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Issue 68: WOW! Women On Writing: What's Your Story?

SPRING 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

    SPRING 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST WITH GUEST JUDGE LEIGH EISENMAN OF HSG AGENCY

Do you need some writing inspiration? Contests are a great way to spark your creativity, and you may even win a prize! Get your best work together and consider entering the WOW! quarterly flash fiction contest with guest judge, literary agent Leigh Eisenman of HSG Agency. Stop by the contest page, download the pdf guidelines, and read all about Leigh's preferences. The Spring Contest is open to all genres of fiction between 250 - 750 words. Only 300 stories are accepted, so enter early to ensure your spot in the contest. Deadline: May 31, 2016. MORE >>

     

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    WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING CLASSROOM

Whether you are looking to boost your income or work on your craft, we know that education is an important part of a writer’s career. That’s why WOW! handpicks qualified instructors and targeted classes that women writers will benefit from. All of the courses operate online and are taught one-on-one with the instructor. The flexibility of the platform allows students to complete assignments on their own time and work at their own pace in the comfort of their own home. Visit the classroom page and check out our current line up of workshops: fiction writing, writing for children, screenwriting, creativity, memoir, personal essay, grammar, food writing, freelance writing, novel writing, blogging, social networking for authors, independent publishing, branding for authors, poetry writing, copy editing, literary devices, working with a literary agent, writing scenes, book reviewing, travel writing and more. MORE >>

     

ARTICLES

  1. NURTURING THE TALENTS OF WRITERS: LITERARY AGENT EVE PORINCHAK

With a diverse background (early education and medical school, along with social work and writing for children) literary agent Eve Porinchak has never been afraid to go after her dreams and loves helping others nurture their writing talents. Reading over a list of her likes (travel, cupcakes, puppies) and dislikes (no frogs, snot or eyeballs, please) is enough to get any writer excited about submitting. She is open to everything from picture books to adult novels, with special interest in Young Adult and Adult Fiction featuring younger main characters. Find out more about Eve in this inspiring interview conducted by Renee Roberson. MORE >>

     
  2. SO, WHAT DOES A LITERARY AGENT DO?

A writer’s journey to publish a book can feel much like Dorothy’s journey to visit the Wizard of Oz. There’s a definite road to follow, but it’s not always easy. The good news is that help is available in the form of literary agents. Acquiring a literary agent is not easy, but it’s usually a must if you want your book published by a big publishing house. Agents are there for writers and are the key to gaining entrance into this elusive world. Kerrie Flanagan chats with literary agents Jessica Regel and Elizabeth Evans—both with the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency—and Kristina Holmes, founder and president of The Holmes Agency, who share not only what they do, but also specific insight to their success. MORE >>

     
  3. NOVEL WRITING: CHOOSING A METHOD THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU

Every novelist has her own way of writing a novel. From outlining to sticky notes to just writing the darn thing, novel writing is a process that can differ for each writer. For those novelists out there struggling with their current methods, Margo L. Dill provides several solutions you can put to use right away. This article includes samples of outlines, chapter summaries, character sketches, note cards and sticky notes, and tips for NaNoWriMo. MORE >>

     
  4. BUILD THE BRIDGES THAT LET READERS ACCESS YOUR STORY

You’ve taken the time to create characters that are so real you’d know them if you met them on the street. Your setting is so vibrant you could step into it and explore for a week. Yet, readers fail to connect with your story. When you ask them why, they just don’t connect with your characters or your setting. They’re inaccessible. What have you done wrong? You probably forgot to build a bridge. Just like in the world you navigate every day, a bridge in fiction spans a gap. It enables your reader to move from her familiar, everyday life into your story. Sue Bradford Edwards shows you how to figure out what you’re missing in your story and how to fix character and setting problems that will help your reader span the gap. MORE >>

     
  5. SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE ROLE OF THE BETA READER

Before you can get to the rewriting phase, you need to know exactly what needs to be rewritten. The answer to this question varies from author to author, depending on their path to publication, but typically includes some combination of editors, copy editors, and beta readers. The first two are pretty straightforward. Beta readers, on the other hand, are hard to put a finger on. Tiffany Jansen interviews authors Jody Hedlund, Stephen Leather, Joanna Penn, and Chuck Sambuchino to find out just what beta readers are and what they do. MORE >>

     
  6. HOW TO TRACK YOUR BOOK SALES IN REAL TIME—AND WHY YOU SHOULD

As a self-published author, you and you alone are responsible for promoting your book and helping it find its audience. In this article, Laurie Lewis shows you how to use Amazon to track sales, both with direct real-time tracking and indirect tracking methods, and how to use that sales information for promotional purposes. By tracking your sales, you’ll be able to see whether your promotion efforts are working and how to channel them for best results. MORE >>

     
  7. FACEBOOK BEST PRACTICES FOR PROFILES, PAGES, GROUPS, AND POSTS

If you’re on Facebook, you know it’s hard to keep up with the rules for profiles, pages, groups, events, contests, and advertising. Not to mention, there’s the timeline format that everyone must get used to now. Here are some tips from authors who are in the thick of things and using Facebook to find and interact with readers. Darcy Pattison interviews authors Claire Cook, Susanna Reich, and Tara Lazar who share their best advice. MORE >>

     
  8. BETWEEN MAGAZINES & BOOKS: E-PUBLISHING PLATFORMS FOR LONG-FORM JOURNALISM

The Internet has changed the way people get their news, find information, and read books. Many times we will find out about breaking stories through our own online communities like Facebook and Twitter. This shallowness worries many who write nonfiction. They wonder if the desire for in-depth articles is going by the wayside and being replaced by content shared in 140 characters or less. The good news—options are available. For investigative journalists, magazine writers, and essayists looking to write long-form pieces over 5,000 words, online platforms like Kindle Single, Byliner Originals, and Atavist provide a place to publish and highlight this kind of work. Kerrie Flanagan interviews Byliner founder and CEO, John Tayman, and Atavist editor, Evan Ratliff, as well as Jodi Picoult. MORE >>

