Figment is launching, figment is launching! Can you tell that I'm excited? What is this Figment, you may well be asking. A figment of the imagination? No! (Yet it IS all about imagination . . .) It is a new social networking website for teen writers to read and share each others work! Their motto is: write yourself in . . . isn't that fantastic? (You can read the New York Times piece about it here.)
"Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here."
Sounds like our mission at Writopia, but on-line!
I was invited be part of the test launch of Figment six months ago because of my affiliation with Girls Write Now. It took them six months of testing and perfecting the site, and now they are ready to rock and roll!
I have just spent some time familiarizing myself with the perfected site, and have replaced my old profile with a new one, participating in a forum with teens writing in from all over the world.
I love that new voices are going to be heard!
(And I also love that I can market something else other than my book right now! Big day in the city tomorrow - lunch with assistant editor on EDGES, Beth Potter, and then the Writopia fundraiser at Stand Up New York!)