Friday, January 30, 2015

FREE: Webinar From Writers Digest-- Self Publishing

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Once regarded as the least desirable of publishing options - at least by the majority of writers at the time - self-publishing has proven itself to be the most exciting, energizing, and opportunity-filled evolution of the literary arts since the advent of the mass market paperback. But with opportunity comes risk. With excitement comes disappointment. Knowing how to mitigate both will help make your self-publishing efforts more fulfilling and your successes more abundant.

In this special FREE webinar, USA Today and New York Times best-selling indie author Cheryl Holt (Wicked, Love's Price) has a frank conversation with Steven Spatz, President of, and Phil Sexton, Publisher of Writer's Digest, during which attendees will learn what preparation is required to self-publish effectively, what pitfalls to watch out for, what pleasant surprises you might discover in the process, and exactly what it takes to sell your books, once they're available to buy. Cheryl will also discuss the major myths associated with self-publishing, the financial investments you should be prepared for, and the level of discipline required to succeed. Please note, the discussion will be open to attendee questions. If you've been thinking about self-publishing and want to hear both the high points and the low points from an author who has succeeded in both the traditional and self-publishing arenas, be sure to join us on February 2nd. As an added bonus, Cheryl will be giving away signed copies of her book, Love's Promise, to twenty randomly selected attendees.

Learn how to self-publish today!

This course is open to anyone interested in self-publishing. The instructors will be available to answer all of your questions. No question goes unanswered! See syllabus here »

What you'll learn:

How to make sure your manuscript is ready to self-publish
Whether or not self-publishing is the right option for you
The benefits of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing
What you should expect when it comes to selling your work
Make Sure Your Manuscript is Ready to Self-Publish!

CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon "Top 100" bestselling author of thirty-nine novels. For many years, she was hailed as the "Queen" of erotic romance.  She's also known as the international "Queen of Villains." She has numerous national writing awards to her credit and is particularly proud to have been named "Best Storyteller of the Year" by Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine. The magazine also selected her as one of the "Top Twenty-Five Erotic Authors of All Time."

STEVEN SPATZ is a writer, marketer, and the President of BookBaby, the nation's leading eBook distributor. His professional writing career began at age 13, paid by the word to bang out little league baseball game stories on an ancient manual typewriter for southern Oregon weekly newspapers. After graduation from the University of Oregon, Steven began a lengthy career in direct marketing with Fortune 500 companies including Mattel and Hasbro. He joined AVL Digital in 2004 to lead the direct to consumer marketing teams for music industry-leading brands Disc Makers, Oasis and CD Baby. After serving as Chief Marketing Officer, Spatz was tapped to lead the company's new publishing division, BookBaby, in late 2014.

PHIL SEXTON is the Vice President and Publisher of Writer's Digest, a division of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company. Phil also oversees Blue Ash Publishing, the self-publishing division of Writer's Digest, which combines BookBaby's best-in-class self-publishing services with Writer's Digest educational tools and guidance. Phil is the author of four traditionally published books, including The Writer's Lab (under the penname Sexton Burke), and self-published his first book - a literary journal  - in 2005.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Make Your Novel Irresistible to Editors and Agents
Start the year off strong and get your manuscript finished! We've compiled some of today's most trusted resources: Chuck Sambuchino, Michelle Brower, John M. Cusick, Jack Smith, Cheryl Klein and James Scott Bell - all to help give you the extra push you need to revise and format your manuscript for publication. With a savings of over 79%, you won't want to miss out on this collection.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

How To Be A Better Writer

Here are some interesting articles concerning

1) Writing an effective character description

2) Writing about family in a memoir

3)  How great writers wrote their first book

These articles are from a recent Writers Digest newsletter. So check them out.

wd-logoHow 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Books 
While working on my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, I found that even for the best writers in the world, getting started can be the hardest part. Here's how 5 great authors found what they needed to get started on their very first novels ...
Read more ...

11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description
The characters in our stories, songs, poems, and essays embody our writing. They are our words made flesh. Sometimes they even speak for us, carrying much of the burden of plot, theme, mood, idea, and emotion. But they do not exist until we describe them on the page. Here are 11 secrets to keep in mind as you breathe life into your characters through description. 
Read more ...


How to Write About Family in a Memoir
To write honestly and compassionately about members of your family, you must first reflect on your purpose, your approach, the details of your story and the potential reactions your family members might have. Here's how to do that. 
Read more ...

How to Write a Film Script

Happy Friday, Readers!

Gather around and I'll tell you all you need to know!
Today's post concerns how to write a film script.  I figured you would like to hear the thoughts from a third person, someone other than me.

