KD Lightle wrote:Well, here goes. Hi, my name is Kim, and I found out about Writers of the Future a few months ago. I haven't submitted yet, but I've got a story in the works right now (which I really should be working on...) that I intend to get in for the end of this current quarter. After that, it is my intention to enter every quarter until either I win, or I get something published. Whichever happens, but that workshop is just too good to be true, and I want to get there.
I'm looking forward to hanging out with all you crazy folks.
See ya'll at the finish line.
Hey, Kim! Welcome to the forum! You are correct--you can't beat that workshop and gala, there is not a single one better on the planet for spec fic writers (because you'd have to charge $30,000 per workshop member just to break even!). We had a special treat with Orson Scott Card being there for the week--he hasn't been a teacher there for many years. Combine that with the knowledge of David Farland and Tim Powers, and you had a powerhouse of instruction. But not to be overlooked are the last two days--that was my favorite part. In one hour knowledge imparting flash sessions, we had instruction from former winners, the bestselling judges, and even industry experts in various aspects of publishing, like the reviews editor Liza from Locus. Nnedi Okorafor outlined her career path from her WotF win to her bestselling status today, and how she deals with deadlines. Dean Wesley Smith detailed why he wasn't selling in the first stage of his career (made the mistake of trying to edit his stories to perfection, and admits he was ruining them), and then told us how he became an indie bestselling writer and publisher. Larry Niven told us about a math equation he found that made Ringworld's dimensions accurate, and how close he had come to failing on that. For me, the most powerful aspect of the workshop was hearing insights from so many experts that had been there, done that. There is no other spec fic workshop that places so many experts in front of you with the best advice they can share to help you succeed. It is indeed worth every effort to strive to achieve. It is no wonder so many that have been to that workshop have gone on to create stellar careers. Author Services gives you everything you need in ego boost (you have to believe in yourself to succeed and achieve), expert teaching from real bestselling experts in the field, and the tools and team necessary to brand you as a professional writer and to publicize your brand.
Keep writing. Keep studying. And then write some more. You will find excellent support and knowledge on these pages, some of it direct from that workshop you desire. May desire create need. May need create passion. May passion create drive. May drive commit you to perform the work necessary to win.
And I say that last paragraph to all of the new here.
All the beast,