Author has written 21 stories for Humor, Supernatural, Romance, Love, Mystery, General, General, Fantasy, Life, Thriller, Horror, and Sci-Fi.
I'm also on fan fiction.net under the author name Bookworm-gurl
Hello there readers, writers & fandom's of all forms!
My name is Brittany, I am a veteran of fanfiction.net and fictionpress.com, for which I have posted my profile too in here for my follower to take a peak at, if they so choose.
I have been writing since I was at least ten years old, getting my first taste of fan fiction when I was 13 beginning with my all time favourite series, still to this day, CSI. I know that show is a dinosaur at this time, being on the air for 14 years, going through more changes and alterations than some ladies wedding dresses, but it is a very sentimental show for me, and it spawned my writing career. I never really thought I was that good of a writer up until I started posting on here and people that I never met before claimed to love my work. When I won the "Best Comedy" award from the GSAS (Greg Sanders Appreciation Society) for my story "Livin' Like Pigs" back in 2003 I was floored. First of all I didn't even remember entering the contest and 2nd I was amazed so many people found that story to be hilarious. Needless to say the GSAS gave me the confidence to pursue writing, even if at the time it stayed within the realm of Fan Fiction.
Ever since then I have been posting on here, which I believe at the moment amounts to the past twelve years and I do not plan on stopping for quite sometime. I am slowly making changes to stories I posted so long ago, realizing as I gain my voice and perfect my writing that a lot of what was on here before was very childish and needed quite a bit of polishing. I am not afraid to admit that editing is not one of my strong suits, but this is where my readers\reviewers come into play. I LOVE getting comments on what I write, either congratulations on a chapter well done or constructive criticism on how that chapter was, what to change etc. I try my best to respond to things like that in Private Messages, understanding how valuable one author's opinion can be to another. I also enjoy getting reader's engaged in the story, asking them what their predictions are, what they would like to see happen, how they feel the story is progressing etc. Also, I try my best to pay it forward, by reading and reviewing the work of those who take the time to do the same for me, I can understand how frustrating it is sometimes to post a work on here and never hear from other writers, or when you do to get the one word reviews. Don't get me wrong, I love hearing from those people too, but showing a bit of effort in your review, since you took the time to read the story which in most cases is a lot longer than the time it takes to write up a little blurb about it, would be appreciated...just sayin!
Aside from my fan fictions (as you can tell by the link above) I do also write my own work. My account on fictionpress houses only I'd say about 1/4 of my original work. I love to write short stories, one of my New Years Resolutions this year, and probably will be the same for 2014, was to write 6 short stories a month. I was doing really well until November of this year when I decided to enter NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time and challenge myself to write 50,000 words in a month, which I was able to pull off. The official word count was 50,034 and I did that on Nov 28th, with two days to spare. I would recommend any new or old author to challenge yourself to do NaNoWriMo, it was amazing how focused you become. It is something I will be doing in the upcoming years to challenge myself as I continue my writing career.
Most of my original work is taken from events of my own life, or things I see\dreams I have, since I have been told by my friends and boyfriend that I have some of the most insane, vivid and fiction worthy dreams they've ever heard of. I also try to go a bit out of a comfort zone and dabble in poetry. I am not the best poet by far, I find that I need to be really inspired to write a poem, but every one in a while I like the challenge. The main reason I have not posted a lot of original work on-line in the past five years is because I have been trying to enter contests\get published through on-line journals, etc. where the work needs to remain "unpublished" on other platforms to be eligible. That is also a new avenue I have taken a liking to recently, where I get this on-line magazine called "Authors Publishing magazine" that details out platforms that are currently accepting submissions, what they are looking for, etc. Basically they do all the work for you and all you have to do is give them something if their journal sounds appealing to you. So far I have had no such luck, but that is normal for the publishing business and it will not discourage me from sending work to other platforms in the upcoming months.
Recently I have also entered the Canada Writes competition, that ended on Nov 1st of this year. It is a nation wide contest for short story fiction. I entered a short story of my centred on bullying, which is a large problem with campaigns in high schools and elementary schools across the nation in the past few years. I have to wait until March of 2014 to see if I made the short list, but the prize is 6,000$ for first place which is something a recent University graduate and struggling author would love to have in their back pocket, so wish me luck and I will keep you posted on the progress. I am also polishing up a story for another contest that is London England and due for March of 2014.