Click on the link below which will take you to a step-by-step detail explanation of going through the script writing process. I read through each point. the information is very informing. Follow what is explained, and you'll be able to write your script with no trouble. So click below

How I Write A Script

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Monday, January 19, 2015

6 Tips for Writing Fiction Based on True Events

This is going to be last post for today.

I get questions from writers about taking true events, mostly true personal events, and using them to create a fiction. Falling is an article from Writers Digest that can help answer your questions.

6 Tips for Writing Fiction Based on True Events

BrianKlemsBrian A. Klems
Online Editor

Today's guest post is by Lorie Ann Grover, author of Hit. 

You are there. You see it. You're a writer, so, of course, you want to write about it. Now what? Writing fiction springing from an actual event, maybe one of your own personal experiences, requires a finesse for your reader's benefit, your friends', your enemies, and yourself. There is a way to handle the truth because you'll begin as if you are wearing kid gloves, but suddenly they will plump into boxing gloves, and before you know it, you are ready to deliver that punch right to your beloved, old auntie's face.

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1. Begin with the truth.

Truth is stranger than fiction, so there is certainly much to mine. Each of my contemporary novels sprang off the pages of my own life. Consider writing that first draft close to what happened, what you saw, and what you felt. Capture it.  Read more... 

BrianKlemsBrian A. Klems
Online Editor

New Literary Agents To Query!

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Today I have the names of two new literary agent to query. I got them from a recent email letter from GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS.

2 New Agents Seeking Clients NOW 

Click on any name below to see the full mini-profile on the GLA Blog (with submission instructions). Good luck querying!  

1. Amanda Panitch of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin

She is seeking: Young adult and middle grade only. In particular, she'd love to find a high fantasy set in a non-Western inspired setting. Other concepts she'd love to see in her inbox include a dark psychological thriller, a quirky mystery, a gorgeous literary contemporary, historical fiction set in a place or time not often explored in fiction, or anything featuring food as a main element. She is also drawn to generational spaceships, unreliable narrators, magical realism, the pre-Columbian Americas, the Amazon, close sibling relationships, and slow-burning romances.

2. Kirsten Carleton of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

Kirsten is seeking: Upmarket young adult, speculative, and literary fiction with strong characters and storytelling. She's particularly interested in novels that bend and blur genres; literary takes on high concept worldbuilding; diverse characters in stories that are not just about diversity; antiheroes she find herself rooting for; characters with drive and passion; girls and women in STEM fields; settings outside the US/Europe; well-researched historical settings; YA noir/thriller/mystery; stories that introduces her to a new subculture and makes her feel like a native. She is not interested in horror, romance, erotica, poetry, or picture books.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone!

Below is something I got from Writers Digest Tutorial. I strongly suggest viewing the tutorial. They are very informing. They are made by actual literary agents who know the market and knows what it takes to create a book that sells. They are experts. So please check them out. The tutorials can help improve your writing a lot.

Plot Your Book:  Scene by Scene

imageplaceholderSUE JOHNSON
Writer's Digest Tutorials

Hi Everyone!

Over-plotter, under-plotter? Struggles with plot are common among writers at all levels. This tutorial takes the guess-work out of plotting by teaching you the key scenes that build your plot backbone, providing a refresher on the elements of a scene, and breaking down the specific kinds of scenes you'll need at each of the three key Acts of a novel. Plots, after all, are simply stories comprised of well-placed and stylized scenes.

Jordan E. Rosenfeld brings over a decade of experience in teaching students how to use scenes to transform writing. She believes that scenes are fiction's "magic ingredient" - activating writing so that your readers are drawn palpably into the experience of your character's story, versus the flat habits of summarizing and expository writing. A former freelance journalist, she shows you the difference between passive "telling" of a story and powerful, active demonstrating of a fantastic plot.

If you'd like to simplify the plot process and no longer be overwhelmed by what comes next, so you can focus on the work of writing powerful characters and transformative stories, you won't want to miss this presentation.

In this 56-minute tutorial video, you'll learn:

  • The essential ingredients of a scene
  • The five key "lynchpin" scenes that build your plot backbone
  • The importance of First and Final scenes
  • How a plot is a journey of character transformation
  • Your scenes in three Acts
  • How to add plot information to every scene
Preview: Plot Your Book:  Scene by Scene

Writer's Digest Tutorials Members enjoy full access to all tutorials featured in this newsletter, as well as every tutorial on the tutorials site. Did you know that for only $199 you gain access to all Writer's Digest's writing tutorials for an entire year? That means you have access to all 199+ current tutorials and all the new tutorials created throughout the year. With the addition of at least one new tutorial every week you have access to a minimum of another 52 educational tutorials. Watch every video whenever you like, as often as you would like . . . and be the first to watch the new tutorial we post each week! 

