An issue I have with you guys on Realjock

  • Offset

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    Nov 20, 2018 9:23 PM GMT
    I made a now deleted thread yesterday (actually I made another thread months ago where I talked about how I finished my first novel and in the process of trying to get it published) saying I wanted to offer the opportunity for people on realjock to read my book for free. But nobody at all responded to it.

    As I think my calling as a gay black man, is to be a writer. I don't know what I really want to do with my life, and I struggle to make friends, and I hate being alone and single. I just hate being last, and always losing, and I would like to be happy and successful. So I thought to myself, I like to write and have since I was a little boy. So I wrote and finished my first novel which I commend myself for.

    II thought maybe writing stories and creating characters, so gay men and the LGBT community can relate to entertainment and stuff, as we are left behind sadly usually when it comes to media inclusion. I could get my stories out there and find peace in myself.

    I thought it would be a kind gesture yesterday to allow guys on realjock to read my story for free, before I'm in the process to publish it, but nobody gave a fuck.

    Yeah it was a long post, but fuck that. You could have at least said "I'm proud of you", or something along those lines. It's been a whole day, and not one person even congratulated me for that post. Being that there aren't that many gay black writers, and if you read my post you would see how much thought and creativity I put into my story and my background being a gay black man. The fact my twin brother who was also gay that died when he was 15, also loved to write. He sadly left this earth way too soon, and never got to live his life. So I'm trying to live for the both of us now.

    Fuck all you.

    Was it something I fucking said or did? I don't get it. I don't.

    I really wish I was white and gay, or black and straight.

    This gay and black thing isn't working out.

    Yeah I'm playing the victim, but I'm done playing nice. That game is over with. Sorry. I'm tired of being nice. That clearly didn't work.

    I'd rather be a thumb sucking (and cock sucking lol) victim, than just let that shit fly and be whatever about it. Fuck that shit. You don't know what i've been through and I'm way too young and single, and handsome to not speak my mind. lol.
  • MikeHunt26

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    Nov 20, 2018 9:52 PM GMT
    You are a troll and everything is about how you’re a gay black man
  • TombRaider

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    Nov 20, 2018 10:01 PM GMT
    You don’t need anyones response to congratulate you. You know you did the hard work and that should be celebratory on its own, think of it as an accomplished goal.

    within good reason some people don’t like reading long post. So maybe something short and sweet would have been good. A small summary of the plot or the contents of the book and maybe offer to people who want to read it.

    Race has nothing to do with it. I know plenty of gay black men. It how you carry yourself. Are you dressed nicely, how would you rate your appearance? If you saw yourself walking down some street would you say “he looks very professional or well kept”

    If you think your race is an issue you might want to take the time to understand who you are first and learn to accept yourself. Yeah being gay is difficult at time but you got to push through those tough times and see the better days after it.
  • jocked_and_lo...

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    Nov 20, 2018 11:30 PM GMT
    Dang, Offset. You can be so nasty.

    I promise you this. You won't fare well if this is the type of attitude you're going to maintain as a writer. Throwing a temper tantrum all because people didn't have the time to stop and read an intro to your novel won't get you far. That was a very long post. I think it was at least three or four posts each filled to maximum character capacity.

    It is two days until Thanksgiving. Many of us are wrapped up in plans to ring in the holiday this coming Thursday. Starting a long-winded thread about your novel two days before a national holiday isn't an ideal time for obvious reasons.

    Not to mention your overabundant use of the word "fuck" (seven times in just the first post and title) makes it clear you need to do some work on yourself. If you want to promote yourself as a writer you have to start acting more professional instead of hurling expletives left and right like some butthurt teen with a toilet mouth.
  • Offset

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    Nov 21, 2018 7:52 PM GMT
    TombRaider saidYou don’t need anyones response to congratulate you. You know you did the hard work and that should be celebratory on its own, think of it as an accomplished goal.

    within good reason some people don’t like reading long post. So maybe something short and sweet would have been good. A small summary of the plot or the contents of the book and maybe offer to people who want to read it.

    Race has nothing to do with it. I know plenty of gay black men. It how you carry yourself. Are you dressed nicely, how would you rate your appearance? If you saw yourself walking down some street would you say “he looks very professional or well kept”

    If you think your race is an issue you might want to take the time to understand who you are first and learn to accept yourself. Yeah being gay is difficult at time but you got to push through those tough times and see the better days after it.


    As someone who didn't reply to the thread, you seem to know the ins and outs, and corner to corner to what it entailed.

