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Issue 66 - WOW! Women On Writing: The Writing Life

WINTER 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

    WINTER 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST WITH GUEST JUDGE BROOKE WARNER

Do you need some writing inspiration? Contests are a great way to spark your creativity, and you may even win a prize! Get your best work together and consider entering the WOW! quarterly flash fiction contest with guest judge, Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press. Stop by the contest page, download the pdf guidelines, and read all about Brooke's preferences. The Winter Contest is open to all genres of fiction between 250 - 750 words. Only 300 stories are accepted, so enter early to ensure your spot in the contest. Sponsored by Channillo. Deadline: February 28, 2016. MORE >>

     

WRITING WORKSHOPS & ONLINE CLASSES

    WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING CLASSROOM

Whether you are looking to boost your income or work on your craft, we know that education is an important part of a writer’s career. That’s why WOW! handpicks qualified instructors and targeted classes that women writers will benefit from. All of the courses operate online and are taught one-on-one with the instructor. The flexibility of the platform allows students to complete assignments on their own time and work at their own pace in the comfort of their own home. Visit the classroom page and check out our current line up of workshops: fiction writing, writing for children, screenwriting, creativity, memoir, personal essay, grammar, food writing, freelance writing, novel writing, blogging, social networking for authors, independent publishing, branding for authors, poetry writing, copy editing, literary devices, working with a literary agent, writing scenes, book reviewing, travel writing and more. MORE >>

     

ARTICLES

  1. BUILDING LASTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH CLIENTS: LITERARY AGENT VICKI SELVAGGIO

Years of working both as an author and a regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators: Northern Ohio prepared Vicki Selvaggio for what some might consider a dream job—working as a literary agent for the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. Selvaggio is passionate about helping other writers succeed, knows that the query letter is only the starting point of a submission (she reads every query personally, despite receiving 50-100 queries on any given week), and admits her personal taste runs the gamut between creepy thrillers and lyrical picture books. She counts Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree and Stephen King’s Pet Semetary among some of her older favorite titles. Renee Roberson recently chatted with Vicki to learn more about her background, how to navigate through writing conferences, how to research prospective literary agents and more. Please join us in welcoming Vicki. MORE >>

     
  2. REVISION, REWORK, REWRITE: HOW TO GET YOUR WORK BACK OUT WHEN YOUR TARGET EDITOR SAYS NO

By the time a magazine editor rejects your article, you’ve been struck with another great idea. You can now either spend your time exploring a new idea or try to market the rejected piece. What would you choose? The drudgery of marketing or the rush of something new? When faced with marketing, even multi-published authors often choose to work on their latest piece, especially if they don’t have a second market in mind for the rejected work. Drafts pile up. Instead of letting them gather electronic dust, why not take some of them to final? Sue Bradford Edwards shows you how to sell more of your work and get your existing pieces into circulation. MORE >>

     
  3. WHERE ARE YOUR EGGS? CREATE MULTIPLE STREAMS OF INCOME FOR YOUR BLOG

Bloggers dream of creating a site where thousands of readers visit each day, leaving comments and soaking up knowledge. Many of these bloggers also plan to earn some cash from their hard work, so they’re building a community and a full-time income at the same time. This doesn’t happen very often—if you dream of your blog earning enough money to support you and your family, you have to put the work in. Even if you hope to earn a few hundred dollars each month from your blogging efforts, it’ll still be work. But it’s possible. Like freelancing, it helps to have your eggs in more than one basket by creating multiple streams of income through your blog. Margo L. Dill interviews bloggers Catherine Caine, Lewis Albanis, Kimberly Gauthier, and Steph Calvert who are doing just that. Learn from their monetization methods and try them with your blog! MORE >>

