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The Blueboard has helped me so much...what has it done for you?

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Yesterday, I chatted with other writers about how we wished we hadn't been cave writers for a while before fully plunging into SCBWI. Having a community, conferences, support, etc. makes a HUGE difference. With everything going on in the world, I'm more grateful than ever for this happy, safe, supportive online home. You all rock!  :flowers2

I was active on the Blueboard before I attended conferences...so even at my first one in NY with 1100 people, I arrived to so many smiling, familiar faces. Even all these years later, I'm still getting to meet Blueboard friends in person for the first time! I've lost count of how many friends I've made through here...but it's a lot!

I joined incredible critique groups through the Blueboard, too. And I've discovered so many contests through here. Awesome lists of must-read books. And support whenever I've had a question. I love how quickly members chime in. And how we lift each other up and celebrate successes.

I could go on and on. But instead, I'll just say  :thankyou.

I'd love to know what the Blueboard has done for you.

 
#1 - July 29, 2020, 05:34 PM

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I get industry insight that's broader than what my local critique groups, even my RA, knows. There are so many of us with such varied experience of the industry. I've gotten tips on agents to avoid, a format for my invoice, clients for my critique services, resume advice, and great critiques. If I have a question, someone here almost always has the answer. And this is on top of the support personally and professionally that we give each other.

It's great to be part of this community, and I mean the term very literally.
#2 - July 29, 2020, 06:12 PM
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I've found awesome critique partners at various stages of my journey, gotten some great advice from authors who have been further along in their writing journey, and have learned about conferences where I've gained useful tips and information.
#3 - July 29, 2020, 08:08 PM
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The three most important things I ever did for my writing was join SCBW, find a critique group, and find this board. Almost everything I ever learned about writing has been from the Blueboards. Going to conferences has been a highlight, but I have only been able to attend a few due to distance and travel issues (I usually end up living in a HUGE region--at the other end from where all the action is). In the meantime, the ability to have constant conversations about writing techniques, to be able to exchange for critiques, to learn how the industry actually works and to connect with industry professionals and with writers further along than me on the journey (and to give back in the other direction) has been invaluable. I showed up with a desire to write, but I didn't know what I didn't know. By taking the time to actively participate in meaty discussions about writing, about what makes a book have a soul--these are the kinds of things are what has helped me grow into a writer.
#4 - July 30, 2020, 07:20 AM

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I've been on the Blueboard since 2004 and what a great gift it's been to me learning from others, participating in conversations, and then being able to give back. I still remember as a newbie how I thought I was getting a free education here from all the generous help provided by more experienced members. One of my favorite sections to read is Good News and all the inspiration from stories behind the stories. It also taught me to pay attention to who's buying what.  I've made so many friends here over the years and what a pleasure it's been to meet some of them finally. At conferences, no introductions are needed because we do get to know people here, and then many of the friendships are carried on privately via letters and emails. I'm also part of a couple other writing communities but none rival the Blueboard. Thank you, Verla, for making this and for SCBWI to continue it. I've been so blessed here. Mindy, thanks for starting this thread.
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I've been here since the beginning, in 2003. Ways the boards have helped me:
- industry information
- made friends, some of whom I've met at conferences
- found my fantastic critique group (we've been going strong for 15 years!)
- encouragement and support


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I endorse what everyone else has already said. It all applies to me too. I am forever grateful to the Blueboard folk for education, encouragement, friendship, and a whole lot more. I'm on the other side of the world from most of you, but that doesn't matter here. Thank you!
#7 - August 03, 2020, 09:40 PM
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Ditto! The blueboard has been constant in my creative life since before it was affiliated with SCBWI. So grateful to Verla Kay and others for sharing about the craft of writing for kids and the industry, for introducing me to my critique groups and buddies, and so, so much more. I always recommend it as the first place to stop to those new to children's literature. Thanks, Verla!
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