Writing Conferences for 2018

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Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

Writers’ Conferences & Centers

Interested in attending a writer’s conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency? AWP’s Directory of Conferences & Centers is the most comprehensive listing of such opportunities on the web.

If you run a program, please consider becoming a WC&C member. You’ll increase your organization’s public outreach and gain new insights from a growing community of directors who share your concerns.

Looking for information about AWP’s Annual Conference & Bookfair?
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Book Blogger Survey: The results of a survey of 502 book bloggers

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If authors and publishers aren’t aware how much book bloggers can help a book get noticed, then they should read this 2016 Book Blogger Survey. Barb Drozdowich has complied information from 502 bloggers who share why they love being book bloggers and reviewers. She asks these bloggers seemingly simple questions but the answers are thought provoking and informative.

The survey had 38 questions and on average took responders about 9 minutes to complete. What Drozdowich put together is a compilation of important percentages that show the value of book bloggers.  These percentages prove to authors and publishers the importance of the help they can get from bloggers and how dedicated bloggers are about reading and promoting books.

These survey’s also share the participation from book bloggers from around the world. This proves authors can be promoted globally. Readers will see that 75% of book bloggers participate in blog tours. Also 96% of these bloggers post their reviews to Amazon, Goodreads and other popular social media sites. Another interesting tidbit found was that book bloggers, 94% of them, read other book blogs. What this means is that bloggers want to become familiar with what other bloggers are sharing. As an author or publisher this is important because book blogger do purchase books and read for pleasure not just for reviewing. Basically, book reviewers buy books.

 

As a participant in this survey it’s important for authors and publishers to know that we book bloggers are serious about what we do. We actively build readership and we have the necessary power to help promote books and most importantly we love doing it. This survey provides so many valuable figures to authors and publishers and helps them better understand the need for book bloggers.

If you’re a writer this is a must read post.

As a writer, it’s your job to observe the world; and that has to be one of the best jobs going. Though it might make non-writers a little crazy, I love the way my writer’s brain soaks in all kinds of minutia no matter where I am or what I am doing. I love the […]

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The Missouri Writers’ Guild Conference

The Missouri Writer’s Guild 2016 Conference starts this Friday. Visit the website to see who’s coming! Bring a friend and get in for the half the price!

Missouri Writers’ Guild 2016 Conference

2016 Conference

Missouri Writers’ Guild
101st Annual Conference
April 29 – May 1, 2016
Hilton Hotel at the Kansas City Airport
Click Picture or link below to go to the Hilton room reservation page.

If you are a writer looking to improve your work the Missouri Writers Guild his having a conference featuring well known authors who are willing to help you hone in on your craft. Click on the links below to sign up and learn more.

2016 Conference

Missouri Writers’ Guild
101st Annual Conference
April 29 – May 1, 2016
Hilton Hotel at the Kansas City Airport
Click Picture or link below to go to the Hilton room reservation page.

NaNoWriMo For Beginners

I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for a while now but this is the first time I’m actually participating. I can tell you that these first few days have been brutal. I thought I could push out the 1667 words per day challenge like a pro. NOT!! It was a chore the first day to get over 500 words on the page and I know where I want to go with my story. Geeezzz! Anyway, Kris Noel has some great advice for the first time NaNoWriMo participant. Happy Writing!

 

 ADVICE FOR FIRST TIME NANOWRIMOS

I’ll be covering a variety of topics for NaNoWriMo, but it seems like a lot of people want to know how to approach their first time writing a novel in a month. It can be scary and it might feel like an impossible task, but I’ll try to help in any way I can!

First, let’s talk about what NaNoWriMo is. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November (there are other versions of NaNoWriMo, but this is the big one). First time writers, seasoned professionals, and everyone in between, attempt to write the first draft, or no-draft as I like to call it, in a single month. The goal is 50,000 words. That means that usually a lot of planning has to go into it a few weeks before.

Here’s some advice that I hope will help first time NaNowriMos get started:

Outlines are important

I know some of you might not like writing outlines because you feel it restricts you creatively, but it’s a fairly important step for NaNoWriMo. You only have a month to write, so you better have some idea what you’re writing. Start off with the general plot and your characters and go from there. Having an outline will help you stay on track and will keep writer’s block at bay. Read more here!