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Old 10-30-2014, 08:38 PM   #2401
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Hi all!

So, I'm an aspiring MG author and just published my first post (ever) on a group blog (about writing) I recently joined, where I am essentially the MG genre rep. Anyway, the post is about how I chose MG as a genre and I thought you all might like to read/comment. Right now I'm getting crickets, so would love some, well... love.

Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.atbwriters.blogspot.com/

Also, please accept my sincere apologies if this is not the right place to post this. I just thought, rather than posting in some kind of self-promotion thread, I'd put this out to my MG peeps.

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Old 10-31-2014, 01:09 PM   #2402
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Yep, things are a changing in MG land. There's the seasonal slowness with all the teachers back to work, plus I think a few of the old timers have moved on.

A few AW'ers have booking coming out if you have a chance check out the last couple pages of the bouncy castle.

BTW: Your new WIP sounds Spot on, and really exciting!

Thanks MJ! I'm thinking of putting the first chapter today, maybe gauge a reaction. I'm pretty far into it, so wouldn't be worrying about every little edit. THEY can wait til next draft.

Also! My short story I added to the Horror SYW is now up on the Chilling Tales For Dark Nights October contest Reddit! I'd appreciate a read and hopefully a vote?

http://www.reddit.com/r/ctfdn/commen...andrews_ctfdn/

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Old 11-07-2014, 10:24 PM   #2403
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Nice to hear from another middle grade author. I have my first indie book out and I'm spending lots of time doing dreary marketing and very little time writing. My book is a ghost story about a boy who sleepwalks to a nearby cemetery. I'm starting to do author talks at nearby schools which I enjoy way more than the impersonal online marketing. I enjoyed your blog and am glad there are supporters out there.
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Old 11-12-2014, 09:36 PM   #2404
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Hello from another MG writer, have my first two books in my series written and I am currently at 30k on the third, am also revising and 'fluffing up' the first one to get it ready for submissions. Already have a couple of YA on Amazon but I am really loving the MG age bracket.
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:15 PM   #2405
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I've been busy with NaNo and other stuff, so a late welcome to our new Kidlit Gang members.

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Congratulations on your blog post! Looks like you ended up with lots of comments.

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I have my first indie book out and I'm spending lots of time doing dreary marketing and very little time writing. My book is a ghost story about a boy who sleepwalks to a nearby cemetery.
Congratulations on your indie book. The premise sounds really good. There are ghosts in my WIP, too, so I'm a sucker for a good MG ghost story.

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Hello from another MG writer, have my first two books in my series written and I am currently at 30k on the third, am also revising and 'fluffing up' the first one to get it ready for submissions. Already have a couple of YA on Amazon but I am really loving the MG age bracket.
Good luck getting your current MS ready for submission. Are you going to be querying agents or submitting directly to publishers?
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:30 PM   #2406
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Hey Heza,

To be honest I did sent out the manuscript for the first,and it wasn't ready. (so excited it was done didn't think it might actually be crap) I have just spent the last two weeks revising, and I am now looking for a few beta readers, I know it still needs some work so will probably hold off till after christmas.

Also only found this site a few weeks back, and it would seem I had been sending the MS out to some pretty dodgy vanity publishers. Reading back it surprises me how terrible it was, and yet i was offered 3 reps with these companies, If I paid them of course.

Anyway I am sure it will all work its self out , she says crossing everything
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:26 AM   #2407
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Also only found this site a few weeks back, and it would seem I had been sending the MS out to some pretty dodgy vanity publishers. Reading back it surprises me how terrible it was, and yet i was offered 3 reps with these companies, If I paid them of course.
Bullet dodged! Feel good about that. When seeking publication through the trade route, aim high. Don't start with publishers you've never heard of, start with the ones EVERYONE has heard of.

Good luck! I hope we'll hear more about your journey.
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Bullet dodged! Feel good about that. When seeking publication through the trade route, aim high. Don't start with publishers you've never heard of, start with the ones EVERYONE has heard of.

Good luck! I hope we'll hear more about your journey.
VERY much bullet dodged!! And I am just glad I found this site BEFORE I signed up for anything
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:10 PM   #2409
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VERY much bullet dodged!! And I am just glad I found this site BEFORE I signed up for anything
That's great! Whew, huh?

I wouldn't feel too badly about it. I think a certain amount of naivete is normal when you're first starting to dip a toe into the publishing industry.

I have been a "writer" for some 20-odd years, but it's only in the last four to five that I finally figured out there was... well, all this. I had a story idea, I thought I could write competently, and I figured I'd just write it up, send it off to Penguin, be published within a few months, and make a million dollars.

