Monday, September 29, 2014

NaNoWriMo

I know what you're thinking... You read the blog post title and thought, "She's supposed to be a writer and she can't even spell." What kind of gibberish is the post title?

If you're a novelist, you probably already know -- it's National Novel Writing Month -- and it happens every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words of a new novel. No plot? No problem! It's designed to get you going and keep you moving, to get your words on paper and then into print.

Check out their website -- NaNoWriMo -- for more info.

I'm going to do it. How about you? Are you in?

You're not supposed to write any words before November 1st at the stroke of midnight, but you can sure as heck think about what you're going to write, create your characters, and an outline or synopsis, but you start with a blank page on November 1st.

So I'm probably out of my conscious mind, but I think it will be really fun. My first novel -- Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- took me four years to write, so writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, well, it will be a "novel" experience.

I have an idea floating around in my head for a novel; it's been there for a while -- floating around trying to gather energy to manifest, so maybe I'll jot down some notes. Or maybe it will be more fun to just wait until November 1st and see what words show up on my computer screen and where they take me.

If you're going to do this with me, leave a comment and let me know. We can be writing buddies. We'll check in at the end of November to see how we all did and how many words we wrote.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blog Makeover

Decided to do a blog makeover. If you've been here before, you'll remember that this blog was one of the old templates and was very tiny. The font was too small and you'd get blurry-eyed if you read more than a few lines.

I changed things around and also added a "Popular Posts" gadget on the sidebar so you could see what other writers who have been here before think is important. So now the Writer's Workshop is bigger and better... do you like it?

Then I decided to makeover ALL my blogs (I have a lot of them). And then I decided... why stop there? So I looked at my books that have been in print for a while and decided to make over some of them with new book covers, an extra chapter or two here and there, and changing some words to make them even better.

Hope you enjoy the new and improved Writer's Workshop.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Book Blowout!!

Closing out my inventory and offering The Path to Publishing Your Book at a blowout price... $5.00 plus $4.00 for media mail shipping. It normally sells for $14.95 and is 230 pages. This is the book I offer my students in my writing class and contains the same information as The Write Way.

Friday, February 19, 2010

From Book Proposal to a Published Book

Since many writers are well on their path to publication and want specific information on how to write and submit a book proposal, we’ve just published From Book Proposal to a Published Book, a short version of The Write Way.

This book offers everything you need to know about writing a perfect book proposal that will get you an offer and a publishing contract for your nonfiction book...

From finding the right publisher or agent for your book, creating an author platform, developing a marketing and promotion plan, knowing what editors and agents are really looking for, writing your query letter and book proposal and making it the best it can be, submitting it in a professional manner, to understanding and negotiating a book contract, being edited, and seeing your book on the bookstore shelf… this book has it all. It clearly explains what to do and how to do it, and what NOT to do to get your book published.

Available on Amazon for $12.95

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Computer Crash

One of the worst things that can happen to a writer is losing his/her words... words that you've put your time, energy, effort, and heart and soul into. It feels like you've lost something personal; it's not just words... it's who you are on paper.

It happened to me last Wednesday. My computer crashed due to a Windows automatic update. There was nothing that my Internet security people could do to revive it. The computer was dead... gone... a.k.a. the blue screen of death.

The worst part was that I hadn't backed up my words or printed out a hard copy of most of my work, so my words were gone... completely obliterated into the oblivion of cyberspace. So my advice to writers is to BACK UP YOUR WRITING!!!

I was completely lost without my computer and my words for the past week. I didn't know what to do with myself. My writing so defines me that I felt as if I'd lost a big part of me. I just got my computer back yesterday from the Geek Squad and have started rewriting the lost words. And yes, I will back up my words so I don't ever lose them again.