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To My Followers and Fellow Hubbers

Updated on December 1, 2012
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

Me
Me | Source

I've recently decided to take Hubbing more seriously. I'm hoping I can make a little money (okay, I'm hoping i can make a living at it), using HUBPAGES as a legitimate source of income while working towards fulfilling my dream of becoming a full time free lance writer/author. In the last two weeks, my number of followers for me has increased by nearly 50%. This means I have not only been actively publishing hubs and directing traffic to my site, it also means I have been busier commenting on others hubs and adding people are following me.

I believe that if you're going to take the time to read and comment on my hubs, I should do the same for you, and I've discovered some great writers and learned a lot of things along the way. If I haven't had a chance to thank my followers personally (new and not so new) for following me and for your helpful comments, I would like to take the time to do that now. I know life is busy and their are a lot of hubbers and other writers out there who deserve to be read, so, I'm honored and grateful that you include me worthy of your eyes and time. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I promise not to use any more cliches.

Some Books on the Craft of Writing

my wife and I, sailing on the river
my wife and I, sailing on the river | Source

What Does This Mean for You?

As one of my followers, you can expect fresh and interesting content on a variety of topics. While I'm most likely to post poetry up here, I've been doing a lot of music and film reviews as well as some theology and history pieces. I want to give you a reason to stop by and leave comments and offer me feedback. As stated above, if you take the time to stop by and read and comment, it's going to result in me reading and commenting on your hubs. While I'm generally going to check your latest hubs for poetry first, anything that catches my eye I will read and comment.

HUBPAGES is a unique social networking site in that it really does pay to have friends and make comments. From a writing standpoint, it's also the best site I've found for writing what you want and getting paid for it.

This also means, if you follow me, I'm following you!

Our dogs, Bella and Baby
Our dogs, Bella and Baby | Source

What Does This Mean for Me?

I'm a full time college student majoring in English and creative writing. I'm also a husband and without my amazing wife, this dream would be just that, a dream) and father to two beautiful dogs, Baby and Bella.This means my time is limited but it also means I'm FORCED to write. Being forced to write can be a good thing, but it also means I may be writing content that's sub par or uninteresting to me. I want to post everything I write here so if something is sub par or uninteresting, I'm going to make it interesting and up to my own standards. You may have noticed that I'm constantly revisiting and sharing old posts. This is because I'm constantly rereading them and revising them. Writing, for me, is a hobby, but it's a hobby that I am turning into a career. As such, I need to treat it like one, from the hours I keep to the seriousness with which I treat what I read and write.

Being a writer also is as much about reading as it is about writing. Stephen King says in On Writing that it's impossible to be a good writer without being an avid reader. This means in addition to reading your HUBS, I'm also reading books, magazines and newspapers, both for inspiration and also to examine and experiment with different writing styles.

I'm also going to continue getting my works spread through the various social networks available to us: Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Digg. I have found reddit and StumbleUpon to be a waste of time to post on, but perhaps others have had different experiences.

I've also been editing and critiquing on the side for a little extra cash. I'd like to do it more. I sometimes offer tiny little critiques on HUBS here. If you'd like more in depth edits or critiques, please drop me an e mail at justin.price@pcc.edu. If you tell me you're on HUBPages, I'll get you 10% off.

Either way, I appreciate you (Have I mentioned that?).

I'm also checking out various pay per assignment sites when I have a chance but I haven't found any yet that I can recommend in good faith. Do you know of any?

This is my arm
This is my arm | Source

What's Next?

I always figured, once I decided to become a professional writer, that I would be a novelist, first and foremost, a poet second, and everything else third. While I have a nearly complete novel and outlines for several others, I realize that my true talents and callings actually lie in short fiction and poetry. As such, I've decided that my first book will actually be a poetry book. I'm hoping to publish a fifty volume book of poetry in the next six months and I'd prefer to publish it in print format (I'm not a fan of e books), at least in part. I'm still shopping for publishers and I'm open to suggestions.

With this decision, it means I will be going through and editing and and ripping apart every poem on this site that I've published, as well as those I haven't I appreciate honest feedback and critiques from my readers as well. Part of being a writer is having thick skin and I have that. If you want to send critiques to me privately with constructive criticisms, that would be terrific.

I would also like to reward my Hub followers with a 20% discount on my poetry volume when it comes out. I'll have to work this out with the publisher, but, I'll keep you posted.

But mostly, I just want you to keep reading and writing. The written word is a powerful thing. The world needs you to write and you all bring something to the table.

I'm sorry to make this so much about me. I just wanted to update folks on what was new with me :-) Thanks for listening!

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at eFiction horror. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!


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