Hi. I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to participate directly in this as I've got a lot of things that will be going on in March, but Lyn, what you say here about using your mutual readership is very true and it's something I've been thinking about a lot lately as I figure out how to connect myself back into this community that I confess I've pretty much ignored up until now. It wasn't malicious or snobbery... I had some pretty fucked up situations going on in my life, aside from my dream career building up.
And it has built up. I've gone from the point where I had to hit the panic button in a huge way in order to get money fast just after my first year of full-time writing to a slightly less bumpy year last year to this year, when I do a fun little stunt to try to make up a few hundred dollars shortfall that an ex-housemate stuck us with and it kind of ballooned and, yeah. I don't want to come into this forum talking about how much money I make, but I think many of the people here already know. This year is going great for me. Site's redesigned, I have money sitting in the bank for the first time in three years, I'm about to launch a couple of new concepts... and since I'm doing better in my life and in my career, I'm looking for ways to help other people make the same kind of breakthroughs I've had in my career.
Part of this is going to be advice, and I think that the longer I do this the more I have a handle on why and how I've been able to make a living... an occasionally uncomfortable but, well, I've got a computer and electronic toys and I can travel some, so it's not like I'm hovering above the gutter.
But part of it is going to be networking. I've already talked to a couple of people about a little project I have in mind that could get bigger. I'l see what I can do to get people into the loop on the April Fool's Day story. I'll have some opportunities for people who want some free exposure throughout the year.
Long story short: you all should do this. You should be doing things like this. I'll support it as much as I can.