Write-Ins – East and West – Tonight

pencil 2A special Write-In reminder…I will be at the west McAlister’s Deli (7130 W Maple..Maple & Ridge) tonight. I’ll show up around 5 pm and stay until maybe 7 pm. Stop in and find out what this is all about. We network with fellow writers, share writing issues (news, writing stumbling blocks, etc.). And you are welcome to bring short pieces of a writing project to see if someone will read it over and give a helpful critique. I’ll be a sacrificial lamb this time and bring a few pages of a new project.

Again…join me there for some networking and decent food at a reasonable price. Or just get a drink.

March Meeting Discussions

The March 19th meeting with a discussion about Writing Crime Fiction was a lively one. There was a lot of great sharing on the topic from the members present, and there were a number of handouts. The handouts have been added to the Writer Resources section, under the Craft Articles & Links, under Crime Fiction.

Critique Groups: The group and the board members also discussed the need for starting some kind of critique groups. We have the library room until 6 p.m. on the meeting day. We talked about the possibility of having a critique session for members interested after the program, which usually ends around 4 p.m. There is also the possibility of figuring out email critique groups. Nothing has firmly been decided at this point. The board is open to suggestions and, of course, getting help from anyone interested in leading such groups.

Write-Ins: There have been requests for having a Write-In on the west side of Wichita, in addition to maintaining the one on the east side. Starla volunteered to be at the west McAlister’s Deli (7130 W Maple, Ste 320) on March 30 around 5:30 p.m. for anyone interested. These are informal gatherings of writers, including non-KWA members, with the hope of encouraging to join KWA.

March 19 Meeting – Crime Fiction

The topic of discussion for the March 19th meeting will be Crime Fiction. Are you a writer of crime fiction, wanting to consider writing crime fiction, or just curious about the topic? Come join us for what promises to be an informative meeting.

The program is focused on writing crime fiction, but the discussion and information given will be good for any writer. I’ll have handouts (because I am the Handout Queen). There will be a video with Michael Connelly and another crime author discussing how they write crime fiction. And, as always,

 

There will also be a board meeting before the start of the regular meeting which starts at 1:30 pm. Members are welcome to attend.

Z. Minor – Book Talk and Book Signing – Pratt, KS

Z Minor - The Sisterhood of the Coin - WRPZ. Minor, aka Louise Pelzl, will be giving a Book Talk and doing a Book Signing for her new release THE SISTERHOOD OF THE COIN. The event will be February 2nd from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Pratt Public Library, 401 South Jackson, Pratt, KS.

The book is available from Amazon as both a paperback and an ebook, and from the publisher The Wild Rose Press as both an ebook and a paperback.

Jan 16 KWA Meeting – Media Kits

January 16, 2016 KWA Meeting at 1:30 pm in the Rockwell Library on Ninth Street.

Do you have a finished writing project that you are ready to promote? Are you getting ready for that stage of the writing process? Pulling together all of the many pieces and parts about that project can be complicated. But it can be even more stressful if you are suddenly asked for the details about the project and you aren’t ready to provide them.

Starla Criser will be presenting a program on Media Kits and Marketing Plans. She will provide handouts and samples. And then the membership will add their own experiences, advice, and questions.

Nov 21 KWA Meeting

Do you have style? Find out at the KWA meeting on Saturday, Nov 21 at 1:30 in the Rockwell Library on Ninth Street, west of Woodlawn. Bring your PROSE work on your computer so you can analyze a section (no dialogue). We will learn what sentence constructs are analyzed in order to reflect specific points of view, and audience needs. The purpose for editing techniques will be clarified and therefore, applicable in your own work. Discover style that fits your characters, your POV, and your audience.
Sara Jenlink, who will teach the session, holds a Masters in English Rhetoric and Literature. She has used this technique to teach writing for twenty years.

Sara Jenlink – Book promotion in The Hutchinson News

KWA’s mystery novel author, Sara Jenlink, recently had an article written about her book, FACING SEPTEMBER, published in the October 8, 2015 The Hutchinson News.

The story is a murder mystery rooted in a gruesome chapter of Hutchinson’s past. It concerned the still-unsolved death of 12-year-old Kelly Lynn Albright.

To read the article, “Mystery novel inspired by tale of unsolved Hutch murder,” go to this link: http://www.hutchnews.com/the_bee/mystery-novel-inspired-by-tale-of-unsolved-hutch-murder/article_5b0ab46f-d13b-5d40-bb0d-39bb43076a7c.html

*Warning: You may have to answer a simple survey question in order to be able to read the article.

