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November 22, 2017
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Writing:

I have to admit I have been rather distracted from my own writing recently (the freelance project is going well however). My distraction came in the form of a Netflix series called Peaky Blinders. Set in 1920’s Birmingham, UK the characters, especially Tommy Shelby, are captivating, raw, beautifully portrayed and ‘binge’ worthy. The story lines are inspired and as a writer this is ‘research’ at its best. The costumes, accents, locations and plot twists make this series one that will be remembered and referred to again and again.

Attention to detail makes the series really great and that is what all writers want to accomplish in their work too. We want our readers to envisaged our characters and their setting in vivid imagery. This is accomplished with speech patterns, descriptions, mannerisms and reactions to certain situations.

What methods do you use to bring your characters to life?

Books:

The second novel in this trilogy certainly does not disappoint.

Pawn of the Phoenix

Writing Tips: Marketing Your Book

 

  • Market and promote your book locally, then gradually expand your efforts. Create advertisements, such as business cards, posters and fliers,  that will catch your target audiences’ eye.  As a general rule, promoting your book locally is your best bet – use local newspapers, libraries, open mic nights, local writing groups and book clubs, etc.
  • Create an “elevator pitch”. With this focused message, aimed at a particular person or group you summarize why they should be interested in your book. Your elevator pitch should be no longer than two or three sentences focusing on your book’s selling points—the ones that make it unique and special.

Do you have any marketing tips to share?

 

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…

November 20, 2017
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events

I have no writing events of my own this week apart from a web meeting with my freelance client. However, I do have some personal events taking priority.

These are the local events I can share.

What are your plans for the upcoming week?

Mike Bown’s “The World’s Most Travelled Man” Book Launchthe worlds

21 November at 19:00–21:00 Audreys Books Ltd. 10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5

 

 

 

bipNOV21  3-2-1 Indie Slam Qualifier and Open Mic

Tomorrow at 19:00–21:00 

The Nook Cafe

10153 97street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0L4

Paul Zits, Deborah Willis & Lesley Battler Book Launch

NOV22  Wednesday at 19:00–21:00   Audreys Books Ltd.

10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5
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NOV24 

St. John’s Institute

11024 82 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 0T2

CAA AB November Writers’ CircleFriday at 18:30–20:00

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Feel free to share your book launches, readings or local events.

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…

November 15, 2017
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Writing:

As I have said before most of my writing is focused on my freelance ‘ghost writing’ project at the moment so my YA novella has fell by the wayside for the moment. I will be utilizing several hours prior to tonight’s Arts & Culture Council Board meeting to write in my local library this evening.

What writing projects are you working on this week?

Books:

chronicles

Review: What a great pirate story with a twist! A female pirate, whose mission is revenge but she finds something else along the way. Great tension, surprises and engaging characters.
You will love Shelly and her crew and be propelled to turn another page.
I loved this book.

Pawn of the Phoenix

I have become quickly immersed in the second novel by Jaime McLachlan, Pawn of the Phoenix. It continues the story of Moira and Keenan and their quest to find the phoenix. The characters, world building and plot are totally tantalizing and real.

What are you reading at the moment?

Writing Tips:

Allow your story to end.

This may sound trivial, but in fact it’s crucial, and a stumbling block for many writers. You need to find an ending to your story, and let go of it. You need to decide to end the writing and declare your novel finished at some point.

Let Go of Your Fear of Failure, or Success.

When that moment comes, when you decide to start writing, don’t think about publishing, about royalty checks, about reviews in the New York Times, or if your novel will it the bestseller lists. Trust me; it’s a very, very long road. Just, you know, write.

Share a tip of your own!

 

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…

November 13, 2017
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It is Board meeting week for me, so Tuesday is the writing group’s meeting, then on Wednesday the Arts & Culture Council meeting and I am also attending one for the Diversity Committee on Thursday! Projects will be discussed and planning for the New Year events needs to be started. Once we begin looking at dates the next year will seem to have flown by and once again time speeds past. November has an lovely event to attend Christmas in the Heartland, December is the writer’s members Xmas Party, March is Arts Expo in conjunction with Keep It Local, April is Volunteer Week and the writers conference, June will be the second Heritage Day in conjunction with the Diversity Committee, and July is Savor Strathcona. So that’s most of the year done already. 

On Saturday I visited a friend at her book signing at Audreys. It was lovely to see her as the last time was at Word on the Street in Lethbridge. We hit it off immediately so catching up on Saturday was great. Laurel Deedrick_Mayne’s book is A Wake for the Dreamland. Set in 1939 with three friends struggling with the separation war has impacted on them, they find love and friendship. It was an apt day 11th November to discuss and remember.

Dreamland

What events do you have this week? Why not share no matter the location.

Other events:

bip

3-2-1 Indie Slam Qualifier and Open Mic

14th November 7 – 9 pm The Nook Cafe, 10153 97street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0L4

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Enjoy your week!

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…

November 8, 2017
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Writing:

My week and weekend were a mixed bag of chores, bed assembly, time with my daughter and working on the freelance project of ghost writing a business ebook but I have not really touched my newest YA story, apart from a couple of short paragraphs. It will come but a paying gig has to a priority – right? Although at over 24K words I am tantalizing close to completing the YA novella, so it might be a ‘sit down & write’ weekend.

Last night’s writing meeting was lively and we welcomed three new faces as well. It is always a delight to have new people find our group. Prior to the meeting I used two hours to create the beginnings of a chapter for the ebook – so time well spent.

What are you working on at the moment?

Books:

I’ve nearly finished this swashbuckling adventure and am thoroughly enjoying it. The chapter I read last night was intense!

chronicles

I am unsure which book to read nest as 11/22/63 by Stephen King is a mammoth novel and I think it would be a great read over Christmas. So that leaves me with a choice of these two. I found the first edition, Mind of the Phoenix, fascinating and became seriously involved in the characters. As Jamie is a local author I want to support her obviously.

Mind of the Phoenix

Pawn of the Phoenix (The Memory Collector #2)

Pawn of the Phoenix

Rise of the Phoenix (The Memory Collector #3)

Rise of the Phoenix

I am also hoping to attend an event on Sunday at Audrey’s where another local author, Laurel Deedrick-Mayne has a book signing for A Wake for the Dreamland. So another possibility for my TBR pile.

What’s on your TBR pile at the moment?

Writing Tips:

Introduce your main characters and themes in the first third of your novel. If you are writing a plot-driven genre novel make sure all your major themes/plot elements are introduced in the first third, which you can call the introduction. Develop your themes and characters in your second third, the development. Resolve your themes, mysteries and so on in the final third, the resolution.” — Michael Moorcock

Great sentences:

  • read smoothly,
  • aren’t bloated with excess words,
  • are sharp about the words they do use, and
  • are smart about the context in which they exist.

Care to share a favorite writing tip?

 

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