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Gary,Definitely; self-publishing isn't just a quick-fix solution. It's hard work if I want it to go anywhere. Because I hear it quite often: Anyone can publish something, it's succeeding that makes the difference. I'm leaning more towards it for the control aspects, along with getting out there to be noticed. If I can sign on with a publishing company, I'd love to do that, but each one have their own rules and regulations that can later affect me. A woman in my writing circle had her first book published with a company, and they took a lot of control out of her hands; there are pros and cons with each path to take. That is why I'm doing as much research on the process as I can before I decide what I will do, that way I can feel more confident and sure of my decision and come out with less regrets no matter how it turns out. Even if it doesn't go as I would have liked, at least I had enough information to have chosen that path instead of jumping in blindly.
Thank you for that tip; it does sound like a great idea. And I am a control freak too, so this is really the path that seems more along my line of sanity (or keeping it, anyways!)Thanks for the offer, I'll keep that in mind; my girlfriend doubles as my editor right now, so I'll have to decline for the time being. :)Mary Hendrix
Thank you Vanessa! This information is definitely being saved in my advice files! Indie publishing seems to be what I'm leaning towards, as it gives me a chance to get out there first and show my colors. I've heard several people in my college writing circle have had success with indie publishing, as did my girlfriend.Again, thank you!M. Hendrix
Oh definitely, I'm aware of that; it's one of the reasons I'm having a hard time finding a publisher! I don't want to waste their time as well as my own if I don't fit into their publishing requirements, and very few that do take my 'style' of writing either aren't taking submissions or don't accept submissions from newer writers. Blech. Thank you so much for the advice!
That is rather neat; those who give the best constructive crit. and feedback get recognition. I think's that fair and a great idea :) I also like how the same person can't win twice in a row, giving an equal opportunity to everyone.
Thank you Alan! I know there were some forum posts already about it (and thank you for linking those too!) but the information gets so mixed up in my head after spending a long time searching. :)I'll definitely add it to my resource list; I'll be using them!M. Hendrix
I have thought about self-publishing before, as I am not familiar with how a publishing company would work, or what they would require of me. That is the part that I can't seem to find any information about, sadly. My writing doesn't fit into a regular genre; I can jump from writing humour, to romance, to horror, to crime; literally whatever catches my fancy is what I'm writing about. I like to consider myself as a general fiction writer; willing to dabble in just about anything.
Hi! I'm a fairly 'green' writer when it comes to actually aiming to get published (though I've written small pieces here and there for years now) and frankly, I just can't find any good/reliable resources. I've been browsing the forum here (and that's helped a lot!), along with several dozen other places it seems, and I am having a hard time getting the facts.So here's some questions, if anyone can help point me in the right direction!1) Who are good publishers to aim for when I'm working independently (no agent or third-party working with me)?2) What is the best way to present a manuscript? Should I have it all complete and ready to go first? Does it need to be fully finished before submitting?3) Concerning poetry, what is the best way (and the best publishers) to go about submitting only a couple pieces of poetry?4) If I decided I just wanted to self-publish a book, what are some good resources in that direction?Thank you!M. Hendrix
I think it depends partially on the type of story you're writing. Personally, I think you should write the tense that you prefer reading, although there are times when other tenses do work better. I agree with that. Writing what you are comfortable with is how you will produce your best work, but it can be just as fun to try something new. Experimenting in writing, expanding your boundaries of experience, going outside your comfort zone... It can help improve and develop your writing as you continue. Who knows, maybe you'll end up preferring one style over another one, and find your 'niche' (or know for certain areas you must avoid at all costs!).But there's a time for writing, and a time for experimenting. Sometimes they happen to just overlap <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/icon_cat.gif" alt="cat"> The only thing with present tense is that it's not a natural way of speaking, so it's harder to get it right the whole way through. It can be hard to keep the tense in the 'present' when writing it (which is what my lover helps me with, being the wonderful person she is!) but with practice it becomes easier. I've noticed several times now, since having been working on my latest multi-chapter 'experiment,' that I've begun having a hard time using third person tense in other forms of writing that require it! I always had the problem of using third-person in a first-person setting, and now the problem is reversed! It is hard at first to make the mental change, but like any skill the more it's used the easier it becomes to use it.