    You didn't have to read the whole thing (I even pointed that shit out, clear as crystal that you could skip some parts of the post.) So therefore, my point stands. All you could have posted was, "Sounds interesting, yeah please send me a PM of it" etc. Something along those lines.

    Hell, you could have posted, "I'm proud of you, but I'm not interested". That would have been perfect as well.

    Instead you judged me because the post was too long and too straining.

    Thanks for telling on yourself man.
  • Offset

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    Nov 21, 2018 8:01 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidDang, Offset. You can be so nasty.

    I promise you this. You won't fare well if this is the type of attitude you're going to maintain as a writer. Throwing a temper tantrum all because people didn't have the time to stop and read an intro to your novel won't get you far. That was a very long post. I think it was at least three or four posts each filled to maximum character capacity.

    It is two days until Thanksgiving. Many of us are wrapped up in plans to ring in the holiday this coming Thursday. Starting a long-winded thread about your novel two days before a national holiday isn't an ideal time for obvious reasons.

    Not to mention your overabundant use of the word "fuck" (seven times in just the first post and title) makes it clear you need to do some work on yourself. If you want to promote yourself as a writer you have to start acting more professional instead of hurling expletives left and right like some butthurt teen with a toilet mouth.


    I'm not a writer. I'm not anything, yet. I take criticism well, it's just I haven't published anything yet. So at this stage I can gripe and complain.

    I'm an aspiring writer yes, but I'm not technically a writer yet. I come to the one place hoping to gain acceptance as a gay man, (as heaven help me as a gay black man posting elsewhere.) and I can't even get that.

    For someone that skimmed through the thread (and I even said you could skip parts of it. My god.), why didn't you post or reply? You could have at least posted, "I'm not interested, but I really appreciate the fact you wrote a book man." Something like that would have been grand and lovely. But you didn't do that did you? No, you judged me. "Fuck this black faggot making this long ass post, like I care about him."

    I dare you to say I'm incorrect. I may be pushing it and embellishing the details slightly, but my point still remains.

    It's not Thanksgiving yet. I don't have a family, (and if you read my post you would understand why I don't have a family. Most of my close family is dead. My mother, my twin brother. I've been through a lot of shit in my young life.) so not everyone has that liberty. Don't assume I should be empathetic and that everyone else is home for the holidays and enjoying family, and I should be doing the same. I wish I were that lucky. I wish I weren't black and gay. Dorothy and Toto wish they could go back to Kansas as well I suppose.

    Finally. Last time I checked, I was a grown ass man. So if I want to say the word "fuck", I will.

    I had no idea I was having tea and finger sandwiches with her majesty the Queen Of England at Buckingham Palace. How dare I use foul language. Shame on me. I deserve a hundred licks for that. Smh.

    So you're the profanity police now. Great. If I want to say the word "fuck", (especially if it's justified considering the context), I will. I know damn well there is a time and place for profanity. What the fuck do you take me for? lol. But you can say I'm a potty mouth child all you want. Perhaps I am, but I'm still myself.
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    Nov 21, 2018 8:04 PM GMT
    I'd call ya bat shit crazy but its not fair to the bats...Later gerry curl..
  • Offset

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    Nov 21, 2018 8:11 PM GMT
    mybud saidI'd call ya bat shit crazy but its not fair to the bats...Later gerry curl..


    Um no. lol. I like retro chic and going vintage, but you're so wrong.

    There's no fucking Jheri Curl anywhere on my head and never will be. It's my natural hair. I don't need to use chemcials or any type of shit to make it look like that.

    Thank you sir for proving my point. You're such a man aren't you?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 21, 2018 9:51 PM GMT
    The problem is that you are coming off as belligerent and demanding as if everyone needs to drop what they are doing and give you their full undivided attention. I am well aware that you wanted some of the guys on here to read the rough draft to your novel that hasnt been published as of yet. But you have to understand that we all have our own daily routines along with responsibilities. Yes we are coming up on a major national holiday and everyone is busy making plans or getting ready for Thanksgiving. You seem so negative and so downtrodden as evidenced by most of your past postings on here. You have to work on your attitude and make some changes because the way you are going at things is off putting to many people. You are giving yourself a negative image and yes you do need to cut back on the cussing because there are many people who find swear words highly offensive. Please try to understand where we are coming from. It is not all about you!
  • MikeHunt26

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    Nov 21, 2018 9:52 PM GMT
    You said in a post up there that you take criticism well but you made a topic saying “fuck you all.”
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    Nov 21, 2018 10:07 PM GMT
    MikeHunt26 saidYou said in a post up there that you take criticism well but you made a topic saying “fuck you all.”


