"hi Everyone--what a great group. I am a multi-genre writer who published my first Young Adult novel in 2013 at the age of 50, after fifteen years of working on it, trying to find an agent and publisher, etc. Two years after its publication (!),…"
"Hi, fellow YA writers! Pam McGaffin from Seattle here. My first novel -- about a 16-year-old girl trying to find out the truth about her missing fisherman father -- is now in the hands of a professional content editor. I know I'll have my work…"
"I'm Ellen Dreyer, hail from NJ, and realize I know at least one other person in this group (Hi, Catherine Stine!). I am a children's and YA (mostly YA) writer,freelance editor, and curriculum writer. I also teach creative writing and…"
"Hello there everyone! I am Sarah and I am a high school English teacher and YA author from Pennsylvania. I just self-published my first novel The Blast through Lulu. I am a featured author on Wattpad.com, where The Blast is currently…"
"Hello everyone. I'm Kim and live in Capitola, California. I write primarily Young Adult, but have written a few short erotica stories as well. I've recently self-published a young adult romance novella through Amazon, and am currently…"
"Hi I am Sarah, recent college grad and future mfa student. I have written my first full length work and its ya scifi. I wonder if its not too juicy... but its young adults not middle grade so it should be fine. I wonder if there are any hard and…"
"Hi *waves* I`m Inge Saunders, and from Worcester, South Africa. I form part of Romance writers` Organization of South Africa. I have two contemporary romance novels in the works, one of them coming out this year with Decadent Publishing. Though…"
Happy Monday to everyone. I'm Ashley. By day I'm a food editor who copyedits recipes and loves every minute of it. By night I run a hobby letterpress printing company. I spend my mornings and any other free time writing. I…"
"I'm Jordan, I was born in California, but I would say I'm from Brighton, England since I spent all most of my childhood and teenage years there. My first love was poetry, my current and everlasting love I believe is Y.A. Novels. Not that…"
"I am Ciara a full time student. I love writing I have always kept a journal documenting my life. I have always want to share my work but I'm just now deciding to really go for it full force. I do not hold back in my writing very raw from the…"
"Hi Candy, that was our "kindly rejection letter" you've published. Just fine that you did. I came across this by inadvertently pasting it into a google search last night.
We're Heacock-Hill Agency now.…"
"Hi Everybody, I'm Phoebe Wilcox www.phoebewilcox.com and I've published one YA novel so far called Angels Carry the Sun (Lilly Press, 2010). It wasn't nationally distributed so it's just available at local bookstores near me (PA)…"
I've been working on mine for a year and a half as well. I got to have Carolyn Yoder look at the first chapter and give me her notes as I am a graduate of the Highlights Workshop at Chautauqua! It was a wonderful experience. The novel, I'm sorry to say is definitely on the back burner for the moment.
Thanks for getting back to me, Candy! Sounds like you do A LOT as an assistant at the library. As someone who writes as well, do you feel like it feeds that urge (being around books and fostering a love for reading) or do you feel exhausted at the end of the day (dealing with everyone else's needs, do you have any energy left to write)? Do you write for children? Do you ever share your work at your school to get feedback? What grades do you work with? Do you enjoy it? What do you hate about it? Thanks again for any info you can provide. Just trying to get a feel for what I'm getting myself into. ; )
I read your comments about making skeletons dancing - it's so-o-o true. I agree, 100%. I wonder who said it? We all have problems and tragedies in our lives, some more than others. We like to lose ourselves in fictional mishaps because they take the edge off the real life anguish, allow us a moment of forgetfulness. If a writer manages to morph her pain into entertainment for others, she is great. Otherwise, it's just senseless moping.
Thanks for responding. I too have just signed up for She Writes. I have been writing off an on since my teens, but became serious after taking a couple of creative writing classes while working on my Associate of Arts degree several years back. I have a couple of things on the burner, one being a writing about experiencing an eating disorder in my 40's due to a divorce; the other my memoir. Some things are quite painful while others are just down right embarassing so it has been a difficult process to open myself up to actually put it down on paper, with the nagging thought if these things would hurt or embarass my family. Still, I have this deep desire to "get it all out" on paper, possibly a way to heal?
Anyway, glad you responded and I look forward to corresponding with you.