     
  4. BOOKS AND CRANNIES: LIVING THE FAIRYTALE LIFE OUTSIDE THE CASTLE

The romantic version of being a writer includes sitting in a quaint coffee shop in the middle of a small European town, noshing on a pastry, while handwriting a novel. In reality, when I’m not in my office, my writing is done in parking lots, waiting for appointments, and at the library. Not the stuff of dreams, but the portability of my profession is a wonderful and sometimes necessary thing. From castles to cafés, writers set up shop in many different places. Janine Boldrin examines the pros and cons to help you decide if one might be a good fit for you. She also interviews Diane Chamberlain, best-selling author of twenty novels, including The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes; Laura Amann, freelance writer; Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone; and Jenna Glatzer, author of twenty books, including Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer. Read on to learn about writers’ favorite spots to work, and see if one might be a good fit for you. MORE >>

     
  5. WRITING STORIES THAT DON'T LOOK LIKE STORIES

A handful of bright images of the natural and human-built worlds. The description of a field where a man lies dead, shot in the back. A shameless love addict’s description of four different men she’s in love with. A numbered list of questions about the sale of a painting. Could these be stories? As described, most of them sound more like parts of stories. Award-winning author and fiction writing instructor Elizabeth Harris explains how non-narrative stories—or “stories-that-don't-look-like-stories”— provide an opportunity to recognize the makings of a story, by seeing the minimum they can be composed of and how that can make a story. She also provides writers with an exercise in planning a story. MORE >>

     
  6. HOW TO FORMAT A SCREENPLAY 101

“Rules are meant to be broken” is an axiom often used by entrepreneurs, politicians, and fashionistas as justification for bending traditional practices to fit an alternative vision. Contrary to popular belief, however, being a nonconformist, when it comes to presentation, isn’t a smart course to follow if your product is a screenplay you’re hoping to sell. For every plot with a faint glimmer of originality and promise, there are just as many more that get rejected from the first page because their authors didn’t bother to learn proper formatting. Professional script consultant Christina Hamlett walks you though the process of formatting your screenplay and provides you with free Internet resources to help make the projects you submit to contests, agents, and prospective producers look as professional as possible… MORE >>

     
  7. BEGINNING YOUR MEMOIR AND CREATING YOUR NARRATIVE ARC

At memoir workshops and conferences, eager people with bright faces rush up and tell me about their personal stories. “I have to write this. I have to get it out of me!” Then, they get serious. “There’s so much to tell, I don’t know where to start!” I love hearing their juicy stories, but they have so many questions. Where should I begin? How can I decide how much to include? How do I know if my memories are accurate? What if my family disagrees with my memories? This article, by Linda Joy Myers, covers forming a story from your life, an excellent timeline exercise, themes in memoir, writing scenes, plot, narrative arc, and ultimately becoming heroines… MORE >>

     
  8. REAL STORIES OF AUTHORS ON A BUDGET: PROMOTIONAL GIMMICKS

With dwindling promotional dollars—and nonexistent budgets for small press writers or those whose names aren’t Roberts or Evanovich—what’s a “poor” author to do? In one word—anything! Today’s author has to be almost a Jill-of-all-trades, reinventing herself as blogger, public speaker, publicist, lecturer, reading specialist, and more. Then there are the more, er, “creative” approaches. Christine Verstraete interviews eight authors on their creative promotional gimmicks to find out what worked for them, and what didn't… MORE >>

     
  9. GETTING THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR MARKETING BUCK: STRATEGIES THAT WORK WITH TODAY’S READERS

Marketing a book has definitely fallen into the hands of the author. Everywhere you turn in cyberspace, you’ll find an author promoting her books—from creating business pages on Facebook and tweeting with hashtags on Twitter to freebies on Amazon and giveaways on Goodreads. The days of traditional book signings are becoming fewer and fewer, as authors create new opportunities to attract loyal readers online or during presentations in classes and at workshops. But all of these marketing ploys have to cost some bucks, right? Margo L. Dill interviews eight successful authors—Megg Jensen, Cheri Lasota, Darci Pattison, Ruth Hartman, C. Hope Clark, Melissa Ann Goodwin, Suzanne Lieurance, and Chynna Laird—who share which marketing strategies they thought were worth the money spent, which free ones worked the best, and which should find authors running the other way. MORE >>

