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I have a host of insecurities. This last month, I had a tough time getting any goals done. I struggled to write, to exercise, to learn how to use a new tool - Dragon Naturally Speaking (a fancypants talk-to-text program).
In the midst of all of that, I made a crazy decision to sign up for NaNoWriMo to write a draft of The Greenling Chronicles, book 2: Ancient Truth.
In October, I did some crazy, hand-written plotting for the entire series and had some wee morning hours working on world-building questions that I never answered properly in book 1 (it still needs revision) and had a "brilliant" idea on how to use foreshadowing. So, I think I'm ready.
Here's my blurb for the book that I have up at NaNoWriMo:
Delving deeper into what it means to have superpowers, Dunnie and his friends discover more layers to the underworld of what they call "Supers" and the adults call "Mythfaeri." It turns out that neither term is truly correct when Dunnie meets an Ancient, who attempts to set him on the "right" path.
Best wishes to all NaNo writers and all non-NaNo writers this month!
I used a trial version of Duotrope for a short time and then I signed on for the whole package as a writer. What this gives me and my thoughts on it:
1. A way of tracking submissions beyond my own word document method. The submissions tracker is nice because it helps me see immediately which of my stories has been submitted multiple times, how many times, and what my rate of success is for each individual story and for all of my submissions overall.
2. A weekly newsletter highlighting newly opened and newly closed markets for writing submissions for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. When I first used Duotrope, I would scan this newsletter the day it came and get ideas for stories and submissions. I stopped doing that last year when I was sick and I've just started checking it again.
3. An easy-to-use search engine for markets, which includes markets for short stories, poetry, non-fiction articles, and some book publishers. This is my favorite part of Duotrope. I can search out specific markets for specific genres, word count length, and other areas. Duotrope expanded the search engine and market base to include artists and photographers in 2017.
4. A way to make note of markets which have slow response rates. Duotrope likes to know how quickly markets respond to authors and uses this data for the writer's benefit. I know which markets take six months to respond because Duotrope has a record. However, the accuracy is based on writer's reporting so these dates can have some fault in them. Duotrope also recommends when a writer should simply retract their submission if the market has taken too long to respond.
So, have I been happy with Duotrope? Yes, as long as I use it, it works for me. It does cost money, but the story sales "repaid" my membership fee. I would love to say that I'm earning oodles of money, but I'm not. However, I haven't used it as frequently in 2017, so it takes use to make it worthwhile.
If you want to check it out, go here: Duotrope. I think there's still a free trial offered.
What are your insecurities this month? Have you used any writing services that you found useful, enjoyable, or good?
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