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Writing, Illustrating & Publishing => The Craft of Writing => Topic started by: Donna J. Shepherd on September 01, 2003, 11:14 AM

Title: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on September 01, 2003, 11:14 AM
Hi, everyone. I'm eager to get to know everyone, and tickled that Verla Kay set the board up.

I am Donna J. from Ohio. I am old (don't ask!) but new to the writing world and having a ball. I wrote inspirational articles, and was blessed to have some published before this new endeavor.

Recently I stuck my toe into the children's writing water, and it is glorious and refreshing. I pray I can 'dunk' myself soon!

I write poetry (rhyming - oh, no!) and short children's stories. I was a regular over on 'old yeller,' but mostly lurking until I got accustomed to the water temperature.  ;D

So, I'm in waist deep now, and feeling lonely out here, so jump in and tell me and everyone else about yourself!

Thanks- Donna J.
 :typing:


Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ponytailmom on September 01, 2003, 11:21 AM
Hi everyone!

I used my usual handle for my id on here so most would know me from chat - but maybe I should have stayed annonamous and created a whole new personna, something wild and crazy Oh well, that would be too much of a stretch for me. :)

I'm Gloria and I live in Canada. I write mostly pbs/mid grades but am currently having success selling non-fiction to magazines (mostly Canadian history).

I'm married with three boys. I volunteer lots, fight school boards, and try to write everyday. I also scrapbook.
 
I am often busy supervising homework in the evenings so haven't been to chat as often as I'd like so this new board is great. I can pop in anytime I want and catch up with everybody.

Thanks Verla - the ever caring, mentoring, terrific person you are is very much appreciated.

Gloria
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: AllyC on September 01, 2003, 11:21 AM
 ;DHi,  I'm new at using the boards, I think I may have posted once on the yella board, i do know lots of the folks that post here from various lists and personal contact.  (Waving at Verla!  Hey!!)  I'm fairly shy and tend to lurk.

Alessia Cowee

Oh and I write for kids and adults, but kids books/stories are my passion.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: maggiet on September 01, 2003, 11:50 AM
Hi Everyone!  I'm Maggie and I live in a city called Maple Ridge on the west coast of Canada.  I belong to CW, picture-books and Scribble & Scribe lists in addition to about a million (I have a tendency to over estimate) pot bellied pig lists.  

I write stories for adults & children, picture books, poems and also do corporate writing.  I have a multitude of pig stories all published in one newspaper in Columbus, Ohio written from the trotters of my pet pig, Binki.  And that's all that's been published.  I've been writing stories and poems to my groups on the net for seven years and recently decided to try and find a publisher for some of them.

I mostly lurk on all the lists now, but leap in once in awhile to post a comment or two.  

I like being in on the ground floor of a new chat list and I'm hoping to make some great friends here.  Thanks for setting this up, Verla.  You are one of the most supportive writers I've noticed since I started becoming involved in the online writing community and I appreciate your generosity in sharing what you can.  You should know... when I went to the library and asked the children's librarian for recommended reading your books were among the top ten.  I especially enjoyed "Gold Fever" and was amazed how you told such a great tale with so few words!

I'm the mother of 4 boys, grandmother to 8 girls and share my life with my husband Bob, my two toy poodles (Prozac & Valium) and a pot bellied pig named Binki.  

I'm looking forward to chatting with all of you.

Maggie   8)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Douglas on September 01, 2003, 01:02 PM
Heyas, gang!  For those that don't know me, I'm Douglas, the guy that actually installed the boards, the guy that owns the chat server that ya'll use AND Verla's web host type guy.

I'm not an Author (though I have been told I have an overactive imagination, so I suppose that could qualify me right there).  I'm into building web sites and database administration/repair/recovery type stuff.

I'm not married, however, I have celebrated three years with my girlfriend (and her lovely daughter) last month.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: AllyC on September 01, 2003, 01:32 PM
Wow!  Douglas, congratulations!  Thanks for all your hard work, this board is terrific! (also, alas, a great distraction, lol)  Okay, I've got to get back to work!!

Nice to meet you!!  Who knows, maybe the bug will bite you and you'll decide to try your hand as a children's writer! ;)

Alessia
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KatyD on September 01, 2003, 02:25 PM
 ::) Hi Everyone,

I'm KatyD.  Some of you might know me from the yella board too.  I don't post often, but I'm there checking on what's up as often as possible.  And I'm on the CW List.  Now I have another board with which to procrastinate!

My first pb, Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows, (illus. Steve Gray) was released this spring by Rising Moon Children's Books.  I have also sold many stories and articles to children's magazines and recently had an essay accepted by Family Fun Magazine.

I'm looking forward to visiting with you guys!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Agy on September 01, 2003, 03:25 PM
Many already know me from my blabbing on Yella, CW, Verla's chat and a few other places :P

My name is Agy Wilson, I write just about everything and illustrate as well. Just wanted to say hey, and thanks Verla and your administrator for putting this board together!

Thanks, I was going through withdrawal!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kateiam on September 01, 2003, 03:50 PM
Hi, I am so glad to have a board again!

I know some of you from Yella and some from Verla's chat.  I post as KateIam since I discovered there were already a Kate and an OhioKate posting on the CW, yellow, and the cafe.

I write pb and emergents, as of today I am unpublished, but I am hopeful every day at the mailbox.

I am a stay at home mom with a small, but hectic, candle business.  I currently reside in rural Ohio but have lived in CA, TX and Japan thanks to the Navy.

Thanks a million Verla!!!

KateIam  
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: laser braids on September 01, 2003, 04:05 PM
Hi, I'm Sarah, another Yellaboard regular who hasn't known what to do with herself lately!

I write and illustrate picture books. That is, I want to write and illustrate picture books.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Sian on September 01, 2003, 04:34 PM
Hi everyone, I'm Sian

I am a newbie New Zealand writer (writing seriously for two years) and a lurker on CW, although I do pop up every now and again.

So far I am unpublished, but am getting some nice comments and requests to see more of my work by editors.  Also, only last week I was fortunate enough to make the NZSA (New Zealand Society of Authors) assessment programme with one of my MS's.  

I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and reading all of your measages.

Sian :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Anne Marie on September 01, 2003, 05:49 PM
Hey, all!  I'm Anne Marie--some of you know me from Yella and from chat.  Verla, I've been checking your site every day since you said this message board would be coming up soon and I'm thrilled that it's here.  Thank you!

I write mostly middle-grade fiction but I dabble in everything for middle-grade readers and younger.  I've been writing my whole life (haven't we all?) but writing seriously for publication for 18 months and I've had some success so far.

I took the summer off from writing my middle-grade novel and now that school is back in session, I'm back to work revising.  That's my major project right now.

I'm also active in SCBWI and am heading up an effort for an SCBWI workshop in our city that's being held three weeks from now.  We have great speakers and we're all really excited.

Thanks again, Verla.

Anne Marie
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jen on September 01, 2003, 05:51 PM
I've been Jen on the yella and was jen on the live chat until the chat decided it hated me enough to change my name to "slacker" every time I signed in, so now I'm jen_ (clever, huh?  Sadly, it took me about a week to come up with that solution)

I'm youngish and write primarily MG and YA contemporary fantasy, usually not too heavy on the fantastical elements end.  I do a little work with picture book texts, and I'm currently working on starting a children's lit mag at my university.

I'm a libra who likes long walks on the beach...




Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: cjburke on September 01, 2003, 07:44 PM
Greetings and Salutations, Goodly Folk!

I'm a relatively-fledgling writer, with one children's story and one holiday story to my credit.  I've been fairly active on the CW list, adn I'm a co-manager at the Children's Book Writer's Cafe on MSN groups.  Unlike most of the folk here it seems, I am/was not a regular on the Yella Board.  

I'm currently taking the ICL course, and this week I start my new job as a school photographer. (probably a temporary job until I find something in my field - multimedia/web development)

I'm working on my web site, which will include technical tips for writers as well as information on my own writing as my portfolio expands.  Keep an eye out for announcements regarding http://www.hauntedparsonage.net, which for now is just my profesional resume.

Chuck
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: OhioKate on September 01, 2003, 08:16 PM
Another Kate heard from! I'm a former newspaper reporter living temporarily in Labrador, Newfoundland  (husband's job) and love it. I write YA and non-fiction, have publishing credits in children's magazines (Carus) and education publishers.

Looks like a great  board, Verla. Thanks!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Dystar on September 01, 2003, 08:28 PM
Hi all

I'm a mostly-regular in the kidlit chat room. I like to write all sorts of things, from picture books through midgrades and YA's to adult fiction and non-fiction. I've had a few things published (no books . . . yet!), including a short story in Storyteller: Canada's Short Story Magazine, which won third prize in their annual contest in 2002. I also have some forthcoming pieces.

I like to travel -- when I can afford it -- and have been to Egypt and Taiwan. This year my husband and kids and I  took a cross-Canada trip as far as Ottawa. We did lots of interesting stuff along the way, like watching the RCMP Sgt. Major's parade in Regina.

I'm currently a Brownies Guider; and I'm a former library technician -- which is why all the books in my personal library are in DDC order (which greatly amuses my friends...)

Leslie
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra Whetstone on September 01, 2003, 10:28 PM
Hi Everyone,

I recognize many of you from CW, Yeller, and the kidlit chat room. I'm in California and writing mainly pbs. I'm a former teacher and literacy consultant, and am currently a stay-at-home-mom for my two small babes.

Thanks for setting this up, Verla. Glad to be here!

Cassandra
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Amy M. on September 02, 2003, 06:41 AM
Hi,
I'm Amy Moreno, an illustrator/writer (more of a beginner at writing for kids). I'm a Mom of three young kids.
I'm busy working on some illos, as well as some stories for kids.
I'm on the CW list, and PB list,as well as some other great groups for illustrators. This looks like a great board!!
Amy M
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: bballmom on September 02, 2003, 09:01 AM
Hi Everyone,

I am a lurker.  I have been following the Yahoo message boards and the SCBWI for some time.  This new one looks like it could be great.  Thanks Verla!

Anyway,  I have been writing for kids for several years, have had some success with magazine fiction (Spider, Ladybug, and various religious mags) and am forever working on picture books but no acceptances there yet.  I do feel good about personal rejections on many of them, tho, so I won't give up.  I just finished revising my first YA novel and have begun submitting.  I started a new novel and have found that I might (might) love writing YA's more than picture books.  I write contemporary fiction.

I am married with one son who is a month shy of 13 and I am a Family Advocate in the largest elementary school in Minnesota.

That's me!  I look forward to being here!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lj on September 02, 2003, 09:22 AM
Hello!  I'm Lisa Edwards.  I'm from Old Yeller too (lisaj).  Nice to see many familiar faces and meet new ones too!  And thanks to Verla Kay for this place.  I've been in serious need of a good place to procrastinate!

I've had one story accepted by Ladybug, although it hasn't been published yet.  I hope to be working with Storyplus.com soon, as they are seriously considering one of my stories.  Other than that, I've got an impressive stack of rejections for pbs- a few are encouraging, personal ones.  I'm currently revising an mg and dreaming up more plot for another.

I'm a mom of 2 young teenage boys.  All those who know what this is like, send prayers and good wishes for my tentative grip on sanity.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: words4kids on September 02, 2003, 10:26 PM
Hi, I'm Karin!

I am from the Kansas City area and write for both adults and children.  I write devotional stuff for adults, have written for quarterly devotionals & Sun. school publications.  

I also write fiction and Bible stories for children.  My first success in the children's market came this summer with a recent acceptance on a story for Clubhouse.  I had been working really hard to get a ms this editor liked, and had pretty much given up on it.  Then out of the blue he contacted me and told me to run with one of my previous ideas that I had pitched to him months ago.  What a figured was a hopeless contact, eventually resulted in a sale.

I am excited to talk with other children's writers as I really need to get a jump start and keep my writing going.  I am focusing mainly on magazine markets for now, though I also have chapter book and picture book ms's lying around waiting for some attention.  I've been writing for about 2-3 years.  

Great to 'meet' you all and thanks Verla Kay for setting this up.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Myra on September 03, 2003, 11:25 AM
Well, after lurking on the Yellow Board for an embarrassingly long time, I'm finally coming out of hiding here. (Ta-da! You're all thrilled, aren't you? ;)) The posters there have been so generous with their thoughts and experiences, and I'm grateful to them.

I'm ridiculously shy, but I do want to be part of this community, so I will try to muster up the courage to contribute to conversations here. (And at the Yellow Board, when it's up again!)

I live in Oregon with my two small ones and my not-small husband and two well-fed cats.

I write picture books, mostly, but I've started a middle-grade. Writing and words have been passions all my life, and I've always known I would write for children.

I started submitting a year ago, and so far, I haven't had success. (I was always positive that I'd be accepted, rapturously, on my first try. Oh, well!)

I really am looking forward to making friends with you all. Thank you, Verla Kay, for all that you do!

Myra
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jen K. on September 03, 2003, 04:27 PM
Hey everybody!

I'm Jennifer, also a regular on Yella though I've been lurk, lurk, lurk-ing around lately trying to get some writing done.  Then the durn thing went and broke!  I live in Atlanta and write mostly PBs and emergent/early readers.  Some rhyming, some not.  I also have an MG underway.

It's good to 'see' everyone.  Thanks, Verla!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: barb on September 03, 2003, 04:28 PM
Hi everyone,
I'm Barbara Kanninen, "barb" from the Yella, and I write pbs, magazine stories and, on occasion, poetry.  Thanks, Verla, for setting up this awesome message board.  I was really missing the Yella!
Barbara
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Barbara E. on September 04, 2003, 12:02 AM
Hi,
I've been reading all the posts and I've found 3 from people I know.  8) I'm a member of CW, YA-authors, and ScribbleandScribe.(Hi Agy, Alessia, and Maggie) :)  I write MG fantasy, YA fiction, and adult short stories.  I'm in the beginning of revising my YA novel, and I've had 3 adult stories published online.  I'm also a teacher, but at the present time I'm not working so I'm hoping to devote more of my time to revising my novel.

I live in New York state in Westchester.  But lately the weather here is more like that of the West Coast.  Today it was misty and rainy.

Again thank you Verla for starting this board.  I love my critique groups, but it's fun to chat back and forth like this. :)

Barbara E.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Moosie on September 04, 2003, 10:59 AM
Hi

My name is Vicky and I live in New Hampshire. I just recently decided to write my children's book and try to get it published. I am so glad I found this chat board. I am looking for thoughts, advice etc....

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Joshiewriter on September 04, 2003, 03:34 PM
Hey there,
My name is Josh Ernstrom and I live in Los Angeles, CA.  I work in the Film Industry as a production assistant and when I have time...no wait...when I make time, I write screenplays and children's books.  I'm still new at the whole kid's books thing, so I love to read what the pros have to say.  Next to writing, I think it's the best way to learn.
Thanks ahead of time for letting me be part of this board, and thanks to those that set it up!

Josh "I can't sit still" Ernstrom
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Pam on September 05, 2003, 07:13 AM
Hi, all!  So this is where everyone went!  Thanks, Verla, for setting this up.  

I'm Pam from the yeller board.  I write for magazines and books.  I have an emergent coming out this fall by Seedling Publications so that makes this a good year for me although I've been seeing lots of rejection lately.  I hate that!

Glad to see old and new faces around here.  Almost like home.

http://www.pamcalvert.com
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: dinoknees on September 05, 2003, 08:53 PM
Whew! Feels like I've been stranded on a desert island recently. Thanks, Verla, for the lifeboat. And Agy, thanks for the rescue flare.

Verla, I've enjoyed browsing your wonderful site and reading transcripts from time to time.

I'm Barb but, as you can see, it's a very popular name; so you can just call me dinoknees.

I recently finished my first  novel, a MG. I submitted it and received my first official novel rejection.  I'm trying to train my dog to eat rejection letters -- to him life is an eat-all-you-can buffet -- but he just looks at them with disgust and asks for a tummy rub.

Good to see the familiar faces and nice to meet the new ones.

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ohmylorelei on September 06, 2003, 05:37 PM
Hey all,

My name is Laurel and I started working on a mg (my first) last fall.  Before that I was (and am) a poet.  I also write for a few magazines (non-kid) and I edit/read for a few poetry litmags.  I love in Iowa and I work as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator (ie program director) at the University of Iowa Hillel.  I'm revising said mg, and I've got a few pbs in the works.

Verla rawks!

xoL
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jeff_S on September 07, 2003, 05:48 AM
Lookit, a board!

Okay, Kidlitters, I've been far and away 'cause of the new night shift and trying to finish up the book, but I found the board despite not having any assistance (go me!) and am so glad to have a place to go when I'm procrastinating.  I mean, er, thinking about what to write.  

For everyone who doesn't know me, my name is Jeff, as evidenced by my oh so original nick over on the left there.  I've been a regular at the Kidlit chat for a year and a half now, and the whole time I've been working on a mid-grade epic fantasy thing that's drained me half to death but is finally, after two years, almost done.  I started writing professionally when I was 18 and was asked to write some stuff for Scholastic's web team.  I worked with them several times over the past few years.  Not too long after that first job, I worked with one of their authors (who I had known for several years by then) on one of her series.  Now I'm 21, and I'm working on my own thang.

In fact, that thang is almost done, y'all.  I'm serious this time.  As in, I only have a few chapters left to write, and they're the last chapters, which are my favorite chapters and should be easy to breeze through.  Rock on for me!

So, anywho, so glad to see everyone here and that I have a way to communicate other than forcing myself to wake up at 6 PM to talk in chat.  I miss my @, but I suppose somehow I can manage....
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ClaraRose on September 07, 2003, 06:55 AM
Well, what can I say?
I'm a recent grad of the ICL basic course and contemplating the book writing one  :-\.  I've got a handful of e-magazine things out there and story in Chicken Soup.  For me, this all really started though with a dream and  the STARS -- you can see my picture here -- I'm Robin!  

Sometimes I beat myself up thinking I should have more things in print  :(.  But please realize I'm in the heat of holding a full time job and raising four kids, one teenage boy , one "preteen  :o " girl and a couple of midgrade boys.  Call me a fool, but we homeschool them all :P.  I've been doing some "jamming" with my oldest and we have played at a couple coffee shops, which he thinks is cool  8)

I write when I can and try to keep a few things out at any given time.  I do enjoy putting together a story, I like the planning and shaping of things.  
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kingguler on September 09, 2003, 04:22 PM
Hi!

My name is Cheri and I am a newbie.  I just started the ICL course and have one pb written.  I've been revising it everyday it seems.  I wonder how many times it will take?

I have been a lurker on the Yella board and the CW group.  I'm really enjoying the banter as well as all the terrific information for a newbie like me.

I really look forward to being a member of this group, and thank you Verla for always being there for us new guys.  

Can't wait to get to know you all better.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Andrea on September 09, 2003, 06:35 PM
HI, everyone. I thought I should introduce myself since I came over to share my good news. I'm a SAHM, expecting my third child (a boy, finally, my hubby says,) and have been writing seriously for children for the past two years. As of yet, I am still unpublished, but hopefully, as I can now afford a sitter every once ina while, I might get a bit more done. I recognize some of you from other boards- nice to see you!

Happy writing to you all!

:)Andrea
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: nikki2526 on September 11, 2003, 07:52 AM
Hello, my name is Nikki I am a 22 year old wife and mother of two, 3 yrs. and 8 months, from Philadelphia. Housewife by day and 2nd year Architecture student by night. I've always loved reading and writing and I absolutely love children. I originally planned to become a Pediatrician, however during my freshman year of college I became pregnant and decided to change career plans, so I could stay home with my son. I am currently writing a story and hope to find an agent to help me get published. Good Luck to Everyone!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Barbara Eveleth on September 11, 2003, 09:35 AM
Thank you, Verla Kay for the new blue board.  I stumbled on to this site.  What a nice stumble.  Hi to everyone!  I'm AE and I am focusing on writing and illlustrating picture books.  I feel as if I have been in a vacuum for the past few weeks. It is great to hear from you all again! I felt as if my "family" had been kidnapped...but I found you!  Hope you are all writing, writing, writing!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on September 11, 2003, 09:48 AM
Hi, everyone!

I'm Susan, but as some of you may know, I never go by that online.  ::settling down on the psychiatrist's sofa:: I never felt like a "Susan."  I think the Ramona books ruined the name for me.  You know, Susan was that whiner copycat with the "boing boing" curls.  So blame Beverly Cleary.  

I go by "Jaina" online.  Long story, but it has to do with my being a Star Wars geek, so you probably don't want to hear!   ;)  I've been writing for children for about a year, working on magazine stories, picture books, middle grade . . . I'm all over the place.  I pop into Verla's chat from time to time and do my hyperactive goofball number.  I'm kind of like the chat equivalent of a Jack Russell terrier, I guess.  Since I'm kind of a newbie, I have lots of questions, and Verla's place is great for answers!  Thanks, Verla!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kimmar on September 11, 2003, 11:32 AM
Hi Everyone!
My name is Kim, though some of you may know me as "kimmar."  I'm a regular in Verla's chat, and a dialy lurker on the cw list and the yella board.  I am a stay-at-home mother of two, and a child therapist trying to transition to a career in writing books for children.  Once I found my passion, I wanted to do as much as I could to strengthen my skills.  I went back to school not too long ago to study children's writing and have been working hard since that time on improving my craft.  Right now, my focus is on picture books and poetry. I hope to keep learning and improving!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kingguler on September 11, 2003, 01:16 PM
Hi Kim,

You and I have something in common.  I'm a school psychologist changing careers to writing for children (and taking some counseling classes).  

Have you had anything published?  What is your writing experience so far?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Cheri

Hi Everyone!
My name is Kim, though some of you may know me as "kimmar."  I'm a regular in Verla's chat, and a dialy lurker on the cw list and the yella board.  I am a stay-at-home mother of two, and a child therapist trying to transition to a career in writing books for children.  Once I found my passion, I wanted to do as much as I could to strengthen my skills.  I went back to school not too long ago to study children's writing and have been working hard since that time on improving my craft.  Right now, my focus is on picture books and poetry. I hope to keep learning and improving!
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Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on September 12, 2003, 06:08 PM
Fi Fi Fo Fum . . .

I see two new members (people from my critique group--the Willbes) who haven't introduces themselves yet . . .  ;)

Are you gonna delurkify or do I have to drag you out, people?  

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: amyo on September 12, 2003, 06:38 PM
OK, OK, I guess I've been de-lurkified, thanks to Jaina!   ;)

I'm also a member of the yella-withdrawal-symptom horde -- it's nice to see some familiar names here, and to meet some new ones!

After the Yella's (temporary) demise, I was hoping to be able to re-enter the message-board world with some good news, but I've spent most of my time lately just tallying the rejections.  Oh, well.  

Spending time with all these cool  colors  and faces  :P will cheer me up, no doubt!

In a nutshell -- I'm a corporate event producer from Minneapolis -- married, 2 boys, and in the middle of an endless house-renovation project that is taking away all my writing time!  It has to end eventually, right?

Good to meet you all!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cindy on September 13, 2003, 02:41 AM
Agy told me you were all hanging out over here.  I'm afraid I'm another Yellowboard refugee (Cindy from Maine).  

It's nice to see familiar names from there and my critique groups (Hi Jen W. and Kate and Barbara E.).  

In a nutshell, I have one MG novel in the works with Scholastic, and I'm currently rewriting another.  I live in Maine with my two kids, husband, and assorted pets.    

Andrea, congratulations on your grant!  I received a Letter of Merit yesteday in the mail which was a nice surprise.  
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Anne Marie on September 13, 2003, 05:09 AM
I received a Letter of Merit yesteday in the mail which was a nice surprise.  

Cindy,

Welcome and congratulations on your terrific news!  I'm so glad you're here.
Anne Marie

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jenward on September 13, 2003, 07:26 AM
Hi All,

I'm Jennifer, aka jenward or jw.

I live in AZ with my husband, daughter and assorted surrogate children with fur and whiskers.

I balance my time between homework guidance nightly, herding dust bunnies, traversing mountains of laundry and writing full time.  My focus is picture books.

What a fun board.  !Muchos Gracias, Verla!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Pickles on September 13, 2003, 08:00 AM
Hi,

I don't know what I'm doing here, but I'm trying so I hope this message comes out right.   I'm also a Yella refugee.  Anne Marie just told me this morning about this board.

I haven't been around because I just moved from Nebraska to Texas, and I'm still hunting for my underwear.  

I'm using the same handle I used on Yella, cuz I like it.  Some of you know me as Kay, Lilli, Lillian, or Lilkap.

I write mostly humorous middle grade.  Some early readers.  Some humorous poetry.

Sorry, my brain has just been zapped by the discovery that my four year old has been poking holes in my new textured walls with a ball point pen.  My seven year old just "told."  Mom do you know the walls in this new house are weak.

Aiggghhhh!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KimS on September 13, 2003, 05:31 PM
Yay - a new place to waste more time! I'm KimS, and I'm hoping I can juggle this board into my spare time! I was a semi-regular visitor to the Yeller, in an on-off kind of way. It all depended on how generous my three kids were with my time!
I'm writing from over in Australia, and the only reason I even need to say that is so that everyone pardons my spelling! I write PBs mostly, and am trying to leave them behind for a while and concentrate on something more likely to be published - mag stories for example - but the PBs keep calling me back! I'm on a big submitting streak at the moment - so I might need support in a few months if the rejections come all at once!
Glad to see my crit group buddies from the Yeller here!
Thanks for the new board Verla!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JulesE on September 13, 2003, 08:50 PM
Hi everyone! I'm JulesE, and I'm new to this board. (Though I've visited Verla's site plenty of times. I must be blind. I didn't notice the chat board prompt before!) I'm new to the world of submitting work to publishing houses, though I've been writing for what seems like forever. I've posted on other boards (Yellow (as je), Writer's Cafe and one of the Yahoo boards.) I'm so happy to have found this one! Hello to those of you that I recognize from the Yellow board! I can't wait to see what's here. Verla, your site has been really helpful to me! Thanks.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cindy on September 14, 2003, 05:31 AM
Thanks very much, Anne Marie!  That was a stellar mail day at my house, because my contract and my advance came that day, too!  Most of the money went to boring things like taxes and roof repairs, but I did buy myself a simple and pretty pink tourmaline ring to celebrate my first book $.  

It's great to see you.  I've been missing these familiar names (and I'm looking forward to "meeting" everyone else).

 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on September 14, 2003, 07:54 AM
Hi, Jules (and everyone else who is new here, too!)

No, you weren't blind.  This board has only been here for two weeks (almost.)  That's probably why you never saw it before. It wasn't here!   ::)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Barbara Etlin on September 14, 2003, 09:19 AM
Cindy!

 Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Congrats on your letter of merit, contract and advance!

 :)

dinoknees
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lj on September 14, 2003, 11:10 AM
Yay Cindy!  Congratualtions on the Letter of Merit and your book contract!   :o  Wow!  You are on a roll!  

Tell us the title of your book with Scholastic so we can look for it!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Caroline on September 14, 2003, 02:38 PM
look at all the fun toys here!!


:D
Hi everyone,

I'm Caroline from the yellow board, from Ottawa Canada. I am a stay-at-home mom /elementary teacher / home daycare provider who writes for kids.

I've had some stuff in Highlights, GP4K, Storyteller Magazine, and humour columns in the newpapers but I am itching for a book contract. Got a few pbs out there, a collection of poems, and this summer I 'tried' to finish the novel. Still working on that.

Great to see you all again. It has been too long.  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ErinS on September 14, 2003, 03:34 PM
Hey everyone!

A lot of you know me already, but I'm Erin.  I was a regular at the chat, but I've had a lot of computer problems in the last while and I've been busy canning the mountain of fruit from my backyard.  Who wants some jam?  

I'm also a yella board refugee.  I sure have missed you all!  I feel so out of touch.  

I write mostly picture books, but have been working on a fantasy YA.  Writing has been put aside lately, but I need to get busy again!  

I look forward to getting to know all the new people and seeing what is going on with all of you I haven't talked to forever!!  

Erin
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: HB on September 15, 2003, 09:10 AM
Eep! Guess I'd better introduce myself since Jaina is threatening to delurk me. Not to mention the fact that I told Caroline about the board yesterday and she beat me to the introductions. Thanks Jaina for letting your fellow Willbe's know about the board. And thanks to Verla for organizing this.

I'm HB, otherwise known as Heather. I was a semi-regular poster on Yella. Have stayed away from CW and Verla's chat because I figured I should only have one form of writing procrastination. Then Yella went down and I was lost.  :-\ But now I'm found.  :)

I'm in Canada so KimS and I spell colour the same way. One hubby, one toddler, two cats. Software tester by day.

I have a bunch of non-fiction adult articles published. Nothing in kiddie-lit...yet. I've been writing and submitting PBs, magazine stories, an EZ, and I'm 2/3 of the way through an early MG.

Nice to see everybody again.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: scorbett on September 16, 2003, 01:16 PM
Wow. I am just blown away by all the wiggly icons I can choose from. I could waste hours just trying out all of them.

I see many many familiar names here, including neighbors and people I've already been e-mailing all day. (Hi, Anne Marie!) I never made it to the Yellow Board (which probably was good for my career) but I know Verla's books and website so I thought I would dip in here and say hi.

For the three of you I don't know (okay, maybe six), I write mid-grade novels -- one published, another sold, another sitting on my editor's desk (since January, I might add). I also have a bunch of picture book manuscripts I haven't gotten anywhere with.

(Plus, she whispers, hoping no one has rotten tomatoes, I am a book reviewer. But I never write nasty reviews.)

Nice to see ya ll.

xo,

Sue Corbett
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Anne Marie on September 17, 2003, 05:34 AM
Hey Sue!  Glad to see you here.   Hope you're ready for the big blow!  

Anne Marie

 ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ohmylorelei on September 17, 2003, 07:28 AM
Sue... don't tell anyone else, but I'm also a reviewere. (However I mostly cover adult lit fiction for women's mags, so no one need fear the awesome power of my wrath!!!!)  xoLaurel
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: scorbett on September 17, 2003, 08:37 AM
Uh, oh. Two reviewers.

Anne Marie -- kids are off from school TODAY (and for the rest of the week.) Arrrgh! Moreover -- looks she's going to skirt west of us toward you!

Stay dry.

Sue
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: CrummyButtons on September 21, 2003, 09:10 AM
Hey, all--

Lisa here. I'm a textbook writer who is looking to get into writing fiction for young adults/middle grades. I feel sort of silly being on these boards because I just made up my mind to start writing fiction a couple of weeks ago and I still haven't written anything yet. Mostly, I've been reading the new young adult books that are out there to get a feel for the market. I'm eager to start writing, but my brain has yet to squeeze out any original ideas. Well, that's not entirely true. In the past two days I've come up with two great topics for my husband to write books about. Hmph.

Can anyone recommend any writing exercises I can use to get the cogs turning? I'm at a loss here.

This Friday, I'll be attending my first SCBWI (Carolinas) writer's conference. I've gotta say, I'm pretty psyched.

Looking forward to getting to know you all!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on September 21, 2003, 05:34 PM
Lisa,

"Story Sparkers" is a nice book about generating ideas for children's books.  I'll bring my copy to the conference so you can see if it might help.  See you there!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: roomom on September 22, 2003, 08:04 PM
Hi All;

I am a baby just outta the belly here.  This is my first venture [so new, I haven't even written my thoughts down yet] in the world of children's books.  Looking forward each persons insight, experiance, etc....

Currently running out of gas in the wee hours of the night [it's way past my bedtime] so will keep this short.  Just wanted to say "hello" and excited about  future conversations with each of you.

Meanwhile... grace and peace,

Roomom
 ;)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TL on September 22, 2003, 10:31 PM
Hello!
I have been working towards publication for about 3 years now. I am a professional illustrator and story artist. I grew up and studied art in Columbus, Ohio at CCAD.
I noticed another post from Columbus-Go Bucks! I have lived in Orlando, Los Angeles, and now live in the Bay Area of California. I have submitted one dummy and manuscript to a publisher and am now working on another. It is great to meet you all.
TL
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: els on September 23, 2003, 07:10 PM
howdy ya'll.
 as many of you know, I'm the dungeon mistress at Verla's chat.  I keep folks in line and am generally fun to be around if you like tours of the dungeon.
I write fantasy for adult and YA, and illustrate fantasy and celtic art.
thats me in a nutshell, I suppose.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tem2 on September 23, 2003, 08:14 PM
Hello!  I'm Greg.  You may know me from such chat boards as Verla Kay's Kidlit and such listserves as CW...though not frequently of late.  I've been busy with my day jobs, being an attorney, web designer, realtor, and title insurance agent.  I've also been hard at work on a chapter book series proposal and two midgrades.

Whew!

--tem2
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Andrea on September 24, 2003, 11:38 AM
Cindy!!! congrats to you!!! I just read through all these posts after so long and saw your messages. How wonderful for you! You are going places!!!Let us know what your book is called so we can check it out- is it the same book you applied for the grant with?  

Congrats again!

:)Andrea
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Lorraine on September 24, 2003, 05:13 PM
whoo boy, am I member #100? :jump  

well, I've just meandered in here and found this inviting site, sooo, howdy to you all.  

I hail from Oregon and have been writing for a long time...now I have to get serious about sending things out instead of letting them dessicate into powder in my drawer  :P  Right now I'm deep into a YA story that is going in circles...lovely circles...but I'm trying to straighten the unruly thing out.  

I have 2 mg manuscripts sitting in said desk drawer that I'm getting ready to send out to agents...I think.  To agent or not...hmm...I've been waffling on this one for a while.

Mini bio: violinist, writer, live with hubby, 2 kids--8 and 16, and various fuzzy animals that require feeding, walking, etc!

It's nice to be here, thanks for the meeting spot, Verla Kay.  :)    
   

     
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MystiqueWriter1 on September 26, 2003, 03:33 PM
 :lov: Greetings Writers:

I am Elaina M. Consiglio in Kidlit Chat or known as MystiqueWriter1 here on the board. I am the  :artist: of my work and creator of rare expressions of my writing through the imaginative pictures of one's mind. Even though I began my writing when I was 15 and flourished greatly in my gift at 21. Two books already have been completed but not yet published and another being written now. For I am learning that patience is a virtue. Even though I enjoy writing YA Fantasy I prefer the imagination of Picture Books.  :paper: On my spare time I work and go to college as well as play computer games or chat.l Though I hope I get to know everyone here and many blessings to all and thanks Verla for this wonderful website.

Elaina
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cindy on September 26, 2003, 05:09 PM
Hi Andrea,

No, the Letter of Merit was for my second novel, which I'm currently rewriting.  My first one is due out sometime in 2004 from Scholastic Press, though I'm not sure when.  My contract says March, but since it hasn't been through copyediting yet, I can't imagine they can keep that date.  It's a MG novel, and the title is RULES.

How are you coming with your novel?  Did it give you a big boost of writing energy to win the grant?  
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: LisaL on September 26, 2003, 08:39 PM
Hi  ;D

I am a previous lurker from Michigan who is trying to learn the business.  I have a day job (not writing but I wish).
I enjoy writing pb, chapter books and whatever else pops into my head.

I am excited about this board :typing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Andrea on September 27, 2003, 06:52 AM
 :party3: That's so exciting, Cindy. Make sure you tell us when they do get it out.

The grant was a huge boost for me- I was on the verge of quitting writing, for now anyway, because I'm pregnant and already have 2 little ones- I started wondering if this is really what I should be doing right now- Am I fooling myself? I was waiting for a letter of merit to be my "sign," but now that i have the grant, I can actually afford a sitter and get some writing done!!

Plus, I feel like i can tell people I am a writer. You tell them someone gave you money, and they're like, "Oh, wow."  :o the non writers in my life are starting to take me seriously. :)

:)Andrea
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: HarleyGirl on September 29, 2003, 12:20 PM
Hello all.
I also frequent the Yellow Board, tho I go by a diff. username over there.  I thought I'd change it up just to keep things interesting.
I also live in the midwest.  I am a transplant from the Sunshine State...golly, I miss the beach!!
I am a mother of 2 wonderful teenage boys, a full-time employee in a local office and an aspiring writer.  At this time, I am working on my first YA.

P.S.  For those of you wondering...I really do ride a Harley!!   8)   ...my very own!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: aimela on September 29, 2003, 10:36 PM
I found out about this website very recently through an article in Writer's Market. I've written and illustrated my 1st children's book and will be sending it off to publishers. I have many questions and have found the people on this website to be very helpful.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on September 29, 2003, 11:02 PM
Hey, do you remember what article it was and which issue of the magazine it was in, Aimela? :reading2: I'd love to know!  :jump
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cateyes59 on October 03, 2003, 11:34 AM
Hi everyone!
I'm a lurker from way back but there was something about this board that struck a chord with me and made me want to say hello.
My name is Cathy and I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I work as a desktop publisher for the Canadian government and have 2 young sons. I just adore childrens' writing and am presently working on a young adult novel for the advanced ICL course. I also like to write short stories.  
I enjoy getting to know other writers and sharing thoughts about writing and life in general. All the best to everyone! This looks like a terrific board.

Cathy
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MamaG on October 08, 2003, 02:44 PM

Hi there.  My name is Jodi, I am new to writing as well as to this site.  I am at a geographic disadvantage because of my distance to any resources other than a public library! I rely heavily on the internet and have actually read many transcripts from V.K.'s live chats.

I am an RN and mother of two children and an obnoxious labrador...and I hope I did this right!  
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on October 08, 2003, 04:25 PM
You got it right except for the icon/picture in your profile, Jodi.

Welcome!   :girl

To fix the picture, you need to correct the URL in your profile.  Right now it's pointing to Google, not an image.  :-)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KayJ on October 10, 2003, 03:43 PM
Hi, Everyone!

This is my first time ever to jump in any chat board. So I have a goal to not be a lurker!

For the last 20 years or so, I've been an elementary classroom teacher both in the US and abroad. But, this year, with extraordinary support from my husband and son, I am starting my new career as a writer!

So far I have written a newspaper tabloid insert and science passages and questions for a software company. I've just finished the EZ Reader workshop with Anastasia Suen and completed a nonfiction manuscript for early readers.

I'm looking forward to this experience!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Lilli on October 10, 2003, 05:05 PM
Welcome!  This is a great place. Glad you found it.

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: HarleyGirl on October 10, 2003, 07:50 PM
 :)  Welcome!  I know you will have fun here! ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Andrea on October 10, 2003, 08:02 PM
Welcome welcome welcome, everyone!!!

:)Andrea
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KatherineR on October 15, 2003, 02:04 PM
 :balloongroup:

Hey there, hi there, late to the party as usual.

I've been lurking and warming up to get rid of new-board-ophobia.  But now I'm here!

For those that don't know me from Yellow board, I'm the mostly epublished gal with stuff on StoryPlus.com, Childrenzbooks, KidsZip, WeeOnesMag, etc and so forth.  

(Pam's my good crit buddy and she keeps wanting me to list everything but that's just so boring.)  Suffice it to say, I'm still somewhat a newbie seeking out that elusive paper publication thing (that's my own thing - not ghosting or rewriting).  But hey, the internet has been fun fun fun.

See ya round the boards.  (Now I have three to check.  Aack!  It's all your fault, Verla!) ;)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Betsy on October 17, 2003, 08:36 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm Ellen Jackson.  I've written and published 51 fiction and nonfiction books for kids. (Whoops!  Make that 50--one was a pet grooming manual for adults.)  I've occasionally posted on other message boards--mostly the SCBWI board and Write4Kids.  My best-known book is CINDER EDNA.

I have a webpage featuring articles and a contest for writers.  The articles are intended to help new and/or discouraged writers.  Come visit!

I'm currently working on a nonfiction book about the solar system.  I'm also busy promoting my two newest books:  IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL WE GO! and MY TOUR OF EUROPE BY TEDDY ROOSEVELT, AGE 10.  Actually TR and I wrote that last one together.

Hope to get to know some of you better!

Ellen Jackson
www.ellenjackson.net



Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on October 17, 2003, 09:04 PM
Hope to get to know some of you better!

Ellen Jackson

I'm not sure I'm one of the ones you want to get to know better  ;) , but I wanted to say Welcome!  And ask-- do you like being called Ellen or should we call you Betsy?

Susan, who is known 'round here as "Jaina" (and probably a few other names, but they don't say them in front of me :x )
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Lorraine on October 18, 2003, 08:59 AM
Welcome Ellen!

I took a peek at your website--wow--so much to see.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Lisa S on October 21, 2003, 11:58 AM
This is my first post.  I have so much to learn and so little time!  Haven't been into chat for a LONG time, but recognize some of you from there and some from the yellow board.

My name is Lisa Schroeder and I write mostly PBs although have a MG and a chapter book in progress too.
I see a couple other people from Oregon - Myra and Lorraine!  I am in Oregon also.  I have 2 boys, a husband, a cat and a new puppy named Stormy.

I'll start checking here when I can and joining in on the fun!

Lisa
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ToniBME on October 22, 2003, 11:48 AM
 ;D ::) :P

Hello everyone.  I am new to this site.  Found it today and am so very glad I did.  

I have three kids and always on the brink of sanity.  I live in Illinois - not Chicago - small town about 3-4 hours from that CITY - Chicago is not a state as many people seem to think when I say I live in Illinois.   I have just started to take writing seriously.  Discipline is the demon I am fighting.  

These boards are a salvation.

SO HELLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!~.
Glad to be here.
Laughter and Giggles,
Toni
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on October 22, 2003, 11:59 AM
As the original poster (and I am NOT going to say 'big poster!  ;D ) of this thread, I want to extend a huge

WELCOME!
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to everyone! This is a helpful, informative, educational, and very friendly board! I'm happy you found us!

Donna J.  :angel
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tem2 on October 22, 2003, 12:33 PM
Thanks Donna, but you didn't say how often we should Re:Introduce ourselves.  Since there are new members joining, maybe we should have Re:Introductions every week or two so everyone knows who we are.

--tem2
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Lorraine on October 22, 2003, 09:52 PM
Welcome everyone!

Glad to see another Oregonian, LisaS!
 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Rose on October 23, 2003, 07:34 AM
Hi, I recently found this site, and I'm glad.  It's just what I need--something for both the published and unpublished, the writer and the illustrator (or both).  Already I've learned things.

I currently live in South Carolina, but have lived oh, in a lot of places--New Jersey, Arkansas, Texas, Utah, California, Germany (my husband is a German professor), Chile, Illinois....  So, I don't know where I'm really "from," but all the places give me ideas for writing, so I guess that's good.

As to writing, I've always wanted to be a writer.  In the meantime I've done editing and illustrating for a university independent study program, taught ESL (English as a Second Language), and also college-level Spanish.  Right now I am a full-time mom with a kindergartner and a 3 and almost 2-year old.  LOTS of fodder for picture books, but finding an uninterrupted period of time to do it is difficult, to say the least.  (The natives don't sleep.  EVER.)  YA is my real goal, but so far it's more practical (possible?) to work on shorter stuff.  Not that you don't have to work just as hard, but after the initial draft is done, I can revise in small units of time all split up.  Longer fic just seems to require great, sweeping periods of time (or at least an hour that doesn't also include toddler conversation).  I've just started sending things out, and gotten my first form rejection.  (Henry Holt is pretty fast--about a month--in case you are wondering.)  Still waiting on some other pb manuscripts.  So far I'm just sending text, but I really would like to be a writer/illustrator--it just seems that those kind of books just work better (from the reader's point of view--I realize it can be a hairy issue for submissions).  Thanks for the site!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MamaG on October 23, 2003, 07:54 AM
I am originally from Oregon.  Boy do I miss the rain!  A friend of mine, who is also from there, recently went back.  She is such a kind soul, she brought me back some salt water taffey and homemade blackberry jam.  Ahhh, the tastes of home.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cateyes59 on October 23, 2003, 07:58 AM
Welcome to the board, Rose,
Your message struck a chord with me as I have lived all over the place too. (One of those notorious air force brats!) As you say, it gives us stuff to write about.
I like to write YA stuff as well and am working on an ICL course to write a novel which is a big undertaking with 2 kids and a full time job but I like to suffer!! (Just kidding!) Writing is my passion and keeps me excited about living amidst the sometimes mundaneness of everyday life. Housework and typing just don't do it for me!!
This is a great board. I've only been here a while myself and can feel the comraderie and support of everyone here. I'm sure you will enjoy yourself. Have fun! :-*

Cathy
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Myra on October 23, 2003, 08:47 AM
Ooh, lookit all the nice Oregonians and former Oregonians. Aren't we lovely?

MamaG, I never knew salt water taffy was an Oregon thing. Isn't it just a beachy thing? Where are you now? To be honest, I miss the rain myself. It hasn't rained enough this fall for my tastes. Two days ago, it was 80 degrees!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MamaG on October 23, 2003, 08:59 AM
Myra-  Salt water taffey may be a beachey thing but we don't get much of that either here in Colorado!  My favorite place in the world has always been the Oregon coast, especially Cannon Beach.  As a kid we always went and had fresh chowder, walked aound the beach, got taffey and returned to Portland with fresh blackberries (and salmon if grandpa had a good day fishing!!).
I don't know where you are located but we have had 70's -80's here as well, and rarely has it rained since April.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Myra on October 23, 2003, 09:11 AM
I love Cannon Beach too. We just spent the day there a few weeks ago; it was really lovely.

I'm in Portland, and yes, we are supposed to get lots of rain this time of year. *sigh* It'll come. I should be glad; we're just south of some really dreadful flooding in Washington. Also, raking up dry leaves is more fun than raking up wet leaves.

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: GrandmaChris on October 27, 2003, 10:27 AM
I am a product of the Midwest habitat. I am a child of the 50's, teenager of the 60's :girl and a parent since the 70's ;D I am the mother and stepmother to 4 grown children, who have made me a grandmother to 5 grandchildren.
My husband and I live on a century farm acreage established in 1893.  I enjoy gardening, crafting, antiquing, reading and writing children's stories. ;D
 
Currently I am writing stories about the many animal characters found on the farm and how they survive adventures while writing in a wholesome, non-didactic tone.

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: els on October 27, 2003, 11:20 AM
lol!!!!!!!  ToniBME!  I thought you were Toni Buzzeo!  I just stumbled across this thread and realized I was wrong- almost commented on another one of your posts thinking you were her yesterday, and I would have sounded like such an idiot...  Nothing unusual there, I am just trying to cut down on my idiot quota for the week...
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Trish on October 30, 2003, 11:44 AM
Hi everybody.

Some of you may know me from yeller. I post there quite a bit.

I am originally from Texas but live now in Florida. I am a SAHM, homeschooling my 8 yo dd and trying to keep up with my 2 yo son aka the Howler Monkey.

I have always loved to write. I started subbing poems a few years back and now I write poems and short stories.

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: HarleyQuinn on November 01, 2003, 04:07 PM
Hi all, I am new to this board. I am also new to the CW list, but already reaping the benefits of some really good advice. I'm 34, live in Georgia with a rambunctious and opinionated son nearing his 3rd birthday...he's my lil inspiration. Hope to get to know alot of you and hopefully learn a little more about the craft of writing for children.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Krystal on November 11, 2003, 04:21 PM
Sniff, sniff, sniff. Aaah, what have we here?... The scent of new blood, and it flows through the veins of the one named Krystal.

*Krystal grabs a baseball bat and looks around for Creepy Ogre Guy. :EmoticonHelp2: Upon seeing no one, except for her sidekick, a flowing, blue-haired muse, Krystal begins to post. :typing:*

Uh, hi...that was really bizarre! But anyway, my name's Crystal, and I live in the ever-growing state of Anxiety. I'm new to this posting process, but I've been lurking :n for a short time now and have been writing  :writing3:
for far longer--picture books for six years and young adults prior to that. Alas, all of which remain unpublished.

  :smoke AAAAAAAAGH!!!

On the bright side, however, those rejection letters are at least evidence that I am trying to pursue my calling...and I have taken a creative writing course at a local community college. In fact, it will probably take the Grim Reaper or that Creepy Ogre Guy to stop me! :yup But anyway, as I mentioned earlier, I've spent some time lurking around this board, just sitting there idly and watching as you all had the fun. Today, though, I snapped (which is hardly a first for me). I couldn't contain myself from posting any longer! It was like watching kids play with a super fantastic toy that made me sooo envious!

Well...that's pretty much all I have to say for now, except for thanks for such an informative and entertaining board Verla and Douglas and all who
post. :lov:

Wishes and kisses,

Krystal
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Post by: Lorraine on November 11, 2003, 07:33 PM
Welcome Krystal!  Glad you delurked and are joining in.   :yup  No ogres here!  
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Post by: els on November 12, 2003, 09:14 AM
ha! that's what you think, Lorraine... mwahahahaha

Welcome HarleyQuinn and Krystal!
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Post by: Krystal on November 14, 2003, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the welcomes, Lorraine and els. I didn't realize there was more than one ogre prowling around this board!  :eek5: What next...the bogeyman?  :faint: Good, perhaps he can teach me how to dance--I have about as many moves as a statue!

Kisses and wishes,  :lov:

Krystal

 :devil: :yup I plead guilty to smilie overkill! :n :death:
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Post by: Cana on November 15, 2003, 05:42 AM
Hi all!  I'm Cana.  Found yella first this summer.  It was such a wonderful jolt  :o to the writing juices...then it crashed.  It's back up, as you know, but not nearly as busy as this summer.  Now I know why!  Everybody's over here! This site looks fun to use but since I'm almost computer illiterate, it's a little intimidating.  But I'll figure it out.  My husband and kids are SOOOOO thrilled I've found yet another toy to play with.  I can just hear the unison sighs when they hear the creak of the computer chair as I belt myself in for the evening.  I'm having a ball.  I'm really ready to find critique partners.  Now that I'm a member here, I'll be checking that out.  Happy writing all!
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Post by: carol2u_2004 on November 15, 2003, 08:07 AM
Welcome Cana...I am a relatively new member as well. Just  :jump in where ever you feel like it, that's what I do.
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Post by: HarleyGirl on November 16, 2003, 06:35 AM
Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!

Welcome to all newbies!  We are glad to have you here!

I'll be seeing you around the board.  Have fun.

HG
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Post by: words4kids on November 16, 2003, 07:39 PM
Welcome All.  So glad to have you.  Post away now!
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Post by: TaraGwen on November 20, 2003, 07:42 AM
Hello, all! Newbie on this forum so I figured this thread  is a good place for me to join in since we're talking about ourselves, and I'm good at that(so my husband says). First of all, I am just getting my feet wet in this writing business--I'm 34 so I'm a late bloomer I guess. I bought the new edition of CWIM and have been scouring the internet for all the info I can find. It's so exciting!
I'm a southern girl from Louisiana who leared how to cook from my Mamaw....not quite as good but darn near close! And good stuff,too, like etouffee, jambalaya, red beans & rice, fried catfish,etc. I married my college sweetheart 13 years ago and have two precious boys, Troy and Mitchell(which, by the way and referring to the "favorite names" thread, had they been girls would be Miranda Leigh and Olivia Grace). I love snowskiing, volleyball, oil painting, drawing,scrapbooking, arts&crafts, coloring in colorbooks with my 4-year old(yeah, you heard right, I'm not ashamed), watching my 7-year old play soccer and basketball, and snuggling with my hubby, Keith.
I sympathize with words4kids, chocolate is heaven on earth. And, by the way, it IS a food group....since chocolate comes from cocoa, cocoa comes from a bean, a bean is a vegetable, vegetables are one of our food groups therefore.....chocolate is a vegetable!
My favorite people are my children, husband, my Dad(awesome man), my Mamaw, my mother-in-law(it's okay, I'm sane...she's amazing) and I loved Princess Diana. She was the epitome of a true princess and humanitarian, in my opinion.
Since I'm a newbie, and I mean REALLY new, I barely have anything written in my little notebook, but I have a few ideas. The one I'm currently working on now is a book for young readers about a funny little hermit crab named Shelby, who woke up one morning not so cheery anymore. She's a crabby crab and she's trying to figure out why. My boys and I have pet hermit crabs and we are in love with them so they are our inspiration.  Anyway, I will keep writing, keep reading, keep drawing, and keep hoping and dreaming!

Thanks for taking half your morning to read my post.  :writing3:Nice to meet y'all!

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Post by: raggmopp on November 23, 2003, 06:51 AM
 :)  Hi Donna J.
     
      My name is Jan E. and I have just decided in the last month or so to be a childrens bookwriter/illustrator. I am feeling a little lost out here by myself and would appreciate any communication what-so-ever with a fellow creator.  
      I have strarted the first draft of my book, inspired by my dog, and I am already having fun! I have been researching the " how to get published" part for the last few days and stubbled upon this sight.
      I look forward to hearing from you or anyone else out there that wants to reply    :-*
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Post by: Verla Kay on November 23, 2003, 09:29 AM
Welcome Everyone.

You've come to the right place.  :yup  We have a GREAT group :balloongroup: here, with exceptionally wonderful talented writers :typing: and illustrators :artist:, and they are all so great about sharing and caring  :angel!  

Jump :jump into the discussions in progress and start a few of your own. :sb You'll find lots of support :hug: and help  :writing3:- and we have a lot of fun here, too.   :dr
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Post by: Jaina on November 23, 2003, 09:33 AM
Welcome, Raggmopp (can't see your name without singing the song... R-A-G-G-M-O-P-P Raggmopp!  Okay, now I've got it out of my system).  

I read your other post in the "Good News" section.  Don't be lonely, don't be frightened!  Feel free to ask questions or share frustrations.  Glad you're enjoying working on your first book--that's the most important thing, I think!  Have fun with it and with learning about the process.  I know this is the most fun I've ever had working.   ;D
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Post by: HarleyGirl on November 23, 2003, 04:37 PM
Welcome Raggmopp and TaraGwen!!

I know you will have lots of fun on this board. ;D
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Post by: Emily on November 26, 2003, 04:27 PM
Hi Everyone!  I am a newbie here.  I have lurked around here a few times, but this is my first time posting!

I have been writing for kids now for about 1 year.  I write mainly in rhyme.. I know I know...I can hear the groans now.....lol...but I think I do it well, so I will continue to plug away at it.  I just signed with an agent not that long ago...so hopefully he will get some stuff sold for me!  I am looking forward to getting to know all of you...there really is a wealth of information of this board!  Nice to meet you all...

Oh, in case you were wondering, I am a 25 year old stay at home mom in Sioux City, Iowa...brrrr...winter has arrived here!
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Post by: raggmopp on November 26, 2003, 04:55 PM
Hi Emily,
My name is Jan and I have been writing my first childrens picture book for about three weeks now.  Not only am I writing it, I am also illustrating it.
Congratulations on getting yourself an agent.  I am just reading about   how a person gets on    ::)  I hope you come to the nightly chat sessions.  
Best of luch to you Emily   :-*
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Post by: MamaG on November 30, 2003, 02:03 PM
I have been out of the loop for a while (bad computer, bad, bad, bad    :mad4:).

Welcome to all the newcomers!!

btw Verla...LOVE the Santas!! :)
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Post by: sallyj on December 02, 2003, 09:51 AM
Hi everyone.  I was thrilled to learn of this website (thanks for the tip donnaj!) what a great resource.  Verla Kay, I am in awe of what you have done!

I currently live in Ohio where I am working on writing picture books when time permits.    I am waiting to hear about one that I have mailed to an editor(after years of writing and NOT mailing!)

I look forward to reading everything on the site and soaking up pearls of wisdom from all of you.

SallyJ
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Post by: carol2u_2004 on December 02, 2003, 10:04 AM
 ::) Welcome to the boards Sallyj  ::)
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Post by: sallyj on December 02, 2003, 10:26 AM
Thanks,boy that was quick.  I think I am going to like this site!

SallyJ
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Post by: MamaG on December 02, 2003, 12:08 PM
Hi Sally!
Come on in and get comfey!
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Post by: Jen on December 02, 2003, 02:37 PM
Welcome, Sally!  
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Post by: truckman on December 15, 2003, 09:55 PM
My name is John.  I live in the upper corner of South Carolina.  I am a student of The Institute of Children's Literature.  I have written several hunting articles for an online Beagle Magazine.  I write religious poems some times.  I had a very good response to one of my poems that a friend made into a song.  If they don't change their mind my favorite Southern Gospel Group will record it the next time they go to the studio.  I have been trying to write devotions and inspirational stories and articles.  I also love to write history articles and historical fiction.
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Post by: Jen on December 15, 2003, 10:38 PM
Welcome, John!  Good to have you here.
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Post by: HarleyGirl on December 16, 2003, 03:58 AM
WElcome, welcome, John.
Congratulations on your poem being recorded as a song.  I hope they don't change their minds.  Keep us posted on how it goes.
See you 'round the board.
HarleyGirl
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Post by: Brieanna531 on December 19, 2003, 10:34 AM
Hi,

My name is Brie, and I'm finishing my last year of college in Dayton, Ohio.  I just started writing for children last summer, and I've never had this much fun writing.  Best of all, I like everything about writing for kids - drafting, editing, researching markets, studying what's been published, etc.  I can't get enough, and I'm thrilled to have found others who share my passion.  I look forward to getting to know all of you better!

Happy holidays!

Brie
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Post by: Cateyes59 on December 19, 2003, 12:34 PM
Welcome Brie!
I hope you enjoy this board as much as I do!

 ;D

Cathy
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Post by: AlmaFullerton on January 08, 2004, 08:44 AM
Hi everyone,

I've been trying to get on this board for a while but for some reason my browser wouldn't let me. It seems to be doing well today. Anyhow, I'm Amishka from Verla's chat. Haven't been in there much lately but I try when I can. My real name is Alma Fullerton. I live in Ontario Canada with my hubby, two daughters and my yellow lab Sunny. I've had a few articles published and a couple of magazine peices. Right now I've got a YA novel in the hands of editors at Harper Collins and Atheneum. I write pbs, mgs, yas and poetry and articles (not all at the same time). I just started a new MG/YA and I'm not really sure where it's headed actually I won't even really know what it's about until the mc (who btw doesn't even have a name yet) really starts 'talking' to me. She started with a few paragraphs and we'll see where she goes from there - I know that may sound weird bu I usually just let my characters lead the way.
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Post by: Skarab on January 12, 2004, 02:06 PM
Hi all,

Pickles told me about this board (thanks Pickles!!), and I've had fun lurking here the past couple of days.

My name is Susan and I live in San Antonio.  I'm working on a YA fantasy (my first).  I finished a first draft and am nearly halfway through a second draft.  I joined an on-line critique group through SCBWI, and that's been my biggest motivator for slogging through rewrites / revisions.  

This seems like a great community of writers, & I'm glad to be here.

Susan
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Post by: els on January 12, 2004, 02:17 PM
Hi Susan! Welcome!
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Post by: Skullcats on January 17, 2004, 03:10 PM
Hi All!

Sheila here, aka Skullcats (Cat for short), looking for writer friends because others just don't understand me!  I am not published, but I've written since I knee high to a wallabee.  I have boxes and boxes of manuscripts dating back to sixth grade and now I want to make my inexperience public.  As an intrinsic extrovert, I have a lot to contribute to the group and to the craft!

What are the most common chat times???  
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on January 19, 2004, 09:49 AM
Hi, I'm Stephanie, and I must have missed this thread when I first started posting! :-[

I am an author/illustrator (still unpublished  :-\ ) and I am working on picture books and easy readers.

I live in NYC, and I just got engaged in December!

I've been on this board for a couple of weeks now, and I think the advice and discussions are great!
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Post by: Verla Kay on January 19, 2004, 08:47 PM
We meet nightly, between 9pm and 11pm EST.  (I think that's your time zone... if you are in Connecticut, anyhow.)  Come and join us any evening!  (Or connect with others on the Message Board during the day by posting a message on the Live Chat board....)

Welcome!  (Nice website, by the way. LARGE!)
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Post by: Chris Mandelski on January 19, 2004, 09:15 PM
I missed it too, Stephanie.  I am Chris, I live in Springfield Illinois and am loving this site -- it has been so helpful to me in many ways.

My first experience with writing was an act of plagiarism.

When I was very young, about 6 years old, I copied a simple poem out of one of my children's magazines, to show my mother how well my handwriting was coming along.  When I gave it to her, she thought I had authored it -- and immediately (before I had the time to protest -- I swear) started praising my writing ability.

I liked this praise so much, I decided to try writing my own stuff.  I never did tell my mother, but I'm still writing (all original!) and she's still praising me.  Now if only I could get an editor to do the same...
I wonder what a therapist would say about all of this?

I have one husband (married 8 years -- in about 45 minutes!) and two daughters, age 3 and 5.  

Thanks so much to all of you who share ... it means so much!

Best to all,
Chris
 ;D
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Post by: Darcie on January 19, 2004, 10:22 PM
Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this site. I am a writer/illustrator from Oregon and have been illustrating (editorial) for the past 4+ years.  I am currently working on a childrens book portfolio and writing a PB.

I am a junior year dropout form RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and am currently finishing what I started 14 years ago at Portland State University.

I have two wonderful children ages 8 and 9, and a supportive husband.

I am looking for a illustrator/writer critique group but have a feeling it might take some time to find one. I am truly greatful for this site, as I learn something new every day I log on!

Thanks to all,

Darcie

 
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Post by: Mrs J on January 20, 2004, 07:42 PM
I'm Jennifer.  I live in Southern California with my husband and three sons.  This board has already been a wonderful source of information and motivation for me.  I laughed myself silly in the Worst Story thread!

I've been writing for years, but only mustered up the courage to begin making submissions this past fall.  My submissions so far have been to magazines, but I also have 2 pb's in the editing/revision stage.

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Post by: Cassandra on January 26, 2004, 08:50 AM
Welcome, Mrs. J! :hug1:
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Post by: Kimberly on January 26, 2004, 02:08 PM
Welcome aboard, Jennifer. I look forward to hearing more from you :)
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Post by: carimel on February 07, 2004, 05:29 PM
Hi Everyone,

                    I am new to the board!  I am a inspiring children's writer.  I try to write everyday but I am busy because I am a preschool teacher!  My children (class) inspire me alot in my writing that I jot alot of ideas while I am in class.  I hope we all can help one another with ideas or tips.  
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Post by: doda on February 08, 2004, 04:18 AM
Welcome Carimel.
I know you'll enjoy yourself here and find plenty to inspire and encourage you.

 :writing3:
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Post by: Kimberly on February 08, 2004, 06:31 AM
Welcome to the boards, Carimel!
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Post by: carimel on February 08, 2004, 07:38 PM
Thank you so much for welcoming to the board,  I hope to get to talk to everyone soon!  I was looking at the different sites and I found them all so interesting and helpful!  I hope everyone has a great week!!  But most of all we all get alot of writing done.
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on February 08, 2004, 09:28 PM
 :) Welcome Mrs. J and Carimel!
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Post by: Deema on February 11, 2004, 02:34 PM
Hi,

My name's Dianne and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my husband and nine-year-old daughter. I took a Children's Writing course at my local university a couple of years ago and have been writing ever since (when I get time!). I haven't submitted much but I do have a  story (folktale) "on hold" with New Moon magazine for girls and I recently received a revision request from Putnam for a pb manuscript.

I'm currently working on an MG about track and field (I spent a lot of time at track meets last year with my daughter!)

I've learned so much already from this board. Thanks, Verla, for setting it up and thanks to all the co-ordinators for volunteering their time.
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Post by: Emily on February 11, 2004, 03:33 PM
Welcome Deema!  






    :cuccoan: :snail::balloongroup:
   ;D
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on February 11, 2004, 04:29 PM
 :D Welcome Dianne!!!
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Post by: lurban on February 13, 2004, 08:02 AM
I participated in my first chat on Monday (my two-year old was exhausted after having a cast removed and fell asleep early!).  I'm an aspiring author of picture books and MGs.  I live in Southern California where I work as marketing director for a terrific independent bookstore.

A question:  the bookstore hosts free writer's workshops on Saturdays in the summer.  Is there an appropriate place to list information about these workshops on the boards?  Past workshop leaders have included illustrator Marla Frazee, and writers Ron Koertge, Tony Johnston, Eve Bunting, and Alice Sebold.  The workshops are already pretty popular, but they're so useful, I'd hate to have folks miss out.

Looking forward to getting to know you all!
Linda
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Post by: ShirleyH on February 13, 2004, 09:00 AM
A question:  the bookstore hosts free writer's workshops on Saturdays in the summer.  Is there an appropriate place to list information about these workshops on the boards?  Past workshop leaders have included illustrator Marla Frazee, and writers Ron Koertge, Tony Johnston, Eve Bunting, and Alice Sebold.  The workshops are already pretty popular, but they're so useful, I'd hate to have folks miss out.

Looking forward to getting to know you all!
Linda

Welcome, Linda.

If you register, you'll be able to post these events on the calendar.
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Post by: lurban on February 13, 2004, 09:24 AM
done!  Thanks!
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Post by: Inspired on February 13, 2004, 01:15 PM
I just registered today.   I'm new to professional writing.  I've had some stuff published in the local paper, a church publication, and other non-paying stuff.  But, now that I'm getting serious about it, I look at those and see just how unprofessional they are.  

I do have an assignment for a pre-school/kindergarten church magazine.  It's due at the publishing house this fall and will be distributed in 2005.  

Other than that, I'm just feeling my way around the biz right now.  Eventually, I'd like to write some picture books, maybe a few chapter books -- I'll wait and see if I'm any good, first!  

I just love how satisfying it is to come up with, :) develop, and finish an idea.  That may be all the reward I need (or get).

Stephenie
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Post by: els on February 13, 2004, 01:20 PM
Welcome Steph!

The neat thing about starting off the way you have, no matter how "unprofessional" they seem, they built your confidence.  It's the way a lot of us started.  You get credits, and learn that you can finish on a deadline, meet criteria, and see your name on something.  
So welcome, glad to meet you!
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Post by: Inspired on February 13, 2004, 02:46 PM
 :)

There!  I got the snowguy in the right place this time.  Thanks for the welcome.  

I see lots and lots of good stuff on this sight.  I'm looking forward to getting more insight into writing for kids.

I used to be so full of ideas.  And then came my first daughter.  Has anyone else felt like maybe that placenta was actually their brain?  :o  (Sorry to be so graphic.)  But, I swear my brain functions went way downhill after that.  She's turning 9 next week and I finally feel like the ideas are starting to flow again.  This time, I'm going to harness them.  I'm going to fertilize and grow them into stories, poems -- whatever!

Stephenie
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Post by: emidrew on February 28, 2004, 12:31 PM
I have been lurking for quite some time, and have found this board to be both valuable and FUN.  

I have finally decided that it is just wrong to eavesdrop on the conversations of others and I'm ready to jump right in.  

It has been almost 10 years since I last actively worked on writing and submitting anything other than work-related press releases.  I think that is long enough for a coffee break, so I'd better get in gear....

My work schedule is erratic at best, so there will be weeks when you can't get rid of me followed by a long absence...rest assured, I am still soaking in your genius, just too swamped to participate in the discussion.

Here's to a successful March! :typing:
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Post by: Jen on February 28, 2004, 12:35 PM
Welcome, emi!  I'm glad you've finally come out of lurking.  We don't bite (except for maybe els or Jaina, and then, only when provoked) and we're always excited to see new people.  What age level and genre are you looking to write?  

Here's to a successful March.

Jen
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Post by: els on February 28, 2004, 04:08 PM
Hi Emi!  Welcome!

Don't worry, I've had my rabies shot.  :P
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Post by: Jaina on February 28, 2004, 06:52 PM
I haven't, but they keep me on a short leash these days.  >:(

Welcome!   :D
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on February 28, 2004, 08:27 PM
Hi, Emidrew. Take off your shoes and make yourself comfy. We've got some :EmoticonLickIceCream: waiting for you. Oh and I think there may be some  :cake: if Jaina didn't finish it.  
 
(Don't worry about me; I'm hopelessly  :werd .)
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Post by: SusanIs on March 01, 2004, 07:43 AM
 :hug1: ;) :bubblebath:

Hi, I'm very new to this board. I wrote a picture book during the winter and am now trying to market it. I'm trying agents first rather than submit to publishers. I have an agent for my adult book (he hasn't sold it yet) but he doesn't represent children's books. So my task is to find an agent who doesn't mind only repping the material I write for children. One already rejected me (apparently for that reason) and I'm waiting to hear from another- it's only been two weeks since I figure he received it, but- I wonder if I should be submitting to more?

I'm sure I'll be here a lot now that I know this exists! SO cool!
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Post by: els on March 01, 2004, 07:57 AM
welcome to the board, Susan!
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Post by: Beck on March 01, 2004, 11:41 AM
Hi all,
       I am brand new to this site. Have visited the chat room twice
so far. My name is Becky, I live in West Michigan. I love to write for children. Alot of it is rhyming too. I also have alot of pieces
to a possible novel that I am trying to put together. I am a novice
at this, but have had some encouraging notes sent back to me
in several rejections. This is what spurs me on. :) It is so great to have found you all. :)

                                              Take care,
                                                       Becky
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Post by: Cassandra on March 02, 2004, 01:53 PM
Welcome, Becky! Hope to connect with you in chat sometime soon.

Cassandra
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Post by: angela on March 10, 2004, 08:33 AM
Hello all,
I've been lurking on this board for awhile. I use the internet to search for information about children's writing and 9 times out of 10 I get a link to this wonderful site.

So, now I start here! I find what I'm looking for... look around some more...read a bit more...and more...and more.

I've been a storyteller for a number of years. I love telling stories to children. I started writing full time in August.

I read to a group of 5 year olds on a weekly basis. English is a second language for them. (I live in Italy).

I love traveling, writing and reading to children.

I look forward to being part of this group.

Angela
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Post by: els on March 10, 2004, 08:40 AM
Welcome Becky and Angela!
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Post by: Kimberly on March 10, 2004, 10:33 AM
Welcome to the boards Angela and Becky!
Enjoy, and jump right in! 8)
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Post by: Inspired on March 10, 2004, 12:23 PM
Welcome to all the newbies.  I'm new too.  

I look forward to reading more about you all.

Stephenie :)
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on March 10, 2004, 01:22 PM
Welcome Stephenie, Becky, Angela, Emi, and Susan!
 :) ;) :D ;D 8)
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Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on March 13, 2004, 09:22 PM
Wow! Six pages in this thread now. We are growing daily, I believe! Welcome, everyone. Jump right into the pool. The water's fine!

Donna

:sing:
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Post by: AlmaFullerton on March 14, 2004, 06:43 AM
Hello to all you newbies.
Congrats on writing, subbing and getting ideas flowing again. This site is invaluable and Verla does a good job of keeping it up to date - even in the midst of writing, moving, school talks, conferences and her usual silly but painful mishaps. (we all love you Verla).
If you're just starting to write for kids you might want to check out the Children's Writer's and Illustrators Market. They have articles and publishers listed for kidlit.
See if you can find a critique buddy or group that you can exchange stories with before you send them out to the publishers. Make your story as good or better than the stuff already on the market.
Expect rejections but learn from them. Everyone gets rejections (almost). Sometimes they will be form letters and sometimes they'll have some info about your story.
Read a lot of books in your genre. You learn to write better books if you read more. Also reading a really good book will make you strive to write a better book.
Writing is a learning process you never stop learning.  
Never give up - it can take years to get published but if you give  up you'll never be published.
Most of all have fun, and don't let anyone tell you you're not a writer.

Alma
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Post by: susie on March 21, 2004, 05:44 PM
Hi, everyone, I don't think I introduced myself yet, so I thought I'd say hello and love this forum. I'm a 50+ writer, starting out at 40 when my back went out and started out writing about the pain from it. I've been writing ever since, seeing my dream come true to become published. I have my first love poetry e-book out which was a goal of mine. Hope you see all of your dreams come true.

Warm regards, susie :)
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Post by: Cynthia on March 22, 2004, 06:47 AM
Hi Everyone,

Some of you might know me from yella.  I'm trying to trim my online time a bit, so that I can boost my writing time a bit, so....here I am!

This is such a great site - thank you Verla.

I write mainly picture books, and I'm venturing into a middle grade fantasy.

Hi Susie, and congratulations on your poetry book.  Way to go on meeting those goals.

Cynthia
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Post by: susie on March 22, 2004, 07:07 AM
Hi, Cynthia, thanks much for your kind post and for your congrats. Means a lot to me. That's super about your pb's. Hope they always get published. I sent my pb story to a publisher and keeping my fingers crossed for an acceptance. It had won a contest, so maybe there's hope for it (?)

warm regards, susie :)
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Post by: Cassandra on March 22, 2004, 11:23 AM
Yay! Cynthia is here! (She's a fabulous writer!) Welcome!!!

