January 13, 2019 at 9:46 pm #71615
Hi, everyone! A bit about me… I am a stay-at-home mom with two little kiddos living in nowhere California.
I have been writing about 10 years now, which means I have racked up several hundred rejections and, on my last novel, several full requests from agents. BUT…still no agent. I do want to be traditionally published btw.
I decided to join this site to find like-minded individuals. I am asking myself some bigger questions as I plot/plan my next idea. Why am I writing? What do I have to say through my work as a Christian? I’m writing in the sff genre, though I need to decide which of my ideas is strongest before I dive into that part.
Looking forward to hearing from others!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 13, 2019 at 9:54 pm #71620
Hey there! Welcome to Story Embers! I’m Bama Rose.
Wow! Ten years. That’s awesome. Have you published anything yet? I’ve only been writing seriously for about a year, but I’ve loved writing silly stories since … forever. 😋
I’ve been looking into self-publishing, but would you recommend doing it traditionally?
Also, who are some of your favourite authors that you look up to?
Courage, dear heart ~ AslanJanuary 13, 2019 at 10:37 pm #71627
I am not published, but that’s my goal! I think it’s great if you are taking a serious look at writing. It really is a lot of fun and hard work : )
Well, I would say that it really is a personal choice to go self-published or traditional. I want to be traditionally published because I hope, (okay, dream!) of having a career. Both have plus and minus aspects. I’d just really love to go into a bookstore and see my work.
My only warnings would be:
1) Once you self-publish a book, as in anywhere on the internet, traditional publishers won’t take it.
2) Avoid vanity presses that charge thousands of dollars and don’t offer much else.
My absolute favorite is Jane Austen. Going classic!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 10:37 am #71650
@bekah Hello!! Welcome to Story Embers! What is your current WIP (work in progress) about? 😀
"Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."January 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm #71672
Depends which one I’m working on : ) Which is my issue at the moment.
The newest WIP, I’m about 100 pages into the MS, is a historical fantasy. My premise is NOT tight on this project, but it is about two magician sisters living in 1911 San Francisco. At their graduation ball, one is attacked and her magic is stolen. When she fails to get into the medical apprenticeship (perhaps a a nurse), she becomes to desperate to find out what happened to her and how to get it back. The other is drawn into friendships and temptation to increase her magic so she can outshine her seemingly perfect older sister. One will risk everything to save both of them from being dragged into the darker sides of magic.
The other is my YA science fiction project I queried a couple of years ago. I got requests and great feedback, so I’m debating if I should revise and try again or leave it. I’ve left it for a while but I still keep coming back to it. It’s a fun time travel project.!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 1:23 pm #71676
@bekah Oh cool! 😀 Fantasy is always fun. Someday I wanna try a time travel story too. 😀 How long have you been working on the Fantasy/HisFic ?
"Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."January 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm #71765January 14, 2019 at 5:50 pm #71771Mariposa Aristeo@mariposa
@bekah Hello! Nice to meet you! 😃 I’ve never been to California, but I adore the ocean. Do you live near a beach? 🙂 Also, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
I think dinosaurs are cooler than dragons. 🦖January 14, 2019 at 6:02 pm #71775
@bama-rose Vanity Presses are little different from self-publishing, say on Kindle Direct, because they charge the author to do things editing or making cover or digital files for ebooks or printing the book. They don’t, as far as I’m aware, make money from selling the actual book, so what is their incentive for the author to sell copies? I have heard of people spending thousands of dollars not realizing the “publisher” was a vanity press and was not actually selling the book.
Thank you very much! What about you? Is there a forum to ask that? Still new here!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 6:04 pm #71778
@mariposa Hello!! Where are you from? I’m a couple of hours from the beach, way over in the mountains, but I used to live near the beach : ).
I try to get outdoors as much as I can with my husband and kiddos. I also watercolor! I think I have too many hobbies lol : ) How about you?!
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 6:10 pm #71782
@the-fledgling-artist What are you working on btw? Sorry! I had to reply and run : )
I’ve been working on it off and since last year, but I am really to try to make time and make a goal to finish the first draft and a couple of months.
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 6:10 pm #71783Mariposa Aristeo@mariposa
@bekah Aw, that’s awesome you have a beach only a couple hours away! I don’t live that close to a beach, which is unfortunate because I adore it so. 😢 Maybe someday.
Ooh, you paint! I’ve never used watercolor, but I enjoy acrylics. What kind of things do you like to paint?
My favorite hobbies are drawing, painting (I was practically born an artist 😆), baking, and four-wheeling. 🙂
I think dinosaurs are cooler than dragons. 🦖January 14, 2019 at 6:22 pm #71787
The beach is lovely in summer! I’m enjoying the mountains and snow the past few years though.
I have tried acrylics and I’m awful lol. I usually watercolor flowers.
All VERY fun hobbies : )
mom. writer. always needs coffee.January 14, 2019 at 7:03 pm #71797
@bekah My WIP is a fantasy as well. It’s also trying to be a graphic novel but I’m still in the early developmental stages. I’m enjoying it so far. 😀
"Though I'm not yet who I will be, I'm no longer who I was."January 14, 2019 at 7:15 pm #71798
Whoa! I did not know that. Thanks for letting me know! I looked into Kindle Direct, but I wasn’t completely sure what it was all about. Also, I’m not sure how I would find an editor, so I just naturally slid into thinking I would self publish. But I might change my mind. I’m not sure yet.
My WIP takes place in a little town in Canada and is about a family and their experiences in fostering. Right now it’s in the rewrite and rewrite and rewrite/editing stage. 😜
Courage, dear heart ~ Aslan
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