And then I also found some vanity publishers and randomly decided to look up reviews on one of them, and that's how I found AW. And oh. my. god. the world it opened up for me. I realized not only was my writing not publishable (yet), but my idea was also completely derivative and not very practical. I hadn't know anything about how the industry worked--that there were agents, that you had to query, that agents had to sub, that there would be so many revisions. I feel lot better armed now.

I think when I was in that beginning stage, vanity publishers looked legit. I mean, I was so used to smart phones and one-click ordering on Amazon and being able to order a pizza online without talking to anyone.... it just didn't seem weird that getting a book published was described as being just as effortless, you know? Now I know better, now I have realistic expectations. Now I'm a better writer.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:42 AM   #2410
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I'm relieved by it all to be honest.

Like you I thought writing a book was easy, and to be fair the actually writing of the book is easy, but everything that goes with it is not so easy.

As I have mentioned(cant remember if it was on this thread or not) I have 3 books on amazon, all 5 star reviews, which is great, but the physical getting your name out when you have neither a publisher nor a huge online presence (although I am trying to get my name out there now) For me I think it is the reason so many good books slip through the net. I have read some great indie books, unpublished the traditional way and with hardly anyone noticing them, and read books that are trad published that I have wondered why. This industry is not only hard, but weird.

So my third revise is under way on my childrens MG book, and I think by about revise 50 it might be ready Although I think I will personally be sick of seeing my MC!!

This site was mentioned by a lady on facebook and I had never heard of it, and even though I dont post much, I lurk and read all different threads. And I have learned so much in a very short space of time. Thanks for the chat and I look forward to following your journey also
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I thought I'd just chime in and say hello to SSGriner and mazblondie!

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Old 11-14-2014, 10:48 PM   #2413
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Hello to the new members of our Kidlit Gang.
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Hi all. This seems like a place for an introductary post so here goes...

My name is Mike, I write MG. I have completed two short (by design) manuscripts (approx 35K) one is horror with humor (a la RL Stine) and the other is a character driven adventure with humor. I'm well into a third book that will be much longer. I've been a professional writer in one capacity or another for 20 years most recently working in the entertainment field - I adapated an RL stine book for Disney Channel last year, which was an incredibly fun experience (until they decided not to make it!)

Anyway, i've been writing and writing and haven't made much effort to connect with other writers and readers and want to begin the process of meeting people and exchanging work and participating in the community so I can get better and help my fellow writers get better. I've had an account here forever but haven't used it until now. So, hi!
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Welcome to the watercooler, and to the Kidlit gang, Guy.
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Hi all. This seems like a place for an introductary post so here goes...

My name is Mike, I write MG. I have completed two short (by design) manuscripts (approx 35K) one is horror with humor (a la RL Stine) and the other is a character driven adventure with humor. I'm well into a third book that will be much longer. I've been a professional writer in one capacity or another for 20 years most recently working in the entertainment field - I adapated an RL stine book for Disney Channel last year, which was an incredibly fun experience (until they decided not to make it!)

Anyway, i've been writing and writing and haven't made much effort to connect with other writers and readers and want to begin the process of meeting people and exchanging work and participating in the community so I can get better and help my fellow writers get better. I've had an account here forever but haven't used it until now. So, hi!

Guy, nice to meet you! Are you interested in chance in swapping works for editing one another by chance? Thought I'd ask lol.
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(Ah, bummer!) That's really cool, though.

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Guy, nice to meet you! Are you interested in chance in swapping works for editing one another by chance? Thought I'd ask lol.
I would love to trade reads for macro notes but I don't think I'm ready to edit anybody.
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Hi all. This seems like a place for an introductary post so here goes...

My name is Mike, I write MG. I have completed two short (by design) manuscripts (approx 35K) one is horror with humor (a la RL Stine) and the other is a character driven adventure with humor. I'm well into a third book that will be much longer. I've been a professional writer in one capacity or another for 20 years most recently working in the entertainment field - I adapated an RL stine book for Disney Channel last year, which was an incredibly fun experience (until they decided not to make it!)

Anyway, i've been writing and writing and haven't made much effort to connect with other writers and readers and want to begin the process of meeting people and exchanging work and participating in the community so I can get better and help my fellow writers get better. I've had an account here forever but haven't used it until now. So, hi!
Nice to meet you, Guy!
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Are kids with powers books played out? They're a hard sell in YA apparently, but what about MG?
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Are kids with powers books played out? They're a hard sell in YA apparently, but what about MG?
I don't know but I've seen some MG books in the bookstore that have kids with powers. My guess is it depends on the story? I wish I could be more help!
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