Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion

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Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion - July 3, 2021 at 11AM EST Plot is the external series of events that happen to your character. Story is what happens inside your character's mind as they react to events and grow to meet the challenges they face in the plot. To create a truly powerful story, you need to understand how these two elements interact with each other and how to balance them. Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion will be a discussion with four excellent authors about how they balance plot and story when building their books. They'll also discuss the nuances of balancing plot and story in individual scenes, with a focus on action scenes. The Moderator Steve Savage writes extensively on how people can leverage their…
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Storycrafting Sessions: Exploring Story Structure FULL SCHEDULE

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The time has come to unveil the full schedule for the Exploring Story Structure event in July! You'll find the details of all of the panels below, but first, an announcement! Announcing our Sponsor: Renaissance Press This Storycrafting Session is now sponsored by Renaissance Press! We are thrilled to be working with this Canadian publisher to bring accessible education to writers all over the globe. Thanks to this partnership, live captioning will be available at this event! Visit Renaissance today! Schedule This one-day conference will take place on July 3, 2021. All times are listed in EST. Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion Moderated by Steven Savage Featuring Cait Gordon, Stephen Graham King, Crystal Storm, Jenn Gott One of the most difficult aspects of pacing a fiction project is balancing…
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How to Be An Awesome Guest at (Virtual) Events and Shows

How to Be An Awesome Guest at (Virtual) Events and Shows

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In the last two installments of the Author Marketing Club, I shared how you can land interviews and panelist spots at events. Today, I'm going to show you how to succeed when you're participating in those interviews and panels. This will ensure that you get invited back and make you more likely to receive other opportunities. Let's dive right into today's tips on how to be an awesome conference guest or interviewee! 1. Prepare for questions in advance One of the best ways to calm your nerves is to prepare for the conversation in advance. In some instances, like most podcast interviews, you'll even receive the questions in advance, allowing you to prepare specific answers. You might also be able to guess the questions you'll receive, either based on previous…
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Storycrafting Sessions: Exploring Story Structure

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Be part of the next Weeknight Writers event! Weeknight Writers is a social enterprise dedicated to providing accessible educational and community supports for fiction writers. We've hosted two virtual writing conferences since September 2020 and today we're excited to announce the next event: Exploring Story Structure on July 3 This free virtual event will take place from 11 AM EST - 6 PM EST on July 3, 2021, with a Discord afterparty from 6 PM - 8 PM EST. We are currently seeking writers who want to participate in the following panels: Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion - 11 AM EST - 12 PM ESTIdentifying Secondary Genre in SFF - 12:30 - 1:30 PM ESTBeyond the Hero's Journey: Alternative Story Structures - 2:00 - 3:00 PM ESTHow to…
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How to Land Panelist Spots at Writing Events + Call for Panelists!

How to Land Panelist Spots at Writing Events + Call for Panelists!

Events, Marketing
We've spent a lot of time talking about author interviews over the past couple of months. Today, I want to talk about another powerful opportunity for connecting with both industry professionals and readers: being a panelist at conferences and conventions. In this article, I'll explore: The difference between conventions and conferencesWhat to expect from virtual vs in-person eventsHow to land panelist spots at eventsYour opportunity to apply to be a panelist the next Weeknight Writers event! By the time you're finished reading, you'll be ready to send off your first panelist applications! The difference between conventions and conferences A convention is an event aimed primarily at fans of a specific genre, show, or book series. These can be great places to sell your books if they focus on the appropriate genre. A conference is…
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Weeknight Writers Logo Reveal + Merch Store!

Weeknight Writers Logo Reveal + Merch Store!

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The Weeknight Writers group is a social enterprise dedicated to providing accessible educational and community resources for writers. We hosted our first virtual writing conference in 2020. In 2021, we switched to hosting quarterly events on specific topics, starting with a worldbuilding event in February 2021. I've loved every moment of building this community, and today I'm excited to announce the Weeknight Writers' next steps! Starting with our beautiful new logo: Weeknight Writers Logo - Color Funds for this logo were raised through Ko-fi contributions during the last event, so a big thank you to everyone in the community who contributed! I also want to say thank you to Mato Steger for creating this awesome logo. If you need graphic design work done, be sure to check out Mato's site.…
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How to Land Author Interviews

How to Land Author Interviews

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Author interviews are a great way to promote your work, network with industry professionals, and build your reputation. But how can you find these opportunities? A few weeks ago, I shared how to create an author FAQ to prepare for interviews. Today, I will share: The types of places you can contact for interviews, including some out-of-the-box suggestionsHow to land author interviews: a 5-step process When you’re finished reading, you’ll be ready to start hunting down interview opportunities of your own. Before we dive in though, I want to clarify something about the language I’ll be using in this article. There are numerous mediums author interviews can be conducted in: blogs, podcasts, YouTube channels, even TV shows. To avoid repeatedly listing these mediums, I will refer to the places where…
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How to Sell Books on Twitter with #IndieApril

How to Sell Books on Twitter with #IndieApril

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Spring has arrived in most of the northern hemisphere, and with it comes an exciting event for indie authors: #IndieApril. In this guide, I'll explain how to make the most of this month-long Twitter celebration of indie authors. We'll explore: The concept behind #IndieAprilTwo ways to participate in #IndieAprilBest practices for pitching your book during #IndieApril (and on Twitter in general) By the time you're finished reading, you'll be ready to get on Twitter and start pitching your book! What is #IndieApril? #IndieApril is a month-long event where people commit to buying, reading and sharing indie books on Twitter. The first one started with a single thread in 2019 and quickly ballooned to one of the most popular Twitter events I've seen in the publishing community. Indie authors, reviewers, and…
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Recovering from Burnout

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March officially marks one year of the pandemic. Unless you're lucky enough to live in a country that took the danger seriously at the beginning, that means you, like me, have spent most of the past year in isolation. Visits with friends and family, classes outside of the house, restaurant patios, all of these things are dangerous and, in many cases, illegal. I, like many writers, am pretty introverted. Before the pandemic, I went out to socialize a couple of times per month at most. I also already worked from home. My day-to-day life didn't change much when we went into lockdown. For a while, my mental health didn't either. But introversion does not equal immunity from isolation. After a year without seeing most of my friends or family, of…
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How to Create an Author FAQ

How to Create an Author FAQ

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One of the best ways to expand both your network and four following is to participate in author interviews. For a group of people who tend to be heavily introverted, however, this can also be an enormously difficult task. This guide will show you how to create an author FAQ in preparation for your first interviews. An author FAQ is pretty much what it sounds like: a document that answers some of the most commonly asked interview questions. You can pull these from previous interviews you've done, but I've also compiled a list in this article for authors who haven't been interviewed yet. This guide will walk you through the benefits of having an author FAQ, the questions you should include, and how to use your author FAQ. The benefits…
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