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.

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.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Blogging and a Book Giveaway

Looking for something to get you into the swing of writing every day? Why not try NaBloPoMo -- National Blog Posting Month -- where you commit to blogging every day for a month?

I've done this before at Foods and Flavors of San Antonio last March when my cookbook was first published, serving a fiesta of food. And... I've decided to do NaBloPoMo again at Chadwick Pages.

One of the purposes of blogging is to gain readership and visibility. I've been neglecting Chadwick Pages, so I'm going to grow my blog and write a post every day in February. I'll be offering a look inside my books and doing a book giveaway. The drawing will be done on the last day of the month; the winner can choose the book he or she wants from all the books I've blogged about.

Come on over and visit Chadwick Pages as I blog my books.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Breakthrough Novel

Have you written a novel and want to get it published? Amazon, along with Penguin Group and CreateSpace, is sponsoring the Breakthrough Novel Award.

There are two grand prizes--one for general fiction and one for young adult fiction. Each winner receives a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance. Open submissions for manuscripts is January 25th through February 7th. Click the link for more details.

I know what's it's like to write a novel... to live, breathe, and sleep with it every day and night... to become best friends with your characters, to know they're real, even though they're imaginary, and to love your book like you've never loved anything else. I also know what it's like to receive 93 rejections on your beloved book, and I know the passion for getting it into print.

New this year, for the first time, the breakthrough novel award is open to novels that have been previously self-published. WooHoo!! I'm entering my novel, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.