Thursday, April 9, 2015

Your Conference Questions Answered. Part 3.

Your Conference Questions Answered. Part 3.

Ø Is it necessary to format my materials when attending a conference?

If you've spent any time in our critique groups, you already know what I am going to say...

Format. 
                              Format. 
 Format.


If you want that potential editor to keep reading...



 ... don't put a stumbling block in their way.

Generally editors want to see the following format:

Header: LastName/TITLE                                                                                               Page #
Your Name
Address
City, State Zip
Phone
Email
Rights offered
Word Count: xxx

TITLE
Start here with a font of Times New Roman 12, indent of 5 points, double spaced and 1-inch (1") margins. 

If you want to be seen as a professional -- Answer this question with a resounding:



Yes.

Remember, Writer's Guidelines are available online for every publication.

But Angela has saved you all the work by gathering our publisher's guidelines in one place under the One-on-One Meetings tab on the conference page.

Ø Which editors and publishers will skype into the conference?

We have a great line up ready to discuss your ideas via Skype.


All the details are available under the One-on-One Meetings tab.


Jim Watkins with
Wesleyan Publishing House

Gloria Penwell with
AMG Publishers

Shari Langton with Bible Advocate


This is your opportunity to
connect with a publisher.




Troy Gripentrog
with Focus on the Family

Rowena Kuo with Lighthouse of the Carolinas



Sign up sheets will be available in the area where lunch is served.

Time slots are limited. We highly recommend you sign up at the first opportunity.



Don't wait.  





Image courtesy of marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Monday, March 16, 2015

More Conference Questions Answered.

Ø Can I sell my book(s) at the conference?

Wordsowers book salesYou're welcome to bring books to sell as long as they fit CBA guidelines. You'll need to fill out the online form and send it by April 10, 2015

  • Authors are responsible for their own taxes
  • Wordsowers does NOT take a percentage of your sales

    Wordsowers book sales
  • A Reservation form MUST be submitted ahead of time. There is no charge to do this, we simply need to prepare our space and author/price tags. 
 


    Ø I’m a published author, do I need to attend

    Lee Warren’s “On Ramp” session on Friday

     night?
    Lee Warren author editor 


    You'll WANT to.


    Although "On Ramp" provides an excellent road-map for first-time conference attendees, this event benefits even experienced authors. 

    Lee covers a range of topics such as:
    industry terms, CBA & ABA markets, understanding editorial needs, polished proposals and query letters, making the most of appointments, and using the market guide most effectively.


    Plus, it's included in your conference package, and it leads into the "Night Owls" segment.


    Ø What is Night Owls? 

    Ever wish you could sit and chat with a publisher or editor over cookies and coffee? Here's your chance! 

    First, each workshop presenter will share what they're looking for.
    Afterward you'll have the opportunity to speak with them face to face. 
     
    Use those interactions to choose which sessions you'll attend the next day. Think of it as a live movie preview...with chocolate chip cookies. 

    Knowing your schedule in advance promotes a great conference experience. 


    Ø Can I still submit something for a paid critique?

    Absolutely! Submissions need to be in no later than April 10th, but the sooner the better!

    The cost is $25 for up to 2500 words. 

    Download the form and send it along with your submission to katcrawford927@gmail.com.

    Use this link for articles.

    Use this link for book manuscript.

    Download the form and send it along with your submission to katcrawford927@gmail.com.



    Photos courtesy of Stuart Miles @freedigitalphotos.net


    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    What I Need to Know About Attending a Writers Conference

    Ø What do I wear?
    2013 Wordsowers Conference 

    Come comfortable, but remember you are meeting editors and publishers. Dressy casual is suggested. (Many wear jeans with a nicer shirt/blouse.) Dress in layers for Nebraska weather. We are planning on spring, but can never predict warm or cold.

    Ø What do I need to bring?

    Most important are your business cards to exchange with authors, editors and publishers. Networking is an important piece of a writer’s conference. You can bring your laptop, but it’s not necessary. Notepads and pens will be supplied along with your conference folder.

