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Write Divas Character Sheets Are Here!

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Special Features | 2 comments

Write Divas Character Sheets Are Here!

I wrote about making your own character sheets last year right around this time. You can find that article HERE.  In honor of the one year anniversary of my article, I thought it would be a great time to have pre-made character sheets available to our readers! YAY! Simply, download the Character Sheets PDF and you’re golden. There is no arguing that using these types of sheets can be very helpful while writing your book. It’s an easy go-to for basic information on each character. Since we all tend to forget the details sometimes, using sheets are a no-brainer. The Write Divas Character Sheet is our gift for you. Print it out, fill in the blanks, take notes, sketch character likeness, laminate it…whatever you want. It’s an easy reference that we took the work out, making it easier for you to organize your planning and research before, during, and after you write your manuscripts. Look ahead for Write Diva Setting Sheets and Plot Sheets. The Divas and I want you to write the best you can with the best tools you can find. Any little bit helps and we hope that using our character sheets can encourage you to become all you can be as a writer....

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Amazon to pay Kindle authors only for pages read – Telegraph

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Special Features | 0 comments

Amazon to pay Kindle authors only for pages read – Telegraph

It looks like Amazon is at it again. With a tag line of Books people want to read, what do you think of Amazon’s new plan to pay self-published Kindle authors (those who use their KDP program) only for the pages their readers actually read? What’s even scarier? What else is Amazon tracking and how deep does it go when they know how much of the book a reader reads? The program is set to begin July 1st, folks. That’s two days away. Click here to read the article and then weigh in and let us know what you think. Amazon’s new system will cut the royalties for self-published authors who fail to hold a reader’s attention until the final page. Source: Amazon to pay Kindle authors only for pages read –...

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Animated Interview with Ray Bradbury

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Special Features | 2 comments

Animated Interview with Ray Bradbury

Animated Interview with Ray Bradbury A few weeks ago, I clicked on a link in a tweet from @Girl_Who_Reads to a 1972 recorded interview with Ray Bradbury that the creative folks from Blank on Blank animated. Lisa Potts and Chadd Coates interview Bradbury as he talks about being a dedicated madman, his romance with the planet Mars, his fear of driving, and being a writer. Thanks to @Girl_Who_Reads for tweeting about this interview! Enjoy and don’t forget to let me know what you think of this...

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Writing Conferences 2015 – Part 2 Calendar Page 2

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Diva Chat, Special Features | 4 comments

