I can’t believe it’s almost November which means I’m about to teach the final workshops of the year.
If you’re thinking about writing a romance novel or just want to refresher course then this class if for you. A two week, how to write a romance novel offered through the Outreach Chapter of RWA. http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV
I thought it was about time I posted something on the site and it’s going to be a little of this and a little of that.
Coaching and Mentoring Service
First piece of business, my coaching and mentoring service is now up and running. If you’re struggling to get started on writing a novel or have one that keeps getting rejected, I’d love to help you get back on track. I offer critiques on synopsis, partial and full manuscripts, even short stories and articles if you’re a non-fiction writer. I also offer one on one coaching and mentoring via Skype or e-mail. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also have a newsletter that you can sign up for on the landing page of the site. Each month you’ll find tips on writing, my teaching schedule, and discounts/specials for my critiquing service.
I have a new gig over at Coffeetime Romance. www.coffeetimeromance.com. It’s called The Writer’s Room and on the first Friday of each month I’ll be posting an article about some aspect of writing.
Not really writing related but I created two new classes over at Skillshare. One focuses on public relations…many of you know I worked in PR and was publicist before I became a writer.
The other class of focuses on time management and productivity.
Here are links to both of them…and I will be creating more writing classes there very soon! http://skl.sh/2eVnsMV http://skl.sh/2xYuvfc
Great Site for Authors
Many years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing mystery/suspense author Hank Phillippi Ryan and I love receiving her newsletter with all her latest news. I was happy to see she and some other authors have created a site with lots of great information for authors so be sure to check it out- https://careerauthors.com/
One of my students is part of a critique group which is for published women writers and they’re currently looking for new members so if you’re published and been looking to get some feedback on your work, check out this link and contact Joyce. http://joycefinn.com/html/wac.html
My latest release is a step away from my writing instruction books. Some of you follow me over at my Budget Smart Girl site and know that since 2005 I’ve been blogging and writing on the topic of how to save money while living the good life.
I decided to write some books on the topic and I’ve called the series Fabulously Frugal. The first title is Eating Well Without Going Broke.
It’s published through Amazon’s KDP Select program and right now it’s available for just 99 cents.
2017 is just around the corner and that means workshop time again. I have a full schedule of teaching and things kick off on Tuesday January 3rd with You’ve Written A Manuscript, Now What?
If you’ve finished writing a book but not sure if it needs some more work or if you just want to give it a final polish, then this workshop is for you. It’s eight lessons which offer you a series of checklists to use to evaluate your book to make it stronger and better.
As well as the lessons, and like all my other workshops taught through Romance Writers of America, you’ll be able to interact with me and your fellow students. I’ll be there to answer questions and help you with any issues you’re having with your story.
This one is offered through the Low Country Chapter and I hope to see you in class.
The dreaded rejection letter. The writer’s equivalent of a dear john letter.
They’re a necessary evil that goes hand in hand with being an author who’s continually writing and submitting their work.
I’ve had my share of them and once I even received two in one day. Ouch! Another time I received someone else’s rejection.
Then you get published and you think they’ll stop, but they don’t. Even when you’ve got a couple of published books under your belt, you get rejected again.
The thing I hated most about opening up an envelope and seeing dear author, this story isn’t right for us, blah, blah, blah, was not knowing what was wrong with it. Was it the plot, the characters, and was I repeating the same mistakes with each story I wrote?
When I was asked to come up with some new workshop ideas I thought back to these times. I remembered my frustration and how I wanted to know what I could do to make my story better so that rejection letters didn’t come sailing through the letterbox again.
I came up with an idea for a boot camp style workshop with a limited number of students so I can give each of them more of my time and we’ll work one on one rather than in a group setting. The My Story’s Been Rejected Now What? was born. It launches next month and the kind people at Outreach Chapter made this flyer for me to share with everyone.
If you’ve had a story recently rejected and what some help to rework it and figure out what’s wrong, this is the workshop for you.
Hope to see you in class.
Feel free to pass this along to other writers and groups!