Hey Kip, welcome to FW! This is really an awesome site full of amazing people who truly want to help others become the best possible writers they can be. I have been so blessed by FW. I've made lifetime friends from all over the world. I did have the honor of critiquing and editing Kip's book. I highly recommend it to everyone. It's well thought out, full of passion (and after I convinced him to add more dialog
) a book that we all can relate to.
FW is a huge site and can be a bit overwhelming. The best thing to do is take your time and explore it. I know you've entered the writing challenge a couple of times. That is by far one of the most read and popular parts of FW. I've learned so much the past four and a half years from participating in the challenge. The deadline is great for me as I tend to procrastinate, but with a deadline looming, I discovered I started writing on a regular basis which eased my inner demons and allowed me to let go and let God. I also try to read and comment on as:-) many entries as possible. This too has taught me much and led me to my editing jobs.
There is also other great contest you should check out. The PageTurners is an annual Co test and this year it is for nonfiction MS. The prizes are amazing, including some great advice from Deb's editing company. There is also a monthly blog contest. The themes change from month to month but could lead to paid writing assignments.
There is also the fiction writing contest where the winner will win a publishing package from Xulon. One of my favorite contests is the testimony one. There will be a book released with the top 50 winner's testimonies. Last year, my story was included in it. You can still have a chance to read last year's book, in the free reads for reviews section. I'm glad you put your book in there and I hope many people will take this opportunity to read it.
Also check out the different threads on the forums. That's were you will have a real chance to get to know other members. One of the best threads is Jan's Writing Basics. She offers great tips each week and will respond to everyone who posts there so I'd urge you to check it out.
Don't hesitate to ask any questions and feel free to explore and jump into any threads that pique your interests. Congratulations again on your book and