Welcome to Susie, too! Fingers are crossed for you!
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Post by: Cynthia on March 22, 2004, 11:23 AM
Hi Susie, sorry if I misled you.  I write picture books, but I haven't gotten them published.  Yet.  ;D

Congratulations on winning a contest.  That's great!
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Post by: susie on March 22, 2004, 11:54 AM
Hi Cynthia & Cassandra, thanks so much for the warm welcome and  hope your pb's do get published.

warm regards, susie :)
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on March 22, 2004, 12:26 PM
 :typing: Hi Susie, and Cynthia - welcome!
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Post by: susie on March 22, 2004, 01:07 PM
Hi, Sruble, Thanks so much for the warm welcome. Your site is terrific.

warm regards, susie :)
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on March 22, 2004, 01:46 PM
Thanks Susie - glad you're here!
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Post by: Cynthia on March 22, 2004, 05:44 PM
Thank you sruble and Cassandra for your welcome.  Cassandra, you are a fabulous writer too.  Now if we can just get the editors to see our point of view.
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Post by: jph on March 23, 2004, 08:33 AM
Hi, all.  My name is Joyce, and I've been hanging around here and the yella board for a month or two now, occasionally posting, but mostly soaking up info.

I'm a stay-at-home mother of 3 girls, ages 5, 3 and 1.  I live in Maryland, outside D.C.  I started writing picture books last Spring for fun and subsequently decided to look into publishing.  I sent out my first round of queries in January, and ahve been elarning about both rejections and waiting.  Hmmm.

I also enjoy scrapbooking and am interested in genealogy, but these 2 hobbies have taken a back seat lately to writing and "boarding".  :)

Oh, and did I tell you my pbs are rhyming and animorphic?   :uhuh    But, they're really good - really!   :)

Anyway, thanks all for the warm welcome.  And, thank you Verla (and Douglas) for making this format available. 

Joyce
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Post by: Inspired on March 23, 2004, 08:45 AM
Welcome Joyce.  I don't know how you do it with little kids at home.  I felt like they sucked every ounce of energy out of me (along with every intelligent thought!)  Here's to keeping your sanity! :werd

Stephenie
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Post by: jph on March 23, 2004, 08:51 AM
Thanks, Stephenie.  It can be a challenge with little kids around!  Naptimes and evenings are good.  And, I don't try to write novels!  :)

BTW, my youngest is named "Stephanie"!  I guess I've picked popular names - my others are Emily and Melody, and I've seen them both on this board, too. 


Thanks for the welcome.   :)
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Post by: susan see on March 24, 2004, 04:45 PM
Hi, there!  My name is Susan - I live in the Ballard area in Seattle, Washington.  I did the romance novel thing for a couple of years, thinking it would be easy money (ha!), then decided to get honest and write what I wanted to write, so here I am - still unpublished, but having fun now.  Thank you to everyone on this board for your kind-spirited gifts of knowledge and guidance. 
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Post by: Cassandra on March 24, 2004, 05:13 PM
Welcome, Susan! :)
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on March 27, 2004, 02:46 PM
Hello everyone!  It's good to be here.  I have seen some of you on ol' yeller (I am C Jay) and the SCBWI boards.  I am a writer :typing:/ illustrator :artist: and have been enjoying the writing/illustrating/submitting/learning process for three years.  I work part time at a financial institution, am a professional muralist, mom of three children, and love to write.

It's good to see a few familiar names.

Thank you Verla for this opportunity to communicate with other writers.  I met you the first day of the SCBWI L.A. Conference and you were very helpful. :hug1:
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Post by: Jaina on March 28, 2004, 10:17 AM
Welcome, funny stuff!  I have seen your posts on the SCBWI board.  Glad to have you as a member. :)
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Post by: els on March 30, 2004, 05:28 PM
Hi Funny stuff! :)  Welcome.
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Post by: humblebee8 on March 31, 2004, 08:41 AM
Hi Everyone,
I'm new to the board and enjoying reading the posts.  I have so much to learn.  I'm an illustrator and I've been working on writing picture books and arts & crafts articles for kids. 
I'm going to new york in a few weeks for the SCBWI illustrators/authors conference.  I can't wait!
I have been submitting my illustration packets since last summer.  I'm working on my first assignment now and also have two dummy books I'm preparing to send out after the conference.  I've won a few SCBWI contests and I'm the featured artist this month on their website, but I'm going crazy waiting for my big break.  I do have two articles that I sold to BeadStyle magazine, but that's an adult market.   My current assignment is a local project.
I started writing to have a dummy book for my portfolio and found out that I'm in love with the process, it's so exciting.  I have so many ideas and can't wait to learn more. You can see my portfolio at www.humblearts.com
Happy creating!
Heather

I hope I posted this in the right spot. :)


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Post by: Cassandra on March 31, 2004, 08:56 AM
Welcome, Humblebee! You're portfolio is great! I love the scratchart. . Also, the Artist's Sketchpad is a nice addition to a website. Kids will find it really interesting, (I did!)

Glad you've joined us!

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Post by: Jaina on March 31, 2004, 09:01 AM
Yay, Heather!  I saw and admired your work on the SCBWI main page.  Now I just enjoyed looking at your website!  Too cool.  Glad you're here!
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Post by: charlotte on April 01, 2004, 05:11 AM
 ::) hi i'm charlotte...a single mother of two...i live in virginia beach, va...i have just recently finished my first children's book (looking for an agent)
....i keep myself pretty busy going to school full time, working my fulltime job.....writing....kids....and i have a small business as well....
writing is a great outlet for me.....it calms me when things get hectic (which is often)
i also want to think everyone on this board for helping me out with my questions. you guys are great!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lynnmary on April 05, 2004, 01:48 PM
Hi, all!

So this is where everyone went dissappeared to. Cool.

Thanks, Verla, your site is wonderful! 

I'm lynn-mary from from the yeller board.  I write magazine articles and picture books.  Glad to see old and new faces around here.  Lisa, Pam... hello to all you folks from yeller board.  Almost like home.   :band

lm


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Post by: Cassandra on April 05, 2004, 10:52 PM
Welcome Charlotte and Lynnmary! :D
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Post by: tom on April 13, 2004, 06:41 PM
Ok making it official here. I was born and raised near Chadds Ford Pennsylvania :baby: and moved to Canada in 1968 to avoid my one way ticket to Viet Nam.  :z: I'm an illustrator :artist: and a stubborn rebellious but generally really nice guy with a heart of gold  :angel that refuses to take crap from people. :uhuh My wife calls me the mob-hippie. ??? My father had nothing to do with me so I have a hard time relating to men. :werd Women feel like brothers to me.  :hug: I'm also a Buddhist but I keep that to myself ...oops ... most of the time.  :eh: I love kids and regret not having a daughter. :-[ That's it for now.  :)    
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Post by: Cassandra on April 13, 2004, 07:17 PM
Here's is your official welcome! Since you relate to women, then you're bound to love it here! :)
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Post by: tom on April 13, 2004, 07:54 PM
Thanks Cassandra. I do.  :) 
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Post by: MamaG on April 21, 2004, 09:41 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!  So many new people since the last time I checked this thread!
Welcome everyone :hug1:
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Post by: Liz on April 26, 2004, 06:45 AM
Hi!,

I am very glad that I found this message board.  Thanks Verla for creating it and gathering everyone here!   Some of you may know me from the CW yahoogroup,   and you’ve seen my name as Lizanne in other places.

I write mostly PB’s, for ages 4-7, some humorous fiction as well as historical fiction.  I have a few nonfiction pieces.

During the past few months I received a contract for a story to be published in Ladybug[ probably years from now ], and a request for a revision on a PB from an editor at Dutton.  [ no guarantees on this one – but It has been a GREAT learning experience and in many ways the story is stronger due to the editors comments and suggestions ]

I created an in-person writing group over a year and a half ago.  We call ourselves the Broads from Borders – great group – one woman is working on a screenplay, another woman is working on her third MG/YA while the rest of us are writing PB’s and articles for the younger ones.

My husband and I recently moved from our apartment on the Jersey shore – to a house!
So my writing breaks include unpacking boxes [ what a treasure hunt! LOL! ]  and decorating!

I look forward to participating & learning with everyone here!

--LiZ
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Post by: Caroline on April 26, 2004, 07:11 AM
Welcome A'board !
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Post by: MamaG on April 28, 2004, 07:08 AM
Liz--Welcome and good luck unpacking!  We moved into our house in 1998 and I still have boxes in the garage.  I just cant find a good place to put that stuff.  Actually, I always know where the stuff is so maybe that is the perfect place for it!
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Post by: Kimberly on April 28, 2004, 05:14 PM
Welcome, Tom and Liz!!!
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Post by: Cassandra on April 28, 2004, 08:32 PM
Welcome Liz! We're a fun diversion from packing. :)
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Post by: Alison on May 02, 2004, 05:38 PM
Hey, everyone! This is Alison D. checking in--I've known about Verla's site probably as long as she's had it (I even link to it from my site (http://www.alisondellenbaugh.com)), and attended some of the chats long ago, but I didn't know until today that there was an active message board here. Looks like a fun board! Lots of interesting topics, too.

 I already know a lot of you from the yellow board, CW list, CW Cafe, or elsewhere, but for the record, I'm staying home with my very active & wacky sons, ages 3 & 5, while pursuing my writing. I write a bit of everything--poems, PBs, short stories, essays, MG & YA novels, etc., but my primary focus is the novels. I submitted my first YA novel in January & am still waiting to hear back on that one (hoping not to get a horrified response:  :paper:). Meanwhile I just sent out a short story & am having trouble settling into another project--I'm flitting a bit between another YA novel in progress and a midgrade novel in progress, not to mention that I have a picture book I want to rewrite and a short story I've just thought of a possible way to salvage! I'm also active in the Austin, TX chapter of SCBWI and will be attending a novel writing workshop with them next month. And, obviously, I spend too much time on the Internet!  :eh:
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Post by: MamaG on May 02, 2004, 06:04 PM
Wow Alison!  You've got a lot going on, I admire the energy you must have to keep up with everything.
Welcome to the message boards, I hope you have fun here
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Post by: Alison on May 02, 2004, 06:27 PM

Wow Alison!  You've got a lot going on, I admire the energy you must have to keep up with everything.

Ha ha ha, I'm not exactly a bundle of energy...I'm actually in my bed right now, posting this from my laptop! {blush}
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Post by: Inspired on May 02, 2004, 07:17 PM
Welcome Alison!  I look forward to your posts.

Stephenie
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Post by: Cassandra on May 02, 2004, 09:44 PM
Welcome, Alison. Glad you found us!!
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Post by: HB on May 04, 2004, 08:13 AM
Hi Alison. Welcome aboard to the board.

I have to say...I've been admiring your dancing banana. It's adorable!

This is the best I can do:   :cuccoan:
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Post by: Andrea on May 04, 2004, 10:06 AM
Hi, Alison! Good to see you here!

:) Andrea
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Post by: Liz on May 04, 2004, 10:35 AM
 :band

Hi Alison!

Welcome to the group!

--LiZ
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Post by: Chris Mandelski on May 04, 2004, 12:21 PM
Welcome Alison!  It sounds as if you've got a full plate.  I'm actively trying to figure out how I can force my body to only need 4 hours of sleep per night -- so I can "do it all".  I wonder if it's possible to do that -- without artificial stimulants.  Of course, they say Martha Stewart only sleeps 4 hours a night and look where that got her... :faint:

Good luck on your novel -- do you expect to hear soon?  I'm always admiring of someone who finishes a novel (still working on that one) and then -- actually submits it!  Good for you! :phat

Best wishes,
Chris ;D
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Post by: Alison on May 04, 2004, 12:49 PM
Welcome Alison!  It sounds as if you've got a full plate.  I'm actively trying to figure out how I can force my body to only need 4 hours of sleep per night -- so I can "do it all".  I wonder if it's possible to do that -- without artificial stimulants.

Hey, what's wrong with artificial stimulants?! Or even natual ones...  ;) I do try to get more than 4 hours of sleep a night, but I also live on caffeine!

Good luck on your novel -- do you expect to hear soon?

??? I wish! It's been about 3 1/2 months now, & I'm forcing myself to wait another month & a half before I follow up with the editor, but I am a bit antsy about it, especially since it was requested & I figure the editor must have glanced at it by now, & probably has some opinion about it which I don't know! Of course, I also keep telling myself I need to just forget about it and get as far as I can on another project while I'm waiting, so I'm not just wasting this time!
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Post by: eighthoctave on May 15, 2004, 12:24 AM
hi,
 i am a writer from india. i ahve written 3 books for kids till now
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Post by: Verla Kay on May 15, 2004, 08:29 AM
I'm actively trying to figure out how I can force my body to only need 4 hours of sleep per night -- so I can "do it all".

Chris,  all you have to do is get very old.   I've noticed that the older I get, the less sleep I seem to need.  I'm down to about 5 hours a night now.  So just turn 60 or 65 and you will probably have reached  your goal.  :dr :dr :dr :dr

To all the new people on the Board... WELCOME!  I hope you enjoy your stay with us. :hug1:
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on May 15, 2004, 08:57 AM
Quote
Chris,  all you have to do is get very old.   I've noticed that the older I get, the less sleep I seem to need.

... or can get...     :zzz          :smoke  (that's a hot flash, not anger)     :uhuh       :pp
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Post by: cmodz on May 30, 2004, 05:56 AM
I've created a site to share my experience and progress as I attempt to write, illustrate and publish my first children's picture book.

check it out –

http://home.earthlink.net/~modarellidesign

cmod
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Post by: Liz on May 30, 2004, 07:31 AM
 :jump

Welcome eithocta and cmodz!    :D

I like the 3D art/ illustration on your site cmodz!

--LiZ
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Post by: Vijaya on June 09, 2004, 08:57 PM
Hello,
I've been lurking for a few weeks and decided to join because of all the wonderful information that is being shared on these message boards.  Still trying to figure things out since I'm not terribly techy.
Verla Kay came to our local SCBWI meeting and it was great to hear her talk.  My kids love her books (and so do I).
About me: I started writing for children three years ago and have had some success in the magazine world.  You can see some of my work in Odyssey, on ICL writing tips and Once Upon A Time.  I have pieces accepted in Highlights, Ladybug (my first sale!!!) and others.  Trying hard to sell some PB mss.
It's good to be here.
Vijaya
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Post by: Anne Marie on June 10, 2004, 04:03 AM
Hey Vijaya!  Good to see you here!

Anne Marie
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Post by: KDBrazil on June 10, 2004, 04:12 AM
Welcome Vijaya! There IS a lot of great info on this board. Glad to have you along with us for the ride.
Kristy
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Post by: MamaG on June 10, 2004, 06:18 AM
Hi  Vijaya!  Thanks for joining us!  It sounds like you are off to a great start with your writing. :writing3:
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Post by: Kimberly on June 10, 2004, 07:29 AM
Welcome aboard, Vijaya!
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Post by: Vijaya on June 11, 2004, 03:15 PM
Say, is there any way I can have new posts sent directly to my email or is this like the ICL chat where I must come to this website to check the posts?
Thanks,
Vijaya
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Hannah on June 28, 2004, 06:19 PM
My name is Hannah.  I'm 15, almost 16, and I've been writing since first or second grade.  Yes, I know everyone says that, but I've been semi-professionalish (as professional as you can while also running websites, livejournals, and going to school) since I was about 12.  I finished my first mg novel at 12 but I have yet to send it out to publishers.  It's sadly sitting on a disk from my old mac, and now I have a pc so they're not compatible.  But anyway, so that's me!   :D  I write nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.  I live in the US.  My favorite color is purple.  And that's all the basic info about yours truly.
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Post by: Cassandra on June 28, 2004, 09:28 PM
Welcome, Hannah. Glad to see you here! :)

Cassandra
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Post by: MamaG on June 29, 2004, 09:45 AM
Hi Hannah!
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Post by: Verla Kay on June 29, 2004, 09:52 AM
Say, is there any way I can have new posts sent directly to my email or is this like the ICL chat where I must come to this website to check the posts?

Vijaya, while there is a feature to let you know when new posts have been added, it has a problem in that too many people were  using it and all the messages were getting bounced and arriving in my personal email box instead of going to the people who wanted them.  So I requested people NOT use that feature, as it wasn't doing them any good, and was literally "spamming" my email box so I couldn't find my own messages.  So the answer to your question would be, "You do have to come here to check posts."  Sorry....

Verla
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Post by: Kimberly on June 29, 2004, 10:19 AM
Welcome aboard, Hannah!!
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Post by: Vijaya on June 29, 2004, 01:20 PM
Thanks, Verla.
I like coming to this site to see new messages ... this is the only site that my son lets me look at in peace (because of all the emoticons!)
Vijaya
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Post by: AngelaD on June 30, 2004, 07:06 AM
Howdy All!  AngelaD here.  I have written/told several children's stories - NONE published (big surprise) but I'm ever hopeful.  I have actually only submitted one of them anyway, LOL!  Even that was only 3 times, but I guess i just need more guidance.  I live in Tx, work full-time, school part-time, have 2 children (9 and 11) ana husband; that's basically 3 kids I guess.   I love to write and read and would love any advice that anyone has to give! :baby:
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Post by: MamaG on June 30, 2004, 07:36 AM
Welcome to the board Angela.  You will find tons of information and advice to a variety of topics as you navigate through old threads.  If you can't find an answer to a specific question, you can post your question, everyone here is very willing to help. 
I hope you enjoy the group
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Post by: Jayca on June 30, 2004, 08:16 AM
Welcome AngelaD, from one Texan to another...and a big welcome to all of you new members!  This board is an incredible source of information, inspiration, and support!   :)  :)  :)
~Jessica
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Post by: poetnright on July 03, 2004, 07:31 PM
Hello All
              I am just thrilled to be on this site!  :phat Writing is something that I love to do. My interest for writing for children began about two years ago. Poetry was my first love and still is but, I belive in trying out new things. Looking forward to talking and learning more about the world of Writing for Children. Traveling on the road to writing this has to be a great place to start. :writing3:

Regards
Nicole :hug1:
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Post by: joanpaq on July 06, 2004, 05:33 AM
Hello everyone,

I have been lurking for a while, but I figure I'd better step out and make a name for myself. I'm Joan, SAHM with two girls (ages 5 and 7). I have been writing forever, but am relatively new to the submitting process. I have several ms off in "patiently waiting for" land, and more in various stages of WIP.

This seems like a really great board and I'm so happy to have found this awesome community. I hope to be able to participate more in discussions in the future.

All the best,
Joan

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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on July 06, 2004, 06:07 AM
Wow! There have been a lot of new people since the last time I saw this thread. Welcome all of you!

This is a great place to be if you write and/or illustrate children's books. I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I have (and learn as much too)!
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Post by: Liz on July 06, 2004, 07:39 AM
 :hug1:

Welcome Vijaya, Angela, Nicole, & Joan!

--LiZ
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Post by: MamaG on July 08, 2004, 07:59 AM
Hello Joan and Nicole!  Welcome to the board
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Post by: nicole21 on July 16, 2004, 02:30 PM
Hello everyone!
  I am new to this site and I recognize some of you from yella board.  I am from Illinois, almost 21, college senior, children's story and poem writer, and new to this publishing thing.  Both this and the yella board have helped me out so much and now I am about ready to submit to magazines!!      ;D   Hope to talk to you all more and maybe meet some of you someday!!

Nicole
(you can call me by my last name, Guido, since theres another Nicole already...or you can just use Nicole if you prefer)
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Post by: Cassandra on July 16, 2004, 03:55 PM
Welcome, Nicole! :)
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Post by: Verla Kay on July 17, 2004, 07:06 AM
Welcome to all of you!  :)  So glad you found us and joined our group. 
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Post by: piperpan on July 20, 2004, 01:02 PM
Hi all,
I'm new and from Canada.  I have been writing pb's seriously for about 6 years now.  Looking forward to chatting and meeting you all, and learning from you seasoned pro's.
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Post by: MamaG on July 20, 2004, 01:18 PM
Hi piperpan.  Welcome to our clubhouse.  Don't forget to check out all of the older postings, they are full of great information. 
I look forward to seeing you around the board.
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Post by: Jayca on July 20, 2004, 05:07 PM
Welcome, piperpan!  Good to have you here...look around and enjoy the wealth of information!
 :)
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Post by: Shiny_Penguin on July 20, 2004, 07:10 PM
I have been looking around here most of the night and decided to post.  I have just gotten back to writing after many years off (kind of went on hold when I had kids) and I'm trying to find my niche.  I used to write horror, but I just don't find it in me anymore (maybe 2 sons is enough horror for anyone!)  I think I have about 4 ideas in differing levels of completion, not all kids stories.  I'm in PA and I noticed from some other posts that some of you are near me (I saw mention of Street Road!)  I'm a SHAM to an almost 5 yr old and almost 7 yr old (plus 3 dogs, 3 cats, a caterpillar--actually a chrysalis now, and what ever other bugs the kids manage to get in the house.)

Laura
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Post by: Inspired on July 20, 2004, 07:29 PM
Laura,

Welcome.  Now, I'm sure you're not a SHAM to those children. Don't be so hard on yourself!  (I hope you meant SAHM, otherwise I don't know what that stands for.  Or perhaps you really do feel like a big fake.)   :moose

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Post by: Shiny_Penguin on July 21, 2004, 06:07 AM
Oh My!  :faint:  Must've been past my bedtime when I posted that!
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Post by: Jayca on July 21, 2004, 07:21 AM
Welcome, Laura!  Congratulations on finding your way back to writing...I know it's easy to lose sight of yourself for a while when you have young kiddos.  You've found a great site...full of information & inspiration!
 :)
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Post by: poetnright on July 28, 2004, 03:10 PM
Hello
        I hope that all is well with everyone. Living in the city that does not sleep tends to keep me awake. I would love to hear from you. I'm a  poet my work is featured on Poetry.com. Aspiring to be a playwright, writer for children. Writing tends to help me relax and I tend to get caught up in the world of  :writing: If anyone is interested in viewing my poetry please contact me at poetnwrite@yahoo.com. Looking forward to making more connections online.

 :hug1: To all
                  Nicole
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Post by: Verla Kay on July 28, 2004, 04:10 PM
Welcome, Nicole.  Glad to have you "aboard!"
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Post by: Awinn on August 04, 2004, 02:48 PM
I guess I never did introduce myself here.

Im Amber, 20 yrs old. College student in Southern CA.
I wrote alot when I was younger and stopped for 10 years. I focused on my art more than anything and recently started writing again when I was forced for a class. After several short mandatory class stories, my teacher begged me to enter them in certain competitions. I didnt.
I got super inspired for no reason and am writing again.

Otherwise I am an art student. I am vegetarian, love animals, rock climbing, hiking, camping and travel.

Umm. size 8 1/2 shoe.   :moose
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on August 08, 2004, 01:38 PM
Welcome, Awinn. I'm glad you're here.

Cassandra, size 7 1/2 shoe

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MamaG on August 12, 2004, 03:10 PM
I don't mean to be competitive but only a 7 1/2 Cassandra?

MamaG (size 11 shoe)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MsCB on August 20, 2004, 12:12 PM
Hello all,

  My name is CB. I have been writing for 20 years, but new to children's literature.  I have several things wrong with me 1) I write too much info  2) I am too technical when attempting to write for children 3) I love to make animals talk, which I hear is taboo. 4) I am taking a class to learn how to write for children so they will understand me.

  I hope to get to know as many of you as I can. The boards are very informative. Everyone has been more than kind that is not something you find many places on line anymore. 

  Thanks for allowing me to be part of this group.

Hugs,
CB
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on August 20, 2004, 12:31 PM
You're very welcome to our home away from home. Or home within our home. Or something like that.

Glad you're here, CB!

-Cassandra
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Robin on August 20, 2004, 01:09 PM
Glad to meet you, Ms. CB!  I've learned a lot from these ladies! (And the occasional man, too!)
 :writing3:

Not that men don't have a lot of important things to share about children's writing- there just aren't a lot of men around on this board!
 :tongue:

Actually, I just hang around because I like to play with emoticons.
 :jump

Robin  :typing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: childatheart on September 05, 2004, 01:31 AM
Hi everybody,
I'm Radhika Meganathan, budding children's writer from India. I'm published as a nonfiction author and freelance editor, but I'm yet to sell a children's story in the US (though I have 3 manuscripts accepted by a local children's publisher :)

My latest hurrah is winning this year's Highlights Fellowship. Sponsored by Highlights for Children magazine (PA), I was honored to visit the United States this year. In July 2004, I was the only writer chosen from India to attend the 20th Annual Children's Writers Conference (held at Chautauqua, upstate New York).  For more details, click -

http://www.hindu.com/mp/2004/07/10/stories/2004071000450300.htm

I had a great time at Chautauqua. I met many writers in the workshop... I enjoyed knowing Linda Sue Park (what an amazing woman!), The Spinellis (such a warm, gentle pair), Ron Jobe (the most enthusiastic person I've ever known), Juanita Havill (she's really a child at hear!) and Carolyn Yoder (such energy...) among others.

Of course, the Highlights staff were great too. It was wonderful interacting with Marileta, Kim and Chris... not to mention taking a tour of the Highlights Editorial office at Honesdale. It was a magical week to be sure!

After the conference I went on to tour Boston, NYC, NJ and Rhode Island. I spent an excellent weekend road trip with my friends and I loved Boston. I was in the US till August 9 and then it was time to leave and they took me screaming and screeching to the airport... you don't wanna hear about... ssniff.. sniff...

Still, I have memories :). Chautauqua was the most wonderful experience in my life and it has totally changed me. More than industry contacts, more than writing lessons, I met different people and developed great friendships, which is something extremely precious for me. It has given me great insights about my life and career path. I highly recommend participating in a writers' con as soon as possible :)

I just came back to India and am regrouping my priorities, and I decided to concentrate more on writing children's fiction. I have enjoyed verla's interviews in ICL and I'm happy to look foward to meaningful discussions in this board.

Warmly,
Radhika Meganathan
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: laura l on September 06, 2004, 06:37 AM
Hi there,

I'm a SAHM homeschooling my 2 sons in Southern Ontario. I am up to 5 form rejection letters now, and I've been writing seriously for just over a year. I have been working on short stories, pbs, poetry, all for kids 5-10 years, and one YA novel which is going incredibly slowly (bogged down in research at the moment).
Some of the names here are familiar to me from the YellowBoard. <Insert waving icon here>

Laura L.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jcb on September 15, 2004, 07:01 PM
Hi, I'm Janet and new to the board.  I write mainly picture book manuscripts and poetry.  I've been writing for children for well over 10 years and finally got my first taste of success with this year's Highlights Fiction Contest.  I've learned that patience is a virtue.  And since I'm a procrastinator, it's an important virtue for me to have.

I'm married with two sons and I work at a university.  My sons love playing sports so my spare time is usually spent on a bleacher.  Now if I can just figure out the difference between a touchdown and a home run!    :)

I look forward to checking in on the board.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KDBrazil on September 15, 2004, 07:11 PM
Ya, Janet! It's so good to have you on the board. We are a crazy, motley amazing crew of writers. Everyone here is so generous and it is a privilege to share in each others successes and commiserate over rejections. Congrats on the Highlights contest. and we hope you are here to stay! :hug1: :yay :yup
Kristy
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on September 15, 2004, 07:58 PM
HI to all the newbies sending you a great big  :hug1: and hope you feel right at home!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: artmonkeyd on September 20, 2004, 07:50 PM
Hello everyone! I'm new to the pack and all. I'm anxious to get to know as many of you as I can.
my work- critiques are welcomed- www.7artmonkeys.com
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on September 20, 2004, 08:06 PM
Welcome, Artmonkeyd!  What a neat website.  NICE art from what I could see of it.  Very impressive. 

Just so you know, I removed your first message from the writing board, as it was exactly the same message as this one, and this is the right place to introduce yourself.  :-) 

Feel free to pop over to the Illustrator's section and introduce yourself there again, and talk about illustrating.  You might want to tell us a little more about you.  We love getting to know new people. 

You might also want to post your URL on the URL page.  (Also be sure to pop over to the yellowpalooza site and register there.  Did I spell that right?  It's on the URL page, and on the illustrator section of the board.)

Do be sure to post something different in each place on this board, though, as some of the moderators of this board get a little "testy" if the exact same message is posted more than once on here.  They get so few chances to remove messages, they kind of go bonkers when they see the same message on here more than once. :dr

Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Vijaya on September 20, 2004, 10:11 PM
Welcome to all of you ...  I joined a few months ago and find this to be a very supportive and informative place to hang out.
Radhika -- I read your blurb on the Hindu -- and must say that you're in good company.  If I recall correctly, Arundhati Roy is also an architect turned writer ...  and what a fabulous writer she is.  My next statement is biased but I do believe they breed good writers in India.
Vijaya
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Hannah on September 21, 2004, 04:16 PM
Welcome, new members!  I'm Hannah.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Deb on September 21, 2004, 04:35 PM
Hello everyone!

About time I introduced myself as I have been lurking about here for a couple of weeks now. I am a professional storyteller and writer who also has the great pleasure of facilitating a teen book club for the library I work part time at. Nothing published yet but so far have seven submissions out there and hope to increase that number to eight at the end of week.(another short story)  (all short stories and poems for the children magazine market) Next week I hope to finish tweaking _Memory Garden_ ( a picture book) so that I can send it out to my crit group. And waiting patiently in the wings are two novels (a mg fantasy that I wrote the first draft to ages ago and a ya horror that was inspired by a very scary dream I had...can you say maniac ghost of a neat freak housekeeper?) I have been working at this since 1996 and am ever and always hopeful. :typing:

That is probably more than enough from me, about me! Thank you Verla and all the Moderators for keeping this board up and running!!    !!<just leeeooove using those things <g>

Deb    !             !
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on September 23, 2004, 02:10 PM
Hi Deb,

Here is your official welcome to the board party. :cake:

Enjoy!!
Cassandra
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelmar on September 25, 2004, 05:55 PM
Well Hello everyone,

My name is Kelli, from the great state of Kansas!  I just recently discovered this site and I LOVE IT! I've gotten great stuff just lurking here so a big thanks!  I look forward to getting to know you all, and I LOVE to read the good news, so keep that stuff coming (so inspiring!)

Cu all 'round  :momkid:

Kelli
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: LMW on September 29, 2004, 06:08 PM
 :yay

I have been popping in and out of this site for some time but have finally plucked up the courage to join in.
My name is Lynn and I am from Australia. I live in a very small outback town so any communication I can get with other writers (Or would-be writers like myself) is much appreciated.
I have recently had an article accepted for publication in a Queensland journal so I am very excited about that, but so far I am still unpublished in the picture book area. I still keep subbing and   :writing3: and I feel very positive that it WILL happen one day! :phat
Thanks for letting me join in,
Lynn
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on September 29, 2004, 06:53 PM
Welcome, Lynn!  You'll find a few other Australians here, too.  And a bunch of Canadians, a bunch of Americans, at least one person from Scotland . . . and a couple we're not exactly sure what to make of--might be aliens.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: carimel on September 29, 2004, 07:33 PM
Lynn,

                          Welcome to our group!  We are so happy that you decided to join us and we are here to help one another in  any way we can.  I have learned so much from joining this group and you will be getting alot of support from us!  Feel free to post anything you want and we will be happy to read it !!  Take care and I hope to hear from you soon!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: islandgirl on September 29, 2004, 07:52 PM
My name is Joyce. I am trying to get my drawing skills (esp drawing children) up to snuff for illustrating. I have earned some extra cash while I have been home through the years by freelancing as a news photographer, doing murals and illustrations for local ads. Someday I hope to be illustrating my own stories as well as those of other writers. Right now I am working on my first picturebook manuscript.
 :writing3:
I have 2 teenagers and spend a lot of time going to band and sporting events. Last year my mom and I  opened a small antiques shop that is open 4 afternoons a week. I also volunteer in the children's ministry program at our church.

I have gotten so much great information from crusing the old posts on the boards. This is a great place!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Elyse on October 01, 2004, 09:00 AM
Hi Everyone,
I'm new to to this lovely board.  Since I'm in a rut, I've been scanning this message board and found so much useful information.  My name is Elyse and I've just finished my first young adult novel.  It's a different sort of fantasy/scifi, and I've been trying to get published! It's such a tough business, and I can't seem to get into the next project because the rejection letters have been front and foremost in my mind. 

Enough about that!  I'm from Connecticut and I have not yet quit my day job.

Elyse
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Gail on October 01, 2004, 10:10 AM
Greetings,

I've been poking around in this message board for a couple of weeks now and what a great place it is!  I've been immobilized with a broken foot and it's even hard getting around the studio, so I've put in a lot of computer time in the last six weeks.  I've gotten so much great information off this board and even posted a few messages, so I figured I should introduce myself.

I live in Arizona (where we think it's a beautiful fall day because the temperature finally dropped below 100 degrees F.)  I've lived here for over 36 years, yikes!  I went to ASU and have a BFA in Graphic Design.  I've been a member of SCBWI for a few years. (I designed the logo and website masthead for our local AZ chapter.) I've been attending every event I can possilly afford, to try and perfect my craft. I write and illustrate PB's.

I have one concept book making the rounds right now.  I think I'm at about nine or ten rejections, but 4 came with a personal letter.  (As hard as it is to get that package back in the mail, it does soften the blow when the editor takes the time to add "Stick with it, I think your project has a lot of potential." and "I appreciate your lovely images.")   I'm currently working on a picture book that needed new illustrations and a new dummy book after many manuscript revisions.  I plan on having it critiqued at a SCBWI Editor's Day in Scottsdale next month. Hopefully I can start sending it out soon after that.  Isn't the power of a deadline amazing!

It's great getting to know all of you and thanks for all the advice and information.
Gail
http://www.scbwi-az.org/
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Barbara Etlin on October 01, 2004, 10:44 AM
Hi and welcome, islandgirl, Elyse and Gail. Gail, I love your rabbit avatar.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: swimmer on October 02, 2004, 09:02 PM
Hi  :balloongroup:
I'm Lynne or Swimmer and I was fortunate  :yayto discover Verla Kay in May or so.  This is my first and may I say only chat room.  I  :hug1: just ceebrated my 38th anniversary to best guy in the world and maybe other worlds not known, yet.  I live in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.  I am proud to say I am Brooklyn born.  I always wanted to be an artist and a writer from earliest childhood.  I was a social worker before I had my children. I have subbed and taught English when my children were older. I have a married daughter who have two delicious children. almost 3year old and almost 5 months.  I see her and the children several times a week. my son is an independant San Francisco filmmaker who is doing documentaries.  I am very blessed.  I am in a watercolor weekly group(I run it from my home during the summer), swim a few times weekly, am a member of two local quilt guilds(make quilts for needy families),go to a religious group weekly.  I ran a writers' group for over a year.

Years ago, I had been writing little children's stories to keep my children occupied while they waited for their turn to take local swimming lessons at our town beach.  I cannot imagine my life without writing.  Writing has been marvelous for me.  I'm never far from my journal.  I panic when I'm near to the end of my jounal and do not have a fresh one in the wings. The first time I wrote and was published it was for my Girl Scout Newsletter.  The very first time I submitted an article for pay I was accepted, the scecond and third time it was. How utterly obnoxious I became.  Then I tried my true love the, "children's market." HA, HA!" Evenually I hit some minor kids mags.  My only success were my pages of riddles five years ago in, "Hopschotch for Girls,"  and "Quest for Boys."
I
 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KDBrazil on October 03, 2004, 03:16 AM
Welcome swimmer. It's great to have you on board. There's lots of great info that keeps us all encouraged and writing away. Glad you joined us!
Kristy
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: slmitchell on October 04, 2004, 09:42 AM
Hello all... my name is Saundra, I'm from Indianapolis, Indiana. I've been making my living as a screenwriter for eight years now, supplemented with short fiction, and I finally wrote my first novel last October. Wrote my second this May, and I'm working on a new one- I guess October and May are good for me. Currently, I write for Dreaming Tree Films, and not unsurprisingly, making the transition from film work to novel work is just like starting over completely.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Dot on October 04, 2004, 04:20 PM
Welcome to the board Saundra! Are your novels mg or YA?

And um, your Lex icon with that motto under it makes me think you're encouraging all of us to commit dastardly crimes.

 Kidding! I'm kidding. I know we're supposed to be leaping into the net that will appear.

Not the Kryptonite loaded net that will suck out our vital life force. Or anything.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: slmitchell on October 04, 2004, 04:58 PM
Thanks for the welcome, Dot, i appreciate it! :) You know, heh, it never occurred to me that my sweet Lex and that particular motto would be joined in holy board-trimony, but now that you mention it, it does seem kind of threatening. Time to rethink...?

Hey, in a fight between Lex and Angel, who do you think would win?
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Dot on October 04, 2004, 06:56 PM

Hey, in a fight between Lex and Angel, who do you think would win?

Mano a mano, Angel obviously. But if Lex had time to plan, I'm sure he could outwit Angel. Heck, maybe even Clark could outwit Angel. Unless Angel turned into Angelus for some reason, then he would win.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: slmitchell on October 04, 2004, 07:05 PM
You know, now my head has gone to a cage match place that has absolutely *nothing* to do with children's literature. *whistles innocently*
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on October 05, 2004, 05:33 AM
Hello all. I thought it was about time that I stopped being so timid and introduce myself. My name is Jayme and I am a writer, artist, and calligrapher. My favorite things in the world are my husband, my three dogs, my horses, and my computer (when it works.) I have several PB’s and a humorous MG mystery out there in please publish me land.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: LMW on October 05, 2004, 06:11 AM
Hi JKC, :)

I guess I can say welcome even though I'm very new myself here. I'm beginning to find myself getting hooked on the place though.
Watch out, it might get you too! :hug1:
Lynn
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on October 05, 2004, 07:15 AM
Oh... "Please-publish-me-land!" I like that, JCK... What a great phrase.  Welcome to the board - to you and all the new people.   :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on October 05, 2004, 07:44 AM
Thanks for the welcome Lynn and Verla Kay. I promise to be chatty once I feel comfortable. You have been warned.

Jayme
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on October 05, 2004, 01:34 PM
... I promise to be chatty once I feel comfortable. You have been warned.

 :death: EEEK! :eek5:  Should we run now, Lynn?   :cuccoan: :cuccoan:

 :dr
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: swimmer on October 11, 2004, 06:51 PM
Hi - everyone :balloongroup:, it' s me, swimmer.  Thank you, Kristy and Verla Kay for the welcome. :hug:
 I'm a little embarrassed that I wrote so, so, so much in my introduction, last week.  I was planning on going over what I wrote and,"whops," off it went.
I just am  :yay thrilled to be here. :writing3:
bye for now
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: witchwritermom on October 12, 2004, 02:37 PM
 :writing3:

Hello, my name is Jennifer and I'm new to this board. I am a freelance Mommy, writer, artist and editor to a brand new (debuts October 15th, 2004) e-zine for beginning writers, named NEWBIE.

My family and I live in Ohio. I have a son who will be 3 in November and twin daughters that will be 4 tomorrow!

I'm excited about the upcoming NaNoWriMo, hoping the third time is a charm!
 
I look forward to getting to know everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on October 12, 2004, 03:36 PM
Welcome to Verla's, Jennifer! Glad to have you here. :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on October 12, 2004, 03:42 PM
Welcome. Welcome! Welcome!!!  :jump  Everyone here is wonderful and so supportive! I'm even trying to be less timid!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Deb on October 13, 2004, 08:06 AM
Hello and welcome Jennifer  :)

Congratulations on your e-zine and maybe will see you over a NaNoWriMo. That is... when we are not writing  :typing:

Cheers

Deb
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KimRamsey on October 17, 2004, 05:51 AM
I'm Kim Ramsey; I recognize a few people's names from the CW list and the Yellow Board. (I'm Troublewriter on yella). I write a little bit of everything; in 2002, a phonics-based reading program I wrote was published, and I've had a couple short stories published on Story Station. I'm currently working on an MG novel, have a picture book ms that I need to revise (but keep procrastinating on), and just started reworking a YA novel of which I wrote the first draft when I was 19 (15 years ago). I'm also a mom of two, and a special ed. teacher's aide at a local middle school. (Great place to get ideas for stories!) I look forward to hanging out here  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tom on October 17, 2004, 06:46 AM
Welcome to the forum Kim.  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Bubbles on October 17, 2004, 09:31 AM
Hi Everyone,

My name is Sharon.  I'm 22 and live in Scotland.  I've been lurking the last couple of days to get a feel of the boards and site, which I think are excellent!   ;) I am a complete novice and have never written, not unless you count school! LOL!  I've been struggling since leaving school to find out what it is I want to do with my life.  I've thought about teaching however not sure I am completely suited to that profession.  I love reading and always have done ever since I can remember.  Friends and family laugh because I tend to read more children's books than anything else.  They hold a special place in my heart!  I've thought about becoming a librarian because of my love of books, but not sure if it would be creative enough for me.  During a discussion with my mother I told her I would love to be able to write for kids but I'm not good enough.  She asked if I had ever tried and I realised I hadn't!  So I thought I would look into it, get some advice and see if I have any talent for writing.  No harm in trying right?  I am a little scared of falling on my face with a  :faint: but I haven't anything to lose.  I understand that I may never get published but you only live once.  Any advice would be appreciated.  I look forward to getting to know you all better!

Take Care
Sharon
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Barbara Etlin on October 17, 2004, 10:41 AM
Hi and welcome to witchwritermom, Deb, Kim and Bubbles. I'm the world's slowest writer and I'm thinking of doing NaNoWriMo, too, to get me going on my second novel.   :snail:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Daromaius on October 26, 2004, 02:09 PM
Hi everybody!

My name is Rick and I'm from New Jersey. Been writing forever and seriously for about two years, and am still working on my first novel, ENTROPY. A lot of my projects aren't meant to be middle grade or YA, but some of them are. Had this site recommended to me by an acquaintance, and I've been poking my nose through old threads all day. Here I am. :)

This will be my third year participating in Nanowrimo, and I just sent out my first professional sub (a flash story) to a paying e-zine. I don't think it'll get in, but the first step on the road to success is failure!

... Wait, that's not right...

Anyway, hello!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jeff_S on October 26, 2004, 03:59 PM
*Gasp!*  I know you!

Love the icon.  Welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Daromaius on October 26, 2004, 05:35 PM
Why yes, Jeff, yes you do. :)

And thank you. On both counts.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on October 26, 2004, 06:02 PM
Hi,  Rick, and welcome!  Love your picture there by your posts, esp. the "Do or do not" quote.  (http://www.angelfire.com/theforce/emprs_palpatine/smilies/lightsabersmiley.gif)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kellyr on October 29, 2004, 04:57 PM
Hi.  My name's Kelly and I live in South Jersey.  I met Liz and LisaM recently at an SCBWI mentoring session - way cool.  I've written a few paperbooks which I'm hoping get dug out of slush piles sometime this year, and am working on a MG novel, which I'm hoping to get drafted in November - thanks to lilkap or whoever started us out on that one!!  Thanks to many of you for all the tips I found previously while lurking around for great suggestions on useful things like envelope sizes and submissions tracking, and for some of the more humorous items like the twisted wish!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MKM on November 01, 2004, 07:53 AM
Hello everyone -

My name is Michele and I'm new to this site. I'm a writer/illustrator, although I've only just begun  pursuing this seriously. I've written picture books and I'm working on a MG novel. I'm not published yet, but the "good rejections" are beginning to come in. :momkid:

I read the boards often. It's a great resource!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on November 06, 2004, 11:33 PM
Welcome to the board, Kelly and Michele. There is a lot of information here and on the rest of Verla's site. Enjoy reading and chatting with us!

-Cassandra
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MamaG on November 07, 2004, 05:02 AM
Welcome to Michele, Kelly (and everyone I missed during my hiatus!).
It is good to see new "faces" on the board
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on November 07, 2004, 05:04 PM
Welcome!

You will find, just as I have, there's a supportive wonderful group here.  :yup  Now get busy writing!

Jayme
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: daisyjune on November 09, 2004, 10:46 AM
Hello all!
My name is Jennifer, I live in Pennsylvania with my wonderful husband and two beautiful children.
I am new to the writing world and anxious to jump in with both feet and fully clothed! I am thankful to have found this great site by way of Yellapalooza and hope to be able to build new friendships as I travel along the information highway. :typing:

 I hope to hear from you all soon!

"daisy"
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on November 09, 2004, 10:52 AM
Welcome, Daisy!  (http://forums.maxima.org/images/smilies/daisy.gif)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on November 09, 2004, 02:28 PM
This topic has been moved to Writing (http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?board=3) to the Introduce Yourself thread....

http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=2956.0
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on November 09, 2004, 04:05 PM
Hi Daisy,
Welcome! Glad you're jumping in.   :jump  There are some very nice people here.   :yup

Jayme
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: maripat on November 14, 2004, 08:41 AM
Morning and hello to everyone. Actually, I've been lurking around here for some time now but I finally took the courage to jump in. I've been writing seriously for the last two years. I have completed a three YA novels. They all have a fantasy element to them. After many revisions I've decided to submit one of them to the Delacorte contest. I want to to another round of revisions. I always find something to change or smooth out.

Thank you Verla Kay for setting such an informative site!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: daisyjune on November 14, 2004, 09:02 AM
Welcome maripat!
Glad that you have joined us! :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on November 16, 2004, 12:27 PM
Greetings, maripat. Welcome aboard this board!  :dr

Jayme
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Darkstream on November 23, 2004, 03:11 AM
Hello,
I'm not really new to this board, or to #kidlit, but I don't get to participate as much as I'd like.  So here's hoping this entry marks a new change for me.  I've begun my juvenile novel in earnest and although I'm quite busy with my illustration work, I'm confident I've embarked on a worthwhile journey I'll live to see the end of. :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on November 23, 2004, 05:49 AM
Hello again, Darkstream. Glad to see you're making time to participate.  :pencil:

Jayme
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Deb on November 23, 2004, 09:31 AM
Welcome to all the new members... I _know_ you are going to like it here! And, Maripat :jump...I know you :yup. Glad you could join us...

Deb who is seems to still be on the net when it is her BIC time! So that said....
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Darkstream on November 23, 2004, 10:55 PM
Hello, Jayme.  Nice to meet you again!  Hopefully I'll be able to dig into some of the topics here.

Hey, is there a way to shut off all those smilies?  I don't think I'll ever use them. ;)  I usually just use the old tried and true ones.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Gisele on November 24, 2004, 05:10 AM
I found the site a little while ago, but have never officially presented myself. My name is Gisele and that's pronounced with a 'J' sound! Yes, I get that a lot! LOL!

I've been writing seriously for a couple of years now and am also an illustrator. I was commissionned to illustrate a story which appeared in Wee Ones this past August, (Sherman the Shark) and will have my first poem published in Wee Ones' May/June 2005 issue, as well as a color by number illustration! Thank you Wee Ones!

I'm pretty busy with NaNoWriMo and hopefully will have completed my first novel when it's over. I write poetry and short stories as well as non-fiction articles for children. I also run a small website www.dragonflyspirit.com and moderate the Young Writers' Scene at the Forward Motion site. I just basically help to motivate young writers with challenges, cheers and encouragement. The kids are great to work with and we have a very talented bunch!

I've been posting a little here and there but just wanted to give the official hi! Hey Deb and Maripat! The gangs almost all here!!!

I love Verla's site! There's so much great information!

Gisele  :artist:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: maripat on November 24, 2004, 09:44 AM
Hi Gisele,

It's nice to see you here too. I wondered if you were around.

Maripat
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Savate on November 28, 2004, 11:04 AM
I am brand new to writing. 

I am an elementary school (5th grade) teacher in Western North Carolina.  I have a MA in Medieval Studies in addition to a MA in Education and decided to combine my two passions.

I'm working on a YA book of a young boy orphaned during the Crusades.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Inspired on November 28, 2004, 02:32 PM
Welcome Savate.

I'm a fifth and sixth grade teacher in Minnesota.  Tell me when you write.  This is a new job for me and it just consumes me.

Your book sounds interesting.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Savate on November 29, 2004, 06:10 PM
I'm just learning to find the time now...and the time is about to get even harder to come by since my wife and I are expecting TWINS (Boys!) any day now!   :spaz
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MamaG on December 01, 2004, 03:42 PM
Hi Savate!
Twin boys?  Yow!  You are going to be busy!
Much luck to you (and your wife!) as the big day approaches! :pregnant:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: NuGy on December 05, 2004, 02:51 AM
Hi,

My name is Ty and I live just outside of Seattle, Washington.  I was a television writer for about fifteen years until I decided I would rather spend the 60 hours a week I was trapped in a writers staff room with my two sons, so I moved us all away from LA.  I have just recently turned serious about writing for children (after years of doing it for personal consumption only) and have joined SCBWI (I may be the reason Verla Kay took Eastern Washington and broke away from Western Washington) in the hopes of learning the ropes.

After lurking and greatly benefiting from this board for a couple of months, I finally decided to take the plunge.  I am most interested in the MG and YA novel areas, since that is where my kids are now.  You will soon come to know me as the newbie guy with all the stupid questions.

You have been warned.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on December 05, 2004, 08:24 AM
Welcome, NuGy!  Sounds like you may have a thing or two to teach us, with your background.  I don't know about these other blue board slugs, but I'd love to hear about the ins and outs television writing sometime.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on December 05, 2004, 08:40 AM
Welcome NuGy and Savate!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kellyr on December 05, 2004, 09:46 AM
Jaina, who you callin' a slug?  :snail:

Savate:  Welcome

NuGy: I'm with Jaina, and would love to hear about tv writing.  Don't think I want to do it, but still, hearing about other writing areas would be cool.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Deb on December 06, 2004, 08:58 AM
Hey Gisele...and a much belated welcome ot you... :faint:.


Savate and Nuguy, welcome to you as well.  A marvelous place this is and glad you are now part of it!

Deb
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jey on January 04, 2005, 08:36 AM
  Hi everyone,

I've been on the yella board but am new here.  Thanks Verla for this unique board for kids writers and illustrators.  I am both. 

Jey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on January 04, 2005, 09:02 AM
Welcome aboard, Jey. Glad to see you over here, too. :yup

Jayme
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: LindaJM on January 04, 2005, 10:45 AM
I've seen this board before - but this is the first time I've registered and posted.  I see some people I know here! 

Anyhow.... I'm here to see what I can learn and to have one more place to talk about my favorite subject - writing.

I've written a few children's stories, middle grade novels, and one YA novel.  I'm still working on revisions before sending these out.  Most of what I've had published was in newspapers but I've also had one children's story published in a magazine.

Linda
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: maripat on January 06, 2005, 06:00 AM
Hi Linda!!

Welcome to the site and it's good to see you here!  :jump

Maripat
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ahri on January 14, 2005, 12:25 AM
Hi!  I'm Stephanie ("Ahri" is fine), and I'm a writer (and student) situated in Mebourne, Australia.  Most of my work so far has been either commissioned essays or aimed at primarily an adult audience, but I'm currently working on an MG (which is telling me it wants to turn into a YA), as well as a collection of related short stories aimed at an MG audience. 

I'm currently waiting on a rejection from Cricket (it's been oh-so-long!), which has been my first submission to a publication for young readers, but have received some really positive feedback from the various magazines and so forth to whom I've submitted--so I have my fingers crossed. 

I'm a long-time member/poster on MyWriterBuddy, but fell in love with the more specialised boards here (I've been lurking about for a while!  :study).  I thought it was time to finally join in! :)

Thanks for having me!

Ahri
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Lisa on January 17, 2005, 08:24 AM
 :hug1: Hi everyone! I just discovered this site!

My name is Lisa. I've been seriously writing and submitting for a year and a half. I've written 4 fiction picture books. I am working on a nonfiction picture book right now. My day job is teaching. I am married with two beautiful children ages 7 and 11. I am attending grad school (6 hours this semester) with the hopes of finishing in May 06'. I have a busy life but everything I do seems to relate to or support the other things. I attended my first conference in Nov. (SCBWI-Houston). It was awesome! Thanks to Verla Kay for this wonderful support site. (P.S. I love your books).   :typing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on January 17, 2005, 10:36 AM
Welcome, Ahri and Lisa!  We're a little crazy :duh: but mostly harmless . . .  mostly.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on January 17, 2005, 12:14 PM
Welcome aboard, Ahri, Lisa, Jey and Linda!

:)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on January 17, 2005, 12:40 PM
Hello Lisa,

I believe you are the one I referred here from the SCBWI Discussion Boards. Good to see you. This group is very supportive!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Alison on January 17, 2005, 12:49 PM
Welcome, Ahri & Lisa!

Lisa, do you live in Houston? I'm in the Austin area. I haven't made it to a Houston conference, but I go to most of the Austin ones & have been to a couple in Dallas.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: rachael on January 28, 2005, 11:34 AM
Hi,

I’ve been lurking here for a while but have been told (by a reliable source) to jump in as the water is warm. So I will.
I live in London, England and I am currently taking a course in Writing for Children at the City Lit. My tutor is great and I am currently learning a lot. I am sure I will also learn a lot here.

Rach
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Deb on January 28, 2005, 01:08 PM
Welcome! To all the new members...this is truly a wonderful place to be and glad that you are joining us  :yay.

Yo Linda...glad you made it...er...many weeks ago it looks like!  Seems I am in a constant state of ketchup  :yup.

 Deb  :cuccoan:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: carimel on January 28, 2005, 04:42 PM
       


                     I want to Welcome Rachael to our group!!!!      I know I have not been writing on the board but I always have everyone in my thoughts!!!   I have started writing a mystery novel but my first calling is to write children stories!!   I have written  about 4 children stories; at the moment have not published any.   I would love to keep in touch with you Rachael!!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: maripat on January 29, 2005, 09:20 AM
Hello to all the new members! This is a great site for children's writing.

Welcome!
Maripat
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: bonnie on January 29, 2005, 11:36 AM
I'm a retired teacher.  Started writing a few years ago.  I write adult/young adult novels.  I'm under contract for my newest YA novel.  Also just finished my first ever picture book text.  Glad to be here. 

http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/bonnieshimko/
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Liz on January 29, 2005, 01:14 PM
Hi Rachael !

Welcome!  You'll  find some familiar folks here = Tanya [tgseale] and Julie, [ and me lol! ]

The water is fine and you'll get along 'swimmingly'  LOL!

--LiZ
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on January 29, 2005, 03:08 PM
Welcome, Rachael and Bonnie!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cynthia on January 29, 2005, 06:39 PM
Welcome Bonnie and Rachael.  Glad to have you join us!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jennifer J on February 02, 2005, 06:05 AM
 :bubblebath:

I'm Jennifer J and I live in Tucson, AZ.  Please don't forget the J.

www.jenniferjstewart.com
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on February 02, 2005, 07:25 AM
Welcome Jennifer J (I remembered!), Bonnie, and Rachael. You'll love this place!  :yup  Dive right in and join all the discussions.

Jayme
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: poppyseed on February 05, 2005, 07:41 AM
Hey everybody!

My name is Pamela (I also answer to "poppyseed," but prefer not to answer to "Pam") and I'm a 32 year-old stay-at-home mom of three (the youngest is three months old) in northern Virginia. I've always written (for prizes and personal gratification, but not for major publication, alas), but I'm new to the children's book world, and altogether new to the effort of getting published. (Frankly, I've always been too scared to try. I've run out of excuses now, though.) I'm most interested in picture books - or illustrated books, as often as not - but may move into other types as I get more involved.

My sticky wickets tend to be pacing, endings, and dialogue. I'm pretty good at garnering ideas (my five and six year-olds help quite a lot), and I get going with a roar, but then I run out of steam. What I'm looking for is a place populated with people who are good at the things I'm not, so I can glean insight from them; people who will encourage me when my thin-skinned self begins to get dejection-inducing rejections; people who will be honest with me (albeit kindly) so that I can improve my writing overall; people who are fun and with whom I enjoy "hanging out" when I'm not pounding out my pint-size potboilers, who get what's going on in my life because it's what's happening in their lives, too.

This seems to be the place. I'm stunned by all the resources available out there, but of the open forums available, this seems to be among the very best. I hope I can get a lot out of being here, and that I'll eventually be able to give as good as I get.

Anyway, howdy!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on February 05, 2005, 09:29 AM
Welcome, Poppyseed and Jennifer J!! :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Barbara Etlin on February 05, 2005, 09:38 AM
Hi to all the new people. Have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Harrietthespy on February 05, 2005, 04:08 PM
I'm a curmudgeonly mother of 2 (ok 3 if you count my husband, well . . . . 6 if you count the cats).  I live in the midwest and have published 2 easy readers at Scholastic, 2 picture books at Sterling and 17 fiction and non-fiction titles coming out over the next few years at Children's Press.  I also write articles for a Scholastic's magazine division. Currently working on a MG novel which is under review at Philomel and a YA under request at another publisher (but it's not finished....sigh).  I have an agent who represents my novels.

Mostly I lurk and learn and soak up the camaraderie on this board. 

Lisa - I go to Houston events too!  That chapter is AWESOME!

And a shout-out to Jen who I know from another board. Congrats on the novel!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on February 05, 2005, 04:19 PM
I'm glad you've come out of lurkdom, Ms. Harriet. Welcome! ;)

-Cassandra
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: nicole21 on February 05, 2005, 05:22 PM
Wow!  There have been a lot since I last checked!  Welcome, everyone!  Glad you all joined!  :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ohmylorelei on February 15, 2005, 06:01 AM
Hey all!  I haven't been her ein a loooooooong time, as the day job and move took over my life.  But now here I am.  I missed you!!!!!!  How is everyone?
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Anne Marie on February 15, 2005, 06:03 AM
I am so excited to see your name, OHMYLORELEI!  I was wondering where you'd got yourself off to.

AM
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ohmylorelei on February 15, 2005, 11:47 AM
I missed you guys too.... I moved to Atlanta, switched jobs, wrote a nonfiction proposal (adult) and now I'm finally trying to revise the novel that brought me here way back when...

How've you been?
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on February 17, 2005, 10:20 AM
Welcome, back, Lorelei!!!!! :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on February 17, 2005, 08:44 PM
A great big HELLO!! to all! and welcome back, Lorelei! Good to 'see' you!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: merrylaugh on March 03, 2005, 04:35 PM
I don't have a clue how to navigate around here......can someone walk me through this one step at a time?  My niece told me about the website but I can't seem to get into the chat room.....arghhh......
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tgseale on March 03, 2005, 08:18 PM
merry, scroll up and click just below "writers and illustrators chat live nightly"  It's on the right side of your screen at the little box at the top.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kimw on March 05, 2005, 08:05 AM
tgseale,
I am new too and was wondering where you got your "book" picture.
Thanks for the help.
kimw
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tgseale on March 05, 2005, 11:03 AM
Hi Kim,
I honestly don't remember where I got the book picture.  I think I went to google and searched for "free gif images" or something like that.  I found a site and scrolled through until I found one I liked.  I saved the image to my computer (right click and choose save) and then uploaded it from my computer to the "profile" section here at Verla's message board. 
Welcome to you both!
tg
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kimw on March 05, 2005, 11:56 AM
Thanks!!!
It worked!
kimw :D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tgseale on March 05, 2005, 12:00 PM
Yes, it did!  That's a cute little guy. :)
tg
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ziacat on March 09, 2005, 03:22 AM
Hello!  My name is Carly :D .  I live in Southern California with my two beautiful kitties and am new to the children's writing world.  I've always known I wanted to write but since graduating from college my full-time jobs have kept me so busy and exhausted that all I've wanted to do is relax in the few spare moments I have to myself.

Well...last summer I became unemployed for the first time and those few spare moments turned into what seemed like endless hours of purposelessness and boredom.  One night (er...more likely early morning)  I was sitting at my computer, blurry-eyed from having surfed every website I could possibly think of, when I opened up Word and just started writing a poem for fun. I don't know where the inspiration came from only that I did it. I had forgotten how much I loved writing poems! 

I had stopped writing them probably around age 12 when the idea was impressed upon me that rhyming poetry was for children, and although cute, not serious poetry.  No one ever said that flat out but it was a feeling that was definitely emitted by school teachers and magazines and tv.  The word poetry suddenly seemed to take on a new definition.  When before the word inspired color and rhyme and laughter and beauty- now all I could envision was suicidal teenagers scribbling free verse that was 'deep' and bloody and depressing and often just a collection of careless words strewn on notebook paper.  I didn't enjoy what I considered 'adult' poetry so I put down my poetry pen and didn't pick it up again until that night.

I submitted my first batch of poems on a whim last Fall and to my complete shock one of the five was accepted for publication by a kid's mag. Although a small step it was just the motivation I needed to say "Hey you can do this!".  In the short time since I've received my fair share of rejections but I know I'm gonna have to get used to that more often than not. 

Anyhow...just wanted to say thank you to Verla Kay for such a great board.  The advice I've read so far seems invaluable and I'm sure I'm gonna need a lot more of it.  I'm excited to meet all of you!


Warmest Regards.

Carly (a.k.a ZiaCat)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Caroline on March 09, 2005, 04:18 AM
Hey Carly.... welcome a'board!  :)

(And congratulations on the sale.)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: carimel on March 09, 2005, 06:40 PM
 :jump


                     Welcome Aboard Carly!!    Just jump in and share with us your poems!!  I also write children stories myself.  I have also started my first mystery novel, which I am having soo much fun.  Even thou, my first calling is children stories!!!  Once again Welcome!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: goodgracia on March 12, 2005, 06:59 PM
Hi TG, hope you don't mind but I followed your directions and added something to my own post.  Just wanted to see how it looked.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tgseale on March 12, 2005, 08:36 PM
 O0 Looks beeeeeeutiful, goodgracia!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ziacat on March 13, 2005, 10:01 PM
I don't have a clue how to navigate around here......can someone walk me through this one step at a time?  My niece told me about the website but I can't seem to get into the chat room.....arghhh......

At first I couldn't get into the chat room either and then I realized I was clicking on the  'Live Chat' section of the message board- not the actual live chat.  I'm not sure if this is the same problem you're having but if it is just start over again from www.verlakay.com (http://www.verlakay.com) click on Forums on the left hand side and then you will see on the left LINKS, LIVE CHAT, and MESSAGE BOARD- click on LIVE Chat. Hope this helps!

-Carly-
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: katznjammerz on March 22, 2005, 05:59 AM
I'm a longtime lurker and tentative poster, but this seems to be one of the most supportive websites for writers of children's books, so it's time to join the party, I guess.  I've been writing full time for three years and am in the stage of sending aound two mg novels and a pb, and writing 2 more novels...I cannot imagine NOT writing, but, like most of you, would love to see my work in print!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on March 22, 2005, 07:38 AM
Welcome, Katz, and all our other new members!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Hols on March 22, 2005, 10:03 AM
Almost brought a tear to my eye, seeing a few familiar names here. 

I'm pretty much a die hard from the old, old, old, old yellow board.  I've been offline quite a bit lately, since life got so hectic.  I've been helping my husband deal with a recently diagnosed auto immune disease and we bought a business, and bla bla bla.  Anyway, I've been working on a YA novel, that I finally finished and just submitted to Steven Malk for consideration, since he read the first few chapters a while ago and asked to see it when it was finished.  It appears he's a pretty popular guy to submit to around here, so I guess I fit right in. 

I'm working on a new YA novel and raising four crazy kids.  The one in the photo is actually 16 months now and can run circles around me.  I have about 4 overflowing mounds of laundry on my bed right now, and breakfast dishes still on the table, but adults deserve to have recess too, right?

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on March 22, 2005, 10:32 AM
I have about 4 overflowing mounds of laundry on my bed right now, and breakfast dishes still on the table, but adults deserve to have recess too, right?

Yep. They not only deserve it, with four kids underfoot it's almost a necessity for your santiy.  And if you aren't sane, you can't really care for all those children, now can you?  So... you are really taking the recess FOR the children, right?

(Hey!  It sounds good to me!)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: beachwriter on March 23, 2005, 10:02 PM
 :clover :writing3:

Hi, I wanted to introduce myself.  I love love love to write!  I write picture books and middle grade. 
I look forward to meeting people here,
and hope everyone has a great day!   :writing3:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MKM on March 26, 2005, 11:33 AM
Hi Beachwriter!

You're not in Connecticut by any chance, are you? I live at the beach too. Just curious...

Welcome! This is a great board.

Michele
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Andrea B on March 26, 2005, 03:46 PM
Hello All,

I may just lurk at first, but thought I'd put in a formal introduction.  I think I may have participated a loooong time ago (it looked different then?), but I really don't remember because it was probably during college and I was busy and too stressed to write much of anything besides stuff for my journalism classes or writing minor.

A bit about me, andregirl.  I've been writing since forever, I suppose.  At least for the past twenty years, anyway.  But I'm also a graphic designer who is in love with the art of word and image.  For a short time, I worked as a graphic designer for a small children's book imprint.  For better or worse, I do, indeed, judge a book by its cover. 

I have unabashedly continued to check out picture books from my local library.  I also enjoy reading middle-grade fantasy novels and contemporary YA's.  Incidentally, I am working on my own of each. My only (current) published works are a personal essay for a Christian teen devotional magazine and a short work of fiction in my college literay magazine.

I look forward to interacting with everyone on this board!

--andregirl
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: fiendish on March 27, 2005, 05:20 AM
Hey everyone!

My name's Lisa... I'm a children's author and special education teacher. I just wrote my first middle grade ms and it's had one rejection so far, and is sitting in another publisher's slush pile. I like to write stories for ages 8-12 because that is the age group I teach. I'm particularly interested in reaching reluctant readers (my constituency, as well).

I'm looking forward to chatting with you all!

Lisa
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JKC on March 27, 2005, 05:38 AM
Welcome aboard, everyone.  :jump  This is a great place and you will fun tons and tons of information and support here.

Jayme

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: brendalynn on March 30, 2005, 04:40 AM
Hello Everyone.

I'm Brenda, a recently divorced 36 year-old mother of two sons, ages 12 and 16, living in the midwest who loves poetry, funny pbs, and YA novels in verse. I read and write daily and also substitute teach, mainly at the jr.and sr. high level, while slowly working towards my BA in English.

It's nice to meet all of you. This seems like a great community.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: hairaplenty on March 30, 2005, 07:42 PM
 :duh: :EmoticonDollar:
I've been lurking around here for about two, three weeks, and there are some things I just really NEED to respond to!  So... here I am!  I've been writing for too many years to count.  And still not published.  BUT, through those years I raised two beautiful teen girls by myself, worked two jobs and wrote several MGN, YA, many stories and a couple of PB.  My MGN is now making the circuit with some very nice personal rejections.  I've been to Chautaugua, back in 1996 when I had money!  And many SCBWI conferences.  Writing is my passion, and my love. 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: moontrader on March 31, 2005, 12:21 PM
Hi, everyone,
I am a longtime lunch lurker, well, since about January, let's say.  I am a third grade teacher, but I squeeze in writing when I can, mostly weekends until summertime.  I am part of an online critique group which has greatly encouraged and helped me.  I have about 5 or 6 subs out there, and my fingers are crossed.  Well, I guess they aren't crossed when I am typing or writing...just figuratively.

Anyways, hello!  I love this site!  Melanie
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: shelley on April 01, 2005, 08:58 AM
 :green:
Sorry.  I'm not Merry.  
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: hairaplenty on April 01, 2005, 03:38 PM
  :werd

Please forgive.  I am still figuring out how to get in and out and on this board!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: beachwriter on April 02, 2005, 10:57 AM
 :reading2:

Hi!

No, I am not at the beach physically. . .but I am at the beach emotionally (G)

I live in Northern California

Margaret :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna on April 06, 2005, 05:53 PM
I don't think I ever formerly introduced myself:

I am Donna Earnhardt from Concord, NC (transplanted form Cordova, NC).  I am married to Sean and we have 3 beautiful girls. Kaiti -7, Zoe (with 2 dots over the e) - 2 1/2 and Casey 15 months.  They were all very nice surprise blessings!! :)

I will share more about my writing as I get published. Right now, I am pluggin' along, trying to raise my babies :EmoticonHelp2:, trying keep a clean house ( :dr ), paying bills  :EmoticonDollar:, learning to prayfully and emotionally support my husband as he works full time and plays in our church Praise and Worship Band, plays on the softball team, is on the church council, etc... :eek5:, I actively participate in 2 online crit groups and moderate one of my own. In between all of that I am writing/revising/subbing to mags and book editors.  :writing3:

So there. Now you know a tiny sliver about me. Aren't you glad I posted?

Be blessed, Ya'll!

Donna
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: laverdiere on April 08, 2005, 11:02 AM
Hello, I'm delighted to have found this board though I may be a lurker for a while.

For the last ten months I have been hunting ancestors (found between 8-10 generations on my French-Canadian side and lots of interesting people on my British) and in the process found out the great use a excellent message board and mailing list can give. 

I want to get back into writing--specifically historial/adventure/mystery short stories and novels for the 8-12 crowd with some nonfiction thrown in!--so thought it would be a good idea to  lurk around a message board for inspiration/motivation.

Laverdiere
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on April 08, 2005, 11:08 AM
Hello, everyone! It's great to see the lurkers come out to play. This board has tons of information, and wonderful, helpful people to help you absorb it all. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ziacat on April 11, 2005, 06:20 PM
For the last ten months I have been hunting ancestors (found between 8-10 generations on my French-Canadian side and lots of interesting people on my British) and in the process found out the great use a excellent message board and mailing list can give. 

Hi Laverdiere!  What area of Canada were your ancestors from?  I've done a ton of research from ancestors from Newfoundland Acadia and that whole general area.  Geneology is SO much fun isn't it.

-Carly-
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: els on April 11, 2005, 08:29 PM
Hols- I LOVE seeing your name on the boards again! I've missed you!  I can't remember if my name change happened before or after you went offline- I used to be Amy of Orchard Hill.  Glad you are back. :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: thx1978 on April 11, 2005, 10:41 PM
Hello! I'm really grateful to everyone for the invaluable information I've found here. I live in Northern California and I sent in my first manuscript (for a PB) 3 weeks ago. I'm trying to tell myself that it will most likely be rejected, but my brain is having a hard time accepting this. I hope the blow won't be too hard on me!  :-\
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: els on April 12, 2005, 06:27 AM
If it is, it will hurt, but you can be proud of yourself for taking that first step- Go thx!  Good luck.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Hols on April 12, 2005, 08:26 AM
Congrats Thx.  I remember that feeling--sending out my very first manuscript.  It was very exciting.  Even now though, after plenty of rejections and a few acceptances, I get excited every time I send out a manuscript.  If you do get a rejection back, save it!  I wish I still had my first one.  I've saved a lot of mine, and they are kind of like badges of honor for me.  :tongue:  Good luck! 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: thx1978 on April 12, 2005, 09:46 AM
Thank you for being welcoming and encouraging!  :love
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kabarson on April 12, 2005, 10:23 AM
Hello, I'm Kelly...
I'm a student at the Institute of Children's Literature, and I've written a YA novel that is currently entered in the Delacorte YA Contest. I found this site while seeking info about the contest. It's now my primary source for procrastination.
 :bubblebath:
I have four kids, ages 9-15 (2 boys and 2 girls). I homeschool them and tutor 50 other homeschoolers. My family also collects antique steam tractors.
That's me in a nutshell.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kellyr on April 12, 2005, 10:41 AM
Welcome, other Kelly.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kabarson on April 12, 2005, 06:39 PM
Thanks for the welcome!
Els, if you live anywhere near Michigan, you and your hubby should stop by...
We could talk about books and homeschooling and our husbands could tool around on a steam engine.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: laverdiere on April 13, 2005, 09:33 AM
Hi Ziacat, my ancestors are from old Napierville and Laprairie Counties of Quebec (near Montreal).
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Elle on April 14, 2005, 07:10 PM
Hello everyone!
I officially signed in as a member today! I have been online, occasionally participating, and often lurking since the year 2000. I disappear for periods of time, but I'm always drawn back into the friendly world of children's writers.

I write YA novels, writing often, but submitting very little. :writing: My goal is to change that!

