INTERVIEW WITH EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF CARINA PRESS:
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR WRITING IS IMPROVING?
WRITING TO A MARKET:
CHARACTER GROWTH AND PLOT ARCS:
THE NOVEL TWIST:
USING PRESENT TENSE:
WHY SELF-PUBLISHING BOOKS CAN BE A BAD THING FOR YOUR CAREER:
THE MIDLIST WRITER AND CHANGING TIMES:
WAYS TO SPOT A BAD OR CROOKED LITERARY AGENCY:
HERE'S ONE EVIL BOOK CONTEST: Not only do you have to pay a large fee to enter, they get ownership of all books entered forever. That means you are paying to have someone rob you of your book. (Read the small print in all contests and contracts!)
PLACING CLUES FOR THE READER:
WRITING HISTORICAL FANTASY:
OUTLINES: What you or may not want to include.
LIST 'O LINKS: Great list of writing links.
LEGITIMATE WRITING CONTEST: Del Rey, the sf publisher, is holding a contest for the best sf, fantasy, horror, or paranormal romance novel. The winner will receive a complete edit from a Del Rey editor and may be published.
THE SYNOPSIS WITH LOTS OF CHARACTERS:
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TENSION AND AN ANNOYING LACK OF INFORMATION:
ESTABLISHING YOUR CHARACTER AT THE BEGINNING:
ONLINE PROMOTION TOOLS:
TOO MUCH PLOT? Very good ideas here.
THE WRITER'S KNOWLEDGE BASE: A search engine for those seeking writing advice.
FORENSICS: About false confessions from a forensics psychologist.
MARKET NEWS: Samhain, one of the more successful epublishers/POD publishers, is starting a horror line edited by a former Dorchester editor.
Marilynn's Workshop Schedule and Information Links
Writing in the Moment, April 11-May 8, 2011
How to get your voice, viewpoint, and craft so perfect that you disappear and your story comes alive. Lots of worksheets.
The Blurb: Mother of All Promotions July 25-August 7, 2011
A blurb is the pithy description of your novel in a query letter, the short "elevator pitch" used at a writer's conference, the log line for online promotion, and the all important back cover copy for a published novel. Without a great blurb, a novel won't be noticed by agents and editors.
Marilynn Byerly--creator of a blurb system used by university publishing courses, publishers, and many authors-- will show you how to create that perfect blurb for your novel. The course will include a number of worksheets and in-class blurb analysis.