Gordon Kessler released StoryMasters

Gordon Kessler StoryMasters -AmazonStoryMasters for novice to advanced novelists; It’s a labor of love of over a quarter century writing novels and teaching the craft from Gordon Kessler.

My new book on novel writing is just out and I’m running a FREE eBook promo on Amazon (today 9/8 and tomorrow 9/9 only).

StoryMasters—Advanced Notions in Novel Writing is a complete rethinking and remaking of the eighth edition of Novel Writing Made Simple, it’s the first major revision since Edition Seven in 2010.

This is one of the most comprehensive reference and resource books on novel writing available, with complex concepts broken down into the most basic of terms.

  • When was the last time you saw subtext discussed in a novel-writing book? It’s in StoryMasters!
  • What about free indirect discourse—have you ever seen that broken down and given in simple terms so that you understood it and could recognize how important FID is to your writing? It’s in the book!
  • Do you even know what psychic distance is? Just sayin’—z’in the book!
  • Need to research a writing concept for the next writers’ meeting? In the book!
  • Having trouble with point of view and need a refresher? It’s in the book!
  • Your characters seem too flat and unreal, and you want to know more about writing 3D characters that will leap off the page? The book is where you’ll find it!
  • Don’t know what direction your story is headed and need help with plotting? Got it right there in the book!
  • Bogged down or completely stuck halfway into your story and in search of a pathway out of the mucky middle (muddle)? Ditto!
  • Want to find out how to make a novel notebook like Storybinder that will keep all your story ideas in one place? Yep—ITB!
  • Want to brainstorm your story in order to develop it more and flesh it out? It’s in the book!
  • NaNoWriMo’s coming up—do you know what StoryStormer is and how it can help you write your story quickly? Check it out in the book!
  • Want to develop emotional subplots to help characterize but don’t know how? Af-firm-a-tive!
  • Want a bang-up opening without a bomb going off? Si-si!
  • Want a comprehensive lexicon of over 500 words to help you understand the craft and business of novel writing? Roger that!
  • Want to read over a hundred quips from bestselling writers and celebrities about writing and entertaining? Of course, it’s in the book!
  • What about Grandma’s recipe for her luscious apple pie—do you think it’s in the book? No, silly! You’ll have to ask Grandma for that … but if you need a clear and effective recipe for writing gripping suspense … you guessed it—it’s in … the … book!
  • What about writing dynamic dialogue, imagery, interactive setting, skillfully shifting tenses, shifting narrative mode and point of view, simple editing techniques, manuscript formatting, an overview of the traditional publishing business and how to query an agent? Uh-huh … need I say more?

Promotion Tip: Hosting Guest Authors

Writing a book may seem like a daunting task, and it is, I’m not slighting that at all. After the book (novel, novella, even an article) is finished, next comes yet another complicated task: getting it published.  Of course, during this part of your being-an-author process, you start or continue working on the next project.

After you have found a publisher or decided to go the Indie published author route, then you need to dive into the world of promotion. Trust me, your publisher really wants sales, but they are only willing to do so much to get the product sold. Their biggest part is finding outlets to make your book available (their website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Fictionwise, Bookstrand, etc.). All of that is great! But now YOU need to promote your product anywhere and everywhere you can.

One of the ways I promote my books and myself as an author is to take part in a blog tour or finding blogs to appear on. In the last 3 months I’ve done blog posts at 14 blogs. I have another 11 lined up from now through the end of September. It can be time-consuming to come up with slightly different information about yourself as an author, coming up with a short blog post on a topic somehow related to your book, or finding yet another way to share information about your latest release. Yet I love the challenge and it pays off in getting new readers interested in checking out my various books.

Now I’m taking this blogging thing a step farther. I’ve added Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Starla Kaye for guest authors to my website’s blog. I started promoting this a week ago to my fellow romance authors, my four publishers, and two promotion services I work with. My calendar is full from June 21-August 31 and I will start taking reservations for September 6-the rest of the year.

My point about this is not to brag on what I’m doing, but to share what I’m doing. Having a blog is important as it draws people to your website or your blogsite and gives them an opportunity to look at what books you write. Hosting other authors who have an established fan base that follows them around where they blog can also be valuable to you. Yes, you get that pleasure from helping someone else. You also get a chance to have others who might not ever have seen your books or come to your site to learn more about you. I strongly recommend you consider hosting guest authors on your blog, authors that write in your genre. You are welcome to check out my newly redesigned website and see how I have set up the calendars and more.  Starla Kaye