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IYWM January 2015 Newsletter

Workshop Proposals!

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It’s time once again to gather your ideas for classes for the In Your Write Mind Workshop (June 25–28, 2015). Classes last year included “Extreme Grammar,” “Writing for Teens Who Don’t Like Reading,” and “Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult…What’s the Difference?”
Please e-mail your proposed class titles, along with a 200-word summary of the content and a 200-word bio to K. Ceres Wright . We ask each person to submit two classes, just in case there is an overlap in classes or duplication of workshops. Each class will last 50 minutes, so please be sure the content fits the time allotted. Also, please indicate if you have any day or time restrictions. We must also know if you have audio/visual needs for your presentation. Keep in mind that there are about 25 slots with the special guests. We try to include everyone, but spots are limited.
The deadline for proposal submissions is March 1, 2015.

Industry News

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For Fun!

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It’s the start of a new year and a great time to set some goals!
Creating An Author Business Plan: Setting Your Goals (Fiction University)

Like comics? Struggle with putting emotion into your work? Check out this article!
What the Incredible Hulk Can Teach Us about Emotion in Fiction (Writer UnBoxed)

Check out this fun article to help you write better short stories!
5 Key Elements for Successful Short Stories (The Write Practice)

Elegy for a Dead World is a brand new video game designed to get people writing!
This epic computer game improves players creative writing (Spring Wise)

Alumni Publications

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Mary DeSantis, To Forever

Short story published in Fiction Vortex, where it won the editor’s choice and reader’s choice for November 2014 and was reposted as one of the magazine’s best stories of 2014.

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Dana Marton, Forced Disappearance

“When wealthy American businessman Glenn Danning goes missing in Venezuela, investigator Miranda Soto volunteers to track him down. It’s her first assignment for the Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit, but this mission is about more than salvaging the remnants of her shattered military career. Glenn was Miranda’s best friend and first lover, and she’ll do anything to save him from danger…especially since she just lost everything that mattered to her.”

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Victoria Thompson, Murder in Murray Hill (Gaslight Mystery Book 16)

“Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance threatens his position within his department. While trying to keep both his relationship with Sarah and his fortune under wraps, he’s assigned to a new case—finding a missing young woman for her worried father, Henry Livingston.”

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Melanie Card, Ward Against Disaster

“Ward de’Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman’s gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.”

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Maria V. Snyder, Shadow Study

“Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job and his life are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers. Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous… ”

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Ronald Shannon, The Hedgerows of June

“It’s late June 1944. The allies have invaded Normandy and Chris Weymouth, an allied spy, has been living in a French village at the edge of the Bocage playing piano in a local cabaret at night while passing bad intelligence to the Germans. He has been expecting orders to leave at any time but is taken aback when they are delivered by a young Catholic nun named Sister Mary. Sister Mary however, is much more than her habit and wimple, she has her own secrets too. She informs Chris that he’s been ordered to help her transport four young children across the dangerous French farmland known as the hedgerows to St. Lo. Espionage, passion, intrigue, and danger surround them on all sides as they head directly into one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the battle of the hedgerows!”

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Tonya Burrows, Broken Honor

“Travis Quinn is not a coward—except when it comes to sweet, softhearted Mara Escareno. After spending one beautiful, intense, and completely terrifying night of passion with her during a routine bodyguard assignment, he goes into full retreat mode. He’s still reeling from the car accident that destroyed his SEAL career and left him suffering from blackouts that are threatening to end his job with HORNET, and he knows he’s not the right kind of guy for a good girl like Mara. Having lived her entire life sheltered by her overbearing stepfather, all Mara wanted from Quinn that night was a forbidden taste of freedom. What she got was a positive pregnancy test and her family’s scorn. Kicked out of her home with nowhere else to go, she tracks Quinn down to his hometown of Baltimore—and walks directly into the hands of his enemies.”

Tonya Burrows, Vision of Darkness

“Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan doesn’t believe in the paranormal, despite the exhausting nightmares that reveal things he shouldn’t know. When sleep deprivation causes him to make a horrible mistake on the job, he is driven to find answers. Dreams guide him to a lighthouse in Three Churches, Maine, where he finds an inexplicable and comforting familiarity in the arms of the lighthouse’s beautiful keeper, Pru Maddox.”

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Ann Kopchik, as Anna Zabo, CTRL Me in anthology Rules to Live By

“A night out between friends turns hot and tempting when Gabe deliberately pushes Tom’s submissive buttons. Then Tom discovers rope in Gabe’s glove-box—and not the type for securing luggage.”