The last thing, writing wise, I want to mention, that has to do with my writing ventures at least, is the biggest news of all. I am an actual official published author! I know that for some of you on here this is probably the final step, the place where you want to be, the peak of your career. Let me tell you, it's no picnic. I published my very first, original work of fiction called "Secretive" four years ago through this self publishing company named PublishAmerica. If there is one piece of advice I can offer it would be to stay away from this company. The fact that I did not have to up front any money was very appealing to a student at the time, but trust me, you basically are left to fend for yourself. My dad and I had to edit the story, and whatever condition we were going to be sending it to them in was how they were going to publish the work. I got basically no say in cover design, how it was to be formatted, etc. which was a real let down, since I wanted to have a part in ever step of the process. Sadly, since they have a hold on the rights to my book for 7 years I am not able to go to another company and get a better version or print of it done yet (three years is a long time to wait), but their is a silver lining to all of this.
Since "Secretive" was the first in a now six part series, it is the only one that is published and it is a prequel to the series it self. I am currently researching and counting pennies to find a self publishing company where I will have to pay for services up front but offer a better, more engaging and personable experience than the last company. All of the books have been written with the exception of the final one, and the next two in the series have been polished, formatted and edited to my liking. I still do have a lot of work to do on them, and this has been an ongoing project for ten years, but I know it will pay off in the end. If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy of "Secretive" you can get it on Amazon.com\Amazon.ca and also barnesandnobels.com. I will include the synopsis that I use to describe this book to anyone who asks to see if it would be appealing to you and also links to the book if you want to get a copy.
I feel it is my obligation to tell you that is a bit expensive (I believe it is being sold for 25$, soft cover, only 162 pages) and that the editing is not perfect by any means. The fact that my dad and I had to do that in a month in between me doing school work, it is the best that two non trained professionals can do.
- Secretive Synopsis -
"Rachel Sanford, a young woman who is aspiring to be Nurse ends up with a completely different occupation: an agent for MIRAGE (Ministry Institution Requiring A Genuine Existence) where guns, bombs and nearly escaping with her life are her daily routines. There was a price for Rachel to be apart of this underground Government Agency; she had to keep it from those she loved. It was harder then she had hoped for her boyfriend Mick and best friend Evelyn were her roommates and those she considered to be her 'family' after her parents died when she was young.
Travel with Agent Sanford as she tries to juggle her life and job, going through the ups and downs of a relationships, death and being faced with one of the toughest exams of her academic career. One that could possibly cost her, and her country their lives. Welcome to MIRAGE and welcome to Rachel's secretive and deadly world as a spy..."
- Links to Purchase Secretive -
Amazon.ca - http://www.amazon.ca/Secretive-Brittany-Smith/dp/1456079174 - $25.00
Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Secretive-Brittany-Smith/dp/1456079174 - $25.00
barnesandnoble.com- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/secretive-brittany-smith/1100727719?ean=9781456079178 -$24.95
booktopica.com - http://www.booktopia.com.au/secretive-brittany-smith/prod9781456079178.html - 50$ through them! Holy poop!
So besides my probable unhealthy obsession with writing, I do enjoy many other interests that help me pass the time when I am not at work, hanging out with friends, or family. Something I have really taken off doing in my spare time in cross stitching. I know, this probably makes me sound like some old lady (I promise you I am only 25) but I am 99.9% done a Christmas gift for my roommate\wife\best friend. It's taken me 2 months but I know she will love it. I don't want to give away what it is encase she comes on here and reads this.
Some of my other interests include:
I think that about sums me up. I am now living in Ottawa, moving to our nations capital from my small home town of Sault Ste. Marie just over a year ago with my best friend. I have a cat named Lilly that I treat more like a daughter than a feline companion, and my roommate recently got a kitten named Rylee who love to play and get into trouble. I have a wonderful boyfriend who I've been dating for 8 months come the 20th of December. We work together, as in, being in the same building, but rarely get to see one another throughout the day. He is a painter, a real bookworm and a classic nerd.
The best way to reach me is either by reviewing one of my stories on here or ff, sned me a Private Message or send an e-mail @: firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Thank-you for reading and enjoy cruising around the site! Keep those fingers pounding the key board and the pen hitting the paper, being a writer is hard work, but in the end it always pays off!
Ciao for now
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