When I started writing, I had no idea how difficult it was to become published. I always found inspiration in the stack of novels beside my bed. I wrote a few short stories, snail mailed them in and received my rejections.
It was not until I got on a computer and nosed my way around that I realized that there is a whole community of writers out there, just like me. I had no idea about slush readers, I had only a vague idea of what an agent did and I thought most editors were English majors. I only knew the main genres of writing, romance, sifi, horror, action/thrillers, and my favorite, fantasy. I did not realize that so much of what I read fell into sub-genres such as steampunk, bizarro, and so many other things.
I knew about the process of writing, the everyday goals that need to be met, I could and still do that.
I didn’t know what went on behind the scenes.
Now, I find myself wanting to do a whole lot more. I want to improve my writing, but how? Looking at a book and picking out what makes it great will not make you a great writer. Slushing through submissions, talking to other writers, discussions about what works and what does not, WILL make you a better writer.
I am just getting my feet wet in the world of writing. I have received my first ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) to read and review. I would at some time, like to start slushing and work with someone who has done so for a while. I want to learn, because I know, that with just a bit more work, I can get this right.
And here, in this community of writers is where I belong.