    Ø How do I prepare to talk with an editor or publisher?
    Kat talking to editor Susan King from Upper Room 


    Attend the March 26th Wordsowers Monthly Meeting held at the Swanson Library at 90th and Dodge. The meeting room is in the basement, easiest entry from the east side of the building. Time: 6-7:45pm with an afterglow following—the place to be announced.

    For those unable to attend the March meeting:    Some writers prepare a one sheet with their information. Lee Warren, one of our local freelance editors says he prefers the writer keep their one sheet for reference and give him the opportunity to talk with you, rather than him read the one sheet. Above all, be yourself. Editors and publishers are people, too.

    Sherri Lanstong skyper
    Duane Brush Workshop Leader 
    Ø How many professional interviews are offered each individual?

    We begin with one on-site interview and one skype interview. After the first break, if there are still spots open, you can sign up for more. We want to fill the on-site and skype interview slots.
    Cheryl St John Workshop Leader 
    Tamara Clymer Workshop Leader 

    Don't Miss out 
    on a 
    great Conference. 

    Info from Kat Crawford, one of the Wordsowers Team Leaders. If you have more questions, please send emails or attend our monthly Wordsowers meeting on March 26th, 6-7:45 p.m. at the Swanson's Library, 90th and Dodge.
    Use the downstairs east entrance to find the meeting room.


    Friday, February 27, 2015

    Michael Hyatt

    Writing a book before creating a platform is like cooking a banquet before we've created a guest list.
    Photo courtesy of tiramisustudio @freedigitalphotos.net

    We prepare the feast, throw open the doors to welcome everyone in, but nobody's there.
    We call into the void, "This is delicious. Come try a bite." 
    Silence answers.


    It's the same with growing a following.
    First we create a platform, then we can share the goodies...in this case, our work.

    But how do we get our message heard in the midst of so many others?

    Michael Hyatt

    Micheal Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, addresses that in his book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.
     
    His statistics are so impressive they'd make Babe Ruth hang his head in shame. If he were still alive.
    Michael's stats include
    • One of the top three business blogs on the Internet with 
    • 300,000+ monthly visitors and
    • 70,000 subscribers
    • 145,000 Twitter followers 
    • 21,000 Facebook fans
    • A weekly podcast, This Is Your Life, consistently ranking in iTunes top ten
    • Approximately 278.4 kazillion book sale.  
    Since his platform started at zilch, it's worth listening to his wisdom.



    Disclaimer: These 5 steps are straight from Micheal Hyatt's site. I am crediting Michael Hyatt. Mr. Hyatt, please hold back your legal people. Again, this is Michael Hyatt's info. Highly abbreviated.


    1. Start with wow.
    2. Prepare to launch.
    3. Build your home base.
    4. Expand your reach.
    5. Engage your tribe.


    Obviously, he expands on and explains each step. But since I don't want his legal team stalking me, head over to one of Michael's sites to feast at his banquet. 

    Since I'm all about freebees, here's a tasty one: Sign up to get his blog posts via e-mail and receive a FREE copy of his new e-book   Shave 10 Hours off Your Workweek.

    Now on to
    Jeanie's Super-Secret Newbie No-No's
     
    man working laptop quiet whisper finger
    Photo courtesy of graur razvan ionut @ freedigitalphotos.net



    To recap what we've learned so far:
    Week 1- Exclamation marks scream, "Newbie!"
    Week 2- Annihilate Adverbs.
    Week 3- Eradicate empty words. Really just skip them. I'm very serious.
    Week 4- Use "Invisible" Words: said, ask, answer, and reply.
    Week 5- Run off Run-On Sentences
    Week 6- Clear out Clichés
    Week 7- Pass on Passive Voice
    Week 8- Eliminate Empty Adjectives
    Week 9- Reduce Redundancy.

