You are an established author and have already published, or you have aspirations to become a writer but you haven’t got a clue how to go about furthering your vocation.
Welcome to ‘Angie’s Diary‘, the site that allows you to find out how to write or how to write even better!
We are an established community for writers and editors, connected by a love for the written word.
This article serves to introduce new features and strategies for our on-line magazine that will benefit its loyal contributors and faithful readers, in ways like never before.
Interaction with fellow authors and editors may very well be the best way to become the writer you set out to be. Sometimes, a small remark or hint from an experienced colleague or editor can broaden your horizon and open up a whole new world of possibilities (or a can of worms – it all depends…).
Many of our subscribers are familiar with the frustration of having a great idea for a story or an essay, but not knowing how to begin or how to conclude in the best possible way (provided they have the staying power to finish, in case of a book). As (potential) authors this applies to all of us, and no one can help us better than fellow writers and editors that have the know-how and experience to give you the many different pointers that can help you to become a better writer.
We were thus motivated to make some important decisions regarding the future of Angie’s Diary.
As we have stated in the past, the BASIC Account will remain FREE for the foreseeable future. This type of account will continue to give authors, especially aspiring ones and/or those without a budget, the opportunity to get professional exposure for their work, the way they have grown accustomed to, with Angie’s Diary.
As per the first of February 2011, the restrictions of the BASIC Account will be in the amount of postings allowed, the use of hyperlinks, and the features of the author’s email and website URL alongside their published posts. All registered users of this magazine that do not upgrade to a VIP Account, will keep their free BASIC Account.
As you have already gathered, we decided to introduce the new VIP Account: authors that want to take their work and career to the next level will be allowed unlimited* monthly posts, an extended biography, no restrictions to feature email addresses, website URLs, nor to the amount of hyperlinks** per post.
Another benefit of the VIP Account is the automatic participation in “Angie’s Author of the Month” contest – the winner of which receives, besides the honor, a One Year free extension of their VIP Account. The judging is facilitated by the introduction of a new public rating system for posts, and a panel of 4 professional editors, participating in choosing the winner of the monthly contest.
However, the most important benefit is this:
Holders of a VIP Account will be receiving comments and guidance from their experienced colleagues and editors, (most of whom are VIP Account holders too). For these writers, opportunities to grow as authors abound with these new resources, offered by this on-line magazine.
Just for the record, we are NOT about (always be wary of slogans such as):
1. “Get your First Book Published on your 1st attempt with a Leading Publisher or get your money back!”
2. “We can get you a book publishing deal before you’ve even written one!”
3. How To Get Multiple Publishing Offers For Your First Book’ in three easy steps, etc.
(In other words: charging you to get published and implicitly promising you commercial success.)
You’ve probably seen many of these ads while surfing the net, and can you truly say that there is not some part of your brain that, against all logic, hopes for success without the work?
So now the moment has arisen to define your perception of success.
Some will argue that success can be measured only in terms of revenue. But this is the site for those of us who know that while a good book may bring one the revenue most of us can only dream about, the real fulfillment lays in the genuine achievement of having written something of value or the satisfaction of having helped other writers toward that goal. In that instance you will have become a better writer (and reader) too.
So join us in improving the quality of writing, reading and thinking (first) at Angie’s Diary……..
* Only possibly limited by our reviewing capacity
** We retain the right of editing or rejection