Welcome to To-Do Tuesday! I'd blame pregnancy brain for the late posting, but that excuse is getting rather old. Hmm. Maybe aliens? No, aliens haven't sold in years. How about vampires? Yes, sexy Vampires came and spirited me away, forcing me to write in second person for hours before they finally released me. Much better excuse. What's your excuse today? Be thinking of a good one while you sift through today's slate of news and information.
MWVRWA August Meeting: Put The Spark Back Into Your Writing!
If like me, you've been better lately at coming up with excuses than actually being productive, you NEED this month's meeting. As always, we meet at 7:00 p.m., next Tuesday (NEXT TUESDAY, Lisa & Jen G!) August 21st at Salem Public Library. We welcome new faces, and if you're thinking of joining us, email one of us about joining us for dinner prior to the meeting. Our topic this month features two top-notch speakers.
PUT THE SPARK BACK IN YOUR WRITING
When you're writing from the heart and for yourself, you can write about anything that excites your fancy. But, when you're writing to sell or are already under contract, how do you find and keep the spark that both drives you to write the story...and makes it come alive for your readers?
That's what short traditional romance author, Susan Lute and paranormal suspense writer, Darla Lukenbaugh will be sharing in their workshop, PUT THE SPARK BACK INTO YOUR WRITING. Come prepared for an interactive discussion that will include; finding your character vision, giving your character mystery, using the Magic "I" to get to the core of your characters desires and motivations, and how to write with enthusiasm.
Next Tuesday, I'll share more about these talented ladies and their impressive publishing history. Come prepared to think/talk about your current WIP! Don't miss this one!
Barbara Cool Lee Takes Third in PNWA Contest
Congrats to Barbara Cool Lee! Her MS, Raven's War took third place in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category in the PNWA's 2007 contest. This is a great achievement as PNWA recieved a record number of entries! Barb's been under the weather, but she's not letting that stop her from racking up a slew of contest successes!
Paty Jager Chats Tonight!
Chapter member Paty Jager, author of two Western historicals, and the recently released contemporary, Perfectly Good Nanny, will be chatting tonight at 5 p.m. Oregon time (8 p.m. Eastern) as part of the Hearts Through History chapter. Check out their website to join the fun!
Even if you're not a Hearts Through History Member, you can still catch Paty in person. Next week, on August 23, Paty will be the featured speaker for the Redmond Writers in Redmond Oregon. She'll be talking about the stages of writing, and her talk is geared towards all levels of writers.
Coming up in October, she'll be addressing RCRW's librarian conference in Central Oregon. These are all great opportunities for Paty, but more importantly, she inspires all of us with her ability to go out and make connections! No excuses here!
Spotlight on Inspirational Authors!
I've heard rumblings that our Inspirational authors are feeling a bit under-represented with Erotic this and Paranormal that every week. Well, I've got great news for you! Author Island has several new Inspirational contests, and has added new Inspirational authors to their line up. When you check out these great chances to win books and other prizes, be sure to check out their August spotlight on Mysteries!
Online Workshop on Inspirational Market
The Southern Magic chapter also recognizes the appeal of the Inspirational market. Their September Online workshop features two multi-published Inspirational authors and covers: GETTING STARTED AND STAYING STEADY--From First Sale to Multi-Published- -How to develop a successful career in the inspirational market. At $15, this class is also a bargain! Click here for more information.
Paying Short Fiction Opportunities
But, if you DO write Paranormal or Fantasy (I'm sorry, the market's just very hot right now. Hopefully I'll have opportunities for other genres soon!), you'll want to check out these two opportunities to submit your shorter works (both are flexible about length and both welcome new writers):
Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (5-6 cents per word).
Jim Baen's Universe (6-25 cents per word).
Source: Cindi Myers
E-Publisher Seeking Submissions
Wait! I don't have to make excuses! I DO have an opportunity for other genres of Romance. Light Sword publishing was started by two authors and currently accepts Contemporary, Historical, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, and Paranormal novels.
Source: Cindi Myers
Can This Manuscript Be Saved?
Is there a manuscript under your bed or on your hard drive that you're tired of making excuses about? The Heart of Texas chapter has the perfect workshop for you! Their September Workshop features award-winning author Susan Meir. She'll help you find hidden flaws and breathe new life into that problem manuscript. Click here for more information.
Exercise of the Day: The Perfect Excuse
Been thinking of your excuse? A few years ago, an email forward made the rounds featuring creative excuses for late work. Most of these were fairly simple, but funny. However, we're writers. We don't DO simple. We do creative. After all, we need to perfect the art of having our characters lie convincingly. So, give it your best shot. What's your excuse for not being as productive lately as you'd like? Bonus points for making us laugh!
Remember to keep sending me your news and announcements! No more excuses! Fill my in-box!