I'm happy to be here. ^-^

~Elle
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MystiqueWriter1 on April 14, 2005, 08:24 PM
Welcome Elle,

You'll enjoy the Message Board. Everyone is great here and you'll have lots of fun and its a great way of learning. So Welcome!!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: els on April 14, 2005, 08:24 PM
Thanks for the welcome!
Els, if you live anywhere near Michigan, you and your hubby should stop by...
We could talk about books and homeschooling and our husbands could tool around on a steam engine.  :)

Aw, that sounds like fun!  Thanks!
Unfortunately, I'm in SC, with no plans to go to Michigan in the future. :(  Although, if I tell Andrew about this invitation... hehe.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kabarson on April 14, 2005, 08:28 PM
Well, els, we're not going anywhere. The invitation is open...
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna on April 15, 2005, 11:35 AM
Els - What part of SC? I grew up in Cordova NC (about 20 minutes from Cheraw, SC) and now I live in Concord, NC (about 3 hours or so from the beach)

Grace,
D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Hols on April 16, 2005, 10:12 AM
Els, I definitely remember you!  How could I forget Amy of Orchard Hill?  ;)  And I did know you were Els now.  I'm glad to see you are still online and submitting your novel!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Hols on April 18, 2005, 11:56 AM
Els, did you see this response?  Sorry it took me so long.  I missed your post somehow and didn't respond to it until recently.  I actually found it by typing in "Hols" in the search feature to see if I'd missed anything.  Sure enough, I had!   :duh:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna on April 18, 2005, 12:53 PM
Please do!  I have been throwing around the idea of having a Christian Children's Writers conference in NC for the surrounding areas (SC included!) It would be a one day event to begin with. But hopefully we could work it up to a couple of days as time goes on. That is just kind of rolling around in my mind, right now. As the Lord leads!  If it gets going, don't you want to come?  :yup We are just a couple of hours away.

There is a writer's conference in the Mountains of NC every year. http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/article_main_page/0%2C1703%2CA%3D152237&M%3D200150%2C00.html It is a beautiful place called Ridgecrest. HOWEVER...it is a week long even and I can't go right now. I don't think my three youngin's could handle it...neither could I!!! Oh yeah, there is a SCBWI event in September (in Charlotte). 

You probably knew all that good stuff. Sorry if it was a repeat! :)

Grace,
Donna
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna on April 18, 2005, 01:42 PM
Not sure yet, but probably. My email is poets722@aol.com  I don't want to hijack this thread (I am prone to do that!)...but I would love to talk more about it with you! The writer friend I mentioned homeschools her 4 children and is doing some freelance work for the B.Graham association right now.  She is such a sweetie! I think it would help to have more than two people thinking, praying and working on this thing. :) 

Shoot me an email!

Grace,
Donna

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kabarson on April 18, 2005, 01:51 PM
Els & Donna,
I'm not from your neck of the woods, but I looked at that URL of the Blue Ridge Conference, and it looks awesome! I can't ever get away for that long either. (It's tough sometimes for a long weekend.) However, I do know how to get on a plane... And, I pray too.  :D
Kelly
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna on April 18, 2005, 02:59 PM
You know what, Kelly? I appreciate your prayers,too! :)  You can certainly hop on a plane and come here anytime you want. We're really friendly down here! heehee!

Seriously, would you be interested in chatting about the conference idea, too? Els has already emailed me. THanks Els! :) I am going to email her back tonight after the kiddies are in bed with some ideas that I had. I could do the same with you if you'd like! Just send me an email and I'll send an email to you, too!

Grace,
D

p.s. If anyone else is in this neck of the woods (or NOT) you are certainly welcome to join in on the conversation/planning AND prayer for this endeavor! It won't happen overnight, but it would be nice to go ahead and see what the Lord is doing with all the folks who feel led to be part of it! COOL! I am excited! :yup

p.s.s. (is there such a thing?) Verla, I hope this alright with you that I posted this idea here!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kabarson on April 18, 2005, 04:45 PM
Donna,
I don't know how much help I could be at planning from Michigan, but it sure sounds interesting. I would definately support you in prayer--and more if I can!
Kelly
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: cinstress on April 29, 2005, 05:27 PM
Hello

I am Cindy from New Hampshire. I really am enjoying this website and message board.  I tend to read more than post, but I am learning a lot.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TH on May 04, 2005, 12:53 PM
Hello everyone.  I have posted a few times without first introducing myself (sorry about that...I'm finding my way around the site).  I'm Terry from NY (lower Hudson Valley region).  I'm thrilled to be here and grateful to all of you who share your expertise and knowledge.  I started writing for children about seven years ago (when my kids were in 3rd and 4th grade)....I've spent the last few years (I'm a slow learner) trying to figure out how to go about the 'business' of children's writing....I've gotten quite a stockpile together!  This site and the yellow board offer a wealth of information.  I just subbed my first MS, poem and story...and am really hoping to attend SCBWI in Poughkeepsie in June.  Hopefully I'll have something to contribute in the future!

Terry
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Markita Meeks on May 07, 2005, 05:53 AM
Hi Donna!  I am here in Michigan doing pretty much as you are.  I have been writing Children's stories for some time.  I would simply write them in a journal and leave it at that. However, over the last 8 years I  became very interested in trying to get my work published.  I have had some success and some failures. 

I too would appreciate any advise.  You see I have stories that I want to publish as picture books but I am no illustrator.  I don't really know who to approach or who to ask for help.  Just sending my text in for picutre book makes me feel like there is definitely something missing. 

Hello to and great introduction. The message board looks like it is going to be very helpful. 

Markita in Michigan
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Barbara Etlin on May 07, 2005, 06:38 AM
Hi and welcome to Cindy, Terry, and Markita.   :moose

Markita, a writer doesn't submit illustrations for a picture book. The publisher will find the perfect illustrator for your words. There's lots of useful information about this on Verla's home page:

http://www.verlakay.com
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: bar on May 08, 2005, 06:53 AM
Hi Everyone,

I'm Bette Anne from Connecticut. I've posted a few times and read and learned a lot on this message board, but never stopped in here to introduce myself. I've published short stories for adults and kids, but am now concentrating on writing just for kids. I have a MG historical novel that's been requested, requested, requested and I'm waiting, waiting, waiting to hear,  a PB I'm getting ready to send, as soon as I finish researching where to send it and numerous WIP's.

Thanks to Verla for setting up this awesome resource, and thanks to everyone here for your information, inspiration, and determination. I feel lucky to be part of such wonderful and talented group

BAR
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TH on May 09, 2005, 08:26 PM
Thanks, Dinoknees, for the welcome.  I've been editing all day and suffered over the commas in this sentence long enough to know....it's time for bed.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Laurie on May 13, 2005, 08:32 PM
I think I'm up to 20 posts now and I feel weird chatting without formally saying hello.  (Waving *and* drowning!)  I've been living in Moscow, Idaho and environs for 10 years now.  Moved here from the Bay Area to work on a degree in American Studies.  Before that I spent 8 years as a newsletter editor in Berkeley.  Lifelong scribbler, but never took publishing very seriously.  Did some freelance articles in Calif. and published poems here and there over the years.  Still have some unfinished short stories stuck in a file cabinet.  Children's literature has always been my main love, though.  Even when I was an undergrad. (before kids) I used to read stacks of kids' books to escape academia.  My husband, a high school teacher, used to tease me about all the YA books I read.  Now he teaches juvenile literature at Washington State University and teaches many of the books I recommend.  I love having the last laugh. 

I've been at-home mom for two orangutans (both redheads) -- 9 and 6-- since my first was born.  I also take care of my 83 year old mom.
 
My first finished mss is a midgrade historical.  Now I'm working on a contemporary midgrade.  I am a great procrastinator;  I'm ashamed to admit it has taken me decades to take my writing seriously.  But I'm happy to be here . . . in such good company.

Laurie
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on May 13, 2005, 08:36 PM
BAR and Laurie,

What a wonderful introductions you've written. Thank you and welcome!

-Cassandra
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: AimeeJane on May 15, 2005, 06:34 PM
Hello!

I'm Aimee, from Metro Atlanta, GA.  I'm a stay-at-home mom to two rambunctious, loving boys, ages 5 and almost 2.  In my younger years, I was a Navy brat...which is a roundabout way of saying I don't have a hometown.   ;D  I spent my childhood reading (Mom had to tear me away and force me out to play with other kids...no fair!), and I spend much of my adulthood reading to my boys.

I am brand new to writing for others' consumption, but I'm holding my breath and jumping in feet first.  My focus right now is on PBs, but I can see trying my hand at MGs and NF in the future.  I have a growing list of ideas, and a couple serious WIPs; the first is a holiday book, and the second is one of those inspirations that comes in the middle of the night and won't let you sleep until you've practically written the whole thing.

I've spent this week burying myslef in research about all aspects of children's books and publishing, and this site has been OH so helpful!  Many thanks to all the contributors, and to Verla for letting us come in to play & work!   :typing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KDBrazil on May 16, 2005, 04:03 AM
Welcome to the board, Aimee. I used to be a Georgia girl myself for a few years but am now a little (lot) further South. Good for you for jumpingin with both feet. And use the board for all it's worth. There's a treasure trove of info here. Don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions. :)

Kristy
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: debi on May 30, 2005, 07:44 AM
Hello all! It was nice to read through these posts and see names from Michigan! I'm from Detroit, though I haven't been there for almost 4 years now (first we moved to the Netherlands and now we're in Ireland). I miss the US, though I have to admit, Ireland  :clover is pretty darn cool, too. Heck, I can stand in my front yard and see the top of a castle!

Anyway, on to the introductions: My name is Debi, and I've had a bit of poetry (the adult variety) published here and there, but I've been doing quite a bit of children's writing for the past several months. A bit of a newbie to the genre, but it's so much fun, I'm completely hooked! For inspiration, I have a 9-year-old son, a 5-year-old daughter and another daughter who just turned 7 months. I also mind a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old during the week. (It's pretty funny being "corrected" by a 4-year-old: "That's not a garbage can; it's the bin" or "These are my runners, not gym shoes." It's amazing he puts up with me at all.)

On the writing end, I've sent out my first PB ms to a couple of agents (already saved the rejections) and an Irish publisher (still waiting to hear). Trying to research where to send another PB ms and trying to revise at least 2 more (when you reach the 20's and 30's, do the draft #'s count anymore? You know, there is the first draft, second draft, 35th draft . . .  :confused2: ).

Well, that's my life in a nutshell. Looking forward to getting to know more of you!

Debi
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jennifer Rush on May 30, 2005, 10:33 AM
Hi, everyone! I'm new here. I've been reading posts for the last two days and finally decided to register and introduce myself.

I've been at Critique Circle and the Yellowboard. I recognize some names from there. You might know me from CC as Medea and Yellowboard as Jengt54.

I've been writing for about 5 years and have lots of rejections on YA stuff (mostly due I think from inexperience and probably some bad ideas :)) I've just started writing for a younger age group in the last year. And I just got my first scale card from Highlights! HooHoo!

I'm currently working on more short stories for the magazine market. I've got a few PB I think I might start sending out. And I'm working on a few MGs. First time with those so we'll see. I've been reading a lot from that age group and I love the books.

I look forward to getting to know the board better and the people here. I can't believe the wealth of information! And the Good News thread is gigantic! Maybe I'll get to post there someday.

And I'm from Michigan, too! I live in Ludington, on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Jen
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on May 30, 2005, 12:40 PM
Welcome, Debi and Jen! Looks like you've already made yourself at home. Good!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: luckydog on May 30, 2005, 02:37 PM
Hi guys,
I've posted a few times and am only now realizing this thread exists. I tend to skip all directions.  Anyway, I'm from Baton Rouge, LA. I am a school librarian who started writing about 2 years ago b/c, although there's alot of great literature out there, there also lots of trash. Suffering from high self esteem, I feel I can do better.

I've had a few magazine successes and am still trying to break into the big time with a book manuscript. I've got several PB's circulating and one novel out there right now. This board is a wonderful resource (and alot cheaper than my ICL course).

Greetings from down the bayou.

Donna
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: daisyjune on May 30, 2005, 04:37 PM
Donna,
Welcome! I'm glad you've found us! Make yourself at home.
And congratulations on your magazine acceptances and here is a  :clover for your submissions still out there!

JennN
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: DMarie on May 30, 2005, 06:04 PM
Wow, I didn't know this thread was here, either.  :) I'm a stay at home mom of three kiddos, by Sept. they will be 6,4, and 2. I homeschool, and currently live in Ontario, Canada.... but am a native Oregonian (I lived in Oregon my entire life...until this past October!). My husband is doing a job here for 3 years...then on to somewhere else. It's been an adventure.

I have not been published (yet!) I love writing pb stories and poetry. :writing3:  Glad to have found this site, it's awesome. Thanks to everyone~

DMarie
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaws on May 30, 2005, 06:27 PM
Hi! 

I'm from Northern NY.  I've been writing for children for about 3 years now.  Somehow I managed to get published in other areas first, though.  (I had 2 pieces in Children's Book Insider.)  I do have two brain teasers accepted for publication in 2007, though, so I guess I'm back on track now.  I write PBs mainly and have begun to get to personalized rejections, but haven't hit the jackpot yet.  I've found this board to be a great help and enjoy stopping in to see what everybody has to say.

Jaws

 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tom on May 30, 2005, 07:23 PM
Hello everyone.  I have posted a few times without first introducing myself (sorry about that...I'm finding my way around the site).  I'm Terry from NY (lower Hudson Valley region).  I'm thrilled to be here and grateful to all of you who share your expertise and knowledge.  I started writing for children about seven years ago (when my kids were in 3rd and 4th grade)....I've spent the last few years (I'm a slow learner) trying to figure out how to go about the 'business' of children's writing....I've gotten quite a stockpile together!  This site and the yellow board offer a wealth of information.  I just subbed my first MS, poem and story...and am really hoping to attend SCBWI in Poughkeepsie in June.  Hopefully I'll have something to contribute in the future!

Terry

Just had to welcome another T. Hunt to this forum. I've never been to the Hudson River Valley but I've seen the paintings. Beautiful place.   :artist:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ronni on June 02, 2005, 04:37 AM
(I'd posted this in the YA Genre forum, but I'll plop it here too!)

Hi!  My name is Ronni and I'm an aspiring YA author.  I am SO THRILLED to find a discussion board that covers this genre!   :yup

I've finished a novel that I'd love to submit for publication (if I'd stop being so scared!) and I'm working on a sequel right now.  I also write poetry (only if I'm in a dramatic mood, though!)

Nice to meet you all.  :werd
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MamaG on June 02, 2005, 06:12 AM
Hello Ronni and all the other new members.  Welcome to the club  (http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/kao/chika/chirol_ojyama.gif)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jennifer Rush on June 02, 2005, 06:15 AM
Hi, Ronni! I'm new here, too. What's your YA book about? Is it like fantasy, horror, etc.? I've written a few YAs, too, but I probably won't be sending them out.  :)

It's nice to meet you!

Jen
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ronni on June 02, 2005, 11:49 AM
Hi Jen!

My novel is coming of age.  See, this is where I need to rewrite that pesky pitch sentence.  I'd done it a while ago but lost it. 

But the general overview:

Teen romance, faith issues, drama, rivalry, lessons learned maybe?  The usual teen drama stuff, but very dialogue and character centered rather than plot centered. 

I'll have to get to work on my pitch so I can give you a better idea!  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Bonnie Shimko on June 10, 2005, 10:47 AM
I write YA novels and picture books.  It's nice to be here!

http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/bonnieshimko/   
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Skye on June 10, 2005, 12:37 PM
Hello, everyone! My name is Skye, and I'm a stay at home mom of two great kids, ages 10 and 4. I recently moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, but I'm originally from NY.

I just finished my first manuscript. It is a fairy tale for middle readers. I have always loved to read, and I've  been told that I'm a pretty good writer. So, I  decided to take the leap of writing a book, and sending it out into the world. Hopefully, it will be favorably received! I'm very happy to have discovered a forum with others who enjoy reading, and writing childrens books. Most people that I know think writing for children is so "sweet', and "cute" and "fluffy". I'm glad that there is a community who appreciates, and respects the effort it takes to write for children! I'm glad to be here.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: els on June 10, 2005, 12:42 PM
Heya Bonnie and Skye, welcome to the board.

There are quite a few of us in the Carolinas, Skye. :)  Welcome to the area, too.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mervi on June 17, 2005, 03:43 AM
Hello,


I'm Mervi (23yrs) and from Finland. I'm a fantasy writer. I'm graduated student. I like to write alot of stories since school times. I use to write long stories and I'm writing a fantasy book now (119 pages at the moment).  :writing3: stories are my specialty beside drawing. ^_^ On my webpage more information about the book.

nice to meet you all.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jennifer Rush on June 17, 2005, 06:30 AM
Hi, Mervi! I'm pretty new here, too. Welcome to the board! There are a lot of great people here. And you'll find a wealth of information.

Where's the link to your site? I didn't see it on your post.

Jen
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mervi on June 17, 2005, 11:01 AM
Hi, Mervi! I'm pretty new here, too. Welcome to the board! There are a lot of great people here. And you'll find a wealth of information.

Where's the link to your site? I didn't see it on your post.

Jen

Thanks. I'm sure I will find some information. About my site, it's here http://wnet.suomi.net/kotisivu/mervi/index.htm But you can always hit the icon under my avatar, that "WWW". =)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jennifer Rush on June 17, 2005, 11:20 AM
Oh, yes, I see it now. I haven't paid much attention to those icons.  :) Thanks!

Jen
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mervi on June 17, 2005, 01:10 PM
It is alright. I do stuff like that sometimes, especially when I'm tired.  :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: src on June 17, 2005, 04:59 PM
Hi everyone,
What a lively bunch you all are! I've been reading your posts for a while now
but just decided to join. I'm in the middle of writing an MG/YA novel.
Some days I think I'll never reach the end!

So, hi again everyone. Glad to be here.  :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: thx1978 on June 17, 2005, 07:28 PM
Hello! Nice to have you here. There's another thread on here somewhere with introductions, if you're interested.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on June 18, 2005, 10:35 AM
Hi! I'm new here.

I'm really delighted to have discovered this wonderful forum!  Such a wealth of information and great camaraderie.

I an oldie (with the gray hairs fighting to outnumber the dark and probably winning at this point!).  I write mostly puzzle books and educational activity books, but would love to branch out into pbs and magazine articles.  I've written a couple of pbs, but have had no success in getting them published. ( :spaz  <-- rejections)

I'm really looking forward to exchanging ideas with you folks and getting to know you better.   :)

Ev
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Laura W. on June 18, 2005, 01:17 PM
Hello,

I'm Laura and I've browsed this site before, including the amazing message boards loaded with so much information and generous support. (Thanks to Verla for setting this up in the first place.)

I have been publishing nonfiction for kids for several years, mostly biographies and some animal books in the K-5 range. I am looking to publishing a MG novel. So far I've received some nice rejections and a few form letters. I'm trying to figure out my next step. (Maybe I'll post this question separately.) Anyway, I'm glad to be a part of this group of dedicated kidl-lit folks.

Laura
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on June 18, 2005, 05:11 PM
Wow! I'm impressed, Laura!  Congratulations on all your books.  I'm not teaching currently (taking time off to write), but have taught primary age for many years and am such a sucker for K-5 nonfiction books.  I've got boxes and boxes of them out in my garage waiting for when I go back to teaching.  Maybe some of them are even yours!  :)

Best wishes to you on your novel.
Ev
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Laura W. on June 18, 2005, 05:18 PM
Thanks, Ev. I think it's great that you're taking time off to focus on your writing. I hope it's going well!

Laura
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mervi on June 19, 2005, 12:46 AM
Hello Laura and Ev,

welcome to the board! I'm new myself too. Good luck with all things. I'm about to finish my fantasy book.
And I wish to write for children too. I have been writing my book for 2 years by now, I think.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on June 19, 2005, 10:35 AM
Hi Mervi,
Glad to meet you! Enjoyed visiting your website. It's 'neat' that you both write and draw.  Did you draw the opening illustration at your website?
Best wishes to you on your fantasy book.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mervi on June 19, 2005, 11:25 PM
Hi Mervi,
Glad to meet you! Enjoyed visiting your website. It's 'neat' that you both write and draw.  Did you draw the opening illustration at your website?
Best wishes to you on your fantasy book.

Hi Ev,
No i didn't make it. Ayami Kojima did it. Should I do it myself.
Thank you for wishes. ^_^ It's been hard work.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mervi on June 19, 2005, 11:59 PM
I have removed the opening illustration from my site and added my own illustration "elven magic forge"..
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on June 20, 2005, 12:16 PM
Mervi,
I wasn't implying that the illustration on your website needed to be done by you.  I was just curious, that's all.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mervi on June 20, 2005, 10:01 PM
Mervi,
I wasn't implying that the illustration on your website needed to be done by you.  I was just curious, that's all.

Ev,
It's okey.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on June 21, 2005, 05:33 PM
Welcome, SRC!   :)
I just joined a few days ago myself.  The thread that thx1978 mentioned is the first one under the topic "Writing" ---in case you haven't found it yet.
Good luck on your novel.  :typing:

See ya around!
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Post by: thx1978 on June 21, 2005, 06:04 PM
Hello to all the new people here. Sorry it took me so long. I'm fairly new here myself. :)
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Post by: Ev on June 21, 2005, 06:27 PM
Hi thx1978,
Glad to meet you.
What kinds of things to you like to write?
Your two children look adorable!
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Post by: Mervi on June 21, 2005, 08:03 PM
Hello thx1978,

Welcome to the board!
Hoping you have fun and good time here.
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Post by: thx1978 on June 21, 2005, 08:11 PM
Thanks, Mervi and Ev. I'm writing picture books, and I don't illustrate. Man, I wish I did though! This is a very informative message board. Enjoy your stay! :)
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Post by: theartgirl on June 22, 2005, 07:02 AM
Hi,

   My name is Colleen. I've been a fine artist for over fifteen years and started writing four years ago.

   Hello. :artist:
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Post by: Mervi on June 22, 2005, 07:48 AM
Hello Colleen,

welcome to the forum/board! I wish you have very good time and fun here.  :yup

 :typing: I should be working on my book now...  :faint:
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Post by: lotr_fanatic on June 25, 2005, 12:50 PM
Hi everyone!

I feel really...out of place. I'm only 13. Everyone else seems to be older than me... :o :cry: Well anyway, I love to write fantasy and sometimes sci-fi or mystery. I just signed up so...yeah. Well, hi everyone! Nice to meet you!  :angel
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Post by: Ev on June 25, 2005, 06:30 PM
Welcome, Theartgirl and Lotr_fanatic!
Hope you enjoy the interactions with other writers and artists here.  I'm fairly new myself and have been learning so much from reading everybody's posts.

Best wishes to you,   :)

Ev
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Post by: kellyr on June 25, 2005, 06:54 PM
Hi all!  And Colleen, I'm pretty sure I know you, and I'm pretty sure you're missing a letter in your email address.
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Post by: SunAndRain on June 27, 2005, 05:33 AM
Hi, everyone!

I guess I'm the newbiest newbie here!  My name is Nicole, I'm a SAHM and a fledgling writer.  I was a writing and elementary education major in college and have only recently (the kids are getting more independent) gotten some me-time to start seriously jotting down ideas and reading up on the writer's markets/publishers.  Wow - there is a lot to learn!  I have one manuscript that is close to being polished enough to submit, but I am still a little too clueless to toss it out into the world at this point.  I need to find myself a critique group badly!  Of course my husband thinks everything I write is marvelous  ;D  Now I need some unbiased feedback.  My main interest is in writing children's picture books but I have one itch to write an adolescent girls' book.  I may or may not scratch that sometime in the future.

I'm thrilled to have stumbled upon this board and I hope to learn a lot while I'm here!  Support is a wonderful thing and I'm happy to give it as well as receive :)
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Post by: Ev on June 27, 2005, 06:39 AM
Welcome Sun&Rain!  Best wishes to you on all your writing endeavors.  We look forward to hearing from you.  :)
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Post by: Jennifer Rush on June 27, 2005, 06:23 PM
Welcome, Sun&Rain! I'm pretty new here myself. I'm very happy I found this board, too! It's a great place to meet and talk to fellow writers. Non-writers just don't understand the trials and tribulations of a writer!

Jen
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Post by: bookgirl on July 17, 2005, 12:23 PM
 :books: :books: :books: :books: :books: :books:

Hi, I had another name. .but of course, I lost it  :fury so I decided to get another one. . .so here I am, back again.
What a great board! :lov:  What a great website!   :artist:
I do not know WHAT  :reading2:  I would do without it!

Verla, you are truly a special person.  I am impressed with all the writers' lives you influence in such a positive way!
Meg
 :books: :books: :books: :books: :books: :books: :books: :books:
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Post by: ritajr on July 18, 2005, 05:26 AM
Hi I'm Rita and I live in NJ.
I've been writing for a long time but have been teaching so I didn't take the time to practice my writing. Then I lucked into writing a column for an educational magazine a few years ago. Last year I finished grad school and joined a fabulous critique group, joined SCBWI, started attending conferences and have been taking the time to work on the craft. I must have improved because I had my first kids mag article published in June. Yay!

My husband is also in education and we have two teenage sons (18 and 15).

One of my critique group members talks about how great this web site is, and she's right! All of your posts are so informative, supportive, and interesting. Thanks for sharing the web address, kellyr!
I'm looking forward to moving up from my newbie status and joining the chat once in awhile. 

Rita  :typing:
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Post by: kellyr on July 18, 2005, 05:37 PM
Glad to see you here, Rita -- you only have about 20 posts to go to get bumped up to "member"!  See you Wednesday at Writing.
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Post by: ritajr on July 18, 2005, 05:55 PM
Thanks Kelly. I'm posting like crazy to get rid of the Newbie tag.
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Post by: Amy Thomas on July 20, 2005, 11:51 AM
Newbie here to Verla's boards, but I recognize lots of people from other discussion groups.  Hi!
My background is public relations, writing for newsletters, and teaching, and I volunteer in the elementary school library.  My goal is to become a laminated poster, just because I like saying it.  After writing stories for five years, I finally started sending out manuscripts, thanks to the encouragement of my crit group. 

I grew up in the midwest, moved to the east, then out west, and now I live in the south.

Looking forward to getting to know the other 463 members!
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Post by: Donna on July 20, 2005, 01:27 PM
What part of the South? I am in NC.

Grace,
Donna
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Post by: Mstake on July 20, 2005, 01:34 PM
My name is Maureen, 17 years old and just graduated high school.  I'll be attending University of Illinois in Chicago in the fall.

I joined the message board to find a book as a gift for my friend.  Please look for my post about it.
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Post by: Amy Thomas on July 21, 2005, 09:24 AM
Donna,
We're in Greenville, SC.  Hope to meet you at the Carolinas fall conference!
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Post by: Donna on July 21, 2005, 09:45 AM
Oh yes! :) I am not sure how long it would take you to get to Davidson (NC), but a friend of mine and I are going to host a Summer Shmooze at the Summit (a coffee house right beside Ben and Jerry's).  We haven't posted it on SCBWI yet, but we are planning it for the second Friday night in August. I believe that is the 12th.  Anyone else in the are is WELCOME!!!

Grace,
Donna
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Post by: Marcia on July 24, 2005, 05:57 AM
Hi all,

I’ve been lurking for far too long and decided it was time to give a shout out to this warm, informative board. I write for a variety of age groups and have had success with magazines. My picture books and novel are slowly making the rounds. I like to illustrate, too. Some of you may know me from the New England SCBWI conferences. I’m looking forward to hanging out here more often.

Marcia :writing3:

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Post by: JKC on July 24, 2005, 07:59 AM
Hi, Marcia. We're glad to hear that you've come out of lurkdom. It's a great place full of crazy, funny, intelligent folks. Watch out for the dragon and try not to end up in the dungeon. LOL  :yup

Jayme
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Post by: Donna on July 24, 2005, 10:27 AM
Let me change my earlier post - it is the 3rd friday night in August (the 18th?)!

Grace,
Donna
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Post by: ritajr on July 28, 2005, 09:11 AM
Hi Marcia,
We just returned from a short vacation in Vermont. We love New England and hope to find a home there someday.
Rita
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Post by: Apprentice on July 30, 2005, 05:56 AM
Hi everyone. Just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Coreen and I am currently a SAHM, Graduate Student, and now that I have sent off my very first submission (whether it gets published or not) I think i can consider myself a writer. I used to write a lot. When I was an English major I took many writing classes, including writing for children, but I was such a slacker back then--afraid that if I did my best it might not be good enough, so I never invested too much time in my writing. With maturity comes confidence and now I am writing, revising, creating something I enjoy and feel good about, and submitting. It feels good to be writing again, now I just need to add a few hours to the day so I can get some housework done as well.
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on July 30, 2005, 10:05 AM
Hi and welcome to Marcia, Rita and Coreen and any other newcomers.  :)
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Post by: Fozi74 on July 31, 2005, 08:46 PM
Hi!  I am completely new to message boards so please excuse any mistakes in ettiquete I make.  I am a former kidergarten teacher turned wife and Mommy of 2 kiddos.  I have been writing stories for their enjoyment since they were born.  I am going to begin submitting them to publishers soon!  I have ghost written a book for young adults that is due to be published early next year.  Other than that...I don't have anything to report!  Look forward to getting to know all of you! ;)
Gina
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Post by: luckydog on August 01, 2005, 07:22 AM
Welcome, Gina!
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Post by: Thomas Gerhardt on August 02, 2005, 09:11 AM
So, I guess it's that time to introduce myself.

New to children's writing, not quite new to writing itself. I'm looking back on a career in TV and magazine conceptual design, having worked in those capacities for NBC Europe, Future Publishing and BMG Publishing Group before founding the conceptual studio of the Word Factory (www.word-factory.com), in order to develop new creative properties for a wide variety of media.

My first feature film script “Reality Check“, has been optioned twice by multiple Emmy- and Academy Award winning producer Julian Krainin of “Quiz Show”, but is still in development hell, although people have told me that it might have moved from the 7th to the 5th circle.

I'm currently wrapping up my first kid's novel, "Elisa & The Tomb of Voices" (one can actually look at it in all interactive Flash glory LOL at http://word-factory.com/tombofvoices.html ), knowing that it doesn't fit into any drawer.

And sometimes I sleep. Yes. Sleep. That's about it.

T.
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Post by: ritajr on August 02, 2005, 10:58 AM
Welcome to Gina, Thomas, and Coreen. It will be nice getting to know you all.
Rita

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Post by: Ev on August 02, 2005, 11:29 AM
Yes, welcome to you, Gina, Coreen, and Thomas.  It's so interesting to read about your different backgrounds.  Best wishes to you in all your writing endeavors!
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Post by: Mervi on August 05, 2005, 02:27 AM
Hello all new ones!  :jump
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Post by: Sthrnwriter on August 05, 2005, 06:00 PM
Welcome Gina, Thomas, and Coreen!  I'm still kind of new myself but I'm sure y'all will like it here.
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Post by: Adi_Sangra_Lujuria on August 05, 2005, 06:34 PM
Hey all!

    My name is Melanie, but I go by Adrine. I write a lot of things. Poems, fantasy, sci-fi, ect. I've been told my writing is quite good, and can be quite shocking due to my age (17 going on 18 in september). I'm always looking for people to talk to about writing and reading and what not. Also people to review my work and give me some advice on how to get moving on in this brutal world of publishers, agents and all that fun stuff. Contact me if you wish to be my friend ;) or to read a bit of my writing (I'm working on a series of Vampire novels currently, just so ya'll know.)

  Alright I best be going. I need to work on my writing. Talk to ya'll later. BYE!

      ~Adrine~
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Post by: JodiG on August 10, 2005, 11:44 PM
Okay, I guess it wouldn't be proper to lurk for too much longer.

Greetings.  My name is Jodi.  I'm in the midst of reinventing my identity.  As of last school year, I was a teacher (I've taught 5th, 3rd, and 2nd grades), mommy, and wife.  This year I am trying to reinvent myself as mommy, wife, former teacher, and aspiring writer.  I find that much of my worldview is still solidly through the eyes of a teacher... how would I use that in my classroom?  When I read children's literature, it has always been through that lens... we'll see if that's a benefit or a detriment as I attempt to write. 

I have two wonderful and goofy little boys, ages 5 and 2, and one goofy and wonderful big boy, also known as my husband.  I'm preparing to be "the other woman" this year as my oldest son starts kindergarten.  I hope to not drive his teacher completely insane.  I will try not to use the phrase, "I was a teacher AND..." during the first month of school.

I've wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember being able to write.  I am NOT a very good artist (though I love art and aspired to be), so I think I took some comfort in the fact that I could use the beauty and power of language to make pictures and to make people feel an emotion. 

My writing "accomplishments" are from my childhood... a citywide Arbor Day essay contest winner entitled "Our Friends the Trees"... very original title, eh?  And a poem published in some anthology when I was about 9 years old.

Hmm... I think that's me.
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Post by: Inspired on August 11, 2005, 04:51 AM
Welcome, from another teacher.

I actually went back to teaching this last year.  Unfortunately, that leaves little time for writing.  My goal is to do both.  Teach part time and write part time (or full-time.)  I love using my teacher talents.  And, it's great to have contact with potential readers every day.  Think about writing teacher resource books.   It would be a great transition for you.


Stephenie
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Post by: elizabethscott on August 12, 2005, 12:54 PM
Hey everyone!

I'm Elizabeth, and I write YA novels and the occasional short story. I've just gotten a book deal with HarperCollins (this week, actually!), and I'm still in shock over it!

I'm really enjoying checking out the board and reading all of your great posts!
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Post by: C.K. on August 12, 2005, 01:56 PM
Congrats, Elizabeth! I'm surprised you can get it together enough to sit down and type. What a rush you must be feeling!
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Post by: Lorraine on August 12, 2005, 02:16 PM
Wow!  Congratulations on your success, Elizabeth! 
And welcome.  :)
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Post by: Laurie on August 12, 2005, 07:39 PM
Welcome, Elizabeth, and congratulations!  Can you tell us more? 

Laurie (living vicariously)
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Post by: Topaz on August 13, 2005, 02:42 AM
Hey everyone!

I'm Elizabeth, and I write YA novels and the occasional short story. I've just gotten a book deal with HarperCollins (this week, actually!), and I'm still in shock over it!

I'm really enjoying checking out the board and reading all of your great posts!

That is awesome, big congratulations! Please do tell more juicy details!  ;D
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Post by: LadyBard on August 22, 2005, 04:48 PM
  :clover Hey there everyone,

I'm really happy to be part of this forum.  I've  been writing children's stories for years , but couldn't get
any real answers as to what to do to try to get them published.   I'm really excited to post them here
and get everyone's feedback!!!
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Post by: Jennifer Rush on August 22, 2005, 08:18 PM
Hi, LadyBard! Welcome!

This is the perfect spot to ask your questions. Everyone is helpful, kind and encouraging. I love this place!

Congrats to Elizabeth Scott!! What wonderful news!  :yup Do you have a release date?

Jen
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Post by: Whiskers Ink on August 23, 2005, 01:50 PM
Hello Everyone,

My name is Sharon and I currently live in a small southern Vermont town near the Connecticut River, however I was born and raised in Windsor,Vermont (a 5th generation native Vermonter). 

As far as my writing goes I would classify myself as an intermediate beginner, if there is such an animal. ;D  Even though I have been writing since I was 11, I never seriously thought about putting my writing out there in the public eye until I went back to college at 44, graduating from Norwich University :horse with a BA (double major) in Social Studies (concentrations in Native American Studies & Environmental Psychology and Elementary Education) and Literature (concentrations in Native American Literature, Children's Literature and Contemporary Poetry)
 
 My writing is diversified in that I write a little bit of everything. I am currently working on 2 craft articles, 5 stories and 3 poems geared toward children with more simmering on the back burner. I am also refining 7 other poems and am in the process of researching and writing two nonfiction books

I find that when I let a story or poem sit for a while and then reread it I can easily pick up mistakes and/or see where it needs to be reworked. However, my main problem is knowing when "enough is enough" as I could easily edit a story or poem to death. I guess that is just one of the "newbie" mistakes that we all make. Any advice on this aspect of writing would be greatly appreciated. :EmoticonHelp2:
 
I am an active member of: SCBWI/ NESCBWI,The League of Vermont Writers, New England Writers, Vermont Poets Association and I am the moderator of 3 on-line critique groups :smash:
 
Now to the nitty-gritty personal stuff!  I am the mother of two, grandmother of one and decided to dig out my boxes of stories and poems and pursue writing on a full time basis as a deterrent to the "empty nest / house syndrome" as I am a recent widow and both of my children no longer live in the area.

What else can I tell you? -- I have been an organic gardener since 1969 and last fall I decided to take my love for gardening and turn it into a home based business. So far I have an agreement with our local food coop to buy my produce and at the moment I am trying to decide what to concentrate on for this coming year – potatoes, winter squash, and tomatoes seem to be heading the list as it needs to be something that “me myself and I ” can handle without  hiring help. I am a member of NOFA-VT (Northeast Organic Farmer's Association - Vermont Chapter)

As you can see from my avatar (his name is Canoe and he is a stray that I took in three years ago) I am a cat lover. I have had cats all my life. To date I have had 97 cats. The most at ONE time 26!  The oldest was Snaps who lived to be 24. Currently I have 5 elderly felines, ages 13-15 (Trisket, Yoshi, Canoe, Zeek, and Little Shitz)

I am also a member of the Second Chance League based in Fairbanks, Alaska which is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation that was co-founded by a college classmate of mine. SCL works with sled dogs exclusively from the municipal animal shelter in Fairbanks, evaluates them, fosters them, and trains them with their own dog teams. SCL's goal is for the dogs to become successful and they strive to match the right dog to the right owner, whether it is for sprint, mid to long distance racing, skijoring, recreational touring or as a family pet.  Since it's beginning, 11 months ago, SCL has approved 76 foster homes and has adopted out 103 dogs, of the 114 dogs pulled from the FNSB Animal Shelter  In fact, John Schandelmeier of Paxson Alaska raced  a team of SCL and shelter dogs in this years Yukon Quest in order to show that "throw away" dogs are just as good as any other dog out there.
                                           
 
Well, I guess that about covers it -- I am very glad to on board.
 
Sharon





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Post by: Cassandra on August 23, 2005, 01:55 PM
What a delightful introduction! Welcome, Sharon!
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Post by: Whiskers Ink on August 23, 2005, 02:45 PM
Cassandra,

Thank you for your welcome. It's nice to be here. I have been lurking for a while and thought that I would introduce myself as I am just about ready to begin submitting my work and have a zillion and one questions. My three critique groups are terrific but to my way of thinking one can never have too much feedback and by learning as much as I can about the "ins and outs" of publishing, maybe I'll be more confident in calling myself a writer!

Sharon

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Post by: DScott on August 25, 2005, 03:07 PM
Hi,

I just graduated (last week) with my Masters in Library Science. I work in a library and do not wear a bun and am very loud.  :moose

I am glad to be part of this chat board.

SickChick  :bat:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on August 26, 2005, 11:34 AM
Welcome Sharon, SickChick (what a sad name), and LadyBard!  You sound like great additions to the Blue Board.  We'll look forward to your contributions to the collective wisdom and fun here.
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Post by: DScott on August 29, 2005, 11:57 AM
Thank you. SickChick comes from a great band Social Distortion. They wrote a song titled SickBoy...well I am not a boy, so  ;D I don't think it is a sad name...I think it describes me quite well. 

SickChick  :bat:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: smichel on August 29, 2005, 06:44 PM
Hey, I work as a librarian too.  No bun, no shushing.  Never took those classes.  Just a love for books, for language, for children.

Stella
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Post by: DScott on August 30, 2005, 12:27 PM
What do you do? I have done Reference and now I am on the Bookmobile. I get to be even louder on the road  :moose

SickChick  :bat:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Chris on August 30, 2005, 12:49 PM
I didn't see a Newbie thread (which may very well be because I'm less observant than think I am), so I'm coming here to introduce myself. My first novel came out a few years ago with an epublisher and is now available at Writer Online. Last year for NaNoWriMo, I opted to write a YA murder mystery/ghost story for my daughter and I am currently shopping it around to agents. So far, I had two requests for fulls, one of which led to some VERY helpful critiquing for revisions. Mostly I've had rejections, although some of those have been of the encouraging variety. Right now, it's available at Lulu.com because they offered a free copy of one's NaNo book to anyone who completed the challenge. I got a copy for my daughter and a few friends bought copies. I figure it can't hurt to try to sell a few more while I shop it around to a real publisher (or agent, as the case may be). I've also signed a contract for an erotic novel which I will choose a pseudonym for, for fairly obvious reasons. LOL.

Nice to be here,

Chris :writing3:
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Post by: els on August 30, 2005, 12:59 PM
Welcome Chris!

I've heard good things about Lulu- I know a couple of folks who have published through them and are very satisfied.  I hope it works out as well for you!

els
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Post by: daisyjune on August 30, 2005, 01:10 PM
Welcome, Chris! I'm glad that you have joined us!
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Post by: Amy Thomas on August 30, 2005, 01:34 PM
Welcome! Are you going to give NaNoWriMo another try this year?  I'm feeling a little more confident about it after reading your experience!
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Post by: Chris on August 30, 2005, 04:49 PM
Welcome! Are you going to give NaNoWriMo another try this year?  I'm feeling a little more confident about it after reading your experience!

Yes, I think I will. I've got something I've been mulling over, although I've technically already started. I may opt to do the third in the Bailey Sullivan series. I did the rough draft of book #2 in February just to see if I could put out another 50K words in a single month. Did I mention I'm more than slightly mad?  :duh:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mary K. on August 30, 2005, 06:38 PM
I do not work as a librarian. Yet. I'm starting my second year of library school next week.

I have been writing for as long as I can remember (which isn't terribly long, as I'm 25), and have recently decided that I should get serious about submitting stuff. I decide this every now and then, and historically have done nothing about these decisions.

Oh, and I only wear a bun for ballet class.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on August 30, 2005, 09:14 PM
Welcome, Chris!  We're glad to have you and look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes on all your writing,
Ev
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Post by: els on August 31, 2005, 01:11 AM
Hey, I work as a librarian too.  No bun, no shushing.  Never took those classes.  Just a love for books, for language, for children.

Stella

awww.  The bun and the shushing are half the fun of being a librarian.  That and buying severe, narrow glasses that you can perch on the end of your nose and look gimlet eyed over.
Sigh, I miss being the night librarian in a small town.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: DScott on September 01, 2005, 04:59 PM
Ok, maybe I shush once in awhile...but buns? No Way!   :) I love being a librarian, I just wish it didn't take me so long to get into it as a career. 

SickChick  :bat:
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Post by: psharmon on September 11, 2005, 10:15 AM
Welcome from another newbie!  I haven't really introduced myself to anyone before, so here I go.

I have always dreamed of being published and only recently became serious.  I have a stack of rejection letters, but I'm not letting it stop me.  I did recently sell a story to Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, to be released sometime this month.  I'm just waiting to get my copy in the mail.  I am very excited to see my name in print.

I currently work as a real estate agent on the coast of Maine.  I love to help people find a home, but my real goal in life is to stay at home and write.  I have two children, my son is almost 19 and a member of the Army National Guard.  My daughter is 16.  I used to write stories for them when they were little and over time, decided to do more with them.  I also have my almost step-son, 18 (a member of the Air Force) and my almost step-daughter, 15.  Add 4 cats, a dog, and a rabbit, and the house is full.

I look forward to getting to know all of you and welcome any advice and helping at whatever I can. 

Penny  ;D
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Post by: Laurie on September 11, 2005, 05:04 PM
Welcome, Penny, and congratulations on selling your story.  Now about that dream home on the Maine Coast...

 :)

Laurie
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Post by: psharmon on September 11, 2005, 07:04 PM
Must sell more houses or sell more writing to get it....I'm holding out for the dream of selling more writing!  :EmoticonDollar:
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Post by: Brookie Wookie on September 12, 2005, 05:23 PM
Hello! I've posted a few times already, but I thought I'd introduce myself because I'm bored at work right now and I like to talk about myself!  :zzz

I just graduated with an English Education degree, but have not found a teaching job, yet.

I live in San Antonio, but have lived in Seattle, Wa and all over the fabulous state of Iowa.

I have performed in several improv troupes. My favorite comedien is Dave Chapelle.

I just finished my first story! It's a middle grader and Scott Treimel the literary agent is having a looksie right now! Yay!  :yay

I have a cat and a dog (a blue heeler).

I am currently working as a travel agent, and am engaged to a Biochem major at Texas State.

That's about it! Buh-bye!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: redbear on September 13, 2005, 04:39 AM
hello everyone.

i'm new here so thought i'd just make a point of saying hello before i start picking your brains for advice.

rb
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tgseale on September 13, 2005, 08:06 AM
tg *waves* back.
Welcome redbear.
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Post by: tgseale on September 13, 2005, 08:30 AM
Helloooooooooooooo and welcome to you all.  What an interesting bunch you are!  I'm looking forward to getting to know each of you better.
tg
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: redbear on September 13, 2005, 10:15 AM
oh err! my post moved!

(i don't know, you create something, care for it, and then it just gets a will of it's own and starts wandering around)

anyhow, nice to be here folks.

rb
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Post by: GreenFrog on September 15, 2005, 12:43 PM
Okay, i'll do it. I always have to hold off on these things and see if anyone really wants to know who i am. But you all seem like a nice lot and it's starting to seem rude to keep posting and not say who i am.

My name is Holly, i live in Washington state (not DC), but i grew up in beautiful Northern California and still think of myself as a California girl despite the fact i've lived in the northwest since high school. I am in a perpetual state of being in school or wishing i was in school, so i am starting back this fall for an English degree and secondary teaching certification. I already have one BA and an MSW. After getting a good look at dysfunctional families, i decided that social work was not for me. I loved the kids, but wanted to do very bad things to the parents. So, i am going to be a teacher.

I have written 1 and 1/4 of a fantasy trilogy. Book 1 is currently under consideration with a lovely editor at a good house and i am sitting at home biting my nails waiting for the final word. I will probably also write some historical fiction and general novels later - as soon as the trilogy has burned its way out of my brain. I admire all you PB people, but doubt that i will ever turn my eye that way. Such wonderful precision with words. Don't know if i have the patience. :)

Anyway, that's likely enough about me. Oh, i have a dog, a cat, three fish and lots of former students who i refer to as "my kids". The kids will come when i am done with school.

Holly
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Post by: ErinS on September 15, 2005, 12:56 PM
Glad to have you here Holly! 

This is a great place to be!


Erin
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Post by: thx1978 on September 18, 2005, 11:01 PM
Hello, hello, to the new people! :)
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Post by: Ev on September 19, 2005, 07:32 PM
Welcome Redbear and Holly!
Redbear, did you find your post?  I think it's on the bottom of the previous page.
Holly, I've been enjoying your posts throughout the forum, but it's nice to know a little more about you.  Thanks for sharing.  Best wishes to you as you follow your dreams.  Teaching can be challenging, but it sounds like you have what it takes.
And I'll be pulling for you on Book 1 that that lovely editor will come through with a YES.

Our family enjoyed visiting your state (i.e., WA) in July.  In fact, I have a beautiful photo of Mt. Rainier taken from the plane window as my computer desktop background picture to keep my memories fresh.

Ev
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: GreenFrog on September 19, 2005, 09:10 PM
Thanks, Ev. Rainier is gorgeous. Wish i lived closer to it - but i usually only see it when i happen to be flying into Seattle.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Greg R. Fishbone on September 26, 2005, 06:39 AM
This is Greg Fishbone from Massachusetts, reintroducing myself after an extended absense to work on my day jobs in law, real estate, and web design.  I'm also Assistant Regional Advisor and Webmaster for SCBWI New England and a soon-to-be published author/illustrator.

The ink is still wet on my publishing contract, and I'm still in the process of shifting mental gears from creating a book to creating a buzz.  Looking for any advice I can get.

Talk to y'all later.

tem2
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on September 26, 2005, 07:10 AM
Hi again, tem2. Good to see you again! A book deal!!!  :yay  Tell us all about it!

Owl
(the writer formerly known as dinoknees, and still known as Barb)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Greg R. Fishbone on September 26, 2005, 01:02 PM
Thanks, Owl.

There will be a website coming online soon with all the details.  In the meantime, I've posted some background to my blog here:

http://gfishbone.com/weblog/archives/2005/09/more_septina_de.html

tem2
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: WriterRoss on September 26, 2005, 02:56 PM
Welcome back, Greg. I would say "I hope all is well" but I just read about your sale to BTP so I =know= all is well. <g>

Paula IS proud of you. That was a lovely piece in the new CWIM. I miss her too. It is hard to believe we won't ever laugh with her again.

Well, that's not true. Her books will bring smiles and snot-flying laughter until the day books go out of existence.

But oh.. Paula. We wish =you= were here too.

-Pamela
(congrats again, Greg!)
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Post by: dwrites on September 26, 2005, 09:55 PM
Congratulations on the sale, Greg. Anyone who was a friend of Paula's is good people in my book. She was the best. How can we help you create that buzz?

Diana
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Post by: Cassandra on September 26, 2005, 10:05 PM
Welcome back, Greg. I loved your article in SCBWI this month. Your last line was perfect.

Congratulations on the sale to BTP!!!

-Cassandra
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Greg R. Fishbone on September 27, 2005, 06:36 AM
Congratulations on the sale, Greg. Anyone who was a friend of Paula's is good people in my book. She was the best. How can we help you create that buzz?

Funny you should ask...   :n

 :x  I can't announce anything yet because we're still putting things together behind the scenes but there will be a website that's quite unlike anything I've ever seen done for a book.  It will be highly interactive and very funny.  My editor is working with me on it and I can tell already that we're going to have a whole lot of fun.  I'll post details here as soon as I can.

--tem2
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Audiate on September 27, 2005, 02:26 PM
Erm...
hi there, actually not all THAT new... I've been using this site for about a year but only recently found the time to actually register and start participating in the forums! So, hello again! :)

And WHAT a great resource this is. Thanks to Verla.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: daisyjune on September 27, 2005, 06:43 PM
Welcome new writing/illustrating friends! We're so glad you're here.  :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on September 27, 2005, 08:28 PM
All right, here I am, I've met some of you, a bit, at workshop chats, and I've decided to take the plunge.  It's not fair for me to lurk forever, right?

I'm a 23 year old girl from Orlando, FL; I write YA that kind of straddles genres between fantasy and modern-day semi-comedic relationship stories.  I have one novel out for submission to agents, which I wrote when I was 18 and then sat on because the submission process intimidated me, now I've finally done it and I've been getting decent response but no bites.  I'm polishing up novel #2 now, and so far I think it's about a hundred times better than the one that seemed so great when I started submitting it.  But I have learned a lot in five years. 

And, a little bit about me, I guess: I was homeschooled most of my life, which allowed me to spend a LOT of time developing my worlds and characters--the character in my avatar has been knocking around my head for ten years.  Obviously, I like to draw, too, but my sister is really the family artist.  I work at a health food store, try to read two books a week, and I live with my boyfriend and a cat named Tacy.  (Named after one of my favorite childhood series, Betsy-Tacy; although there is no Betsy for my Tacy, no wonder she always seems lonely!)  And lifeonmars is after the David Bowie song; it was an alias I thought of very hastily.
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Post by: ErinS on September 27, 2005, 10:47 PM
Welcome welcome life on mars!! 

I'm so happy you're joining in and coming out of lurkdom! 

It's great to have you!  ;D


Erin
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Post by: wicked on September 28, 2005, 08:10 PM
Greetings and salutations...i am the dreaded newbie of the day.
i am very new to writing, and not so new to illustration, i have a bfa in graphic design ... and a very gabby brain.
i am at the urging of many finally putting down some of my ramblings with pretty
 ::) pictures...

how many others here are author/illustrators?

i am older than dirt, i watched them make mud for the first time.
i have two kids, 12 and 8... or at least that's what the birth certificates say...i think the eldest is actually closer to 40

i am sure this lovely message board will give me great gobs of guidance... and for that i thank you.
because i am about confused enough for one life...

hope to have a chance to chat with many of you

wicked
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: WriterRoss on September 28, 2005, 09:52 PM
Welcome to Verla's to LIFE ON MARS and WICKED!
-Pamela
(a boring, regular screen name) ;>
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: sbk(linda) on October 04, 2005, 11:23 AM
I guess it's my turn to introduce myself. I have spent a lot of time over at the yellow board and have always heard people referring to Verla Kay but hadn't bothered to check it out. Now I'm glad I did. It's nice to see some familiar "faces" around here as well.

I live in Calgary, Alberta, have 3 kids (4, 9, and 12) and a wonderful DH. Finding time to write is my biggest obstacle right now. I'm looking forward to kindergarten starting for my youngest next year.

I've been writing for a few years now but I still haven't managed to break into the submission mode of writing yet. I have a PB that is almost ready and a MG that is waiting for round 2 of editing. I still have so much to learn - I look forward to all of the great advice out there.

 :dancing:
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Post by: JodiG on October 09, 2005, 08:53 AM
sbk, Welcome.  This is a great place to be.  Good luck breaking into the submission mode.  It's kinda' intimidating, but this is a great supportive place to delve into it.
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Post by: Mervi on October 10, 2005, 12:58 AM
Welcome!  :jump Hoping you have much fun here! ^_^ :typing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: dwrites on October 10, 2005, 09:31 AM
there will be a website that's quite unlike anything I've ever seen done for a book. 
--tem2

Yes, do tell when it's up and running so we can help with that buzz. I'll link you to my site for starters if you'd like me to do that. Networking is fun, fun, fun...

Diana
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Greg R. Fishbone on October 11, 2005, 09:16 AM
Yes, do tell when it's up and running so we can help with that buzz. I'll link you to my site for starters if you'd like me to do that. Networking is fun, fun, fun...

Thanks, Diana!

-tem2
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Post by: gracie on October 12, 2005, 11:51 AM
Hi~  I'm Claire from TX (waves)

I'm not published yet, but my first YA novel (a teen murder mystery/suspense) is with Scott Treimel right now on  a 90 day exclusive..... He's had it around 70 days, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed so hard they hurt!  I am currently writing 2 more books - one an adult murder mystery in the chic-lit style, and another a nonfic.  If ST gives me the thumbs up though, I plan to drop everything and write a sequel to my YA.  This seems like a great community - Glad to be here!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: emlaman_80 on October 14, 2005, 06:15 PM
:writing:
    Hello everyone. I am very new to the website. I live in Georgia. I have two wonderful rugrats :angel. A very supportive fiance.
I sympathize with those who have children and are trying to write. I know how you feel :laugh:
    I have been writing for a long time but have never published a book . I hope to see my first book on the shelves in a few months. :laugh: I write picture books for K-2ND grades. I have ten written but I need to do some research for the reader level before the editor sees them. I started writing for my two children now I hope others may enjoy their stories.
    I also write fantasy novels. I hope to have my first one published this year. I plan this one to be a trilogy but I will see how it turns out, the characters will tell me soon enough.  I have a suspense/horror in the works as well.
    I have a lot planned I hope to see most of them through by the end of next year. I love this site. I looked for nearly three hours to find a room like this. I am happy to see the amount of caring and camaraderie. I hope you all feel free to contact me I only hope I can help or simply be there to "listen."
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: sbk(linda) on October 15, 2005, 06:58 AM
welcome emlaman and gracie! Good luck with all your endeavours!  :writing3:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Storyteller5 on October 15, 2005, 09:42 PM
Hey! A Canadian writer checking in here!

I'm not published yet, but my goal is to submit by Christmas. I'm working on polishing the few pieces I want to send out there and researching the submission process/publishers to try to avoid as many newbie mistakes as possible.  :snail:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: daisyjune on October 16, 2005, 05:39 AM
Welcome, Storyteller5. If there is anything you need to know about market research, submissions or just need a little encouragement(or a lot) everyone here is at your disposal. I've found all here to be super nice and extremely helpful.

Glad you've joined the party. :yay
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: hayesm on October 16, 2005, 10:43 AM
Hi Tayna.... I am happy I played the piano on my Last Day at Chiautauqua when you and my Holiday Inn Buddy, Cassandra and I met.....Now you know we are on-line connected and I am happy to stay in touch with many Chautauqua gals...How are we doing with your writing?

Let me know.  I sent our one book and working on others..Every day of my life I see, feel, or experience something which becomes my next book......

I hope to hear form you.
MJ

We
tgseale,
I am new too and was wondering where you got your "book" picture.
Thanks for the help.
kimw
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: sbk(linda) on October 16, 2005, 11:45 AM
Hi there storyteller! It is nice to see another Canadian around. Where abouts are you from? Good luck to you in your submissions efforts. I hope that you are able to stay on schedule.  :typing:

Linda
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Galump88 on October 17, 2005, 07:49 PM
I'm Jason from British Columbia. I decided it was time to start writing some serious material instead of just writing short stories and deleting them when I finished. I don't know if I'm younger than most people here or not but I figure it doesn't really matter what age you start at.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: dwrites on October 17, 2005, 08:46 PM
Welcome, Jason. How young is young? We have some very accomplished, twenty-something writers here. And don't forget, Chris Paolini was like, 15 when he started Eragon. BTW, my family is from Winnipeg. Happy belated Thanksgiving.

Diana
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Grampy on October 17, 2005, 11:29 PM
Hello everyone.

I finally found the right place to introduce myself. My name is Roy. I've been slowly working on my writing skills over the past couple of years. A dear friend and member kept referring to this site, so here I am.   :snail:

My main interest is in YA and chapter books, but right now I'm stuck sorting out a couple of PB's.  :fury

I'm looking forward to picking up some great advice.  :D

Roy(Grampy)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: kabarson on October 18, 2005, 06:13 AM
Welcome, Grampy!
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Post by: ritajr on October 18, 2005, 08:20 PM
Grampy, You've come to the right place. The people here are great... so supportive and willing to help.
Welcome and good luck with your projects.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Galump88 on October 20, 2005, 03:58 PM
Welcome, Jason. How young is young? We have some very accomplished, twenty-something writers here. And don't forget, Chris Paolini was like, 15 when he started Eragon. BTW, my family is from Winnipeg. Happy belated Thanksgiving.

Diana

Thanks for the welcome. ;D. How young is young? Well I'm only 17 years old. ;)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TamraW on October 20, 2005, 06:35 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm finally getting around to checking in after my long busy summer. 

I'm seeing lots of "old" friends posting and a bunch of new names too.  This is quite a busy place Verla!

For those who don't know me, I am a winter writer and a campground owner in the summers. I have one published picture book (October '03) and four more out making the rounds.

Last winter, due to the **ahem** poor picture book market, I was challenged by friends to write a MG adventure book.  To my surprise, I really enjoyed it!  So that is out making the rounds too while I work on a second one.

I'm looking forward to procrastinating reading past posts!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Melissa on October 21, 2005, 03:40 PM
Hi everyone . . . I thought I'd try to transition from lurking to speaking now that I'm sending queries/texts.   I can post something (in the responses category at least).

Anyhow, I'm a college lit & comp teacher (for a decade+), mom (almost as long), and fiction writer (2 yrs now).  I've had a few successes with magazines and am now querying agents for my first novel.   Aside from talking about lit in the classroom (where I'm strangely comfortable), I am typically shy.

Thanks to all of you who have been speaking-- the categories here are a wealth of appreciated info.


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Post by: dwrites on October 21, 2005, 05:46 PM
Thanks for the welcome. ;D. How young is young? Well I'm only 17 years old. ;)

Good for you, getting started early. I mentored a HS senior through a year of writing his novel. Seven hundred and something ms pages later, with cuts and revisions, he's in college and the final story, as far as I know, is making the rounds. Learn all you can. Good luck.

Diana
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: heatherayris on October 29, 2005, 01:12 PM
Hello everyone,
Finding this message board has helped me to realize I am not alone in my “crazy”   :horse endeavors to become a children’s book writer, which is how I sometimes feel up here on this quiet mountaintop I call home.  There are no children’s writer’s conferences or groups around where I live, none that I have ever heard of anyway, so it is great to find such a supportive community online.  (I doubt they would appreciate anyone bringing their eight month old  :baby: along to conferences with them anyway.)
   Anyhow, I love writing picture books and easy readers.  I have my first book, an early chapter reader, under contract with a small publishing company.  Otherwise, I’ve never received anything but the dreaded form rejection, but I am ever hopeful.  I also do some editing.
   With the publishing world being so complex and confusing it is nice to have a place like this where so many knowledgeable people are willing to help find the answers.  Thank you to everyone for sharing such a wealth of information.  :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TheGreatBeltho on November 03, 2005, 10:30 AM
I'm new to this forum and thought I'd introduce myself.  My name is Jim and I live in St. Paul, Minnesota with my wife and dog.  I mostly write plays (a couple now published, yeah!) and try and stay invovled in the local theatre scene, but I am trying to branch out into other forms.  At the moment I am trying to get a text for a picture book ready for submission.  I came across this forum while searching the Net for tips in writing a query letter.  My knowledge of the publishing industry at the moment is pretty limited to play publishers.  I'm looking forward to the insights and wisdom this board has to share!

-Jim-
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Heidi on November 03, 2005, 01:57 PM
Hello, everyone, I'm Heidi. I'm an MG/YA writer.
I used to not admit to it because, well, we've all been closet writers at one time. But my big step was when I was traveling a few years ago, filling out one of those customs forms, and I wrote "writer" in the career/job box.
Anyway, I live in Colombia (South America) with my husband and lots of plants (we just bought an apartment so we don't have furniture), have published some non fiction pieces with Highlights, and my first non fiction book is coming out sometime next year.
I love this site. I'm afraid I've begun to visit this site more than write, so now I have VerlaKay time set aside, or else I just piddle and avoid that looming "writer's block" possibility.
Yes, I've written too much for a simple intro. Sorry. Thanks so much for all the great information and support. Nice to meet you all!

(Wow, that was stressful. I guess I can be a bit shy with introductions! Next time I'll have a shot of aguardiente before plunging in.)
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Post by: larag on November 03, 2005, 02:37 PM
I'm a newbie and aspiring fiction writer who just received her first rejection...on a form...a tiny one. Bummer.

Anyway, I work as an editor for a pair of business magazines and I'm looking to rediscover my creative side. (I hope it still exists!) I'm married, have three kids (one MG and two YAs) and a small horse farm in addition to my career so my creative writing is something that has to happen on the side...a very small side.

My age? Well, I'm at that point where I'm not exactly old, but not exactly young. Sometimes I feel much younger (like when I'm working on a fun PB manuscript) and at other times I feel older than dirt (when I get a teeny, tiny, form rejection).
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: n@hasnat on November 03, 2005, 04:58 PM
Howdy All,

I'm happy to stumble onto Verla's site - Thank you Verla for such a great forum to learn and meet others!

I write MG and YA and have recently finished one of each. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and work
with a great critique group. I have just toughened up my skin and begun to send out my YA. I was lucky
to attend an editor/agent meet and had the opportunity to pitch my book to her - she has an exclusive for a month so lets see what she says. I'm hoping for some good constructive criticism, or a contract :), but the former seems more likely.

Here is a synopsis of my book called Operation Byzantine;

Fourteen-year-old Odysseus ‘O’ Gideon Walker’s life falls apart when his best friend is run over and killed by a yellow cab. After weeks spent locked in his room his shrink decides it would be best to send him to Rome for the summer, away from the haunting memories in New York City. Stuck in a strange country with a father he barely knows and a shopaholic stepmother, O feels like a fish out of water. Things worsen exponentially when members of the Society of the Cloaked World kidnap his father during a covert operation gone wrong at the. O is stunned to learn that he father is a spy and in the fiasco that ensues, Rome is overrun with secret agents and O ends up with the sketch that leads to the Bolos-Democritus Manuscript, a hidden tome that contains the alchemy formula for turning lead into gold. The kidnappers, propose a deadly bargain; the tome for his father’s life. As the clock ticks, O and a new found friend Chavy follow the clues in the sketch.









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Post by: Kelsey on November 09, 2005, 07:25 AM
I'm Kelsey.  Big on my MG novel, not yet published, SWAMP SPELLS AND NE'ER-DO-WELLS.  I also write PBs, and right now I'm trying out writing an MG chapter book and a YA novel.   Plus, book II for Swamp Spells...  I think Verla and Douglas have done a great job with these boards.  I haven't tried Yellow, but I'm often on SCBWI and I have a blog  http://www.livejournal.com/users/cocoskeeper/

I'll have my own website up soon, too. 

Glad to meet you all!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Whiskers Ink on November 11, 2005, 04:31 PM
Welcome Kelsey,

It's nice to see you on this board too.

Sharon
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on November 11, 2005, 05:34 PM
Thanks, Sharon!
It's fun to cross boards! :D
Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Marybeth on November 13, 2005, 03:15 PM
Hi everyone!   I'm Marybeth.  I've finished the first draft of a middle-grade manuscript l and am halfway through revisions.  I love the Verla Kay site!  Thanks, Verla Kay!  I've been lurking and reading posts on here for awhile, but this is the first time to post myself.  It's nice to meet all of you.  I like the warmth and support I see on these boards.   
Marybeth
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on November 14, 2005, 04:25 PM
Hey critique group buddy!  Welcome!!!
Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Lynne Mc on November 14, 2005, 07:12 PM
Hi, all, I'm Lynne McCloskey from central California.  I've "known" Verla Kay for quite a while, but have sort of been out of the loop with other writers for a while.  I recently visited her site to find information about promotion and getting reviews because I just published my first novel as an eBook.  When I saw the discussion boards, I had to join.  It's great to be talking with real children's writers again.  There are some writers in my rural area, but I don't think any write for children and you don't get the right type of help from other writers.  So I'm happy to meet all of you.

Lynne Mc
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: fuego80027 on November 16, 2005, 03:00 PM
Hello everyone! Well I'm Tara. I live in Colorado~Louisville. I'm a married stay at home mommie with two kids.  and I have started work on my first children's book. I am a bit lost in the whole process to be honest.  Any bits of info that anyone could share with me would be great and welcomed.  I am always open to getting emails if anyone wants to contact me that way. Thank you very much!
Bye bye
Tara
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jane on November 19, 2005, 06:25 AM
Okay, it's time to own up.   I've been lurking (here and the yella boards) for months now!  It's time to jump in or take my towel home.

My screen name is Jane, I live in Washington State.  Every couple of years I decide I can just write for the pleasure of writing, then decide there's no point writing if no one sees it.  Then I start the slippery slope of submissions, get my hopes up  - just to crash back to earth.

I write mostly picture books, but I am venturing into magazine writing and mg novels.

I'm married with four kids!  Nap time is my favorite time of the day, because I can sit at the computer without anyone *helping* me type.  LOL

The boards have already been a tremendous help!

Jane
 :cuccoan:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on November 19, 2005, 06:55 AM
Hi and Welcome to everyone!  I'm so happy to see people are getting useful information from my site. (And don't forget to check out the Transcripts, Educators, and Writers/Illustrators pages, folks. There's a wealth of information on them, too.)

Heidi, I enjoyed learning that you live in Columbia. I visited that delightful country back in 1979 and it was one of my two favorite out-of-the-country trips I've ever taken.  (Israel was my other favorite place to visit, and yes, I've been to more places than just those two countries.  :moose )

:hug1: to everyone.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: buzy bee on November 20, 2005, 09:06 PM
Hello everyone,

I am new to this board and glad to have found it. People here seem genuine and creative - two great things to be. I am from British Columbia Canada and am studying Educational Psychology. I love to write for children. So far I have been published as a poet but not for children (unless you count the fact that all adults were once children). Ha.
Peace and goodwill to you all.

Kate
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on November 21, 2005, 07:56 AM
Jane, what part of the state of Washington do you live in?  I'm on the eastern side, near Spokane...  :moose

Welcome to everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jane on November 22, 2005, 12:48 PM
Wow, Verla just asked me a question *swoon*.  Okay, first I have to gush -- I loved Homespun Sarah.  Enough of the newbie groveling.

I live in a new area called Fredrickson, it's sandwiched between Graham and Puyallup.  So about an hour south of Seattle.  My brother in law lives in Mead, just outside of Spokane.  We were coming out for Thanksgiving, but decided against it as the rocks keep sliding on I-90, and the delays are too much to handle with 4 small children in the car!   :devil:

I'm sorry to hear you're not closer, I was hoping to meet you at the Great Critique by the SCBWI WA chapter.  *sigh*

Thanks for such a great site and all the inspiration!

Jane
 :cuccoan:

p.s. I assume I'll drop my "newbie" status and become a member when I've done enough posting.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: June on November 26, 2005, 05:26 PM
Hi,

I have just discovered this board, and am so grateful for it. Thank you, Verla.

I am in central CT - anyone else here looking for a local critique group?

I have worked as a teacher and have written poetry and short fiction. Although I've published some in lit mags, and I still write poetry, I find that children are the best audience to write for or tell stories to. Some of my best friends have been the children of my best friends :), and writing to them, even after they've grown is a way of conquering time, isn't it! ;) 

I write for ages 4-10, although I may stretch beyond that sometime. I have a 4 year-old son, and he WILL grow, so I'd better be interesting and keep communication going through my writing, as well.

It's been amazing reading everyone's intros! Thanks for being here!
June



Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mara on December 04, 2005, 09:10 AM
<gasping for breath> Just finished reading all 20 pages of introductions! Now, instead of not knowing who anyone is, I can't remember who anyone is. But I love that there's an "introduce yourself" thread. One more thing to love about this board.

I make my living writing for educational publishers (preK-12), and I've been doing that for 15 years, sometimes under my own name, sometimes anonymously, and sometimes as "Nan Walker" or "Eleanor May." I'm newer to trade books; so far I've got a beginning reader (NEXT TO AN ANT, Scholastic, 2004) and a picture book (PIECES OF ANOTHER WORLD, Sylvan Dell, 2005), and I just accepted an offer from Knopf for my next picture book--though maybe I shouldn't say that till the contract's signed!

Glad to be here, and if anyone can tell me how to hide the bouncing icons and/or make the cursor stop flashing while I type my post, I'd be extremely grateful . . .
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MamaG on December 04, 2005, 02:47 PM
  Wow, Mara!  You read all 20 pages??  It has taken me two years and I still don't think I have read them all.
  I have to confess though, I was inspired by your post and went back to read the first few pages.  It was fun seeing the posts of some of the "old-timers" (and I mean that in the most loving and respectful way ;D).
  Welcome to Verla's to Mara and all of our other new friends.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Andypar2 on December 04, 2005, 03:39 PM
Hey everyone,

My name is Andie, I live in southern California. I’ll be graduating from UCSB this month, my last two finals are this week!...I should be studying.

I have been writing children’s stories my whole life but only recently became serious about publishing. I sent my first manuscript out in August and I’m waiting for news...from what I’ve read patience seems essential in this business.  :)

Everyone seems really helpful and encouraging here and I’m excited about getting to know you all.

~Andie  ;D

PS
Thanks for creating such a great board Verla!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on December 05, 2005, 07:23 AM
Welcome to everyone, and a big "you're welcome" to all who are finding this board helpful.  It made me feel SO good to know this board and my website are accomplishing what they were designed to do - help others attain a higher level of success in this crazy, slow, mixed-up, wonderful business of creating stories for kids.  Enjoy! (Oh, and don't forget to click on the calendar button once in a while to see what events are coming up that you might want to participate in... like the ProTalk Discussion in the chat room tomorrow night on School Visits.)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: DreamingArrow on December 06, 2005, 07:40 PM
I've been looking around, and finally stumbled across a place to introduce myself... :)

Hello!  My name is Mary.  I'm a quite young writer just beginning to make a name for myself, (though I've been writing for years...I 'wrote' my first story before I even know how to write actual letters.  Not to worry though; I translated it verbally for those unable to understand my scholarly scribbles. :D ).  My first unofficial publication came when I was 10, and had a poem published in a small newsletter, though unpaid.  I've had three true, paid publications in the past year.  All three were short stories published in children's magazines.  I have other short stories currently pending for one of those magazines.  (Much thanks to my FANTASTIC editor there!)

At current, I'm working on a YA fantasy novel.  I'm about halfway through part one (It's about 90,000 words, or 200 pages).  I never expected it to be this long, but things have expanded since the outline, so I'm just letting it go until editing time comes.  I'm also banking on having a bit of leeway on the length because it's a fantasy.  (After all, with examples like Harry Potter or Eragon to go by, it would appear that readers, and at least some publishers, don't mind a particularly thick book.)  I'm extremely determined to complete this book and, especially, get it published.  Publication is my main goal.  I would absolutely love to see my book in print and hold it in my hands. :study

Aside from :typing: writing, I enjoy :books: reading, :artist: drawing, and my numerous pets.