Haven't taken advantage of the wisdom bestowed through the WD tutorials yet? Why not try it out today and see all that our WD tutorials have to offer! You can try WD Tutorials for only $25/month! You will enjoy instant access to 199+ tutorials, including at least one new tutorial added weekly. Also, there are many new tutorials still in development. Feel free to preview the many tutorials immediately available to you through the WD Tutorials site.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, week!

~ Sue Johnson~

P.S. If you missed the last newsletter (or two), be sure to watch these new and featured tutorials:

Querying 101: Putting Your Best Book Forward

Contemporary Poetic Forms: Newer Forms for Poets

World Building: The Art of Including Era and Place in Your Writing Part 2
World Building: The Art of Including Era and Place in Your Writing Part 1

I've Written a Book...Now What? Part 2

I've Written a Book...Now What? Part 1

25 Things You Should Do to Grab an Agent's Attention

Pitches and Queries: How to Hook an Agent or Editor

Writing and Selling Women's and Book Club Fiction

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Join Glenn M. Benest for
Writing a Strong Middle: Conquering Act Two




Writing a Strong Middle: Conquering Act Two
(January 20, 2015 at 1 pm PT):
This is the tough one. The first act is all fun and games, but this is where the real work of a screenwriter begins. This webinar will cover what your second act needs in order for the reader to keep on reading!

This webinar gives screenwriters the tools they need to not only finish act two but to amp up the stakes so that your readers can't turn away.

Many examples from successful movies will be given to illustrate the basic elements of story structure. Valuable insights from the most influential teachers will be utilized to give a broad understanding of what can make your story unique and successful. Also, you will receive
 an easy to use diagram of how to outline your story so that you can build
 your screenplay on a rock solid structure.

The webinar will be taught by Glenn M. Benst, award winning screenwriter
and one of Los Angeles' most popular and successful instructors of screenwriting

Please note: If you purchase all three webinars, you can still receive a recording of
the Act One webinar.
Jan. 20 | 1:00 p.m. Pacific

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Glenn M. Benest is an award-winning writing producer with
seven produced screenplays, including two that were
directed by Wes Craven. His independent film,
HUNGRY HEARTS, was nominated for numerous
awards at film festivals throughout the country and is
 being distributed internationally by Shoreline Entertainment.
Mr. Benest is a celebrated lecturer and instructor and his
 professional screenwriting workshops have launched
 six feature films, including SCREAM and EVENT HORIZON.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Screenplay writing Resource

Below is the link to another greater website for screenplay writers. Click on it and check it out

You're on your way!

Download 2015 Oscar Nominated Screenplays

Hay, everyone.

Follow the link below to download  2015 Oscar Nominated Movie Screenplays.

It's that time of year again!

Comment Are Now Welcomed

Dear Reader,

I got some emails that people would like to leave comments on the blog. So I enabled them. I had stopped allowing comments because I was getting a lot of spams. But now comments are allowed again.

So I ask you to please be considerate and refrain from posting spams. You may comment on anything writing related.

Thank you and happy writing.

No spams, and I mean it.

Film Your Own Movie With "Student Film Maker Magazine

Hello Readers,

Here is something new for you think about.

Have you ever thought about filming you script into a movie yourself and getting it played on your local TV station. You may not make that Hollywood big money you dreamed of, but you get exposure. Did you know this is how the popular dance show SOUL TRAIN got started in the 1970s?

I subscrib to an online magazine called STUDENT FILM MAKER. It tells about students or just regular people learning to film their own movies. The magazine also discusses the type of equipment needed for filming. When you think about it, this is how those big Hollywood studios started out back in the old days. You can start out the same way. Then one day in the future you've grown into a big studio.

However, an important thing to remember is that you have to have well written stories to attract an audience. Make share your script is Hollywood quality before attempting to film it.

Below is the link to student film maker magazine.  Check it out.

We challenge you to make you own movie.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Get One-on-One Feedback from an Agent!

Agent One-on-One: How to Craft Query Letters & Other 
Submission Materials That Get Noticed Boot Camp
January 20-23 - Limited Spots Available!

Send in the first 10 pages of your double-spaced manuscript and
 a query letter for review!

Hurry, boot camp starts January 20!
Start Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tuition: $199.99
When your submission materials - a query letter, synopsis, manuscript, or book
 proposal - arrive in an agent's inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that
 point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent (or the agent's assistant)
 will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with a rejection.

Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories when submitting
 materials: they try too hard, or not enough. This all-new Writer's Digest Boot
 Camp is designed to help you streamline your submission materials to stand
 out in a good way.

Attendees will learn how to write a dynamite query letter, tackle a one-page
 synopsis (for fiction) and a book proposal (for nonfiction). The instructing
 literary agents will also explain the importance of author platform in addition
 to basic etiquette in dealing with an agent and manuscript basics.