    He meant he takes praise well.
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    Nov 21, 2018 10:08 PM GMT
    You have a lot to learn about how to get your work noticed.
  • TombRaider

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    Nov 21, 2018 10:35 PM GMT
    Offset said
    TombRaider saidYou don’t need anyones response to congratulate you. You know you did the hard work and that should be celebratory on its own, think of it as an accomplished goal.

    within good reason some people don’t like reading long post. So maybe something short and sweet would have been good. A small summary of the plot or the contents of the book and maybe offer to people who want to read it.

    Race has nothing to do with it. I know plenty of gay black men. It how you carry yourself. Are you dressed nicely, how would you rate your appearance? If you saw yourself walking down some street would you say “he looks very professional or well kept”

    If you think your race is an issue you might want to take the time to understand who you are first and learn to accept yourself. Yeah being gay is difficult at time but you got to push through those tough times and see the better days after it.


    As someone who didn't reply to the thread, you seem to know the ins and outs, and corner to corner to what it entailed.

    You didn't have to read the whole thing (I even pointed that shit out, clear as crystal that you could skip some parts of the post.) So therefore, my point stands. All you could have posted was, "Sounds interesting, yeah please send me a PM of it" etc. Something along those lines.

    Hell, you could have posted, "I'm proud of you, but I'm not interested". That would have been perfect as well.

    Instead you judged me because the post was too long and too straining.

    Thanks for telling on yourself man.



    First off I didn’t even see your thread and by the sound of it, I wouldn’t be interested anyway. Second, why would you even want people to comment on it if they’re not being honest on what they think about your work?

    No one was even judging you. It’s the week of thanksgiving, people are busy and there won’t be as many people on the forums like someone mentioned above.

    I don’t understand why you attack yourself for being gay and black and not wanted by others, but with your attitude who would want to spend their time with someone so negative all the time. Work on yourself first before working on anything else.


    You wanted a comment.



    I’m proud of you for this beautiful thread you made. Such amazing work!
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    Nov 22, 2018 3:21 AM GMT
    There's something schizo about wanting validation from people you clearly despise.
  • curiousmedic

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    Nov 22, 2018 6:26 PM GMT
    Offset I am very sorry to hear about all the tragedy you have faced in your life and would be happy to read some of your novel. However, you need to hear something. I know that you will come up with some excuse about why it doesn't apply to you or why I am wrong, but I have to say it.

    I am a quasi-successful hybrid author (as in I have both self published and traditionally published titles) who has done well enough to buy a house, a car and pay for medical school (it's normally free in Ireland if you enter as an undergrad, but I'm in a graduate program). If you have this kind of reaction to posting on a forum that has nothing to do with writing and not getting any traction then you will not be able to handle being a writer, and I know you're not a writer yet. The amount of rejection and criticism you will get from agents, editors, readers, etc. is insane.

    My current agent once told me that he does't represent fag stories (my self published books had a LGBT component and he meant gay fiction) and when I signed my first contract with a big publisher he asked if I was going to go snort some coke off a dude's dick. This guy is actually a hard won advocate for me and a bulldog of a negotiator. Even if your work is good, most people won't like it, most people won't read it. Those that do will give up after a few sentences, this is just that much of a hyper competitive and overall negative industry. Read some Amazon reviews of books, the ones that give one or two stars, some of that criticism is cutting, now imagine those people shitting on something so personal as your life's work without even really knowing or caring who you are. Also your struggle will be so much harder than mine, you know it better than anyone I'm sure, but the word is crazy racist as well as super homophobic.

    In closing if you are easily offended and demand outward validation from the internet of all places writing may very well break you. Also trying to get your first novel published is like learning your piano scales and then sending the tracks to record companies. Just keep writing and reading.
  • Offset

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    Nov 23, 2018 8:51 PM GMT
    TombRaider said
    Offset said
    TombRaider saidYou don’t need anyones response to congratulate you. You know you did the hard work and that should be celebratory on its own, think of it as an accomplished goal.

    within good reason some people don’t like reading long post. So maybe something short and sweet would have been good. A small summary of the plot or the contents of the book and maybe offer to people who want to read it.

    Race has nothing to do with it. I know plenty of gay black men. It how you carry yourself. Are you dressed nicely, how would you rate your appearance? If you saw yourself walking down some street would you say “he looks very professional or well kept”

    If you think your race is an issue you might want to take the time to understand who you are first and learn to accept yourself. Yeah being gay is difficult at time but you got to push through those tough times and see the better days after it.