    This week- 
    There, They're, Their
    Here's one way for non-grammar nerds to subdue this potentially tricky trio.
    • "There" rhymes with "Where." Where's the dog? Over THERE.  OR Substitute "Here" for "There" and see if the sentence makes sense.
    • "They're" is two words, THEY and ARE jammed together. Am I the only one working? No, THEY'RE going to help. 
    • "Their" = Possession. The IRS (THE/IRS) thinks everything is THEIRS. THEIR bank accounts. THEIR car. THEIR houses...
    Most new writers don't realize incorrect use of these trouble triplets will send editors out of there minds. If they're is a problem with your manuscript, their is a way to fix it. They're is spell-check, but it won't help you their. Try Grammar-girl. If there busy, look at Grammarly. There always willing to help folks out they're.

    Since we all need to move forward, my Current Lofty Goal (AKA something I need to do, but want to put off) Continue rewrites of my novel's first draft.


    What challenges do you face in your writing life? We at Wordsowers want to help. Connect with us here or on our Facebook page.

    Great news: sign up for our free monthly newsletter to get help delivered straight to your inbox. It's easy--the button is on the right side of this page, near the top.

    Jeanie Jacobson is on the leadership team of Wordsowers Christian Writers Group in Omaha, NE. She's published in five Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and a Bethany House compilation. She teaches a workshop geared toward helping new writers. She's currently working on a Christian-slanted YA fantasy novel. Connect with her at jeaniejacobson.com









    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Conference Questions Answered

    Next week the Wordsowers Leadership Team will begin to answer these and more questions.
    Ø What do I wear?
    Teresa Tierney
    Ø What do I need to bring?
    Ø How do I prepare to talk with an editor or publisher?
    Ø How many professional interviews are 0ffered each individual?
    Ø Can I sell my book(s) at the conference?
    Ø I’m a published author, do I need to attend
    Lee Warren’s “On Ramp” session on Friday
     night?
    Jeanie Jacobson 
    Ø What is Night Owls?
    Ø Can I still submit something for a paid critique?
    Ø Is it necessary to format my materials when attending a conference?
    Ø Do you have scholarships available?
    Ø What editors and publishers will skype into the conference?
    Kat Crawford

    Next week we will begin to answer these and more questionsIf you have a question you need answered email Kat. (www.katcrawford927@gmail.com)


    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Build Real Human Characters

    Mind Mapping works for me:
     
    My Mind Map 
    In a critique group I asked the writers to list the people they'd rubbed shoulders with that day or that week. I also took the challenge and drew out my diagram. Each of us were amazed at the lives we touched.
    Joyce, Karen, Audrey
    The same happens with our fiction characters. If I want my main character to amount to anything, the reader needs to see them connecting with others:

           Those who appreciate them and those who don’t. 
    Hiding Goals?
           The people they choose to ignore.
           The neighbor they haven’t spoken to in years.
           The childhood friend who disappointed them.

    We also need to see their dreams and goals.

           Will they see the dream come to pass?
           How will they respond if they never see the dream fulfilled?
           Are their goals realistic?
           Do they share their goals or hide them, afraid others won’t understand?

    I’ve written and sold non-fiction, but last November I took the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. I managed to first draft over 68,000. What a great reminder on character building. One of my big problems—I have a couple faultless characters.


    New goal—create flawed humans!
    Not Necessarily Pysically Flawed 
    The Lionhearted Kat, one of the Leadership Team of WordSowers Christian
    Writers Group in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the author of “Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers,” published in seventeen compilations and has written numerous magazine articles. Kat teaches workshops for writer’s conferences and has a giant passion to encourage authors. She is the mother of three and grandmother of six. Since the death of her husband, she writes 

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    Am I An Expert?

    I Dreamed Big!
    The dreams came to pass.

    Now I can say I’ve taught at 



    and several times at 

    (HACWN) in Kansas. 

    I also teach for our local 

    Does that make me an expert?


     No, silly, an expert is simply a drip under pressure. 

    I am a writer who loves to share the bit of knowledge 
    I have and continue to glean with others. 