Writing Conferences 2015 – Part 2 Calendar   Calendar of Author Events: September – December 2015 September Sep. 4 – 6, 2015 – AJC Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta, GA. https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/ Sep. 11 – 12, 2015 – Kentucky Women Writers Conference in Lexington, KY. http://womenwriters.as.uky.edu/ Sep. 11 – 13, 2015 – The Imaginarium in Louisville, KY. http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/ Sep. 11 – 13, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference in Westminster, CO. http://rmfw.org/conference/ Sep. 11 – 18, 2015 – James Joyce Meets Judith Krantz: The Literary Blockbuster Workshops in Woodstock, NY. http://susansbrown.com/workshops/ Sep. 12, 2015 – San Francisco Writing for Change in San Francisco, CA. http://sfwriters.org/ Sep. 17 – 20th 2015 – American Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference in Dallas, TX. http://www.acfw.com/conference Sep. 18 – 20, 2015 – Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI Annual Conference in Anchorage, AK. http://www.alaskawritersguild.com/ Sep. 20 – 27, 2015 – On the River of Discovery With Women of Influence in Moab, UT. http://pagelambert.com/river2015.html Sep. 24 – 26, 2015 – 2015 Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference in St. Augustine, FL. http://www.fhbookfest.com/ Sep. 25 – 27, 2015 – Chicago Writers Conference in Chicago, IL. http://www.chicagowritersconference.org/ Sep. 25 – 27, 2015 – Southern California Writers’ Conference in Irvine, CA. http://writersconference.com/la/ Sep. 25 – 27, 2015 – Speculative Fiction: Southeast 2015 in Orlando. http://sfse2015.com Sep. 26, 2015 – Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference in Columbus, GA. http://chattwriters.org/ Sep. 27 – 29, 2015 – Chanticleer Authors Conference & Awards Banquet 2015 in Bellingham, WA. http://chantireviews.com/save-the-date/ Sep. 30 – Oct. 4, 2015 – NINC World Annual Conference in St. Pete, FL. http://ninc.com/events/13   October Oct. 1 – 4, 2015 – Moonlight & Magnolias Conference in Atlanta, GA. http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/mm-conference/ Oct. 1 – 6, 2015 – St. Augustine Writers Conference in Vilano Beach, FL. http://staugustinewritersconference.com/ Oct. 2 – 4, 2015 – Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference in Edmonds, WA. http://www.writeonthesound.com/ Oct 8 – 11, 2015 – World Mystery Convention in New Orleans, LA. http://www.bouchercon.info/ Oct. 8 – 11, 2015 – Women Writing the West Annual Conference in Redmond, OR. http://www.womenwritingthewest.org/currentWWWConference.html Oct. 11 – 12, 2015 – RWA Utah Chapter Heart of the West Conference in Deer Valley, UT. http://www.utahrwa.com/HOWConference.html Oct. 15 – 18, 2015 – Florida Writers Association Annual Writing Conference in Altamonte Springs, FL. https://floridawriters.net/conferences/florida-writers-conference/ Oct. 16 – 17, 2015 (Updated) – Annual Kanab Writers’ Conference in Kanab, UT. http://kanabwritersconference.com/home/upcoming-events/ Oct. 16 – 17, 2015 – New Jersey Romance Writers in Iselin, NJ. http://www.org/conference.html October 16 – 18, 2015 – Emerald City Writers’ Conference in Bellevue, WA. http://gsrwa.org/ecwc/conference/ Oct. 17, 2015 – Florida Writers Youth Conference in Altamonte Springs, FL. https://floridawriters.net/florida-writers-youth-conference/ Oct. 21 – 25, 2015 – Writing By Writers Workshop at Tomales Bay in Reyes Station, CA. http://writingxwriters.org/tomales-bay/ Oct. 22 – 25, 2015 – Elk River Writers Workshop in Pray, MT. http://elkriverwriters.org/ Oct. 22 – 25, 2015 – Midwestern Book Lovers Unite in Minneapolis, MN. https://midwesternbookloversunite.wordpress.com/ Oct. 23 – 24, 2015 – Boston Book Festival in Boston, MA. http://www.bostonbookfest.org/ Oct. 29th – November 1, 2015 – Killer Nashville in Nashville, TN. http://www.killernashville.com/ Oct 31, 2015 – Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, LA. http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/   November Nov. 5 – 7, 2015 – Tony Hillerman Writers Conference in Santa Fe, MN. http://wordharvest.com/hillerman-writers-conference/ Nov. 5 – 8, 2015 – Sanibel Island Writers Conference in Sanibel Island, FL. http://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/ Nov. 6 – 8, 2015 – La Jolla Writer’s Conference in La Jolla, CA. http://lajollawritersconference.com/ Nov. 6 – 8, 2015 – New England Crime Bake in Dedham, MA. http://crimebake.org/ Nov. 7, 2015 – Elizabeth Gilbert LIVE in Napa, CA. http://www.albertflynndesilver.com/ Nov. 20 – 22, 2015 – Miami Book Fair International in Miami, FL. http://www.miamibookfair.com/   December Dec. 8 – 15, 2015 – James Joyce Meets Judith Krantz: The Literary Blockbuster Workshops in Anna Maria Island, FL. http://susansbrown.com/workshops/   (Previous) Calendar of Author Events: June – August 2015 If you notice a conference missing, please share and comment! Click here to return to the conferences spotlighted by the Divas. I hope this post helps you find the author event of your dreams. Maybe I’ll meet a few of...