Lastly, all attendees will have an opportunity to interact one-on-one with an
 agent and submit ten double-spaced pages of materials (in any combination--query,
synopsis, book proposal, first pages of your manuscript) for valuable feedback
 provided by successful literary agents.

Here's how it works:On January 20, you will gain access to a special 60-minute online tutorial
 presented by literary agents Kimberley Cameron and Elizabeth Kracht. This
tutorial will provide nuts & bolts advice on how to help you streamline your
submission materials-including the query letter, novel synopsis, nonfiction
book proposal, and first pages.

After listening to the presentation, attendees will spend the next two days revising materials as necessary. Following the tutorial, writers will have two days in which to log onto the discussion session and ask your assigned agent critiquer questions related to revising your materials. The agents will be available for a discussion session from 1-3 p.m. (PT) on both Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22. By end of day (11:59 p.m., PT) on Friday, January 23, attendees will submit up to 10 double-spaced pages for review to their assigned agents.

For the submission, you will send in the first 10 pages of your double-spaced manuscript and a query letter for review. You are also welcome to send a synopsis, if you want to include it in the first ten pages (ie. 1 page synopsis + first 9 pages of the manuscript). The query letter is separate and does not count as part of the first ten.

The agents will spend fifteen days reviewing all assigned pages, provide relevant feedback and offer suggestions to help attendees improve upon them. The agents reserve the right to request more materials if they feel a strong connection to the work and want to read more.

Only registered students can access the discussion session. You'll also be able to ask questions of your fellow students. Feel free to share your work and gain support from your peers.

Please note that any one of the agents may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.

In addition to feedback from agents, attendees will also receive:

  • Download of "Everything You Need to Know About Literary Agents," an on-demand webinar by WD editor Chuck Sambuchino
  • 1-year subscription to the literary agent database
About the Agents:

Kimberley was educated at Marlborough School for Girls in Los Angeles, Humboldt State University, and Mount St. Mary's College. She began her literary career as an agent trainee at the Marjel de Lauer Agency in association with Jay Garon in New York and worked for several years at MGM developing books for motion pictures. She was the co-founder of Knightsbridge Publishing Company with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

In 1993 Kimberley became partners with Dorris Halsey of The Reece Halsey Agency, founded in 1957. Among its clients have been Aldous Huxley, William Faulkner, Upton Sinclair, and Henry Miller. She opened Reece Halsey North in 1995 and Reece Halsey Paris in 2006. In 2009 the agency became Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

Kimberley resides and works from Tiburon, California and Paris, France, with many visits to New York to make the rounds of editorial offices. She is looking for exceptional writing in any field, particularly writing that touches the heart, and makes us feel something. She's been successful with many different genres, and especially loves the thrill of securing representation for debut authors. She represents both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, with the exception of romance, children's books and screenplays.

NO: Romance, Children's, Nonfiction, Fantasy

YES: Science Fiction, Horror, Mysteries, Thrillers, Women's, Historical


Elizabeth Kracht represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer.

Elizabeth's career in publishing took root in Puerto Rico where she completed her BA in English and worked as a copyeditor for an English-language newspaper. When she returned to the mainland she found her "vein of gold" in book publishing. She thrives on working closely with authors and researching the potential market for new books.

Elizabeth's eclectic life experience drives her interests. She appreciates writing that has depth, an introspective voice or that offers wisdom for contemporary living. Having lived in cities such as New York, San Francisco and San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is compelled by urban and multicultural themes and loves settings that are characters unto themselves.

In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women's, thrillers, mysteries, and YA with crossover appeal. She is intrigued by untrustworthy narrators, tragic tales of class and circumstance, and identifies with flawed yet sterling characters. In nonfiction, she particularly loves memoir and other narrative nonfiction projects that contribute to the well-being of the self or others in addition to niche projects that fill holes in the market, offer a fresh approach, or make her laugh. She also has a soft spot for nonfiction heroic pet stories.

NO: Fantasy, Science Fiction

YES: Women's, Historical, Mysteries, Thrillers, Nonfiction (all types)


Marystarted her career in publishing as a writer. She graduated from Mills College with an MFA in Creative Writing. After freelancing for two years as an editor and writer in non-literary sectors, she began an internship with Kimberley Cameron & Associates with the desire to learn more about the literary business for her own writing. During the internship she discovered a passion for helping others develop their manuscripts. Now she balances three jobs: writer, editor, and agent, and finds that the experience in each helps and supports the other. She is looking for unusual fantasy, grounded science-fiction, and atypical romance. Strong female characters and unique cultures especially catch her eye. Although she will not consider most non-fiction, stories about traditional dance or pagan culture may interest her. Above all, she is looking for writing that sweeps her away.

NO: Nonfiction

YES: Fantasy! Science Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers, Historical, Women's

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