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Meg Mims, Home for the Holidays

“Jodie Watson’s in the animal rescue business — with her best friend Phil. Their non-profit organization, Fur and Feathers, is teetering on the brink of disaster, with trouble from the city condemning their rented building. They soon have a worse fight on their hands, though, when donation money goes missing. Will their blossoming romance turn sour? Or can they work some Christmas magic to survive and find a new home for the holidays for their precious rescues?”

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Cody Langille as C.R. Langille, Joe Borrelli as Justin Bailey, Daniel K. Godard as Viktor Demors, and Nick B, short stories in Old Scratch and Owl Hoots: A Collection of Utah Horror

“The West has always been a symbol of the wild frontier, rugged adventure, and dangerous exploration. However, if it wasn’t for fear of the unknown, the West would just be another cardinal direction. Old Scratch and Owl Hoots delves into that fear and captures it in fourteen tales of terror set in the West ranging from the 1800s to the present day.”

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Sally Bosco, Double Crush

“What would you do if you inadvertently developed crushes on both a guy and a girl while working on a summer film shoot? That’s what happens to seventeen-year-old Piper Handy. Will she take the more accepted path and go out with Evan? Or will she follow her heart and begin a relationship with Mia? In the process of trying to decide, Piper comes to learn some surprising lessons about herself.”

Sally Bosco, Cevin’s Deadly Sin

“Cevin’s worst nightmare comes true when he and his mom move to a small Florida town where high fashion is a flannel shirt with the sleeves chopped off, and the only entertainment is the Friday night football games. Cevin wants nothing more than to blend in and get through the year so he can graduate and leave Tilapia forever. When he meets Tessa, an introverted Goth girl, his plans to “not have a life” are forever ruined. She’s friendly to him, and he’s at first suspicious, but her poetic nature draws her to him, and he starts to believe she might be the only one who can accept him for what he is … if he could just get up the nerve to tell her about his cross-dressing.”

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Susan Bradley, as S.X. Bradley, Uncovered

“Last year sixteen-year-old Autumn solved her sister’s murder. This year, she is part of a high school forensic dream team that assists the police when teens are kidnapped. When it’s discovered the kidnappings are part of a secret online survivor game, the police and team focus on the game maker—the man behind the game. The focus of the investigation shifts when Autumn is singled out and becomes the target of the Game Maker’s sick game. Through encrypted messages hidden in steganographs, Autumn must discover who the last kidnapping victim is if she hopes to save him in time.”

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John Dixon, Phoenix Island

“A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island ”

John Dixon, Devil’s Pocket

“With a chip in his head and hundreds more throughout his body, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman was turned from an orphan with impulse control issues into a super-soldier. Forced into the mercenary Phoenix Force group, he begins to fear he’ll never escape. Sent to a volcanic island to fight for them, he’ll compete in a combat tournament that awards teens with survival for merciless brutality. But just when all looks lost, he spies a friendly face…and possibly a way out.”

John Dixon, as Bill Braddock, Brew

“A novel of survival horror that unfolds in a single, apocalyptic night, when hard-partying College Heights swaps beer pong and karaoke for arson, murder, and cannibalism. An embattled cast of unlikely heroes, including a charismatic drug dealer, a disenfranchised army vet, and a smart, tough-as-leather girl, struggles to survive, while Herbert Weston, the brilliant sociopath who engineered the entire catastrophe, strolls the chaos, fulfilling sadistic fantasies.”

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April Serock sold three stories to Woman’s World magazine. “Sweet Treat” published August 2014, “For You” January 2015, and “Something Sweet” in February 2015.

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Featured Blog Post

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This could be your time to shine!
Submit your blog or become a guest blogger on the IYWM blog.
Email us for info!

 

December 2014 IYWM Newsletter

It’s ALIVE!

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The IYWM website is celebrating a grand re-opening! The site has undergone a major transformation. With a brand new navigation menu, updated workshop information, a living blog, and the feature that was most asked for.. that’s right, we now have forums. Head over and check out the brand new IYWM site! (http://3.88.255.114/)

Industry News

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Dear #e-book #reader: your 99c deal hunting is seriously hurting #authors (http://blog.hirschi.se/2014/12/dear-e-book-reader-your-99c-deal.html)
BBC National Short Story Award 2015 opens for submissions (http://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-blogs/news/1295) (Booktrust)
Read whatever the hell you want (http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/10/read-whatever-hell-you-want-why-we-need-new-way-talking-about-young-adult-literature) – A new way to talk of YA (New Statesman)
Books Being Made Into Movies In 2015 (http://www.ibtimes.com/books-being-made-movies-2015-8-titles-you-have-read-they-hit-theaters-1743100) (IBT)
Durham to leave Amazon Publishing in the US (http://www.thebookseller.com/news/durham-leave-amazon-publishing-us) (The Bookseller)

For Fun!

