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Twitter, Kitten, and more!

I don’t write on this blog as much as I’d really like to, but I felt like giving some updates for those interested.

First of all, about a month ago, I made a twitter account, finally. There isn’t much to it, but it’s a start. I’ll try to keep updated with that as much as possible. I’m trying to get a bigger presence social media wise, so it’s a nice first step.

Second! My life has been absolutely overwhelmed by the cutest little menace ever. His name is Beau and we love him: 13327490_10207204974905266_8015567601849003824_n

The decision to adopt the little orange tabby came over a month after our eldest cat Buddy passed away at 19 years old, almost a week after his birthday. His death was very difficult, as it was only the second time I’d ever lost a cat, and he was suffering so much in the final days of his life.

But Beau has breathed new life and laughter into the house and we are so grateful for him, even if he exhausts us! Our cat Lilo is still trying to figure out how she feels about him, two weeks later, but she’s coming around.

Also, a big happy Memorial Day to all of those who have served, and to those who have loved ones in the services, or who may have lost. Thank you, for any and all sacrifices.

I’ll be trying to get a bit better about posting more these days. And actually work on reading more and being part of the conversations. I have a hard time remembering to do it in the first place, but we’ll see how this attempt goes.

I have edited a couple of the pages, the “Where’d you Go?” page and the sort of About Me page “What’s a Novice Wordsmith?” I’ve also added another, that will serve as my page for social media links. Just the Twitter for now, but if I add more, they will go up there!

That should do it for the updates for now! Expect another post from me within the week.

The Novice Wordsmith

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Exposure

Something happens every time I join a website or start a writing project: I start to think about getting my work out there. Sharing more often, submitting it to places, finding a way to get it out there. There’s something about seeing other people succeed in getting the interest of others, and the quality writing all around, that makes me want to do more and go farther.

Then, rejection happens, or I realize that I’m not half as popular as I thought I would be, or as others. That I’m just sort of another cogwheel in the great scheme of things that gets overlooked because my work is hardly different or groundbreaking.

It is, however, my work. My sentence structure, how I write, the language I use, the tones and the feel of everything I go through in passages, that’s mine. That is unique to every writer, it’s something you seek out in an author. To be able to so easily dive into the book and its atmosphere and the protagonist and their troubles, to be in another world, whether it’s wildly out of this galaxy, or it has few differences.

There are many ways to get your work out in the world, depending on what it is you write. Websites and anthologies seek people to write anything from erotica to horror, fan fiction, non fiction, and news.

Last year, Friend and I submitted works to Crossed Genres web magazine, that specializes in minority characters and settings as the mains in non-stereotypical fashion. Another friend had gotten into freelance journalism for a major website. I was shown a website that was a database for erotica, where someone had written a 40+ chapter story and was still going. Forums exist for the purpose of sharing your writing an collaborating with others.

There will always be a way for you to showcase your art, so to speak. The real question is if that’s something you want to do.

A common reiteration is that you can still make money off of your writing. You can make it free and accessible, or you can go through self publishing, or even finding a publisher to take you on.  Whether it’s a buck a book, that can be anywhere from 5,000 to 25,000 words, or up to four dollars for a full novel, there’s a market to be taken advantage of.

Anthologies and web magazines, in my limited experience, have also paid for the work they use of yours. Crossed Genres offered six cents a word, I believe, and for any novels that they decided to take on, 6,000 for the entire thing.

Whether you’re paid for the work or not, the outcome is roughly the same: people see your talent. One is guaranteed to reach more people than the other. For free work, you can be lost in the stacks with hundreds of others. With work you’re paid for, you’re up at the front of the line.

Exposure comes in many flavors. Through the years, I have only felt like writing prose, and novels, fiction, have been harder to get recognition with than painting or drawing, because of the average attention span. If they see something they like in a glimpse, it’s easier, but making someone sit down for anything a hundred words or longer can be a task.

Which is why a thesis or grabbing statement can be so important. You’re tasked with making it as interesting as possible to hook them in and then the rest will follow.

Even something so much as this blog, which was made expressly to get my knowledge out while maybe getting some to see my talent for writing, is dependent a lot on an excerpt, typically right at the top of the post.

In the same vein, somewhat, is having a Twitter account, and getting into social media as a writer. According to a shortlived friend I had who was also an author, having a presence in social media helps your chances with publishers, because they see that you already have a bit of a following.

It can be tricky. I started this blog expecting not much, but even a small gathering of people who decide they like my stuff enough to follow me is a great accomplishment, honor, and flattery. I know I write well, but to write something that people like is a great feat, just as well. My track record for people liking my work, or what I have to say, or what I do, has been shoddy, so I usually end up expecting very little, and when trying new ways of getting it seen,  discouragement follows frequently.

It seems more likely, considering that, that I’ll end up like many others: only a couple thousand copies sold and then promptly dropped by the publisher.

That isn’t to say you shouldn’t try, of course. It’s always going to be worth it, but it’s easier to go in with the understanding that the road ahead will not be easy and to brace yourself for the bumps, however many or few they are.

– The Novice Wordsmith

(PS: Happy Easter for those celebrating!)