This board was recommended by a friend, and it looks like a pretty cool place.  I'm glad to be here!

(Post Note: please excuse my experimenting with the color and smileys.  I'm just feeling my way around, that's all. :) )
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jadedmetaphor on December 08, 2005, 04:31 PM
Hello! I'm Liz, and I am so very glad a friend recommended this website to me! I've just finished writing my first MG novel, and am in the process of trying to find an agent/publisher. I have a livejournal about my writing life by the same name (Jadedmetaphor) that contains more info about me :-)
Looking forward to sharing thoughts about writing with all of you.

 :typing:

All the best,
Liz
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on December 08, 2005, 05:01 PM
Hi, Liz!  Big welcome to you and everyone else new to the boards! :D
Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jadedmetaphor on December 08, 2005, 06:05 PM
Lol- Thanks, Kelsey :-) Good to see you on another board!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mervi on December 09, 2005, 01:26 AM
Hello all new ones! Hopes you can stay here and have fun!!
 :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: dixiedoodles on December 09, 2005, 09:28 AM
 :band



Hi, my name is Gail, and i have been writing childrens stories for about a year now.  I have 35 stories now ready to be published.  I am being represented by the Childrens Literary Agency,  Georgina Scott.

Please check out my new website:  http://www.dixiedoodles.net   its a new site that gives some samples of my work.


I hope you enjoy.


I look forward to making some friends here on this board. 


Gail
Dixiedoodles
pcgailc@excite.com
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on December 09, 2005, 10:21 AM
Welcome, Gail!  Nice site! :)
Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ShirleyH on December 10, 2005, 08:57 AM
:band
Hi, my name is Gail, and i have been writing childrens stories for about a year now.  I have 35 stories now ready to be published.  I am being represented by the Childrens Literary Agency,  Georgina Scott.

Please check out my new website:  http://www.dixiedoodles.net   its a new site that gives some samples of my work. I hope you enjoy. I look forward to making some friends here on this board. 


Gail
Dixiedoodles
pcgailc@excite.com

Hi Gail,

Welcome to the board. I enjoyed your site a lot! I am impressed that you have been writing for a year and have 35 stories ready!

It is fantastic to have agency representation for your work, but I have heard some less than positive things about CLA. If you are interested, you might want to check this site.  http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8286

or

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=729

or

http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=3569.0

Shirley
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Barbara Eveleth on December 10, 2005, 10:03 AM
Welcome.  Just to restate what Shirley said, please be careful of this agency.  They are VERY questionable.  Happy writing.  Best, Barb

 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Haven on December 11, 2005, 04:01 AM
Been posting and it's suddenly dawned on me I haven't introduced myself! Anyway, I'm Jackie and I live in Scotland. I have been writing for years - mainly Fantasy - but at the moment I've started a YA novel. I've joined this great board to get hints and tips but I'm finding that talking to other writers is helping me to actually sit down and write! I'm a bit haphazard with my writing and have recently decided that I need to get more organised and stop using work and the kids as an excuse!
So, a big hello to everyone!!

 :girl
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on December 11, 2005, 05:04 AM
Welcome, Haven!  I write contemporary MG (middle grade) fantasy. :)
Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on December 11, 2005, 05:19 PM
Hi Jackie!  My name is Jackie too.  ^_^  And I write YA also.  Nice to meet you and all the other new people!  Hi, new people!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Marybeth on December 15, 2005, 02:38 AM
Hi to all the new people,
Welcome to the boards.  Here's wishing you success in your writing endeavors!
Marybeth
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.A.Burchell on December 26, 2005, 11:54 AM
 :writing3: Hello all.
My name is L.A.Burchell but you guys can call me Daisfunk, as everyone else on the internet does. I'm 16 years old from England. I too have been writing for as long as I can remember and have posted Fan fiction on the net. I've completed 4 novels and I'm currently working on a serious project for publication.  :typing:
I have a passion for writing and have recently bought the writer's companion software and would recommend it to anyone on this site. It's brilliant.

So if anyone wants to chat to me, feel free to shout out. I'm just sat here with my soup looking up publishers.

Daisfunk
X
 :study
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on December 26, 2005, 12:21 PM
Big welcome, Daisfunk! :D
Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: vitaliy-v on December 27, 2005, 05:20 PM
Hello all, I am Vitaliy.  I'm 19, and am an art student, majoring in illustration, now in my second year of college.  I just started writing a novel-length story which i am illustrating as well.  and um.  yeah. if you need someone to illustrate something, here i am.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Grendel on December 27, 2005, 08:57 PM
Howdy! I was very happy to stumble onto these boards. I've already spent several hours reading older posts and going through transcripts. The amount of information on our craft cataloged here is simply amazing. Keep up the good work.

-Grendel-
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: picturebookwriter on December 28, 2005, 08:57 PM
Hi there. My name is Lois, but my nickname is picturebookwriter. I'm glad to be a part of this fine group.

 :horse
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ecm on December 31, 2005, 02:23 PM
Hi folks,

I just heard how great Verla Kay's board is so I decided to visit. I'm very impressed with the vibrant energy here so, I now I've joined!  ;D

I look forward to meeting you all. I think this board will be helpful as I work to complete my illustrations for my pb to meet my deadline in June 2006. It's the first picturebook I've sold (I'm a writer/illustrator) and the early headiness and excitement of selling it is gone. Now, I'm in the trenches of painting toward the finish line. Any words of wisdom and encouragment are most welcome.

cheers,
edna

P.S. Here's my site w/ a few illos from my work-in-progress pb, The Sleeping Giant of Kaua'i:  http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator.cgi/ecm
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on January 01, 2006, 07:24 AM
Well, if it isn't my ol' pals Lois and Edna!  Welcome, you two!!!  :yay

And a big welcome to all our new board friends, too!  :hug1:

Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lizlane on January 03, 2006, 07:38 AM
We say "Hey" in the South, so hey everybody!  I'm Elizabeth Lane and I'm extremely new to forums, chats, etc. My brother the computer genius finally installed a modem in my computer and brought me into the new century! I write young adult children's novels and finished my first book about three months ago.  Now I'm in that terrible stage of waiting on the opinions of others for my future to begin but we all have to start somewhere!  Cliches are cliches for a reason, so I hope you'll remember in 2006 one of my old favorites...

NOTHING VENTURED, NOTHING GAINED!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ecm on January 03, 2006, 09:25 AM
Welcome, Elizabeth! I'm new here too. Best wishes to you on your new publishing adventure!
 :) Edna
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Margherita on January 03, 2006, 09:43 PM
Hello.  I am (obviously) a brand-new member to the board -- however, I have been "lurking" for about a year.  Thanks for having me!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on January 04, 2006, 07:24 AM
Welcome, Margherita!  Very interesting icon--what's the story behind it?  :girl
Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Paulahy on January 04, 2006, 07:54 AM
Uh duh!  I joined about a week or two ago and wondered where the generic intro area was.  I'm just finding it!!! :'(  I think I've already introed myself on another topic before I jumped in and gave my two cents. :momkid:

But again - Hi, I'm Paula. 

I've been writing creatively for a long time, professionally for 14 years (PR, Marketing and business writing...very boooorrrinnggg).  I started freelancing three years ago and have contributed to mags like Sweet 16, Girls Life, Upscale, Black Elegance and Baltimore Magazine.

I wrote my first mss three years ago, tweaked it over that time and secured an agent in August of '05.  She began shopping my first mss around in October and I'm still waiting on a buy.  I have three finished mss and am plotting out the fourth.

I'm hoping that '06 is the year I not only get my foot in the door but break it down!

Love the forum and am having a great time reading and posting.

Paula
w/a Paula Chase and P.C. Hyman

www.thatclique.com

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Margherita on January 04, 2006, 08:11 PM
LOL, Kelsey!  It's a photograph of Alphonse Mucha.  I'm a big fan and thought it would be fun to have him as my avatar for awhile (maybe the talent will rub off -- ha ha).
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: andracill on January 05, 2006, 06:08 PM
Hi!  I've been here before, but didn't think to register -- oops.  But I love the information, and it's good to see some friends here :D
 Robin
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: inner_child on January 13, 2006, 11:40 AM
 :writing3: I am new to this forum. I have always created many stories, but it's just hard for me to put them on paper. I hope this forum helps me out in creating my own childrens book.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: thunderchikin on January 14, 2006, 09:40 PM
Hey. I found a link to this site on Dia Cornier's blog and thought I;d check it out.  The section on publisher's response times was very helpful because I've got a YA novel out there, and I've been curious if everyone is waiting as long for responses. I write YAs and MGs and assorted non-fiction stuff. 

David Gill
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ritajr on January 15, 2006, 09:28 AM
It's great to see so many new people on the boards. Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: BoiseMichelle on January 17, 2006, 09:53 AM
Just thought I'd pop in and introduce myself.  I'm a newbie writer...looking forward to reading all your informative posts.  :)
Michelle
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Laurie on January 17, 2006, 01:18 PM
Hi Michelle,

Welcome to the blue board.  I go by Idaho_Laurie on some other boards....

Laurie (in Moscow)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lydap on January 17, 2006, 01:23 PM
I'm also new to this board and just realized there was an Introduce Yourself section. I am a juvenile fiction writer and screenwriter. Live in Silver Spring, Maryland. I'm a journalist by trade but have also been writing fiction most of my life. My rejections letters have gotten really good.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Z-cat on January 19, 2006, 08:10 PM
Hello!
I am a longtime writer who has recently gotten up the courage to finally start sub'ing.
After completing my BA in fine art, I am currently a stay-at-home mom of a one year old.
I have several MG novels in progress (one potential trilogy) and I am currently sub'ing short fiction
to magazines, and writing/illutrating a lot of PBs.

Best wishes for everyone. This seems like such a wonderful place to network, brainstorm, and just generally chat about the publishing industry with other like-minded souls!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Athena529 on January 21, 2006, 03:18 PM
Hi, everyone. I live in South Carolina. I wrote mainly short stories for years but finally finished my first YA novel in November. I am working on a second book now, when I'm not busy with my two boys (both of whom are in diapers). Very pleased to be here- there is a wealth of information and I seem to learn something new each time I log on!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on January 21, 2006, 04:42 PM
Welcome to all the new members!!!  :balloongroup:

And note to Margherita: Art Nouveau ROCKS!!!

Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: schmara on January 23, 2006, 06:46 AM
Wow! A place to introduce myself - imagine that! I've been on the board for a week or two and just realized this one was here. My name is Sarah and I'm just starting out writing for children. I plan on subbing a pb this week and then waiting 3-8 months for my form rejection so I can sub it out again. Writing while I'm waiting, of course. From what I've gathered, that's how it goes, right? I have a two year old girl who acts just like a two year old and I'm expecting a new baby boy in three months. Maybe I'll end up with a rejection and an addition in the same week! Meanwhile, I'm tired and achy and write when I can, but mostly I think I just stall by reading Verla's boards! Well, gotta go check on those book awards today!

schmara
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Wendy on January 23, 2006, 07:31 AM

Hello everyone.

My name is Wendy Toliver, and I live in a little mountain town called Eden, Utah. I started out writing nonfiction, with several travel articles, "coffee table" how to and decorating books under my belt. I authored The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Wedding Etiquette and compiled The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Inspirational Quotes. Two years ago, I wrote my first book, a chick lit, and lately I finished my first YA. I haven't been pubbed in fiction ... yet. I'm glad to be part of this popular and active board and have already learned a ton from all of you. Thanks!

Wendy Toliver
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Susan on January 24, 2006, 07:09 AM
Hello!

I'm an urban Yankee (Cleveland, Minneapolis, Manhattan, Pittsburgh) recently transplanted to the Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh area in the middle of North Carolina. (And still feeling some root damage, as I had to tear myself out of my superb Pittsburgh writers' group, from which I received weekly doses of technical support and loving friendship.) (We still connect by email, but it's not the same.)

I trained in journalism and theater, and supported my early (unpaid) theater work by writing press releases, program notes, and school study guides for arts organizations. Then came a long spell during which it was possible to earn a good living acting, directing, and playwriting in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh was a film production center at the time, and I got my Kevin Bacon number through roles in movies like Houseguest, Lorenzo's Oil, and bunches of TV movies, episodes of Unsolved Mysteries, and the like.

During times of less performance work, I'd write genre novels, for fun. The film industry began to withdraw from Pittsburgh, and I concentrated more and more on the novels. Was told by an editor that my historical romance read like YA. I didn't at the time know what YA meant. Decided to find out; joined SCBWI and found my beloved Group.

I'm writing nearlyfull-time now. Haven't published that YA yet, but it went to editorial meeting before being rejected. I've had about a dozen plays published and/or produced, and received a PA Arts Council creative writing fellowship in '02.

Met some of the Blue Boarders at the last Rutger's One on One Plus, and find the Board helpful and interesting, as they promised it would be.

Good words to all!

Susan Chapek



Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelsey on January 24, 2006, 08:07 AM
Welcome, Sarah, Wendy, and Susan!  :jump
Kelsey
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cynthia on January 24, 2006, 10:35 AM
Susan!!!  You're THAT Susan!  Says, Cynthia, who moved to Pittsburgh right after Susan left (hmmm, maybe she heard I was coming), but we're members of the same critique group, just not at the same time.  And how come I never heard about the KB connection?

Susan is a WONDERFUL writer. 

Welcome Susan and everyone else!


Go Steelers!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Katiba on January 24, 2006, 11:06 AM
Hey Susan,

Have you found a YA group in the Raleigh-Durham area?  I just moved to this area too and I would love to find some kind of local group, especially one focused on YA.  I take writing very seriously, write everyday and - hooray! - just sold my first book.  I don't post here that often, but I do lurk a lot.

Paula
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Susan on January 25, 2006, 07:51 AM
Katiba--
This is such good news! I've found a couple of groups in the Triangle area, but they were either filled up and closed, or didn't focus on any kind of kidlit. I'm going to contact you separately by email, and inquire on a new thread to see if there are any more Groupless Ones in our territory.


Cynthia--Yes, 'tis I.

Everybody--Cynthia took over "my place" in our critique group, or so I like to think--and though I've only read a couple of her pieces, her work is terrific. The rest of the group is thrilled to have her. Plus she has cute kids.

Um, I haven't been paying attention, but I gather the Steelers are doing all right?   :evil:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cynthia on January 25, 2006, 10:15 AM
Thunk!

Lick, lick, lick, lick, lick.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cynthia on January 25, 2006, 10:16 AM
Those were the sounds of Cynthia crashing to the floor, followed by her dog trying to revive her.

Yes, the Steelers are doing all right.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: linda s. on January 29, 2006, 07:00 AM
Hi, I just discovered this board yesterday and I think it's terrific. I write non fiction history and after finishing my second book I finally feel like I can really call myself one and would like to find others who feel the same. I'm going to my first conference in NY next weekend and I'm really nervous about it. Is anyone else going and feeling terrified at the thought of trying to socialize in a large group of complete strangers?(not that I'm not taking a positive approach to the new experience  ;D).
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on January 29, 2006, 07:14 AM
Hi, Linda S....  I'm going to the NY conference and some others here are, too.  It'll be my first conference, and yes, I am nervous!  Especially since I'm young with a tendency toward shyness!  But I'm going to try to really get as much out of it as I can.  I think we're putting a blue edge around our badges so we can identify other people from the boards.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: linda s. on January 29, 2006, 08:37 AM
Thanks, lifeonmars. Do you know why it's called the blue boards? I see people referring to it that way but I can't find an explanation. The blue border on the name tags seems like a nice idea!

Linda
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on January 29, 2006, 06:58 PM
I'm guessing it's because the borders and buttons are blue?  Either that, or the boards used to be blue and then changed color?
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Tatsuro on January 30, 2006, 05:23 AM
Hello, my name is Tatsuro.  I live in Japan. 
English is my second language but I write stories, because I like English and writing stories.
I just dropped by this site yesterday and found it great.  A lot of writers are here to talk with.
I'm writing two stories.  I write so slow though, I'm trying to finish a scary story in the near future.
I'm excited to learn lots of things from here and meet hundreds of writers.

Tatsuro
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Susan on January 30, 2006, 04:19 PM
Welcome, Tatsuro!

I write slowly, too, and English is my FIRST language. I'm also working on a scary story now, so we have two things in common.

Are your stories full-length books, or short stories?

Susan
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: GreenBeans on January 31, 2006, 06:07 AM
Hi all,

Love the board, I'm a newbie, but have been a lurker for a while. It will sure take me some time to find my way around--but there is so much info here! It's great.

Anyway, I'm Jeanie, from California and am also known as GreenBeans.  :jump (Okay, that looks like a jumping green pea, but it's the closest I could find. You get the idea)

I have two mss. completed--one is historical non-fiction and the other comtemporary MG. I have a bunch of really nice rejection letters to show for them so far. I genre hop and like a lot of different kinds of writing. I've done some free-lance magazine work, and also for Highlights. (yay) I have more ideas than hours in the day and some of those great ideas strike at odd hours like--3 am. I also like to write smart-alecky essays about things that bug me.

I'm looking forward to being here as often as I can.

GreenBeans
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: sameyers on January 31, 2006, 06:13 PM
Hello.  I'm Susan, a writer from Oklahoma.  I live with my hubby, son, and our semi-new (and thankfully not-so-leaky anymore) puppy. 
I've had several short children's stories published.  In August of last year, my first book, Callie and the Stepmother, was published.  It's an early chapter book.
I look forward to getting to know all of you.

God bless,
Susan
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: g97 on February 09, 2006, 01:31 PM
Hi everyone! I was a member here (under a different username, which, for the life of me, I can't remember now!) for a very short time a couple years ago, and then I let life get in the way. I know, shame on me! Well, I'm back into the world of sending out subs, etc., so I'm looking forward to checking out the boards and catching up!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: FunnyHoney on February 12, 2006, 04:31 PM
Hi! My name is Jaime. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I just found the board about an hour ago... I am so excited!
My cousin and I have been have 3 WIP's - we are both going to school to teach 4th or 5th grade... and that's the age level we want to write for. 

I have two children, Isabel (she'll be 7 in April) and a Alex (10).

I look forward to getting to know all of you! :)

Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: krw3b on February 15, 2006, 10:03 AM
Hi. My name is Kristin. And I'm a lurker. ("Hi Kristin!"). I'm here to overcome my lurkiness. The first step is admitting I have a problem. Okay, I love to lurk, I admit it. There. But you all are so supportive and friendly that I can't resist coming out of my cyber-shell a little bit. Plus, I'm fostering a new addiction to posting...

Seriously, I love these boards. There is SO much helpful information and comraderie. It makes to bleak mid-western winters a little less lonely! Not less cold, though. Unless I warm my hands over the heat-vent fan on the back of the computer.

Cheers to all.

-Kristin
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Storyteller5 on February 15, 2006, 01:22 PM
Hey!

I'm pretty sure I haven't posted here yet. Oops!

I'm Meg from the Canadian Prairies. I've been writing for most of my life. I'm married (four years in March) and have a son (two years old in April). I didn't go back to work after my son was born and I've gotten far more serious about my writing over the past year. I don't say someday I want to be published. I say I will be published and I'm working on it.

Earlier this week, I got my second rejection letter for a PB but it came with really glowing personal comments so I'm encouraged by that. It went out again the next morning. This story is the first of mine I've sent out. I've got a second story I want to get out making the round by the end of the month. It's ready but I need to find some suitable publishers. I'm also writing an adult novel (chick lit) and have about  75k words. It's been a huge learning experience.

So that's where I am! I'd love to find a crit group but haven't got one yet! :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: FunnyHoney on February 16, 2006, 10:41 AM
Hi, Meg! I understand about a critique group. I am working on a MG and a ChickLit... maybe we could meet up! ;) (Obviously not in person, Canada's too far!) :P

Congrats on submitting your PB... what a hurdle! :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on February 27, 2006, 11:41 AM
Hello! I'm Joan from Arizona. I've looked around a bit and love what I see on this site!

I don't have anything published yet, but hope to submit my novel to an editor soon. I've been working on it for nearly three years and I think it's about where I want it! FINALLY!!

I spend my non-writing time looking after my four children (ages 12, 6, 4 and 2) and cleaning up the messes they make through the house!  ;)

I look forward to getting to know everyone better. Keep writing! :writing3:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: andracill on February 27, 2006, 12:47 PM
Hey, Joan...this is Robin from the SCBWI boards -- nice to have you here too :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on February 28, 2006, 08:58 AM
HI Robin! And I wasn't sure if I'd find anyone I knew here!  :momkid:

Thanks for the greeting!  :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: smwilliams on March 01, 2006, 03:14 PM
Hello everyone, I'm S. M. First name is Shlynda but for some reason S.M seems to be what everyone is able to remember. I an new to the writing world and love fantasy fiction. One of the first pieces of advice I received was write what you love and I don't think I could write anything else. I'm a homemaker and spend my non-writing moments being taxi for my 11 year old son and trombone extraordinaire and 4 year old autistic and precious little girl!

I am craving advice and tips from you vets out there! I'm venturing into this with the full knowledge of how difficult the industry is and virtually impossible it's going to be to get published. But I love this and it brings just a little more satisfaction to my hectic life. I'm here in Dallas and current member of SCBWI, so any members close by please drop me any information about events or groups in the area. Thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jennakay on March 10, 2006, 08:34 AM
I just joined this board today although I've been scanning it for a little while. Looks like a lot of useful information and great people! I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon. I write fantasy fiction of all kinds - adventure, sweet romance, dark romance. I also write picture books. I publish with a small press in Australia (Writers Exchange Epublishing) and also do editing work for them. I have 9 books out through them at the moment. Anyway, glad to be here and hope to connect and learn a lot

Jenna
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Post by: Marellen on March 10, 2006, 10:41 AM
Hi, I'm brand new, as of 30 min. ago...also new to CW!  Just beginning the journey....
Has anyone got any ideas about self publishing?  Like BookSurge?  Actually I don't know where to step next...anyone been here?
I've purchased several "how to" books about writing/illus. & I guess the best thing to do is follow that advice.  I just feel like a friendly hand guiding me would be a life saver.
Any advice for a very fresh, newborn?  1st manuscript done...rewritten....etc.  Now what?
I will gladly send any form of food to anyone with an idea or advice :-)
Thanks, Marellen
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: wicked on March 15, 2006, 02:14 PM
pray to your god or goddess of choice... and join a crit group.  ;D
Good Luck
Sondra
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on March 17, 2006, 07:50 AM
Keep learning and perfecting your craft. Read boards relating to childrens writing (you're doing that now!), join writing groups (SCBWI, etc.), and enjoy what you write. If you don't enjoy it, you can't expect others to. And look into all the different options for publishing before you decide on one.

Good luck, and welcome to the wonderful world of writing for children!  :moose
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: sheela chari on March 21, 2006, 12:21 PM
Hi,
I've been a lurker and an occasional poster, but decided to get a ID and pic. I just finished an MG mystery novel and am looking for an agent or editor (whoever will take me!).
Nice to meet you all!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on March 23, 2006, 11:08 AM
I just finished an MG mystery novel and am looking for an agent or editor (whoever will take me!).

Ah, I think many of us are looking for agents or editors for our work.  ;) Let us know about your progress! I look forward to hearing that you've found and editor or agent and have a publication date set for your novel!

Break a pencil!
Break a finger?
Break a computer?
(I know that in theater they say break a leg for luck, but I can't think of what writers say . . . sorry)  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: julbud6 on March 29, 2006, 02:30 PM
Hello.

My name is Julie and I'm brand new to the children's writing biz. I've pretty much been writing educational curriculum for a corporation, and I feel creatively destitute!

I'm a relatively new mom. (My son turns 1 in 2 weeks. YIKES!)

I taught elementary school for about 4 years after working in the non-profit field at museums and theatres for a while and stored up all kinds of ideas. Now that I'm home with my son, I've devoted nap time to getting them down on paper. I am trying to get an agent for a non-fiction picture book I've just completed.

According to most people on the net and in books, I'm insane. I like to write in rhyme. I enjoy the musical rhythm of it - probably from my theatre background. We'll see where it takes me - especially within the context of a non-fiction picture book. Does anyone have any experience submitting rhymed manuscripts?

Oh well. I'm ready for the roller coaster, and I'm about to start my second manuscript.

Just wanted to say hi. I feel kind of isolated at home all day, and it's nice to read what other people are doing.

Julie
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on March 29, 2006, 04:38 PM
I don't have any experience with rhyming books (other than reading them), but I wanted to say welcome aboard . . . or welcome to the boards.  ;) Ah, nap time, I sure do miss those days! My youngest is 2 and refuses to nap anymore!  :banghead:

Anyway, once again, welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on March 29, 2006, 06:56 PM
Welcome, Julie!  Sounds like you've had lots of experiences to give you a wonderful background for writing children's books.  I know of at least one person on this board who's gotten rhymed pbs accepted and there are probably others, so this is a good place to hang out.

Best wishes to you,
Ev
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TamraW on March 30, 2006, 08:43 AM
Hi Julie,

I've just come from a Librarians conference in Boston (PLA).  Plenty of publishers had rhyming PB's out to show, even the non-fiction ones.
Sylvan Dell comes to mind . . .

 I believe that if it's done correctly, it will sell. Welcome to the world of children's writing!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on April 01, 2006, 09:38 AM
Greetings and salutations!  ;D (My word, that's a mighty impressive collection of smilies you have here.  :sing: )

I just discovered this place a few days ago, while looking for a forum where I could discuss some of the writing projects I'm working on now as well as some I may have planned for the future.

I don't know where new members usually introduce themselves on here, but I figure the "Other Stuff" forum is as good a place as any. Suffice it to say that I live in Omaha, and I'm currently working with my father.

As for writing projects, my dad and I have been working on some 10-12 kids' books along the lines of another "Curious George"- or "Clifford, the Big, Red Dog"-type series. Plus, I've recently thought about re-working a story I wrote in college and submitting it to CICADA magazine; once I get down to it, I may ask you guys for some input or advice... (Later on, I would also like to do a young-adult novel about two sisters.)

I guess that's it for now, but I look forward to getting to know some of you folks.  :typing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ShirleyH on April 01, 2006, 09:44 AM
Welcome! I hope you enjoy the board.

I moved your post to this area with the others...

Shirley
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on April 01, 2006, 09:54 AM
Thank you, thank you! :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on April 01, 2006, 10:37 AM
Welcome G. R.! It's good to have a place to discuss writing with other writers. You'll get lots of help and advice here, and yes, the smilies here are amazing!   :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Barbara Etlin on April 01, 2006, 11:09 AM
Hi and welcome, G.R.!

It's all a nefarious plot, you know. First we win you over with the irresistible smilies. The  next thing you know, you're addicted to this place.  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on April 01, 2006, 01:36 PM
 :laugh:

Thanks for the welcomes, Joan and Owl.  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on April 01, 2006, 03:29 PM
It's all a nefarious plot, you know. First we win you over with the irresistible smilies. The  next thing you know, you're addicted to this place.  ;D

Oh, if only you were joking! I have not been here for long, and already I have become addicted . . . *sigh* Those smilies are potent!  :yup

Must resist . . . must resist . . . WAIT, It's too late, I'm already here . . . :banghead:

 I'll resist temptation better next time . . .   :eh: well, maybe . . . :laugh:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kelly223 on April 02, 2006, 12:31 AM
Hi all :)  My name is Kelly and I am new to this site.  As of how, writing is just a hobby for me,  but I would love for it to be a full time job someday.  I have all kinds of great ideas and I am trying to find the free time to actually write down those ideas lol.   I hope to get to know all of you on here :)           
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on April 02, 2006, 01:35 PM
Hi there! I'm new to the board myself. :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on April 02, 2006, 06:58 PM
Welcome Kelly! Maybe you should start carrying a voice recorder so you can record your ideas and then write them down at another time.  ;D Then you won't have to worry about forgetting those great ideas!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on April 04, 2006, 06:22 AM
Hi everyone. I've been lurking for a while, but decided it was time to leap in. I've been writing for a few years, have published mostly poetry and short fiction (not for kids, though), and am just now waiting with fingers crossed on a mid-grade ms that's gone to an acquisitions meeting. I'm working on another mg, along with the usual poems and bits and pieces. I LOVE picture books, but haven't managed to sell one yet. So that's me, in a very small nutshell. Oh, and I live in Australia. This site has been a great resource for me when sending stuff to the US, so thanks Verla and all of you for being so generous in sharing information. Hope to see you all around the board some.

Megan
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on April 04, 2006, 10:11 AM
Welcome Megan, and congratulations on your MG MS! :dancing: Is that acquisitions meeting in the US or in Austrialia? Is the MS with an agent or publisher? both? Let us know how it turns out.  ;D

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on April 04, 2006, 08:45 PM
Welcome Megan, and congratulations on your MG MS! :dancing: Is that acquisitions meeting in the US or in Austrialia? Is the MS with an agent or publisher? both? Let us know how it turns out.  ;D



Thanks, Joan. It's in Australia, and with a publisher (was pulled out of the dreaded slush). The ms is also with a US publisher who requested the full about six months ago.  I should know something in a few days.  I'm trying to put it out of my mind and focus on my wip (because I've been here before and ended up with a rejection), but it's hard, the waitingwaitingwaiting aspect of this business. You'll probably hear from me in Good News or That Stinks! sometime soon!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on April 05, 2006, 05:55 PM
Well, lets hope it's the Good News section and not the That Stinks section!  ;D Best of luck!  :yay
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: grandmabubbles on April 07, 2006, 06:47 PM
 Hello everyone my name is Pam aka GRANDMABUBBLES and if all goes well before my life ends, many I hope will know me by GRANDMABUBBLES. :bubblebath: 
I have been writing :writing3: since I was a teenager, so for those who understand, that means I am a lot older now and for those who don't this will clarify.
I am a wife, mother of 3 ( 2 boys & 1 girl ) , and grandmother of 6 GRANDDAUGHTERS. Life is GOOD  :dancing:
I hope to get to know some of you better  and help each other with what we love to do   : :writing3::

Pamela C Milligan
grandmabubblespen@yahoo.com
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on April 07, 2006, 07:09 PM
WooHoo!! Way to go Grandmabubbles!!! Welcome to the boards! I'm sure those granddaughters help keep you young!  ;) If you don't mind my asking, what is the age difference between the oldest and youngest granddaughters? What genre(s) do you write? And, just out of curiosity, why Grandmabubbles? Is there a story behind that name? It's intriguing!

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the big blue boards! (for those of you with young kids, you may recognize that slightly altered phrase from Bear in the Big Blue House ;D)  :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jennie_1551 on April 12, 2006, 02:08 PM
Uh oh... I just noticed this section and I've been yakking on these boards for three days now, using up everyone's brain power and so on, so maybe I should say hello.

I'm focusing on writing for young adults. Thanks, Verla for having such a fantastic board! I felt funny when I found it, sort of like how could I have missed all this for so long??
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: HeatherBrewer on April 17, 2006, 12:15 PM
Hello! I'm Heather. Ummm...let's see...I'm the author of a soon-to-be-popular series called "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod" that just sold to Dutton/Penguin. The first book is called "Eighth Grade Bites". It's about a teenage vampire and..well...here's a look into Vlad's world:

If you thought eighth grade was tough, try it with fangs and a fear of garlic. 
   
Junior high school really sucks for fourteen-year-old Vladimir Tod, and not in the good slurp-up-the-blood kind of way. A gang of bullies harasses him daily, the principal is dogging his every move, and the girl he really likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has to hide the fact that he's a vampire.
 
When the one teacher he really connects with mysteriously vanishes, Vlad is determined to find him. But then Vlad finds an unsettling note scribbled across his essay: “I know your secret.” 
 
Vlad must locate his missing teacher, dodge the principal, resist the bullies’ tempting invitations to Bite me!, and get a date for the dance—all before he is exposed for the teen vampire he is.
__

Anyhoo, this is me *waves* And I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: logophile78 on April 17, 2006, 05:02 PM
Hi everyone. My name is Emmi. I just found your boards today and I'm hoping to get some good advice from people who have experience in the kid lit world.

I'm 27 (28 next week) and I have an 11-month-old daughter. I'm American but am currently living in Canada. I have written only one manuscript so far and I'm hoping to find a legitimate agency who will accept it.

I look forward to getting to know all of you better.

:)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on April 18, 2006, 06:39 PM
Jennie, Heather, and Emmi -- welcome to the board! :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: dinalapomy101 on April 18, 2006, 07:08 PM
OK, now that I've succombed to posting (I only held out for so long because I really didn't "need" another reason to do something on the PC other than write my novels, but I've stolen so much info from reading this board in the past few months, I thought it was only fair to share what I've learned), I should post in this thread.  Not too much to say for now except that I've "finished" 2 YA and 1 upper-MG mss, and am working on my 3rd YA.  Thanks for everyone's help via this board in getting me this far!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: HeatherBrewer on April 19, 2006, 04:56 AM
Jennie, Heather, and Emmi -- welcome to the board! :)



Thanks, GR!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: CindyR on April 19, 2006, 05:56 PM
Hello Everyone!  :books:

I'm Cindy--a former librarian who quit my day job to see if I could make it as a children's writer. I've had some magazine articles/stories published so far, and now have a MG fantasy being considered by an agent. My educational picture book, KITTY KERPLUNKING, is available as an ebook and soon in print as well. I'm active in SCBWI and a couple local writers' groups, but I'm a total newbie here and don't know any of the tricks yet. But I bet I can learn a bunch with help.  :)

As for my age, let's just say the latest 70's fashion revival seems a bit of deja vous for me. But I still pride myself on being able to wear a pair of hip-huggers with the best of them.  :sing: I am a mid-west girl through and through and love big blue skies and lots of sunshine. You can find out more about me if you'd like at my new website: www.cynthiareeg.com.

Thanks, Verla, for a wonderful website.  And I'm looking forward to making some friendly connections here. Write On!  :writing3:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Karen K on April 20, 2006, 04:58 PM
Hi Everybody!

I'm Karen, a YA fantasy writer from western Washington. I'm currently in the querying trenches and think I'm quite close to getting an agent. Some of you from SCBWI might know me as KarenLK, and that my age is shockingly juvenile. ;)

Karen
(gosh, I've only been here for a few days and I've racked up 55 posts...)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justJoan on April 21, 2006, 12:14 PM
Welcome Jennie, Heather, Emmi, Cindy and Karen! Whew, did I get everyone?  ;D

And a big howdy to my fellow SCBWIer, Karen!  :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jeff_S on April 21, 2006, 01:05 PM
Welcome to the board, Karen.  I live in Western Washington, too.  Whereabouts do you live here?
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Karen K on April 21, 2006, 01:18 PM
Howdy, Joan!  :)

Jeff_S, I live just outside of Snohomish, in the country. Where are you?

Karen
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Brenda on April 21, 2006, 03:45 PM
Hi. I'm Brenda and I've been lurking for a few days now. (  :jump Waving to Heather Brewer!) I write both Adult and YA fiction which I'm shopping to agents as I type. No luck yet but I'm still ever optimistic as I have 1 full out for the Adult piece and 1 full and 1 partial out for the YA piece.

My publishing credits include Solander Magazine – The Magazine of the Historical Novel Society, Wildchild Publishing with two Editor’s Choice Award wins, Charlotte Parent Magazine, Copperfield Review, Penwomanship, Bygone Days, Mid-South Review and Emerging Women Writers. My poetry has been published extensively in the U.S. and abroad and I sometimes write book reviews for Midwest Book Review and Curledup.com. I am also the managing editor of The Scruffy Dog Review, an online literary magazine. Believe me, I've had many more rejections than acceptances!

I'm looking forward to learning more from this board.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on April 23, 2006, 07:00 PM
Welcome to the board, Brenda! :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: HeatherBrewer on April 24, 2006, 10:47 AM
Hiya Brenda!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Patrick on April 25, 2006, 07:18 AM
Hi, I'm new here.  Actually, I've lurked around for a while but never posted.  I'm curently an illustrator but want to write.  I have several ideas and I'm currently working on one story now.  If I want to submit illustrations to a publisher, how do I do that?  I'm assuming each publisher has their own requirements but how would I know what size to create an illustration just for submission purposes? 

Also, anyone in the South Georgia area?  I'd like to have my story reviewed by someone once I get it completed.  And, if reviewed by someone, how do I protect my work from a reviewer taking my ideas?

Thanks
Patrick Carlson
www.hotspotgraphics.com
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Pam on April 25, 2006, 08:32 AM
Hi, Patrick! Welcome!

I'm not an illustrator, so I can't help you with illustration questions--you may want to post your questions in the illustrator section.

As for idea stealing, you may want to read this--go to # 4: http://agentquery.com/psa_immediatereject.aspx

Now that's for agents, but the idea is the same. Plus you wouldn't let someone you didn't "know" and respect look at your stuff.

Good luck!  :clover
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Gerb on April 25, 2006, 11:06 PM
Welcome, Patrick.

I have no answers for you, not being an illustrator, but I know from meeting with our illustrators in my SCBWI region that they are an extremely knowledgeable bunch... and we just happen to have an RA from Florida on the boards.  She might be able to steer you towards some illustrator gatherings in your area.  Linda, are you around???

Gerb
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Paulahy on April 26, 2006, 05:00 AM
Welcome Patrick!

I echo Pam's sentiment.  If you're concerned about idea theft it's best to stick with someone familiar.  Or participate awhile in forums like this until you get to know someone well enough.

There are many virtual crit groups available to writers.  That would require you to take a leap of faith on strangers.

While I'm sure they exist, I've never heard one story about an author being pilfered by a crit partner or group .

Good luck!

-P
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Patrick on April 26, 2006, 06:14 AM
I've lurked around this site a while and it seems to be on the up-and-up.  I have no reason not to trust people here.  I think we're all looking for the same thing: to be the best author or illustrator in the universe!  But you're right, I'll spend a little more time here before handing out my story.  I'm still working on it anyway so it'll be a while.

Thanks
Patrick
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on April 27, 2006, 08:20 AM
Hi to all who are newer than me (not many!). Karen, I've seen you and Ravelda on the SCBWI Boards, and though I was mostly a lurker there, I was really impressed with the quality of your work.

Cindy - I love the idea that a book focused on 'kerplunking' could be educational! It is one of our favourite words around here.  Best of luck with the agent search; I firmly believe that if you have talent, it's just a war of attrition and you'll be fine if you can just stay the course.

Brenda - I'm a poet also (adult, rather than children's), published mostly in lit mags here in Australia. Currently also writing adult, YA and MG fiction.

Hope to see all of you around the boards here and there, but especially in Good News!

Meg
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Xyrexus on April 27, 2006, 09:36 AM
Hey everone, what's up? ;D

I am new here and I am also a young; (very young) aspiring author who is presently working on an EPIC Fantasy Novel.
It is a pretty amazing concept and I know fans of Fantasy will not be disappointed, however; my story is filled with action and thrilling controversy--but I am not quite sure of which publisher I should submit my manuscript to.

Any who--I am hoping to learn a lot from the veteran authors at this forum and gain as much information about the industry. I am hoping no one at this site will plaigerise summaries of other authors work--because I am willing to present the members of this site with information regarding my...near completed work.

I do wish to learn more about this community and do the best I can to achieve my goals.

Thank You All For Your Time.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on April 28, 2006, 07:32 AM
Xyrexus, welcome--you can learn alot here if you stick around and read lots of the old posts.  Make sure you use the "search" feature, too--it's great!

Please know that anyone on the internet can read this site, so anything you post here is viewable by all.  I'm not saying that because I feel anyone here would "plagiarize summaries of other authors works" (I imagine you mean take your plot and use it?) but because you should know that anyone with an internet connection can read what you post, not just the kind, hard-working regulars who talk about writing here.

So I wouldn't share your thrilling plot unless you want the whole world to see it.  Not that the whole world comes here, but this site is searchable by Google.

You'll find this out as you go, but real writers do not need to steal others' plot ideas.  They have so many of their own, they don't have time to write them all, so they really don't have time to write OTHER peoples'!  This is one of the first "newbie" questions actually--how do I know a publisher won't steal my great idea when I send them my story?  The short answer is--you don't, but they won't.  They have better things to do.

I like your confidence in your current work-in-progress.  Be sure to read lots about submissions, when your time is right (that's how you'll learn how to figure out which publisher is a good target for you).  Here's an opinion for you, though.  If you write a cover letter or query that describes your own book as "pretty amazing," "filled with action" and "fans of fantasy will not be disappointed," etc., you'll probably turn off whoever is reading it.  Let your awesome work speak for itself!  The editor (or more likely, the ed.'s assistant) will make up their own mind about how wonderful it is.  So leave out the rhetoric and just be friendly and straightforward and you'll be read.  That's just my two cents.

Have fun!

J.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Brenda on April 28, 2006, 11:43 AM
Thanks to everyone for their warm welcomes and welcome to those who've arrived after me!

Brenda  :balloongroup:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: shana on May 02, 2006, 07:44 AM
Hi everyone!  :) I actually signed up back in November and made one post, but have mostly just lurked. Then I took time off from the "business" part of the writing for the last few months to clear my head and get back to what I've always loved about writing (the actual creating and writing). Now I'm coming back into the business part and sending out agent queries again. My name is Shana (pronounced Shay-na). I write mostly YA chicklit and have three of those completed as well as an older fantasy trilogy and a coming of age novel, and I'm also at work on the first draft of another YA. I think I'm ready to be active here as I've enjoyed lurking around and reading what all of you have to say. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Xyrexus on May 02, 2006, 11:51 AM
Xyrexus, welcome--you can learn alot here if you stick around and read lots of the old posts.  Make sure you use the "search" feature, too--it's great!

Please know that anyone on the internet can read this site, so anything you post here is viewable by all.  I'm not saying that because I feel anyone here would "plagiarize summaries of other authors works" (I imagine you mean take your plot and use it?) but because you should know that anyone with an internet connection can read what you post, not just the kind, hard-working regulars who talk about writing here.

So I wouldn't share your thrilling plot unless you want the whole world to see it.  Not that the whole world comes here, but this site is searchable by Google.

You'll find this out as you go, but real writers do not need to steal others' plot ideas.  They have so many of their own, they don't have time to write them all, so they really don't have time to write OTHER peoples'!  This is one of the first "newbie" questions actually--how do I know a publisher won't steal my great idea when I send them my story?  The short answer is--you don't, but they won't.  They have better things to do.

I like your confidence in your current work-in-progress.  Be sure to read lots about submissions, when your time is right (that's how you'll learn how to figure out which publisher is a good target for you).  Here's an opinion for you, though.  If you write a cover letter or query that describes your own book as "pretty amazing," "filled with action" and "fans of fantasy will not be disappointed," etc., you'll probably turn off whoever is reading it.  Let your awesome work speak for itself!  The editor (or more likely, the ed.'s assistant) will make up their own mind about how wonderful it is.  So leave out the rhetoric and just be friendly and straightforward and you'll be read.  That's just my two cents.

Have fun!

J.
Thank You so much for the advice, but unfortunately...I am not the one to boast about anything I do, like you said, I let the action speak for itself. I am fully aware that you should not 'tell' your work in the cover letter, because it may rise or fall on it's own merits.  ;)
I found an awesome publisher: BAEN BOOKS. Who is a fantasy and science-fiction publishing company. I read (I think the information came from this site) that they are highly reccommended :) that's great! But there are also many other publishers of fantasy, who I am cretain are also fantastic publishers and do the best if not all it can for it's authors and their work. But I also read (not from this site) that Baen's contracts are.......very competitive and indeed... LUCRATIVE. :paper: :D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Karen K on May 02, 2006, 02:09 PM
Welcome to the Blue Boards, everybody!  :)

Hi to all who are newer than me (not many!). Karen, I've seen you and Ravelda on the SCBWI Boards, and though I was mostly a lurker there, I was really impressed with the quality of your work.

Thank you, Megan! I've finished my rewrite of Ravelda and I'm now working with critiquers. I could always use extra input...


I am new here and I am also a young; (very young) aspiring author who is presently working on an EPIC Fantasy Novel.

How young is "very young", Xyrexus? I'm nineteen, myself. I know of several other writers here in their teens and early twenties.

Karen

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on May 03, 2006, 01:43 AM
Thank you, Megan! I've finished my rewrite of Ravelda and I'm now working with critiquers. I could always use extra input...


Karen, I saw your post on the SCBWI Boards looking for critiquers and was able to restrain myself there. Now you are just tormenting me! I've promised myself (and my long-suffering family) that I won't take anything else on until I get through my current backlog and drop back to part-time work. I'm forever taking on too much, and together with my academic workload, I am more than maxed out at the moment. Sorry I can't help this time (now I will force myself to hit 'send' before I change my mind!)

Meg
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Post by: EricBerlin on May 03, 2006, 05:58 AM
Since I've posted a few times now, and I've been hanging out occasionally in the chat room, maybe now would be a good time to generally introduce myself.

I am a recent arrival to the world of Young Adult literature, having just sold my first YA novel. (Or is it MG? I didn't even know there was a difference until I got here.) "The Secret in the Box" comes out Fall 2007. I'm currently working on the sequel -- slowly, slowly.

What else? I live in Connecticut; married; two little kids. I maintain a blog at http://www.ericberlin.com.

I've been enjoying reading the board and chatting with my fellow writers. I'm glad to have found you all.

Eric


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Post by: Jenny Moss on May 03, 2006, 06:16 AM
Welcome, Eric.  And congratulations on your novel.
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Post by: Z-cat on May 03, 2006, 05:33 PM
Hi! This is a little late, since I have a few posts up, but I want to be # 700!  :)
I have just started sub'ing PBs, but I also have a novel, and several novel ideas that I have been puttering around with for years.
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Post by: eniola on May 05, 2006, 06:13 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm Joy.  I've always loved to write and i am finally doing something about it.  Looking forward to learning, sharing and growing with you all.



newbwriter.blogspot.com
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Post by: G.R. on May 05, 2006, 07:26 PM
Welcome to the board, Joy! :)

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Post by: mandy on May 13, 2006, 02:04 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm Mandy, and I'm 21.  I absolutely love writing and I've been doing it forever.  I finished my first full-length novel at age 15 and have been writing them ever since.  Right now, I'm shopping my book, STAGE LIGHTS, to agents--and trying to learn everything about the industry that I can. :)  I'd been lurking in this board for a couple weeks, and I finally decided to register!  I'm excited to get to know everyone, and big thanks to Robin for directing me here in the first place.
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Post by: G.R. on May 13, 2006, 08:22 PM
Welcome to the board, mandy. :)

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Post by: W_chick24 on May 13, 2006, 10:46 PM
HeyHey everyone...I joind a few weeks ago *with the advice of your very own Revelda*. I been really busy lately. But a small introduction.

I am *as another put it* a very, very young aspiring writer. I have currently a student of the Institute of Children's Liturature. I am into the last half of the basic course. I have developing my first novel *I got the first two chapters done but found I didn't have a setting or culture* so I am in the re-planing stage. While I am not working on my novel, doing school work, or my ICL course work I am out with all the animals and outside.

I am very cerious about things around me and enjoy learning new things...and look forward to getting to know other writers/illistrators...*though I am artistically challenged*  :laugh: :laugh:

Thanks for the time and look forward to getting to know all you.
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Post by: eniola on May 14, 2006, 06:12 AM
Welcome aboard W_Chick!
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Post by: A. J. Gaines on May 15, 2006, 12:53 PM
I've got over 200 credits, mostly for adults, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art and original music, under a variety of bylines.  Impressive?  Hardly.  There are hundreds of amateur 'zines out there, hungry for material.  It's easy to get published, but very hard to get published well.  I look back on all but a handful of sales with boredom or embarrassment, grateful for the fact that many of those pubs have since disappeared, along with my forgettable pieces.  I was thrilled, though, when I sold a story to one of the major children's magazines.  The next year, I sold another.   I truly enjoy writing for children and young adults, and believe this audience brings out the best in me.  I want to make them laugh, or cry, or bite their fingernails to the quick.  This is far more challenging and worthwhile, I think, than acquiring a great number of credits. 

A. J. Gaines
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Post by: Jaina on May 15, 2006, 01:29 PM
Yay, A. J.!  Welcome!  I agree about the quality vs. quantity...
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Post by: ladysaraii on May 15, 2006, 01:34 PM
Hi,

My name is Carmen and I'm soon to be 23.  I'm not new to writing, I've had several adult short stories published, but I am new to children's books.  I'm impressed w/ what I've seen so far and I'm looking forward to participating and joining a critique group down the line.
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Post by: W_chick24 on May 15, 2006, 05:04 PM
Hi,

My name is Carmen and I'm soon to be 23.  I'm not new to writing, I've had several adult short stories published, but I am new to children's books.  I'm impressed w/ what I've seen so far and I'm looking forward to participating and joining a critique group down the line.


Welcome Carmen!! I am pretty new here myself. Congrats on the short stories already published, that is fantastic.  8)
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Post by: Karen K on May 15, 2006, 07:05 PM
HeyHey everyone...I joind a few weeks ago *with the advice of your very own Revelda*. I been really busy lately. But a small introduction.

Hi W_chick24! Or shall I say... Destiny?  :D

Karen
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Post by: W_chick24 on May 16, 2006, 05:37 PM
Hi W_chick24! Or shall I say... Destiny?  :D

Karen

LOL!! Either way it's still me  :evil:


Mmmm...still don't know it that is good or bad!  ;)
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Post by: lizzybee999 on May 17, 2006, 11:10 AM
Hi Everyone!

I just joined, after lurking for a couple of months, so I thought I should introduce myself.

I'm 46-going-on-12, and I am finally getting serious about writing after a lifetime of letting other things take priority while I hid from the terror of the blank page by never 'finding the time'. I've wanted to write since I learned to read, and I've been 'trying' -- keeping notebooks of ideas, clippings, quotes, snippets of dialogue, starting projects and stalling out etc., for about twenty years. It's easy to tell yourself 'you aren't any good' in order to avoid the hard work of writing, but if the desire to write and the ideas and characters that possess you won't go away, you eventually have to do something more constructive about it.

This year, I'm finally taking myself seriously and putting writing first among my other free-time activities. With a full-time job (Administrative Assistant for a manufacturing firm), husband, almost-13-YO son, house and large garden, plus a hefty slice of volunteer involvement, I have to make sure writing doesn't continue to take last place, because I don't have much free time, and I'm not getting any younger! I'm from Canada, BTW. I love to read, but I have to limit it now, as it has always been the greatest aid to writing avoidance -- too much of a good thing is NOT a good thing, don't you know!

I am currently working on what I call 'WIP 2' which is a 'fantasy-historical' novel set in 1912. The MC is a 8YO boy and it's inspired by stories of my grandfather's childhood, although the plot is definitely fantasy and includes a magical creature. It's for fun, mostly, because I'm the sort who is easily overwhelmed, so I try not to think about whether it would be publishable or not -- I'm just trying to write the best story I can.

I'm a Cub Leader, 'Raksha', and WIP 2 is written for this (8-10 YO) age group -- if nothing else, I want to have a story that I'm proud to read aloud, and they are thrilled to hear. I feel lucky to have a captive audience! It inspires me while writing to think of their reactions, so I'm really motivated to push on through the story and be ready to share with them as soon as possible. I'm hoping to have a full draft finished by the fall. 

I've talked about the experiences of the real-life characters during Remembrance Day presentations, and the Cubs are always riveted, wanting to know 'more' -- that reaction inspires my long term goals, as I hope the chronicle of the MC's WWI adventures would be of interest to teachers and possibly publishable some day, if I can do a quality job of it.


This is a great site, and I look forward to participating!

Elizabeth
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: W_chick24 on May 17, 2006, 11:22 AM
Welcome Lizzy!! I am glad you desided to join in and take the plunge  :D! Hope you find the drive you need to continue with your writing no matter what your long term or short term goals are!


And remember there is no such thing as to old or to young...you just got be willing to get up on the horse and giddy-up  :horse LOL

Destiny
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Post by: Stef on May 17, 2006, 11:30 AM
Hello, my name is Stephanie Reed and I live in Ohio.  My teen novel, Across the Wide River, came out 9/04 from Kregel Publications, an evangelical Christian publisher.  My published or accepted work makes it look like I'm going for a cover-all in Writer's Bingo: my book, an inspirational true story in Seek, a children's mystery in Discovery Trails, a poem in Live, a feature article in a local newspaper, and a retold Bible story in Clubhouse Jr.  I have a nonfiction article developed from my library/bookstore/classroom book talk out right now; just got rejected but I'm not giving up.  
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on May 17, 2006, 08:07 PM
Welcome to the board, Stef. :) Congratulations on your published work!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lizzybee999 on May 18, 2006, 07:39 AM
Thanks for the welcome, Destiny! The drive is what makes the difference -- I'm quite certain I have a handle on it. Once you get going, you discover how much fun it is. No more 'blank page fever' for me!
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Post by: Stef on May 18, 2006, 11:04 AM
Welcome to the board, Stef. :) Congratulations on your published work!


Thanks, G.R.!  I left out the sad parts in-between when I doubted and cried.  :D
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Post by: Inspired on May 18, 2006, 11:44 AM
From one Steph to another Stef:  Welcome!

I'm familiar with your publishers.  Great job!  I've done two things for Concordia now, but that's all I've done.


Stephenie
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Post by: Stef on May 18, 2006, 05:47 PM
Hello, Steph, what a lovely name!  I've heard of Concordia, too, and what do you mean that's all you've done?  Congrats!  My primary work thus far has been raising two sweet kids, a 20-yr-old son and a 17-yr-old daughter.  I didn't start writing until I was 40, and this July I'll be 48.  But Moses was a late bloomer, too...       
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Post by: stephaniet on May 22, 2006, 03:31 PM
Hi,
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Post by: stephaniet on May 22, 2006, 03:35 PM
Hi,  I'm new to the chatboard, on the recommendation of Tammi, who has such great success this year!  I have been working on learning to write for children for about two years.  I am currently working on a YA novel, and have 3 picture books sent out, even though I know the market is tough for PBs right now.  Tammi's still getting them published so they just have to be good enough and get to the right person.  I work a more than full time job, have a husband and kids, and parents who are aging, so sometimes I have trouble finding time for the writing, but I've kept after it pretty consistently.  No acceptances yet, but I feel that my writing has improved a lot in the last two years and recently received a very complimentary reject, which said that the reader laughed out loud and found the story well written and engaging.  I've corrected the flaws that reader saw and sent it to another house, so perhaps there's hope on the horizon.

I'm going to have to look out for this chat board.  I could take up too much time.

Harmel
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Post by: G.R. on May 22, 2006, 07:09 PM
Welcome to the board, Harmel. :)

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Post by: MegM on May 23, 2006, 12:35 AM
Yes, welcome, Harmel. We were just toasting Tammi's success in another thread. It's great to see pbs getting published, and I've heard a few editors say lately that they think the market will swing back a bit soon. It would be great to see a run on pb sales on the boards. I hear you on the lack of time, too. I've just gone part-time and started freelancing more, but until a month or so ago I was working about 70 hours a week in academia. More than full-time, indeed. I hope you keep managing to find those tiny windows of time for your writing, even though it can seem impossible sometimes.

Meg
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Post by: stephaniet on May 23, 2006, 03:13 PM
Thanks for the nice welcomes!
Harmel
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Post by: hiddentears on May 23, 2006, 11:37 PM
I'm new on here. right now I'm trying my hand at poetry, but I would love to finish a YA novel
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Post by: G.R. on May 24, 2006, 06:41 PM
Welcome, hiddentears! :)

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Post by: bzirkle on May 28, 2006, 01:31 PM
Hello all...I just found this website and so far am loving it...I love to write picture books - YA and everything in between...its whatever hits my fancy that day...I'm not published, yet, but am always sending things out... :paper:

I live in Virginia, am married with a teenage son (graduating this year...argh) and the most spoiled pomeranian around...

I guess that's about it for me at the moment...I can't wait to get to know you guys better...

Happy Writing...Brenda
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Post by: G.R. on May 28, 2006, 07:32 PM
Welcome to the board, Brenda. :)

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Post by: margueritta on May 30, 2006, 06:09 PM
Hi - I'm from Australia. I've spent over a year writing a kid's book, 280 pages long, can't remember the word count but it's my little baby and I've sent it out into the big wide world
The rejections are getting me down and this looks like a good place to share the woe around
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Post by: pixiechick on May 30, 2006, 06:17 PM
Welcome Margueritta!  I hope you like it here!
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Post by: yogamama on May 31, 2006, 04:40 PM
Greetings All,

It's so nice to be here.  I love reading what writer's write and what they think about writing.  This is the perfect place for me.  I'm a new - newbie.  Picture books are my passion.  I was a bit bummed to read earlier that the pb market is in a slump.

My family, 2 little ones (4 and 3) and hubby, live in New England.  He belongs to all these techie forums.  He is in them ALL the time.  Now I can tell him I need the computer to go to my forum!  Thanks for the forum to share ideas!  Take care.

Betty
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Post by: G.R. on May 31, 2006, 07:58 PM
Welcome, Betty! :)

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Post by: Anne S on June 01, 2006, 12:30 PM
Hi everyone,

I just found this board a few weeks ago, and I have been lurking. Today, I finally registered.
I have made the decision to leave the unstable world of freelance writing to devote myself
to YA and MG writing. It really helps that I got an acceptance from Andrew Karre at Flux
for a YA novel this week. AFter reading everyone's experiences, I can see I am lucky, but
I still have a lot to learn. This will be my first published novel...somehow I feel like I should
know more than I do about the business end of publishing. Anyway, I wanted to register
so I would have a place where other people are taking the leap into the writing world.
-Anne
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Post by: G.R. on June 01, 2006, 07:15 PM
Welcome, Anne!  Congratulations on your YA being accepted. :)
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Post by: PinkJL on June 02, 2006, 07:49 AM
Hello Everyone,
I have visited this site many times. Today I finally registered! My nonfiction work has been accepted by Weeones on-line magazine. I write Stories, poems and articles for children of all ages.
PinkJL
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Post by: inkjunkie on June 02, 2006, 03:48 PM
Hi, I'm Linda.  I live in southern Ohio.  I write MG and YA.  Looking forward to getting to know lots and lots of you guys.  Thanks, Verla.  Great site!
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Post by: G.R. on June 02, 2006, 06:38 PM
Welcome to the board, Pink and inkjunkie. (And congratulations on your nonfiction work getting accepted, Pink!) :)

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Post by: PinkJL on June 02, 2006, 06:50 PM
Thanks G.R. I am really happy to be a member of this board.
Thanks to VK for providing such a useful site.
PinkJL
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Post by: Barancik on June 05, 2006, 10:56 AM
Hey all. My name is Steve Barancik, and I just stumbled upon this site. (Googled upon would probably be more accurate.)

I'm a screenwriter (former screenwriter would probably be more accurate, according to my agent) kind of flitting about on what to do next. When a child rather dropped into my life, I redeveloped an interest in children's books.

I've written a bunch for her, but have kind of burned out on putting my fate in the hands of others. (I imagine children's book editors could drive me nearly as crazy as movie producers used to.) So rather than launch into trying to market my children's books to publishing houses, I decided to launch a website and see where that takes me.

Anyway, I figure I'll be dropping by here some more and so wanted to say "Hey, here's who I am." And since there seemed to be a thread for just that....

The website is called Best Children's Books - Find, Read or Write, at http://www.best-childrens-books.com. Constructive criticism, or even cleverly written hate mail, would be welcomed.
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Post by: writegirl2b on June 05, 2006, 07:47 PM
Hi.  I am new to posting and chatting.  I am sure I will figure it all out!  Looking forward to connecting with other writers.  I have been told to get involved in writing chats, etc, but never have.  I am a mother of 3 with a houseful of animals!  I take in strays and place them.  I work for a children's hospital and I write whenever a story pops into my head.
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Post by: jory on June 06, 2006, 01:46 PM
Hi, I'm new here too. :) I write YA, am gearing up to query agents soon, and am also trying to improve my short-story skills (which currently stink  ::) ). :typing:

This looks like a great place, and I'm looking forward to seeing you all around!  ;D
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Post by: Jaina on June 06, 2006, 02:05 PM
Welcome, all you new people, Steve and Writegirl2b and Jory....  This is a great place to learn and share and chat.  And if you say the magic word of the day, everybody screams!

J.
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Post by: mrspilkington on June 08, 2006, 09:41 PM
Hi,

New member, lurker for a long time and then joined and posted before I saw this thread. :P  I write mostly YA and MG, but want to do PBs one day too.  I'm in New York, married with a 2 year old...Jut started querying on my MG novel a couple of weeks ago and got requests for the full MS from both people I queried.  The requests came this week, just as I decided to do a total rewrite of my ending, so I'm freaking out a bit! :eek5:

These boards are a wonderful resource, hope I can contribute!
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Post by: zazzee on June 09, 2006, 04:50 PM
Hi ALL,
I've been visiting the site for about 6 months, this is my first post. I'm new to the scene although I done other musical / puppet projects for kids. Presently I'm working on several picture books some which are rhyming and I'm stuck on a couple of novels after a few chapters. Thanks to all who keep the site up and going.
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Post by: G.R. on June 09, 2006, 06:51 PM
Welcome to the board, zazee and perhapsivesaidtoomuch!  ;D

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Post by: Lauren on June 10, 2006, 04:43 PM
My name is Lauren, and I'm the mother of two in California.  I write mostly middle grade, but am open to YA.  My first manuscript is finished and with an agent now for consideration!  I am very happy to have been told of these boards, as they look to be quite helpful.
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Post by: G.R. on June 10, 2006, 06:12 PM
Welcome, Lauren! :)

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Post by: MegM on June 11, 2006, 06:08 AM
Welcome to all the newer-than-me people. It's good to see the room filling up behind me. Margueritta, I missed your first post because I've been trying to stay offline the last week, but I'm from Australia too. I think there are a few of us here, lurking around. Best of luck with your ms - have you sent it just to Australian publishers at this point, or are you trying the US market?

Meg
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Post by: jo_no_anne on June 11, 2006, 05:36 PM
Wow, there are alot of smileys to choose from! I pick...this one  :typing:
I have heard of these famous boards for quite some time and, because I am procrastinating on a project, I decided to see what they're about. I am very impressed I must say!
  :faint:
I write young adult fiction (I adore fantasy, though after I finish this project, I plan to work on a contemporary novel) and I live in Texas and I know a couple of you here, I think. Hi, guys!
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Post by: Jenny Moss on June 12, 2006, 09:40 AM
Welcome, Jo!
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Post by: Paul on June 12, 2006, 09:59 AM
Hi,

Based on a tip from someone on another board, I just found this site. From what I've see so far, it looks like a lively site and quite friendly, and I like what I've read. I'm hoping to get involved.

A bit about myself. I've written a YA novel titled, "The Bridge Beckons," but I'm having a hard time getting an agent and/or publisher. I'm not sure if it's my novel, or just my query. Queries are difficult beasts, I've found. In the mean time, I'm writing my second YA novel, "GLENNA!," hoping that one will sell if the first doesn't.

I have a question for y'all. As I've looked over some of the various messages on the boards, I see few (if any) men posters. Is everyone here female?

Sorry, but I'm not.
Paul
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Post by: Jaina on June 12, 2006, 10:12 AM
Not everybody, Paul!  We have some male members, though they're far outnumbered by the female kind!  Mostly as a reflection of the kid-lit industry, I imagine.  Our male members are an outspoken little bunch, normally--perhaps they'll speak up soon! :D  You can also check the Member List at the bottom of the page.
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Post by: Paul on June 12, 2006, 10:14 AM
Thanks Jaina. That helps me feel not so out of place here.
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Post by: racheling on June 12, 2006, 11:35 AM
Hello : )  I just found this place yesterday and I've been browsing it since.  Everyone seems so friendly, which is a nice change from some of the other boards I read. 

My name is Rachel.  I'm relatively new to writing for children.  I've written a bunch of short pieces, but the most ambitious so far is the YA science fiction novel I've been working on with my fiance, which I'm really excited about finishing (hopefully by the end of summer).  I'll probably have lots of questions, but I hope I'll be able to contribute as well.  :D

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Post by: Paul on June 12, 2006, 04:30 PM
I would like some help with my query, but being new here, I'm not sure where to post it. Any suggestions, or is that kind of thing not allowed here?
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Post by: Jaina on June 12, 2006, 05:40 PM
That's fine, Paul.  I guess I'd post it under "Writing."  We don't really have a general "Submitting" section, so most general query questions get posted there.
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Post by: G.R. on June 12, 2006, 07:15 PM
Hello : )  I just found this place yesterday and I've been browsing it since.  Everyone seems so friendly, which is a nice change from some of the other boards I read. 

My name is Rachel.  I'm relatively new to writing for children.  I've written a bunch of short pieces, but the most ambitious so far is the YA science fiction novel I've been working on with my fiance, which I'm really excited about finishing (hopefully by the end of summer).  I'll probably have lots of questions, but I hope I'll be able to contribute as well.  :D

Welcome to the board. :) That's neat that you're collaborating with somebody on your latest project -- that's what I've been doing, too (except that I'm working with my dad, and we're doing what we hope will be a series of picture books).

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Post by: Overyonder on June 14, 2006, 02:13 AM
Hello All

New as of today! I am mother of one who left for college last year. Librarian. Totally immersed in history, especially California gold rush era. Hi all. :pencil:
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Post by: Paul on June 14, 2006, 07:59 AM
Hi and welcome. I'm new here too, but so far I like what I see.

I'm intrigued by your fascination with the California gold rush era. I too am a California history buff, but my era is more pre-WWI, during California's second gold rush, golden grain that is. I have a historical novel almost plotted in my mind that I want to write someday set in what used to be the largest grain shipping port in the world, Port Costa. Have you ever heard of it?

P.S. One of my great great great grandfathers was a 49er and died near Placerville.
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Post by: Overyonder on June 14, 2006, 10:56 AM


Hi. I have binders full of family information mixed with documents from the larger historical scene between 1840s to 1900. I grew up in Contra Costa County.  :) Also have some 49ers (great, greats) from the southern mines. I am more interested in nonfiction right now. It is helping me get into the mindset of the time.
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Post by: yogamama on June 14, 2006, 11:46 AM
Welcome everyone.  You're going to find a lot of information here.  I'm glad you found it.  It's always interesting to hear the projects people have going on.  We really are a limitless bunch.  Thanks for your info.
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Post by: Paul on June 14, 2006, 12:44 PM

Hi. I have binders full of family information mixed with documents from the larger historical scene between 1840s to 1900. I grew up in Contra Costa County.  :) Also have some 49ers (great, greats) from the southern mines. I am more interested in nonfiction right now. It is helping me get into the mindset of the time.

I'm originally from Contra Costa County too. Have you ever heard of Port Costa? I grew up there. I'm into family history research as well. I don't know much about my 49er ancestors, but I would like to find more.
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Post by: ixtumea on June 14, 2006, 05:43 PM
Hi!  My name is Kim and I'm new to this board.  I've been writing seriously since 2003.  I have completed a YA multicultural fantasy, which I'm looking for an agent to represent me.  I'm currently writing a YA paranormal.  As of one hour ago, I'm up to 50 rejections.  Ouch!  My goal is 100 so I'm half way there.  It seems like now I'm getting more feedback on my fantasy.  I hope to get my website up soon.  I have someone who'll do some artwork for my novel EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA.  Once we agree on some pieces, my husband will put my site together.
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Post by: G.R. on June 15, 2006, 07:55 PM
Welcome to the board, Kim! :)

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Post by: Jo on June 21, 2006, 03:55 AM
Hi all. I've been lurking for about a week now, since finding this board through another.
I've published one picture book and one reluctant reader and by this time next year will have a second reluctant reader and a YA novel on the shelves.
I have a lovely literary agent who is very enthusiastic about my writing, but I still find myself looking for online forums on which to spend far too much time...
I am currently revising a previous YA novel that garnered interest but was too 'slight' and dabbling in some trashy YA writing with a possible future commission for a series.
I shall probably be on here far more than I should, given that I also teach part time at secondary school.
I'm in the UK, by the way  ;)

am LOVING the smilies and am looking forward to contributing to the boards  :dancing:
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Post by: Jaina on June 21, 2006, 06:53 AM
Hi, Jo, and welcome!
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Post by: dtbrks on July 03, 2006, 07:52 PM
Hi,

Brand new here - what a great site!  I am new to the whole writing thing, but am excited to start.

Theresa
Massachusetts
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Post by: MegM on July 03, 2006, 08:53 PM
Welcome, Theresa. I just saw your post in the Sylvan Dell thread - it looks like you're off to a flying start!

Meg
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on July 11, 2006, 07:05 PM
Hi - I'm a "newbie" (it says so just to the left of this  ;D)

I've written a YA sci-fi novel & have had one personal rejection so far. I'm rewriting parts of it and will send it back to the same editor.  I've also written a MG novel (rewriting it now) and am hoping to have it ready to send out soon. I also have a PB out there, waiting to hear back.

This is a nice board - it came highly recommended! 

Now - off to bed  - 'nite

 :zzz
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Post by: G.R. on July 12, 2006, 07:29 PM
Welcome, Juliarts! Good luck with those projects. :)

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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on July 13, 2006, 03:54 AM
Thanks, G.R.!  ;D
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Post by: Carrie_Kabak on July 13, 2006, 01:48 PM
Hi Everyone--I'm new here!
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Post by: Emily on July 13, 2006, 02:15 PM
Hi Carrie!  Welcome!!   :jump :jump
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Post by: Carrie_Kabak on July 13, 2006, 02:30 PM
Hi Emily
Is that your dog? Gorgeous!

Trying to find my way around here. I found the forum when searching for an agent's name!
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Post by: Brenda on July 13, 2006, 04:57 PM
Hey Carrie! It's umm . . . me, Brenda from Backspace.  It's good to see you here. Heather and Bonnie are here too!

WELCOME!

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Post by: Carrie_Kabak on July 13, 2006, 05:55 PM
Hi Brenda!

So Bonnie and Heather are here, too? I think I saw Ally Carter as well!


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Post by: WriterRoss on July 14, 2006, 01:29 AM
Hi Brenda!

So Bonnie and Heather are here, too? I think I saw Ally Carter as well!




Welcome to all the new faces. As for the Backspace Writers, while I have not posted on the message boards there, I am attending the Backspace conference in NY next week. Looking forward to the event.

-Pamela
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Post by: Brenda on July 14, 2006, 08:19 AM
Welcome to all the new faces. As for the Backspace Writers, while I have not posted on the message boards there, I am attending the Backspace conference in NY next week. Looking forward to the event.

-Pamela

Gosh, you're so lucky. Next year, I'm definitely going!
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Post by: Slushpal on July 27, 2006, 10:14 AM
Hello everybody,  :)

I've just discovered the board, and have found some really interesting info already. I especially like the thread about how long it takes different publishers to reply - makes me feel I'm not alone in the waiting (and the disappointment.)

I'm trying to get my first PB published..it's a first-person rhyming story for toddlers & preschoolers. A tough sell - I know.  :(
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Post by: G.R. on July 27, 2006, 06:29 PM
Welcome to the board, Slushpal. :)

And good luck with finding a publisher for your PB!  :clover
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Post by: Slushpal on July 27, 2006, 06:41 PM
Thanks - what a friendly group!
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Post by: thrillofthequill on August 01, 2006, 07:16 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm a bit shy, but I've promised myself I'm not going to lurk.  Well I didn't for long, as I can see this is such great group!  So I'll be polite and grown up and introduce myself.  My name is Claire and I am in Ontario.  I live up near Kincardine, in the country, 3 miles from a town of 600.  It's to the west of Lake Huron. 

For the last week I have been basking in the glorious aftermath of Chautauqua 2006.  If you are like the fantastic fun people I met there, we'll be fine.  I had written for about 6 months, three years ago.  I quit while I was building an Antique Linen business on Ebay, I had tons of research, reading, cleaning, ironing, and listing etc.  The business is still going, but is down to a dull roar and I can handle both now.  Chautauqua was my way of getting back into the swing of things, and I must confess I wondered if I would be an "imposter" there.  I guess I wanted to pick up my writing bad enough that I went and totally loved it and felt included.  Definitely a great decision.  I met the blue boarders that were there this year.  I'm sure they know me as there was only one Claire  :writing:.

I am early on in the writing process.  Fear not, there'll be no crippling newbie questions (I hope).  I did about 3/4 of the ICL course before I couldn't commit any more time, and was subbing short F & NF to magazines, Highlights, and Spider and others.  I had lots of personal rejections, and I think all the market reasearch helped.  I love research, so researching the market is actually fun for me......

