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Blog Tours

Blog Tours are a great way to get your name and your work in front of people who may not know about you yet. The tours can take place while you are comfortable in your jammies with a glass of iced tea.

I’m excited to announce a special MG/YA Blog-A-Thon beginning September 1 thru the 30th. You’ll meet new Muse authors, be introduced to new books and be elgible to win lots of great prizes,..

You don’t want to miss this one. Get the schedule and tour through September. Schedule and complete information at:

MG/YA Blog-A-Thon

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day holiday. Pray for those on the East Coast who are beginning the clean up and recovery from Hurricane Irene.


Summer Writing Conferences

These are from the Writer’s Digest newsletter:


WritersMarket.com lists hundreds of writing conferences for writers. Here are five scheduled for the summer months (which begins on June 21):


Harriette Austin Writers Conference takes place July 22-23. In addition to WD’s Chuck Sambuchino, this conference will feature agents, editors and writers in Athens, Georgia.


July 26-August 7, The University of the South will hold the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in Sewanee, Tennessee. Many agents, editors, and writers will be present at this event as well.


The Taos Summer Writers Conference will be in Taos, New Mexico, July 10-17. This week-long conference offers workshops, classes and publishing consultations.


Green Mountain Writers Conference will be in Tinmouth, Vermont, August 1-5. This week-long event is more of a writers conference for writers by writers—focusing especially on craft.


Willamette Writers Conference, August 5-7, will be in Portland, Oregon (near the airport). This conference includes a dizzying number of panels throughout the conference.


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Mystery Writers Conferences

Many of you enjoy a good mystery. I know I do. I found out about these opportunities and wanted to share them with you.

Mystery writers & fans:

The SW chapter of Mystery Writers of America is sponsoring a wonderful workshop with top writers as instructors.

MWA University – New Orleans – Saturday, October 1, 2011

Location: Hotel Monteleone
Vieux Carre Room
214 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Class/Instructor: After the Idea – Jess Lourey
Dramatic Structure & Plot – Hallie Ephron
Setting & Description – David Morrell
Character & Dialogue – Julie Smith
Writing as Re-Writing – Reed Farrel Coleman
The Writing Life – Hank Phillippi Ryan

A rate of $159/per night at the hotel (includes a continental breakfast). The rate will cover the following date range: September 29 – October 2, 2011. Reservations must be made by September 23, 2011. Details and registration forms – http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=MWA-University


For information about other events and workshops around the country go to  Mystery Writers . If one of these is near you, then mark your calendar and enjoy.


North Texas Christian Writers Conference

Attention all writers, aspiring authors, closet novelists and hopeful Pulitzer prize winners. This September 16-17, the Keller Campus of Cross Timbers Community Church hosts the 8th annual North Texas Christian Writers Conference.

This is a two-day, intensive teaching conference that focuses on the improvement of writing skills. All sessions are 75 minutes long, with a 15-minute break in between.

“We get the best Christian speakers in the arena of writing that are available in the country,” said Frank Ball, director of the conference since its inception in 2004. This year, the conference includes 35-elective workshops, private consultations, writing contests, networking opportunities, and special classes on Friday designed specifically for high school students.

The conference is for everyone. Unpublished writers, published writers, aspirating writers…there’s a lot of people who want to write a book, or even just write their personal memoirs for their family.

For registration, the schedule and all the scoop go to NTCW Conference.


Marketing Plan Worshop

Hey, guys,

Karina Fabian is holding a Build Your Marketing Plan workshop at Savvy Authors June 6-19. As you can see, she’s stretching it out over several weeks so that folks have a chance to actually develop their plan. Marketing plans are great not only for preparing to sell your book to the public, but also for proposing a new book to a publisher. Many publishers are asking for marketing plans as part of your book proposal–even in fiction.

She is a very talented and knowledgeable woman whom I’ve known online for several years. I’m sure you would get great value out of her workshop. I’ve taken online seminars with her in the past as a part of the Muse Online Writers Conference, which takes place every October for a week.