    As someone who didn't reply to the thread, you seem to know the ins and outs, and corner to corner to what it entailed.

    You didn't have to read the whole thing (I even pointed that shit out, clear as crystal that you could skip some parts of the post.) So therefore, my point stands. All you could have posted was, "Sounds interesting, yeah please send me a PM of it" etc. Something along those lines.

    Hell, you could have posted, "I'm proud of you, but I'm not interested". That would have been perfect as well.

    Instead you judged me because the post was too long and too straining.

    Thanks for telling on yourself man.



    First off I didn’t even see your thread and by the sound of it, I wouldn’t be interested anyway. Second, why would you even want people to comment on it if they’re not being honest on what they think about your work?

    No one was even judging you. It’s the week of thanksgiving, people are busy and there won’t be as many people on the forums like someone mentioned above.

    I don’t understand why you attack yourself for being gay and black and not wanted by others, but with your attitude who would want to spend their time with someone so negative all the time. Work on yourself first before working on anything else.


    You wanted a comment.



    I’m proud of you for this beautiful thread you made. Such amazing work!


    Bullshit. You said you didn't read/see it. Then you describe my thread in a very detail way. Wow. Smh.
  • Offset

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    Nov 23, 2018 8:56 PM GMT
    curiousmedic saidOffset I am very sorry to hear about all the tragedy you have faced in your life and would be happy to read some of your novel. However, you need to hear something. I know that you will come up with some excuse about why it doesn't apply to you or why I am wrong, but I have to say it.

    I am a quasi-successful hybrid author (as in I have both self published and traditionally published titles) who has done well enough to buy a house, a car and pay for medical school (it's normally free in Ireland if you enter as an undergrad, but I'm in a graduate program). If you have this kind of reaction to posting on a forum that has nothing to do with writing and not getting any traction then you will not be able to handle being a writer, and I know you're not a writer yet. The amount of rejection and criticism you will get from agents, editors, readers, etc. is insane.

    My current agent once told me that he does't represent fag stories (my self published books had a LGBT component and he meant gay fiction) and when I signed my first contract with a big publisher he asked if I was going to go snort some coke off a dude's dick. This guy is actually a hard won advocate for me and a bulldog of a negotiator. Even if your work is good, most people won't like it, most people won't read it. Those that do will give up after a few sentences, this is just that much of a hyper competitive and overall negative industry. Read some Amazon reviews of books, the ones that give one or two stars, some of that criticism is cutting, now imagine those people shitting on something so personal as your life's work without even really knowing or caring who you are. Also your struggle will be so much harder than mine, you know it better than anyone I'm sure, but the word is crazy racist as well as super homophobic.

    In closing if you are easily offended and demand outward validation from the internet of all places writing may very well break you. Also trying to get your first novel published is like learning your piano scales and then sending the tracks to record companies. Just keep writing and reading.


    If I plan to release ebook versions/online following of my book. I do need internet validation. So that point didn't work. lol.

    It's not that I can't take criticism well. I would like to be given a chance, and for my side to be heard.

    You don't have to like what I do, but you have to understand why I do what I do. I want to know why you hate it, and maybe I can do some type of fusion to please you lol? Because I'm not creating anything just to conform. I do take negativity well, I just would like a chance, and not be attacked for following a theme or genre I like.

    You can't win.
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    NearTheBorder said
    The "problem" is that nobody posts on this site anymore, except for a handful of Trump-haters. Don't believe me? I actually did a quick count yesterday of the posting activity on this SPORTS AND FITNESS site. The result... no posts on sports OR fitness. Just a bunch of "I hate Donald Trump" "topics" and Art Deco trying to convince us all that he is an "A+ Super Gay" and a "very important person."

    Here's the link to my topic with the actual post counts:

    https://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4401330

    At the same time you try to pretend you aren't the banned southbeach1500. Repeating the same discredited crap against me and others verbatim here from your previous accounts.

    The "very important person" dig was the giveaway. You gotta be careful about recycling your old stuff, that predates your current account.

    These false personal attacks is why you were banned numerous times in the past. Your "tell" is that you can't help repeating your old patterns after a while. Sad, very sad.
  • curiousmedic

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    Nov 24, 2018 3:38 AM GMT
    Based on the context I think it was very clear that the validation I was referring to was psychological or emotional. Which you were obviously seeking wanting to hear congratulations and declarations of pride from strangers. Even if that wasn't clear you don't need "internet validation" or the help of a gay dating website's forum to successfully self publish online you just need a decent book, some good marketing and a bit of luck, sometimes you don't even need that.