The fiction pieces I am currently working on are short (100-800 words) stories, poetry, rebuses, an early reader and a pb.  Since back from Chautauqua, I've had a few aha's on things that sat nearly 3 years...talk about distance.  I like to have a few things going, then when I get stuck on one, I can let it sit while I work on something else.  I have fun with NF, but am 1.5 hours form the nearest university library (UWO).  I'll do as much as I can online, then plan a day out in civilization that always includes shopping. 

Well I guess that's enough for now.  Looks like there's some discusssion about the CANSCAIP PYI....I think I'll head over. 
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Post by: G.R. on August 01, 2006, 06:55 PM
Welcome to the board, Claire. I hope you have fun posting here! :)

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Post by: thrillofthequill on August 01, 2006, 07:54 PM
Thanks GR, I look forward to posting and getting to know everyone here.   It makes writing all that more enjoyable when you can share in the process as well as the results.   
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Post by: Chicken Warrior on August 02, 2006, 07:23 PM
Hi Claire and everyone else!

I'm another newbie...kind of. I was here a bit around Christmas time, but I never had enough time to post much. Couldn't find my username or password just now, so I have a new account set up, too.

A bit about myself...let's see: My name is Joseph, I live in Victoria BC Canada, I'm 16, homeschooled, and slow in the brain. I've never been able to write short stories (the phrase is somewhat oxymoronic to me), but I've finally finished editing my first YA novel (a mystery) and will be sending it about shortly. Aside from that, I've written for plenty of video game websites, and was recently on the editorial collective of a local by-youth-for-youth magazine. I also recently created my own website about electronic books for teens, www.teenebooks.com.

Lastly, I've just decided that I like the word oxymoronic very much. Please excuse me if I use the term oxymoronic repeatedly and/or improperly.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you all, and hope I'll have more opportunity this time 'round to be a regular contributor to these great forums.

Thanks for existing everyone!
 - Joseph
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Post by: thrillofthequill on August 02, 2006, 07:50 PM
Hi Joseph,
Welcome.  Thanks for speaking up...you'll be glad you did.  I love your username.  I'm definitely getting an image. 
I checked out your site. Looks great.  You must do a ton of reading :) 
Good luck on the YA mystery, sounds like you've been busy.  And you've come to the right place to fine tune the subbing process.  Welcome again.  Claire
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Post by: dreams_drawer on August 02, 2006, 08:01 PM
Hi, everyone!

I'm a newbie here!
My name is DAYU  and I live in Indonesia,South-East Asia.

Actually, I was interesting with books and publishing work since I was kid  ;D. I really want to make a books and I just want to see my work on the book store as a BEST SELLER COPIES  ;D ha...ha....just kidding, but it was my biggest dream.

I'm an amateur artist and never got any formal education of art. I just draws as my hobby.
Firstly, I want to made comic books (in japanese style called manga), but now, I've changed my destination to made children book, coz I think it more fun than to be a mangaka  ;D

I just try to learn a writing, illutrating books and publishing world by join this forum, coz I saw there's so many professionals who talked in this site, and it gonna be fun.

I hope you don't bother to help me understanding those amazing world, coz in my thought, books are the world treasure  :D and I hope mine would be one of that.

Thanks
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Post by: eniola on August 03, 2006, 09:06 AM
welcome aboard dreams_drawer!  Looking forward to seeing some of your stuff!
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on August 03, 2006, 09:08 AM
Welcome dreams_drawer - I think you'll find this is a great place to connect with like-minded people!   :hug:

Julia
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Post by: Kathy E on August 03, 2006, 03:10 PM
Hi, all!  Thanks for being so welcoming.  I'm a writer of middle grade and young adult novels :books: and am finally trying to get cyberwise with the help of a savvy friend.  :typing:  It's great to see such an international group here.  Hi, Canajuns!   :moose  I lived in Newfoundland as a teenager--some nice there, sure. 

Currently I'm in the editing process on a YA novel with a NY publisher (I haven't signed the contract yet so I can't say which) and a mid-grade with Front Street Books.  In between taking care of two wild kids, and a husband and dog, I try to write as much as possible.   :writing3:  Hope to read lots of your writing, here and in the bookshops, soon!  :reading2:

Kathy
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on August 03, 2006, 03:12 PM
Welcome, Kathy E,

Sounds like you have a lot going right now!  Good luck with the YA and when does the MG come out?   :)


Julia
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Post by: KDBrazil on August 03, 2006, 05:55 PM
Welcome, Kathy E! We're glad  you have an internet savvy friend. :) Glad you're here too!
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Post by: Anne Marie on August 03, 2006, 05:56 PM
Welcome, Kathy!

This is a nice place to procrastinate. :)

AM
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Post by: sam192a on August 06, 2006, 03:22 AM
Hi there everyone. I’m new to this site and a little timorous. I have finished my first children’s fantasy novel and it’s taking a beating from publishers and agents alike. I knew before sending it off, that rejection is the norm, however, my skin is obviously not as thick as I thought. I did get a good reaction today, although backhanded with the usual rejection; the agent in question said that he could see the intelligence and imagination in my work but didn’t love it! Ah nuts! What’s a girl to do? Any advice please?
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Post by: Donna on August 06, 2006, 04:25 AM
What's a girl to do? Keep on keeping on!  :horse 

I don't know how "tight" your story is - it may be perfect. If it's not, have someone else give the once over. If you are part of a critique group, great! That's even better. :)

Grace and peace,
Donna

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Post by: inkjunkie on August 06, 2006, 05:55 AM
Welcome, Sam,
Keep revising, keep sending, keep hoping and keep in touch with your fellow writers for support.  Then keep writing.
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Post by: ixtumea on August 06, 2006, 07:18 AM
I agree with inkjunkie.  Keep revising, keep sending, keep in touch with fellow writers for support.  I'd also recommend working on another novel and put the first away for a little while.  My fantasy had 58 rejections before an e-publisher offered me a contract.  I'm currently working on my second novel.  It helps to also belong to a critique group.  I go to mine once a week.  Don't lose the faith!
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Post by: Kathy E on August 06, 2006, 07:54 AM
Hi, Julia--good question about when the MG will be published . . . I'm working with my 2nd editor now and waiting to hear back on my major revisions.  I'm sure there'll be more.  I'm thinking 2008.  In the meantime, I'll just work on some others so the time will go by faster!
Kathy 
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on August 06, 2006, 08:25 AM
Hi, Julia--good question about when the MG will be published . . . I'm working with my 2nd editor now and waiting to hear back on my major revisions.  I'm sure there'll be more.  I'm thinking 2008.  In the meantime, I'll just work on some others so the time will go by faster!
Kathy 

Well - keep us posted - we're  a curious lot   :eek5: and love to celebrate things, like books being published!   :phat

Julia
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Post by: ghostgirl on August 06, 2006, 02:05 PM
Hi everyone!  I've been around the boards for a little while, but haven't posted a whole lot.  I live in Pennsylvania, transplanted from Indiana 4 years ago.  I write a little bit of everything, but have a real penchant for ghost stories.  My current project is a YA historical fanatasy.  Hey Claire!  It was great meeting you at Chautauqua!  Still floating about 6 inches above the ground since I got back!

I taught high school English for several years and am now raising two beautiful kids (is there any other kind?) and one brainiac husband.  Two dogs like to tangle underfoot, too!  When I left teaching 5 years ago, I started writing...a few picture books, some articles, eventually a novel.  Lots of rejection letters!  But no broken spirit!  Hey Sam...I agree with Inkjunkie and the others...keep on keeping on. 

I was lucky enough to work with Patti Gauch at Chautauqua, and she invited me to keep working with her on my novel and submit when it's complete.   :jump  Wahoo!  She is fabulous!  I also have an article with Cricket, requested revision, and hope to hear something positive soon.  When I'm done with my latest novel, I'll return to my first and put a good revision on.  Distance really does help.  I think I hear the door cracking...just a little!

Great to talk to so many fun writers on the blueboards!

Mary Ann
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Post by: G.R. on August 06, 2006, 06:20 PM
Welcome, Mary Ann. :) Good luck with all those projects!  :clover

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Post by: porterbooks on August 06, 2006, 08:51 PM
Hi, I have read like these board like a little stocker for a while.   :cuccoan: Just kidding.  I do post on the SCBWI boards a lot.  Hi ladies and gents I see there.    I am a mom of five, three by birth and two we adopted as foster parents.  I have been married for about 10 years and my husband is a hotty....ok, I think he is.  I just moved to the backwoods in Arkansas for fun.  I love to write.  My first two books stunk, but were picked up by some poor small educational publisher.  Sorry.  I write PBs, MG, and a few attempts at YAs.  Right now I am about 20 pages from finishing my Historical YA, and loving it.  Hope it goes somewhere.  These boards are great.
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Post by: sam192a on August 07, 2006, 10:44 AM
Hi there i'm Sam
I posted for the first time yesterday, but struggling to get the hang of this. I live in the UK, but we are making noises about moving to Florida; funny as i get most inspiration from the British countryside but the sunshine is calling. As i said yesterday, first MS is taking a beating and thanks for the advice you gave me. My biggest problem is having so many ideas whizzing around in the old bonnet that i struggle to get them down on paper. What i need is a device that you can plug into the earhole and downloads everything on to the PC, can you imagine the husbands face though as movie and TV hunks keep popping up in different states of undress? Hay-ho, i shall get out the old faithful ' Writers and Artists Yearbook' again and keep on sending to every available agent and publisher on the list. What if i used gentle persuasion and sent them all a chocolate cake with my submissions ?
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Post by: G.R. on August 07, 2006, 06:03 PM
Welcome, porterbooks and Sam! :)

Porterbooks -- congratulations on getting your first two books published, and good luck with your next one.

Sam -- I hope your first MS gets picked up soon.

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Post by: crcook on August 07, 2006, 07:52 PM
I suppose I should introduce myself too. I've lurked for a year but just started posting recently.

I enjoy the great weath of shared info here and know some of you through my own excellent critique group JWKC (waving to LRM, ECB, Harrietthespy -- hey ladies!) and through Livejournal (Hi to Lizzy, Kidlit Kim, KellyR, Cynthea, Sascha, TGG and many, many more).

I've completed one MG novel, whcih a few agents requested to read more (waiting is just so much fun, hence the sudden burst in posting) , and am plugging through mss two and three.

Thanks to Verla and all the moderators for this helping hand!
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Post by: Amanda Coppedge on August 08, 2006, 07:10 AM
Hello, my name is Amanda Coppedge.  I live in south Florida and I'm a Librarian Trainee in the children's section of a local library.  I hope to be a full-fledged children's or young adult librarian one day.

I started writing when I was about nine years old and I haven't stopped.  While I was in college I fell in love with Donna Tartt's "The Secret History" and tried my hand at adult fiction for awhile.  I wrote a book called "Water and Honey" and got a nibble from Macadam/Cage (the publishers of "The Time Traveler's Wife") but they passed.  I got not one but *two* lovely, detailed personals from them, though!

Spent awhile revising and revising and re-revising WandH until I realized--this is ridiculous.  Why am I struggling to write adult fiction when YA and MG come so much more naturally to me?  I got over my fangirl crush on Donna Tartt and started working on several projects for the younger set.

What a friendly world this is.  People just keep guiding me to these wonderful resources--a local SCBWI critique group, Cynthea Liu's site and this wonderful message board, for example.  Everyone is so supportive and kind and full of wonderful advice and ideas.  I'm happy to be here. 
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Post by: chrisser on August 08, 2006, 07:58 AM
Hi,

Add one more newbie to the mix! I've lurked for a few months, seeking solace among fellow writers as I wait for responses to queries and obsessively check for tidbits about agent response times. I write MG, with one novel finished (the full with an agent now--my nerves are shot!) and a second novel nearly complete.

I live with my hubby and two boys in Manila, Philippines. We're on year three of a three-year contract before moving back to the States. Networking/querying/critiquing is a challenge from this part of the world. Thank the stars for the Internet, and this site in particular.

Because I've been living vicariously through other posters, I must thank the many blue boarders for their support and encouraging words!  :) From now on I'll be brave and do some posting of my own.

Warm wishes,
Chrisser
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Post by: Jenny Moss on August 08, 2006, 08:06 AM
Welcome, Amanda & Chrisser!

I read THE SECRET HiSTORY years ago.  I couldn't believe how young Tartt was when she wrote it.  Didn't she take a long break from writing?  I like your title: WATER AND HONEY. 
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Post by: Amanda Coppedge on August 08, 2006, 10:42 AM
I read THE SECRET HiSTORY years ago.  I couldn't believe how young Tartt was when she wrote it.  Didn't she take a long break from writing?  I like your title: WATER AND HONEY. 

Thanks!  I plan to turn it into a YA someday.  I just needed to work on other stuff for awhile.

She did take a long break from writing, about 10 years.  Her newest book is "The Little Friend" and . . . well, if you can't say something nice . . .  :-X
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Post by: Brenda on August 08, 2006, 07:00 PM
WELCOME to all the new posters!
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Post by: dreams_drawer on August 10, 2006, 07:44 PM
Gee.......thanks everyone!

I'll visit this site more often!! :D
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Post by: Grey Malkin on August 14, 2006, 01:28 PM
Hi all, newbie here. The site came highly recommended so I thought I'd check it out. It's like smiley heaven in here - look at all those things up there. Best use one quick,  :band

Anyway, I'm from the UK, just been pitching a YA novel out. The full script is with an agent and I'm spending way too much time checking my Inbox in case she gets back to me. Are there many brits in here?

Grey Malkin
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Post by: Grey Malkin on August 14, 2006, 01:29 PM
You can see I'm new to smileys - I thought I was just going to get the drummer.  ;D :moose ;D
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on August 14, 2006, 02:03 PM
Not a Brit - but, welcome, Grey.  This is a great place!  (and the smileys are awesome!)   :yup

Julia
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Post by: Slushpal on August 15, 2006, 08:28 PM
Welcome newcomers, I'm new here myself. But the water seems fine!

 :laugh:
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Post by: Sam Hranac on August 15, 2006, 09:14 PM
OK. I'll say hello in the right thread this time. As for the faces...
:z:
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Post by: Skarecrow on August 16, 2006, 01:53 PM
Hi first time poster....recommended here by Pam Calvert...I appreciate her heads up......I am a retired FBI agent of 20 years, and a cop of another 12....32 in all, if I remember how to add....I published three short stories for children in 1984-1990....thought I would give it a try again, now that I am retired...loving this site so far, except I am becoming hypnotized and dizzy from all of the action above this screen....Aiiiieeeee!  Nice to have met you through these postings.....Skarecrow
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Post by: Cassandra on August 16, 2006, 05:44 PM
Welcome, Skarecrow. Any friend of Pam is a friend of ours!
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Post by: ghostgirl on August 16, 2006, 05:59 PM
Welcome Skarecrow!  What a fascinating background :police: 
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Post by: Sloopster on August 16, 2006, 06:06 PM
Oh hey, I never did this. My name is Loopie Snood - yes really. I write chapter books and picture books as well as YA. My YAs are published under a pseudonym - no I'm not telling you the pseudonym because that would defeat the purpose of having it wouldn't it? Of course I'm not quite sure what that purpose is I'm trying not to defeat but whatever...


:cuccoan:  :pig :moose :horse <<< just because I like farm animals and yes I know moose aren't generally farm animals but I live in Canada and depending on where you live in Canada you will get moose on your farm. And YES I also know that a broom handle horse is not on a farm unless it's some kind of lazy farmer who doesn't know how to take care of real horses but it's as close as the board has - OKAY?

BTW did I mention I was a bit ummm.... excentric?


Loopie
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Post by: WriterRoss on August 16, 2006, 10:33 PM
Hang on, Slooopy (Loopie), hang on (yeah YEAH yeah YEAH)!
Stick around. I suspect you can teach us kids something or another!

 :cuccoan: :cuccoan: :cuccoan: :cuccoan: :cuccoan: :cuccoan:

And welcome to all the other new friends. You've come to the Write Place to talk Writing. {}

 :pencil: :dancing: :pencil:

(We dance with pencils here) ;>

-Pamela

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Post by: Rebecca Kraft Rector on August 20, 2006, 05:46 AM
Guess I should have posted here before.  I'm a one year lurker who moved to Florida where the other writers must be playing on the beach because I can't find them.  I'm a children's librarian, have a book out with Delacorte, a short story in the new Kingfisher Book of Horse and Pony Stories, and other stuff in various magazines.  Love this board!
Becky
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Post by: Amanda Coppedge on August 20, 2006, 06:02 AM
Guess I should have posted here before.  I'm a one year lurker who moved to Florida where the other writers must be playing on the beach because I can't find them.  I'm a children's librarian, have a book out with Delacorte, a short story in the new Kingfisher Book of Horse and Pony Stories, and other stuff in various magazines.  Love this board!
Becky

I'm in south Florida, Becky, and I'm a children's librarian in training.  You're not alone. ;)
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Post by: Amanda Coppedge on August 20, 2006, 06:06 AM
Guess I should have posted here before.  I'm a one year lurker who moved to Florida where the other writers must be playing on the beach because I can't find them.  I'm a children's librarian, have a book out with Delacorte, a short story in the new Kingfisher Book of Horse and Pony Stories, and other stuff in various magazines.  Love this board!
Becky

And I have shelved your book on our paperback racks many, many times.  I always had to re-shelve it because somebody else would put it under "Kraft" instead of "Rector." :)
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Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on August 20, 2006, 06:22 AM
I'm in central Florida, Becky, and there are some writers here!  But then, the beach isn't that close to me here.  Maybe you're living in the wrong part of Florida...?  :)
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Post by: Rebecca Kraft Rector on August 20, 2006, 08:01 AM
I'm so happy to hear from Florida writers! Hello homies!  :hug1:
 Life on Mars, I'm in central Florida, too--Lakeland!  Acoppedge--thank you for saying you've shelved my book.  Hopefully that means someone has checked it out.  You've both made my day!
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Post by: Elaine (aka sweetpea) on August 20, 2006, 10:14 AM
Hi, another newbie! I was prompted to join the boards because I heard that there was a wealth of information here. So far, that's true!

I'm from CT and my first book, Death at Deacon Pond,  will be out next month.

I look forward to chatting with all of you!
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Post by: G.R. on August 20, 2006, 05:20 PM
Welcome to the board, sweetpea. Congratulations on getting your first book published! :)

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Post by: Elaine (aka sweetpea) on August 21, 2006, 04:57 AM
Thank you, G. R. !
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Post by: Gregor on August 21, 2006, 07:49 PM
Greetings from Minnesota! I am a writer and illustrator of picture books, I make my real money working at a manufacturing plant, but if my first book ever sees the light of day and does well maybe it will lead to bigger and brighter things. You can read my tale of woe under the "Response Time - Publishers" topic.  Look for Stemmer House and follow the thread. This is like writing the authors bio for the dust jacket of my book...I haven't really done a damn thing so there's not much to say.  Me and my lovely wife have three wonderful children and we like to keep things pretty crazy around here, everything is in a constant state of chaos it seems. You can veiw my book at www.stemmer.com , you can't actually buy it yet, but you can view it. This all leads back to my tale of woe...  Anyways, I do think someday I will make it, I just need to keep working on my books and plugging along. Hey? Any odder Minnesotans out dere?
"You Betcha Hey!!"
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Post by: SharonP on August 21, 2006, 08:18 PM
Welcome!  I am from a much odder place called Alabama where people say y'all and eat spoon bread, but now I am a Southerner living in Connecticut.  The cover art is quite nice! Good luck with your book!       

Sharon
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Post by: Bonnie Shimko on August 22, 2006, 03:13 PM
I'm a retired teacher turned young adult novelist.  I'm having a ball.   :D
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Post by: G.R. on August 23, 2006, 06:20 PM
Welcome, Bonnie! :)

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Post by: leafchaser on August 25, 2006, 02:01 PM
Salutations, and a pleasant evening to all

I go by the name Leafchaser, a wolf in one of my stories. I have been writing for some time now, though I
am unpublished. I am an antique child who still marvels at the world around me, the clouds, trees, etc. Some years back I took a collage course in childrens litt, and was informed that "White middle class males" have no business writing for children. I was, and am not detered by ignorence. I write of Elves and Faeries, a toade named Thaddeus, and things that I hold dear, morals, ethics, honesty and hope. Well I must be off, leteraly and figuretively.
Your Humble Servant
Leafchaser
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Post by: G.R. on August 25, 2006, 06:51 PM
Welcome to the board, leafchaser. :)

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Post by: Elaine (aka sweetpea) on August 26, 2006, 02:40 PM
Welcome!  I am from a much odder place called Alabama where people say y'all and eat spoon bread, but now I am a Southerner living in Connecticut.  The cover art is quite nice! Good luck with your book!       

Sharon

As a lifelong New Englander (CT, too!) I have to admit (with embarassment, of course) that I have no idea what spoon bread is. Forgive my ignorance, but is it a biscuit?
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Post by: gretchenlaskas on September 08, 2006, 07:25 PM
I've been cautiously reading my way through the boards and making a few posts here and there.  This is a great site, very informative, and I'm already suggesting it to people who are looking for information about children's writing and publishing.  Thank you, Verla Kay!

My first YA will be published this February -- it's called THE MINER'S DAUGHTER and is set in West Virginia, where my family has lived for eight generations.  As with my adult novel, THE MIDWIFE'S TALE, it incorporates my love of history of any kind -- oral history, family history, local history and just plain history history!

Looking forward to meeting all of you,
Gretchen
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Post by: andracill on September 08, 2006, 08:18 PM
Hi, Gretchen!  I'm reprehn on SCBWI boards -- how nice to have you here :)
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Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on September 08, 2006, 09:37 PM
Hi Gretchen!  I remember you from the SCBWI boards, although I don't really post there anymore.  Nice to see you.
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Post by: WriterKat on September 08, 2006, 10:04 PM
Hi everyone,

I am a regular poster on SCBWI, and came over here a few months ago, looked around, and now am back.  I am a hopeful writer, working on PB's and a self-help book although fiction seems more my bent at the moment. I have numerous rejection letters to prove my commitment to said aspirations.  :band    I also have 2 kids -  4 & 5 yr old and I am a licensed psychotherapist (work part-time). 

I'm currently reading Eats Shoots and Leaves since I have been reminded that my punctuation is irratic and often elusive. 

It's fun reading everyone's posts on the blue boards. It seems like a great community, with some familiar "faces".

Gretchen - your story looks great. My husband is from WV, so I will be anxious to check your book out.  :)

--Anne
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Post by: WriterKat on September 08, 2006, 10:08 PM
Yikes..I didn't intend the bad to be quite so huge. I just liked the guitar guy.
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Post by: Anne Marie on September 09, 2006, 04:13 AM
Hi Gretchen!

Nice to see you here, too!

Anne Marie
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on September 09, 2006, 04:36 AM
Hi Gretchen and WriterKat - and all other newbies...this is a great place! Welcome!

Julia :D
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on September 09, 2006, 05:11 AM
Hi newbies!  Gretchen, this is where I hang rather than the SCBWI boards -- I met you at the MD conference.  Nice to see you here and I look forward to your book!
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Post by: andracill on September 09, 2006, 10:24 AM
Hi, anne!  Always nice to 'see' familiar faces over here ;)
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Post by: gretchenlaskas on September 09, 2006, 11:44 AM
(laughing) So some of you I have to know not only by your real name, but also your SCBWI handle and the name you use here!!!

I'm telling you, writing for children is not for the faint of heart!!!!

But I'm very glad to be here, meeting new people and getting to know others even better.

Gretchen
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Post by: Skarecrow on September 09, 2006, 01:54 PM
I am new here as well....a retired FBI agent trying to find the time (I FOUND IT!!) to write....I published three short stories for children in the 80's.....a good start...now I want to try some MG or YA books......I enjoy what I am seeing here so far....thanks Verla for having the site up and running....and all others for the good advice and good reads....
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Post by: Jaina on September 09, 2006, 02:10 PM
Welcome, Skarecrow.  Your screen name reminds me of Scarecrow and Mrs. King, hee hee.  I'm sure your life experience will add all kinds of great spice to a MG or YA!  Have fun reading the boards!
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Post by: Skarecrow on September 09, 2006, 02:17 PM
thank you Jaina.....10-4....lol....good to be here...I hope you are right about my life's experiences...we shall see....later...Skarecrow
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Post by: Bish on September 09, 2006, 04:51 PM
Hi everyone, :balloongroup:

I am a newbie here and struggling to figure out how to use these boards. To tell you just a bit about myself...I'm a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and am having some small success getting a few things published. I've had stories and articles in Spider Magazine, Wee Ones, and on the ICL website. Recently a story of mine was published in an anthology put out by Blooming Tree Press and I've had acceptances (it's all a waiting process) with Fun For Kidz and My Friend.

I'm origianlly from the Virgin Islands...hense the picture of the sunset. I'm married and live in Texas and consider Vijaya to be a friend. I'm excited to be here!!!

Bish
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Post by: ghostgirl on September 09, 2006, 05:08 PM
Welcome, Bish!  There's a ton on the blueboards.  Just wade in and swim around for a while.  And don't hesitate to post a question of your own.  And major congratulations on your work! :yay  You'll find lots of friendly advice, commiseration, and fun here.  :horse  Enjoy!
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Post by: Bish on September 09, 2006, 05:16 PM
Thanks ghostgirl

I go to one place and try to get back to where I was before and...get lost. But I'll "finger" it out eventually. :horse Feeling quixotic.
 
I think I'm going to like using all these little figures.

Does the spell check work? I keep getting a "this page cannot be displayed," message.

Bish
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Post by: rainchains on September 09, 2006, 05:46 PM
Hey Bish,
Welcome! :jump  I have seen you on the ICL boards many times. Break a lead!  :hug1:
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Post by: ShirleyH on September 09, 2006, 06:08 PM
Does the spell check work? I keep getting a "this page cannot be displayed," message.

Bish

Sorry, spell check isn't working.

Welcome to the boards!
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Post by: Bish on September 10, 2006, 03:13 AM
Hi Rainchains!

I've seen you on the ICL boards as well. I have retired from there and moved operations to this site...as it were. Expanding horizons. Sometimes I can be a little... :snail: slow...

And thanks ShirleyH for letting me know about spell check. I'll have to keep my dictionary handy! I've always loved to write, and always been a terrible speller. Aren't there some famous authors who were in the same boat?

Bish
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Post by: Maurene on September 11, 2006, 10:08 AM
Hello, Everyone!

My name is Maurene, and I'm new to the boards, but not to writing. I write for middle graders and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction. I've been reading through all the posts (okay, not ALL), and am looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Maurene

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Post by: Stef on September 11, 2006, 10:40 AM
Hi, Maurene, welcome!  I looked at your Web site.  Congrats on your Smartwriters win! 

Stef
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Post by: Maurene on September 11, 2006, 06:31 PM
Thanks, Stef, for the welcome and congrats. Yeah, SmartWriters pretty much made my year!   :dancing:
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Post by: momalisa on September 12, 2006, 08:36 AM
Hi Everyone!
I am new here and very happy to have made my way over.  I am a columnist for a local magazine in South Florida.  I recently started taking the writing for children and teens course with ICL.  My first story was just published in Fandangle Magazine and I hope it is the first of many more. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you.

 :typing:

Lisa
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Post by: rainchains on September 12, 2006, 09:33 AM
Hello Lisa,
Don't I know you from somewhere? LOL  :writing3:
Welcome to the Blueboard!  :hug1:
Rainchains
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Post by: Ev on September 12, 2006, 11:55 AM
Welcome Bish, Maurene, and Lisa!  Sounds like all 3 of you have oodles of writing talent.  We'll look forward to your contributions on the Blueboard and to congratulating you on your future acceptances.  :books:

Have fun!

And best wishes,
Ev
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on September 12, 2006, 01:17 PM
Hi Bish, Maureen and Lisa - welcome to the blueboard!   :hug1:  It's a great place to be!

Julia
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Post by: funnyface on September 19, 2006, 03:11 PM
Hey! I'm Judy and although I'm new to these boards, I see some familiar names from the SCBWI boards where I go by the name of Glasscage.

I'm from the Philly area and I've been writing YA and MG for about ten years.

When I'm procrastinating, you'll hear from me a lot, and when I'm actually writing, I'll be MIA for weeks at a time.

Nice to meet all of you!
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Post by: ghostgirl on September 19, 2006, 05:41 PM
Great to see you here, Judy!   ;D  It's a friendly, witty, fun group! :jump
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Post by: Ev on September 19, 2006, 06:56 PM
Welcome, Judy!  We're always happy to "see" new faces here and look forward to getting to know you better.

Best wishes to you,  :lov:
Ev
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Post by: fuego80027 on September 28, 2006, 06:50 AM
Very nice to "meet" you Judy! Oh yes the procrastinating I have been doing some of that my self :o
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on September 28, 2006, 09:22 AM
Hi Judy - welcome!  This is a great place!   :hug1:

Julia
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Post by: Vijaya on September 28, 2006, 10:34 AM
Welcome!  This is absolutely the best place to procrastinate.
Vijaya
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Post by: Maurene on September 28, 2006, 03:27 PM
Hi Judy, Welcome!
I'm new here myself, and find these boards very helpful and encouraging. As a master procrastinator, I can appreciate your comments about posting!  ;D
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Post by: skylark on September 29, 2006, 10:52 PM
Hello!

I'm a newbie here, too... I just posted a critique group opening in the crit group forum.

I wanted to say hi to everyone. Glad to be here!  I've heard a lot about Verla's awesome site, and it seems like a great place to be.

Nice to meet all of you. :-)
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Post by: ghostgirl on September 30, 2006, 12:58 PM
Nice to meet you, Skylark! :girl  Welcome!
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Post by: G.R. on October 03, 2006, 06:26 PM
Welcome to the board, dmh! :)

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Post by: celiason on October 12, 2006, 10:45 AM
Hello to everybody. 
I am enjoying roaming through the website.There is a  lot of useful information here!
I am new to children's writing, so this should be an adventure!
 :writing3:
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Post by: Maurene on October 12, 2006, 01:35 PM
Welcome, Celiason!

There is a LOT of great information and great people as well! Enjoy!

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Post by: ghostgirl on October 12, 2006, 02:36 PM
Welcome, Celiason!  It's a great place to find information, support, and lots of fun.   :horse
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Post by: celiason on October 13, 2006, 05:01 AM
Good Morning!

Thanks for the Welcome, Maurene and Ghostgirl!

 I am looking forward to meeting everyone!

-C  :writing3:
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Post by: Wordbender on October 15, 2006, 04:43 PM
Hey everyone!

I am new to this board - obviously.  I like to write middle-grade stuff.  I have a manuscript being considered by Harcourt at the moment and I am also beginning that wonderful search for an agent.  I have three queries out, but no responses yet.  I live in a fairly isolated part of the country and do not have many options for finding a critique group, so I live for these discussion boards.  It sometimes feels like my only link to the outside world.
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Post by: Sam Hranac on October 15, 2006, 05:13 PM
Welcome! Do you belong to any writers groups like the SCBWI? They might help you hook up to an online crit group.
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Post by: ghostgirl on October 15, 2006, 07:21 PM
Welcome, Wordbender!  You'll find lots of support here.  What part of the country do you call Home? 
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on October 16, 2006, 04:58 AM
Welcome, Wordbender!  This is a great place to be!   :yup

Julia

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Post by: kabarson on October 16, 2006, 05:00 AM
Welcome! It is a link to the outside world and also a great source of information and procrastination!
Kelly
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Post by: Wordbender on October 16, 2006, 09:55 AM
Thanks for the welcome everyone!

I live in the west end of Nebraska, surrounded by prairie and not much else, so I do look to writer's websites for most of my support.  I am a member of SCBWI, but I haven't yet taken the plunge of joining an online critique group.  It probably took me five years to write (and finish) my first novel and now I am embarking on the equally long journey of trying to get it published.  I look forward to reading about everyone else's experiences in the days to come.  What a wonderful place for writer's to come together.  I'm only sorry I didn't discover this site earlier.

Anne
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Post by: Liesl on October 18, 2006, 08:54 AM
Hi Everyone!

I'm Liesl and new to this site. I've been working on my writing for a couple years now (inbetween my wife and mother duties,) and have three stories ready to be published in a few magazines. My first will be published this December in Guideposts Sweet 16. Can't wait to see my story in print!

I am also working on a Children's PB and a YA novel so I like to dabble in everything and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. I've already learned lots just by viewing the threads.

Liesl
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Post by: ShirleyH on October 18, 2006, 08:57 AM
Welcome! Congrats on your first credit!
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Post by: ghostgirl on October 18, 2006, 10:44 AM
Hi, Liesl!  Welcome aboard!  Congrats on your magazine credits  :balloongroup:  I have a variety of irons in the fire, too, but I think I've found my niche in YA fiction.  This is a great group of people.  Feel free to ask lots of questions  ;D
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Post by: merbear95695 on October 18, 2006, 12:22 PM
Hello everyone, I guess this is where you post to introduce yourself!  I'm Merbear, a student and wannabe writer.  I have been working on several YA novels, with a  manuscript under review at Blooming Tree Press (fingers crossed!).  This seems like a fun site, and I've enjoyed looking at all the threads--learned a lot too!  Looking forward to meeting people!

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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on October 18, 2006, 12:25 PM
Welcome,  Merbear!   Good luck with your ms.   I just had a first-chapter critique by Miriam Hees at Blooming Tree.   She was really nice.

I've learned a lot here too. 
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Post by: ghostgirl on October 18, 2006, 03:43 PM
Welcome Merbear!  And good luck with Blooming Tree Press!   :clover
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Post by: agulati on October 18, 2006, 08:39 PM
Hi Everyone,
I'm new here too. I've been writing and subbing seriously for about 2 yrs. now. I've managed to rack up quite a few magazine credits, so I've been trying to concentrate on my PB and an early chapter book. It's been an unsettling year though, with a big household move. So that's eaten up quite a bit of my time. Glad to be here.
Annette
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Post by: Skarecrow on October 19, 2006, 03:59 AM
Welcome, Annette:  I think you're really gonna love this board....good luck in all of your writing and subbing....

Skarecrow
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on October 19, 2006, 04:37 AM
Welcome, Annette - it's a great place to be!   :yup

Julia
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Post by: ghostgirl on October 19, 2006, 06:50 AM
Welcome Annette!   :balloongroup:
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Post by: Elaine (aka sweetpea) on October 19, 2006, 08:39 AM
I live in the west end of Nebraska, surrounded by prairie and not much else, so I do look to writer's websites for most of my support.

Anne, I may be in the woods of Connecticut instead of the prairie, but I know what you mean! There was a local writer's group that met at the library and I tried it out but no one really did much in the way of revisions. Plus, with a 2 page limit, it would have taken a million years to get through a novel...
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Post by: Jo Knowles on October 19, 2006, 01:03 PM
Hi all!

I'm new here, too, but I think I may know many of you from LiveJournal.  (And I admit I've lurked here before. Who hasn't?)

 :)

Anyway, it's great to finally be here!

~Jo
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on October 19, 2006, 01:12 PM
Welcome to all the new people.

Hi, Jo. Did you make the apple crumble yet?  :)

Owl 
(boreal owl on LJ) 

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Post by: Jo Knowles on October 19, 2006, 01:26 PM
Hi!

No crumble yet, but I attempted baked apples.

One exploded!

...but it still tasted good.

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Post by: Anne Marie on October 19, 2006, 01:29 PM
So glad to see you here, Jo!

Anne Marie
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Post by: Skarecrow on October 19, 2006, 05:30 PM
Hi Jo, and welcome...I loved your website and thoughts...that is cool about Robert Cormier...I just started reading the Chocolate War...third chapter....you are right..it is good...now I have to read yours....good luck in all you do...

Skarecrow
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Post by: Jaina on October 19, 2006, 05:57 PM
Love the FAQ on your page, Jo.  Welcome!
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Post by: shebec on October 19, 2006, 06:18 PM
Hello everyone!
I am new to this site and am loving all the information here.
I just graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and moved to Los Angeles. I'm currently working on a few picture books and a YA novel.
I'm in the market for a critique group, and I'm open to online or face-to-face groups. I've been meaning to join SCBWI to help me network, but I keep putting it off. The initial $75 membership fee is a big factor in my forgetfulness, I must admit! But soon, I'll do it, maybe as an early Christmas present to myself.
Anyway, as a recent grad, I'm new to publishing. Writing is something I really got interested in during my junior year, and I've been working at it since, but that's still not a long time at all. I'm definitely eager to learn! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!
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Post by: G.R. on October 19, 2006, 06:53 PM
Welcome, Becca. I hope you have fun posting here! :)

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Post by: ShirleyH on October 19, 2006, 07:04 PM
Welcome, Becca!


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Post by: ghostgirl on October 19, 2006, 07:45 PM
Welcome, Becca!  It's a great place to be  ;D
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Post by: Jo Knowles on October 20, 2006, 04:31 AM
Love the FAQ on your page, Jo.  Welcome!

Thanks, Jaina!!

 :)
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Post by: Jaina on October 20, 2006, 04:42 AM
Welcome, Becca!  Have fun looking around!
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on October 20, 2006, 04:46 AM
Welcome, Becca - it's a great place!   :yup

Julia
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Post by: shebec on October 20, 2006, 09:08 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! I look forward to getting to know you all!
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Post by: Rachel Hamby on November 05, 2006, 08:18 PM
Hello, I have been reading and enjoying all of the great info that is posted on this site.  I have written a few PB's, and am also interested in Early Readers.  Look forward to learning from everyone's experience.
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Post by: dwrites on November 05, 2006, 08:27 PM
Welcome. You'll love it here. The teacup avatar is great. Did you take the photo?

Diana
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Post by: Rachel Hamby on November 05, 2006, 09:02 PM
I stole it from my teenage daughter's collection!
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Post by: Wordbender on November 06, 2006, 08:14 AM
Welcome!  It really is a wonderful site for children's writers and illustrators.  Have fun.

Anne
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Post by: cdb on November 06, 2006, 08:42 AM
Hello All

Found this site yesterday and it feels like heaven. You all inspire me.  I wish each one of you the best in your endeavors.
I'm probably not as serious as most of you, but I do enjoy writing and once in awhile the spirit moves.  I have enjoyed one rejection letter.
My name is  Carole, mom or gramma.  The word "lurk" sorta makes me itch, so I will probably "hang" here often. I'm not very shy and sometimes insert my foot in my mouth, if I do that here, feel free to  :!.  I'm really a big kid at heart and love that Verla invites us to play. The creativity here is so life-giving. Thank you all.
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Post by: G.R. on November 06, 2006, 05:51 PM
Welcome, Carole! I'm glad you're enjoying it here so far. :)

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Post by: ghostgirl on November 07, 2006, 06:20 AM
Welcome Carole and R Hamby!  This is a wonderful place!  ;D
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Post by: M W McKen47 on November 08, 2006, 03:35 PM
I am new to this board.  My name is Marion and I am an Elementary Teacher currently I am working as a teacher's substitute.  I have written several books, most of them are children's.  I currently have one book that is being published.  It is an adult fiction.  The next step is for me to see the cover design.

Looking forward to this new venture.
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Post by: ShirleyH on November 08, 2006, 03:38 PM
Welcome to the board, Marion!

Shirley
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Post by: cdb on November 08, 2006, 04:04 PM
I am new to this board.  My name is Marion and I am an Elementary Teacher currently I am working as a teacher's substitute.  I have written several books, most of them are children's.  I currently have one book that is being published.  It is an adult fiction.  The next step is for me to see the cover design.

Looking forward to this new venture.

From one newcomer to another, Welcome!
This is a great site. I haven't been here a week yet, but I'm learning much from the people who post here. Good luck to you!

Carole
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Post by: Sam Hranac on November 08, 2006, 04:32 PM
Welcome to the blue crew, Marion!
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Post by: Wordbender on November 11, 2006, 06:12 PM
Hi Marion,

Have fun looking around.  It is a great place for writers.
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Post by: Kitty B on November 12, 2006, 10:14 AM
Hi. Most people go from A to B to C to D. I'm one of the few who go from A to B to C to Q.  Here I am 50 years old and at Q. Translation: I've had a really bizarre life,  and am rediscovering an old passion for writing.  Over the years I have written for newspapers.  I have won some poetrty contests, and have even gotten one poem published in a major magazine.  I have recentley written a children's book as a tribute to my daughter who was killed in 2000. There's that Q again. I have started sending it out to publishers.  Recentley I have been reading a lot of books on writing, publishing and book promotions.  I am learning so much.  A recurring theme in these books is to connect with other writers. I have socially isolated myself since my daughter's death, so I barely know any people, let alone writers. I've been checking out websites and this one seems to have a lot of practical advice. I will mostly lurk and learn, but will have questions from time to time.  I seem to have a problem putting an end to my stories, and this one is giving me the same problem. AS pathetic as I sound I am really enjoying my recently rekindled love of writing, and plan to seriously pursue the path it is leading to.  :horse I just really liked this posty.
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Post by: Jaina on November 12, 2006, 11:30 AM
Welcome, Kitty!  Glad you like the board so far.  Along with the practical advice, you will also get a certain amount of nuttiness!  :duh:  None of it from me, of course.
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Post by: Wordbender on November 12, 2006, 12:30 PM
Hello Kitty (hmm...that has a familiar sound to it)   ;D     Welcome!
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Post by: Maurene on November 12, 2006, 12:53 PM
Welcome, Kitty!
You'll find lots of great information and writing support here.  :hug1:
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on November 12, 2006, 08:04 PM
And maybe you'll work your way up to attending writer conferences and a critique group.   It's hard to write in a vacuum,  I know.    :)
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Post by: Kitty B on November 13, 2006, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the welcome.  I would like to join a critque group and attend some writer's conferences.  I've been to a conference at
Trenton State College years ago.  They have one every spring.  I'd like to go this year. I plan to join SCWI early next year, and attend some of their's as well.  I would be in the Eastern PA chapter. Is anyone here from the Philadelphia area?  You guys have the cutest postys. :balloongroup:
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Post by: M W McKen47 on November 16, 2006, 04:19 PM
Hello, my name is Marion McKenney and I have one book in the preproduction stage.  Currently I am waiting to see my book cover design.  AFter that, I think things are going to go pretty fast. :pencil:  :jump :EmoticonDollar:

I have also written several children's books and am in the process of sending them out for review.  Of course, I have receiv ed several rejection letters.  I'm trying not to let them bother me.  I just keep writing, revising and sending them out again.

I am also an Elementary Education Teacher.

I am married and I have three adult children and two grandsons.
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Post by: G.R. on November 16, 2006, 06:43 PM
Welcome to the board, Marion! :)

Congratulations on the one book, and good luck with the others.

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Post by: SarahP on November 23, 2006, 04:06 PM
Howdy!

What a terrific resource this board is--thanks in advance to all the writers and readers here who are sharing their experiences and wisdom.

I'm a writer of fantasy and science fiction and an active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).  My short stories have appeared in Cicada, Realms of Fantasy, the new anthology Year's Best Paranormal Romance, and lots of other print and online places.  So anyway, I wrote a novel last year, got an agent in July, and the book is out to ten editors as we speak.  The weird thing is, my agent is marketing it NOT to genre publishers like Tor and Del Rey (which is what I expected), but to more mainstream ones like Knopf and Simon & Schuster, so I'm having to re-envision myself as a children's writer while trying to figure out the publishing business from this angle.  And, I'm finding, it's really different!

Personally, I have a PhD in English literature, work full-time at the University of Iowa, am married to a mad scientist, and have two little kids.
 
Cheers!
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Post by: ShirleyH on November 23, 2006, 04:50 PM
Welcome to the board!

Shirley
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Post by: SarahP on November 24, 2006, 12:52 PM
Thanks, ShirleyH!

Sooooo many of my questions have already been answered...
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Post by: Carrie on November 25, 2006, 11:29 AM
Hello, everyone. :) I'm so excited to have found this place. I've lurked for a while, and have learned so much from all of you.

I'm Carrie, twenty-something, and a bookseller who writes YA fantasy (for the most part). I look forward to getting to know you all better. :)
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Post by: ShirleyH on November 25, 2006, 12:27 PM
Welcome to the board, chibeth!

ShirleyH
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Post by: ghostgirl on November 25, 2006, 01:22 PM
Howdy Carrie!  Welcome to the blue boards  ;D
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Post by: M W McKen47 on November 25, 2006, 06:50 PM
Thanks to all of you for welcoming me.  I'm really excited about this board and feel that it will help me in my writing of children's books and finding publishers for them. :pencil: :study :angel :love

Marion
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Post by: M W McKen47 on November 25, 2006, 07:05 PM
Sorry, I had already posted on this subject.  Please disregard.
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Post by: Jen on November 26, 2006, 09:20 AM
I've been Jen on the yella and was jen on the live chat until the chat decided it hated me enough to change my name to "slacker" every time I signed in, so now I'm jen_ (clever, huh?  Sadly, it took me about a week to come up with that solution)

I'm youngish and write primarily MG and YA contemporary fantasy, usually not too heavy on the fantastical elements end...

Wow- reading over the early entries on this thread is such a blast to the past.  Can you believe this thread has been going for over three years?  It's so funny to go back and read the very earliest introductions...
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Post by: Jaina on November 26, 2006, 11:43 AM
I try not to read my old posts, Jen.  I don't even agree with what I wrote two hours ago, so I definitely don't want to read what I wrote three years ago!  But yeah, it is very strange to look at the dates on some of these!
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Post by: Larry on November 27, 2006, 02:35 PM
Greetings,
 I'm a new member. My name is Larry and I am an elementary school principal in Orangefield, Texas (go west and end up in Louisiana, go south and get wet in the Gulf of Mexico). Hurricane Rita visited us last year. My favorite areas are middle-grade and YA, but love picture books as well. I've been soooo close to publication/acceptance by notable agents. I write because I can't imagine not writing. I'm still submitting to agents who handle my type of material. Seems to be the best way to bypass the slush pile. I'm always happy to receive comments and/or feedback.

Happy writing!
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on November 27, 2006, 02:44 PM
Welcome, Larry - this is a great place to be!   :yup

Julia
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Post by: Larry on November 28, 2006, 07:23 AM
Ouch! Guess geography wasn't my best subject! Actually Louisiana is EAST of where I live. Any fans of the Preditors and Editors site out there?

Have a great day!
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Post by: Stef on November 28, 2006, 07:27 AM
I know the points of the compass in real life, but for some reason, east and west on paper (or ether) trip me up every time.  Welcome, Principal Larry, and good luck with your writing!
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Post by: Maurene on November 28, 2006, 08:56 AM
Welcome, Larry! I think you'll find this board to be very supportive.
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Post by: Wordbender on November 28, 2006, 11:36 AM
Welcome Larry!
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Post by: brendao on November 29, 2006, 08:49 AM
Hi All, I'm new at posting but not at lurking. I've finished one contemporary MG and started another. I've been writing in one way or another most of my adult life (journalism, English teacher, freelance writer), but I finally decided to take the plunge and write a novel last year. I've never felt so happy, even getting chapters shredded in critique groups and wrestling with the rewrites. I'm so grateful to have this board, so I'm not as lonely here in the basement while my preschooler is away a few hours. I started querying and building my rejection collection a month ago, and it's making me weak in the knees. But I'm forging ahead. On to my next query!  :paper:
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Post by: Jaina on November 29, 2006, 11:10 AM
Welcome, BrrendaO!  Sounds like you've entered the big brave world of working writerdom, for sure.  I also write MGs and teach English and have a preschooler, but I'm not so fond of wrestling with rewrites--sigh.  Have a great time looking around the board!
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Post by: Wordbender on November 29, 2006, 01:27 PM
Hi Brendao,

Best of luck with the submission process! 

- Anne
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on November 29, 2006, 01:43 PM
Welcome, Brendao - good luck with your submissions!

Julia :writing3:
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Post by: Carrie on December 05, 2006, 06:43 PM
Thank you all for the lovely greetings. :)

And welcome Larry and Brendao!
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Post by: Bish on December 06, 2006, 05:42 AM
Welcome Larry & Brendao(and all the other's I've missed). As a still new board member I'm still learning my way around and have already gotten some wonderful advise.

Stef, FYI...on paper, west is always your left hand, east is always your right. :confused2: Took me a while to get it too.
I know the points of the compass in real life, but for some reason, east and west on paper (or ether) trip me up every time.  Welcome, Principal Larry, and good luck with your writing!
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Post by: Stef on December 06, 2006, 06:11 AM
Stef, FYI...on paper, west is always your left hand, east is always your right. :confused2: Took me a while to get it too.

 :o  But what if I'm facing south?????  I guess I meant that I know the directions in my head, but somehow it gets switched around before it gets written on paper.  I will keep your tip in mind when I'm reading a map and there's no compass rose, though!  Thanks, Bish!
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Post by: mpoet on December 06, 2006, 10:53 AM
Hello, everyone....
I have been lurking and learning so much from this site.  What a positive and encouraging community!  My name is Mary and I live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  I divide my time between teaching and writing. I love to write poetry for children, and my poems have been published in Ladybug Magazine, in an anthology, and with an on-line educational publisher.  I also enjoy writing for adults; I write commentaries about education for our local NPR station, and the occasional article for a local parenting newspaper.  It's great to be here.
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on December 06, 2006, 10:55 AM
welcome mpoet - it is a great place!   :yup

Julia
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Post by: Maurene on December 06, 2006, 01:32 PM
Welcome, Mary!
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Post by: celiason on December 11, 2006, 01:48 PM
Welcome Mary,

This IS a great site and has a wealth of resources ---mostly in the wonderful people that are here!

They are very knowledgable and supportive!

ME :lov:
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Post by: YAchicka on December 11, 2006, 07:46 PM
Howdy all! I am a newbie here, but have been dragged through the rejection shredder for a number of years now. My first book, YA memoir - very serious and deep, had a wonderful agent and many close calls with publishers as well as enough rewrites and rejections for me to finally bury it and part ways with wonderful agent. I also had a PB accepted by an editor at a smallish house that reshuffled before my contract was signed. I had to un-tell everyone about my book deal when the new regime decided to pass.  :eek5:
I'm now in the process of revising a YA chick lit novel that has had some interest from agents, but no offers as of yet. After years of dealing with the very personal connection I had to my memoir, writing fiction has been so fun and freeing and I hope to write more of it. (Two agents have mentioned my new book's sequel potential - but let's not get ahead of ourselves, right?  ;) )
Anyway, I have to say, I came to this board feeling tired and alone and am so encouraged by the support here. :hug1:
Thank you to all of you.  :balloongroup:
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Post by: ghostgirl on December 11, 2006, 08:38 PM
Welcome, YAchicka! You'll love this place.   Sounds as though you've made the rounds and taken your lumps (sorry for the cliche's! ::) )  That's great that you've had so much interest.  Good luck! 
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Post by: Janniel on December 20, 2006, 01:39 PM
Hi everyone.

I'm another newbie in this field, although if you want to read boring articles on computers and enterprise software, I have a few I can send you.

I was here, yesterday, doing the happy dance on one of the other forums, celebrating some of the members' good news. And now, I read YAchicka's story and feel like crying myself. What chance do I have when someone such obvious talent can't crack the code.

YAchicka, a friend of mine who is a published author says he wrote his memoirs first, just to get himself out of the way so he could write the rest of his books.  Keep plugging away and one day there will be publishers begging for your more personal story!

Now I am off to post a request for help. If any of you have time to answer, I'm sure Santa will give you special credits this year!

TIA,
Jan

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Post by: Kitty B on December 20, 2006, 03:26 PM
Hi Jan. Welcome to the blue board. First bit of advice, Don't compare yourself to anyone else.  If the visual and performing arts had anything to do with talent, Brittany Spears would still be living in a broken down trailer.  In writing more than any other art form it is about perserverance.  It is also about learning and pushing yourself to a higher standard of writing with each word you write. If you get published along the way that's great. I feel like that is secondary to communicating with and inspiring or entertaining your readers. I think I might even take my own advice.  :horse
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Post by: YAchicka on December 20, 2006, 07:41 PM
Hi Jan,
I like that about getting the memoir out of the way - and I'm sorry if I painted a bleak picture. I'm honesly still in love with this craft and process and couldn't imagine anything else this satisfying. Publishing would be a nice bonus, but I feel great about how much I've grown as a writer through all my ups and downs.
Everyone's path is different, but we must never never never give up.  :horse :horse :horse
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Post by: CJRay on December 26, 2006, 09:12 AM
Hi everyone!!

I am a newbie as well, and I must say that I am so excited about having a place to come where I know that there are others who will understand.

My name is Cherie, and I am a "working my bum bum off to get published" author just as many of ya'll.  I am also a homeschooling mother of two, and assist my husband with ministry and life coaching, which tends to keep me busy as well.

I write YA fiction, and following a disturbing situation with a subsidy publisher (who wasn't completely upfront about being so, or maybe I was just naive  :faint:), I have found myself thrown into the realms of the quest for the ever elusive literary agent. This place has been a total God-send for me because I was really feeling down and all by myself.  The writing life can feel lonely at times, and it has been soooooo refreshing to hear the encouraging words that you guys give each other, as well as the pats on the back when something great happens.  Thanks!

Write on!
CJ
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Post by: Wordbender on December 26, 2006, 09:42 AM
Welcome CJ!  I think you'll find you have signed on at a good time.  Things should really start picking up after the first of the year as everyone begins subbing again and getting their writing houses in order once more.   :)  - Anne
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Post by: CJRay on December 27, 2006, 03:48 PM
Thank you Anne.   :D
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Post by: mpoet on December 29, 2006, 03:31 PM
Welcome, CJ.  I'm pretty new around here, too, and I learn so much from reading all these wonderful posts!  As a teacher, I'm totally impressed that you have the time and discipline to homeschool your children AND write!  Wow.
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Post by: CJRay on December 29, 2006, 03:55 PM
Welcome MPoet!

Thanks for your response, but don't be too impressed, as it (homeschooling and writing) hasn't been without its challenges.  It's like with any other occupation.  Making the time to write while juggling a hectic schedule is the dilemma of many.  It also helps me now that we have been homeschooling for eight years, and have found our rythym.  Things have settled in quite a bit now that the girls are older.  But, there are still occasions when the house looks as if it has thrown up  :feelbad: and the washing machine is crying out, "Feed me, Seymour!"  And, then there are the times that I have to put the sign on my doorknob that says, "Shhh! Mom's working on your college tuition!"  :typing:

CJ  :)
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Post by: mpoet on January 01, 2007, 06:08 PM
YAChicka, I just had to respond to your post because I think your graphic (avatar?) is the funniest.  It gives me a chuckle each time I see it.  You write for older kids, I write for younger kids... but we're both pretty new to this board.  Thanks for the chuckle, and good luck with your writing. 
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Post by: YAchicka on January 02, 2007, 06:00 AM
Thank you - the picture helps alleviate the guilt radiating from the piles of dirty laundry surrounding my desk.
 :writing3:
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Post by: CJRay on January 02, 2007, 07:17 AM
I'm so glad to know that my laundry room isn't the only one that looks like it has thrown up on itself.  :feelbad:  I feel so much better now!  :dancing:
CJ
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Post by: Gerri on January 02, 2007, 12:07 PM
* Hi,

This is a wonderful online community and many thanks to everyone for keeping the discussions ongoing.  I've been a lurker for several months and have learned so much from all of you.  Recently, I finally got the guts to start posting.

Well, I've been writing young adult contemporary and historical fiction for many years, with the neverending hope of having my first book published.  I'm also a member of SCBWI.  While continuing with the ups and downs of writing I've realized that I can't go on much longer without reaching out to others.  For a long time I figured I really didn't have much to offer, let alone enough expertise to give any advice.  But, everyone's willingness to share their experiences has helped me try to get over my shyness as well as to make the effort to be just as open and helpful.  Actually, it took a lot for me to share my latest disappointment in the That Stinks! thread, under No Longer About to Be Published.  Everyone's supportive comments have touched me deeply and made me understand that a writer can't travel on the rocky road to publication in isolation.  So, I look forward to continuing on with discussions here. 

* Best wishes to all of you for many successes, Gerri

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Post by: CJRay on January 02, 2007, 03:22 PM
Welcome Gerri!

So glad you've joined the group, and that you've begun posting.  I'm new as well, and really appreciate having this place to come to.  Have a great New Year full of writing success!  :writing3:

CJ  :laugh:
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Post by: Gerri on January 02, 2007, 06:26 PM
* Thank you, Cherie!  May the New Year be productive and fruitful to you also! 

Greetings and good wishes to everybody else too. * Gerri 
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Post by: mpoet on January 02, 2007, 07:47 PM
Welcome, Gerri.  I feel as you do-- that writing can feel very isolating, and it helps to have a community of people who share the same passion!  I'm pretty new here, too, and I get very inspired by all the energy of this writing community.
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Post by: ShanaS on January 03, 2007, 08:15 AM
I posted a few times already, but I just recently saw this thread and I figured I'd introduce myself. Some of you may know me from Backspace or Critique Circle. I'm currently shopping my edgy YA novel, Premature Evacuation. I had some close calls in representation, but I'm still searching. Check out the first chapter here: http://www.prematureevacuation.com

Aside from that, I have two other WIPs, both in ugly first draft stage. One is a sweet YA novel targeted at a younger audience than PremEvac, and the other is women's fiction.

My short story, Apathy, has been published in the January 2007 issue of The Deepening. It's literary, and definately not suitable for YA/children's.

I'm twenty-five and live just outside NYC. I'm a computer animator working on the superbowl graphics for my day job. I've also done compositing and animation on children's movies such as The Barbie Diaries.
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Post by: CJRay on January 03, 2007, 09:44 AM
Welcome aboard!  :jump  This is a GREAT place.  You'll enjoy it, I'm sure.
CJ
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Post by: Gerri on January 03, 2007, 01:11 PM
* Thanks, mpoet.  Newcomer greetings to you too.

Shana, welcome also.  Interesting book premise and chapter.  Thanks for sharing.

* Gerri
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Post by: mpoet on January 03, 2007, 05:35 PM
Welcome, Shana.  You sound like a very productive writer.... and your day job sounds pretty fun, too!
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Post by: ShanaS on January 04, 2007, 12:32 PM
Thanks everyone! Glad to be here.

Day job is fun...but if you think writing requires a lot of revisions, you definately don't want to go into broadcast graphics!
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Post by: AnneWritesYA on January 04, 2007, 08:39 PM
Welcome, Shana! This is a great source of support and info and fun! Sounds like you have a cool day job...my daughters enjoyed the Barbie Diaries!
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Post by: Rhonda on January 05, 2007, 05:40 AM
Well, I guess I can post an introduction, eh?  :D

Hi, all.  I'm Rhonda, and I'm currently writing my second YA - it's a paranormal chick lit, like my first one is (that one I'm using to try to find an agent).

I have a Master's degree in English, and I work as an editor for a legal publishing company.  I also do freelance editing and offer grammar/self-editing workshops.

I've enjoyed reading the posts on this forum and joined recently so I could participate.

Thanks for having me!

Rhonda
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Post by: Toothpaste on January 05, 2007, 08:37 AM
And I guess I too will introduce myself!  I'm Adrienne and I am currently working on my second MG with my first one due to be published this fall.  I've been lurking about this forum for months, but I thought I just needed to join now.  May I just say I love the emoticons available here!  They are so cute!  I think this one is my favourite:  :hug:
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Post by: Jennifer D G on January 05, 2007, 09:18 AM
Hi Adrienne, I've read your posts at the Water Cooler, I think, unless there are two Toothpastes out there.

 :hug: This one is my favorite too although I rarely see anyone use it.

Welcome to the board! There's lots of great folks here.

Jennifer
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Post by: jeanclaude hoppair on January 05, 2007, 09:58 AM
Hi, I'm new here and wanted to say hello. All of you are so helpful and encouraging, quite a bit different from some other writing sites.

I have some questions about choosing an editor to look over a manuscript. Would someone tell me the best place to post those questions?

Thanks,
Jean-Claude
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Post by: Jennifer D G on January 05, 2007, 10:18 AM
Welcome Jean-Claude!

Robin Friedman at www.robinfriedman.com has a list of great interviews with editors that you might find helpful. Also, if you do a search on this board for an editor's name or a pub house name you might find what you're looking for. If not, just start a thread and ask your question. Even if your question isn't about response times, I think the Publishers category would be the best place.

I hope you get your answers!

Jennifer
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Post by: CJRay on January 05, 2007, 10:29 AM
Welcome Adrienne and Jean-Claude!   :jump  This is a terrific place.  Everyone here is very helpful.  Enjoy!  Adrienne, this one's for you... :hug: just because you like it so much!
CJ
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: mpoet on January 05, 2007, 11:13 AM
Welcome, Adrienne and Jean-Claude.  I'm sure you will find so much information and support here!
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Post by: madlibjen on January 08, 2007, 02:10 PM
Boy, am I ever glad I stumbled upon this group! Like a lot of the other newbies, I've been a lurking sponge for the past couple of weeks, soaking it all up.

I've written one adult novel, which I chose not to submit and a YA novel (14 and up), which I'm currently shopping around. (I'm still in that delirious, honeymoon phase of lots of requested partials but no word back yet. Hard to gear up for those prospective rejections, no matter what you tell yourself.)

My day job is young adult librarian, so I'm in a good place to study the genre - I have to read and review a LOT of YA. (Poor me, right? It's a lot of fun.)

Glad to join you all.

- madlibjen
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Post by: mpoet on January 08, 2007, 03:39 PM
Welcome, madlibjen.  You really are in a great position to study your genre as a librarian!  Do you ever read the Fuse #8 blog, written by a librarian about children's lit?  It's one of my favorite sites.  I also like the photo you have there.... is it Paris?
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Post by: madlibjen on January 08, 2007, 03:47 PM
Hi mpoet -

Thanks for the welcome. I had never heard of Fuse #8, so thanks for that. (I just popped over to check it out and and was immediately ready to respond to today's post, disagreeing with her about Burnett's greatest book. I'd vote for A Little Princess myself. ;)

And yes, that is indeed Paris. My husband took the picture after we climbed up Notre Dame's many stairs to hang out with the gargoyles. Sigh. Is it possible to be homesick for a trip?

-madlibjen
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Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on January 08, 2007, 03:53 PM
Goodness, I hope so!  I'm homesick for my vacation to Toronto all the time!

Being a YA librarian sounds like a really fun job.  Good luck with your partials and welcome to Verla's!
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Post by: mpoet on January 08, 2007, 06:46 PM
Madlibjen, I also feel homesick for Paris, which I visited just once.  My family did a home exchange.  The Parisian family came and spent a month in our house, and we went and lived in their apartment for a month!  We could buy lovely baguettes and cheese and produce and pretend we lived there.  So yes, I identify with your homesick comment!   :love
--Mary
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Post by: momadigan on January 11, 2007, 06:19 AM
I posted a few times already, but I just recently saw this thread and I figured I'd introduce myself. Some of you may know me from Backspace or Critique Circle. I'm currently shopping my edgy YA novel, Premature Evacuation. I had some close calls in representation, but I'm still searching. Check out the first chapter here: http://www.prematureevacuation.com

Best. Title. Ever.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: momadigan on January 11, 2007, 06:33 AM
Helloooo -

Reporting for duty, writing comrades!

I'm still figuring out the boards and all the threads. I didn't realize the "Introduce Yourself" topic was here until recently. (Thanks, Dot!)

I write YA and MG ... so far, for my own amusement.  :D

I have a YA at an agent, awaiting her decision on whether or not to represent me. She's asked for two rounds of revisions, so I'm really hoping that the final answer will be YES.  :writing3: If it's not ... well, you'll hear my cry of agony no matter where you live.  ;)

I'm currently revising another YA - one that I wrote a couple of years ago - I set it aside after it received several rejections. But I still like it, so I'm back at work on it.

I've kept a LiveJournal blog for a couple of years, and I recognize some of the names here from that community.

Time for me to get ready for work, so I'll see you later -

Lisa
(aka Mo)

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Post by: Jaina on January 11, 2007, 06:52 AM
Welcome!  I love the "iLucy" avatar!  I used to get called Lucy in college . . . I guess because I was dark-haired and crabby! :)

iJaina
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Post by: CJRay on January 11, 2007, 07:03 AM
Welcome Lisa!  Glad you're here!  :dancing:
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Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on January 11, 2007, 08:28 AM
Good to see a familiar face from LJ in another familiar place, Lisa!!  (I never knew your name was Lisa until now, either...   :))
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Post by: momadigan on January 11, 2007, 07:29 PM
Welcome!  I love the "iLucy" avatar!  I used to get called Lucy in college . . . I guess because I was dark-haired and crabby! :)

iJaina

Hee! And I love your busy penguin.

 :D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: momadigan on January 11, 2007, 07:31 PM
Welcome Lisa!  Glad you're here!  :dancing:
Thanks!!
 :books:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: momadigan on January 11, 2007, 07:34 PM
Good to see a familiar face from LJ in another familiar place, Lisa!!  (I never knew your name was Lisa until now, either...   :))

Really?

I've mentioned it occasionally.

I guess you're not parsing and dissecting each and every one of my precious posts!
 :o
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on January 11, 2007, 08:18 PM
It might also be because I am SO bad with names...it's not even funny...when I worked at Sears, I used to take the excess from my register to this girl at the office every day and I didn't remember her name for like, a year!
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Post by: YAchicka on January 12, 2007, 04:35 AM
I'm the worst at names!
I'll ask people what their name is - and then not even listen to their answer. Then we'll be talking and the whole time I'm thinking, "I can't believe I still don't know their name."
This is why I have no friends (she tells herself consolingly).
 :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on January 12, 2007, 04:49 AM
LOL.  I always say I could be trapped on an elevator with someone for five hours and the next day they could say "Hi!" and I'd give them this blank stare.  "Have we met?"

I'm terrible with names and faces.  Right now I'm trying to learn three classes full of Jeffs, Matst, Ashleys, Marks, and Whitneys.  I can tell the Ashleys and Whitneys from the Jeffs and Matts, at least.  By the end of the semester, I'll know them all and then when I see them next semester, I won't have any idea who they are.  One of my students from last semester (that was just weeks ago) just stopped me in the hall yesterday and I smiled and held a conversation and felt terrible that her place in my head has been taken!  NO idea what her name was.  It's like a disease.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: africakid on January 13, 2007, 10:02 AM
Hi, my name is Laurie and I currently live near Heidelberg, Germany.  I've been writing poetry and essay for about six years, and children's picture books for the last few years.  Just found this board, and can't wait to read more!  Since I spent my early years in Burundi, Africa, I write a lot on multicultural themes.  That's our corgi, Murphy, in the photo.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: CJRay on January 13, 2007, 11:10 AM
Great to have you aboard!  Isn't it cool how the web unites us from all over the world?  I just love that!   ;D

CJ
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Wordbender on January 13, 2007, 11:32 AM
Hi all you new people.  Welcome aboard.  And if you get a chance, check out the "May I ask a personal question" thread under "Other Stuff" so we can learn even more about you.   :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on January 13, 2007, 01:04 PM
Murphy sure is cute!  I love corgis.  Welcome, Laurie!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: momadigan on January 13, 2007, 01:23 PM
Hi, my name is Laurie and I currently live near Heidelberg, Germany.  I've been writing poetry and essay for about six years, and children's picture books for the last few years.  Just found this board, and can't wait to read more!  Since I spent my early years in Burundi, Africa, I write a lot on multicultural themes.  That's our corgi, Murphy, in the photo.

Hi, Laurie!

Welcome, from another newbie. I already love it here - I'll bet you will, too.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: RJ_Anderson on January 13, 2007, 01:49 PM
Well, I've been posting on this board off and on for a few weeks now, but I guess it's time to take the plunge...

I wrote my first novel, an embarrassing Mary-Sueriffic epic fantasy/SF crossover, in 1989. I've heard it said that every writer has to get one bad novel out of their system as part of the learning process -- well, that was mine.

My second novel, a contemporary fantasy, was written in 1994, and almost got picked up by a major publisher, but after two more years of back-and-forth the "money people" said no. I sent a query and partial to my second-favorite publisher, and they sent me a form rejection a year later. I got discouraged -- more by the long wait time between responses than by the rejections themselves -- and turned my hand to writing and posting stories online, purely for personal pleasure and the joy of feedback. This kept me busy and somewhat contented, but I kept thinking wistfully of the Contract That Might Have Been... and eventually I came back to that second novel, polished it up, and sent it out again.

As of December 2006, I've sent out my contemporary fantasy (now a YA contemporary fantasy -- a change which took only a slight mental adjustment on my part, and very little change to the actual manuscript) to an editor and two agents who expressed an interest in the full ms. I've done two rounds of revisions with this editor -- though no contract as yet -- and I'm hoping that third time's the charm...

While I wait, I'm working on my third novel. I'm trying to change my sloppy muse-driven writing habits and make my creative process more efficient by outlining in advance -- something I've never done before. I'm currently on Day Six of Karen Wiesner's 30-day process (http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/nonfiction2.html#firstdraft) for writing a first draft/outline, and am incorporating bits and pieces of the Snowflake Method (http://www.rsingermanson.com/html/the_snowflake.html) along the way. I've come up with an opening paragraph/hook I'm enormously pleased with; now I just have to write the next 80,000 or so words to follow it...
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on January 13, 2007, 06:32 PM
Welcome, RJ! :) Congratulations on getting that first book published (even though you didn't think it was very good), and good luck with your second and third ones.

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: RJ_Anderson on January 13, 2007, 06:37 PM
Oh, I didn't get my first novel published, believe me! It was unpublishable. When I said bad I meant really really bad.  :)

No, I am still waiting and hoping to be published one day.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: treading water on January 14, 2007, 03:05 PM
Hello to all.

I am a newbie that has been lurking for several weeks before finally taking the plunge.  I have learned so much from these boards already. 

I have written a MG novel and a historical fiction pb that I am shopping, with no luck so far.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: CJRay on January 14, 2007, 04:03 PM
Welcome RJ and Treading Water!  Nice to meet ya!  ;D

CJ
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on January 14, 2007, 06:27 PM
Welcome, treading water. Hope you have fun posting here! ;D

Oh, I didn't get my first novel published, believe me! It was unpublishable. When I said bad I meant really really bad.  :)

No, I am still waiting and hoping to be published one day.

Oh, okay.  :-[ Well, I hope you have better luck with your second and third ones. :)



Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Joseph Kelly on January 16, 2007, 12:04 PM
Hello everyone,

I've been looking for a few months and everyone is so helpful and friendly I knew that I had to join.  I'm enjoying my newly acquired passion for writing PB.  I believe my ideas to be very solid and creative but my writing is underwhelming and novice at best.  I hope to grow as a writer and this seems like the best place I can do that.

My old creative outlet was singing/songwriting (not for children  :band) but since I've found my own kind of personal well being and happiness I've lost the muse.

I look forward to meeting you all and thank you for the future help  :)

Joe
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on January 16, 2007, 12:07 PM
Welcome, Joe - it's a great place to be!   :yup

Julia
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lizzie on January 16, 2007, 04:47 PM
I just found this thread. Wondered where I could introduce myself, so here I am. Finally!  I go by different user names on different writer's sites. Whatever strikes me at the moment of registering. I'm known by the user name "Stormie" on the Absolute Write Water Cooler boards, where I post quite a lot. When I registered here, I chose "Lizzie" just because.  :confused2: 

I write short stories--mysteries, horror, romance; humorous poems (because I basically can't write poetry and my poems end up being humorous); I have a YA book published by a small publishing house, and a MG novel in the hands of my agent, currently making the rounds of publishing houses. I also write a lot of articles and essays.

Anyway, hi all, and glad to be here!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on January 16, 2007, 04:50 PM
welcome Lizzie (name of my MC's best friend in my WIP) - I like Stormie, too! 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: CJRay on January 16, 2007, 04:53 PM
Welcome Stormie!  Nice to have you!  :dancing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: alligan on January 16, 2007, 09:32 PM
Hi everyone. I'm completely new to ALL of this, so bear with the inexperience please.

I'm Allie, I'm a junior in college, Professional Writing major and Performance/Acting minor. I went into school hoping to come out a children's writer, but I'm finding myself possibly leaning more towards YA...luckily for me I'm taking a course in Children's Literature to help me decide or at least get my bearings. My professor listed this site on her syllabus as an interesting/informative place to check out and hence I am here. Hopefully I won't be a lurker, although I tend to lean in that direction.

