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kms
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My name is Katherine Stephan. I write under the name, Katie Maud Stephan. Since a car accident and two surgeries on my neck, I have stopped working outside the home and write for pleasure and, hopefully, profit. My writing preferences are fantasy, horror, and stories with twists. My story, "Daddy's Girl," is slated to be published in the December, 2007, issue of "Aoife's Kiss," my first writing credit.

I have completed the first book of a fantasy trilogy, tentatively titled "The Golden Floor," and am currently editing it (for the umpteenth time). I have taken an extensive research trip for the second book in the series and have a multitude of notes, although I have not begun writing.

The reason I am so interested in joining an online writers' group is because I have been so very disappointed in the local groups. It seems we have creative differences, the majority of criticism is on spelling and grammar, new members are not particularly welcome, or I would have to travel too far to attend. I desire criticism with substance and imagination and honesty. I pledge to reciprocate in the same spirit.

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Welcome!
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Welcome to Hatrack. I hope you find what you're looking for. Congratulations on Daddy's Girl, and good luck with The Golden Floor.
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Welcome kms -

Congratulations on your sale! Someone twigged me to a pretty nice (and free) tool for tracking short story submissions:

http://www.spacejock.com/Sonar.html

Since you're in a position where this is potentially your living rather than a diversion, you might want to check it out. I am thinking of populating my copy with the venues (looking at Ralan.com under "Paying Markets") in which I would be pleased to see my work appear.

Another interesting note someone mentioned was to aim high, then if rejected by bigger magazines, then (rework if desired and) submit to lesser houses.

Best wishes!


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kms
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Thanks, everyone. I truly appreciate the welcome. I figure I'll read and critique awhile before I submit anything for your opinions. I have already learned a great deal from comments on others' works.
Thanks again.

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