How to Use Book Country
How has the Book Country community helped you with your book?
Lucy, that is such a wonderful question--one I've wanted to have asked for a long time, so I could have the pleasure of answering.
This place, this site . . . I've learned so much. I've grown so much. The members I've connected with have encouraged, and sometimes grumped at me, to learn Craft--Jay Greenstein, another shout out to you -- and to keep writing. To never give up. My friends here--Marlin55, EB Solace, Nicholas Kotar, and others--have been so supportive. I like to believe I've gotten so much better at writing Fiction than I was those several months ago. With their encouragement, I've grown.
Does that mean I'm skilled at Craft now? Heck, no. I still have a lot to learn. Until an accomplished writer says, 'Wow, you're writing like a professional', or I catch the eye of a credible Agent or Editor, I'm not the best I can be. Whether it takes me years to reach that goal, I don't care, because I know I'll have my writer/reader friends here to keep me going. Their reviews on Destiny's Bond is aiding me in my journey, and they've been positive.
Should the day come when my Fiction is ready for publication, I'd love to mention my Book Country Mentors and Friends by name, with their permission, in the Dedication Page. But if that's not possible, I'd write something like this: For those at Book Country who believed in and never gave up on me. I dedicate this success to you. Thank you all so much.
Thank you so much, Book Country. For your honesty and encouragement. You give newbies like myself the courage and confidence to keep on the Path of Craft.