I hold my cards close to my chest Never letting anyone in I don’t show my true colours Instead keeping my thoughts to myself Why would I do this, you ask Because the world is so cruel Narrow-minded fools are in charge And refuse to understand me I am deeply in love, yet I cannot share I am listed as single, unwed But as long as my love understands I do not care Some days it’s harder, I just...
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I stare at you, and you stare back I hate what I see, yet still I look At my reflection Two years later I stare once more Nothing has changed I still hate what I see I hate who I am And I hate my reflection Another year goes and I feel trapped in time Nothing gets better Those were all lies I hate how my eyes Are covered in black And my lips are cracked Grinning back in my reflection ...
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“Let’s play!” she says to me, tugging at my hand. I shake my head, planting my feet firmly and yanking my arm free from her slim fingers. Alice frowns at me, before shrugging and running towards the large playground. Alice always asks me to play with her, but I never go; instead, I go sit next to the large brick wall with my book. I don’t read though, just pretend to. Instead, I watch...
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It’s coming from each side I can feel it surround me Choking, suffocating I can’t see it, yet still it’s there A thousand tiny hands Holding, pressing Pinning me where I stand I can’t understand it Confusing, condemning Where reality and fantasy touch The blurry border I walk Twisting, turning Never-ending agony Burning my thoughts and dreams Searing, scarring The guilt...
Added 27 May 2012 | Category Poetry
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I try to hold onto my hopes, dreams and desires. As the days grow shorter, and the nights longer, I find that sliver of hope that kept me going start to fade. I clutch my blanket around me tighter, ignoring the clock that says I must leave my bed. I ignore the life outside my doors in favour of living inside my own personal hell. I know what’s wrong, and I know how to fix it; I just lack...
Added 07 Jan 2013 | Category Musings
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I can feel it on my skin, the tantalizing, life-giving heat from the sun above me. My skin dries, burns, blisters, reflecting my mind much more than seldom-spoken words or actions could ever hope to achieve. I watch the red peel, revealing darkened skin below, and it amuses me. My anger, much like my skin, burns and blisters my soul, leaving behind a darker and darker stain each time I feel...
Added 06 Jan 2013 | Category Musings
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Sitting out on my porch I watch the world wake up. First the birds, calling out to their neighbours and family with happy, cheerful greetings. Then it's the moist drops of dew, glistening in the growing rays of sun that begin to peek over the tall snow-capped ridges surrounding me. After that comes the noise of humanity; cars, children, talking, crying, laughing, singing, happiness,...
Added 09 May 2012 | Category Musings
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As the snow falls silently outside my window, I sit here dreaming of you. I miss the way you smiled at me when I would run off on a tangent, then forget what I was talking about. I miss how you would sit at my desk working intently as I lie on the bed and watch you. I miss how you could always find time to indulge my spontanious impulses to go do something without complaining. I miss you...
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What the hell did Idrink last night? I thought, head spinning as I came into consciousness. Trying to think past the crippling post-alcohol agony I focused on the details that led to there being a crippling post-alcohol agony in the first place. Okay, best friend is getting married. That’s hard to forget. Bachelor party. Okay. The case of 150-proof Joe dragged out of his car. Things...
Added 06 May 2012 | Category Flash Fiction
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Can I ask you a question, From deep in my mind? Will you give me the answer Or is it just not time? For me to find out If what we have is real? What I want to know Is if we mutually feel, For I feel you move farther Away every day, And I don’t think you hear What I try to say. I want back the old us The two we once were, Why do I feel like There’s another ‘her?’ Who’s replaced me in your...
Added 05 May 2012 | Category Poetry
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