G is for Gratitude: Like the Undying Kind #atozchallenge #blogging #writing
Posted by Rebecca Hart
Today, I wanted to take a moment to discuss a really important G word — GRATITUDE, which actually walks hand in hand with another great G word — GRACIOUSNESS.
When I started my “career” as an author, I didn’t know jack about what it meant to be a writer, how to get published, who I could get to read my work and provide feedback. I was, and in some ways still am, a babe in the woods. In my efforts to learn what I could about being published, I started surfing the net (yes, I am an IT geek through and through). I managed to find three websites that changed my writerly life.
Writer’s Digest is the first site I found that focused on writing, getting published, and the whole book business. I became a forum regular, especially in the SCI-FI/FANTASY forums. The people there were like me, wrote the kinds of things I write… I learned a ton from all of them.
The second site I found was Duotrope Digest — a website listing an almost endless array of submission calls, anthologies, magazines, etc — all looking to publish works of fiction. If it were not for the Duotrope site, I don’t think I would have ever published a novel — as it was by submitting a short story to a publisher I found there (Wicked East Press) that I received my first story acceptance. That acceptance gave me the confidence to believe I could write something interesting, something others would actually enjoy reading — where I learned I could spin a tale that could grab an audience and actually entertain them.
The final site is Scribophile — a peer critique site for authors. You can post your works and receive feedback from your peers as well as read other authors works and provide your feedback to them. This site is what brings me around to today’s topic – Gratitude.
While on the Scribophile site, I created a group called the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pens and invited every female author I had built a relationship with on the site. My motivation at the time was purely selfish. I wanted a place where all the writers I enjoyed reading and critiquing were together. I just didn’t want to hunt around if they posted new works and hope I caught them when they went up, I wanted to know when it was happening, and having them all in one group with me accomplished that. What happened with this little group far surpassed anything I could have imagined. We have become more than fellow writers or online buddies — I consider some of the women in this group to be my closest friends (I’m not one of those people who has like a million acquaintance type friends — I tend toward a few closer friends). We have worked hard side by side, sweated over our WIPs together, commiserated over rejections, and shared our lives with each other. They are my author sisters, and I do not know where I would be without them.
So, I would just like to offer my undying GRATITUDE and love to the wonderful ladies who make up the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pens. I love you guys. You have helped me grow and learn in ways I never thought possible and have stuck by me through good and bad, both professionally and personally.
I shudder to think of where I would be without you guys.
About Rebecca HartIm a single parent of three and a published author of romance in all sorts of sub-genres. A full time IT geek, Managing Editor of Roane Publishing, cover artist and a reformed gaming addict -- I live to write fantasy peppered with a dash of romantic nonsense :P Addicted to all things pirates, penguins, Johnny Depp and rum. Follow me on Twitter: @Rebelhart69
Posted on April 7, 2012, in A to Z Blogging Challenge 2012, Blogging, General and tagged A to Z Blogging Challenge, Author community, blogging, Doutrope, G, Gratitude, Scribophile, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pens, Writer's Digest, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.