Thank you in advance for all the wonderful advice just sitting here waiting for me to stumble upon it and who knows, maybe I'll be helpful!  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on January 17, 2007, 05:31 PM
Welcome to the board, Allie! I hope you have fun posting here. :)



Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: WriterRoss on January 18, 2007, 01:12 AM
Welcome to all the new writers and artists. You've picked a great place to talk shop and well, er, when all else fails...Just Talk. <g>

-Pamela

 :pencil: :typing: :pencil:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: happydude333 on January 20, 2007, 02:45 PM
hey, I'm the new kid on the block (literally)

Trying to find myself representation from an agent, glad to know there's a place like this on the web.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ghostgirl on January 20, 2007, 05:15 PM
Welcome new kids!  This is a great place! :dancing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JB on January 20, 2007, 05:47 PM
Been lurking for a good long while. Thanks to everyone for all your insight. It has helped, inspired, and kept me going through the rough patches. As for me - I'm writing in YA -contemporary fantasy at the moment, but other ideas on the proverbial back burner. Hope to work up the courage to post more in various spots. I'm thrilled to get to hang out in such a supportive environment.  
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: DellaRF on January 20, 2007, 06:06 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers! You will love the supportive environment here at Verla's! Pull up a chair. Don't be shy.  :)

~Della
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kim on January 22, 2007, 08:35 AM
I guess I'd better say hi. I've been lurking for nearly a year, and I've learned so much from this list that I had to come out of hiding, finally. My YA novel is being shopped around by my agent, and I'm able to even put that into words because I learned about agents, and publishers, and the publishing process from this list, so I have to say a huge THANK YOU to Verla Kay and the people on this board.

Thank you!!!

Kim

EDITED: To add the fact that my Thank You! didn't seem very huge, so here goes again--

 :jump :hug1:  THANK YOU!  :hug1: :jump

That's a little better.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: CJRay on January 22, 2007, 09:20 AM
Welcome to all the former "lurkers" who have taken the plunge!  So glad to have you!  The more the merrier.  :dancing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Sarah Miller on January 23, 2007, 10:26 AM
Hey kids!

I've been lurking VERY occasionally for quite some time now, but I got crazy today and joined up. I think it was Cynthia Lord's big day yesterday that finally pushed me over the edge.  ;)

Here's the scoop on me:
I've got a novel coming out with Atheneum this July. It's called MISS SPITFIRE: REACHING HELEN KELLER (http://=http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Spitfire-Reaching-Helen-Keller/dp/1416925422/sr=11-1/qid=1169576643/ref=sr_11_1/002-7971130-9772846). I don't have an official website, but you can visit the little freeweb an internet pal made for me:
http://www.freewebs.com/sarah-miller/ (http://www.freewebs.com/sarah-miller/)

I also work at an idependent children's book store, where I'm generally up to my elbows in catalogs, ARCs, and F&Gs, which I love. I write the book reviews for our newsletter and website (http://www.halfwaydownthestairs.com), and I get to order half of the frontlist. I particularly enjoy being on the frontlines of what's new in the land of Kid-lit.

Speaking of which, I'm amazed by how many authors I've run across already on this site whose ARCs are in my to-be-read pile. I have an inkling I'm in very good company here. Is there a good news-type thread anywhere for folks to show off their publishing credits? There's nothing much better than reading a glut of success stories. And besides, I do so love to hobnob!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: olmue on January 23, 2007, 10:36 AM
Welcome to all of you newly de-lurked ones, and also all you who just discovered the site! We're glad to have you!

(And it occurs to me that I have never posted in this section, so my welcome reaches back a ways!)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Wordbender on January 23, 2007, 10:38 AM
Welcome Sarah.  It's nice to see you come out of the shadows.  As you probably already know, good news abounds on this site.   - Anne
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Lenzi on January 23, 2007, 10:47 AM
Hi Sarah! Your book sounds fascinating. I've long been amazed at both Helen Keller's story and her teacher's tenacity. I'm really looking forward to reading your novel. Welcome to the Blue Board!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on January 23, 2007, 12:34 PM
Welcome to all you new members!  The Blue Board is a great place to be, as I know you've already discovered.  We'll look forward to your words of wisdom and fun to add to the mix.

Sarah, your upcoming book sounds wonderful.  As a teacher myself I have nothing but respect for Anne Sullivan (is that "Ann with an e?" I can't remember.)  Your bookstore job also sounds like it'd be great fun--lots of hard work, but great fun.

Best wishes to all,
Ev
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Sarah Miller on January 23, 2007, 01:42 PM
Thanks, everyone!


As a teacher myself I have nothing but respect for Anne Sullivan (is that "Ann with an e?" I can't remember.)

It is "Anne with an e" -- though her given name was Johanna, and she went by Annie for the majority of her life. (End of unsolicited history lesson :study )

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: momadigan on January 23, 2007, 05:04 PM
Hello, new members! Welcome.

I'm still a Newbie around here, but I've already gained so much support and helpful information that I'm never going to leave.

*crazy laugh*

 :laugh:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on January 23, 2007, 07:20 PM
Ooh, your book sounds quite interesting, Sarah!  I read quite a few books about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan myself when I was researching a blind character for a novel I was writing.  (And will someday maybe finish?)  Actually, I'm not sure if Helen Keller's story helped my research.  But it was certainly interesting!  I'll be looking out for that one!  And welcome to the Blue Boards!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Sarah Miller on January 23, 2007, 07:30 PM
I read quite a few books about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan myself when I was researching a blind character for a novel I was writing. 

Ooh, I'm nosy -- do you remember which books you read? I'm accumulating quite a collection, as you can imagine.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Gail on January 24, 2007, 06:53 AM
Welcome Sarah. I just read your Amazon profile and I'm hooked! I've got to get my hands on your book. I know I've always been fasinated by the story of Helen Keller, as I'm sure lots of people are!  But there was something about Anne, I always wanted to know more about her. I still remember the "feeling" of watching the original "Miracle Worker" as a child. It sounds like this is a project you put your heart and soul into.  I can't wait to read it!

gail
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on January 24, 2007, 08:42 AM
I just looked at your Library Thing (handy, that!) and I read a few of the ones you have on there.  The only one I read that isn't on your list is "Dear Dr. Bell, Your Friend Helen Keller", which I picked up at a thrift store.  Now I want to know--out of your fantastic collection, which ones would you most recommend?  I know I read "Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit" because I recognize that cover, and I read "The Story of My Life" of course...and I read a couple more but I can't remember the names.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Suzy Scribbles on January 25, 2007, 12:56 PM
 I found the intro page!  :yay
I've enjoyed discovering all the very cool topics, posts, and the diverse (and talented!) writers and illustrators on this board. I must confess, however, that it took me awhile to find the introductions section, so I could officially introduce myself. [Many thanks to my dear writing friend and fellow Kregel author, Steph (AKA Trixie Belden), for giving me some valuable hints. ]  :love

I've been scribbling my way through stories since I was about ten years old, outer space (like Star Trek!) being my favorite genre to write. You wonder why I made the switch from sci-fi to historical fiction/horse stories? I'm not quite sure myself, but obviously it was the right decision. I began submitting the first of my Circle C Adventure series back in 2000 and was offered a contract with Kregel in 2004. The second book came out this week.  :pencil:

When I'm not writing I'm homeschooling the last of my four children. My oldest is thirty, with children of her own, and my youngest child is 15, so you can see I've done this quite awhile. When I'm not homeschooling, I'm editing as a freelancer. When I'm not doing any of those things, you can usually find me walking on my treadmill watching a Stargate episode or an old Star Trek show (old favorites die hard).

I look forward to getting to know you all as I learn how to get around on the Blue Board!

Susan
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on January 25, 2007, 01:22 PM
Welcome, Suzy!

love horses - I'm sure I'll love your books!   :horse
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Stef on January 25, 2007, 01:32 PM
 :horse  Yeehaw, Suzy!  Glad to have you aboard, Kregel buddy!  Congrats on ANDREA CARTER AND THE DANGEROUS DECISION!

Stef
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Sarah Miller on January 25, 2007, 03:15 PM
Welcome Sarah. I just read your Amazon profile and I'm hooked! I've got to get my hands on your book. I know I've always been fasinated by the story of Helen Keller, as I'm sure lots of people are!  But there was something about Anne, I always wanted to know more about her. I still remember the "feeling" of watching the original "Miracle Worker" as a child. It sounds like this is a project you put your heart and soul into.  I can't wait to read it!

Thank you! I loving hearing that people are interested in Annie, because Helen so often steals the show. And I know what you mean about The Miracle Worker -- it still makes me cry.


I just looked at your Library Thing (handy, that!) and I read a few of the ones you have on there.  The only one I read that isn't on your list is "Dear Dr. Bell, Your Friend Helen Keller", which I picked up at a thrift store.  Now I want to know--out of your fantastic collection, which ones would you most recommend?  I know I read "Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit" because I recognize that cover, and I read "The Story of My Life" of course...and I read a couple more but I can't remember the names.

I love bookish questions like this -- brace yourself! ;)

It really depends on what/who you're most interested in...
For info on Annie, the "bible," so to speak, is Anne Sullivan Macy, by Nella Braddy. It's long been out of print, but there's an extensive (and compelling) excerpt here:
Tewksbury Historical Society (http://www.tewksburyhistoricalsociety.org/Archives/StateHospital/index.html) (It's about 1/3 pf the way down the page)

The restored editions of The Story of My Life are another great source on Annie, because they contain the letters Annie wrote while she was teaching Helen, which haven't been included in most editions since the 1950's.

On Helen herself, I prefer the biography by Dorothy Herrmann. Joseph Lash's dual bio, Helen & Teacher is terrific, but HUGE. And if you're interested in how Helen coped with Annie's death, pick up Helen Keller's Journal. It's fascinating -- one of the most honest and least flowery of Helen's books.

To understand what it's like to be deaf-blind, Helen Keller's The World I Live In can't be beat.

My absolute favorite at the moment is Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller, by Georgina Kleege. There's simply nothing else like it. I posted a longish review on LibraryThing and Amazon that'll tell you more about what makes it special. You don't have to be a Helen Keller junkie to like it, but it sure helps!

For kids, I recommend World at Her Fingertips, or the DK Bio by Leslie Gannet, as well as Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit, which you've already read. I like them because they don't use any of that fakey made-up dialogue. Another decent kids' bio on Helen which I don't own yet is part of Scholastic's In Their Own Words series; it's by George Sullivan.

Here's a direct link to my collection on LibraryThing in case anybody wants to browse:
Sarah's Anne Sullivan/Helen Keller collection (http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=sarahelizabethii&tag=Helen+Keller)

Now, are you sorry you asked? ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jackyboy on January 25, 2007, 05:53 PM
Hiya...

Also a lurker coming out to say hey.  There's so much great info on these boards, along with an amazing amount of support, that I couldn't help but join just to say thanks...you've all helped answer so many newbie questions that I've had, in a no muss no fuss way that has allowed me to get answers to my niggling questions quickly and get back to the writing.  You've also provided so many interesting and informative topics to look through, to help justify those times when I've sat down to write, but just didn't feel like writing...reading here helped me to still "work on my career."

A little about me...I've been writing/directing/editing/producing tv animation for the past 8 years, and I recently found myself with an idea that wanted to be a book rather than a cartoon.  I stumbled my way through the process (including quite a few false starts) over the fall.  I started submitting to agents in November and just received an offer for representation a couple of weeks ago... I'm knee deep in revisions right now, while writing scripts for a tv project that's just getting off the ground (and being a dad to an 8 month old daughter).  It's awesome that it's 10 degrees outside right now, because there ain't nothing to do but sit inside and write...

So, thanks again for all the stories and insight.  This is such a positive, supportive place and I'm so happy to be a part of it...

j
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on January 25, 2007, 06:17 PM
Welcome, jackyboy! I hope you have fun posting here, and good luck on those projects. :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: reggie11 on January 26, 2007, 08:03 AM
I'm so glad I found this website - it has already helped me a lot, in figuring out WHAT I am doing.  Have a novel for adults, in chapter 8 there is a poem recited by a 14-year-old...so I got the idea, why not try sending out the poem as picture book text? Got two nice rejections so far.  Am brand new to children's lit/picture books...have an MFA in poetry, mostly been concentrating on work for adults.  I like writing rhymed poetry though, being a little lighter and well...here's the comparison I like - Van Gogh started out painting people eating potatoes.  I think of one painting with a big huge heaping platter of steaming hot potatoes, and a peasant family is sitting down to eat the potatoes.

Then, later in his career, he blossomed, "or a rainbow fell on him," and he began painting really beautiful, colorful, passionate work...no more potatoes.

I guess that will be my motto:  "NO MORE POTATOES" for this ultraserious poet.

Hmmm, I don't feel like I'm saying very much about myself...just getting started, though!

Reggie
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on January 26, 2007, 06:32 PM
Welcome to the board, reggie! :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kathy E on January 29, 2007, 07:02 AM
Welcome to all!  I'm pretty new myself but this is a very helpful community.  Thank you Verla, and everyone!  Sarah, I think you'll find a lot of people's triumphant announcements under "Good News" in the "Author / Illustrator News" category.  Sounds like we'll see you there! :sing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: aecurtis on January 29, 2007, 07:39 AM
 :books: Hi, I'm Annmarie.  I've been lurking around the boards for awhile now, and figured that now would be as good a time as any to introduce myself.  I'm a children's library associate from the South FL area, and currently, I am working on a MG fantasy. ^_^  Some of you may know me from livejournal. My lj name is aecurtis also.

Nice to meet all of you :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ev on January 29, 2007, 07:51 AM
Welcome to all you new writers!  It's such fun to have new people to get to know and enjoy.
Susan, congratulations on your new book that was just released!  What an exciting time for you!
Jackyboy, congratulations on landing an agent so fast!  You obviously have great writing talents.

Best wishes to all,
Ev
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Suzy Scribbles on January 29, 2007, 01:39 PM
Thanks, all, for your warm welcome, especially to Julia, Stef, and Ev! Hey, Stephanie, you are so right. This place is not hard to navigate once you get your bearings. I am having a great time checking out everyone's posts--new ones and from the archives. Ev, I saw your post the other day in....well....maybe it was Good News? And I followed your link and saw ALL THOSE BOOKS!!  Fun, fun, fun!   :reading2:

congrats!

And no, stef, my son hasn't played around with the avatar yet, but stayed tuned, and you just might see something cool.   :momkid:

Til later,

Susan


Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: mpoet on January 31, 2007, 04:47 PM
Welcome to our newest members.  Reggie, I love to write poetry also.  I smiled at your "No More Potatoes!"  I'm going to remember that one.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: idreaminink on February 06, 2007, 06:29 PM
Hi!!!  My name is Jes and I live in southern WV ( which is totally covered with snow at the moment!)  I have been dabbling in writing for children for a few years and it's time to get serious. I have a picture book under consideration at the moment,   :dancing: so every thing I have is crossed at the moment. (which explains the typos!)

I write poetry and have a second picture book in the works, but I really, REALLY love chapter books. I have some ideas that I'd like to start on, so I guess I'll make my way over to that section and absorb all my little brain can hold.

Can't wait to meet you all!

 :hug1:

Jes
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: momadigan on February 06, 2007, 06:47 PM
Welcome, Jes!

I'm pretty new here myself, but I've found lots of support and good information on these boards.

Enjoy -

Lisa

 :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Suzy Scribbles on February 08, 2007, 08:21 AM
Welcome to you, Jes, from one Newbie to another.  :study

I put it off and put it off, but now I am very glad I joined. It is a fascinating place, and there are so many gems of ideas to mine from this board. The best way to find your way around is to just plunge on in. That's what I did. I only wish I had more hours of free time in the day to explore more.

Best of luck with your picture book, and let us know what happens!

Susan  :horse
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Zazou on February 08, 2007, 08:04 PM
Hi everyone, I'm new here and I just want to make myself known.

I've been writing on and off since I was old enough to spell. Although I didn't enjoy school, I always liked the rare english lessons where we'd get to write stories instead of doing the same boring stuff we usually did. I think I first decided to write a novel when I was about twelve and for the next few years I would often begin writing a book, although these would usually be awful second rate rip offs of whatever I happened to be reading at the time so the fact that none of my early projects ever saw the light of day is nothing but a blessing.

In January of last year, an idea for a children's novel just seemed to enter my head and I started writing it. I put a lot of work into it for a couple of weeks, until one day when I just gave up. I never really decided that I would stop writing it, I just closed the file one day and never reopened it. Over the year, I wrote a few articles for a sort of magazine that a friend of mine self-publishes and the people that read them kept telling me what a great writer I was. I think this is what gave me the confidence to reopen that word document I had created so long ago. I resumed working on it in september and the damn thing has pretty much taken over my entire life since then.

The novel in question is a fantasy novel (I guess it's an MG, although I never really attached any label to it as I was writing) and it now has very little in common with my original idea, but I think all the changes have been for the best. It's not quite done yet, but I'm happy with a lot of it and I think I maybe at the point where I might just be able to show it to someone. Maybe.
I don't think I've ever worked so hard on anything in my entire life, so it's far too late to give up now.

Anyway, it's nice to be here. I've been browsing this forum for a while and it seems like a very supportive place.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Liz on February 09, 2007, 06:33 AM
Welcome!  You will find sooo much support and information here!

 :writing3:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on February 09, 2007, 09:20 AM
Yay for you, Zazou for picking up that project again!  Hope you have fun here at Big Blue.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: CJRay on February 09, 2007, 10:10 AM
Welcome Jes, Suzy, Zazou, and Reggie! (If I left anyone new out, I'm sorry and a great BIG "welcome" to you too!)  So glad ya'll have joined us.

This place ROCKS!  :yup Everyone is so supportive and giving of themselves. I hope ya'll have a great time here!

CJ
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Zazou on February 09, 2007, 10:33 AM
Thank you all for the welcomes.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: agulati on February 09, 2007, 12:46 PM
Welcome everyone! I've been here only a short while and I've already learned so much!
And Zazou--fantasy is quite hot with the MG and YA markets. Glad you returned to your story!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Deva on February 11, 2007, 04:06 AM
Hello! I just joined up here after lurking here for a while, mostly researching literary agents who might represent YA fantasy. I wanted to greet everyone and thank you all for this great resource!

I mostly write YA fantasy, though I also enjoy sf and mysteries (especially those with a historical setting). I've been writing since I was a kid, adding several bad novels to my trunk along the way. I recently (after many, many rejections) acquired a literary agent interested in representing my most recent completed work and am still not quite used to the idea that my novel is out there with editors even now. It's probably best I NOT think about it, and concentrate on revising my new novel (because it sure needs it!).

I look forward to reading more and getting to know the other folks on this board!

Deva
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Post by: idreaminink on February 11, 2007, 08:50 AM
Thanks for the great welcome. Everyone here has been so kind.

I just wanted to say hi to the other newbies. ::waves frantically:: 

See you around the board!

Jes   :hug1:
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Post by: momadigan on February 13, 2007, 05:53 AM
Hello! I just joined up here after lurking here for a while, mostly researching literary agents who might represent YA fantasy. I wanted to greet everyone and thank you all for this great resource!

I mostly write YA fantasy, though I also enjoy sf and mysteries (especially those with a historical setting). I've been writing since I was a kid, adding several bad novels to my trunk along the way. I recently (after many, many rejections) acquired a literary agent interested in representing my most recent completed work and am still not quite used to the idea that my novel is out there with editors even now. It's probably best I NOT think about it, and concentrate on revising my new novel (because it sure needs it!).

I look forward to reading more and getting to know the other folks on this board!

Deva

How exciting!

Welcome and keep us posted!

Lisa  :yup
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Post by: brendasturgis on February 13, 2007, 01:06 PM
I realize that this is probably a stupid question, but I have just discovered this message board.  I don't know what crater I have been hiding in for the last three years, but tooling around this site, I have noticed that people have pictures, or pictures of their books, and I was wondering how they download that here. 

No tomato throwing please... This is my first post.
Thank you,
Brenda 
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Post by: cdb on February 13, 2007, 01:13 PM


            Hi Brenda!

         Go to the blue profile button at the top. Choose forum profile information. You should be able to manage from there.

       Also, there's a place to introduce yourself under writing, I think.

         WELCOME  :balloongroup:
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Post by: Avvy on February 13, 2007, 03:22 PM
Welcome to the board. I just recently found it as well, when I was searching and searching for some infomation on a publishing house response time for a full.

Anyways, after you click on the blue profile button at the top of this page, you will get another page. Click on the forum profile information on the left hand side. This will bring up the page to upload your own picture.

Welcome to the board.
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Post by: brendasturgis on February 13, 2007, 03:23 PM
But how did you get your picture next to your post name?
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Post by: cdb on February 13, 2007, 03:29 PM


         Hi Brenda!

          LOL, just go there and you will figure it out. LOL


        Carole
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Post by: shelly on February 13, 2007, 03:32 PM
Hi Brenda! It looks like you figured it out.

I just wanted to say welcome!
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Post by: brendasturgis on February 13, 2007, 03:37 PM
Thanks Shelly so much, and next venture, I am going to learn how to sign my name as a leftie without smearing.  HA!
Love your book, it is one of my new favorites, and someday I hope you will be able to say the same thing about a book of mine.
Working diligently on thid end to make it happen.
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Post by: cdb on February 13, 2007, 03:42 PM



          Way to go Brenda! I see you now.   ^-^

           Carole
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on February 13, 2007, 10:49 PM
Welcome!    :girl

Christine
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Post by: AooH on February 14, 2007, 12:16 PM
Welcome, Brenda!
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Post by: brendasturgis on February 14, 2007, 12:20 PM
Thanks for the nice welcome
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Post by: DellaRF on February 15, 2007, 07:33 PM
Welcome to all the new folks on the Blue Board!!! Buckle your seatbelts, and enjoy the ride!!!   :D
~Della
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Post by: momalisa on February 20, 2007, 06:37 PM
Hi all!
I'm actually re-introducing myself since had my account deleted due to inactivity.  :spaz  I'll try to come around more often this time.  Looks like a fun place!
I'm a columnist for a local magazine down here in South Florida.  I'm also a student with the Institute of Children's Literature.  I've had one children's story published at Fandangle.  I have three kids ages 10, 12 and 15 who I also refer to as my research subjects.
I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the writing market and look forward to chatting with you all!

Lisa

 :dancing:   
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Post by: momadigan on February 20, 2007, 07:15 PM
Hi momalisa - welcome!

From Lisa, who sometimes calls herself momadigan.

 :books:
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Post by: momalisa on February 20, 2007, 08:32 PM
Yay! A fellow Moma!
Thanks for the welcome.

 :sing:
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Post by: Inkygirl on February 21, 2007, 01:13 PM
Hello all! I'm a freelance writer and illustrator living in Toronto. I've published a nonfiction book (The Writer's Online Marketplace with Writer's Digest Books), a bunch of nonfiction pieces for online/print pubs, some short stories, and poetry. I've been interested in writing children's books for quite a while now but got distracted by online stuff; I started a Web site called for Inkspot for children's writers ages ago, but it ballooned into other types of writing, took up more and more of my time (time I should have been WRITING :-)) and I eventually sold it. I'm back to what I love best now, trying very hard to get books for young people published. I have an agent at Curtis Brown, and am currently revising a novel for young people after an editor expressed enough interest in my book to work with me on revision suggestions. Wish me luck!!

I've heard many wonderful things about Verla Kay and this message board over the years, and look forward to being an active member.

Debbie
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Post by: ghostgirl on February 21, 2007, 01:18 PM
Welcome Debbie...and momalisa...and anyone else I've missed lately.  This is a wonderful place! :laugh:
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Post by: zeke1450 on February 21, 2007, 06:11 PM
Howdy folks! Stephen here from Maine. I just joined and my head is spinning from all the knowledge here! I started writing children's picture books 5 months ago. I have 6 completed with more in the works. I submitted my  work to 4 places and 3 weeks ago I received 3 approvals! (1 rejection) I have NEVER written before. I have been going crazy on the computer trying to research the business end of writing. Boy, is my head spinning! :faint: I can spend months on this wedsite trying to learn from the best.  :typing: This site is the best!!! ;D Thank you, in advance, for all your help!
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Post by: G.R. on February 21, 2007, 06:19 PM
Welcome, Stephen! I hope you have fun posting here. :)

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Post by: zeke1450 on February 21, 2007, 06:31 PM
I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :dancing:
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Post by: momalisa on February 21, 2007, 07:55 PM
Thanks for the welcome Ghostgirl and welcome to any other fellow newbies.  This site is so full of info I could spend hours on here!  This is really going to cut into my writing time!  LOL

Lisa
 :books:
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Post by: Gina Black on February 22, 2007, 09:15 PM
Hi  Everybody,

What a lot of fun smilies. I can see I'm going to have lots of fun here.  :dancing:

I'm writing my first YA, which is my third book. My first was a historical romance, and the next was a contemporary romance geared toward the Harlequin/Silhouette empire that I later tried to change to single title. Now it's a weird hybrid that doesn't really work, but I still love it.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone...

Gina
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Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on February 23, 2007, 05:12 AM
Welcome, Gina! Sounds like you're :writing3: one busy writer!

Donna
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Post by: momalisa on February 23, 2007, 08:45 AM
Hi Gina, you're quite the accomplished newbie!  Hope you find the site as useful as I do.  There's a lot of stuff here!!! 

Lisa
 :books:
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Post by: Sam Hranac on February 23, 2007, 09:44 AM
Welcome all!
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Post by: DellaRF on February 23, 2007, 10:54 AM
Welcome momalisa, Gina Black, Inkygirl, and all the new members! Happy writing/illustrating!!! You're in the right place!

~Della
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Post by: Gina Black on February 23, 2007, 03:07 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. Looking forward to getting to know you all, and tapping into the wisdom of this group. :yup

Gina
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Post by: Jaina on February 23, 2007, 03:12 PM
Ohhh, Gina!  I love your avatar!  Makes me want to sing!  Hey, let's go--hey, let's go--we're happy as can be . . .

Jaina (who preferred the dubbing BEFORE they redid it with the Fanning sisters, but what the heck--any Totoro is good Totoro!)
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Post by: CJRay on February 23, 2007, 03:13 PM
WOW! I love how often I've been welcoming newbies! It's awesome!  :dancing:

It wasn't that long ago that I was a newbie myself. I have been so blessed to be a part of something so terrific as Verla's place. Glad to have you guys and gals join us.

CJ
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Post by: momalisa on February 23, 2007, 05:27 PM
Thanks for all the nice welcome messages.

I am really enjoying the site!  (and all the smileys   :momkid: :momkid: :momkid: )

Lisa
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Post by: Dancre on February 24, 2007, 02:00 PM
Hello, all.  I wanted to slip in and say Hi.  My name is Kim and I've just started writing children's books.  I was writing spy novels, but my parents insisted I turn to children's books, and well, what could I say?  So I did and I'm glad I did it.  Anyway, I have a question for you all.  I"m writing a fantasy story for teens ages 14 and up.  So would it be classified as YA teen?  Thanks so much in advance and I hope to learn from all of you.   :horse

kim
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Post by: Paula on February 24, 2007, 06:33 PM
Hi everyone,

Alma told me about 'the boards' at the Toronto CANSCAIP conference in November, and it only took me 3.5 months to get here!
 :snail:
My main excuse is that I've been working hard doing revisions on a YA manuscript being seriously considered by a small Canadian publisher. I've also had two very positive, full-page rejection letters on another YA novel and two personalized messages at the bottom of form letters for a PB, so I feel like I'm moving in the right direction. Can't wait until my four-year-old is in school full-time!

I'm really excited to become a part of this community.

Paula  :)
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Post by: G.R. on February 24, 2007, 08:06 PM
Welcome, Kim and Paula! I hope you both have fun posting here. :)

Anyway, I have a question for you all.  I"m writing a fantasy story for teens ages 14 and up.  So would it be classified as YA teen? 

For ages 14 and up, that sounds like YA to me.  :yup

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Post by: EmeraldGown on February 25, 2007, 08:23 AM
Hello Everyone,

I have not written in the "introduce yourself" board and I've been here a couple of months, so I guess I should.

I knew when I was about 9 years old that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.  My sis told me that the word I was looking for was "author" since I wanted to write books!  Since I was a child, it was children's books (obviously) that I wanted to write.

Twelve years ago, when I was young and inexperienced, I got an agent right off the bat (someone well-known in children's publishing) and she got me work.  I wrote a couple of bios for young children for an educational publisher.  The first one was badly written as I heeded some bad advice and literally chopped my sentences in half to make it "easier reading".  The second one was better.  I also ghost-wrote a book for an established series for a book packager.  I actually wrote the book on my own and gave it to my agent who pestered the packager until they finally needed a book and they bought it!  They asked me to change the end so that it wouldn't be so similar to a book they were about to publish, and I did.  It was a fun experience, but probably because I've always wanted to write a children's book series of my own!

Anyway, my agent died and I got involved in teaching and I put writing fiction aside, although I still had a couple of articles published in Catholic periodicals and a another bio (this time for adults) published as well.  My real DREAM DREAM DREAM is to publish kids FICTION books under my own name (not an established pen name). 

Last year I threw myself back into it.  I wrote two books for a series I had been dreaming about writing AND I wrote a Trixie Belden for fun (since I have always wanted to) and had that posted online and I did that all in 9 months.  I could do that since I wasn't working, but since I began working  full-time in September, I've slowed down somewhat.

Still, I am writing a graphic novel....  I am up to page 80.... It shouldn't be more than 110 pages....

It's great to be here.  I love the Blue Board. It's such a supportive place to be and it's great to read about other people going through the same things I am.  Especially on the great agent hunt.  Good luck to everyone!
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Post by: Suzy Scribbles on February 25, 2007, 09:06 AM
EmeraldGown!
Please may I read your on-line Trixie Beldon story? Stef (another BlueBoarder) and I are Trixie Beldon fans from way back! Please post the link or PM me.
It sounds like you have some writing credits under your belt and that you are a go-getter. Here's to your ultimate success!   :sing:

Susan  :horse
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Post by: EmeraldGown on February 25, 2007, 10:52 AM
You are PMed, Susan.  Thanks for the interest and for your well-wishes!    :laugh:
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Post by: Dancre on February 26, 2007, 09:55 AM
Welcome, Kim and Paula! I hope you both have fun posting here. :)

Anyway, I have a question for you all.  I"m writing a fantasy story for teens ages 14 and up.  So would it be classified as YA teen? 

For ages 14 and up, that sounds like YA to me.  :yup



Thanks, GR!!  I hope to learn more from this site!! 

kim
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Post by: G.R. on February 26, 2007, 07:43 PM
You're welcome. :) And I know you will -- just browse through these threads, and check out any topics that might be of interest to you (that's what I've been doing here, for the most part).

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Post by: Dancre on February 27, 2007, 08:18 AM
You're welcome. :) And I know you will -- just browse through these threads, and check out any topics that might be of interest to you (that's what I've been doing here, for the most part).



Yeap, that's what I'm doing and I'm learning a lot.  I wrote a spy novel about a couple of years ago, but no one wanted it.  :(  But I learned how to write!!  I also learned what the publishers are looking for, so I don't count it as a loss.  It seems that writing a YA is similiar to my adult book, but at a lower lever for the kids.  I'm going to make it into fantasy trilogy.  I guess the books need to be around 50,000 words each, yes?   I"m used to writing around 80,000.  I"m half way to my mark.   I hope to be done by Junish?  I work for an accountant, so I'm having to work a lot of overtime due to tax season, which cuts into my writing time.  But we'll see.   

kim
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Post by: LadyBard on March 02, 2007, 03:33 PM
Hey Everyone,

I'm very happy to be here.  I write for children and young adults -- Pictures books and YA novels.  I haven't had anything published yet, but I remain hopeful.  I haven't been very consistant in sending out stories.  I start all gun ho, and then when the rejections start, I stop sending them for a while then start up again.

Right now I'm in a sending mode and I think this time it's going to stick.  After all, what have I got to lose ?

I just sent 3 of my babies off into the unknown and two more are ready to go.  I'm hoping for the best.
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Post by: G.R. on March 03, 2007, 06:32 PM
Welcome, LadyBard. :) I hope you have fun posting here, and I wish you luck with your submissions. (I haven't had anything published yet, either.)

 :clover

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Post by: momalisa on March 05, 2007, 09:08 AM
Welcome Kim, Paula, Emeraldgown and ladybard.  (anyone else I may have missed since i was last on this board.)  Enjoy this wonderful and info filled site!  I certainly am.

Lisa

 :books:
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Post by: millencake on March 05, 2007, 09:26 AM
i thought i should finally do this.  i have been a member for a week or two and i love this site.  you all are amazingly helpful and supportive.

being an author has always been a dream of mine, but not one that i never actively pursued.  then i finished college, shelved my degree, got a generic cubicle job that bored me.  after a few excrutiating months, i decided to start writing in my down time at work. 

so, i've only been writing fiction since september 2006.  i love it.  i have one finished adult comedic novel and one YA novel.  I also have about 15 short stories either finished or near finished.  most of my writing is bizarre and wacky and involves people who don;t live or think by conventional means (for better or worse). 

i really love writing and reading short stories, but young adult literature is a close second.  i still feel like a kid most of the time, so that's where i feel comfortable.  i am also currently attempting a very dark adult thriller and have a few other novels in progress.

i soemtimes worry that writing multiple projects at the same time weakens the work and will burn me out, but in the end, it's what works best for me.  it keeps me creative and it helps me stay productive in that if it's just not working one day for one novel, i can turn to a different one and still get something accomplished.

but, i think i've rambled enough for now.

happy writing.

-chris
 :moose
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Post by: EmeraldGown on March 05, 2007, 10:49 AM
Welcome to you--and your little dog, too!
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Post by: millencake on March 05, 2007, 10:52 AM
Thanks!

Her name is Ginny and she likes to eat paper.
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Post by: momalisa on March 06, 2007, 11:20 AM
Welcome Chris!  Good luck to you and all those manuscripts!

Emeraldgown, I like to be the wicked witch!  What a world, what a world....  :evil:
Then again, you have the whole Emerald thing going on.
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Post by: momadigan on March 06, 2007, 12:35 PM
Welcome Ladybard and Millencake and, er, any others I may have missed.

Have fun here!
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Post by: EmeraldGown on March 06, 2007, 09:42 PM
Seriously, momalisa, how cute is millencake's little dog?  And then with the name "millencake" its even cuter. I dunno, something about the combo....

Welcome to one and all....
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Post by: dragonluvr2 on March 07, 2007, 12:00 PM
Hello everyone!
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I am new to this site.  The members of my on-line critique group suggested I check it out, and I am glad that I listen to them.  I have been lost in some of the threads, and they are wonderful!  I knw I can learn great things from here, and hopefully gain the knowledge I will need to finally get published.  I have had a few things published on-line, but I am waiting for the "big one," where I receive a positive letter from a publishing company or agent, who wants to see my stories in print as much as I do.

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Post by: CJRay on March 07, 2007, 01:18 PM
Welcome everyone!!  :jump
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Post by: AllyCowee on March 08, 2007, 12:35 PM
Well, this should be my 50th post so maybe I'll introduce myself  :moose

I'm Ally Cowee (aka Alessia) and I've been around the kidlit scene for a few years now. I love Verla and all she's done for the kidlit community. (And I have stories. And pictures.)  :dr

I write novels for teens, have won a few awards, and have the two bestest crit partners in the world, Laurie and Diana.

Okay. So, Hi!
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Post by: momalisa on March 08, 2007, 12:50 PM
Welcome Ally!

You are off to a fantastic start I see!
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Post by: AllyCowee on March 08, 2007, 12:57 PM
Thank you! Now if only I can figure out how to make member instead of poster :banghead: :moose
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Post by: Jaina on March 08, 2007, 01:33 PM
Ally, you have to be made a member by one of the administrators.  It can sometimes take a little time, sorry!  It used to be automatic, but we started getting some abuse of the system.
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Post by: AllyCowee on March 08, 2007, 01:41 PM
Thanks for telling me, Jaina :hug1: So I guess I'll just wait patiently then. :books:
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Post by: Scousescribe on March 10, 2007, 12:24 PM
Hi all

I'm a children's writer in the UK.  I've just finished work on a series of kids' horror novels for a UK publisher (can't say too much until they're out!), and the first book in my next series is currently with my agent for notes.  I'm now checking email every 30 seconds or so!

I've also had some success with non-fiction, and write for both the stage and children's TV here in the UK.

I'm looking forward to taking part in the forum!

Tommy
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Post by: Wordbender on March 10, 2007, 12:42 PM
Welcome Scousescribe!  And AllyCowee!...and Millencake!    :)
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Post by: Running2StandStill on March 12, 2007, 06:04 PM
Hello to all of you on the 38th page of this montrous thread! My name is Angie (a.k.a. Running2StandStill), and according to the "key stats" box up near the address bar I am the latest member of Verla's site. I have been addicted to the SCBWI boards for some time and thought I'd spread my wings and fly on over to Verla's. I write for YA and MG audiences mostly, and have a few articles published in kids mag's, but am currently trying to get "The Novel" published. Crossing my fingers right now b/c an agent has requested the full...

But I just wanted to say hello, and I'll be seeing you on the threads!  :typing:
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Post by: momadigan on March 12, 2007, 08:09 PM
Hello to all of you on the 38th page of this montrous thread! My name is Angie (a.k.a. Running2StandStill), and according to the "key stats" box up near the address bar I am the latest member of Verla's site. I have been addicted to the SCBWI boards for some time and thought I'd spread my wings and fly on over to Verla's. I write for YA and MG audiences mostly, and have a few articles published in kids mag's, but am currently trying to get "The Novel" published. Crossing my fingers right now b/c an agent has requested the full...

But I just wanted to say hello, and I'll be seeing you on the threads!  :typing:

Are you a U2 fan, by chance?  ;)

 :band
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Post by: Running2StandStill on March 13, 2007, 06:02 AM
You got it! Love that song.  :dancing:
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Post by: momadigan on March 13, 2007, 06:21 AM
You got it! Love that song.  :dancing:

It's one of my favorites, too.

 :hug:

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Post by: DellaRF on March 13, 2007, 06:57 AM
Welcome Running2StandStill, Scousescribe and AllyCowee and everyone else! Happy to have you on board!  :horse

~Della
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Post by: DixiesMom on March 16, 2007, 03:53 AM
Hi, I'm brand new here, but have been peeking for a while. What an incredible group of people you all seem to be - so full of support & insight.
I write YA and was working with an agent for a while before we decided to part company so, I guess, I'm headed back to the drawing board.
I work in TV news full time, but someday (when I grow up) I hope to make this writing thing work for me.
Thanks everyone for making this feel like such a welcome place!
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Post by: G.R. on March 16, 2007, 06:14 PM
Welcome, DixiesMom! Hope you have fun posting here. :)

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Post by: Victoria on March 17, 2007, 05:50 PM
That's it, I am officially de-lurking.  Hi, my name is Tori, and I write YA novels (specifically fantasy at the moment).  My publishing credits so far are limited to What If magazine, community publications, and a photo in Teen Ink, but I have high hopes for the book I am rewriting right now. :)  I'm a huge fan of music -- if you've ever read Sarah Dessen's Just Listen and remember the character of Owen, that's pretty much how often I listen -- and my tastes extend to almost anything, except for country, rap, and most pop.  U2 and the Calling are two of my favourite bands.  I've been stage acting as a serious hobby since 2002, although I took this year off.  I love to draw, read, and devour as much as possible about European history, and I am a huge fan of the dark side of Faerie and anything Camelot/Arthur/Guinevere-ish.

I'm glad to be here, glad to watch, glad to share, so I look forward to getting to know you.  :)  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  :clover
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Post by: G.R. on March 17, 2007, 06:45 PM
Welcome to the board, Tori, and Happy St. Paddy's Day to you too. ;D

Good luck with your current project, and I hope you have fun posting here!
 :clover
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Post by: momalisa on March 18, 2007, 04:16 PM
Welcome Tori!  I loved "Just Listen" and thought Owen was a great character.  It was easy to visualize him listening to his varying music choices.
Have fun on the boards!

Lisa

 :sing:
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Post by: momadigan on March 18, 2007, 04:31 PM
Welcome, Tori - I'm a big U2 fan, too. :band

Even my 9yo son has become a U2 fan ... it's amazing to watch a second generation become enamored of them. I try to introduce him to other bands, as well ... but he's devoted to them!

Enjoy the boards -

Lisa

 :writing3:

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Post by: Victoria on March 18, 2007, 06:04 PM
G.R., Lisa, and Lisa, thank you for the kind welcome!  U2 was the first band I ever devoted serious money to.  They just came out with a CD of 18 singles, including a few new ones, and despite the fact that I already have most of the songs on other CDs, I naturally had to buy this one as well. :D I look forward to seeing you and everyone else around the boards.

Now, time to stop procrastinating and go back to my rewrites!   :typing:
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Post by: MRD on March 18, 2007, 09:38 PM
Hi, Everyone.  I'm Melanie -- a newbie from California.  Glad to find a group of children's writers to connect w/ and hoping to contribute.  I write mostly p.b.s, though I have a middle grade chapter book in the works...hoping it goes well.  My first p.b. "The Hat that Wore Clara B." is coming out Fall '08 w/ FSG.  Pretty excited.  Thanks for a great board.  I enjoy it!

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Post by: G.R. on March 19, 2007, 07:34 PM
Welcome, Melanie! :) Congratulations on your first PB getting accepted, and I hope you have fun posting here. (I've been primarily working on PBs, too, but nothing's been accepted yet.)
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Post by: Craig on March 19, 2007, 11:45 PM
I've been lurking here for awhile, and it's probably long past time to introduce myself.

I started writing Young Adult Urban Fantasy in December.   I suppose I'm something of a newbie, considering that the only thing I've written over the last decade was ad copy.  I'm fond of the genre though, and rather pleased that it seems to have fallen into favor of late.

The Verla Kay boards have been a great resource in getting me ready to take necessary steps after completion of my first YA novel, not to mention a real buffer against the immensity of it all.  I hope that I'll be able to contribute something meaningful to community here, even if it is just my own search for representation.

-Craig
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Post by: Melissa on March 20, 2007, 08:00 AM
*waves* It's about time you de-lurked ;)  There's an almost disturbing amt of great people here. I've been kept closer to sane by being around them.  I'm glad to see that you're coming out of the shadows to join us . . .

M.
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Post by: kettleheadhats on March 23, 2007, 02:57 PM
Hello, My name is Anita,  my burning questions (where do all those cute animations on everyone's posts come from?) just got answered when I hit the replay button at the bottom of 38th page of introductions.javascript:void(0);  I'm sure I'll have more burning questions as time goes on.  I've enjoyed reading the posts so far.  Now I'm inspired to sit down and write javascript:void(0);.
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Post by: LibertyBelz on March 23, 2007, 03:07 PM
Hi!  My name is Coleen, and I write YA.  (Hi, Coleen).--Sorry.  Just had to do that.

Anyway, my YAs are all unpublished so far, though my last one, called Skipping Stones, got all the way up to acquisitions in Scholastic before it got turned down.

Right now I'm tying up the loose ends on my latest YA, called Liberty Belz & The Suburb of Doom, which is about a circus family who runs away to the suburbs.   With a smartass 14 year old protagonist, a lot of social satire, ghosts, psychics, and a murder mystery thrown in, Liberty Belz is probably nobody's idea of literary fiction, but it has been (mostly) a lot of fun to write.

Liberty Belz took first place in both the San Francisco Writing Contest and the Pikes Peak Writing Contest, which has me pretty stoked.  Now if I could just finish wrapping it up so I could get it to my agent (Caryn Wiseman), everything would be golden!

Nice to meet you all!
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Post by: G.R. on March 23, 2007, 06:08 PM
Welcome to the board, Anita and Coleen! Hope you two have fun posting here. ;D

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Post by: literaticat on March 23, 2007, 06:20 PM
Hi all -- I sort of introduced myself before, but ... not here. 

I just started coming to the board and I'm totally addicted!  I love answering questions, I read a lot and I'm a know-it-all, so this is a great procrastination site for me (as well as being very friendly and informative, so it's perfect!)

I'm a buyer for an independent bookstore in Northern California.   I'm also the events coordinator and kids/YA specialist.  And I run an author series (plus blog) called Not Your Mother's Book Club.  Oh, and I'm in school for writing.  Oh, and I'm an intern for a literary agent.

You see why I need to procrastinate?

I know a lot of you from LJ land, but I hope to meet even more of you now!

Jennifer, aka literaticat

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Post by: HeatherJoyC on March 24, 2007, 01:27 PM
I thought perhaps it was time I introduced myself.  My name is Heather and I live in Salem, Oregon. I’ve been writing children’s book since college.  It was something to pass the time during semester breaks and turned into an addiction. I’ve had some things published in children’s magazines, but I’m hoping to get a book contract someday, at least that’s my goal.  I write just about everything: From young adult to picture books.  I don’t write about anything in particular just what strikes me.  I would say that the majority of my stuff has some sort of fantasy element to it though, but not all.  I lurked on this board for about a year before I joined and I’m very glad I did.  I check it all the time. 

Anyway, just wanted to say, “Hi!”  The picture is my cat, Noah.  I write a lot late at night and he’s the only one that stays up with me, so I thought he was owed his due.
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Post by: G.R. on March 24, 2007, 07:12 PM
Welcome, Heather and Jennifer! :) I'm glad you two have been enjoying yourselves here.

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Post by: df on March 26, 2007, 03:45 PM
Another delurker here... I am a picture book writer and illustrator, with my 1st book, Scribble (yikes) out in May.

These boards are wonderful!  Such great information and support - thanks to everyone involved.

Oh, and Literaricat, I love your BG interview -

Debbie
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Post by: bcbaroo on March 26, 2007, 04:29 PM
Bill from Dallas, TX

Frst book, The Forever Dog is out in 8 days...but who's counting?

blogging here:
web.mac.com/thebillcochran

unperfected website:
thebillcochran.com

Check out my blog. I need visitors.

I'm freakin' out!
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Post by: G.R. on March 26, 2007, 07:19 PM
Welcome, Debbie and Bill -- hope you guys have fun here. And congratulations on your first books getting published! ;D

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Post by: DellaRF on March 26, 2007, 08:45 PM
Welcome Bill, Debbie, (yay on your books!), Heather and your cat, Noah, Jennifer, Coleen, Anita, Craig, Melanie, and all the newcomers to the board! Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!  ;D

~Della
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Post by: africakid on March 27, 2007, 03:51 AM
Welcome everyone!  I love how many countries and states are represented here.  Thank goodness for the web and Verla Kay!
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Post by: G.R. on March 27, 2007, 06:22 PM
Welcome to the board, courtney -- I hope you have fun posting here!

Those are some cool pics! :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Laura Bowers on April 01, 2007, 07:43 AM
Hi everyone!

Another new gal here introducing herself.  :)

My name is Laura and I'm a young adult novelist, mother of two, horse lover, baseball enthusiast and reality TV addict.  My first novel, BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT is to be released on May 1st by Harcourt and I'm also a member of the fab Class of 2k7 group.  I'm looking forward to hanging out here, and wow, I so love all these icon choices! 

(Hmm . . . should I confess how I've spent the last minute staring at the mooning icon?   :eh:  Nah, better not.  ;))
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Steven dos Santos on April 01, 2007, 01:38 PM
Hello there,

Lurker turned User here.  My name is Steven and I'm very pleased to meet all of you.  This site has been a wonderful writing resource and I'm happy to be a part of it!  I currently have a middle grade fantasy novel out to an editor and an agent (the frustrating waiting game :spaz).  Look forward to getting to know you guys.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on April 01, 2007, 06:34 PM
Welcome, Laura and Steven! I hope you both have fun posting here. :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: julia5 on April 07, 2007, 09:00 AM
Hello everyone!  A pleasure to meet all of you. Have been enjoying these boards and learning a lot of valuable stuff.

I'm a former English teacher who's been writing for awhile. Am interested in most genres, but have only published picture books and magazine pieces. Want to branch out into early readers, chapter books, and mid grade novels.
I have a special interest in multicultural fiction.  Looking forward to becoming a participant instead of just a lurker!  :typing:


Jama
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Post by: cdb on April 07, 2007, 09:31 AM



                  A BIG  WELCOME to Laura, Steven and Jama. So glad you came out from hiding! Looking forward to knowing you.


                  Carole
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Post by: brendasturgis on April 07, 2007, 02:06 PM
Welcome,
Welcome,
Welcome,

Hope you love it here as much as I do.
Brenda
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Post by: bonitap on April 07, 2007, 04:42 PM
Hello everyone.  I am still so new here that I don't even have my avatar up yet.  I have heard so much about Verla Kay and this site. I write mostly but not exclusively for children. Have had a few publications on a web zine but am still really just getting started. I am currently starting a YA fantasy and am still at that newly hatched, excited stage about the project. I am a down home Kentucky girl, a late bloomer, and a barbecue and blue-grass music fan. I am still just now exploring this website and message board and learning how to negotiate and find my way. I'm thrilled to be here.

Bonita
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: DellaRF on April 07, 2007, 05:53 PM
A big welcome to Courtney, Laura, Steven, Jama and Bonita and all the newest members!  :phat There's always a party here at Verla's!  :band
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Nordheim on April 10, 2007, 02:35 PM
Ahoy.  I am a newbie to the boards but know some of you from other boards or areas of writing.  What is there to know about me?  I guess my website tells you almost everything interesting that is writing related and family related.

www.teresanordheim.com   

 :balloongroup: Glad to be here and looking forward to meeting more of you.

Teresa
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Post by: jane on April 10, 2007, 03:25 PM
Welcome Teresa, don't I recognize you from Jacket Flap?

This is a great place! Make yourself at home.

Jane
 :cuccoan:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Thomas Kingsley Troupe (TKT) on April 10, 2007, 03:35 PM
Hiya,

I've been posting for a few weeks but I never properly introduced myself.

I'm Thomas Kingsley Troupe, a writer of MG and YA books as well as a husband/father/firefighter/EMT/geek living out in Woodbury, MN.

My first book (an early reader) "Patrick's Super Socks" comes out in January of next year.  I've completed 2 longer middle grade adventure books and recently finished a book that I'm currently querying.

I am actively seeking representation.  Act now.  Operators are standing by.

Currently, I'm working on my 'next big thing.'  It's a YA fantasy/comedy involving clerics and zombies.  Trust me.  You'd like it.

Anyway... HELLO!  Glad to be here.  I've already made some great friends on the board and looking forward to hearing from more.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on April 10, 2007, 06:55 PM
Welcome, Thomas -- I'm glad you've been enjoying the board so far. Congratulations on your first book, and good luck with finding an agent! :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Christy on April 10, 2007, 09:47 PM
Hey all! I'm a newbie but have started writing posts and love this little writing community.  :D Currently I am living in Seoul, South Korea as a preschool teacher. I have two cute boys and love to travel- both are my writing inspirations! I just started writing MG novels last year to remember my husband's and my crazy adventures. Then I realized- wow, I love to write. :typing: So I just do it everyday like one obsessed.   :werd It's addicting. Glad to have found this site!
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Post by: G.R. on April 11, 2007, 06:30 PM
Welcome to the board, Christy -- glad you like it here! ;D

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Post by: Jaina on April 12, 2007, 04:30 AM
Hiya, Christy!
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Post by: Cassandra on April 13, 2007, 01:31 PM
Welcome, to the board everyone!

Jama. I once had 20 copies of your book in my car. :) It was one of the titles we offered to the kids who came to our literacy night (years ago.)

Welcome to the board and out of lurkdom!
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Post by: wyomachinook on April 13, 2007, 01:55 PM
Welcome!

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Post by: julia5 on April 13, 2007, 01:55 PM
Thanks for the welcome, Cassandra! After much lurking hither and yon, I've found Verla Kay's boards to be the best! So many generous, friendly, and talented posters!  :dancing: :band :band :pp :momkid: :reading2:

Thanks for carrying those 20 copies in your car, too (hope they're not still there after all these years)! I'm always amazed to hear from people who've actually read something I've written.  Looking forward to visiting your website when construction is finished.
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Post by: emcrane on April 13, 2007, 02:05 PM
Hi!

Another board newbie, although I admit to past lurkage.  ;D
I write MG and YA; my debut novel Skin Deep won the Delacorte in '06 and will be out in '08.
I look forward to such a diverse community!
E
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: mhdavis on April 13, 2007, 02:10 PM
Finally getting around to introducing myself  :snail:.

I have a YA boy book about juvies-in-training at a wilderness camp that I'm trying to find an agent for, and am currently writing a YA girl book about falling in love.

This site has been invaluable for me in this tumultuous process of becoming a "real" writer. The wisdom, support, sympathy, advice and humor have kept me going as the rejections pile up. At least I now know what it means to get a "good rejection"!

Thanks all and happy writing,

Megan
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Post by: G.R. on April 13, 2007, 08:19 PM
Welcome, E and Megan! I hope you guys have a lot of fun here. :)

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Post by: aca on April 14, 2007, 11:34 AM
I'm new here too . . . my name is Abigail and I write picture books.  I participate in a local critique group in CT and participate in an online critique group for PBs.  One of my manuscripts was chosen as a finalist for the Kimberly Colen grant competition and is now at four different publishers plus two competitions (since mid-March -- haven't heard anything.) I am trying to be patient.  I have another manuscript that is about ready to be sent out . . . I'm thinking about subbing to an agent this time. I have another piece that I would like to submit to a magazine.

Lots of great information here . . . and a great community! I look forward to being more active!

Abigail
 :jump
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Post by: jodyjl on April 14, 2007, 01:17 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am excited to be here. I have known about the VerlaKay website for several years, but sometimes it takes me awhile to get on the ball!

My name is Jody, and I have been writing for children for about four years now. I enjoy writing fiction and nonfiction, puzzles and games for children. I have several publishing credits in various magazines and I recently completed my first YA novel.

I am so impressed with the wealth of information on these boards and I am looking forward to getting to know you all better.

Warmly,

Jody
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: 02 on April 14, 2007, 03:10 PM
Welcome to the board from another relative newbie  :)

See you around!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Picasojo on April 15, 2007, 04:11 PM
howz it?

I write and paint under the pseudname of Picasojo.  I have been writing for decades for my own pleasure, but now having 2 young kids, I have been motivated to get hard covered.  I have two rejection letters on file from last year.  I will dig them out to tell you what PH they were from.  I have been searching the net for useful tips and have found some about format and submission but i have always wanted to be critiqued by other writers.  Hope you guys can help.

Ciao,
Picasojo
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Post by: zeke1450 on April 15, 2007, 07:34 PM
Great to meet everybody!
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Post by: stephwc on April 22, 2007, 11:01 AM
Hi everyone,

These boards are fantastic! I've been to Verla Kay's website before but somehow never noticed the forums and message boards.  I finished the ICL Writing for Children and Teenagers course almost a year ago and have been working hard to get published.  I have something forthcoming in WeeOnes this fall.  I was supposed to have my first piece published in Dragonfly Spirit last month but that mag sadly is no longer with us. 

Thanks to my lovely online critique group I have been trying to stay motivated with writing, but of course rejection and the general insanity of life make that hard.  I really need to get myself on a schedule!

Currently I'm a stay-at-home-mom of 3 year old b/g twins (the main source of life's insanity! : ).  I used to be an elementary school teacher and may go back once my kids are in kindergarten.

It's nice to meet everyone here and I'm so glad to have found such an active and supportive community of pros and newbies!

Stephanie
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Post by: Suzy Scribbles on April 23, 2007, 06:07 PM
Welcome, welcome, Stephanie,

I haven't been a member very long, but I love this place. Where else can you "talk shop" with so many like-minded folks. It's pure fun.

 :horse
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Post by: Aspasia on April 26, 2007, 10:23 AM
Hi, I'm Rebecca and I'm a  :writing3:.

(Hello, Rebecca.)

I thought about making this a rebus introduction, since I have all those great  :fury but, well, there are only so many hours in a day, most of which are spent  :momkid: keeping track of three kids.

I write YA and adult novels, everything from contep. to fantasy. (I know, I know. The old "stick to one genre" advice  :uhuh  I tried. Really, I did.)  I've seen my educational materials and some other stuff published. That byline is nice.  :yup    So is the  :EmoticonDollar:.

A big "Good to meet ya" to everyone.
 :werd
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Post by: momadigan on April 26, 2007, 11:04 AM
Welcome all you new posters!

Have fun on the boards -

 :jump

Lisa

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Post by: bcbaroo on April 26, 2007, 12:25 PM
Ahh, a Rebus Reference... Very nice.

I'm an ad guy by paycheck and I've only heard Rebus Refered to by other ad writers... so cheers to you!

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Post by: Donna on April 26, 2007, 08:08 PM
Welcome to the boards, everyone!

Joy and peace,
Donna
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Post by: sarah_create on April 28, 2007, 02:48 AM
Hi. I'm Sarah and I write YA novels.  I look forward to meeting you on the boards.

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Post by: G.R. on April 28, 2007, 08:41 PM
Welcome, Sarah! I hope you have fun here. :)

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Post by: Debbieday on April 30, 2007, 10:58 AM
  :books: HI EVERYONE!

I'm new to this site and am just out exploring. Glad I found a place to introduce myself!
I've recently ( in the past year) dusted off my dreams to write for publication and found myself facilitating a class on Writing for Children online. I have a few children's short stories in my portfolio and am writing a YA novel as well as having another brief intro for a second tucked away. I'm always looking to network an dlearn from others so I am thrilled to have found these boards!!!

I look forward to getting to meet you!
Blessings,Debbie :reading2:
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Post by: G.R. on April 30, 2007, 07:43 PM
Welcome to the board, Debbie. :)

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Post by: amylilbit on May 08, 2007, 09:20 AM
Hi everyone,

I've made a few posts now so figured I should officially introduce myself. My name is Amy and I primarily write picture books, though I'm six chapters into my first novel right now and I'm really enjoying writing it so far.

Though not writing as a career (yet!) I have always loved to write, from the time I was little. I studied journalism in college and really started taking my fiction writing seriously when I enrolled in the writing & publishing graduate program at Emerson College. Since then I've been working on my craft and submitting the best of the bunch.

I'm still unpublished but have started to see signs of progress in the last year, with some personal rejections and winning an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest writing competition. I'm on my way!  I hope to get to know some of you here on the boards.

Happy Writing!
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Post by: G.R. on May 08, 2007, 05:35 PM
Welcome, amy! I hope you have fun posting here, and good luck with your novel. :)

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Post by: 1846 on May 10, 2007, 08:01 PM
I've posted several times now and have sort of introduced myself in another thread, but perhaps I should do it more formally here.

I'm Steve, and my long-time interest in writing has long been locked on the YA genre.  I'm a life-long resident of Iowa, now fininshing my thirty-first year as a public school teacher.  (I teach a K-4 elementary Resource Room.)  I wasn't sure when I first registered as to what level of anonymity I'd want, so I opted for the screen name 1846, which simply refers to the year Iowa became a state.

When I became heavily involved in our community theatre many years ago, I unitentionally quit writing for about ten years, except for producing our theatre's newsletter and website.  I'm trying to make up for lost time now, and i'm clearing away everything that I can (including any further theatre projects) so I'll have as much time to write as possible.  I've been back at it for 3 or 4 years, and  I have a whole stack of unpublished manuscripts written over a 25 year period.  Those will never see the light of day again, but I am hopeful for two current works in progress, one "finished," and now in it's 13th draft, and the other which is a true WIP.  I hope to have draft #1 finished before the end of June.  My finished work is a warm, family centered story, and the unfinished piece is quite a bit edgier.  Both are set in Iowa.  (And I have several more ideas that I'm just waiting to have time to develop.)  I'm also an avid YA reader.

At the end of the next school year I'll be eligible for early retirement and hope to be able to take advantage of that for the ultimate long shot gamble and write full time.  I'm delighted to have found this board and I'm ready to do what it takes to get published.  At my age, I can't afford to waste any more time if I'm going to succeed and I hope that by participating in this community I will be able to improve my writing skills and develop more knowledge about how to manuver the business side.  I thank you all for the opportunity to participate.

Steve
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Post by: momadigan on May 10, 2007, 09:10 PM
Welcome, everyone!

1846, I love your user name -

Lisa (who is neither Mo nor Madigan)
 :laugh:
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Post by: Jaina on May 11, 2007, 04:16 AM
Yay, Steve--Welcome!  I hope you'll set a book in the theatre sometime . . .  :)
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Post by: susandawn on May 11, 2007, 08:47 AM
Hi everyone, I've been lurking on these boards for a couple of months. Two of my critque-mates (what's that??) told me abou them. My name is Sue; (...don't say it...don't say it....'how do you do?' DOH.  :eek5: I knew someone would say it.  ;) ) I grew up inthe Bay Area, but I've spent my adult years in Minneapolis, scheming to find a way back to warmer climates, with salty air.

I've been writing for children for several years, and I have the rejection letter file to prove it. Although, truthfully, my biggest challenge is to get my work submitted. I need to grow thicker skin, apparently.

Anyway, I'm enjoying the boards, and look forward to meeting more of you as time goes by.

Susan Dawn
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Post by: jodyjl on May 11, 2007, 09:29 AM
Welcome Steve and Susan!

Best to you both in your writing endeavors! I haven't been here very long either - but I already can say that there is a TON of knowledge on these boards.

Jody
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Post by: JetGirl on May 11, 2007, 09:45 AM
Hello, all.  I have been lurking around here for several months, so I thought I should bother to introduce myself.   :)

I write YA fantasy, and have been widely submitting my first novel (hence all of my rejection posts on the agent and editor response times threads).   :D  I have -almost- gotten an agent not once but twice now, but alas.....no agent yet.  But I am hopeful and keep sending.  These boards have been a great place to find new leads!

My second novel is almost finished, so you can expect to see even more rejection posts.  But that won't stop me from  :writing3:  I have very thick skin.  :)

If anyone is wondering about my name or avatar.....do yourself a favor and see Tank Girl.  Or do yourself a bigger favor and read the graphic novels! :study

It's nice to be here.  :typing:
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Post by: G.R. on May 11, 2007, 07:25 PM
Welcome, JetGirl! I hope your first book gets picked up soon, and I hope you have a lot of fun posting here. :)

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Post by: SarahP on May 12, 2007, 08:19 AM
Welcome to the newbies and lurkers! 

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Post by: Jille on May 18, 2007, 06:15 AM
After checking in sporadically, just signed on. I write pbs (3 pubbed/4 more under contract) and mg novels (unsold, fingers crossed). I'm a network chair for SCBWI-IA, and I teach writing for kids for ICL and at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival.




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Post by: bcbaroo on May 18, 2007, 12:01 PM
Welcome Jillie -

In my real job I write ads... one of my clients is in your neck. AE Dairy.

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Post by: Jille on May 18, 2007, 01:22 PM
Thanks for the welcome, Bill. I'll watch the AE ads.  :EmoticonLickIceCream:
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Post by: DellaRF on May 18, 2007, 06:26 PM
Hey Jill!  8) Nice to see you officially on the blue board! ***waving***  :dancing:

~Della
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Post by: 1846 on May 18, 2007, 07:03 PM
Welcome to a fellow Iowan!
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Post by: SarahP on May 18, 2007, 08:34 PM
Yay for new Iowa members!

(I'm in Iowa City).


Welcome (though I'm fairly new here myself)
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Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on May 18, 2007, 09:13 PM
Good to see lurkers stepping out of the shadows. It's so much more fun in the sun.  :laugh:

:dancing:

Welcome!

Donna

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Post by: Petoskey on May 19, 2007, 06:38 AM
Greetings!  I've hovered long enough to know this is a good place to touch down.  I've learned so much and am most impressed with the generosity of spirit I've found here. 

I've been writing for kids for two years and feel most comfortable in MG and young YA (that probably means immature).  The submission process is still extremely daunting.  The rejection part is, well, you know. 

I look forward to participating and getting to know all of you better.
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Post by: G.R. on May 19, 2007, 07:30 PM
Welcome to the board, Petoskey. I hope you have a lot of fun posting here! :)

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Post by: BBOvenGuy on May 19, 2007, 11:56 PM
Hi!

My name's Bob, and I'm pretty much a middle-grade writer.  I started out waaaaay back in the mid-80s, when I was still in college, as a writer for the Nickelodeon cable series You Can't Do That On Television.  After an unsuccessful run at Hollywood (something of a blessing in disguise, actually), I've switched to books.  I have two novels published, and a third due out late this year or early next year.  You can find out more at my website (http://www.rablack.com/).

This looks like an interesting place, but great googly-moogly, you sure have a lot of smileys...   :eek5:
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Post by: Victoria on May 20, 2007, 01:23 AM
 :books: Welcome, everyone!  It's nice to see you here.  I even recognize someone ... (Hi, Bob!)
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Post by: 1846 on May 20, 2007, 03:42 AM
Welcome, Bob!  YCDTOT was always one of my guilty pleasures.  (Though I'm too old to have enjoyed it as a kid.)  It proved that raw wit doesn't have to be dirty.  There was always something so very satisfying about coming home from a hard day at school to watch a group of smart mouthed kids getting doused with water, slimed, and shot by a firing squad.  Oh, to have had a green slime machine in my classroom for times when those magical words slipped out of their mouths!  Alisdair was loads of fun, I miss that show.
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Post by: MegM on May 20, 2007, 07:55 AM
Nice website, Bob! I love the old photos. I was a YCDTOT fan, too. I don't suppose you ever met Alanis? Welcome to the boards, anyway; I think you'll find it a congenial place. Don't let the smileys throw you. You just stop seeing them after a while!
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Post by: BBOvenGuy on May 20, 2007, 08:12 AM
I don't suppose you ever met Alanis?

Actually, I did.  She was 12.   :dancing:
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Post by: stephwc on May 20, 2007, 04:34 PM
Bob, I was such a fan of the YCDTOT! I first saw it while visiting my grandparents in FL, and when I got home to MA and found that my local cable station didn't carry Nickelodeon, I wrote a letter of complaint.  A few months later, Nick was added. : ) It really was a clever show.  I like your website.  My husband (a h.s. math teacher) would LOVE that sweatshirt with all the equations! Come to think of it, I think he had the same glasses you did in high school! LOL!

Welcome!

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: skate on May 20, 2007, 10:50 PM
 :yup Hi, I just joined up after many months of lurking. I'm an illustrator and (so far unpublished) writer from Australia, who is very interested in learning as much as I can about publishing children's books. So far I've finished one children's book for 7-10 year-olds (still plucking up courage to send it off), have finished the first draft of a YA Fantasy novel and am in the final chapters of another fantasy for 10-14 year-olds. I'm really looking forward to getting to know people on here. I've already seen some familiar names from Critique Circle.
Skate
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on May 21, 2007, 12:38 AM
Welcome, Skate! I'm in Australia, also. I started looking around these boards when I was hunting for info on US markets but have ended up being pubbed in Australia after  all that. Keep plugging and get that work out there; the first submission is the hardest and then you'll be on a roll. Not a lot of places to sub to here, of course. Are you going to try local publishers first?

Meg
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: skate on May 21, 2007, 04:32 AM
Meg, yes, I'd like to be published in Australia if I can, but the book is aimed at children who have been adopted from overseas (though I think it would appeal to any child who is 'different') so the market may be too limited. I'm yet to find an Australian children's book for adoptees, apart from one self-published and two by Australian authors published in the US.
I see from your website that we're from the same part of Australia! I live on a farm in the wheatbelt, only 100km from you. Small world.
Skate
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jille on May 21, 2007, 06:28 AM
Thanks, Della (and the rest of the welcoming committee). I have two basic problems with this board:

1)  It's addicting!
2)  It has so many sprawling tenacles, I forget where I've posted. That shouldn't be a problem for long (ref prob #1). I'll figure it out eventually. Let's see...what can I forego to make up for the extra time spent here? Sleep? Housework? Writing? Ha. That's an easy one.

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Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on May 21, 2007, 06:34 AM
One option that might help you... hit the link at the very top (beside your avatar under "User Info") that says "show new replies to your posts."  Also try "show unread posts since your last visit."  That way you can simply pick and choose from the list of tempting threads.

By the way, welcome!  I find it works best to give up housework.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jille on May 21, 2007, 08:10 AM
Ah, yes, that helps. Thanks, Jaina!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: 1846 on May 21, 2007, 09:43 AM
  I find it works best to give up housework.

I gave up housework to gain more writing time last year.  Thankfully, two very nice ladies come every other Friday and make it all better.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on May 21, 2007, 06:38 PM
Skate! A fellow Western Australian! Good to 'meet' you here. It's a little isolating working in WA, and I'm sure you feel that even more keenly being out of the city. Do you know about the online newsletters for children's writers you can subscribe to (Australian ones - Pass It On and BuzzWords)? I find that they help me stay in touch, and our local SCWBI is also starting to become more active. I'm not a member at the moment, but still go to the meetings for the catch-ups etc, and they are organising a mini-conference in Feb next year which might be useful for you (publishers' panel, one-on-ones with editors etc). The RA lives down south and comes up for the meetings and I know a few others who travel reasonable distances for the various events. You might already be tapped in to all this, but if you need any information, just let me know.

Meg
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: skate on May 21, 2007, 10:10 PM
Hi Meg,
I hadn't seen either of those online newsletters, but I'll definitely be subscribing to Pass it On. Thanks for that.
Could you give me some more info about the mini conference in Feb? I hadn't heard about that either. (As you said - a little isolated!)

Skate
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on May 22, 2007, 01:31 AM
Skate, I'll pm you so we don't take over this thread. I *think* you can receive a pm as a newbie. Let me know if you don't get it. It depends on how you've set your personal message settings, but you might get a pop-up or an email notification; otherwise check the note next to User Info at the top of the page. It should tell you there if you have a pm. Of course, in the space I've taken up explaining this, I could have just told you about the event. Oh well.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Traci @ITD on May 22, 2007, 06:58 AM
Hi Everyone,

I just found this board yesterday and had so much fun browsing and reading that I decided to join. I've been a children's writer and illustrator for many, many years. I've had a few successes here and there. I write picture books, MG and I'm working on the 2nd draft of a fantasy novel that I think is YA. I recently finished illustrating a picture book, Daddy Did I Ever Say? that will be out in October from Ten to Two Children's Books. (www.tentotwochildrensbooks.com).

I live and work in NY with my husband (and my dog) designing toys, books and gifts items. If you are interested you can see my illustration and design work on my website www.imaginethatdesignnyc.com.

I look forward to getting to know you  on these boards. I just hope I won't get too addicted and not get any work done ;)

Playfully,

Traci
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Post by: kimw on May 22, 2007, 08:16 AM
OOOoooooooh...A new member.
Very nice to meet you. You will LOVE being a part of this board.
Welcome! :jump
Kimw :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MandyT on May 30, 2007, 04:13 PM
Hello everyone, I am new to this board and have been really enjoying reading the numerous posts.  I am just beginning the ICL basic course and taking the first steps towards fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a children's writer.  I had a hard childhood and books were my escape and my refuge.  I remember being sent to my room, miserable and heartsick, and picking up my Sweet Valley Twins book and melting away into another world.  I literally remember how the physical pain and sadness would just disappear as I was brought to the world of the happy Wakefield family.  I have no doubt that my books saved me as a child- I have no idea how I ever would have worked through it without them.  To all of you published writers, never doubt the significance of what you do!  Along with helping children in happy homes to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning, you help millions of sad, hurt children escape the pain of their daily lives.  I hope to join your ranks one day soon!    :writing3:

I have been writing stories since I could form words with a pencil, and have always had big plans to get published and write a children's book series!  I remember as a child boldly mailing off my mss to Bantam and Random House!  :paper: lol... at least my first rejection slip is in my distant past!   :laugh:  I look forward to getting to know all of you on here as I continue on my journey! (thanks, Meg for the link to re-post this!  I couldn't find and "Introduction thread anywhere... guess I didn't look hard enough! :))
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on May 30, 2007, 06:30 PM
Welcome, Mandy! I'm glad you've been enjoying yourself here. ;D

And I know what you mean about books being a refuge from your day-to-day problems -- I've always felt that way about reading, too (still do, in fact). :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Verla Kay on May 31, 2007, 05:40 AM
Welcome to all the new members! MandyT, since you found the best place to introduce yourself and reposted your introductory message here, I've deleted the duplicate message (and your original response to it, MegM) from the News board.  Thanks for helping MandyT find this thread, MegM.  :moose

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: goadingthepen on May 31, 2007, 11:02 AM
Just wanted to take a minute and introduce myself. (Now that I found the intro thread, I am a touch slow) I have been writing for, well forever I guess. I have been involved with a variety of writing groups both on and off line over the past 8 years. It is only in the last 6 months that I have truly dedicated myself to getting serious about it. I have tiny successes here and there from a few years back but not much to brag about. I am hoping to find a network of other writers to learn and travel down this road with. I have enjoyed looking through the forums here and must say it seems like there is a fantastic network of very talented people here.