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Top 10 Medieval Places That Don’t Exist  (medievalists.net)
Yoga for Writers (Electric Literature)
Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Book Lovers Edition (Nerdist)
Bookish Stocking Stuffers: Lit Socks (Bookriot)

Recommended Books

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Another Nanowrimo has come and gone. Now the real work begins… REVISION!
Here are some books to help you along this path.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
Word Painting Revised Edition: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences
Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary 

New and Upcoming Publications

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Lawrence C. Connolly, Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle
Patricia B. Tighe, Life in the No-Dating Zone
Tonya Burrows, Vision of Darkness
Nicole Taft, Terpsichore’s Daughter
Sally Bosco, Double Crush

Fictionvale Episode 5: Of Magic and Mayhem
Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology

Craft Tips and Tricks

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“I don’t think there is enough respect in general for the time it takes to write consistently good fiction. Too many people think they will master writing overnight, or that they are as good as they will ever be.” —Tananarive Due

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore (Io9)
How to Kill Adverbs and Adjectives
How to motivate yourself as a writer (terribleminds.com)
Things you should know when writing about guns (terribleminds.com)

Hotel Group Rate

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The Courtyard by Marriott in Greensburg is offering a special group discount during the event. This year the Marriott is offering a complimentary breakfast of Bagels, Muffins, Fruit & Juice, Happy Hour Specials and Shuttle Service to Seton Hill.
To reserve a room at the group discount ($119), contact the Sales Office at the Marriott.

Megan @ 724-205-7034 megan.murphy@concordhotels.com
Jen @ j.byers@concordhotels.com

IYWM October 2014 Newsletter

Join the IYWM team!

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Do love throwing parties? We’re looking for a new team member to chair the IYWM ball starting in 2016. If you’re interested in becoming a member of our growing volunteer team please email Deanna Lepsch.

It’s ALIVE!

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The IYWM website is celebrating a grand re-opening! The site has undergone a major transformation. With a brand new navigation menu, updated workshop information, a living blog, and the feature that was most asked for.. that’s right, we now have forums.

Head over and check out the brand new IYWM site!

Industry News

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Don’t Diss Dystopias (Slate)

Elegy for a Dead World: A Game About Writing Fiction (Kickstarter)

New YA-Only Imprints Seek to Make Their Mark (PublishersWeekly)

“Why Are They Sabotaging Us?” Famous Authors on Amazon vs. Hachette (Flavorwire)

Amazon Publishing Goes ‘American Idol’ After Terrible Week (Flavorwire)

Breaking News

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Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author: Hello Streisand Effect (SmartBitchesTrashyBooks)

Is Amazon responsible for the Ellora’s Cave fiasco? (Melville House)

For more information on this breaking story, scroll down to the Featured Blog Post or head over to the IYWM Blog where our correspondent Kerri-Leigh Grady is reporting.

Recommended Books

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* No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days 
* Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively
* The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
* The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes

New and Upcoming Publications

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Symantha Reagor, Fog and TRAPS
Young Adult Fantasy writer Symantha Reagor’s two poems, Fog andTRAPS have been accepted by the Science Fiction Poetry Association for the 2014 Halloween Poetry Reading.

Stephanie Wytovich, An Exorcism of Angels

Horror writer Stephanie Wytovich is happy to announce her third sale to RawDogPress. This latest poetry book is titled An Exorcism of Angels and is due out in early 2015.

Book Smugglers Publishing: Open For Submissions (Spring 2015)

Craft Tips and Tricks

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“Don’t be offended if you encounter some good-natured ribbing; the idea of writing a novel in a month deserves to be laughed at.”
― Chris Baty

Preparing for NaNoWriMo (The Writing Cafe)
Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo (Nanowrimo Young Writers Program)
How To Prepare For Nanowrimo: To Outline Or Not To Outline (WritersDigest)
And for a bit of humor… 17 Struggles Of Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo (BuzzFeed)

On Thursday, October 16 at 3:00 PM PDT, The Office of Letters and Lights (@Nanowrimo) will be hosting a #NaNoPrep tweet-chat with author Scott Westerfeld.

The IYWM Ball Needs You!

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This is Deanna Lepsch’s last year running the IYWM ball. She would really like to find a new volunteer to shadow her so they know what’s involved with planning the future balls (and how easy it is). This is an important volunteer position. The ball chair picks the theme, decides on the prizes and categories of prizes (if any), has a big say in decorations (though Donna usually rocks that out) and is in charge of either building a Spotify play list or finding a DJ for music. Not too bad, right? If you’re interested in becoming a member of the growing IYWM volunteer team please email Deanna Lepsch at fundraising.iywm@gmail.com.