    Look you clearly don't know anything about publishing and there's nothing wrong with that, I didn't when I was at your point and it certainly won't stop form being successful. However, what might stop you aside from being overly sensitive is getting angry with people offering help, you might not need or want my help, but if you moan like this at a writer's convention or any kind of trade events agents won't touch you with a barge pole and that is to say nothing of depriving yourself of the opportunities to learn and grow. How do you expect to work with an editor if you are so quick to anger?

    As for taking negativity well, maybe that's true, but you certainly haven't demonstrated any evidence of that by your behaviour in this thread. When you said that you deserve to have your side heard I really don't think you grasp that in publishing no one deserves, is entitled to or is owed anything. Many people will ignore your writing the same way users may have ignored your post, it sucks and is unfair, but bellyaching will not change it.

    Also I hope you don't believe that I hate the "it" that you're doing or have attacked you based on pursuing certain themes and genres as you alluded to. I just gave you the advice that I wished someone would have given me at your point and what you clearly needed to hear because if people ignoring your post is upsetting imagine how it will feel when people ignore your book. Say you post it on Wattpad or offer it for free through Amazon, send it to agents, publishers, etc. and people refuse to offer feedback, how would you feel then? A million times worse probably. If you remove all expectations you'll eventually be pleasantly surprised, if you retain this pernicious idea that you are owed some arbitrary amount of people's attention and time you will torture yourself.
  • TombRaider

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    Nov 24, 2018 1:06 PM GMT
    Offset, you need some mental help, seriously.
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    Nov 24, 2018 2:56 PM GMT
    Offset said
    I'm an aspiring writer yes, but I'm not technically a writer yet. I come to the one place hoping to gain acceptance as a gay man, (as heaven help me as a gay black man posting elsewhere.) and I can't even get that.

    There you are wrong. We are all writers here. I see us communicating online by writing. Therefore we are writers.

    Now if you mean PROFESSIONAL writer, one who gets paid, makes a living out of it, then yes, most of us aren't that. Having been a magazine chief editor in my varied life, but only of a professional journal of a small 60,000 circulation, I might suggest that having editors review, reject, and even savage your work is your best education.

    In some aspects better than you'll get in college. Provided the editor annotates your work to show the errors, and just doesn't return it with a big REJECTED stamped across it, or sends a terse email.

    And BTW, when we write something. no one is black or white. Only the print and the paper are. Your own color only becomes a factor if you choose it to be. There was a time when women weren't published, either, and they had to use male pseudonyms.

    One example is the French authoress known by her nom de plume of George Sand. I'm not suggesting you pretend to be White, just that discrimination has occured to others, too, not just to Blacks. Today not so much to anyone, unless they have some negative notoriety.

    When you submit a manuscript your race is unknown, unless you reveal it. I'm not sure I understand your problem about becoming a professional writer. Rather than race, you may need to focus on the material you're choosing, and on developing your writing skills. And these are common challenges for all writers, of every race, gender and orientation.

    Keep writing online as an exercise, but in ways that you learn from it. Repeating yourself accomplishes nothing - you must be improving. And that means evaluating criticism unemotionally.

    There was a line from a loopy comedy movie some years ago, involving an English writing teacher. Who told his students this guidance: "A writer writes." Meaning always be writing, if you wanna improve.
  • FancyDress

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    Nov 24, 2018 3:46 PM GMT
    I engage in many charitable endeavors, among them, sharing my experience as a Senior Editor with young men and women.

    Surely there are others like me in your area that will be able to assist you.
  • Offset

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    Nov 25, 2018 2:51 AM GMT
    curiousmedic saidBased on the context I think it was very clear that the validation I was referring to was psychological or emotional. Which you were obviously seeking wanting to hear congratulations and declarations of pride from strangers. Even if that wasn't clear you don't need "internet validation" or the help of a gay dating website's forum to successfully self publish online you just need a decent book, some good marketing and a bit of luck, sometimes you don't even need that.

    Look you clearly don't know anything about publishing and there's nothing wrong with that, I didn't when I was at your point and it certainly won't stop form being successful. However, what might stop you aside from being overly sensitive is getting angry with people offering help, you might not need or want my help, but if you moan like this at a writer's convention or any kind of trade events agents won't touch you with a barge pole and that is to say nothing of depriving yourself of the opportunities to learn and grow. How do you expect to work with an editor if you are so quick to anger?

