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I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some great writing-related ‘firsts’ this year. 


My debut novel, Fur-Face, came out as an e-Book from Echelon Press in June. 

I put the various formats of Fur-Face on a CD so I could take part in book-selling events, starting with the Ocean County Library Book festival in late September. I also added an I are a writer! mug, to help tempt potential buyers. Not exactly a proper book-signing, but it's near enough as far as I'm concerned.

In November, I took part in my first author panel/Q&A (at Monmouth County Library (HQ), Manalapan) with some of my friends from the New Jersey Authors’ Network. It was great fun. I'm looking forward to doing more like it in 2011.

That same month, I gave my first talk (followed by a two-hour workshop) on blogging. It was for the good folks at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writing Group, who run the excellent WRITE STUFF conference – watch this space for more on 2011’s event, and the pre-conference workshop run by special guest, Donald Maass (author of the excellent Writing the Breakout Novel), soon.

Also in November, I made my first TV appearance. I was interviewed on a local cable TV channel (EBTV) about my talk at East Brunswick Library, Have Blog, Want Readers?

All in all, 2010 was a good year for firsts.

How about you?

What writing-related ‘firsts’ have you experienced this year?

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Dec. 18th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Signed my first novel sized contract. 2011 looks interesting, in a non-Chinese sort of way.
Dec. 18th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
Excellent! What's the novel called and when does it come out?
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Dec. 18th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Since you ask, and since I like using <ol>,
  1. saw (and held!) my own book three times this year. (That is, three different books, although I had to resort to Lulu.)
  2. Saw a story of mine published online. (The hardcopy anthology won't be 'til next year.)
  3. Saw one of my books on the amazon wishlist of a complete stranger
  4. Saw my name in the acknowledgements of another author's book
  5. Gave autographed copies of my books to people who wanted them*
  6. Gave a public reading of my work
  7. Completed a work in excess of 80,000
  8. Took a WIP beyond 120,000 words
  9. Rec'd a review copy of an anthology to review, and reviewed it.
  10. Bought and read an ebook for the first time.

* Which reminds me of a teaser from an episode of Cheers.
A kid tells Sam his younger brother is dying of leukemia,
and that he wanted to give him a ball autographed by
Carl Ystremski, but couldn't find one,
so he decided that if Sam signed a ball,
his brother wouldn't know the difference.
So Sam signs a ball and gives it to the kid,
who looks at it appreciatively for a moment,
then frowns and says,
"Not your name! Ystremski's!!!"
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
120,000 words? That's a long book. Did you manage to prune it back or maybe even split it into a two-parter?
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Dec. 18th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
First novel published, Testing the Prisoner from Firebringer Press. http://www.firebringerpress.com

First time recording an audio book. The audio version of Testing the Prisoner can be enjoyed in episodic format here: http://prometheusradiotheatre.com/wordpress/?page_id=3

First appearance/book signing at Farpoint in February. Here is a link to Farpoint 2011, where I will be a guest again: http://www.farpointcon.com

And I am in the process of interviewing one of my favorite sci-fi, media tie-in writers, Howard "Howie" Weinstein. I've known Howie for 15 years and through 2010, we've been chatting and discoverig similar interests in hobbies as well as other writers such as Harlan Ellison. This is my first time interviewing a veteran writer! The interview will appears on my blog in the next month or two.

Phil Giunta
Author, "Testing the Prisoner"

Dec. 18th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Those book signings are fun, aren't they? :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
2010 was a productive year for me after 2009 hell.

Being accepted twice and published once (second time will be next year) in a very prestigious international magazine
Having a short story in a sci-fi / fantasy anthology
Having another flash accepted for a fundraiser book
Being selected along with three others for a monthly reading by a very well-respected American international short story writer
Starting yet another novel yet this time being truly determined to see it through and plot the damn thing properly
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds good. I hope your 2011 is even better :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
My first book published too (followed by contracts #2 and #3).

First book promotion blog tour.

First daughter-wedding in September (followed by second daughter-wedding in October).

It's been a big year! :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Lol, I suppose if you wrote your own speech, the daughter's wedding counts as writing-related :P
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Dec. 18th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Congrats :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, my...I don't have the heart to fill your page with my firsts this year!
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, another first!
Someone both more accomplished and more modest than I.
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Dec. 18th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I actually concluded my Nanowrimo story (not just made the word count.) That was the most important, because this was a psychological barrier thingie. I was beginning to believe I couldn't conclude anything longer than novella length. (Poetry and short fic have been my special area.) That was the biggest thing.
Dec. 18th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
The first time you finish a novel is a big first :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
I submitted my first book proposal and signed my first contract for said book. Admittedly, it's a textbook and not fiction, but I'm very happy about the project and excited to work on it. And hopefully, a market for my fiction will come. I'm sure I'll learn a bunch with this project.
Dec. 18th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Nice one, Kaoime :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. I hadn't really looked back on the year this way until I saw your post. It's been a huge year for me.

1. First short story published. (in Evolve)
2. First major book signing at the World Horror Convention in Brighton England. (and, first time to the World Horror Con and first time to England!!!)
3. First bookstore signing-World's Biggest Bookstore.
4. First time organizing readings.
5. First time being on PANELS at conventions!! VCON and World Fantasy. (still can't believe that)
6. First time starting a blog about writing with 6 other of my writing friends! (inkpunks.com)

I can't wait to see what 2011 will bring!!
Dec. 18th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
That's a grand list :)
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Dec. 18th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mark :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
First two books accepted for publication. First book written and revised and submitted in under six months. First official cover art received. Hmm... I'm sure there are others, but those are the major ones.

Congrats on all your firsts!
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks. and the same for yours :)
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Dec. 18th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
I had my first short story sale, to SPACE AND TIME (to be published next year).
I saw my name in the acknowledgements page of a published novel.
I went to a convention in Ohio for the first time (it doesn't sound like a lot, but I never thought I would go to a convention in Ohio. For me, the two things-- Ohio and conventions-- have always been totally separate.
I decided to self publish three of my science fiction novels (still working on this one)

Dec. 18th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Nice! Space and Time's a good magazine.
Dec. 19th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
That's a helluva impressive year of firsts, Jon! Mega big congrats!
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kam :)
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Dec. 19th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
I had no idea this was your debut year, Jenn. I've always assumed you were a seasoned professional. Congratulations on all your firsts. Here's to many more :)
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