Featured Blog Post

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In Your Write Mind Blog

“A Tale of a Fateful Blog Post”
by Kerri-Leigh Grady

Just sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale. A tale of a fateful blog post.

The online romance community is abuzz with news that Ellora’s Cave, purveyor of erotica, Romantica®, and…somehow…tawdry baubles , is suing Dear Author and Jane Litte for libel. News of the lawsuit might not have generated quite as much furor were it not for the online antics of Ellora’s Cave owner Jaid Black, and every new twist has only turned what could have been merely an alarming attempt to silence criticism into an expensive trainwreck, trolling, threats, and an amazing show of solidarity from romance lovers ’round the Web….Click here to read the rest! 

This could be your time to shine!

Submit your blog or become a guest blogger on the IYWM blog.
Just email socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com

Featured Flash Fiction

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Rules for submission:

1) 500 – 800 Words
2) MS word doc (Calibri, size 12 font)
4) Include your name and/or pseudonym, email, and title of submission at the top
5) Include a short 2-3 sentence author bio and a link to your blog or author site

Work previously posted elsewhere is fine. You retain all rights to your work.Submission deadlines are the first of every month.

Suggested Monthly Themes
November 2014 – Mystery and/or Turkey
December 2014 – Fantasy and/or Winter
January 2015 – Science Fiction and/or Ice

** Please submit your flash fiction to socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com

September 2014 Newsletter

 Join the IYWM team!

Do love throwing parties? We’re looking for a new team member to chair the IYWM ball starting in 2016. If your interested in becoming a member of our growing volunteer team, please email Deanna Lepsch.


Industry News

Penguin Publishing Group Takes Shape (Publishers Weekly)
100 Books Facebook Users Love (The Atlantic)
John Green, Veronica Roth, George R.R. Martin among top literary earners (Entertainment Weekly)
Sherlock Holmes is really, really in the public domain — really (Los Angeles Times)


New and Upcoming Publications

Jennifer Loring, “Conduits”

Horror writer Jennifer Loring’s novella, Conduits, will be released with DarkFuse in September 2014. Join the main character, Mara, as she is forced to confront the truth about her older sister’s death and the reason the ghosts have chosen her as their conduit.

Nicole Taft as Nick Trevano, “Advanae”

Science-fiction writer Nick Trevano’s novel, Advanae, was released in paperback and ebook this September. All humanity hoped to do was explore – now they’re a part of a war they never knew existed.

Joann Crosier as Rachell Nichole, “To Sir”

Romance writer Rachell Nichole’s, newest novel, To Sir, was published by Loose Id on August 26, 2014. When Liz agrees to be his, Chase can’t resist having something under his control when his life falls apart. She only wants to submit part-time, but he doesn’t know if he can accept her limits.

Sherry Peters, “Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf”

Fantasy writer Sherry Peters’s debut novel, Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf, was released in August 2014. Join Mabel as she maneuvers through deep family secrets, jealous friends, and her forbidden desire of an elf.


Craft Tips and Tricks

“The first draft of everything is shit.”

-Ernest Hemingway

What Is a Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect? (janefriedman.com)

And for a bit of humor… Book Sniffing by EpicReads.com


Featured Blog Post

KristinaElyseButke.com

I write fantasy and I’m worried white privilege will infiltrate my books. Part 1

“…At its core, I am “writing what I know.” But there are issues even with this. You see, I don’t want to contribute to the line of fantasy authors who also wrote what they knew, which ended up being worlds with predominantly white characters based on European, feudalistic history. I don’t want a world where non-white characters are packaged as stereotypes, or thrown in to add an “exotic” flavor to the otherwise same-old, same-old. But it’s been like this in fantasy for a long time, even when there are exceptions to this rule.

I have to be honest and acknowledge this: I come from white privilege…”
Click to read the entire post! 

This could be your time to shine!
Submit your blog to socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com


Featured Flash Fiction

Rules for submission:

1) 500 – 800 Words
2) MS word doc (Calibri, size 12 font)
4) Include your name and/or pseudonym, email, and title of submission at the top
5) Include a short 2-3 sentence author bio and a link to your blog or author site

Work previously posted elsewhere is fine. You retain all rights to your work.Submission deadlines are the first of every month.

Suggested 2014 Monthly Themes
October – Horror and/or Halloween
November –Mystery and/or Turkey
December – Fantasy and/or Winter

Please submit your flash fiction to socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com


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