    What about you? 

    Share your writing dreams.

    The Lionhearted Kat, one of the Leadership Team of WordSowers Christian
    Writers Group in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the author of “Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers,” published in seventeen compilations and has written numerous magazine articles. Kat teaches workshops for writer’s conferences and has a giant passion to encourage authors. She is the mother of three and grandmother of six. Since the death of her husband, she writes From the Eyes of Joyful Widow (www.lionheartedkat.info). 






    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    Where Did You Write Your Goals

    For the month of January I think about what I can possibly do in one year. I post notes in my Bible, my Jesus Calling book,
    Image from Amazon
    and on the walls in my office. 

    Not everyone works with written goals. Charles Schultz, otherwise known as Sparky, said he knew his deadline. He mapped out the cartoon squares he needed to fill on large paper. Then he looked out the window. He said he did some of his best work while doing what others would call nothing.

    From Charles Schultz Images Online

    Sometmnes if someone entered his studio while Schultz looked out the window for fresh inspiration, he dashed to his desk in order to look busy. After all, we don't want those looking on to think writers, illustrators and cartoonists do nothing,

    I liked Sparky's idea. We all need to laugh at ourselves more.
    So what are my writing goals for 2015?
    1.      Finish my WIP “Unscheduled Life.” The novel I started in November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
    2.      Publish “Kat’s Lion Tales.”
    3.      Write —“My Thirteen Husbands.” Non-fiction, full of fun and laughter.
    4.      Begin novel: “The Oil Change Said it All.”

    What are my impossible dreams?

    1.      Find an all terrain vehicle for Enoch Stalcup. website for Creating Memories for DisabledChildren.)
    Enoch Stalcup
    My friend in Estcada, Oregon, who loves to fish and hunt…his wheel chair doesn’t give him freedom. (Enoch built the



    2.      Raise money for Creating Memories for
    DisabledChildren—(blog) CMFDC needs more dollars to  rebuild the cabins in Ashley’s Park and add more wheel chair accessible trails.


    What about you?
    Are you trusting God for the impossible?
    Share your writers goals and your dreams.


     The Lionhearted Kat, one of the Leadership Team of WordSowers Christian Writers Group in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the author of “Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers,” published in seventeen compilations and has written numerous magazine articles. Kat teaches workshops for writer’s conferences and has a giant passion to encourage authors. She is the mother of three and grandmother of six. Since the death of her husband, she writes 

    Monday, January 26, 2015

    6 Tips to a Better Profile Presence

    photo credit: Free Digital Photos // Stuart Miles

    You've gotten started on social media. Facbook, Twitter, maybe another. Are your profiles working for you? 

    A profile is more than the image you see at the top of Facebook, Google+, Twitter and any other spot on the web. It's the about section, the presentation, the images. 

    If used well, profiles can be a window display for your business. A part of your branding. How people know who you are and why in the world they should follow you. 

    Here are 6 tips to make your profile work better for you. 

    Be consistent among all your profiles. You don’t want visitors to your profile to wonder if they have reached the right spot. Use the same author picture (or at least from the same photo session), same colors, same feel.

    Use a professional quality author photo. It looks vastly different online from just a snapshot or selfie. If you want to be taken seriously (even if your act is comedy), then present a professional image.

    Use quality images for any graphics in your profile header. Make sure you own them or you have the appropriate permission to use them. Sometimes you have to pay and sometimes a simple attribution works. But, DO NOT just grab them from the web. Being on the web does not make them public domain.

    Fill out your profile completely. This is often the place where people connect with you. Because your message resonates with them. Because you went to the same school. Because you both love pets. Lots of reasons to connect and this is where you provide those reasons if they don’t already know you from somewhere else.

    ALWAYS have links to other places online they can find you. They may stumble across you in one social media, but prefer a different one. Don’t make them work to find you there. Make it so easy they can’t do anything but follow you.