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Writing Conferences 2015 – Part 2 Calendar Page 1

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Diva Chat, Special Features | 2 comments

Writing Conferences 2015 – Part 2 Calendar   Calendar of Author Events: June – August 2015  June June 4 – 7, 2015 – NY Pitch Conference in New York, NY. http://newyorkpitchconference.com/ June 6 – 16, 2015 – Yale Writers’ Conference in New Haven, MA. http://summer.yale.edu/ywc June 10 – 13, 2015 – Writers @ Work in Salt Lake City, UT. http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/ June 11 – 13, 2015 – First Annual Timeless Christian Romance Writers Conference in Spokane, WA. http://www.timelesschristianromance.com June 15 – 19, 2015 – Writing and Illustrating for Youth Readers in Sandy, UT. http://www.wifyr.com/blog/ June 18 – 21, 2015 – Yale Writers’ Conference in New Haven, MA. http://summer.yale.edu/ywc June 19 – 20, 2015 – How to Write & Publish Your Book in Canton, MS. http://neilwhiteworkshop.com June 24 – 28, 2015 – Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas, NV. http://romancenovelconvention.com/ June 25 – 27, 2015 – 2015 Jackson Hole Writers Conference in Jackson Hole, WY. http://jacksonholewritersconference.com/ June 26 – 28 2015 – The Writer’s League of Texas 2015 Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, TX. www.writersleague.org   July July 7 – 11, 2015 – ThrillerFest X in New York, NY. http://www.thrillerfest.com/ July 9 – 12, 2015 – Writing Yoga Retreat in Long Island, NY. http://writingandyogaretreat.com/ July 11, 2015 – All Write Now! Writer’s Conference in Cape Girardeau, MO. http://allwritenowmo.wix.com/allwritenow July 11 – 17, 2015 – Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, OH. http://www.antiochwritersworkshop.com/summer-2015-workshop.html July 12 – 19, 2015 – Taos Summer Writers’ Conference in Taos, NM. http://taosconf.unm.edu/ July 16 – 19, 2015 – PNWA Summer Writers Conference in Seattle, WA. http://www.pnwa.org/?page=conference July 17 – 19, 2015 – Alabama Writers’ Conclave 2015 Conference in Fairhope, AL. http://www.alabamawritersconclave.org/ July 16 – 19, 2015 – West Virginia Writers’ Workshop in Morgantown, WV. http://english.wvu.edu/centers-projects/west-virginia-writers-workshop July 19 – 25, 2015 – Stonecoast Writer’s Conference in Portland, ME. http://usm.maine.edu/summer/stonecoast-writers-conference July 22 – 24, 2015 – Catholic Writers Conference in Somerset, NJ. http://www.catholicwritersconference.com/ July 22 – 25, 2015 – Romance Writers of America Conference in New York NY. https://www.rwa.org/conference July 22 – 26, 2015 – Writing in the Rockies in Gunnison, CO. http://www.western.edu/academics/graduate-programs-western/graduate-program-creative-writing/writing-rockies July 23 – 25, 2015 – Midwest Writers Workshop 2015 in Muncie, IN. http://www.midwestwriters.org/ July 23 – 25, 2015 – Penned Con 2015 in St. Louis, MO. https://pennedcon.wordpress.com/ July 23 – 26, 2015 – Cascade Writers’ Workshop in Kent, WA. http://cascadewriters.com/ July 23 – 26, 2015 – Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera, CA. http://www.bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference July 26 – 31, 2015 – Napa Valley Writers’ Conference in St. Helena, CA. http://www.napawritersconference.org/the-conference/ July 29 – Aug. 1, 2015 – Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference in Langhorne, PA. http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/ July 30 – Aug. 2, 2015 – Christian Indie Authors and Readers Conference in Davenport, IA. http://www.christianindieauthors.com/cia-conference.html July 31 – Aug .2, 2015 – Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York, NY. http://www.writersdigestconference.com/   August Aug. 6 – 8, 2015 – Mendocino Coast Writers Conference in Fort Bragg, CA. http://www.mcwc.org/ Aug. 6 – 9, 2015 – Cape Cod Writers Center Conference in Hyannis, MA. http://capecodwriterscenter.org/conference-2/ Aug. 7 – 8, 2015 – Florida Authors & Publishers Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. http://www.floridapublishersassociation.com/conferences Aug. 7 – 9, 2015 – Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute Annual Conference in Hagerstown, MD. http://www.mafwi.org/ Aug. 7 – 9, 2015 – Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, OR. http://willamettewriters.com/wwcon/ Aug. 10 – 13, 2015 – Oregon Christian Writers Summer Coaching Conference in Portland, OR. http://oregonchristianwriters.org/ocw-summer-conference/2015-sc-main/ Aug. 12 – 22, 2015 – Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Ripton, VT. http://www.middlebury.edu/bread-loaf-conferences/bl_writers Aug. 15, 2015 – Unicorn Writers’ Conference in Purchase, NY. http://www.unicornwritersconference.com/home.html Aug. 20 – 23, 2015 – Writers’ Police Academy in Appleton, WI. http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/ Aug. 28 – 29, 2015 – League of Utah Writers Fall Conference in Logan, UT. http://luwriters.org/roundup.html   (Continued) Calendar of Author Events: September – December 2015 If you notice a conference missing, please share and comment! Click here to return to the conferences spotlighted by the Divas. I hope this post helps you find the author event of your dreams. Maybe I’ll meet a few of...