     
  9. HOW TO START YOUR OWN ONLINE MAGAZINE

Did you ever dream of being an editor or publisher? Marcia Passos Duffy did. She wanted to have all the fun and glory associated with laying out pages, picking photos, putting together an editorial calendar, and yes, even that cool task of fielding pitches from writers. But the idea of dropping $100,000 or more to start up a glossy magazine was not financially wise, or doable. Instead, she dipped her toes in the publishing waters by starting an online magazine, which became profitable within six months. In this article, Marcia shows you how you can start your own e-zine too. Learn how to pick a topic you’re passionate about and research it through Google Keywords, get a name and domain name, design a website, add content to your site and send e-mail newsletters to your subscribers. MORE >>

     
  10. THE HEALTHY FREELANCE LIFE SLAM: GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Living a healthy freelance life means being a well-rounded writer in all areas of your life—both personally and professionally—and nurturing your health and well-being. These three articles will help you do just that. In Freelancers: Shed Your Pajamas and Share Your Passions, Charlene Oldham interviews expert freelancers Kelly James-Enger, Lisa Jackson, and Christie Ison to find out how getting out of their comfort zones and into the real world improves their writing, their productivity, and their lives. In The Renaissance Writer, Devon Ellington explains why you don’t have to find your niche to do well as a freelance writer. In Put the FREE Back in Freelance: Becoming a More Sustainable Writer, Suchi Rudra shows you how to cut costs and streamline your work, so you can work less and still live a comfortable, free, and healthy life. MORE >>

     
  11. WRITING FOR THE EDUCATIONAL MARKET

When a writer states, “I’m an educational writer,” people imagine hours spent writing books like Dick and Jane or items for standardized tests—not exactly the most exciting work. However, educational writing currently comes in many shapes and sizes. Some educational writers pen books for companies like Scholastic Teaching Resources, Libraries Unlimited, Wright Group, and Enslow Publishers, Inc. Others create lesson plans, testing passages, and even captions for illustrations in encyclopedias. Some work for developmental houses that contract with educational publishers. Experienced education writers receive book contracts from editors without even pitching ideas. In this article, Margo L. Dill shows you how to get started in educational writing, what pay range to expect, and she chats with expert writers in this market (Alice McGinty, Nancy Sanders, Veda Boyd Jones, Pam K. Hill, Suzanne Lieurance, and Sara Latta) who share their best tips and resources, including publishing companies and links to submission guidelines… MORE >>

     
  12. CREATIVE IMPASSE: THE INTERSECTION OF CREATIVITY AND MOTHERHOOD

When I traded my teacher’s license to stay home with my four children, I imagined I would have all kinds of time. I’d freelance for magazines, finally finish my novel, maybe even develop a website—all while taking my kids to parks and introducing them to great books and fun, new hobbies. I soon learned that for me, mixing writing and full-time motherhood was like trying to play the xylophone while leading seventeen show ponies through a circus performance—all blindfolded and on roller skates. Katherine Higgs-Coulthard examines how women’s multiple roles prohibit creativity and chats with Susan K. Perry, PhD, a writer and social psychologist, and Margaret Jessop, a clinical psychologist, along with authors Tara Lazar, Nimbilasha Cushing, Martine Leavitt, and Ruth McNally Barshaw, who share their best advice on how to balance writing and feminity. MORE >>

     
  13. PEOPLE ARE CHARACTERS TOO: A GUIDE FOR BRINGING THE PEOPLE IN YOUR MEMOIR TO LIFE

Too often, memoir writers think characters and character development are for fiction writers. After all, they are writing about real stories and don’t need to worry about describing the people. But quite the opposite is true. Memoir, perhaps even more than fiction, needs well-etched people. To help you write about people your readers will care about, Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett explore five dimensions of character—identity, description, demographic factors, psychographic attributes, and personality. By the time you complete the exercises in this article, you will have described one person in full… MORE >>

     
  14. REVIEW: FINDING CREATIVE INSPIRATION THROUGH PROMPTS AND EXERCISES

Why does it so often seem that for some of us, the hardest part of “creative writing” is the “creative” part? How can simply coming up with an idea, getting those first few words out, and spinning something new seem so overwhelming? In her article, Erika Dreifus provides a guide to books, e-mail newsletters, blogs, and other online sources for prompts and exercises that are sure to inspire creativity and get your muse running to the page. MORE >>

     

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Interview with Literary Agent Eve Porinchak of the Jill Corcoran Agency
So, What Does a Literary Agent Do? Elizabeth Evans, Kristina Holmes, Jessica Regel
Build the Bridges that Let Readers Access Your Story
Novel Writing - Choosing a Method that Works Best for You - Margo L Dill
Shedding Light on the Beta Reader - Joanna Penn, Stephen Leather, Chuck Sambuchino, Jody Hedlund
How To Track Your Book Sales
Facebook Best Practices for Profiles, Pages, Groups, and Posts for Writers
Between Magazines and Books - E-Publishing Platforms for Long-Form Journalism
How To Start Your Online Magazine
The Healthy Freelance Life - Slam!
Writing for the Educational Market by Margo L. Dill
The Intersection of Creativity & Motherhood
People Are characters Too - Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett
Finding Creative Inspiration Through Prompts and Excercises - Erika Dreifus
Interview with Vicki Selvaggio of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Stories That Don't Look Like Stories by Elizabeth Harris
Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest Winners!
Summer 2015 Flash Fiction Contest Winners!
 
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