    Be active on your profiles. This does not mean you have to tweet 30 times a day or post on FB a zillion times in a week. But when people stop by there should be life. No one wants to hang out where no one else is. How much is the right amount? Whatever you can keep up with. If you can only post once a month or once a day, do it faithfully. 

    Suggested Resource: Check out Canva to create 
    great headers and covers for your profiles.

     Have you found a creative way to use your profile?

    Angela D. Meyer is the author of Where Hope Starts a finalist in the 2014 Grace awards. Her short story, More to the Story, was a genre winner for the 2014 Family Fiction short story contest and she is a contributor to the devotional collection The Benefit Package. You can catch Angela on social media encouraging women in their faith journey and watch her video devotionals on her YouTube channel. She lives in Nebraska with her family and is active in Wordsowers Christian Writers group.

    Connect with Angela:

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    January 2015 Dream Big

    May 2008 our oldest daughter called to ask what I wanted for Mother’s Day.

    “How about a trip to Oregon.”
    free digital Photo

    “Mom, be real?”

    “Well I need a new computer.”

    “Mother, something attainable, please.”

    “Honey, I don’t have a want list these days. I don’t really need anything and what I do need or desire are impossible to buy or attain.”

    “Mom, that’s really sad. You are the one that taught me to dream big.”

    After we discussed my lack of faith, I hung up, opened my Bible and wrote my list.
    1.   I’d like to teach a workshop at a writer’s conference.
    2.   I’d like a trip to Oregon to see our family
    3.   I’d like a new computer.
    Marcus, Karen, Me and Kaitlynn
    4.   I’d like a tapestry banner with a lion.
    (can't remember #5 but received it)

    The next week a virus hit my computer and killed it dead. Deader than dead.

    I whined to the Lord, “I didn’t think we’d have to buy one—how will we pay for it?” Husband made sure I bought the best of the best desktop computers. We put it on a payment plan. (Sidenote: can you believe, in only three months an unexpected check arrived—we paid for the computer without interest.)

    Three weeks after my conversation with my daughter a huge tapestry arrived. 


    “Found this in the backroom where I work—it was on sale,” daughter said.

    Wow. The lion and the lamb are beautifully woven into a huge tapestry. Much larger than I dreamed about.

    Before long I found an airline ticket at half the usual price. I flew to Oregon and enjoyed family.

    In the fall a friend I met online sent me an email. “Would you teach a workshop at our first IDAHope writers conference next year.” ‘

    Can you see me? I jumped, yelled, hollered and called our daughter.

    “Guess what? I’ve been asked to teach at a writer’s conference.”

    Feeling blessed beyond belief I sent out emails to everyone I knew. Many friends congratulated me. Then I found out I needed to pay for an airline ticket from Omaha, Nebraska to Boise, Idaho.

    I backtracked. 

    Sent out another email saying, “It sounded too good to be true and I guess it is. I’m not going, but I’m thrilled with the invitation.”

    But God wasn’t done.

    The next day an email from a friend in Florida arrived.

    “How much is the ticket? I’m sending the money in today’s mail?”

    I did go to IDAHope.

    I met many new authors—some are still in touch with me.
    Auhor Carol Colson

    I did spend three nights and four days with Carol Colson, a new precious friend whose book will come out soon.

    I did teach, not one workshop, but two and critiqued twelve manuscripts in all genres’.

    Now it’s 2015, time to set goals for the new year?

    How big can I dream?

    God is the God of the impossible.

    If I can find it, pay for it, 
    plan it in my budget—that isn’t dreaming big. 
    I don’t need God if I can do it all myself.
    More to come.
    Still Lionhearted 

    The Lionhearted Kat, one of the Leadership Team of WordSowers Christian Writers Group in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the author of “Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers,” published in seventeen compilations and has written numerous magazine articles. Kat teaches workshops for writer’s conferences and has a giant passion to encourage authors. She is the mother of three and grandmother of six. Since the death of her husband, she writes From the Eyes of Joyful Widow (www.lionheartedkat.info).