     
  10. WHY WEIRD WRITING RITUALS WORK

What do I have in common with Allende, Dickens, Pressfield, and with a whole host of other writers, including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Eudora Welty, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Aaron Sorkin, Victor Hugo, and Lewis Carroll? We all know the power of a writing ritual. Writers need rituals to distract us from thinking too much about how we do what we do. Thinking too much invariably causes a slump. Rosanne Bane, creativity coach and author of Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance, shows you how writing rituals, and the neuroscience behind it, can help cure writer’s block and make you a more productive writer. MORE >>

     
  11. HOW TO START A WRITING BUSINESS RIGHT

Starting a business centered on your talent for writing has similarities and differences to opening any type of business. As you embark on a new year, now might be the right time to finally start the business you’ve been dreaming of or to re-evaluate your writing business to ensure that you’re doing it the right way. From the type of business entity to establish, setting up your office, and writing a business plan to marketing, working with clients, and establishing repeat business, you can learn the tips, tricks, and advice that work for those writers who have paved the path of success before you… MORE >>

     
  12. MYSTERY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER: THE RULES OF MYSTERY WRITING

You can combine mystery, mayhem, and murder to create a literary roller coaster ride. The mystery genre contains specific characteristics that every reader expects, and every author should include...or should they? Five female authors in that wide-reaching genre that includes everything from cozies to capers, police procedurals to psychological thrillers offer to tell us all they know about mystery writing. Jodi Webb interviews Betty Webb, Lisa Jackson, Jassy Mackenzie, Cara Black, and Gayle Trent… MORE >>

     
  13. HOW TO MATCH YOUR QUERY WITH YOUR MANUSCRIPT

Your latest query, to your joy, gets accepted, and you’re assigned the article. You negotiate a little with the editor, agree to the word count, and accept a nice fee. So filled with excitement, you plunge into writing. When you see the editor’s reply, “Sorry, this isn’t what we expected; we must retract our offer,” you’re puzzled and shocked. Many writers have had such experiences, especially novices. We think that an editor’s acceptance of our query is license to spill. It isn’t—it’s an editor’s declaration of belief that you will deliver what you teased. If you don’t, your credibility with this editor is lost, and you’ve little chance of another assignment. Noelle Sterne shows you how to match your query with your manuscript—along with advice from expert freelancers Jenna Glatzer, Michelle Ruberg, and Erika Dreifus, and writer/editor/publisher Moira Allen. She also breaks down a query she wrote for The Writer magazine and shows us why it was successful. MORE >>

     
  14. THE CREATIVE LIFE: INTERVIEW WITH JULIA CAMERON

How do you harness your creativity and channel it onto the page? The Artist’s Way creativity guru, Julia Cameron, author of The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration, will be the first person to remind you that creativity is “a process” and “you must stay open-minded.” Join us as we chat with Julia about her creative life, the pros and cons of collaboration, and her secret for how to… MORE >>

     

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Interview with Vicki Selvaggio of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Revision Rework Rewrite - A Rejection is Not the End
Create Multiple Streams of Income for Your Blog
Books and Crannies - Living the Fairytale Life Outside the Castle
Stories That Don't Look Like Stories by Elizabeth Harris
How to Format a Screenplay 101 - Putting Your Best Script Forward - by Christina Hamlett
Beginning Your Memoir - Linda Joy Myers
Real Stories of Authors on a Budget: Promotional Gimmicks
Getting the Most Bang for your Marketing Buck
Why Weird Writing Rituals Work
How to Start a Writing Business Right - Kristie Lorette
Mystery, Mayhem, and Murder: The Rules of Mystery Writing
Match Your Query to Your Manuscript
The Artist's Way Creativity Guru Julia Cameron - The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration - Interview by Annette Fix
Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest Winners!
Summer 2015 Flash Fiction Contest Winners!
 
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