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Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 18, 2014

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5. Publication Day

The twelve months since I signed with Legend Press seemed to pass by quickly and very soon, April arrived.

I didn’t have a launch party with my first novel. Scratch that. I didn’t have an ‘official’ launch party. What I did have was a dinner party hosted by my dear neighbours and friends with a cake and a reading which was very special. However, this time, I thought I’d go all the way. This is a precarious business, right? You never know where you will be this time next year. So …

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My publisher helped me to arrange a launch party in my local book shop. It was a fun evening for all, filled with wine, book talk, mingling and fun.

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What do you do after you finish celebrating? You have to get the word out there…

Jane Isaac is author of An UnfamiliarRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 16, 2014

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3. Deciphering Book Contracts

I think it’s wonderful that there are so many routes to publishing these days, but if we are unable to snag an agent and benefit from their wealth of experience, how do we know if we are getting a fair offer?

Truth be told, I was so delighted to receive the contract for my first book from Rainstorm Press that I read it through quickly and signed on the dotted line. However with my new publisher, Legend Press, I was more circumspect. How did I know whether the offer was competitive and the contract fair? Answer: The Society of Authors.

Membership of the Society of Authors in the UK costs around £95 per year and offers a host of benefits including free access to a media lawyer for independent advice about any contracts. They were extremely helpful andRead More

What Not to Write: Overdone poetry themes

July 10, 2014

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Kelly Davio from the Tahoma Literary Review Dragon - Oslo-had some great insights about what she sees coming across the transom  during open submission periods or during contests.

I have to admit that because our poetry Collection – And the Beats Go On, asked for Beat poems specifically, I did not come across these categories.  But if you are a new writer, and so many of us are, these are great categories to write about, then put away and not send out.

Here’s what Davio says is overrepresented in her “in” box:

  • My child said something amazing. Kids do say the darndest things, but it’s often more charming to the parent or to other family members than it is to the stranger who doesn’t already know and love your little one.
  • Someone I love got very sick. This one is tricky; there’s possiblyRead More

Episode 138: “In Soviet Podcast, We Listen To You!”

July 3, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Writing is difficult on a trip, most of us travel with family, or even in a tour group. And that’s fine, but what happens when the trip does exactly what you hope, and you become wonderfully inspired?

You can’t just stop everything and take time off to record your thoughts, there are stately palaces to tour, museums to visit and beer to drink.

So what can you do?

Be messy: Any writing is a win in this situation. When you do find a place and time to write, just make notes.

Make notes - a notebook or scratching away on purloined pieces of hotel stationery is not very intrusive and can be done anywhere.

that’s nice but where can I even find time?

Do laundry. I needed to babysit our laundry – couldn’t really abandoned it. So I spent a good hour and a halfRead More

Episode 137 – What Not To Write And Tips!

June 24, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Courtney Killian

Courtney KillianAbout Me (From Courtney’s Website)

I am a 19-year-old college student planning on getting a degree in elementary education. I’m starting this blog to get my dead pieces out and send out writing tips. I may also blog the first draft of my first full-length novel. I am currently unpublished, but I have a dream of becoming published. With a lot of work, I’ll become a small town girl that achieves a crazy big dream.

Courtney is a regular contributor to our show having revitalised our ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ segment. She also sends in responses to our prompts that are posted each week. Below is the most recent one from a few shows ago. Make sure you check out Courtney’s website: http://whatnottowriteandwritingtips.wordpress.com/

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Episode 136 – “Conference Wi-Fi Rocks!”

June 16, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guests: Kira Budge and Julia Byers

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The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is just what it sounds like: a writing conference for young writers.

Founded in 2012, the first conference took place in Chicago with six teenagers in attendance in person and countless others attending via an online live stream. It was an experiment limited to members of the Scholastic’s Write It community and their friends: Could a group of teenagers from across North America really get together and run their own conference? Like, with worthwhile and informative presentations, and networking, and all the cool stuff of a writing conference for adults?

The answer soon became apparent: Yes.

And so the Chapter One Young Writers Conference was born.

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Episode 132: “Starbreaker With Matthew Graybosch!”

May 17, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special guest: Matthew Graybosch

Matthew Graybosch is a Romantic science fantasy novelist from New York who codes for a living. He’s also a gamer, a long-haired metalhead, and a geek who passes for normal by not talking about the nerdy stuff that excites him. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife, two cats, and a bicycle that nags him whenever he doesn’t meet his daily word count. He’s hard at work on the next Starbreaker novel.

http://www.matthewgraybosch.com/2014/05/16/newbie-writers-podcast-132/

Without Bloodshed

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“All who threaten me die.”

These words made Morgan Stormrider’s reputation as one of the Phoenix Society’s deadliest IRD officers. He served with distinction as the Society’s avenger, hunting down anybodyRead More

Episode 131 – “Diminutive Slang With Grammar Girl!”

May 10, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl)

 

Even though the funding project has finished, do check out Peeve Wars!

 This week we discuss diminutives and Australian slang. Why it defines us and our native language. How can we apply this to writing a story and why we should avoid slang as the narrator, but embrace it as conversation between characters. Mignon, queen of affect versus effect, brings her experience, professionalism…. and a slang dictionary

What does slang do for us as a community or tribe?

For Mignon: When is slang appropriate and when is it not?

USA Vs Australian Smack down Round 2.

Grammar girl will deliver her slang and we will guess and Catharine will deliver her slang, and we will guess.

Damien will deliver his slang and we willRead More

Episode 130 – Funerals And Fire Eating With Allison Williams!

April 27, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Allison Williams

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The funeral story -
Postcards from Shakespeare and my other plays -

Allison’s group::

We’re the Aerial Angels, a high-flying show from Kalamazoo, Michigan, featuring acrobatics, fire-eating, whip-cracking, trapeze
and aerial fabric.

 Performing on our hot pink, freestanding rig, we’ve charmed audiences from corporate affairs to street festivals, blending smart comedy with edge-of-your-seat thrills. 

We’re real. We’re good. We’re the Aerial Angels. 

www.angelsintheair.com

Tell us about your essays!

Tell us about your travels.

How did you get involved with Aerial Angels andRead More

Episode 129 – “Happy Chocolate Time!”

April 19, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Stephanie O’Hanlon


Stephanie O’Hanlon announces the availability of her historical romance Affaire de Coeur & Out of My Grave now available through Eternal Press and other fine online retailers.

Affaire de Coeur

Paris, May 1770—in the midst of aristocracy—country girl, Madeleine Dumont is privileged to partake in social events while living with her friend Colette du Lorme, daughter of a Marquis. While following in the shadow of her popular and socially versed friend, she is caught up with her infatuation with a man—a Comte. Lucien de Laurent is one of King Louis XV’s favorites, established bachelor and social recluse. How does a woman win such a man without playing the game?

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Out of My Grave

Annalee Harding is an upper-middleRead More