On a personal note, I am a mother of 3 boys... Four, Eleven, and Fourteen!  (I also have a very wonderful stepson at VT who is 19) I am a stay at home mom but take care of a one-year old and a few school age kids during the school year while their parents teach my children at school!

I have a website but mostly consists of bookreviews I have done and bits of info here and there. (A definate work in progress)
I have been trying my hand at LJ but not doing overly well with it.
http://www.goadingthepen.blogspot.com (http://www.goadingthepen.blogspot.com)

I look forward to meeting everyone.

Sheri
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on May 31, 2007, 06:05 PM
Welcome to the board, Sheri! You've come to the right place if you're hoping to learn more about writing and publishing from other folks who have been through or are going through the same things you are. :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: goadingthepen on May 31, 2007, 06:12 PM
Thanks G.R.!

I have only been around a day and I have already gotten some really great info! I can see why everyone is so darned addicted!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kurtis on May 31, 2007, 06:42 PM
Hello everyone. I've posted a bit but missed this thread before. As you can see, I'm Kurtis. I've recently sold my first novel (ya) and am working on a second (mg). My "day job" is at the University of Minnesota. I'm married and have three cats, one of whom is pictured in my avatar (he doesn't always wear the cowboy hat, just on special occassions).

I linked here from SCBWI the other day and decided to stick around.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on June 01, 2007, 06:07 PM
Welcome, Kurtis. Congratulations on getting your first book sold! :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Valerie on June 04, 2007, 04:37 PM
Hi, I'm Valerie... I am brand spanking new to the world of childrens literature.  Well, writing it, that is.  I have an incomplete pb ms and a complete 2-3rd draft of a mg that I've been diligently working on for over a year.  Strange as it may seem, I am looking forward to my first rejection letter... because getting one would mean that I have truly entered the world of writing!!  :typing:

This is a great board!!  I'm looking forward to meeting everyone here!!  :girl
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: goadingthepen on June 04, 2007, 04:43 PM
Welcome Valerie!
I have only been here a short time but absolutely love it here. Great people great advice!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Bill on June 04, 2007, 05:00 PM
Hello All,

My name is Bill, and I've been writing children's poetry for a number of years, but I've only recently pursued publication seriously.  I only have one published poem and that one is in the SCBWI March/April issue of this year.  I have two other acceptances to Wee Ones which won't come out for some time.  I've been writing with one goal in mind, and that is to publish a collection.  I know the odds are greatly stacked against me.  I have written a few hundred poems, but most of them still need tweaking this way and that.  I hope to start submitting them as a collection soon.  You'd think after ten years I would have started already???  Two years ago I started a poetry critique group called Poets' Garage.  If you're not in a crit group, you're really missing out.  This group has really thrust my writing ahead.  I look forward to many visits to this board.  It's a very lucky board :)

Cheers,
Bill
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Valerie on June 04, 2007, 05:16 PM
Welcome Valerie!
I have only been here a short time but absolutely love it here. Great people great advice!

Thanks so much!  I am a little overwhelmed with the amount of information here.  I just need to keep reading.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: EmeraldGown on June 04, 2007, 05:41 PM
Welcome newbies!  Valerie: LOOOOVE your Beaker.  Meep! Trip down memory lane.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Valerie on June 04, 2007, 06:18 PM
Welcome newbies!  Valerie: LOOOOVE your Beaker.  Meep! Trip down memory lane.

Beekers my fave!!  Thanks for the welcome!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on June 04, 2007, 07:03 PM
Best Beaker line:  "Sadly temporary."  Only say that like Beaker--Madmee memporarmee.

Welcome Valerie and Bill and everyone else who is new here!  I know the amount of stuff on Blue is overwhelming, but it's definitely worth sifting through.  The natives are friendly and some of them make sense sometimes.  And the drinks are half-price on Tuesdays!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna on June 04, 2007, 09:02 PM
Half-price Tuesdays? And all this time I've been paying Monday prices. Hmmmph.

Welcome aboard, y'all. The folks here are fabulous. I still don't know half of them - but the ones I do know are precious, precious people. I've met some face to face and I hope I'm blessed to meet more of them one day at a conference or book signing!

Joy,
Donna
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Valerie on June 04, 2007, 09:14 PM
Best Beaker line:  "Sadly temporary."  Only say that like Beaker--Madmee memporarmee.

Welcome Valerie and Bill and everyone else who is new here!  I know the amount of stuff on Blue is overwhelming, but it's definitely worth sifting through.  The natives are friendly and some of them make sense sometimes.  And the drinks are half-price on Tuesdays!

OMG!!!  That's my fave line too!  I was going to write that under the pic but didn't think anyone would know what I was talking about!!  LOL

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Traci @ITD on June 05, 2007, 02:03 PM
Are you kidding? "Sadly temporary"  -- Every time I hear the words in any form, Beekers voice pops into my head. Of course, I'm a huge Muppet fan.

Playfully,

Traci
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Valerie on June 05, 2007, 02:37 PM
Are you kidding? "Sadly temporary"  -- Every time I hear the words in any form, Beekers voice pops into my head. Of course, I'm a huge Muppet fan.

Playfully,

Traci

The muppets rule!  I love the original muppet movie the best.  It is just so entertaining... even now and I've seen it so many times.  The jokes never get old!  Drinks on the house, Myth Myth Yeth, Gone with the Schwinn... these are just some of the jokes that are used in our house on a regular basis.  My other fave is "Read my lips... AL-E-GA-TORS"  Excellent movie...

OH and I also love the big goofy guy at the car dealer... "Jack not name, Jack job!"  and "You owe us a nickle!"

(But beaker is still the best!)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KateMessner on June 06, 2007, 04:18 PM
Hi there!  I'm Kate, and I can't believe I  just found the blue boards recently.  (I'm a SCBWI member and found a link from those discussion boards.)  Already, I've found great information here, so thanks!

I write primarily middle grades novels - both historical and contemporary.  My first book,a MG historical novel called SPITFIRE, is scheduled for publication this September. It's about a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to fight in a Revolutionary War naval battle on Lake Champlain.  My current WIP is a contemporary MG novel, and I'm in the research stages of another historical piece.

Thanks to all who have spent time posting here (I've already noticed quite a few friends from the SCBWI boards and LJ!)  It's a fantastic resource, and it's great to be here.

-Kate
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on June 06, 2007, 06:31 PM
Welcome, Kate. :) I'm glad you're enjoying yourself here so far. And congratulations on your first book!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on June 10, 2007, 07:39 PM
Hi All ... another newbie here.  I've been lurking for a while and have finally posted.  I'm in Australia, am attempting my first novel (mid grade) and love the muppets too!  Currently Animal is my MSN icon!!  Although I have to say Miss Piggy is probably my favourite, or Kermit, or the old guys in the balcony, or the Eagle ... can't decide really.  Anyways nice to say hi to everyone, I've really enjoyed my lurking.  I've posted a few times on the yellow board but it seems to have disappeared.  I've also offered a few critiques on CC but haven't posted anything there yet.  I popped into the chat room which was fun and have lurked around a bit but now it's time to go back to  :banghead: I guess!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on June 10, 2007, 07:44 PM
Welcome, Kirsty!  We have a few Australians on this board and though your country seems to have more than its fair share of really cute guys, I'll try not to hold it against you.  Much.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lifebecomesart on June 10, 2007, 11:34 PM
Hello everyone!

My name is Michelle. I'm from Texas (and sometimes England), and have been writing for as long as I can remember.

This is my first time trying for the children's market. I'm trying to turn some of the stories/poems I have written for my nieces and nephews into picture books, and I have one middle reader started. But I usually work on adult short stories and novels, so I've found a lot of very helpful information on this board for a market I am certainly not used to.

I posted my first question here: http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=2406.0 and I'm sure I'll have many more in the future  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on June 11, 2007, 04:17 AM
It's funny everyone says our country has so many cute guys yet I had to travel all the way to Canada to find my man??? Maybe I just live in the wrong part of Australia!!  :n
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on June 11, 2007, 05:14 AM
Kirsty, maybe they all hang out at some Cute Guy club or something.  No wait--that doesn't sound right!  Maybe they're all . . . heading over here to live in my town.  Yeah.  Next door.

Hi, Michelle!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: skate on June 11, 2007, 05:54 AM
Not all of them, Jaina. I'm married to a cute Aussie  :yup and he ain't goin' nowhere!

Skate
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MandyT on June 11, 2007, 08:06 PM
It's funny everyone says our country has so many cute guys yet I had to travel all the way to Canada to find my man??? Maybe I just live in the wrong part of Australia!!  :n

Or maybe it's just that everyone thinks "foreign" accents are sexy...lol
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on June 11, 2007, 09:32 PM
Hi Kirsty, from another Australian (WA). As Jaina says, there are a few of us here (no guys, though, cute or otherwise). I write mid-grade too. In fact, I am launching my first book tonight! Eek.

Muppets-wise, I'm torn  between Beaker and Statler/Waldorf (old balcony guys). The Swedish Chef also puts in an appearance in our house from time to time ...
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on June 11, 2007, 10:44 PM
Oh how exciting Meg!  I hope it went well ... what's the name of your book?  I'm nowhere near that stage yet ... congratulations, I hope you had a great night!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MandyT on June 13, 2007, 01:45 AM
Yes, congratulations Meg!  I really would love to read your book, the synopsis on your webpage sounds fantastic!  I love stories with a good emotional mess that the mc has to work through.  Where can I order it?
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on June 13, 2007, 06:27 AM
Thank you! It went really well, I'm told. I had my head down signing books almost the whole night and hardly got to talk to anyone. It was both odd and marvellous. When I get my energy back I'll put some photos up on the site and maybe post in Good News. Thanks for asking about the book - the title is Annabel, Again (there should be a picture of the cover to the left of my post) and 'good emotional mess' is an excellent way of describing what the mc makes for herself. And I'm actually not sure where you can order it from the US. It's not on Amazon yet, and I'm not really sure how that works from here. It's available at a couple of online bookstores:
http://www.timeout.co.nz (do a title search)
and
http://www.abbeys.com.au/items/39/59/66/

But I have no idea what the exchange rate is like and postage would probably be nasty, I guess. Sorry I can't be more helpful!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MandyT on June 13, 2007, 02:21 PM
I just ordered my copy!  Postage is usually not TOO terrible... it is a pretty small package after all :)  Can't wait to read it, thanks for the links!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on June 13, 2007, 05:59 PM
What a fantastic story idea!  I'm going to pick up a copy as well - I'm sure my niece will want to borrow it from me!  Maybe I'll just buy a copy for her.  What age is it aimed at?  (She's 13)  I love when Netball is featured in a story too - I was obsessed. I was always goal shooter or goal attack and would practise every afternoon with a 100 hoops in the back yard ... I wouldn't go in for dinner until I got a 100 IN the goal
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: benji6414 on June 13, 2007, 07:51 PM
Hello, everyone. I've been lurking for a few weeks now, but thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Benjamin Murphy, I'm 26 years old, and soon to be a father of a little girl. By day I work as an ops manager for a small Internet service provider, but I'm looking to start an elementary education program at the local university. I'm debating whether to start in August or hold off another semester so I can enjoy the first few months of my child's life, along with my beautiful fiancee.

I've written an MG fantasy story over the last few years and I've recently started the hunt for an agent. I've had one big "no thanks" so far, but I'm plugging away still, as it's only been a few weeks since I've started the search. I've enjoyed reading the posts here over the last few weeks, so I thought it was time to join in.

If anyone has MySpace here, you can find me at http://www.myspace.com/benmurphywrites (http://www.myspace.com/benmurphywrites). I have chapter one of my book posted there, so feel free to read it and post some honest comments. I welcome any feedback!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MandyT on June 13, 2007, 10:51 PM
Hi Benji, and welcome from a fellow blue board newbie!  I emailed you some thoughts on your chapter through myspace.  I hope you find it helpful!  Congratulations on becoming a daddy, I'm sure she will give you endless inspiration as you continue writing for children! :)  I can't wait to be a parent and have my own little 'muses' as well.  Hope to see you around here often!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on June 14, 2007, 01:09 AM
Thank you so much, Mandy! I can't believe you ordered my book all the way from ... not here. Wow. KirstyAnn, I'm going to pm you so I don't hijack the thread, but it's aimed around 9-13.

Benji, welcome, and congrats on the imminent arrival. Good luck with your book, too. Anyone here will tell you that the road to publication is generally paved with many, many rejections. The first one is just a rite of passage!

Meg

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on June 14, 2007, 04:19 AM
Welcome from me too Benji ... even though you probably saw from my above post that I'm vay, vay new to here as well!  It's a fantastic board ... I love that it's really active and nearly as soon as you post something there is always a response.  I hope to check out the chat room again over the weekend, everyone seemed really friendly the one time I was in there!  Good luck with the book as well .. it must be a great feeling to have it finished and sending off for publication!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: benji6414 on June 14, 2007, 07:34 AM
Thanks for the welcome! Mandy, I got your message wrote back. Thank you for the feedback. I'd love to hear what others have to think. If anyone else has a sample of their writing, I'd love the chance to check it out.

-Ben
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Elysabeth on June 14, 2007, 07:52 AM
I finally found the board to introduce myself - My name is Elysabeth.  I have two short stories published through Echelon Press, a young adult (Butterfly Halves, just came out two weeks ago) and a mainstream fiction piece (The Tulip Kiss).  I usually write short stories and enter contests on a whim.  I have a young adult novel finished but it is in the editing stages.  I just haven't had a chance to read it or go through it and edit. 

Here is my complete bio - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering is 45 years old and lives in a small town in upper South Carolina. She enjoys reading, cross stitch, crochet and writing. Her first story was written on a dare from a friend, but she found that she really enjoyed the creative outlet. 

Her first stories were self published on www.lulu.com.  Her writing credits include "Train of Clues" (a shared second place winner on www.armchairinterviews.com), "The Proposal" (an April Fool's Day contest shared second place winner on www.armchairinterviews.com), and "The Tulip Kiss" (fast and frigid contest winner on Echelon Press - www.echelonpress.com and published on www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/ElysabethElderingeBooks.htm).   She has an article on editing and self publishing to her credit, also published on www.armchairinterviews.com.  Her latest story, a young adult fantasy, "Butterfly Halves" will be published soon.

Elysabeth also does book reviews for Armchair Interviews, Curled Up With a Good Book, and New Mystery Readers ezine. 

She is also the editor of the paranormal mystery storyline for the Magazine of Unbelievable Stories published by Quill-Pen Press.  To her credit, she has also been asked to edit novels for the same publisher in the upcoming year.  She has edited four novels and is in the process of starting her own editing service.

In 2007, Elysabeth volunteered to judge mid length stories submitted for the Derringers Awards. 

Mother of 3 children, she spends many weekends at marching band competitions. When she has free time from work, family and writing, she participates in several writing groups including Sisters in Crime and the South Carolina Writers Workshop, both in Greenville, SC.
More information on Elysabeth can be found at http://elysabethsstories.blogspot.com. -

Hope you all check out my stories -

And thank you Suzy Scribbles for sending me here - E :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on June 14, 2007, 02:53 PM
Welcome Elysabeth!  I love checking out other people's websites - I'm so nosey!! hehe

Benji - Have you tried submitting chapter 1 on critiquecircle.com?  I think it might take about 2 weeks for it to appear on the boards but could be well worth the effort.  You'll get some excellent advice there I would think.  I haven't submitted anything there yet but I've critiqued a couple and found for the most part other critiques to have been really good.

Oh man, another 20 minutes of 'writing time' spent on these boards!  Now I have to go to work  :faint:

oh well ... the weekend is nearly here maybe I can focus a bit better then.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: justpat on June 16, 2007, 05:46 AM
Hi all.  My name is Pat from Billings, Montana.  I've been writing since High School (over 20 years now), never published  :feelbad:.  I write both YA and adult contemporary.  Just found your board recently and am very impressed.  And now I don't know what else to say.  Oh, here are a few of my websites....

farwalkers.com  (http://farwalkers.com)
QueryTracker.net (http://QueryTracker.net)

Thanks for having me.
-Pat
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: goadingthepen on June 16, 2007, 11:59 AM
Wow! Don't stop by here for a few days and look at all the newbies! Welcome! I am looking forward to getting to know you all!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on June 16, 2007, 05:41 PM
Hi, everyone, and welcome fellow newbies!  I learned about you from many references in the SCBWI site, (aka lobster over there, hi everyone) and now am finally a member of those mysterious "blue boards."  :yup

Not yet published, have a PB I'm getting ready to self-publish, and a few more in the works based on the same characters, best known as the Lobster Dude gang.  Mussel Bound is my favorite as you see, and the star of the upcoming PB, How to Laugh Like a Nerd.

I learned a lot just lurking, (actually thought I'd registered a couple of months ago, only to not exist when I tried to post here.)

There's some interesting, fun people just on all of these pages, looking forward to getting to know everyone.

 :band (I'm not a musician, just love music and couldn't wait to use that icon) eta - oh, wow, it's a whold group of 'em!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on June 16, 2007, 06:27 PM
Welcome, Mussel -- and welcome to the rest of the newbies, too! ;D

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Elysabeth on June 16, 2007, 06:34 PM
Hi, everyone, and welcome fellow newbies!  I learned about you from many references in the SCBWI site, (aka lobster over there, hi everyone) and now am finally a member of those mysterious "blue boards."  :yup

Not yet published, have a PB I'm getting ready to self-publish, and a few more in the works based on the same characters, best known as the Lobster Dude gang.  Mussel Bound is my favorite as you see, and the star of the upcoming PB, How to Laugh Like a Nerd.

I learned a lot just lurking, (actually thought I'd registered a couple of months ago, only to not exist when I tried to post here.)

There's some interesting, fun people just on all of these pages, looking forward to getting to know everyone.

 :band (I'm not a musician, just love music and couldn't wait to use that icon) eta - oh, wow, it's a whold group of 'em!


Welcome Mussel,

Interesting choice of names - and yes those musician icons are pretty cool.   I self-published my first short story collection on www.lulu.com (free except for the purchase of an isbn and other services they offer but most aren't necessary) - and now have published with Echelon Press two short stories - Karen runs a monthly themed contest and I know she is taking submissions for everything in general for ebook publication but is specifically looking for YA for print and ebook formats - she is trying to up the YA/children's line.  You may want to check out some of the small press publishers too - E :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on June 16, 2007, 08:21 PM
Thanks, G.R. !

Thanks, also, Elysabeth!  I read your impressive bio on the way down the page, but everyone's stories, screen names, signature quotes and avatars are so lively and fun, that I forgot to mention it.

Mussel Bound is pictured to the left, by the way, if you hadn't guessed. A few of his friends are Clammy Hans, Crab Leggs and Callie Mari... 

I've heard good things about lulu.com - by free, I assume you mean ebooks, right? Although their print prices seemed more than reasonable, and I've heard good things about them.  Do you know offhand if they do hardcovers?  I know it's more expensive, but I'm really hoping to be able to do it that way.

By the way, I once considered moving to North Carolina, stayed with a friend for a week while discussing a job there.  Very nice people, but I'm not too fond of hot weather, white gravy or country music.    :laugh:  (edited to change smiley - the first one looked rather sickly and insincere in the context)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Elysabeth on June 16, 2007, 08:36 PM

Mussel Bound is pictured to the left, by the way, if you hadn't guessed. A few of his friends are Clammy Hans, Crab Leggs and Callie Mari... 

I've heard good things about lulu.com - by free, I assume you mean ebooks, right? Although their print prices seemed more than reasonable, and I've heard good things about them.  Do you know offhand if they do hardcovers?  I know it's more expensive, but I'm really hoping to be able to do it that way.

By the way, I once considered moving to North Carolina, stayed with a friend for a week while discussing a job there.  Very nice people, but I'm not too fond of hot weather, white gravy or country music.  :)


Love the names - Is this an already published work?  Have I missed something?

As far as lulu.com - I'm not sure if they do hardbacks but you set your own royalty (up to 80% of the cost of publishing) - you set the type of publishing you want, either ebook, print book, or both; you only have to download your information (saved files) when setting up your works - it was very easy to work with - all I had to do was download my word document, pick a cover (I used one of theirs) and then set my royalties, set up my front page (your store front) and then submit it.  The feature I like most about them is that when I go to my storefront or my home page, I click on the title of the book and I can see instant stats - how many hits I've had and comments, et cetera - I then can go to my account info to see how many books have sold during the period (the last week, the last month and overall sales) - they pay royalties quarterly and you have to have earned at least $20 in royalties before they send you an actual check - but you have the advantage of knowing exactly how many copies are needed to make up that difference and all -

When I first published with them, I didn't have the option of being listed with amazon.com, et cetera but now it is an automatic thing - you are listed with several places for a year automatically (that's with the purchase of an isbn - because without it - you don't even get listed in the books in print collection)

I'm in South Carolina and having been a military brat - I don't like country music, the weather isn't so bad here (kind of at the foothills of the mountains and in the mountains of North Carolina always seemed pretty comfortable to me but of late seems that's not even true anymore), and I prefer white gravy to brown gravy - but that's just me (I'm really more southern than I care to admit - lol) - E :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Amanda F. on June 17, 2007, 02:58 PM
Hi! 

My name's Amanda, and I have been lurking on the boards for a bit and thought I would introduce myself.  I am currently working on writing pb's, and am settling into the dummy book/sample illustration side of trying to submit work as an author/illustrator. I'm very happy to have found this wonderful message board, and look forward to keeping up with everyone.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Marissa Doyle on June 17, 2007, 07:17 PM
Oops.  Been here a few weeks and just found this thread too.  Hi, everyone--I'm so glad I finally joined here.  Some amazing discussions and a lot of  :balloongroup:interesting people.

I write both YA and adult fiction...but the YA is definitely more fun!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on June 17, 2007, 08:07 PM
Welcome, Amanda and Marissa! I hope you both have a lot fun here. :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: PDM on June 18, 2007, 06:53 PM
I’ve been reading this forum for quite a while and have learned a great deal. I thought it was about time I should join in on the fun.

I’ve been writing and cartooning for a long time, and produce a comic strip called Wombania www.wombania.com (http://www.wombania.com) that appears weekly in a number of newspapers. Wombania is about a group of wayward Wombies (genetically-engineered wombats) who try adapt to, and make sense of, the human world in which they now live.

I’ve written two PB stories featuring the Wombie characters, and have completed a dummy for one of the stories.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on June 18, 2007, 07:03 PM
Welcome, everyone! I see I'm not the only one who lurks for awhile before opening up and posting.   :x

Elysabeth, no, not published yet - I have the characters copyrighted as well as the story, and plan to self-pub.  Glad to hear your experience with Lulu is good; I do hear good things about them.  However, I don't think they do hardbacks, and if I can afford it, I want a hardback (it's a PB, will be a series of PBs) with the square backing so it's visible on shelves.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Elysabeth on June 18, 2007, 08:43 PM
Welcome, everyone! I see I'm not the only one who lurks for awhile before opening up and posting.   :x

Elysabeth, no, not published yet - I have the characters copyrighted as well as the story, and plan to self-pub.  Glad to hear your experience with Lulu is good; I do hear good things about them.  However, I don't think they do hardbacks, and if I can afford it, I want a hardback (it's a PB, will be a series of PBs) with the square backing so it's visible on shelves.

Gotcha.  I'll keep my ears opened for such publishers that won't cost you an arm and a leg.  Perhaps a small/middle press publisher who does specialize in children's books/picture books?  - I will keep you posted on what I find - not sure how to contact you offlist since I'm still new and there is porbably something listed in one of the publishing forums on this topic - and I'm sure there are many here that know more about the ins and outs of picture book publishing - - will keep searching for help (either on the forums or elsewhere) - because I hate to see someone spend the money to self publish when they could be making tons of money on the stories - I think the characters themselves will work wonders - E :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on June 19, 2007, 03:30 AM
PDM - As an wombat loving Aussie I was a little perturbed to hear of these genetically engineered wombats  .... however, I have to say the cartoons are fantastic!! I totally agree that the "secret to enjoying life is to never read the ingredients"   :dr

Welcome!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: PDM on June 19, 2007, 06:45 PM
Thanks, KirstyAnn! I'm glad you enjoyed the cartoons. I hope my Wombies don't upset any Assuies, or wombats for that matter. Wombats are such unique critters, and seem to be a well-kept secret.

Mussel Bound, I like your website and characters. I liked the animated claw links. If you don't mind my asking, are you running a premium shop at Cafepress? I've been considering that, but don't know if it's worth it or not.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on June 19, 2007, 07:12 PM
Hi, PDM,  thanks! and welcome to the blue boards.

I have the premium shop, and I'm sure it will be worth it eventually.  To be honest, I've only sold a few things to friends so far, but I didn't expect to do squat until the book comes out and I start the heavy marketing.  Just wanted to have it ready and in place when I'm ready, and to have built up a bit of following for the characters with the web site and get them and the merchandise in people's heads.
Other people I know who are actively selling on Cafe Press say they do very well.

Oh, and if you're going to do something, do it all out the best you can - the freebie shops, you can only have one design, and it's unlimited on the premium shop. Yes, you could have 10 free shops and CP is actually totally ok with that, but to me, all 10 are competing against one another rather than combining to benefit from each others' traffic.

PS - Your avatar is adorable!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on June 19, 2007, 07:26 PM
Hi, PDM. Another wombat-loving Aussie here. I like your wombies; with their teeth, they remind me a bit of the Ferals, and I know kids love them. I note that you have the best wombat book ever reviewed on your site - Jackie French's Diary of a Wombat. Anyone who hasn't read this one, I strongly recommend you rush out and do so right away. PDM's review is spot on, for anyone who wants more detail. It's just beautiful book which adults love as much as kids; the character of the wombat is so appealing and comes through with such affection in the very spare text. It's no surprise to learn that Jackie did actually live with a wombat for a while and that's where the story came from.

Meg
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: PDM on June 20, 2007, 06:34 PM
Thanks, Meg. I'm glad to hear you like my Wombies, but I have to say, despite my wombat predilection, I am not a fellow Aussie. I'm actually from Canada.

I had never heard of the Ferals before, so I looked them up. Interesting looking puppets. Sort of like an Aussie Muppet show perhaps?

I'm a bit biased, but yes, Diary of a Wombat is a fantastic book! Probably my favourite Children's book. I wish I could write so simply and so effectively. And the artwork is just perfect for the story.

Mussel Bound, thanks for the advice about the Cafe Press shop. I presently have a basic shop which certainly could be improved. The marketing is where I have trouble. I hope when you do your "heavy marketing" of your upcoming book you might share some of your tips in the marketing section of this board. I know I could certainly learn a thing or two in that department. I guess I really need to put some effort into selling.

Glad you like my avatar. He's Binky.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on June 21, 2007, 05:50 AM
Thanks, Meg. I'm glad to hear you like my Wombies, but I have to say, despite my wombat predilection, I am not a fellow Aussie. I'm actually from Canada.

What I meant was 'another wombat-loving Aussie like KirstyAnn, who posted just before me. But we're happy to share our wombats with anyone. Just treat them right!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: PDM on June 21, 2007, 05:22 PM
I promise to treat all the world's wombats right!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on June 22, 2007, 06:22 PM
I'd wondered where you were from PDM so I'm glad you clarified I spent a year in Canada in 2003/2004 and loved it!  :moose I actually dragged a Canadian boy home with me  :love

He has a mild wombat obsession too - he was over the moon when he got to play with some at Steve Irwin's Zoo here.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Michelle DP on June 22, 2007, 06:36 PM
Hello. I'm Michelle from Michigan. I write MG fantasy. I have one book that is being submitted to editors by an agent. My second book is in the revising stage. I spend my days with four small children  :! :jump :jump (this is a fair representation of my kids), and my evenings writing and teaching classes at the local community college.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Liz Straw on June 22, 2007, 06:41 PM
Hi, I am new to this board and have been attempting to write for a few years.  I have a couple of adult novels in almost complete stages, but I just cannot seem to go any further with them.   :banghead:

So I moved on... I have to MA children's books going.   :reading2:  Cannot seem to keep my mind focused on only one project at a time.  ;D

One is a book on "girl bullying" and the other hopefully will be the first of a series of mysteries.

I am published, but the work I did was pretty esoteric.  A lot of it is in the public domain. I was a Histoirc Preservation Specialist which really means I was an Architectural historian.  So I wrote a lot of things for the State of Tennessee, although I no longer live there and the National Park Service. I do have a piece in the Encylopedia of Tennesse History, a great book for keeping doors open or for flattening items ::)

Now all I have to do is keep  :typing:

Liz

ps - please excuse my spelling mistakes, I never did learn how to spell.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: PDM on June 22, 2007, 07:10 PM
Michelle, I loved the representation of your kids!

Lizstraw, the "Architectural historian" stuff sounds like it would have been a pretty interesting job.

KirstyAnn, I'm glad you liked Canada. Hope the seasons and the temperature difference weren't too much of a shock. But Ive got to say, if you were taking home strays, you could have taken me! I'd certainly like to play with the zoo wombats, too.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Elysabeth on June 23, 2007, 06:52 AM
Hi, I am new to this board and have been attempting to write for a few years.  I have a couple of adult novels in almost complete stages, but I just cannot seem to go any further with them.   :banghead:

So I moved on... I have to MA children's books going.   :reading2:  Cannot seem to keep my mind focused on only one project at a time.  ;D

One is a book on "girl bullying" and the other hopefully will be the first of a series of mysteries.

I am published, but the work I did was pretty esoteric.  A lot of it is in the public domain. I was a Histoirc Preservation Specialist which really means I was an Architectural historian.  So I wrote a lot of things for the State of Tennessee, although I no longer live there and the National Park Service. I do have a piece in the Encylopedia of Tennesse History, a great book for keeping doors open or for flattening items ::)

Now all I have to do is keep  :typing:

Liz

ps - please excuse my spelling mistakes, I never did learn how to spell.

Hey Liz,

Welcome to the boards - we know each other off the Mystery Most Cozy forum on yahoo - what a small world - welcome aboard and from what I've seen so far - this group has some great advice and lot of helpful information - E :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: sjb2 on June 23, 2007, 10:26 AM
Hey everyone - my name is Stephen J. Brooks.  I am a full time children's book writer living in Kansas City, MO.  I am a retired Federal Agent who left service after 9/11 to write and raise my children full time.  Unfortunately, after 9/11 I was constantly out of the country and I was unable to tuck my little girl in at a night so I wrote a poem to comfort her at night - this poem was picked up and published by a small publishing comp. in Nebraska.  I haven't looked back sense and now write full time for Purple Sky Publishing.  I love what I do and I love interacting with the children and sharing my exepriences.  My only advice - don't ever give up on a dream - you can achieve anything you set your mind to! 

Stephen J. Brooks :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Petoskey on June 23, 2007, 11:44 AM
Welcome, Stephen.  It's good to have you here.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Liz Straw on June 23, 2007, 03:35 PM
 :books:
The architectural historian was an interesting job.  I traveled through every county in Tennessee but one, more than once.  I even got to walk through Graceland in my stocking feet on the white carpet in the living room all the way to the music room.  :sing:  LOL  No upstairs tour though. darn.

I saw places in Tennessee most Tennesseans never knew existed.  Been on roads I am not sure that really qualified as roads. Have seen buildings of all sorts from those of the very wealthy to shotgun houses.  I somehow prefered the lower end of the scale, I decided if you had money you could get just about anything or anyone to build your house (even Frank Lloyd Wright).  I became the office champion for the poor and African-American communities.  Even worked on the nomination for the church where Tina Turner sang as a child.  Yes, there really is a Nutbush, TN. 
However the job and I decided to part ways. :x

My bachelor's degree is in elementary education and I have some experience teaching third grade as well as substituting K-4th and occasionally 5th and 6th grades.   :yup

I have a lot of other strange jobs under my belt, but I think I will leave them a secret right now. :moose

Good to see you here Elysabeth (did I spell that right, I am too used to Elizabeth!)

Liz
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Elysabeth on June 23, 2007, 09:06 PM
:books:

Good to see you here Elysabeth (did I spell that right, I am too used to Elizabeth!)

Liz

Yes ma'am did it perfectly.  Thank you - lol - I look forward to seeing and hearing about your writing - E :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: thirtycats on June 27, 2007, 09:28 AM
Hi!

I'm Dina.   I just found this place thanks to a "Friend" on livejournal.

I'm trying to find an agent for my YA novel that I love but fear no one else will love!

I just rewrote my query letter becaue my first one brought me ten rejections.   Ouch.

Anyway, I've been exploring these boards and you guys seem very friendly, fun, and helpful.   Oh and I also like reading the pain of other people's rejections.  It's nice seeing how I am not alone in my misery.

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on June 27, 2007, 09:39 AM
Welcome, Dina - what do your thirty cats think of your story? Cats are known for being picky; if you can win most of them over, you'll be fine :laugh:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: thirtycats on June 27, 2007, 09:56 AM
28 of my cats hate the story.

But two really love it.   And I mention those cats to every agent I query.

I say "My book is very good.  Cause my Grandpa and my two cats say it is."

I don't mention the other 28 cats.   
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on June 27, 2007, 10:01 AM
That's sweet of you to take in 28 deaf cats, in addition to your own.  And so modest not to mention them to the publishers/editors!   :laugh:

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Shari on June 27, 2007, 10:05 AM
Hi everyone. I'm pretty new here, although I've lurked for a while. I live on Vancouver Island, BC, and write contemporary YA (one finished ms doing the agent rounds, and another in progress).

This is a wonderful place! I love how freely advice and support is shared. Thank you all.  :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: goadingthepen on June 27, 2007, 10:08 AM
Haven't been here for a bit so welcome to all the newbies since my last visit! Glad to have new faces aboard.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: thirtycats on June 27, 2007, 10:36 AM
I like your lobster website.

I showed it to my son which was a mistake--he kicked me off the computer.

Next time, I'll send the cats to attack him. 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TinaMack on June 27, 2007, 04:59 PM
Greetings!

I just found this thread and I'm new on the board so here's me in a nutshell...(I'm pretty comfortable in a nutshell actually!)

I recently resigned as technical writer for an architectural firm to carry on as full-time mom. My son is 15 months.  :momkid:  I'm expecting :pregnant: boy #2 in three months. With more time at home, I'm finally serious about creative writing and learning the ins and outs of publishing. Oh okay, I admit to dabbling in :artist: too...

With my ever useful degrees in English literature and drama *snort!*---okay, but I LOVED going to school, so they ARE worth the paper they're printed on!---I worked for 15 years on a contract basis prior to the technical writing gig. I've directed a couple youth theatre troupes, written a teacher's curriculum pack for an international youth film festival, managed 450 volunteers for an International Jazz Festival, managed communications, managed to keep my sanity (and sense of humour!) while coordinating a university residence, and taught high school and English as a Second Language. Now I'm Mommy, and I'm working on adding published children's writer to the list.

This is a GREAT board.  :dancing:  I've been visiting for a few weeks...reading and learning more than anything else.

Cheers
Tina
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on June 27, 2007, 06:22 PM
Welcome, Tina. I'm glad you've been enjoying the board so far! :)

If you're looking to learn about the ins and outs of writing and publishing, you've come to a good place.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on June 27, 2007, 08:45 PM
Quote
I like your lobster website.

I showed it to my son which was a mistake--he kicked me off the computer.

Next time, I'll send the cats to attack him.
No, no, let him stay! Or bookmark it at least... :laugh:


Welcome, Tina - this is lobster from SCBWI

Welcome also to the other newbies, including you, Shari
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TinaMack on June 28, 2007, 09:00 AM
Thanks for the welcome, folks.
Hi Lobster! I recognized you...er...Mussel Bound.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Debs on June 28, 2007, 06:12 PM
Hello to everyone on the boards.  Welcome to all the new members!  I'm happy to have found this wonderful home for writers.   ;D  I had to register again after an e-mail change, so it took me awhile to get going again.  I didn't post much before, but I hope to do better this time around!  And, I would like to thank all of my live chat friends!  You are great! :hug1:


Blessings,
Debbie
(DebS)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: andracill on June 28, 2007, 06:17 PM
Welcome Debbie and Becky (the two I know :)) -- and everyone else too :D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Shari on July 02, 2007, 08:32 AM
Thanks for the welcome, everyone! :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Shari on July 02, 2007, 08:35 AM
I recently resigned as technical writer for an architectural firm to carry on as full-time mom.
Congrats on your new "full-time mom" status, Tina, and welcome! Sure looks like we've come to the right place for info and support on the road to publ. :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tfb3 on July 02, 2007, 09:10 AM
Thanks, Shari, for posting on this thread today!  I couldn't find out where I was supposed to introduce myself...

I'm Tameka and I've been seriously writing for children (and learning this business) for about 1-1/2 years. I have grown so much during that time--and I can tell that by being here on the blueboards, I'll be growing a whole lot more. Thanks, in advance, for helping me!

I'm familiar with some of the names I've seen here from other places, and am looking forward to getting to know everyone else!

 :pencil:  Cheers,
Tameka
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on July 02, 2007, 06:20 PM
Welcome, Tameka. I hope you have a lot of fun here! ;D

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on July 02, 2007, 09:05 PM
Other places?? Where are these other places, besides SCBWI, of which you speak??

And yes, a big welcome to the club!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tfb3 on July 02, 2007, 09:44 PM
Well, I know there's at least one person around here that I see each month--when she's picking apart my mss!  ;D

Thanks G.R. and M.B. for the warm welcome!

T
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on July 02, 2007, 09:50 PM
Welcome, new folk! You've landed in a very congenial place. Tina, I can relate to your 'useful degree' comment; I did actually use mine, and went on to grad work, but spent a lot of time trying to justify myself to people (and, occasionally, to myself) in the early days!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TinaMack on July 03, 2007, 06:09 AM
Hi Shari - Yes, I think you're right.  :writing3:

MegM -  I relate! I was being facetious. :D I've been able to apply my english, drama and education degrees very specifically to a number of jobs--not terribly lucrative though! :EmoticonDollar:
Good thing I have no delusions about getting rich.  :banghead:  Perfect for this business. LOL!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MVP on July 03, 2007, 01:03 PM
Hi everyone!  I'm a long-time lurker who's decided that it's time to post.  I'm a middle-school teacher, and now that it's summer I've got a lot more time for message boards--and for writing, of course!  I've written a young adult fantasy that's done and looking for a home, 10,000 words or so of a middle-grade fantasy, and a handful of picture books that are sitting in drawers.

I'm also a newlywed (married 6 months.)  One of the things I love about being married is my new set of initials.  It cracks me up that after a childhood of getting picked last for every sports team I was ever forced to play on, I'm now an MVP!

I'm looking forward to getting to know the people on this board.  It's been a great place to lurk, and I'm sure it will be an even better place to post.   :)

Miriam
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on July 03, 2007, 06:30 PM
Welcome to the board, MVP! :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ara on July 04, 2007, 10:16 AM
I can't believe I just found this thread. It's greating seeing some bio info on everyone here.  Thanks for posting about yourselves!

As for me, I live in San Diego, am 36, and write contemporary YA (although my next project is probably going to be MG). Oh, yeah--and my name rhymes with Sarah.   ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Deb Logan on July 04, 2007, 10:42 AM
Hello, everyone.

My alter ego is e-pubbed in fantasy and paranormal romance, and I actually pubbed two children's stories under that name before I started pubbing romance. Now I've decided that I want to distance my kids / MG / YA writing from my more adult fiction, so I've become a split personality *snicker*

Anyway, I just found this board and am thrilled with the plethora of information available here!

Looking forward to getting to know you, and finding homes for my kids stories!

   ---Deb
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Sheri D. on July 04, 2007, 04:10 PM
Hi everyone.

I'm Sheri and I - (like Tameka) - have been seriously writing for children for about 1 1/2 years.  (I wrote my first story in Spring 2006.)  I've spent the last year trying to learn all I can about writing, submitting, etc.

This seems like such a great and supportive group of people, and I'm looking forward to being a part of it. 

Oh, and if anyone out there lives in Atlanta, I'd love to find people interested in a critique group.  I have a wonderful online group, but I'd love to find one here in Atlanta, too.  (We just moved back here in February.)  Anyone?

Take care,
Sheri
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tfb3 on July 05, 2007, 12:16 PM
Hey, Sheri!  Glad to see you here!

Tameka
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: edithspage on July 05, 2007, 03:48 PM
Hi everyone! Great to be on here. I'm in the middle of submissions for a YA novel, so I'm finding the agent information really helpful. I live in New York & frequent the SCBWI conferences, BEA, basically everything I can go to. I'm going to the SCBWI conf. in LA in August. I started doing this seriously about a year and a half ago. I guess that's about it.  :momkid:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: PiaSurligneur on July 06, 2007, 08:39 AM
This board is absolutely fantastic! Even before I recently registered, I'd lurk and soak up all the great information here.  I think I'm addicted.

Here's a little about myself:  Eight years ago I revisited the world of children's literature (I'm a librarian) and fell in love with pbs, early chapters &
mid-grade novels all over again.  I also changed my writing focus from adult audiences to children at that time.  I'm so happy that I did!   One of
my first magazine articles for kids will be appearing in Boys' Quest this summer.  It was accepted in 2002.   I've had just over three dozen
acceptances since that first non-fiction sale.  I also have a couple of pb manuscripts "out there."

And something I'm really excited about:  I rec'd an arts grant to attend the SCBWI Conference in LA this year.  I can't wait! :dancing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: TinaMack on July 06, 2007, 12:11 PM
Congrats on all fronts Pia!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lindsay on July 06, 2007, 07:50 PM
Hey everyone! I've been lurking on the boards for a while, but only recently started posting. I guess this is as good a time as any to introduce myself.

I'm a 28 year old mother of 4, and I've been writing seriously for the past five years. I completed the ICL course my 1st year of writing, and started off focused on pb's. Two of my pb's have won honorable mentions in the Writer's Digest Writing Competition and last year one of my pb's won 3rd place in that contest. Though I still adore pb's, I feel like I've found my true love in mg novels. My first novel received a "resubmit with these revisions" from an awesome agent, so I'm getting it ready now to resend. My second is completed and the first chapters are in the hands of my critique group as we speak. I'm almost finished with my third, though revisions are taking up a lot of time right now.

I recently became the Speaker Coordinator for the Rocky Mountian Chapter of SCBWI and love attending conferences and taking classes! Anyway, I'm excited to get to know all of the fun personalities here on the boards! Happy writing!

Linds
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on July 06, 2007, 11:34 PM
Wow, we're getting some serious talent joining us here!  Welcome all you not-so-newbies!   :dancing: :band :dancing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jeanne k on July 08, 2007, 07:51 PM
Hi, everyone.

I'm not quite accomplished as the last couple of newbies, but I'm trying my best to get there.

I'm a member of SCWBI and a mother of two small children. Right now, I guess you could say I'm on hiatus from my career as a college professor while my children are young. I've rediscovered reading strictly for pleasure and creative writing. My background is in (among other things) child and adolescent development.

Currently, I'm working on about five picture book manuscripts (with more ideas waiting in the wings) and the beginnings of an idea for a MG novel. I have one picture book in the final editing stage and I'm just about to take the leap of submitting it!

I've already learned so much from skimming through this wonderful message board and website and I really look forward to learning as much as I possibly can.

Cheers,
Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on July 09, 2007, 06:05 PM
Welcome, Jeanne. :)

I'm glad you've been enjoying the board so far! This IS a good place to learn more about different aspects of writing and publishing.


Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: pixydust on July 12, 2007, 09:20 AM
Hey everyone!

Another newbie here. This place looks awesome! So much talent, it's overwhelming. I can't wait to begin the brain picking.

I write YA fantasy and am a member of the SCBWI. I'm really looking forward the LA con in August. It'll be my first SBWI con. I'm still getting a handle on this business, having mostly worked on craft for the first several years of my writing carrier. I've had a handful of short stories published in sci-fi/fantasy mags and worked as managing editor on a lit mag for a year. I've always written for teens but for some reason never thought to join the ranks of SCBWI. Goofy me. What had I been thinking--wadding through all those "adult writers" when I could have been hangin' with you fun people? :D

So, basically I'm in the market for a new agent now, having parted ways with my last (who wasn't really ready to take me on as a YA writer), and am just finishing up with my latest WIP, a teen fantasy about a girl who's half faerie.

I look forward to getting to know all you talented people!

Rachel
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: thirtycats on July 12, 2007, 10:38 AM
Hi Rachel!

It's nice to see your formal introduction!!!

I'm glad you're here  8)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Karen K on July 13, 2007, 01:06 PM
You know, I haven't looked at this thread in a few months, and now I see how many interesting new people are joining. Welcome, everyone, to the Blueboards!

Karen
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Beachmom on July 13, 2007, 06:49 PM
Hello,
I've read this boards in the past but also just started posting and reading on a more regular basis. Lots of great information here! I'm a 2nd grade teacher and started my official dive into the world of writing for children about a year and half ago. My love is PB and I am working on several and have a few more out in circulation. I'm glad to be part of the blue boards.

Angel
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on July 13, 2007, 09:13 PM
Welcome, everyone!

Angel, my favorite is PBs also - am in the process of tightening up one, with A LOT of help from the friendly, knowledgable people in here, and have a few more in my head fighting for the chance to be next.
 :!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jean on July 14, 2007, 07:18 PM
Greetings, I'm Jean from NC - beautiful Indian Trail to be exact. I'm a retired educator who's been writing, submitting, and pursuing publication for about four years. I've heard great things about this board from members of my local critique group (go Mudskippers!) and am eager to learn all I can from the terrific writers, agents, and publishers out there.  Thanks for letting listen in on your discussions.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna on July 14, 2007, 08:14 PM
WELCOME! Jean is a wonderful person and the glue that keeps our Mudskippers together!

I'm glad you're finally here. I expect to see your name in the GOOD NEWS section soon. :)

Hugs,
me

 :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: starlight on July 16, 2007, 07:25 AM
hi everyone
i'm new here. I write children fantasy :angel
i want to wish everyone good luck  :reading2:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: tfb3 on July 16, 2007, 07:47 AM
Welcome Starlight!

And heyyyy Jean!    :hug1:  Tameka here (I just introduced myself on the blueboards several entries up)! 

Donna's right--we don't know where we'd be without Jean!

Gooooo Mudskippers!

 :horse  Tameka
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Carla4 on July 16, 2007, 08:15 AM
Hello everyone!  My name is Carla Sarratt.  I was told about this board by Paula Chase a few months back and reminded of it this weekend when I joined officially.

I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio but Charlotte, NC has been my home for 5 years now.  I moved to Charlotte when I was still a high school English teacher.  One day as a teacher, bored at an AVID meeting, I started writing what became my first published novel, Freshman Focus which was self-published this year.
I recently finished writing the sequel which is still untitled but two words keep sticking itself to my brain for this book.  Freshman Focus is YA and of course check out my website for the excerpt.

I queried three agents recently with one rejection so far, so we'll see how that goes this time around.
I've had my essay "The Sister Circle" published in SisterDivas magazine as well as stories, essays, and poetry published in two anthologies.
Not yet a member of SCBWI but I plan to change that.

Finally, I am happy to be here and look forward to all of the information and networking found here.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Elysabeth on July 16, 2007, 02:23 PM
Welcome Carla - awesome credits - but self publishing has to be difficult - good luck with your sequel to the first one - E :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Donna on July 16, 2007, 03:18 PM
Welcome Starlight!

And heyyyy Jean!    :hug1:  Tameka here (I just introduced myself on the blueboards several entries up)! 

Donna's right--we don't know where we'd be without Jean!

Gooooo Mudskippers!

 :horse  Tameka

TAMEKAAAAA!!!!!!!  Welcome, my friend! I'm looking to seeing more and more of your posts!

Hugs,
Donna
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Carla4 on July 16, 2007, 03:19 PM
Welcome Carla - awesome credits - but self publishing has to be difficult - good luck with your sequel to the first one - E :)

Thank you!  It's been fun to self-publish as I have to work to promote myself, write another book and work a full time job, but I've loved it because it is giving me a chance to partially see what a potential agent would do on my behalf in the future.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: AisForAutism on July 16, 2007, 08:12 PM
Hi all! What a fun site! I happened on it while doing an internet search for research...looks fantastic.  I am launching a book titled A Is for Autism, F Is for Friend...A Kid's Book on Making Friends with a Child Who Has Autism.  It released from Autism Asperger Publishing Company in late April.  I just spent last week in Phoenix at the Autism Society of America National Conference and was thrilled to meet so many nice people and introduce my book to a captive audience. I look forward to seeking advice from this site. I am working on manuscript two currently.   :lov: Thank you!!   
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: itlnbos on July 17, 2007, 06:08 AM
This website has been my guide to everything since I decided to try and get published.  I scan these message boards all the time.

My name is Megan and I am from the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I live with my great husband and two girls, ages 9 and 11.
I used to write all the time back when I was younger, poems, songs, journalling.  I wanted to be a journalist back in college, unfortunately life caught up with me and I quit school and went into the work force.

You would not believe how many jobs I've gone through.  Well, I'll just tell you;  Pizza girl, record store, shoe store,  paralegal assistant, winery manager, two government jobs (insert snoring sounds here), jewelry store, toy sales, body product sales, soap making (which I actually decided I wasn't good enough at to make any money), and daycare.  I've probably forgotten a couple.  My husband has been a champion through my many professions.

I can probably thank my mother-in-law (God rest her soul) for getting me back into writing.  She was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago.  I closed my daycare and my husband and I took her into our home and did hospice care for her.  Unfortunately, she passed away a few weeks later.  Since I was no longer working, I decided to start writing again to fill the void, and pretty soon I had finished a paranormal MG/YA (haven't decided which category it actually falls into yet) novel.  Actually, I have finished two in a series, and am working on a third, as well as dabbling with other stories.

So, I guess that's my life as a writer, in a nutshell.  I've had many unbiased people read my book, and they seem to really like it.  Now if I could get that one agent who will love it, everything would be perfect.

Nice to meet everyone, and thanks to those who manage these message boards.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Karen K on July 17, 2007, 07:18 AM
Welcome, all new Blueboarders!

My name is Megan and I am from the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I live with my great husband and two girls, ages 9 and 11.

I'm from Snohomish originally, and now I'm in Olympia. Where do you hail from, Megan?

Karen
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: itlnbos on July 17, 2007, 07:39 AM
Been in Tacoma my entire life except for a short stint in Portland, OR.  I wouldn't live anywhere else but the PN
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jean on July 17, 2007, 07:21 PM
Tameka - Hiiiiii!!!!!

See you at Mudskippers.

Jean
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jean on July 17, 2007, 07:23 PM


I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio but Charlotte, NC has been my home for 5 years now.  I moved to Charlotte when I was still a high school English teacher. 



Hello, Carla. I live in Indian Trail. We're practically neighbors. Welcome. Do you participate in the Charlotte Critique Group?

Jean
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Carla4 on July 18, 2007, 04:34 AM

Hello, Carla. I live in Indian Trail. We're practically neighbors. Welcome. Do you participate in the Charlotte Critique Group?

Jean

I am very close to Indian Trail so yes we are practically neighbors times two.
Thank you for the welcome.  No, I'm not a member of that group.  I need to increase my memberships with writing related endeavors.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: LoisP on July 25, 2007, 04:10 PM
Hi,
I'm new here.
Been writing for adults for a number of years with quite a few literary short stories, essays, articles published in various print and online venues.
I am also a creative writing instructor and coordinator of the Surrey Creative Writing Diploma Program in BC, and operate a contract writing,editing and fundraising business in my housr away from my regular job as the Development Officer (marekting and fundraising) for a large suburban library system.
Just four months ago I started writing for children (discounting a few pb stories I wrote a number of years ago). I have one book for young readers 8-10 doing the rounds now Miss Stella's Mindful Moments, and three others in the works - Elsie and the Silver Rain, Escape to the Summer House, and Return of the Summer Fish
Most interested in picking up what I can about how the market works (the response time threads are going to be invalubale, I can see), picking the brains of the pubbed writers here, and contributing what I can.
Hello to everyone.
Lois Peterson
www.lpwordsolutions.com
Blogging at http://lpwords.blogspot.com/
 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on July 25, 2007, 06:21 PM
Welcome to the board, Lois. :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ranger K on July 25, 2007, 06:49 PM
Another newbie here.

I am a park guide with the National Park Service. I work at a Rev War park in NJ. As I do interpretation on a daily basis with the public, especially school groups, I've wanted to reach out to a wider audience for some time. There is so much history out there to be shared with children everywhere. Hopefully, I can bring it to them until they can experience it for themselves

I don't have any books out there - yet. I have one or two works in progress at the moment, but nothing ready for submission this early. Per advice that I've come across on these boards and elsewhere, I am redirecting some of my efforts into writing magazine articles first. As I understand it, it's a good way to garner some much needed experience and build up some credentials. I have done one or two articles in the past, but only for trade type publications. We'll see how things proceed from here.

Kevin 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on July 25, 2007, 07:08 PM
Welcome, Kevin!  Be sure to check out current issues of Highlights.  It's a great market. :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MarciaK on July 25, 2007, 07:18 PM
Hi, I've been a silent observer for the last week and have just now decided to identify myself. I've recently completed a tween-age novel regarding the topic of archaeology and am now shopping it around to agents. I feel very humbled by the process. I am a global nomad with homes in both Thailand and Colorado. I am impressed with the professional quality of this chat room and look forward to interacting with all of you.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ranger K on July 25, 2007, 07:30 PM
Thanks Jaina:

I am particularly interested in Highlights. I have been researching their needs, as have been mentioned elsewhere in these boards. I have also reviewed their past issues for the last year and a half. I think at least one of my articles would be a good fit for them, but, then, that's my opinion. I also have another article, just started, which also may work as well. I haven't discounted some of the Carus group publications, even though they do work to a theme.

Kevin
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: jadunham on July 27, 2007, 12:43 AM
Just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Jean.  I love these discussion boards, they are so helpful.  I'm a fairly new writer - living in Austin, TX.  Thanks for your wonderful advice and words of wisdom.  Your creativity inspires me.

happy creating!
jean
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on July 27, 2007, 01:20 AM
Welcome, Jean and Marcia! This is indeed a great place, for both information and support. Marcia, global nomad sounds like a nice moniker to have - as it happens, we are off to Thailand next week. Never been to Colorado, though!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: mara_jade3 on July 27, 2007, 08:33 PM
Hello. I have been a member of this board for a while, but I have not introduced myself. My name is Jen. I'm almost 25 and I have recently finished my first novel after working on it, more like rewriting it, for ten years. I am just starting to send out queries again and hoping to get an agent, or a deal with a smaller publisher to get my start. I write YA fantasy, but also have ideas for horror and ghost stories.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: SarahP on July 28, 2007, 05:48 AM
Welcome, new members! 

Good luck with your YA fantasy project, Jen! 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: pixydust on July 28, 2007, 09:48 AM
Welcome from another newbie. :D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on July 30, 2007, 12:26 PM
Hi everyone,  :typing:

Uh-wow-this board is awesome.  :o  I feel so small here... a lot of you have already been published or are waiting to be published.

My name is Laura and I've been writing since I was...eight? Seven? Barely into the teen years myself, I've started on several projects and finished none. I am hoping that the project I'm working on now-a YA novel- will get finished before school starts... I tend to procastinate a lot on my writing when I have hw and projects to worry about.

I now live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in Texas, and am currently thanking the air conditioner for keeping me out of the scorching weather outside.

I look forward to interacting with all of you.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on July 31, 2007, 06:29 PM
Welcome, Laura. I hope you have fun posting here! ;D

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 01, 2007, 06:57 AM
Thanks. So far I'm spending every minute of my internet time here.  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: pixydust on August 01, 2007, 09:31 AM
I know what you mean! I need to be writing.... ::)

Welcome to the boards!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ladyeclectic on August 02, 2007, 07:21 AM
Sarah Pearson here.  :horse  While not a newbie to writing, I've only recently remembered how I wanted so badly to be a writer when I was younger. Getting out of the school system and being tossed into the workforce threw me for a loop; I tried to write but found it difficult, and while I did churn out a fanfic or three I didn't really focus on my own world building.

I'm now trying to break into the short story market by publishing a few in SFF magazines. I'm also in the process of writing a UF YA novel along the lines of Holly Black (or hopefully along those lines, she's too good for words) or Cassandra Clare. I'm far from finishing it, still trying to hammer out plot details etc, but it feels SO good to be back in the author seat on original fiction!!

Several people have recommended these boards so I hope to become a regular. Thanks for having me!!

Sarah P.
http://ladyeclectic79.livejournal.com

P.S.: I am SO in love with yall's smilies right now, you know that?  :writing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on August 02, 2007, 06:16 PM
Welcome to the board, Sarah! :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 02, 2007, 06:27 PM


P.S.: I am SO in love with yall's smilies right now, you know that?  :writing:
Same here. My favs are:
 :yay
 :dr
 :cuccoan: <---Wait, isn't this a chicken from some legend of zelda game?
 :faint:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on August 02, 2007, 07:01 PM
Welcome all you newbies - you're going to learn a lot and meet some amazing people in here; I know I have.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: mara_jade3 on August 02, 2007, 07:33 PM
Hey LauraLee! Welcome (and other newbies too, of course!)

You remind me of myself, Laura. I started when I was like five. lol And I am about to be 25 next month. I haven't been published yet either, but I have my one novel done. :D What genre is your YA novel? I write YA too.

~Jen  :werd
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on August 03, 2007, 02:36 AM
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Thanks. So far I'm spending every minute of my internet time here.  Grin

Welcome!  I know what you mean about spending every minute here ... it's terrible. I'm trying very hard to stay away and do some writing but I'm worried I might miss something!  But this weekend I will ... really... well maybe just limit my time ... aaaaaah who am I kidding!!  There is so much to learn and this really is a great place to learn.  I've been here a little while and I still can't believe how friendly and helpful everyone here is.

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I feel so small here... a lot of you have already been published or are waiting to be published.

Don't worry I'm small with you!  I've never been published and this is really my first serious attempt at writing more than a first paragraph.  I have so many brilliant first paragraphs you wouldn't believe it ... sadly, I seem to lose all interest after that.  But procrastination is an artform and I feel I am working it to perfection ..... hmmmm lurking around these boards day and night is not helping my procrastination any  :faint: 

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 03, 2007, 06:23 AM
What genre is your YA novel? I write YA too.

Supernatural/Fantasy. So far, it's up to 10,000 something words. That's more than I've ever written in my life!


Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 03, 2007, 06:28 AM
I know what you mean about spending every minute here ... it's terrible. I'm trying very hard to stay away and do some writing but I'm worried I might miss something!   There is so much to learn and this really is a great place to learn.  I've been here a little while and I still can't believe how friendly and helpful everyone here is.

Don't worry I'm small with you!  I've never been published and this is really my first serious attempt at writing more than a first paragraph.  I have so many brilliant first paragraphs you wouldn't believe it ... sadly, I seem to lose all interest after that.  But procrastination is an artform and I feel I am working it to perfection ..... hmmmm lurking around these boards day and night is not helping my procrastination any  :faint: 



Well, my internet time is separate from my writing time, so I still get a lot of writing done.
My internet time is in the morning, when I'm SUPPOSED to do my Geometry HW. Of course, like any other teenager, I find it hard to stay on task.  :jump

I used to procrastinate during school (on my writing, I mean, not my hw. Thank God for that.) but recently, with the first draft writing thing going on this month, I've now reached about 5-10 pgs a day. woot!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: mara_jade3 on August 03, 2007, 08:48 AM
Supernatural/Fantasy. So far, it's up to 10,000 something words. That's more than I've ever written in my life!

Wow! Congrats! That's an accomplishment then! :D If you ever need someone to read it, let me know. I like that type of genre. :) I write fantasy too. I have supernatural ideas, but haven't gotten to those stories yet though. hehe
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 03, 2007, 09:41 AM
Wow! Congrats! That's an accomplishment then! :D If you ever need someone to read it, let me know. I like that type of genre. :) I write fantasy too. I have supernatural ideas, but haven't gotten to those stories yet though. hehe
Thanks! I'll let you know when I'm finished with it... Until then...  :typing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: mara_jade3 on August 03, 2007, 09:49 AM
Okay! :D Can't wait! Happy typing!! I am being bad and writing fanfiction instead of my next novel...  :devil: I should really get back to work, but I am quite obsessed with this fandom right now. :P Anyway, keep writing! You will get there. I know it! 5-10 pages a day is wonderful!! :yay
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 03, 2007, 09:52 AM
Okay! :D Can't wait! Happy typing!! I am being bad and writing fanfiction instead of my next novel...  :devil: I should really get back to work, but I am quite obsessed with this fandom right now. :P Anyway, keep writing! You will get there. I know it! 5-10 pages a day is wonderful!! :yay
Hah-ha. Yes, fanfiction is very addicting. Which type do you write?
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: mara_jade3 on August 03, 2007, 09:54 AM
Hah-ha. Yes, fanfiction is very addicting. Which type do you write?

lol Glad I am not the only one. :P Right now I am writing a Peter Pan/Wendy fic. But I have ones going for Ghost Rider, The Mummy, and Dead Like Me.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 03, 2007, 04:28 PM
lol Glad I am not the only one. :P Right now I am writing a Peter Pan/Wendy fic. But I have ones going for Ghost Rider, The Mummy, and Dead Like Me.
Cool. I do Twilight fanfics...and did a Fruits Basket (anime) one a while back. My friends are obssessed at reading fanfics.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cuttlequeep on August 03, 2007, 07:02 PM
Yet another newbie here. I joined a little while ago but haven't taken the time to post yet.
I'm a male teenager from Washington. Writing is only a hobbie for me, but maybe I'll try submiting something once I better understand how things work. Until then, this forum should be useful. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: 1846 on August 03, 2007, 08:42 PM
Welcome!  The guys are somewhat in a minority around here, especially the younger ones.  We have a number of discussions where your point of view will be extremely valuable!  Hope you become a frequent poster!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 04, 2007, 07:09 AM
Yet another newbie here. I joined a little while ago but haven't taken the time to post yet.
I'm a male teenager from Washington. Writing is only a hobbie for me, but maybe I'll try submiting something once I better understand how things work. Until then, this forum should be useful. ;D
Yes! Another teenager!  :D Welcome from another newbie!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: PDM on August 04, 2007, 07:12 PM
...as it happens, we are off to Thailand next week. Never been to Colorado, though!

If you're in Pattaya, check out the Pattaya Mail newspaper there. It's very good. Plus it has a little Wombat cartoon in it...

You can definitely learn a lot from these boards, and if you do searches, you can uncover a great wealth of knowledge.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ladyeclectic on August 04, 2007, 08:32 PM
It's amazing how many YA authors there are on these boards; when someone suggested I come here I was so afraid it would be all children's stuff (nothing wrong with that but not what my aim is)!! I'm trying to do some short stories as well as a fantasy YA, and I think it's going to be an awesome board! Thanks for having me.
:duh:

Sarah
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Judy43 on August 05, 2007, 07:13 PM
Hi...I'm Judy Mammay and new here today, although I have been writing for a few years. When I retired from teaching, I knew I needed something else to do, so decided to write books for kids.  I live in Florida...a transplanted New Englander.  Am looking forward to  getting to know people here.

I write a little of everything...have had a couple of articles published in a magazine, I have an easy reader out and an MG about to come out, and I also write in verse...the rhyming kind.

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 06, 2007, 06:10 AM
It's amazing how many YA authors there are on these boards; when someone suggested I come here I was so afraid it would be all children's stuff (nothing wrong with that but not what my aim is)!! I'm trying to do some short stories as well as a fantasy YA, and I think it's going to be an awesome board! Thanks for having me.
:duh:

Sarah
hahah...yeah I thought the same thing. I was like: Children's writer....
CHILDREN?!?
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 06, 2007, 06:11 AM
Hi...I'm Judy Mammay and new here today, although I have been writing for a few years. When I retired from teaching, I knew I needed something else to do, so decided to write books for kids.  I live in Florida...a transplanted New Englander.  Am looking forward to  getting to know people here.

I write a little of everything...have had a couple of articles published in a magazine, I have an easy reader out and an MG about to come out, and I also write in verse...the rhyming kind.


Welcome! Yet another member!  :yay
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Post by: ladyeclectic on August 06, 2007, 12:49 PM
hahah...yeah I thought the same thing. I was like: Children's writer....
CHILDREN?!?
A member of my crit group also suggested I join SCBWI and when I looked into the group I was all: 'Nuh uh, am so not a kids or picture book kinda gal.'

'Course, meeting all the YA/MG authors here has given me cause to look again at the group but alas, no fundage. Woe is me. Someday perhaps, someday... ;-)

I like it here. There's a broad range of topics in the archives and people continually ask the questions I always wondered but was too scared shy to ask. ;-)

And   :phat Welcome to the boards Judy!!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: anom3 on August 07, 2007, 02:24 AM
Welcome Judy!

Moved to Florida, huh!...and still writing up a storm!
This is a great neighborhood to hang around in. There's lots of sharing going on... so don't forget to post when your book comes out. You can share more about it now though.

Enjoy it here-I bet you'll see lots of people you "know" besides me.

Mona (who's still in Maine and still attends NE conference with excitement!)   :D

 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ColdWolf07 on August 07, 2007, 08:40 AM
HELLO EVERYONE I am new to this website and knew to the finishing novel world ( i have started MANY MANY books, but never seemed to finish one, then all of a sudden, I finish one, and have the roughest of rough drafts written for two more books.. I can't believe it)

I am here to learn and get tips. I have never published any works of art/literature or anything like that, I am, like I said new. I have dabbled in many different types of literature however..

GOsh, lol, I've gotten this far without introducing myself.

My name is Jeremy D.T. Garrett, or GGTran, Or ColdWolf.. depends on whichever one you want to call me

I am young (Though i am of the adult age.. barely) I can drive but i CANNOT drink, (Though I prolly wouldn't anyway).

All the terms you guys use are like chinese to me, but I think It won't take long learning. I am here to learn from everyone, talk to as many people as I can, critique work if need be, have my work critique, maybe write with an author or two about whatever genre they want, have a good time, and many other things

I am in the process of TrYiNg to find a literary agent, it isn't easy let me tell ya. Well, for some it probably is, but for me... damn near impossible....

Well.. that is all for now.. if you want to talk more, either post or email me at ColdWolf07@yahoo.com
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Judy43 on August 07, 2007, 11:51 AM
 :study
Hi Mona, and all the rest...Actually, I thought about coming back to New England to attend the SCBWI conference there, but it did not fit into the budget this year...now that I am retired from teaching and any 'real' paycheck coming in. And you're right...there are a bunch of people on here I know...and probably a lot I know, but don't know I know, since I am not yet able to check bios.

YESTERDAY, I just finished my WIP MG book after about two years of trying to get the last quarter of it done (and/or figuring out any number of reasons to NOT work on it. Now starts the process of revision...have had much of it critiqued already, so now I need to apply the crits to the document.

My MG coming out in October is KNOWING JOSEPH, about the brother of a boy with autism who struggles with that, his own need to be perfect, and the bullies who taunt him because of his brother. My WIP is actually about one of the bullies it KJ. I have a website...are we allowed to put them on here? My other book that is already out is also about a boy with autism, but is an easy reader.

Am looking forward to getting to know everyone better.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 07, 2007, 04:26 PM
Wow...I haven't finished any so far, but am currently about 20 K on one of my projects.
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Post by: ladyeclectic on August 07, 2007, 08:42 PM
Welcome to the forums Jeremy!! I totally understand starting twenty-million projects and not finishing anything, I've started so many novels through the years (most of which have disappeared through the ages, sadly enough) and never finished anything except short stories. Congrats on finishing, now for the fun part of revisions right? :D

Just keep :writing3: and surfing these boards for information and good luck with your endeavors! :D

Sarah
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Post by: ColdWolf07 on August 07, 2007, 09:22 PM
Exactly.. revision sucks, but thank God I have been working on this thing for a while, so I am on the FINAL revision process... its pretty cool.. I have taken the book to what hopes to be the final Cutting board (Though there are a few minor things I think I need to work on)

But yeah, its gonna be a good book I think, and all my friends seem to have liked it, what little bits i have let them read

Thanks for the encouragement Sarah

jeremy
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Post by: 1846 on August 08, 2007, 04:00 AM
Exactly.. revision sucks

There will come a point, Jeremy, when you'll realize that revision doesn't suck at all.  Revision is a constant process where the real writing occurs.  That's when you really get to explore and know your characters and your story line. 

At any rate, welcome to the board, it's great to see some younger guys emerge here.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: anom3 on August 08, 2007, 04:21 AM
Judy
Congratulations on the upcoming books!
Welcome here.
Mona   ;)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ColdWolf07 on August 08, 2007, 08:33 AM
Yeah.. I know.. lol.. I just haven gotten to a point where I know my story inside and out... That rewriting it becomes... I don't know. a little discouraging or something....
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Judy43 on August 08, 2007, 07:42 PM
 :banghead: Don't bang your head TOO hard on the revisions, Jeremy. Have you had your work critiqued? It makes revisions much easier. I just started the revisions on my MG today, and actually find them much easier to do than writing the book itself. At least now I have something to work from.

I am also thinking of looking for an agent...but haven't decided for sure. There are both advantages and disadvantages to having one, I guess, and I hear they are sometimes just as hard or harder to find than a publisher.

Good luck with both revisions AND agent hunting, and keep us informed as to how they are going. What is the title of your book?

Judy
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 09, 2007, 06:50 AM
Yeah.. I know.. lol.. I just haven gotten to a point where I know my story inside and out... That rewriting it becomes... I don't know. a little discouraging or something....
Hah,hah. I feel the same way...sort of. I am not looking forward to revising...
I do agree with Judy, though, having your work critiqued is an easy way to revise.
My friends are DYING to critique mine. They come up with several pages of revision and I constantly have to remind them that I haven't finished the first draft yet...  :typing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cuttlequeep on August 09, 2007, 07:45 AM
Since I'm used to writing short stories, I'm not sure where to start revising my longer book. Does this website have suggestions for that?
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Post by: Anne Marie on August 09, 2007, 07:51 AM
Cuttlequeep,

This website has just about everything.  But in order to show you those threads, anyone else would have to use the search engine, so I suggest the same to you. :)

Search "revision" to start.

AM
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cuttlequeep on August 09, 2007, 08:14 AM
Well, thanks.http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=3612.msg38867#msg38867 (http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=3612.msg38867#msg38867) at post 15 is exactly what I was looking for, if anyone else wants it.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Enya on August 10, 2007, 09:50 AM
Hello everyone!

My name is Sarah. I am a YA fantasy/adventure writer. The series of books I am working on takes place in a medieval-type setting, but I also write contemporary fantasy novels and fantasy and sci fi short stories.

I, too was a little confused about whether I belonged here or not, because it is predominantly children's lit, but I was referred by a fellow author, so here I am!

I am currently trying to find an agent and/or publisher for my first novel, The Golden Flame the Silver Tree. I suppose the main reason I'm here is for support, so it will be nice to talk to everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Redban on August 10, 2007, 01:42 PM
Hello all!  I'm brand spankin new here, but I do confess that I have been lurking for a while.  I am currently working on a YA fantasy and so far it is going pretty well, I am up to about 50,000 words.  :jump  I'm thinking it'll probably be around 80 or 90 thousand by the end, then I can start the slash and burn process and get it back down to 50,000.   :moose
I live in Florida right now and I am of an indiscriminate age.   Nice to meet ya'll!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 10, 2007, 02:36 PM
Welcome to all! Glad you found us! Not to be cheesy or anything...  :dr
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Judy43 on August 10, 2007, 05:47 PM
 :reading2: Welcome Sarah and Redban! I'm pretty new here, too, but from what I have seen so far, you'll find any kind of support you need.  AND I am also from Florida. Are either of you anywhere near the Space Coast?
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Redban on August 10, 2007, 11:01 PM
I live about 2 1/2 hours from there, I think.  I just moved here about a year ago, so I am still figuring out how far away stuff is.  I do know that I am about 1 1/2 hours from St Augustine and 2 hours from Orlando.   My friends and I have been saying we are gonna head over to the Space Center and take a tour, but we haven't gotten around to it yet.    :balloongroup:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 11, 2007, 07:59 AM
I live about 2 1/2 hours from there, I think.  I just moved here about a year ago, so I am still figuring out how far away stuff is.  I do know that I am about 1 1/2 hours from St Augustine and 2 hours from Orlando.   My friends and I have been saying we are gonna head over to the Space Center and take a tour, but we haven't gotten around to it yet.    :balloongroup:
I used to live in FL, around Daytona Beach.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: L.N.Lee on August 11, 2007, 11:12 AM
I live outside of Tampa a ways. It's a nice place, but a bit warm for my taste.
not to mention humid.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Judy43 on August 11, 2007, 12:51 PM
Redban, I'd have to get a map out to see where you are...don't know where St. Augustine is yet. I know pretty much what is along the coast a little north, but more south. We are an hour southeast of Orlando.

