A monthly newsletter for new mainstream fiction writers is offfered. Topics include: character development, plot design, setting, pacing, hooks, editing, and marketing your manuscripts.
A little bit of news first. Iâ€™ve started two discussion groups: one on Yahoo.com under the following link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/writers_connection/?yguid=71763685
And one on classmates.com under the following link http://www.classmates.com/user/groups/group.tf?circle_id=168452
Additionally I have enrolled in MentorCoach as a coaching candidate to work with first-time authors who want to know how to start, edit, polish, or market that manuscript that has been an idea or collecting dust for a long time. I have learned that my passion for the past five years has been my writing as I enjoy putting printed word to page. Sure, Iâ€™ve made mistakes along the way: like picking the wrong agent, not researching my books for the right agent or publisher. Past newsletters have talked about marketing for the print-on-demand (POD) or self-published author who scrambles to put his/her work before the public. Itâ€™s a scary thought, but itâ€™s the initiative thatâ€™s importantâ€”not the result. My credibility for coaching in the literary field is my passion and commitment to turning out quality manuscripts for publication. A review of my website will show that Iâ€™ve grown as a writer over the past five years and continue to learn daily. I believe my last book, The Kauai Connection,, is a much improved product: the dialogue, characters, setting, pacing, plot development all flow more smoothly than my first novel,High Rise.
So what do I have to offer folks? A commitment to make your book a success? While I may share your goal of publishing that manuscript, I cannot do the work for you. I am not a book-doctor; I am not an editor. Iâ€™ve got my own staff who help me with my books and they are great. What I do promise you is that my questions will be probing, nonsensical, and goal-directed to keep you focused on your manuscript from someone who has been there and continues to balance a hectic life between being a grandparent, 40â€”hour a week job as a clinical psychologist, and part-time author. If you havenâ€™t already, I would encourage you to join Mystery Writerâ€™s of America, a national organization for mystery writers. Their address is: 17 East 47th Street, 6th Floor, NY, NY 10017. The staff and newsletters are great and you will join your respective regional MWA: for me itâ€™s the SW group and we meet twice a year with periodic luncheons where we hear the latest on forensic investigations, ballistic analyses, what actors look for in a novel adapted to the screen, plus good fellowship with folks interested in storytelling.
I might also encourage you to take notes and photos of interesting places you visitâ€”who knows, your vacation may serve as the setting for your next novel. Thatâ€™s precisely how The Kauai Connection was conceived; add a little WW II history, mix with some interesting characters and dialogue and like magic, youâ€™ve got the idea for a book. The other thing I would recommend is that you not get bogged down on details in the beginning. Just start with an outline; make a notebook for your characters and their physical, emotional, psychological makeup. Remember you are the storyteller and you want the dialogue to define your characters.
I will try to put out a monthly newsletter. In the meantime feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about your writing. Barnes and Noble has some great writing books in their reference sectionâ€”books that speak to finding an agent, market, improving dialogue, and what publishers are looking for in new authors. Although the publishing market is tough (only about 2% of writers find an agent to represent them and of that number only another 5% get published) donâ€™t be dissuaded by the numbers. Only you can tell your story; so tell it, and donâ€™t worry about results. Good writers need skill, perseverance, and luck. I want to coach you on the perseverance part of this equation, which I believe is the major roadblock to success.
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