At the Water Cooler (ATWC1) – an eZine for writers of color was born in 2004. The concept was to aggregate and make available information and opportunities for writers of color.
The description read as follows:
“Ever notice that all the REALLY good information is shared at The Water Cooler? This one is no different. Stop, chat and drink in the plethora of markets for African-American Writers on offer and a few that aren’t specifically geared to African-American writers but are good opportunities…”
The first issue was released on October 25, 2004 to an audience of 27. Archived page on the wayback machine of the original site can be seen here.
The line up was as follows:
In this issue:
1. Whet Your Whistle (Editor’s column)
2. Questions and Answers
3. Thirst Quencher (Freelance Markets)
4. Water Break (Brag Section/Warnings about markets)
5. Tips from the Experts
6. Awards/Calls for Submissions/Contests
7. Events & Opportunities
8. Ads for Writers
Readership grew in the hundreds and a product that was appreciated was delivered. Two years ago, the company which hosted that mailing list and thirteen others I’d amassed, disappeared with my archives and list members. That was a devastating blow to me and it killed a large chunk of my enthusiasm. It also gave me needed time to think about my “model.”
Once I did I decided that I would do away with the “for writers of color” niche and switch to “anything book related” which I feel is more appropriate for where I am right now.
That being said, stay tuned for the new At the Water Cooler – #1 Book Info Spot! (It will be!)
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