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Kyle Walker
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Sep 25, 2012, 8:35 AM

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First of all, my name is Kyle, but I like to go by my pen name K.L. Walker.

My writing journey has brought be to quite a few places.

It was first realized in fourth grade, when my teacher praised me on a story that I wrote on a tiny brick building outside the elementary school. The assignment was to write a story about what was inside it.

From that story, I wrote several others since then.

In college, I got a degree in Journalism, with a concentration in advertising.

In understanding the need to build my portfolio, I started blogging for my local newspaper. After doing this for a while, I stopped, since I wasn't being paid to blog and nothing was coming out of it. My blogging would continue on my website.

I now blog daily on The Walker Estate. This is a website where I post all of my writing. It can be found at www.kylelwalker.com.

Recently, I have been doing Think & Writes. These are 10 minute writing exercises where I write a short story (or flash fiction, if we want to be technical). Sometimes, I go longer than 10 minutes if I feel like the story is good.

This brings me to my question. What have you writers done to build your brand? I am in the process of looking for magazines to publish my stories and I would like to know of a good place to begin. Also, I am trying to find a "day job" that is related to writing. It doesn't have to strictly deal with editing and publishing. I currently have a story that I'm working on that currently has more than 30,000 words that I started in mid August. I don't even know if I will be paid for this. (I may sell a few copies, but it probably won't be a bestseller)

Right now, I am making pizzas at Little Caesars. I only get 12 hours a week and make about $350 a month. Do you have any ideas to help this starving writer find a start? I'm off to a good start with my brand. I just need more people to recognize it. I'll do jobs in technical writing, editing, proofreading, publishing, you name it.

A little lengthy for an introduction, so there you go.


(This post was edited by klwalker on Sep 25, 2012, 8:37 AM)

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Sep 25, 2012, 9:58 AM

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Re: [klwalker] New to Speakeasy, and a question [In reply to] Can't Post

Welcome, K.L.

If you can't find a job in journalism or advertising, I suggest finding whatever job you can that will support you and leave you enough free time to write. Construction trades are good for that. I know one established writer who wrote his first two novels while working on a truck production line (literally, in the time between trucks).

I would also forget about building the brand and concentrate more on building the craft. Find your gift and passion -- a specific genre of writing, a subject, a style, whatever it may be -- and make that your brand. When you've got something worth publishing, then you can build the brand to support it.

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Kevin Dufresne
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Oct 2, 2012, 4:52 PM

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Re: [klwalker] New to Speakeasy, and a question [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey Kyle,
Welcome to the Speakeasy Forums!
It's great to hear you've been writing and a suggestion I have about your works is to submit them in competitions. You will find a lot of competitions online through Speakeasy as well as NewPages. I hope all goes well and continue your writing!
-Kevin Dufresnewww.kdufresne.me

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