On Twitter today I heard @Inkhaven say that a choice a year ago changed her life. That got me thinking about the domino effect. How one little choice, one event, has such a huge effect on someone’s life.
A big one for me happened only a few months ago when, after months of kind of lurking on Twitter, I became involve in the publishing world.
First, I offered to become an eBook assistant for Apex Book Company. Then a few months later, I became head of the Buzz group. What I am learning is more valuable than the potential pay I could earn somewhere. Learning the ins and outs of formatting and coordinating tweets and facebook posts with things that go on with the Apex crew will be things I will probably be glad to know later on. I am eager to learn more and hope to have a long career with Apex.
Next I became involved in #UFchat, a weekly tweetchat that happens every Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. cst. We talk about Urban Fantasy aspects in writing and meet some of the authors who write it. @InkGypsy in the head and she made me co-mod officially on the 18th.
After hearing another friend who was working incredibly long hours and trying to publish an anthology along with husband and kid, I offered myself as a minion. My offer was taken by @Inkedhistorian and she put me to work reading slush for the In Situ anthology for Dagan Books. As an intern there I am sure I will learn more about anthologies. I will always remember Carrie’s comment on Twitter about my slush reading abilities: It was something about me being far pickier than she expected and that was a very good thing.
Along the way I have joined in other chats including #zinechat, #steampunkchat, #sifichat, #litchat and others. Sometimes I listen and others I join right in. But another I sort of fell into was #sffwrtcht. Science Fiction Fantasy Writer’s Chat is held every Wednesday at 8 p.m. and is hosted by BryanThomasS. We have a great schedule of guests lined up, writers, editors, podcasters, etc. right up until the end of March. Very excited!
Just as an experiment, I started my own chat one afternoon. #rdmwrtdisc or Random Writing Discussion was just a way to pass the time. And pass it did. 3 hours in fact covering all sorts of topics all random without any script of where we wanted it to go. It was great fun. I tried it again this week, but idiot me used the wrong hashtag. Not quite as engaging but still interesting.
And this is just the beginning. I have people asking me for advice on manuscripts, talking out ideas with other writers, being included in future plans…
I just have to be careful that I don’t over extend myself, because it would be so very easy to have nothing but a pile of dominoes. 😀
Thanks to all of my friends who have pushed, shoved, and encouraged me to take my first steps into writing and publishing. It is a grand adventure, so feel free to share your experiences.