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Writing Conferences 2015 – Part 2

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Diva Chat, Special Features | 0 comments

Writing Conferences 2015 – Part 2

Writing Conferences 2015 – Part 2 As promised, here’s is a list author events for the second half of 2015. I’ve also asked the Divas give me their recommendations for writing conferences and author events in their area for July – December of 2015. Because these articles are so big and have so many outgoing links, I can’t update the calendar in Part 1, so there is a bit of an overlap with June. Please see Writing Conferences 2015 – Part 1 for additional events in June and anything you might want to catch last minute in April or May. I’ve limited this list to U. S. events. I regret that I don’t have the manpower or time to compile a list that includes events for authors outside the U.S., but Shaw Guides has a comprehensive list of author events across the globe. Check out their site. As always, if you know of an event I’ve overlooked or want to add an international event to this post, please add them in the comments to share with others. We welcome all recommendations from across the globe. Every year talented people put together wonderful events to educate aspiring writers and published authors about the ever-changing world of publishing and help them fine-tune their craft. The first part of this list contains those writing conferences recommended by the Diva in her area of the U.S. For additional events, click through to the calendar section.   SOUTH: Diva Shay Recommends Killer Nashville October 29 – November 1, 2015—Omni Hotel, Nashville, TN Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ YouTube ~ Instagram Looking for a little murder and mayhem in Nashville, TN? Well, not literally–“literarily”. This is the conference for you mystery and thriller writers out there, and it’s happening at a spectacular time of year in lovely Nashville, TN. And sometimes you just have to let a conference speak for itself. Check out their promo advertisement here. Make sure you sign up early for this one, folks! American Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference September 17 – 20, 2015—Hyatt Regency at the DFW Airport, Dallas, TX Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter If you are a writer of Christian fiction or would like to be, this is the conference for you. Held by American Christian Fiction Writers, this conference in Dallas, TX is sure to please. Rub elbows with industry professionals, hobnob with other writers, or pitch your idea to an agent at this conference. Kentucky Women Writers Conference September 11 – 12, 2015—Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Lexington, KY Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter Launched by the University of Kentucky in 1979, this conference is the oldest running literary festival of events in the nation. This is an event for the serious author. It has a range of interesting speakers and events to help you hone your craft. Hope to see you all there!   MIDWEST: Diva Lauren Recommends Chicago Writers Conference September 25 – 27, 2015—Chicago, IL Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Vimeo While the particulars of the 2015 conference are not available yet on their website, the feedback for the 2014 event is on the site and on their Vimeo channel. Check out the videos and join their newsletter mailing list to receive updates about the upcoming conference. The Writers’ League of Texas 2015 Agents & Editors Conference June 26 – 28, 2015—Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin, TX Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ YouTube From the WLT website: “Now in its 22nd year, the Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference is one of the nation’s premier conferences for writers, an invaluable opportunity for attendees to discover new tools to strengthen their writing (craft), gain insight and perspective on the ever-changing publishing landscape while connecting with some of the industry’s top players (business), and meet and network with fellow writers (community).” Midwest Writers Workshop 2015 July 23 – 25, 2015—Ball State University Alumni Center, Muncie, IN Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ YouTube From the MWW Website: “One of the biggest writers’ conferences in the Midwest, MWW is in its 42nd year. The mission of MWW is to give all writers the...

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