    As for taking negativity well, maybe that's true, but you certainly haven't demonstrated any evidence of that by your behaviour in this thread. When you said that you deserve to have your side heard I really don't think you grasp that in publishing no one deserves, is entitled to or is owed anything. Many people will ignore your writing the same way users may have ignored your post, it sucks and is unfair, but bellyaching will not change it.

    Also I hope you don't believe that I hate the "it" that you're doing or have attacked you based on pursuing certain themes and genres as you alluded to. I just gave you the advice that I wished someone would have given me at your point and what you clearly needed to hear because if people ignoring your post is upsetting imagine how it will feel when people ignore your book. Say you post it on Wattpad or offer it for free through Amazon, send it to agents, publishers, etc. and people refuse to offer feedback, how would you feel then? A million times worse probably. If you remove all expectations you'll eventually be pleasantly surprised, if you retain this pernicious idea that you are owed some arbitrary amount of people's attention and time you will torture yourself.


    Well I'm not changing. I'm not like other writers. I very seldom would go to conventions. That's just not my thing.

    If my fans want autograph copies, I'd be happy to have events to where I sign copies of my book for free.

    I would never charge to meet up with my fans or to sign copies.

    I have been rejected many times from agents. Which is why at this time I plan to independently publish it.

    Nobody is offering me help to get my book out there, so I have to the best way I can, publish it myself.
  • Offset

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    Nov 25, 2018 2:57 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Offset said
    I'm an aspiring writer yes, but I'm not technically a writer yet. I come to the one place hoping to gain acceptance as a gay man, (as heaven help me as a gay black man posting elsewhere.) and I can't even get that.

    There you are wrong. We are all writers here. I see us communicating online by writing. Therefore we are writers.

    Now if you mean PROFESSIONAL writer, one who gets paid, makes a living out of it, then yes, most of us aren't that. Having been a magazine chief editor in my varied life, but only of a professional journal of a small 60,000 circulation, I might suggest that having editors review, reject, and even savage your work is your best education.

    In some aspects better than you'll get in college. Provided the editor annotates your work to show the errors, and just doesn't return it with a big REJECTED stamped across it, or sends a terse email.

    And BTW, when we write something. no one is black or white. Only the print and the paper are. Your own color only becomes a factor if you choose it to be. There was a time when women weren't published, either, and they had to use male pseudonyms.

    One example is the French authoress known by her nom de plume of George Sand. I'm not suggesting you pretend to be White, just that discrimination has occurred to others, too, not just to Blacks. Today not so much to anyone, unless they have some negative notoriety.

    When you submit a manuscript your race is unknown, unless you reveal it. I'm not sure I understand your problem about becoming a professional writer. Rather than race, you may need to focus on the material you're choosing, and on developing your writing skills. And these are common challenges for all writers, of every race, gender and orientation.

    Keep writing online as an exercise, but in ways that you learn from it. Repeating yourself accomplishes nothing - you must be improving. And that means evaluating criticism unemotionally.

    There was a line from a loopy comedy movie some years ago, involving an English writing teacher. Who told his students this guidance: "A writer writes." Meaning always be writing, if you wanna improve.


    When you start to do interviews and become a well known name as a writer, people will know your race, sexuality, gender etc. So that's kinda bullshit that as a writer, you're just a name and anything trivial about yourself doesn't make a difference. Not true.

    Being a gay black writer is still a challenge, and I have to try harder to be successful.

    My manuscript is being rejected on word count. It's over 200 thousand words. I have five fucking main protagonists, so of course the word count is going to be long.

    Are all my manuscripts going to be that long? God only knows. A story is done when it's done.

    Humpty Dumpty can be told in 40 words and the story is told. Harry Potter takes books spanning millions and millions of words and counting (with Fantastic Beasts etc.) to tell the complete story.

    So bah.

    My only thing, as I'm more than likely going to independently publish my story, I have to come up on the business side of things, of how I'm going to launch my book, and bring exposure to it.

    I want to be interviewed by every media company, and by Don Lemon to get my story out there.

    I've said this on reddit, if I have to stand in front of the CNN building on Sunset here in LA holding giant movie poster size pictures of my book cover. I will. Anything to get people talking about my book.
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    Nov 25, 2018 3:41 AM GMT
    Every story deserves to be told... but not everyone is going to want to hear every story.

    Just because you write your story doesn't mean the world is going to read it.

    Good luck with your endeavors...