Congratulations – nice work!
Not one single thing inspired me to start playing and writing music – several pushes along the way:
1. Piano lessons at a very young age. I hated them and quit around the time I was 10, but I’m sure they set the foundation when I picked up a guitar 4 years later. Somewhere in there I heard Rhapsody in Blue and was entranced by it.
2. I went through a Simon and Garfunkel phase soon after I started playing guitar and learned how to finger pick by figuring out The Boxer. Learned a lot of other tree hugging stuff from my parents’ generation.
3. And then I went through a couple of years where I’d gotten hold of all the Beatles albums and listened to them constantly. I Am The Walrus was my favorite song for a long time – just crazy weird creative music from long long ago at a time when the radio and MTV was pushing out over produced junk.
More recently I’ve had a lot of influences, mostly listening to more contemporary music (kind of bored of the 60s-70s stuff now :)) since there’s no longer the limit of what DJs and VJs want you to hear. But the ones I listed were really the most responsible for me picking up writing and recording music.
The Star Wars soundtrack didn’t necessarily push me into music, but I certainly got a lot of practice honing my lightsaber skills while humming it loudly and waving a whiffle bat around.
Big time congratulations, and all the more so for getting there in 13 months!
It would be hard to prove a direct link between forum posts and sales, but it can certainly increase your exposure on the site since your avatar will be out there more often than an author who doesn’t post. My guess is that authors are far more likely to be in the forums than buyers, but exposure to other authors is also very valuable IMO . I agree that attempting to use the forums to market yourself is probably not the best use of energy.
@TortoiseTree – I absolutely agree with you regarding the general politeness and respect on these forums. As you pointed out, there are a few exceptions to the rule (yes, I know the thread you’re talking about, and there have been a few other winners in the past), but the vast majority of members of this community are extremely helpful and informative.
@pinkzebra – Is that a shiny new gold paw I see before me? Congratulations!
Apparently it was the day Coca-Cola announced New Coke in 1985. That was pretty sad.
Congratulations! That was quick work to silver
I’ve had tracks temporarily held before. Usually it means that the initial reviewer needs some feedback from another reviewer on a particular item. There’s probably any number of reasons for this, e.g. maybe the first reviewer is not as familiar with the genre, or there is a question about categorization, or maybe a slight quality issue, etc. It’s nothing to worry about, and each time it’s happened to me the track was accepted not too long after.
Congratulations to you both!