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Editors Talk: How to Self-Evaluate Your Story Structure

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Editors Talk: How to Self-Evaluate Your Story Structure - July 3, 2021 at 5PM EST What do editors look for? How can you make sure your story is in the best shape possible before submitting to a publisher, magazine, contest, or other venue? This panel of editors and authors will share how to evaluate and refine your story structure before sending your work to an editor. They’ll also share some of the most common structure mistakes they see. Moderated by Nicole ZelnikerFeaturing: Emelyne Museaux, Hannah Van Vels, Jeni Chappelle, Crystal L. Kirkham, Stephi Cham Sign up here or check out the full event schedule! Nicole Zelniker is an author and a producer at The Nasiona. She graduated from the Columbia Journalism School in 2018. In 2015, Nicole worked with Triad City Beat as their investigative intern. She is the former editor-in-chief (2016-2017)…
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How to Plot a Series

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How to Plot a Series July 3, 2021 at 3:30PM EST Learn from four series-writing veterans as they discuss how to write long-form book series. They'll explore all kinds of series, from duologies to series with 4+ books, addressing the challenges of juggling plot, subplots, a growing cast of characters, all while keeping each individual book compelling for the reader. Moderated by Dianna Gunn Featuring: Dan Fitzgerald, Mary Kit Caelsto, Sagan Morrow, Samantha Kroese Sign up today or check out the full schedule! Dianna Gunn is a freelance SEO writer, digital marketing consultant, indie author, podcast producer, and about 18 other things. Her dark fantasy novel, Moonshadow’s Guardian, is available through her Ko-fi store and all major ebook retailers. When she isn’t working on her own books, Gunn helps other indie authors navigate the complex world of…
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How to Host a Virtual Book Launch Party

How to Host a Virtual Book Launch Party

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As COVID-19 vaccination numbers rise in some parts of the world, in-person events are slowly becoming a reality again. Depending on where you live, you might even be planning an in-person book launch party this fall. However, there are still several reasons to learn how to host a virtual book launch party: People from all over the world can attend your eventYour event is more accessible to many disabled peopleLess preparation is required; you don't have to secure a space or organize snacksYou can run the event from the comfort of your own homeThese events are generally free to host All in all, a virtual launch party is a great way to celebrate a book release, and can even serve as a companion event to an in-person release party. In…
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Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Alternative Story Structures

Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Alternative Story Structures

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Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Alternative Story Structures - July 3, 2021 at 2PM EST The Heroic Quest or Hero’s Journey -- also known as the Archplot or Three Act method -- is foundational to fiction writing, yet only scratches the surface of story structure tools! While the traditional model is classic for many reasons, not all stories are best told through this structure. Alternative structures can offer options to writers feeling limited by the constraints of the Hero's Arc or struggling to organize story flow.How scenes are organized and which arcs are highlighted focuses attention and pulls readers through the narrative, directing the story's impact. Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Alternative Story Structures will discuss how story structure works with plot to shape a story’s energy. Discover how using alternative story…
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Identifying and Developing Secondary Genre in SFF

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Identifying and Developing Secondary Genre in SFF – July 3, 2021 at 12:30PM EST Primary or 'commercial' genres like Sci Fi and Fantasy set important worldbuilding guidelines and expectations for writers, but secondary genres -- also called 'content' or internal genre -- are another vital tool for developing vivid and complex stories. Identifying and developing secondary genre(s) can help writers better understand how genre communicates expectations to readers.SFF contains scores of subgenre categories, which often use secondary genre aspects to carve out specific reader niches. These subgenres are defined by expectations and obligatory tropes, secondary genre aspects that can include scenes, relationships or other aspects, that need to be addressed to satisfy and draw in readers from a particular subgenre.Identifying and Developing Secondary Genre will be a discussion around how…
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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 Time 11AM - 12PM Moderated by Steven Savage Featuring Cait Gordon, Stephen Graham King, Crystal Storm, Jenn Gott One of the most difficult aspects of pacing a…
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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!

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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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