This got me wondering how other writers spend their vacations? Do you get more into your writing projects? Do you push them away? Or do you shift focus to reading or something else?
Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Writer Vacation, and let me know. If I get some cool answers, I may include what you have to say in a future blog post and newsletter.
Here's something cool! Award-winning author Patricia V. Davis will lead the live webinar Market Yourself and Your Blog on August 4. She will share the when, why, what, and how of successful book and blog promotion strategy. Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to receive critiques on their blogs. (Click here for more details.)
Also, don't forget to check out the Calls for Submissions posted below!
Until next we meet, keep writing and marketing what you write.
Welcome to the world of novel writing. Writing a novel is no easy feat, to be sure, though when divided among the twelve weeks of this course, we'll have a far more manageable task. We'll employ Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird as a structural model upon which to base our own books, though keep in mind that Lee's structure is simply one possibility. We'll also take examples from more contemporary novels such as Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge. Each week will consist of a writing assignment emphasizing that particular week's writing lesson, as well as your writing a 2,000–2,500 portion of your novel. Workshop begins August 4 | Register Now!
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Getting a book published is simply the first step; you have to market yourself and your work to sell more copies and get follow-up book deals. Step by step in this seminar, published author Patricia V. Davis teaches you all you need to know on what to do to first build a readership through your blog, and then leverage that readership to sell more books. Social networking can boost your sales, and a writer's blog is their biggest tool.
Bonus Critique: Submit a blog URL and a brief description of their book or book-in-progress for a critique on how well they help promote the blog owner's (author's) work-in-progress and/or published works.
Recently, I put out the official call for submissions on three different publishing opportunities:
Write an article for the 2013 Writer's Market. I'm looking mainly for articles on the business side of writing. If you think you'd make a good interview subject, this would be an ideal time to get me thinking about you as well.
Write an article for the 2013 Poet's Market. With Poet's Market, I'm looking for both craft and business articles related to the poetic life.
Write a poem for the 2013 Poet's Market. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to submit three previously unpublished poems to be considered for publication in the top guide for poets looking to find publication.
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Hush: Indie Canadian Magazine Launches: Targeting Vancouver residents 35-years-old and younger, Hush is a new indie quarterly print publication whose slogan is "raw, honest, local."
E-book Sales Up 160% to Last Year: According to stats from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), e-book sales for the first half of 2011 increased by 160 percent in the first half of 2011 compared to the same period last year.
Amazon Reports Strong Sales But Low Earnings: Amazon's total revenue increased 51% in the second quarter, according to Publisher's Weekly, though the company's net income dropped by $207 million to $191 million. Amazon execs say the company plans to open more new fulfillment centers this year as well as continuing to support the conversion from physical to digital products.
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As we finish out July, your last chance to check out this month's Premium Kit of the Month offered by the Writer's Digest community is running out! This one is the Writing for Tweens Premium Collection.
Here's what the kit includes:
Writing for Children and Young Adults independent study workshop
Publish Your Children's or Teen Fiction OnDemand webinar
Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market 2011
Writing and Selling the YA Novel
You Can Write Children's Books
You Can Write Children's Books Workbook
Children's Writer's Word Book
Writer's Digest May/June 2010 digital issue
Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript: Mid-grade and YA download