The cost is $25 for the class. You can get more information or register at http://t.co/ GJvztS8.





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More Writers Contests for Summer 2011

July 2011 brings more contest  deadlines for you writers. Check these out and enter. It helps build your writer’s resume.

  1. DEADLINE JULY 1, 2011:
    Goldenberg Prize for Fiction
     Prize: $1000
  2. DEADLINE JULY 4, 2011:
    This Magazine Short Story Competition for New and Emerging Writers
     Prize: $750
  3. DEADLINE JULY 8, 2011:
    On the Same Page Literary Festival Writer’s Competition
     Prize: $250
        4.  DEADLINE JULY 31, 2011:
              Fulton Prize for Short Fiction Prize: $400
         5.  DEADLINE JULY 15, 2011:
                Room Magazine’s Annual Fiction Contest Prize: $500
          6.  DEADLINE JULY 31, 2011:
                 Glimmer Train Standard Fiction Award Prize: $700
Have fun with your writing. Whether you receive an award or not, you can get great feedback on your entries from most contest judges. I recommend you go to the links and see which ones you want to participate in. Best of Luck!

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Learn more about Publishing Ebooks

If you’re in the Amarillo area, then this Saturday, May 21, 2011, the Panhandle Professional Writers meets from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, at St. Stephen’s Church, 4600 S. Western, Amarillo, TX. 79109. Whether you’re a member or not, come and visit and get the low down on publishing ebooks and changes in marketing your books using the internet. It’ll be well worth your time. Hope to see you there.

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Ghostwriting Workshop Coming in May

Life as a Ghost (writer) — Ghostwriting Workshop
Meet: Tuesday evenings in May, 6:30 – 8:00 at Amarillo Public Library East Branch.
An informative and interactive workshop for writers who are interested in becoming a ghostwriter or those who would like to know more about it. A key to ghostwriting is learning how to use voice. Even if you don’t think you’ll try ghostwriting, this workshop helps fiction writers learn methods to give their characters individual voices. I’ve ghostwritten books for international clients and one of her books was on the Amazon Best Seller List in Canada. Participants will come away with an overall grasp on what it takes to be a successful ghostwriter, how to find you client’s voice, and the opportunity to experiment with writing in someone else’s voice.
I’d love to see any of you in the area attend. In my previous workshops, we’ve had a good time – at least I’ve had a good time and the evaluations reflect the attendees also had a good time. It’s always a busy month but come when you can if five weeks commitment is too much for May.

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Writer’s Workshop

If you live in the Panhandle of Texas, then you may want to reserve Saturday, April 16, 2011, for a road trip to Friona, TX. The Friona Public Library and local writers group invited me to do a workshop for them. You’re all invited. Lunch between sessions is pot luck so bring something yummy along to share.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, April 16, 2011

at the Friona Public Library

Morning session 10:00 – 12:00 – Plot and Character Arcs


Afternoon session 1:00 – 3:00 – How to edit your manuscript

Book Signing during lunch and from 3:00-3:30

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Upcoming Writer Workshops

The following is a partial schedule of upcoming writers’ workshops or conferences I have on my schedule so far. If you’re book club or writers group would be interested in booking me, then leave a comment with your email address or url where I can get back to you.

Scheduled presentations and workshops:

Developing Plot & Character Arcs

Basic Editing of Your Own Manuscript – Friona Public Library – April 16, 2011

10:00 – 3:00

All day session: Arcs workshop in the morning

Editing in the afternoon

For Friona area writers group

Friona, TX

Frontiers in Writing Conference – Amarillo, TX – June 24 – 25, 2011

Finding Balance: Time Management for Prolific Writers workshop

Also, Preliminary Judge for Memoir contest

Basic Novel Writing Class – Amarillo, TX – November 2011

Sponsored by the Amarillo Public Library and YMCA

5 week class covering basic novel writing skills

Participants encouraged to participate simultaneously in National Novel Writing Month

If you have upcoming book releases or presentations, then let me know and I’d be glad to post an interview with you and help promote your efforts.