Wow. Is it really the last day of the year? Can that much time have gone by? Well, it did, and here we are.
This year has seen a lot of change for Magical Words. We’ve added contributors. The MW Betas began. We’ve added listings of our appearances and started building downloadable content like our tautologies list and information on Facebook marketing. We’ve had our first MW get-together at ConCarolinas and met several of you wonderful readers. And we’ve put together a little book called How To Write Magical Words.
Of course, part of the purpose of this site is to promote our various books, but that’s just a small part. The main purpose is something I love about writers and genre writers in particular. The main purpose is to give back, to help those who are starting out, those who are standing where we all have once stood, to make this treacherous journey a little easier. All of us here at MW can name an author, an editor, or an agent who did the same for us — at least one person, if not more, who took the time, made the effort, and helped us reach that next step toward achieving our writing dreams. By being part of Magical Words, I get to give back on that help every day.
All of these events in the world of MW mean a lot to me. Though I’ve been active on the internet for decades, this is the first online community that truly feels like a community to me. Your regular participation is a key part of that. As is the warm embrace I’ve received from the very beginning. Working with my fellow MW contributors has formed a small writing family that gives me, actually gives each of us, the support to keep pushing through the many ups and downs of a writing career. So, to our core group — David, Faith, AJ, Misty, and Edmund (and Catie, we wish you were back); to our regular contributors — Lucienne, Mindy, Carrie, Lynn, and Diana; to our many guests and all of our readers — a big THANK YOU for letting me play in this wonderful sandbox.
It’s been a great 2010 for Magical Words. Here’s to a great 2011. Cheers!