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NaNoWriMo-Are You Ready?

NaNoWriMo-Are You Ready?

Hello fellow authors.

Happy fall (or spring).

It will soon be that time of year again.

NaNoWriMo will be upon us before we know it.

For the first time in many years, I’m going to take part. I’ll be writing a cozy mystery.

How about you, are you up to the challenge?

Have you tried it before but failed?

Writing a book in 30 days is a bit like training for a marathon.

If you haven’t prepared and got into ‘shape’ before you attempt it, it’s going to be painful and you’ll probably give up after a few days.

It’s why I came up with Ready, Set Go to get you in shape and ready to write your masterpiece.

This year it’s being offered through Outreach International Writers Inc.

Everything is online and lessons are delivered through e-mail so you can learn at your own pace.

Class begins on Monday October 4th and here’s the link to sign up

https://oiwi.org/workshop/ready-set-go/

Hope to ‘see’ you on Monday.

Want to Self Publish or Taking the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

Want to Self Publish or Taking the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

Are you thinking about self publishing your book but not sure where to start or even if it’s for you?

Or are you taking this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge and want to get in tip top writing shape before November 1st rolls around?

I’m teaching a workshop on each topic and they both start on October 1st.

Here are the links if you’d like more info or want to register-

http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/getting-ready-for-nanowrimo/

Been Rejected and It Hurts So Bad?

Been Rejected and It Hurts So Bad?

JUN TWITTER MEME Susan Palmquist

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!