I DO know that Tampa is on the opposite coast though, right?   :dancing:

You're right about the heat and humidity, although the weather man promised it would be cooler tomorrow (Sunday)...it's ONLY going to be 90-92! :eek5:
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Post by: Redban on August 11, 2007, 04:22 PM
I am in Gainesville.  St Augustine is right next to Jacksonville.   
I haven't been to Tampa yet,  but I know a few people who are from there or have family there. 
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Post by: Enya on August 11, 2007, 06:34 PM
Tell me about humid! It poured today, so tomorrow will be incredibly humid!
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Post by: Judy43 on August 12, 2007, 05:13 AM
Thanks, Redban...now I know where everything is!

Wow--50,000 words is a lot! I just finished a mid-grade and thought I was doing well to get to 29,000. My first MG was only about 19,000.


Judy
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Post by: ladyeclectic on August 12, 2007, 10:20 AM
Welcome to the boards Redban and Sarah! Always awesome to have more YA fantasy writers on here. :D Have fun looking around!!  :girl
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: ColdWolf07 on August 12, 2007, 10:52 AM
Hey Enya.

Hey.. Listen do me a favor and email me please.. I have to ask ya something. I tried to pm ya.. but it wouldn't work

My email is ColdWolf07@yahoo.com

I can understand if you don't.. why email someone you don't know, But it is rather important, and I am sure it will be helpful for both of us

Thank you

And HOLA to all the new people out there.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Redban on August 12, 2007, 11:54 PM
Thanks, Redban...now I know where everything is!

Wow--50,000 words is a lot! I just finished a mid-grade and thought I was doing well to get to 29,000. My first MG was only about 19,000.


Judy

I imagine by the time I get through editing I will have taken out quite a bit.  I am up to about 60,000 now and I'm a little concerned I'm taking it too fast.  I don't want it much longer than it is now, but I still have more to write.  Right now, my plan is to finish my story and edit it down later.   :horse
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Judy43 on August 13, 2007, 05:22 AM
That's a good plan, Redban...I've heard it said that we should just get it down first, and then do the edits, rather than edit on the way, because creating and editing use two different sides of the brain. If we try to edit while still writing the story we lose some of our creativity.

Good luck.

 :reading2:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: amberzak on August 13, 2007, 10:05 AM
My name is Rebekah and I am an aspiring children's writer with an interest in fantasy.

I work in a cinema and end up doing mot of my writing while at work because it's dead boring.  :faint:

I live in the south of England and I am going to University to study creative writing English and Media Production. I will then train to be a primary school teacher.

I am an avid reader  :study Always reading books, but mainly children's books.

Other than when reading, I write. I writes loads a day, but I rarely keep any of it.  :paper:
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Post by: L.N.Lee on August 13, 2007, 04:01 PM
My name is Rebekah and I am an aspiring children's writer with an interest in fantasy.

I work in a cinema and end up doing mot of my writing while at work because it's dead boring.  :faint:

I live in the south of England and I am going to University to study creative writing English and Media Production. I will then train to be a primary school teacher.

I am an avid reader  :study Always reading books, but mainly children's books.

Other than when reading, I write. I writes loads a day, but I rarely keep any of it.  :paper:
Welcome! Wow, England!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lmurph524 on August 14, 2007, 03:19 PM
Hey everyone,
My name is Linda.
I'm in the process of writing my second YA manuscript. My first is currently being critiqued by some friends. Feedback has been good so far. I'm hoping to get the rest back soon so I can begin rewrites! Patience, Linda, patience.
Anyway, I look forward to all the knowledge that comes form these boards. Any unsolicited advice is always appreciated.
 ;D
I'm always good for a chat to get the juices flowing. yahoo id is the same as this one here.
Good luck to everyone.   :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Petoskey on August 14, 2007, 04:04 PM
Welcome Newbies.  I still can't believe I was lucky enough to find this site.  The people here are so generous with what they know and are thrilled with each other's success.  You'll love it here. 
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Post by: Kate_in_AZ on August 14, 2007, 05:50 PM
Hi, my name is Kathryn Townsend (Kate) and I've written a YA Fantasy novel that I'm tweaking.

I teach high school English, which I love, and science, about which I'm not quite as thrilled.

I've been enjoying reading this board.  I have to say, I'm quite impressed.

I heard about y'all at the SCBWI conference in LA earlier this month at a session taught by Roxyanne Young.  I'm really glad she mentioned the board, I think I'll learn a lot - and hopefully be able to contribute something as well...
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Post by: cdb on August 14, 2007, 05:57 PM


      Welcome, Kate. Lots of great information available here and a supportive community. Best wishes in your endeavors.


        Carole
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Post by: Kate_in_AZ on August 14, 2007, 06:29 PM
Thanks Carole
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Post by: L.N.Lee on August 15, 2007, 06:13 AM
Welcome everyone!
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Post by: ladyeclectic on August 15, 2007, 07:22 AM
Welcome to all new people!! Man, we're just global on this board aren't we?   :artist:
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Post by: nrwrites on August 15, 2007, 08:12 AM
Hi! I'm Nell and I'm a YA writer from Canada. I've been lurking on this board for a while and have already learned so much - especially how supportive everyone is here. Right now I'm in waiting mode as my agent submits to publishers and this place has kept me sane. Hope to 'meet' more of my fellow Canucks and the rest of the global village on verla's boards!
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Post by: CuInBooks on August 15, 2007, 11:19 AM

Hello!  :)   I’ve been a lurker for sometime and finally got my username to work, thanks to Verla.  I had the pleasure of meeting several Blue Boarders at the SCBWI conference earlier this month and hope to meet others at future conferences.

I write mostly YA contemporary fantasy and I’m currently working on revisions based on the critique I had in LA.    :writing3:

Cherie
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Post by: Cuttlequeep on August 15, 2007, 03:57 PM
Welcome, welcome, everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: LaurieWrites on August 16, 2007, 12:41 PM
Hi Everyone!

I've been a lurker here for sometime as well.  I write YA and I've just completed my first manuscript.

I have a "day job" as a writer in a televsion documentary production company and I feel incredibly blessed to be able to earn my living from writing.

I look forward to participating in this forum and meeting many of you at future conferences and events.

Cheers,

Laurie
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Post by: L.N.Lee on August 16, 2007, 01:52 PM
Welcome!  :yay
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Post by: DaisyJane on August 17, 2007, 11:08 AM
Hi guys!

My name is Amber. Im in southern california and Im 23 years old. Vegetarian. Kitty lover. Art and puppetry student.

When I was younger I would write short stories for my mom and throughout college I would write essays and stories for my writing classes and won a couple awards.
When I was probably 12 I had some idea for a short story and wrote it in a lined school notebook with pictures and everything. Well, now over 10 years later, I just remembered doing that and realized I was on to something and it was an awesome story.
So Ive decided to try to flesh it out and thats why I joined the board! For support, help, community, etc. :) Im no English Major (Studio Art actually!) but Im going to give it a shot.

Hi everyone! :snail:
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Post by: ladyeclectic on August 17, 2007, 11:15 AM
Heya Daisy! Yay for SoCal residents!! (I'm in the El Centro area) Welcome to the boards, good luck getting your story fleshed out and new ones written!!
 :clover
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Post by: ColdWolf07 on August 17, 2007, 04:45 PM
welcome all. it is always good to have another Writer join our ranks
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Post by: timclifford on August 18, 2007, 04:08 PM
Hi, all.

New here, and decided to say hello. I'm a teacher and education writer. I've written a number of children's non-fiction texts and I'm trying to break into YA fiction.

I've been poking around for a bit, and it seems like a nice place. Nice to meet you all!

Tim
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Post by: G.R. on August 18, 2007, 06:45 PM
Welcome to the board, Tim! :)

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Post by: seaheidi on August 21, 2007, 08:36 PM
I'm Heidi. I'm a newbie here, but have a very active livejournal. I recently sold my novel SEA, the story of a California teenager's life-changing three-week adventure at a post-tsunami Indonesian orphanage, to G.P. Putnam's Sons. I love my agent, Sara Crowe from Harvey Klinger. I live in California with my husband and son. I'd love it if you'd visit my live journal and my updated website!

Best of luck with all your writing!

Heidi
(aka: seaheidi)
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Post by: ladyeclectic on August 22, 2007, 04:57 AM
I'm Heidi. I'm a newbie here, but have a very active livejournal. I recently sold my novel SEA, the story of a California teenager's life-changing three-week adventure at a post-tsunami Indonesian orphanage, to G.P. Putnam's Sons. I love my agent, Sara Crowe from Harvey Klinger. I live in California with my husband and son. I'd love it if you'd visit my live journal and my updated website!

Best of luck with all your writing!

Heidi
(aka: seaheidi)

HEIDI!!! *gloms* Glad to have you here finally!  :horse :jump
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on August 22, 2007, 11:43 AM
Welcome, all newbies - you've found a great home and will learn a lot.

Heidi, great site and blog, but fyi - your blog isn't linked correctly in here.  I found it when I visited your site, and enjoyed your perspectives on summer and life in general.
Your book sounds wonderful also, what an experience for both your husband, and the young volunteers on which your character is based.



Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaina on August 22, 2007, 05:21 PM
Welcome, all you new people.  Thanks for coming out of lurkdom.  Enjoy the board!
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Post by: Shari on August 22, 2007, 11:13 PM
Welcome everyone!

Heidi, nice to see you over here (I'm sharigreen on livejournal).

And hello to my fellow Canuck, Nell.  :moose

This is an awesome place. I'm sure you'll all enjoy it!
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Post by: timclifford on August 23, 2007, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the welcome. Seems like a great place!

Tim
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Post by: elmarshall on August 23, 2007, 01:19 PM
Hey Everyone!!!

I've been on this board for awhile, but haven't posted. So I thought I should finally get active, since I enjoy reading the posts here so much. I've seen alot of you on various other places on the Web, and I'm glad to be in your company.

I write Young Adult books, primarily chick-lit. And I'm subbing my second one to agents and attempting to write my third one.

Best wishes to everyone!!!

Emily
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Post by: G.R. on August 23, 2007, 06:21 PM
Welcome to the board, Emily! :)

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Post by: L.N.Lee on August 25, 2007, 10:38 AM
Welcome!
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Post by: catephoenix on August 27, 2007, 12:43 AM
Hi, my name is Cate and I have the pleasure of joining you all today  :momkid:

I live in England - Liverpool - and though I am not new to writing, I have been writing adult horror for quite a few years and many of my short stories have been published  ;D but none of my novels  :banghead:

I have been writing children's fiction for one whole week and am 8,000 words into what I hope will be a 25,000 ish MG / 8-12, which I am hoping is a suitable length. I wish I had tried children's fiction earlier as, so far, I am really enjoying it.

Cate
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Post by: L.N.Lee on August 27, 2007, 05:11 PM
Hi Cate! Good to have you here! Wow a lot of people from England!
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Post by: catephoenix on August 28, 2007, 01:11 AM
Thanks for the welcome Laura Lee  ;D
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Post by: MegM on August 28, 2007, 02:51 AM
Welcome, Cate (I love your name, by the way). If you've only been writing kidlit for a week and are here already, then you're off to a flying start! Best of luck with your WIP.

Meg
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Post by: catephoenix on August 28, 2007, 04:38 AM
Thanks for the welcome Meg.  :books:
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on August 28, 2007, 05:05 AM
welcome, Cate!  love your Alfred Hitchcock quote... I attended a writer's conference where Jeffrey Deaver (The Bone Collector, etc.) was one of the workshop presenters... he used Alfred Hitchcock & the Twilight Zone as examples of anticipation being scarier than the event itself. Interestingly, one night of the conference we watched the made-from-his-book movie, The Bone Collector - and afterwards he talked about the differences between it and his book. Most notable was that the book had way less actual killing/violence - but more anticipation of same.  I try to remember that!
 
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Post by: ladyeclectic on August 28, 2007, 06:41 AM
Welcome to the boards Cate!!  :balloongroup:
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Post by: catephoenix on August 28, 2007, 09:22 AM
Thanks for your welcome guys.

Julia, I always keep that Alfred Hitchcock quote in mind when writing a scary scene.

Cate
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Post by: Kris on August 28, 2007, 06:48 PM
Hi all --

I'm new to this board, but not entirely a newbie.  I've been writing picture books for about two years - I've had a couple of things published in Fandangle Magazine (online).  It's enough to keep me thinking that my stuff isn't horrible.  I've got about a half a dozen short stories/picture books, and the very beginning of a ya novel (first chapter or so).  It's brewing.  I've been sending my pb manuscripts to publishers and agents sort of sporadically.  I haven't joined scbwi yet, but I'm planning to do it this week.  I've also been a member of critiquecircle.com and the childrens writers and illustrators Yahoo group.  So, I hope I've done my research and am at least presenting myself appropriately!

So far, this group looks like it will be very informative!

Kris
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Shari on August 28, 2007, 07:07 PM
Welcome, Cate and Kris! This is a wonderful place....  ;D
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Post by: LauraGilmour on August 29, 2007, 11:45 AM
My name is Laura Gilmour. I am a 21-year-old psychology student. I have been writing MG fiction since I was about 12 years old. It is only in the last two or three years I have produced things I believe are marketable. As an adolesent I won a 1997 regional poetry contest and had a 2003 essay published in the World Trade Centers Association Book of Honor. I have recieved some encouraging comments from editors on my writing but have not yet been offered a contract. In the past year I have posted on critique circle and recieved a consultation from my college's writer in residence. All of these things have been helpful.
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Post by: L.N.Lee on August 29, 2007, 06:08 PM
xD Another Laura! This reminds me of camp, where we had three Lauras from the same school in the same cabin.
Welcome everyone! This is a wonderful place!
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Post by: Laura D on September 02, 2007, 08:03 AM
I guess I should introduce myself. I'm a newbie here but not new to writing. I've been writing for a number of years but have only started thinking of publication within the last year. This board attracted me because it's more focused on the age group I'm writing for.
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Post by: momadigan on September 02, 2007, 08:43 AM
I haven't popped in to the Welcome board lately - hello, everyone! So glad to meet you.

I love knowing that I can log on at any time of the day or night, and someone else from another point on the planet will be here, too ... busily reading, learning, cheering, and offering support.

Happy writing!

Lisa

  :writing3:

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Post by: blue eyed squirrel on September 02, 2007, 01:05 PM
Hi everyone!

I've been reading what everyone has to say and now I get to ask for advice!
I'm REALLY new!  :baby: :baby:
I'm blue eyed squirrel, you can call me Kiki
I've got a few projects going, but I'm super slow.  :snail:
Everyone here is sooooooooooooooo nice, I feel like I'm in good hands.

Smiles!
Kiki
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on September 02, 2007, 01:07 PM
Welcome, Kiki and Guinevere. We're glad you've joined our forum. :)

Cassandra
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Post by: blue eyed squirrel on September 02, 2007, 01:20 PM
This board is awesome! Thanks Cassandra for the warm welcome!  :hug1:

Smiles!
Kiki
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on September 02, 2007, 04:48 PM
Welcome Kiki & Guinevere - Verla's is such a great place to be!   :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Laura D on September 02, 2007, 05:55 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome.  :yay
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Post by: L.N.Lee on September 02, 2007, 06:09 PM
Welcome everyone! This forum is such a nice place! Kiki, maybe joining the Fast Drafting in September thread will motivate you to go faster.  :cuccoan:
It sure has done that to me! I went from writing a page a YEAR to writing 150 pgs a month!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: StarvingArtist on September 06, 2007, 05:08 PM
Hello there!

I've been lurking around the board over the last few months and finally decided it was time I came out of the shadows.

My name's Rachel. I'm 21 and trying desperately to graduate college. I've recently just moved to Florida and transfered schools, marking my fourth major change in my college career, which means I'm so horribly behind.  Although I'm a senior this year, I still have another two years to go. Bummer. I at one point majored in English because I love to write, but am currently in Studeo Art.  I don't know why.  If I never had to work another day in my life I'd write all the time, but I guess I just didn't want to actually study English.

I've been writing stories since I was very, very young. I love it! I guess I write mostly fantasy, but a little bit of all. There are some novels and young adult books floating all over the place here. I have writing ADD though. I normally get about half way to a quarter of the way through one manuscript and have good ideas for another, so I try to do a little of both. So, ultimately, I'm unpublished but have about 10 half done projects.  :P

And I write too much on these things always... Sorry bout that.

Very happy to be here though!

 :dancing:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on September 06, 2007, 06:01 PM
Welcome to the board, Rachel! ;D

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Post by: Cuttlequeep on September 06, 2007, 07:26 PM
Welcome!
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Post by: StarvingArtist on September 08, 2007, 12:27 PM
Thanks!

 :hug1:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: BettRest on September 09, 2007, 05:52 PM
Howdy Folks,

My name is Bettina and I write primarily young adult.  I've been at it for 5ish years.  A member of SCBWI, and I was quite active when I was with the Houston group.  I'm now in Dallas, and not so active.  I have several wonderful critique groups that I enjoy.  I lurk on many boards, but decided it was time to get active on Verla Kay because the info is just so good.

I look forward to reading your entries!
-bett
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Post by: Duskydawn on September 10, 2007, 06:51 AM
Okay, the lurking is finally over.

Hi! My name is Dawn. I began writing when I could hold a crayon and scribble notes to my parents to express my feelings that were too big to say aloud. I wrote my first full manuscript at age 11 (300+ pages of babble) and wrote six more by age 15. Going for a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing pretty much squashed any interest I had in becoming a real writer, and so I switched to my other passion: gender studies and self-esteem. (I did end up getting degrees in English Lit and Anthropology, both concentrating on gender issues.) I have been working professionally in prevention education and adolescent studies for over fifteen years -- getting a Master's Degree, a black belt in Shaolin Kempo, my own business and a husband-plus-two kids along the way.

I kept writing. I write because I breathe. I can't help it, really.

So, one day my husband had had enough and sat me down [Butt In Chair, Jane Yolen fans!] at the computer to join SCBWI which I had long been debating. And lo' -- the next weekend was the regional conference, and I up and went! Inspired by the amazing people I met there including writers, editors and one particularly "Fantastic" agent, I wrote my first MG manuscript. It was followed by three others -- all fantasy and most YA -- in quick succession and now I can't stop. As a chocoholic, it's like an endless bowl of Lindt nibs.

Now it's almost five years later and I have incredible critique groups, many ideas to explore, queries sailing hither and thither, some positive experience and close-calls under my belt, a black sash for Miss Snark, great respect for the cluegun, and more than one peronsal contact that I made through SCBWI that will change my life forever. I find the Blue Boards fascinating and worth every moment I'm away from my writing...damn you all! I'm loving it here & can't wait to learn more!

Hey, Bettina! I'm much the same in that I write YA and have been lurking around. I guess we both decided to pop up and take a look! And, like, StarvingArtist, I've written WAY too much and will stop now.
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Post by: kevinscottcollier on September 10, 2007, 08:11 AM
I'm Kevin Collier, author and illustrator. Had over 50 books published in the past 3 years. Work as Art Director for a daily newspaper, teach writing and art classes locally (Grand Haven, MI.)

Good to be here.

- Kev
http://kevinscottcollier.com
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Post by: katie on September 10, 2007, 09:02 AM
Hello.  My name is Katie.  It took me two lattes this morning to get the nerve to introduce myself, but I'm finally doing it. 

I have written two MG manuscripts, one of which is in a slush pile and the other is in a box on my nightstand. 

I already love this board and dream about the day when I will be able to offer some of the valuable advice like I've read here.  You guys are so talented, funny, and sensitive, and I can't wait to get to know you all better.

Hello to the new guys who posted just above me, too.

-Katie
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on September 10, 2007, 09:40 AM
Wow!  Lots of great newcomers!  I haven't posted a hello to new people on the introduction thread in a while, so let me be the first to welcome you all!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: BettRest on September 10, 2007, 06:56 PM
Katy, Kevin and Dawn,

Welcome newbies (well, not so new) non lurker. 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Laura D on September 13, 2007, 05:50 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers.
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Post by: clockworkfoundry on September 15, 2007, 06:50 AM
Morning, everybody! I'm Kate Milford, and I can't believe it took me this long to get around to registering for these boards, but here I am, and I'm so excited to be here! I'm a jack-of-all-trades trying to turn myself into a decent YA writer. I also work as an occasional screenwriter and absolutely love short stories (again, I'm not good at them, but I'm working on it). I love fantasy, especially that weird fabulist/slipstream corner of the genre. I'm an occasional poster on the SCBWI boards, and I can't wait to meet the crowd here! 
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Post by: Traci @ITD on September 15, 2007, 03:16 PM
 Welcome all you newcomers. I'm still fairly new at these boards as well and am loving it! I am also addicted. This is a great resource for writers and illustrators out there as well as a fun community.

Hey Kate (Clockworkfoundry)! It's good to see you over here.

Traci
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Post by: clockworkfoundry on September 15, 2007, 05:12 PM
Hi, Tracy! Nice to see a familiar...name-and-forthcoming-title...!

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Post by: big daddies on September 16, 2007, 03:22 PM
Greetings, I am Rogers and live in Illinois!  Married, old, definitely don't ask, LOL.  Newbie, have already self published, and looking to continue my improvement, which is everyday.. :writing3:

Looking forward to making great connections!  O0  I wish, hair went some time back.........
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Laura D on September 17, 2007, 07:39 AM
Welcome bigdaddies and clockworkfoundry.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: BettRest on September 17, 2007, 02:44 PM
Welcome newbies!

I suggest you build you postings.  The more you read and post, the better it gets!

Bett
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: afraclose on September 20, 2007, 08:56 PM
Hello, all! I've finally joined the boards after peeking in and out for the few months. It's neat that I recognize so many names here from LJ land. *squints and waves*

Now, how can I say all of this stuff without sounding like a dorky newb?

Ah! A form!

Name: Allison Fraclose
Age: 28
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Published: No, except for a few poems in non-paying markets
Core genre: MG and YA, but I've dabbled in early-readers
Qualifications: A BA in Creative Writing, a few classes with the Institute, and a few years of Nanowrimo. I've also been a member of SCBWI in the past, and will be reinstating my membership as soon as I can scrounge up the membership fee.

I just finished my second novel, a YA, and will be starting the great agent search as soon as I finish revising the first one, an MG. In the meantime, I'm looking over the stack of short stories and poetry I've completed over the years to send out to magazines. Currently, I"m seeking a critique group, and I just applied to join the most recent one that I saw advertised on the critique thread. Man, I hope it's not full yet...I have the most rotten luck finding groups.

I'm hoping to learn a lot, and am excited to be here!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: BettRest on September 21, 2007, 07:32 AM
Welcome.

I'm also a YA person and in search of a new agent.  I've found that agentquery.com and the agent board here really helps narrow and focus my search.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Estee on September 21, 2007, 11:46 AM
Howdy--I just found this place.  I've been on LH and Hatrack, but I'm so excited to find a place especially for people like me--ones who never grew up!  I'm hoping I can swing around here a couple of times of week and get to know lots of fellow writers.  Here's my info:

Name: Estee Wood
Age:  32
Location: Northern California (this is new--moved here last month from middle-of-nowhere Northeastern Colorado.)
Genre: middle grade and YA mostly fantasy and contemporary.
Published: no--still hoping
I have a BS in Youth Leadership, and taught 6th grade for two years in AZ.  I've been writing for 9 years, and have 11 completed books--all but two I consider WIP though.  I have 4 kids ages 9-3--my two oldest boys who are 7 & 9 are honest critiquers :)  I'm trying to teach them the craft--although my oldest thinks writing is the most horrible thing in the world to have to do!  He loves to read though.  I'm a three year breast cancer survivor, and I hope to do big things with this life that I'm so thankful to still have.

I'm also looking for a crit group--I see there a lot of us doing that, huh.  Anyone know of anything here in Northern Cali?  an emailing group would be a good start too--maybe after I get to know more people.  Or now if anyone is up to it :jump

Thanks for such great resources here,
Estee
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Post by: catknutsson on September 21, 2007, 12:05 PM
Hello,

I didn't realize there was an intro thread or I would have popped in earlier!  I've lurked about here for the last year or so and figured it was about time I signed up.  Thank you to everyone here for all the information and advice - I've learned a lot whilst lurking.

As for me, I'm mid-agent-search for a YA fantasy and have a had a couple of short stories accepted for publication.  I also edit for Shimmer magazine (www.shimmerzine.com), run an on-line critique group, and have been a denizen of LJ land for a while (http://bachsoprano.livejournal.com/) in addition to my real-life stuff (teaching singing). 

Um...I think that's it! :D
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Post by: G.R. on September 21, 2007, 06:11 PM
Afraclose, Estee, and catknutsson -- welcome aboard! ;D

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Post by: Lalam on September 26, 2007, 11:12 AM
Hi, I'm Laura and a struggling YA writer.  Struggling with the actual writing part!  I have two children aged 17 and 3 1/2 (both girls).  Teen angst is my life.  So why the hell not write about it! I have a hubby, a dog, a house and a full-time job. I'm masochistic:)  
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on September 26, 2007, 06:24 PM
Welcome, Laura! :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JustinDono on September 28, 2007, 11:06 AM
I can't believe I never properly introduced myself.  Better late than never I guess.

Name: Justin Andrew Childress
Age:  24
Location: Hellish, overly sunny Phoenix/Chandler, Arizona!
Genre: middle grade and YA mostly fantasy, some horror on the way.
Published: Hahaha. No.  Well sort of.  Some book reviews in a YA literary journal, and my micro fiction won first place in a San Diego based magazine.  No books though.

I've got a website at www.booksofcraft.com and a Deviant art page that i forgot the address to at the moment.  Aside from here on the BlueBoards, the only other online community I frequent with any regularity is Forumopolis.  I'd describe the Blueboards as a really awesome bookstore with a very cozy, social cafe, best visited during a lazy afternoon.  Forumopolis is a downtown bar at midnight.  I've been here for over a year now and really enjoy it.  It's informative, fun, and a nice place to talk shop or justblow off steam in the company of my fellow children's authors/artists.
 
The "Dono" part of my name is actually a joke.  In Japanese there's a variety of honorific titles one can add to somebody's name, such as San, Sama, Kun, Chan, and Dono.  Dono is the highest "rank" one can add to a name and is typically reserved for people who are royalty.  No, I'm not pompous, remember, it's a joke, tongue firmly in cheek.  Ever hear of the Justinian Empire and Emperor Justin?  Real stuff.  My friends ribbed me about it back in highschool world history, and I've used EmperorJustin or a variation thereof as a running gag for my internet handles ever since. 

I don't know why I never posted a "hello" post.  Everybody around here is so nice it seems odd I'd avoid formally introducing myself.

So hello!  May the BlueBoards go on forever!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on September 29, 2007, 02:18 AM
 
The "Dono" part of my name is actually a joke.  In Japanese there's a variety of honorific titles one can add to somebody's name, such as San, Sama, Kun, Chan, and Dono.  Dono is the highest "rank" one can add to a name and is typically reserved for people who are royalty. 

That's funny, Justin, because ever since I first saw your name, that's how I've read it. I had no idea that's what you actually meant. At high school in Japan, my friends and I used to attach 'dono' to someone's name as a way of telling them they were getting too big for their britches. I was mostly Megu-chan back then, but that's about a lifetime ago now. These days, I insist on sensei, at the very least!
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Post by: CherylR on September 29, 2007, 12:29 PM
Hi everyone,

This looks like such a supportive, helpful board--and a fantastic resource. I'm glad to have re-discovered it.

My name is Cheryl Rainfield. I primarily write YA fiction--both paranormal fantasy and gritty contemporary fiction. I try to write what I love to read. I've had two short stories published, and I have some tentative interest in my current YA paranormal fantasy (gulping). Right now I'm frantically editing and rewriting (I received two separate, but similar, revision letters in the space of a week) for an October deadline. I've been writing--and trying to get published--for years.

I recently started a book blog (http://www.CherylRainfield.com/blog), which I'm really enjoying; it's made me feel more a part of the kidlit world. I'm also very fortunate to have an in-person writer's critique group. It's one that I have to pay for, but through it, I have gained a community of writers, and that helps so much. (Sometimes it's hard to work in so much isolation.) The other thing that helps and that feels so good is connecting with other children's/teen writers--or readers who enjoy those genres--online. The connections, the sharing of support and information--I think it's so important. 

So hello to everyone here. :)

Cheryl
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Post by: gecn on September 29, 2007, 03:01 PM
Hello!  My name is Gail.  I just joined after lurking around for a few months.  I'm in the middle of doing my first round of editing on my current WIP.  I'm not sure how to categorize it - perhaps as tween?  It's not quite YA, but it's more "teen" than MG.  Anyway, I'm slogging through the editing process and second-guessing everything I've written!  I'm hoping I'll find some good writing and editing tips on these boards :)

And, WOW, the number of smilies available is insane!  I like this one the best:  :moose  Or maybe this one:  :horse  I can't decide!
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Post by: G.R. on September 29, 2007, 04:49 PM
Welcome aboard, Cheryl and Gail! :)

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Post by: CherylR on September 30, 2007, 08:02 AM
Thanks, G.R. And yeah, Gail, there are a TON of smileys. I didn't even  notice the moose one until you posted it; it's cute. Tween sounds like a good fit for what you described.
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Post by: L.N.Lee on September 30, 2007, 09:26 AM
Welcome everyone! Oh look, another Laura!  ;D
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Post by: circe68 on October 02, 2007, 01:23 PM
Hi everyone! My name is Gina. I'm very new to the children's writing gig (about six months), but I have loads of rejection letters already. I'll confess I've been a lurker for the past few weeks, but I thought I'd have more fun, and support if I actually came aboard. See you around the water cooler..........
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Post by: G.R. on October 02, 2007, 05:24 PM
Welcome aboard, Gina! (That's my name, too, but with an 'e' in place of the 'i'.) :)

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Post by: Stone Writer on October 07, 2007, 02:15 PM
Hi everyone,
   The name is Chris. I graduated from an MA in Writing program last May and worked on my young adult (although some tell me it's more middle grade) project as my thesis. I completed it in June and am trying to land an agent. I'm trying to get my feet wet in the world of publishing. At 25, I hope I have a lot of work ahead of me.

   I'm sure I'll be posting on the response times as my rejections come rolling in. Hope to get to know some of you soon!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on October 07, 2007, 06:19 PM
Welcome, Chris! I hope you have fun posting here. :)

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Post by: guitarnaiad on October 09, 2007, 03:07 PM
Hello,

I'm a 20-something Jill of all trades--writer, one girl band, web designer, photographer...  I like art. You get the point, right? Anyway, I write YA urban fantasy and straight YA. My material tends to revolve around musicians :) I started my agent search for the first time last month. I was looking for representation on an urban fantasy series and it's been a real learning experience for me. I'm determined to keep trying as I've dreamed of being a writer my entire life. It's one of those things that you can't just stop doing regardless of the amount of rejections. I'm happy to report I've had some nibbles, but nothing concrete yet.

I love writing fiction, but I'm terrible when it comes to writing about myself. I never know quite what to say. I'm always looking for critique buddies or simply people to mope with after a rejection before we dust ourselves off and try again. I think the search for an agent or publisher can be made easier when you have people to share it with.

And I guess that's it.... I look forward to participating.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Jennifer Rush on October 09, 2007, 04:29 PM
Welcom, guitarnaiad! This is an awesome place to be for writers. Lots of info and cool people! Have fun looking around and good luck submitting to agents. ;)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Kate on October 11, 2007, 05:57 PM
Hey all,

Another newbie here. I'm a twenty-something pr director, giving writing my first official shot. I've always had overactive imagination; my mind is constantly running in one direction or another until I completely forget whatever it is that I'm doing. Some time in late July/early August of this year, it occurred to me that all of these stories running around in my head could be put down to paper (or monitor). Sooo a couple weeks later, I decided to see what might happen if I tried to write one of these suckers. It's been two months, and 80k words. I'm just about finished with my first draft and soon to be brutally revising. Who knew I would love this so much?

I find myself gravitating toward YA fantasy. And I'm totally hooked on the writing. Regardless of what happens, I doubt I'll be able to stop from this point on (we'll see what I have to say about all of this after my first twenty or so rejections). I've been reading the boards for a few weeks now and decided that it was time to jump in. I can't wait to get you know everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on October 12, 2007, 11:51 AM
Welcome to the board, Kate! :)

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Post by: Bluebug on October 17, 2007, 12:52 PM
Hi!  Just found this thread or I would've introduced myself earlier.

I'm almost 38 (will be on sunday!)  :yay  and work as an office manager for a water utility management company in north Texas.  I write YA fiction and am currently shopping for an agent--Got a partial and a full out at the moment.  Also, I'm an ICL graduate.

My user name refers to the fact that I'm a research-a-holic.   :books:

I love this board!!   :dancing:
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Post by: ninajw on October 17, 2007, 04:40 PM
Hi everyone,
I just found this thread too, and since I am still a Newbie, thought I'd post.  Let's see... I'm a writer in my early thirties living in CT.  I started out writing plays (for adults), but wrote a YA mystery the other summer, and I find myself writing more and more for young people.  I began my life as an actress, and my first love is theatre.  These days I teach drama and English, and I am only just beginning to take my writing seriously- although I am currently dealing with a serious bout of writer's block.  Glad I found this board!   :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on October 17, 2007, 06:17 PM
Welcome aboard, lostjoyfound and Infojunkie. I hope you both have a lot of fun posting here! ;D

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Post by: momalisa on October 18, 2007, 05:32 PM
Hello everyone!
I've been away from the blue boards for a while but I'm glad to be back.  Just wanted to say hello and welcome to all the new members. 

Happy writing!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: laffter on October 21, 2007, 03:48 PM
This is my first post! I'm a YA writer from Upstate NY with one completed ms--out in query land-- and one just started. Y'all are a fun bunch and clearly, you know how to write!

Laffter
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Post by: G.R. on October 21, 2007, 07:02 PM
Welcome aboard, Laffter. ;D

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Post by: jojohn on October 22, 2007, 08:42 AM
Also just found this thread after lurking around for a couple of weeks and posting a couple of questions. 

I am a mom of four boys and a school-based occupational therapist.  I've always written but am pleased to have the time to pursue it more seriously.  Two big relocations in two years due my husband's job now allows me to be home with my kids.  I love having a little time to also focus on what I like to do. Moving is a great way to clear your schedule--once you survive the actual move!

I finished my first MG novel last spring and have a couple more in the works along with two early readers.  Hopefully all the great advice will lead me in the right direction. I love to write boy-friendly material--for obvious reasons!   
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on October 22, 2007, 07:17 PM
Welcome to the board, jojohn. :)

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Post by: scribe on October 27, 2007, 02:19 PM
Hello everyone,
I'm Evie from Long Island, another really old person. :D I have had a tiny amount of success, but I am sure you all know once you have tasted the waters, you long for more, and my taste was only a sip. ;D
I have two grown children, one grandchild, one husband, and one pia hybrid dog. Since retirement I have more time on my hands, and would like to get into writing full blast.  :dancing:. Any suggestions would be welcomed. Have a blessed day to all.
Evie
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on October 27, 2007, 06:50 PM
Welcome aboard, Evie! :)

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Post by: Deb Cushman on October 28, 2007, 12:13 PM
Hi,
I'm Deb. I'm new to the board (although I have lurked here a few times), but I'm not new to writing. I've been writing since I picked up a pencil. I wrote and produced a play that my 3rd grade class presented, and I was the hit of my 6th grade class with my "spelling word" stories. Several of my short stories were published in national children's magazines when my children were young, but my life got too hectic and I put aside submitting (but never put aside writing) for quite a few years. Now that the kids have moved out, I find myself with a bit more time to pursue my writing seriously.


Looking forward to meeting lots of new friends on this forum!
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Post by: PJV on October 28, 2007, 03:48 PM
Hi,
My name is Pam, I am in my late 30's and I have been a Head Start teacher for almost 15 years now. I was an avid writer as a child, but found myself starting a family in college with little spare time. I don't think I am exaggerating when I say I started around 50 books, mainly adult, during my twenties! I always had some excuse not to continue. I found myself unable to stop one of these in late-2005. My husband's reaction to my writing was the final straw of my marriage, and now here I am, two years later with nearly three books finished. But no takers. I know it is a matter of investing the time in my queries, but it is difficult with four kids, a fulltime job and a still difficult divorce in process to use what little time I have for writing on queries. I have made a promise to do EVERYTHING I can by the end of this year! If I still have no bites, I will start one of my numerous other ideas and shelf my series.

I want to say thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome and for all the help!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on October 28, 2007, 06:00 PM
Welcome, Deb and Pam. :)

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Post by: Kristi Valiant on October 28, 2007, 08:34 PM
I'm pretty new here, but this is the longest thread I've seen on the blue boards...

I've illustrated 24 published early reader books and wrote one. I'm currently working on creating dummies for two picture book manuscripts I wrote. I've had some really helpful critiques from Art Directors lately at conferences which you can read about on my blog ( http://kristivaliant.blogspot.com ). Some of my favorite things in life are my husband, close friends and fam, coconut ice cream, swing dancing, musicals, reading, my elliptical machine, and above all, my faith in Jesus. I graduated from Columbus College of Art & Design, and I'm full-time freelance doing mostly illustration with a bit of graphic design and web design thrown in there.

I'm probably going to go to the national SCBWI conference in New York in February. Hope to meet some of you there!

Warm wishes,
Kristi Valiant
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Carrie Jones on October 29, 2007, 05:38 PM
Hi, I'm Carrie Jones.
My first novel, TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (ex) BOYFRIEND debuted in May. It's YA. Not a picture book. I swear.
My next two books appear in March and July 2008. Then I have a couple more books coming out after that.

What else?
I live in Maine. It was ridiculously cold here today. I had to put on mittens when I walked the dog. My dog is huge and furry and she likes to hug. Believe me, she is a good and accomplished hugger. If you ever need one, come on over.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on October 29, 2007, 06:07 PM
Welcome to the board, Carrie and Kristi. Congratulations on getting published! ;D

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Post by: Marissa Doyle on October 29, 2007, 07:02 PM
Hi Carrie!  Welcome!   :jump

It was ridiculously cold in Massachusetts, too.  Twenty-four degrees at 6:15.  Brr.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: goadingthepen on October 29, 2007, 07:14 PM
Wow! Lots of new members. I haven't visited this post in a very long time! Sounds like it is time for a party!

Carrie great to see you over hear!

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Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: eye write on October 30, 2007, 05:56 PM
Hello, I'm new to the site.  I've just finished writing my first children's book.  Should I seek out an agent or submit directly to publishers? 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on October 30, 2007, 06:33 PM
Welcome, eyewrite. :)

I'm not published yet myself, but I've heard that it would be easier to find publishers that accept new authors than it would be to find agents who do.  :-\
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Post by: eye write on October 30, 2007, 07:10 PM
Thanks, G.R.  It's a difficult deciding which approach to take.  I've written for years, but have only reached the point where my writing material is of a quality where it could be published.  When submitting directly to publishers, should a writer be concerned that their work will be rejected, but the idea stolen? 
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Post by: moomoowrites on November 03, 2007, 08:01 AM
Hi everyone!  I'm new here and unpublished BUT I can't help but write.  I haven't grown up yet.   :jump  Currently hitting a block with writing nonfiction, so I'm going back to the fiction stories.  I'm almost finished with my second ICL course - Beyond the Basics.   :writing3:  I think I need a kick in the bee hind.  I hope to get lots of encouragement and inspiration from you all and give it as well.  Oh, I'm also a member of SCBWI, too.   :study
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Mussel Bound on November 03, 2007, 02:09 PM
Just stopped by to welcome all the newbies.  You've found an excellent resource for writing information, motivation and much more.

And Laffter, I love your screen name!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: blythe on November 03, 2007, 09:42 PM
Is it easier to learn to swim or breathe water?

The first chapters of my first book are with a very kind editor. That book is, at the moment, unfinished, and I'm determined not to bother that kind editor until it is finished. I have learned a great deal about readability since those early chapters were drafted. I'd like to revise the early chapters because reviewing them triggers more ideas and helps the whole writing process move along.

Question 1: Is it fair to revise while work is with an editor?

Question 2: Should I start seeking an agent as soon as I have the book done? It should be done by the New Year.

Question 3: I've started another, quite, different book. Bad idea?

To introduce myself: I am writing a book by accident. I index scholarly books for a living. I don't have much time to devote to fiction, but I find the writing process pleasant--it is very like reading. My previous careers were goat herd, artist's model, editorial assistant, library clerk, teacher, and copy editor. In my spare time I raise children. I spend most of my time mystified.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Cassandra on November 03, 2007, 10:18 PM
What an enjoyable introduction. Welcome, Blythe!

Cassandra
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Post by: Shelly Lynn on November 04, 2007, 05:17 PM
Hello everyone!
My name is Shelly and I mainly write PB's. I have written 2 and am working on my third. I have just started sending them out and am hopeful for a positive response soon. I have two children that keep me very busy, but I wouldn't trade these years for anything!

Anyway, this is a great site! I am so glad to have found it when i did.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on November 04, 2007, 07:05 PM
Welcome aboard, Shelly Lynn. I'm glad you've been enjoying it here so far! ;D

Quote
When submitting directly to publishers, should a writer be concerned that their work will be rejected, but the idea stolen?

I hadn't really thought of that before, but I would hope that the publishing houses have taken care to hire editors and readers who are honest enough to not do stuff like that...  ??? Anybody else here have any thoughts on this?
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Post by: NiennaC on November 05, 2007, 04:41 PM
Brand new! I've been lurking for a while now, and just decided to join! Still learning the lay of the land, so to speak. I'm also NiennaC at AW, for anyone whose from there. I shall go forth now and explore  :horse < because I wanted a reason to use this icon.

Oh, and a little about me:

I'm a YA Fantasy writer with a website, a little blog and some pretty lofty writing dreams.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on November 05, 2007, 06:00 PM
Welcome to the board, Nienna C. I hope you have fun here! :)

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: MegM on November 06, 2007, 03:46 AM
Welcome, recent new folks!

Blythe, I love your opening line. I can see you know how to hook a reader!
Nienna, you can put your website and blog addresses in your signature line if you like, so that people can visit and get to know you. "Lofty writing dreams" are our stock in trade around here, so you should fit right in.
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Post by: olmue on November 06, 2007, 10:22 AM
Hi Nienna! I recognize you from AW. (I occasionally browse there while doing agent research, and you're on a lot of the threads of people I've checked out.) Welcome to Verla's!
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Post by: Arya on November 06, 2007, 06:21 PM
Hey everybody! I'm new.    :band
My name is Arya, I'm 15, and I'm from the United States (California, to be exact). I love writing and I'm currently working on a novel following the lives of four teenage girls with major issues and disorders.  :reading2: 
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Post by: G.R. on November 06, 2007, 06:27 PM
Welcome, Arya! :) That sounds like an interesting project you're working on.

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Post by: Arya on November 06, 2007, 06:34 PM
Thank you :)
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Post by: Legionsynch on November 07, 2007, 06:12 PM
Hi all,

I'm Scott, and I mainly write YA urban fantasy.  Sorcerers, spells, and superlatives mainly. I'm currently on my second novel's second draft, after a pretty enlightening trip through the 'finding an agent' obsession with my first novel. 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: NiennaC on November 07, 2007, 06:17 PM
Thanks for the welcomes G.R., MegM and olmue! And even though I'm new, too: welcome scott and Arya from a fellow newbie!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ivy1 on November 11, 2007, 03:21 PM
Hi to everyone!

I've been writing in historical fiction for three years.  This past year I moved into YA and at this moment I'm working on my first MG.  If anyone knows some great MGs with lots of voice, please let me know!  I'm reading all I can to learn this genre.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: JB on November 11, 2007, 07:47 PM
Welcome all newbies. Hope you find these boards as friendly and enlightening as I do. It's a great place to "hang out."
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: KirstyAnn on November 12, 2007, 08:04 PM
Hi and welcome to all the newbies! 

Ivy - I'm currently working on a MG as well, which is loads of fun.  Voice is something I'm interested in too ... my current favourites would be Lemony Snicket (as frustrating as he is sometimes), JK Rowling and I've been re-reading tonnes of Roald Dahl.  Paul Jennings is my latest favourite - he is an Australian author but I think he has some books released in the US.  My biggest problem for my current work is trying to find which POV I'm telling the story from as it seems to change every chapter!  But I guess that's all part of finding your 'voice' (well it is for me anyways).  But I'm glad to see you asking for recommendations for reading ... it really is the best way to learn.  There are a couple of threads on here where people list their favourite books so check those out and they should help!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: nomi on November 12, 2007, 08:08 PM
Funny being called a "newbie" when I am probably classified as an "old-bie" by age!  I grew up in Arizona, but have lived in Pennsylvania all my married life, so I'm more from PA than AZ, I suspect.  I taught school (pre-first, first grade and reading support) prior to my youngest son's illness (8 years ago), and since he still struggles, I'm home.  I used to take my writing desires out on my classes, so now I just fill pages (and hard drives!).  I've been published twice in periodicals, and have three awaiting publication, but I'm chasing that elusive book!  My four older kids are all in college (well, the oldest is married and has two little girls--thank goodness he's through with school).  They are all artists of one kind or another.  I'm just a mess maker.  I guess my strong point will be that I have years of experience to draw from for storylines.  I love it here! :yup
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ivy1 on November 13, 2007, 06:17 AM
Kirsty Ann,

Thanks so much for the book recs!  My MG is in First.  I always wrote in Third, but when I started YA used First and fell in love.  :)  I use character sheets to help learn my voice for all my characters.  I don't have a clue if it actually works or not, but they are fun to do anyway.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: greeneyes on November 13, 2007, 05:52 PM
Hi all,
I write contemporary YA and my first MS is out on submission.  I discovered this site when I was googling an agent's name and one of the links led me here.  I only wish I'd found this site sooner, but better late than never.  I love how helpful and informative these boards are, especially the agent response times board.  It's a resource for finding additional names as well as seeing how long or short the wait will be.  (I can't believe some agents e-ject people in 20 minutes, that should be illegal.)  I'm used to lurking more than posting, but since you're not a full-fledged member until you get 50 posts, I'll have to force myself to comment more.  I'm really looking forward to learning more this site and the writers on it!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on November 13, 2007, 06:01 PM
Ivy1, nomi, and greeneyes -- welcome! I'm glad y'all are enjoying yourselves here. ;D

Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ivy1 on November 14, 2007, 04:57 AM
Welcome greeneyes & nomi!

greeneyes, I stumbled on this board the same way you did.   :)
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Emily Hendricks on November 15, 2007, 08:49 PM
Greetings!

I'm Emily, I'm currently writing a middle-grade novel that is coming along rather nicely. I read obsessively, love watchig Law and Order, and I hope to get my book finished by Thanksgiving. (The first draft.)  After that, it's on to revision!

Nice to meet you all!
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Post by: greeneyes on November 15, 2007, 09:24 PM
Ivy1:  So great to meet a fellow stumbler!
Emily Hendricks:  I love Law & Order too, and hope the writer's strike doesn't mean it won't return in January.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: nomi on November 16, 2007, 09:44 AM
I'm currently working on a novel following the lives of four teenage girls with major issues and disorders.  :reading2: 
Arya, Welcome!  It's great to be serious about your writing at such a young age.  Sounds like an interesting project you're working on...keep us posted! 

Does Law and Order affect very many of us? 

Welcome to the boards, newbies!  Nomi
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Post by: Emily Hendricks on November 16, 2007, 11:36 AM
I love Law & Order too, and hope the writer's strike doesn't mean it won't return in January.

I know! I support the strike and everything, but I'm going to really be not happy if I don't get my new L&O episodes...
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: barb95831 on November 17, 2007, 12:13 PM
I'm glad I found this community. :lov:

The majority of my published writing has been adult non-fiction, however I had two NF articles published in Listen and Fandangle magazines.
A couple years ago, I decided I'd like to find another genre besides NF. So realizing how much I learned from prior workshops I joined Boost.
First, I was in a PB workshop then decided I'd like to learn about MG and YA so went into a general workshop. I have several stories I've written but have not had any luck getting them published. :-[

I live in Sacramento, CA with my partner and our animal companions. I started writing by default. When I moved to CA, from my lifelong home in IA, I couldn't find a job in my chosen profession in human services. Now, I'm a full time writer, and volunteer as a suicide prevention counselor.

Barb
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Post by: G.R. on November 18, 2007, 05:40 PM
Welcome aboard, Barb. :)

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Post by: nomi on November 19, 2007, 08:27 PM
Welcome, Barb.  Sounds like your background is going to bring great voice to your writing!
Nomi
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Post by: embarker on November 20, 2007, 07:15 AM
Hi all, I just joined and have found this to be a great resource. Wish me luck as I start querying for my first novel.

thanks!
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Post by: G.R. on November 20, 2007, 06:16 PM
Welcome and good luck, embarker! ;D

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Post by: greeneyes on November 20, 2007, 07:06 PM
Good luck embarker!  I'm querying too and by the time it's done, I doubt I'll have any fingernails left.
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Post by: nomi on November 20, 2007, 07:53 PM
Wish me luck as I start querying for my first novel.
Hurry and get it out there, embarker!  You can join us in the Turkey Trenches!
Welcome to the boards!  :yup Nomi
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Post by: stuckey8 on November 24, 2007, 11:10 AM
Hi ya'll.  I'm new.  I've visited the board for about a month but this is my first post.  I currently teach elementary school (reading support) and have two pb's waiting to be subbed.  I have six kids and enjoy the challenge of finding time to write.  I have really  enjoyed the boards but my wife gives me the evil eye if I stay on too long.  I hope to post more.  See ya! :typing:
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Post by: greeneyes on November 24, 2007, 04:01 PM
Welcome stuckey!  I know what you mean about staying on these boards too long, they really are addictive!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Ivy1 on November 25, 2007, 11:31 AM
Hi to all the newbies!

And greeneyes, missing fingernails are good.  The lost braincells of mine in this query process is bad. 
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Holly Bayne on November 25, 2007, 12:05 PM
Hello, everyone.  I'm still new here, but recognize some of you from SCBWI.  It's good to be here.  I have a new (very bare) blog at the web address below.  Nice to be in good company. :balloongroup:
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: soniag on November 25, 2007, 12:21 PM
Hi all!  I've been lurking for several weeks (such a friendly & informative place!), but only just now realized there was a spot to introduce myself.

I'm Sonia, currently on leave from teaching high school English to work on my second YA historical.  (The first is still making the rounds with agents -- what a painful process.)  As of today I'm at 40,000 in my NaNoWriMo word count. 

I'm always on the lookout for writerly Livejournal friends, if you're so inclined!   
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: greeneyes on November 25, 2007, 05:37 PM
Ivy1:  Oh I'm sure I've lost braincells too in this nerve wracking query process but am probably too dain-bramaged to realize it yet.

Sonia:  Welcome to the boards and congrats on the submission and the 40K NaNoWriMo.  I'm especially jealous of the latter accomplishment since I stalled at about 15K words.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: lesaboutin on November 26, 2007, 09:29 AM
I too just found the "introdue yourself." My name is Lesa Boutin and I write for middle grade. My first book, Amanda Noble, Zookeeper Extraordinaire, came out this past April.  I'm thrilled with this site and can't wait to get to know everyone.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: Just Jodi on November 26, 2007, 02:25 PM
Hellooo everyone!

Wow...read through some of the previous posts and I am honored to be in such great company!!!  I found this website thanks to the Blooming Tree submission thread on the SCBWI website boards (thanks Kay!!!) and (as many have stated before me) I've been "visiting" for about a week and really enjoying this!  I recognize some of my fellow members of SCBWI (hi!, I'm Write On there...it was already taken here).  About me?  Well, I am the proud mom of two teenage boys (both in college now...I am in the midst of empty nest syndrome...sniffle), run a business with my wonderfully supportive husband, am owned by a sweet but demanding cat and feel most like "me" when I am writing. 

And I'm excited to be a part of such a neat group!  Happy Holidays and hugs to you all!  Jodi  :hug1:

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Post by: MichelleBud on November 26, 2007, 03:25 PM
I've been enjoying reading and posting everywhere else on these boards that I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Michelle and I'm a college senior. The big thing happening in my life right now is that I'm writing my senior honors thesis (on children's literature). As graduation lurks in the very near future, I've finally been able to say out loud that I want to be a children's book author "when I grow up."
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on November 26, 2007, 05:23 PM
Lesa, Jodi, and Michelle -- welcome to the board! ;D

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Post by: Just Jodi on November 26, 2007, 07:04 PM
Thanks G.R.!  Welcome to Lesa and Michelle too!  By the way Michelle, who says you have to "grow up"?   :horse
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Post by: MichelleBud on November 26, 2007, 08:13 PM
Thanks Jodi! I'll keep that in mind the next time someone asks the inevitable "what are you doing after you graduate?" question.
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Post by: Just Jodi on November 26, 2007, 09:02 PM
Michelle,

I just bought a desk sign for my husband that says "If you haven't 'grown up' by age 50, you don't have to", so you can see OUR family dynamics!  :)   Just sent our baby off to college (now we have two in college - yikes!)...your parents must be so proud of you!  The very best of luck to you on completing your honors thesis!
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Post by: momadigan on November 27, 2007, 06:01 AM
Welcome, everyone!

 :hug1:
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Post by: maryjoprado on November 27, 2007, 10:32 AM

Hi Everyone...I have been lurking for awhile.There's really a wealth of information here on the boards and I  have been reading through the posts every little chance I get.I have found some really great tips and I appreciate them too.My name is MJ and I am from Baltimore,Maryland.
I am in my 40's,single Mom,commercial artist and I just had my first book published,The Super Heroes Save Christmas and I self published the other Grandma,What Is Cancer? I love to draw and paint in water colors.I also love to write for children.I also have a little creative storefront on zazzle.com/mjdaleyprado so I keep really busy as I am sure all of you do too.

I  just wanted to say welcome to those who just came onboard and hello to everyone.
Sincerely-Mary :writing3:
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Post by: BillyHill on November 27, 2007, 01:56 PM
Hello, everyone. 

My name is Kim Myhre.  I live on 20 acres in Montana with my husband, four boys--7, 8, 11, and 16--two horses, one Great Dane, and two cats.

I've been writing since about 2000.  I have managed some minor success in magazines and sold a query letter to one of the book market guides.  I'm currently trying to break into the realm of book publishing  with an MG fantasy.

I've been a member of the SCBWI for several years, but never got around to trying out the Verla Kay boards.  I'm glad I finally decided to come in and look around.  It's nice to see so many great, creative minds out there.

Kim   
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: G.R. on November 27, 2007, 05:22 PM
Welcome aboard, Kim and Mary! :)

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Post by: musing girl on November 28, 2007, 07:51 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm Melissa and another college student--a nursing student to be precise.  I've been lurking for a few days, marveling at the size and vast amounts of information in one place.  It's kind of overwhelming, in a good way.  I've been writing since I discovered it was another way to play pretend that adults found acceptable (as opposed to dressing up or playing Barbies).  I write YA fantasy/paranormal/horror...anything that basically wouldn't happen in everyday life.  I'm currently unpublished, but I have hope that one day I'll see some of my stories in print.
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Post by: greeneyes on November 28, 2007, 08:35 PM
Welcome Melissa, Kim, and Mary!  This is a fantastic community and I hope you love it as much as I do.   :)
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Post by: Shari on November 29, 2007, 10:48 AM
Welcome everyone! This is an awesome community - you'll love it! Glad to have you all join us.
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Post by: AnneMarie_writes on December 01, 2007, 12:52 AM
Hello fellow writers!

My name is Anne Marie (not to be confused with the mod of the same name). I've been lurking on the board for about a month before joining. I live with an adorable beagle in Denver, Colorado. Last month I started querying for a YA edgy/dark fantasy. So far the responses have been rejections. Quick, easy, rejections. This board keeps reminding me that I'm truly not alone.

I look forward to basking in your sage advice.

~ AM
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Post by: Anne Marie on December 01, 2007, 04:53 AM
Welcome, Anne Marie! :)

Anne Marie
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Post by: greeneyes on December 01, 2007, 06:29 AM
Welcome Anne Marie!  I'm sorry about the rejections, but as you've already found out on these boards, you're far from alone.
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Post by: kazdreamer on December 01, 2007, 03:00 PM
Hello, I've been lurking here for a couple of months so thought it was time I de-cloaked. I recognise a few faces here from LJ (Olmue, Robin, 'Other' Karen ;)) so it's good to be amongst friends.

I'm Karen from London in the U.K. I used to write loads when I was a kid (didn't we all? *g*), then had a half-serious attempt at the short story market in my twenties. I got some great feedback but, because I didn't actually get published I foolishly gave up for more than 5 years (!!) before getting back down to a serious writing schedule in January this year. So far I've produced half an adult novel that stalled lots of times... but I am currently about 5,000 words (two chapters) away from finishing my current WiP - an urban fantasy for the older YA market. :) Hurrah! I'm hoping to have it revised and ready to submit in Jan/Feb 2008.

Nice to be here - it's a fabulous community with so much brilliant information.

Cheers,
Karen
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Post by: Mussel Bound on December 01, 2007, 03:17 PM
Welcome all you newcomers, and a big congrats to those of you who graduated from lurkdome to participation - you won't regret it, I promise.

And Lesa, I absolutely love your signature quote - best laugh I've had all day, and it's so very true!


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Post by: SuzyQ on December 02, 2007, 05:48 PM
Hi everyone!

My name is Sue but my close family still calls me Suzy.  I live in GA with my husband and two girls ages 2 (this week) and 5.  I am a full time high school science teacher half way through my career.  Before the kids, my hobby involved pastel drawing (mainly animals).  But with the arrival of the munchkins, I quickly lost touch with my personal outlets. 

I wrote my first children's book in 2003, inspired by none other than my oldest child.  Writing, I found, could be done in small spurts, unlike drawing or painting.  Naps and bedtimes brought relief and time to do something for me again...write.  I submitted my first story to 4 publishers.  Two form letters and two sent rejections back stating that the story wasn't what they were looking for but they would like to see more of my work.  But I became distracted by my work life and family and put writing on the back-burner until this past May.

I met an author of an adult book through her website.  I entered a contest to win a prize by telling a story about how her book affected my life.  She liked my entry and contacted me through email.  Long story short, she ended up reading my children's book and liked it too.  It inspired me to rewrite, revise, and start some new projects.  I received my first rejection this week since attempting the submission process again in July.  But it was a good, personal rejection and that has spurred me on. 

I'm jumping in fully dressed and eyes wide open.   I've joined SCBWI and a local writer's workshop.  I'm also gearing up to attend some conferences.  I'm learning the hard way that you can't believe everything people tell you about this business.  I've made some mistakes already and I feel like I'm off to a rocky start, despite the postive rejection.  But on the upside, I think I've found a way to get back on the main road to reliable information.  ;)

I look forward to hitting the boards in the evening with you.
Best Regards,
SuzyQ

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Post by: greeneyes on December 02, 2007, 07:42 PM
Welcome SuzyQ!  I'm a first time submitter too and have learned enough from these boards to know that you shouldn't beat yourself up over rejections and your start probably isn't rocky, just "normal."  :)  After you've been on here a few weeks, you'll see.
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Post by: Mussel Bound on December 02, 2007, 07:52 PM
I thought SuzyQ's start was wonderful, actually - above normal.  (sure wish I could see the smileys...)

Welcome to Verla Kay and to SCBWI, SuzyQ - I'm lobster over there on those boards, and am pretty sure I've seen you around recently. 

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Post by: BJNewman on December 03, 2007, 07:29 AM
I just discovered this thread last night!  Unfortunately, I only have blue boxes with questions marks or I would happily use one of those little guys to show how helpful I find this site. I am pretty new to the boards. Mostly I just lurk...

Anyway, my name is Barbara Johansen Newman. I am a long time illustrator and a new author. I write and/or  illustrate pbs and chapter books, and I am working on a MG/YA. Right now I am in the middle of the whole agent thing; as much as I have always enjoyed the hustle and the hunt, I think I really need an agent to sub things for me and handle paperwork. Everyone here has been very helpful with all the information they share.  I find the procedure incredibly daunting. It is nice to know I am not the only one that does!

Thanks to Verla for creating this board and thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences.

barbjn
Title: Re: Introduce yourself!
Post by: greeneyes on December 03, 2007, 07:51 PM
Welcome BJ!
Hey, the icons are back! :D
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Post by: brian_ohio on December 04, 2007, 08:16 AM
Name: Brian
Date: No... I'm married
Agent: Rachel Vater
Write: Humorous YA (fantasy, urban fantasy)
Kids: Four... four... *blowing nose, wiping eyes, trying to get this out* four daughters! *Whah! Whah!* 13,13,10,4
Bio: I'm human... Oh! Sorry I thought that was short for 'Biology'.
Biography: I've been writing (and trying to get published) for about fourteen years. Started at 28, I'm now 42. I'm currently writing my sixth novel. I have a dozen or so unfinished novels. The book for which RV offered representation went out on submission at the beginning of October.
Lurked: Yeah... for about two years.
Current Emotion: Happy (to be here).
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Post by: BDJ on December 04, 2007, 09:11 AM
Hello all,

I am Brad from Oklahoma.  I started writing children’s books a year ago (humor, sci-fi, fantasy).  Joined SCBWI and eventually found this wonderful site.  Before this I’ve published science/technical articles, which are far too boring (yawn) to list here.  I currently work as a mad scientist in biotech during the day and write fiction at night for my opinionated kids. 

Brad
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Post by: gt6 on December 04, 2007, 10:31 AM
Hi all. 
I finished my first YA novel a few months ago and stumbled across this site while looking into an agent.  It looks great and I will be here often!  I've sent out dozens of query letters so foar (mostly EQ) and gotten about as many rejections, but finally a request for chapters.  God bless small victories!

GT6
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Post by: G.R. on December 04, 2007, 06:28 PM
Brian, Brad, and GT6 -- welcome to the board!  ;D

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Post by: greeneyes on December 04, 2007, 08:50 PM
Welcome Brian, Brad, and GT6!  :)

GT6 - I found my way to this site the same way you did!
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Post by: MegM on December 04, 2007, 10:39 PM
Welcome, new people! Great to see some more guys around here, too, although I'm not sure that the board has room for another Brad.  ^-^
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Post by: Walks_Btwn_Sight_Unseen on December 05, 2007, 10:05 AM
Hi am very new here.

I'm a 21 year old writer and student living in Canada, and Nathan Brandsford is my dream agent. I want to make sure my book is top notch polished before it is sent to him. I really love the story I have though, I think it is fantastic. I am sure he will want to see it, but everyone is proud of their work aren't they? In any case, he seems nice, and speedy which is a good thing.

I literally lurked for five minutes and decided I wanted to join. This is my first post.

Ada
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Post by: Lenzi on December 05, 2007, 11:02 AM
Name: Brian
Date: No... I'm married
Agent: Rachel Vater
Write: Humorous YA (fantasy, urban fantasy)
Kids: Four... four... *blowing nose, wiping eyes, trying to get this out* four daughters! *Whah! Whah!* 13,13,10,4
Bio: I'm human... Oh! Sorry I thought that was short for 'Biology'.
Biography: I've been writing (and trying to get published) for about fourteen years. Started at 28, I'm now 42. I'm currently writing my sixth novel. I have a dozen or so unfinished novels. The book for which RV offered representation went out on submission at the beginning of October.
Lurked: Yeah... for about two years.
Current Emotion: Happy (to be here).

Brian, you sneak. What took you so long to delurk?  Okay, the eyeball's here. Now the party can start. :drinking
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Post by: SuzyQ on December 05, 2007, 06:05 PM
What a great place to call "home" for the holidays.  Thanks for the warm greeting ya'll...

Lobster...SuzyQ here and there.  See you everywhere!   :applause
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Post by: G.R. on December 05, 2007, 06:18 PM
Welcome aboard, Ada, and good luck landing that agent.  :)

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Post by: BJNewman on December 05, 2007, 08:15 PM
Thanks, Greeneyes and Meg for the welcome.

Barbjn
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on December 06, 2007, 02:34 AM
Welcome to all the newbies!  You have found a wonderful supportive place! This is IMHO the greatest children's writers' website in the universe!   
:cheerleader
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Post by: Walks_Btwn_Sight_Unseen on December 06, 2007, 07:24 AM
Welcome to all the newbies!  You have found a wonderful supportive place! This is IMHO the greatest children's writers' website in the universe!   
:cheerleader

Thank you for youe lovely welcome! It does look like it. I found this site so randomly, and I am quickly becoming addictive. It is so informative, the mods are so nice, everything is great. I am very pleased to be here.  ;D
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Post by: eye write on December 06, 2007, 06:31 PM
Touche!  :applause
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Post by: Shari on December 08, 2007, 04:39 PM
More new people - yay!  :applause Welcome, everyone. This is a terrific place to be!
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Post by: daughterofnone on December 09, 2007, 03:34 PM
Hello, all - I found these forums through an agent's blog and have been lurking here for a couple weeks. I just received my very first rejection letter (on a PB) and suddenly feel legitimate! ;) I've been writing contract and freelance for a couple of years for different industry magazines, have a YA fantasy novel in the editing stages and another that I'm mapping out when I'm thoroughly fed up with editing and need a break. I've also written several PBs for my daughter and my friends' children that I've just begun submitting to publishers. I'm already grateful for all the wonderful information I've found here - you all seem like lovely, talented people!
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Post by: greeneyes on December 09, 2007, 04:56 PM
Welcome daughterofnone!   :cheerleader  This is an awesome site and you'll probably end up finding your breaks stretch out much longer than you intended!
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Post by: m_stiefvater on December 10, 2007, 06:30 AM
Hi y'all! I've been lurking for a bit, ever since Melissa Marr mentioned the boards over on another forum I'm a member of (I don't know if I'm allowed to link to it here . . . guess I need to spend a bit more quality time with the user agreement). I'd heard of them before but I'd never really made it over to join.

Anyway, I'm Maggie Stiefvater, and my YA urban fantasy, LAMENT, is coming out this coming fall from Flux/ Llewellyn Worldwide. I'm very excited about it and very glad to be here!
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Post by: greeneyes on December 10, 2007, 05:13 PM
Maggie, welcome!  That's AWESOME news about your book!  I hope you'll post about the ups and downs of preparing for a book launch.
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Post by: m_stiefvater on December 10, 2007, 08:09 PM
Yes! I'll try to be diligent about posting.
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Post by: SusanAdrian on December 11, 2007, 09:26 AM
Whoops! Um...should have posted here first instead of...everywhere else.  :P Sorry!

I'm Susan, a scientific editor in my day job. I have an adult historical firmly under the bed, a YA fantasy out there (2 fulls and 7 outstanding queries out now, I think) and a YA paranormal-ish in progress. I found my way here through Melissa Marr and Jackson Pearce. (when you hear someplace recommended twice, you have to follow up, right?)

I'm loving this place already. Though {whispering} it is a bit of a time-sucker, isn't it?

Susan
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Post by: Gail on December 11, 2007, 10:35 AM
Hi y'all! I've been lurking for a bit, ever since Melissa Marr mentioned the boards over on another forum I'm a member of (I don't know if I'm allowed to link to it here . . . guess I need to spend a bit more quality time with the user agreement). I'd heard of them before but I'd never really made it over to join.

Anyway, I'm Maggie Stiefvater, and my YA urban fantasy, LAMENT, is coming out this coming fall from Flux/ Llewellyn Worldwide. I'm very excited about it and very glad to be here!

Hi Maggie! I know you from over at WC, although I haven't visited there is sooo long, you might remember me (az4ever). I didn't know you write too! This is a great place, with tons of great info. Glad you found us. Congrats on your book!!

gail
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Post by: ecm on December 11, 2007, 10:48 AM
I'm loving this place already. Though {whispering} it is a bit of a time-sucker, isn't it?

Welcome, Susan! You have such great projects going... And yes {whispering}, it can be a time-sucker but you won't find any other kid lit community like it! Best wishes on your publishing journey ;D!

Edna
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Post by: Verla Kay on December 11, 2007, 12:05 PM
 :welcome Susan.  And you are right. This place can definitely be a time-sucker if you let it.  :stuck The thing to do (someone please teach me how?) is to use it like any other tool.  Come visit when you need a lift-me-up  :hug and information  :reading2 or when you have some free time and just want to play.  :dreidel

(And if YOU think it's a time-sucker... try being me. :dr :dr :dr)
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Post by: SusanAdrian on December 11, 2007, 12:23 PM
Thanks, Edna! I'm riding on all the good news around here today. Some of that mojo's got to rub off. :)
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Post by: SusanAdrian on December 11, 2007, 12:24 PM
Thanks, Verla!! I appreciate the warm welcome!

Yes, I'm a mod of my own little group of friends board, and that sucks time like mad. Must...be...careful...

(one half of brain saying, oh, don't worry, you have self-discipline, you'll be fine)

(other half of brain screaming just a little)

Susan
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Post by: RuffianChick on December 12, 2007, 05:40 PM
Hello all.

I just signed up a day or so ago. My name is Destiny and I believe I was a member here once before over a year or so back. Had alot going on but have found my way back here!

I am a homeschooled student writer from Alaska. I started writing about 4 years ago. I am also a student of the Insitute of Children's Literature and I am looking to send in my 10th assignment in the next couple days! I'm looking forward to completeing my course after nearly 2 1/2 years of hard work. I write just about anything that strikes my fancy and have wrote poetry, short stories, and have attempted to write 3 novels (non near completion) 2 of which are Nanowrimo novels.

Other than writing I raise and play with my daughter, study, read, work my horse, and play with my dog.

RC   
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Post by: G.R. on December 12, 2007, 06:25 PM
Welcome back, Destiny. :)

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Post by: eye write on December 13, 2007, 03:56 PM
Welcome R-Chiick.   :clover1
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Post by: Kelly on December 13, 2007, 05:19 PM
Hello all!  I discovered this wonderful site through the SCBWI site.  I am thankful for finding it, as I have learned so much in the time I have perused the board!  My name is Kelly, as you may have guessed.  :ha I am a former grade school teacher who is now a stay at home mother of three wonderful children (an 8 year old boy, 5 year old girl and 3 year old boy).  I so enjoy children's literature and starting writing and taking online writing classes a few years ago.  I don't write as much as I should but try and squeeze in some writing time a few times a week at my son's naptime.  I am not yet published, but I intend to try and keep trying until I am!  My focus right now is poetry and trying to get a few picture books published.
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Post by: RebeccaC on December 13, 2007, 10:00 PM
Hello everyone,

I just joined at the beginning of the week and have quite quickly become 'addicted' to the site, feeling the need to check it as soon as I turn on the computer and again before I shut down--such a wealth of information, and the comments are all so supportive.

While I have always enjoyed writing, my output up until this year was minimal. It was far more exciting to talk about writing than to sit my butt on a chair and do it. This year, I pledged to bite my tongue and stop informing everyone I met that I wanted to write, and actually do something about it. It worked and I've written eight picture book texts (and foolishly went and got one illustrated before doing enough research to realize that is NOT the way to go about it), some poetry, and a load of short stories. And the goal is to push myself further next year. Well, the ultimate goal is publication and I set aside a bit of my time and energy for creative visualisation, but so far the publishers are only sending me rejections. At least they're writing back.....

My writing desk is in a terraced home in Northern England. I'm not a Brit by birth but my husband and daughter are. I grew up in New Hampshire and my immediate re