying: Class Three - YA Dystopia - 61K words
Writing: Untitled - YA Contemporary - 55k words
Oh so VERY true! I'm excited to have found a place like this, so excited it might border on embarrassing. ha ha
Originally Posted by Ella Press
ETA - thank you all for the warm welcome!
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
Hi Specialfae. I just joined the AW Water Cooler yesterday, and I know what you mean about feeling a little overwhelmed. I haven't participated in a web forum in years, and I've never participated in such an active one. This should be fun
Master of Meh!
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