Newest Opportunities to Hear Me Speak

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Lots of cool things happening to update you about (pictured above: a candid shot of me speaking at Midwest Writers in July 2010!).

  • Last week I was a guest speaker on a live teleseminar on memoir, with the NAMW. If you missed it, you can still sign up to get an e-mail announcement when the audio recording is available. Go here.
  • Tomorrow I'm video-chatting with super-smart media consultant Dan Blank! You'll be able to watch our chat for free, at We Grow Media, once he posts it.
  • I'll also be speaking with other Writer's Digest editors at two bookstore events in September: one at Josepth-Beth (Cincinnati) on Sept. 20 (7p), and the other at Books & Co. (Dayton, OH) on Sept. 22 (6p).

New online seminar: Build Your Author Platform Through Blogging
I'm teaching a brand-new seminar for Writer's Digest on how to build visibility and reach to your target audience—whether you're published or not—through a blog. This is a live session on Sept. 16, at 1p EDT. If you can't make the live session, you can also buy the on-demand recording.

What you'll learn:

  • How to develop strategic content for your blog that will benefit your career as an author
  • When and how to post your work-in-progress on your blog or site
  • When and how fiction writers should blog
  • What kinds of blogs attract the attention of editors and agents
  • 5 ways to grow your blog traffic—and how to know when your blog has a visitor count worth talking about
  • The consistent habits and methods of successful bloggers
  • The essential metrics for analyzing your blog's traffic, and how to improve your blog based on visitor data
  • The best blogging platforms to use, and what features really matter

Click here to find out more and register.


On a more inspirational note, I've started an interview series on my personal website that's focused on conversations between mothers and daughters. The first post is an interview with MY mother, talking about what life was like for her at my age. Click here to read "When Mom Was My Age."

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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Relying on Perfect Conditions to Write

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is relying on perfect conditions to write.

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WD Presents: Contest Deadline Announcement and a Flash Fiction Challenge

This week, we’re excited to announce the deadline for our Self-Published Book Awards, the guidelines for the upcoming Flash Fiction Challenge, and more!


For the Travel and Nature Writer: Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Words Insightful

Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares some insight for travel and nature writers, including how travel helps keep your mind sharp and words insightful, whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction, sports, politics, or something else entirely.


Olga Grushin: The No Man's Land Between Genres

Award-winning author Olga Grushin discusses what it meant to wade into a new genre and how she put her spin on the fairy tale retelling.

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Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.


The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.


Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.


Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.