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Issue 60 - WOW! Women On Writing: Summer Writing

SUMMER 2015 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

    SUMMER 2015 FLASH FICTION CONTEST WITH GUEST JUDGE LITERARY AGENT EVE PORINCHAK

Do you need some motivation to write this summer? 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 Even Porinchak of the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. Eve is such a fun agent and a true omnivore (both literarily and gastronomically)! Stop by the contest page, download the pdf guidelines, and read all about her preferences. The Summer 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: August 31, 2015. MORE >>

     

SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOPS & ONLINE CLASSES

    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. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS: TRAVEL WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

OK, budding travel writers, maybe you won’t find eighty different ways to pen your journeys. But with creativity, ingenuity, and a passport or driver’s license, you may soon be leaving on a jet plane or discovering life is a highway while on your way to selling an article. Travel writing no longer exists only on the pages of glossy travel magazines. These treasured stories have packed their bags and hiked to greener pastures—new markets including blogs, news magazines, culinary quarterlies, and the top ten bestseller’s list of the New York Times. LuAnn Schindler interviews four talented writers—Maralyn Dennis Hill, president of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association; Wanda Mann, a.k.a. The Black Dress Traveler; Lisa Napoli, author of Radio Shangri-La; and Muriel Clark, assistant director, North Platte/Lincoln County Nebraska Convention and Visitors Bureau—who offer panoramic glimpses into this highly competitive, yet satisfying, writing arena. MORE >>

     
  2. WRITERS ON THE ROAD: FINANCING YOUR TRIP, PACKING ESSENTIALS, COUCHSURFING

This three-article SLAM feature introduces you to three exciting writers who had the guts to give writing on the road a go, and they show you how you can, too. In Dreams of Long-Term Travel—Closer Than You Think, Rebecca Gallo offers practical advice for financing your trip, earning frequent flyer miles, finding alternatives to hotels, and more. Music/travel writer Steff Metal is used to crunching deadlines while she’s on the road and has some suggestions for you in her article, The Writer’s Adventuring Toolkit: Packing Essentials for the Traveling Writer. Natalia Lusinski has been on the road for over two years, moving to a new couch in Los Angeles every week. How does she do it and still manage to be a productive writer? You’ll find out in her fascinating (and funny!) article, How Background Noise Becomes My Writing Soundtrack While Moving from Couch-to-Couch Every WeekMORE >>

     
  3. TAKE A BREAK FOR CREATIVITY

For writers, stress from juggling too many distractions manifests as difficulty in writing, plotting, and brainstorming, and can contribute to writer’s block. As creative people, isolation can help us calm our minds and break through blocks. Read on to learn how taking a distraction-free break, even an hour at a coffee shop or thirty minutes behind closed doors, can give you the solitude you need to center yourself and get back to writing. Bridgid Gallagher interviews authors—Dr. Shelley Carson, Therese Walsh, Katherine Center, Elizabeth Spann Craig, Kathleen Bolton, and Karen Walrond—who share their best ideas on how to take your creativity on a much-needed retreat so you can get back into the writing zone. MORE >>

     
  4. QUEEN OF THE BEACH NOVEL: A VISIT WITH ELIN HILDERBRAND

Elin Hilderbrand writes novels that we like to read while we’re having summer fun—laying by the pool, picnicking at the beach, or swinging on the front porch with an ice cold glass of lemonade. She sets all her novels in Nantucket, a charming and unique island thirty miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and they all take place during the summer. If you love this idea and want to find out more or you’ve already read her novels and are a fan, you’re in for a treat. Join Margo Dill as she chats with Elin about Nantucket, summer writing, and her novel, Silver GirlMORE >>

     
  5. WRITE FROM YOUR OWN BACKYARD: HOW TO CRAFT A TRAVEL ARTICLE ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN

You don’t have to hop on a plane and travel halfway around the world in order to find a good idea for a travel article. This summer, grab your notebook, camera, day pack, and maybe even your best friend and hop into your car for an adventure in your very own town, city, or state. It is packed with hidden gems you probably didn’t even know existed. By keeping your eyes open and enlisting the support from your local organizations, you will uncover a treasure chest full of article ideas right from your own “backyard.” Kerrie Flanagan interviews travel magazine editors, including Sunset Magazine travel editor Loren Mooney, AAA Encompass editor Tom Hess, and National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Andrew McCarthy. MORE >>

     
  6. HOW TO SELL YOUR MANUSCRIPT WITHOUT AN AGENT

It’s a common misconception that editors won’t deal with authors directly. Not only will they interact with you, but they’ll buy your book. Rachel Eddey knows this for sure because it happened to her. She had three agents try to sell her humorous memoir, Running of the Bride, with no luck for over two and a half years. As a last-ditch effort before shelving the project, she decided to represent herself—and sold it in fifteen days. Rachel shares how she did it, and interviews other authors who share how they landed a publishing contract without an agent as well. Featuring advice from Christine Clifford, author of the bestselling Not Now . . . I’m Having a No Hair Day; Janice Booth, author of Only Pack What You Can Carry; and Erin Lale, editor of Eternal Press and Damnation Books.   MORE >>

     
  7. AVON IMPULSE: BRINGING E-ROMANCES INTO READERS’ HEARTS—A CHAT WITH EDITOR LUCIA MACRO

Lucia Macro is bringing sexy back to readers. As executive editor at Avon/Morrow, Lucia oversees the HarperCollins romance imprint’s digital-first line, Avon Impulse. Now, she’s on the prowl for edgy and dreamy work for the romance format that publishes two new digital originals each week. Lovers of romance novels can have Avon books delivered to their favorite e-reading device with a simple click of a button. And romance writers? Here’s an imprint looking for your work, and you don’t need an agent. WOW columnist LuAnn Schindler interviews Lucia about her journey in the publishing industry, the philosophy of Avon Impulse, and changes in the romance genre and publishing worlds, in general. MORE >>

     
  8. BOOK TRAILER BASICS: BRING YOUR STORY TO LIFE

You thought you had a handle on reaching out to your audience. You’re blogging and social networking, but now there’s another item to add to your to-do list: a book trailer. Book trailers are one more step in the digital evolution of book promotion. And the last thing an author wants is to get stuck in the tar pit of outdated marketing ideas. With the exponential advances in technology, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but with a few basic tips, you’ll be able to create a book trailer that brings your story to life. Annette Fix walks authors through the process of creating their own book trailer. The article covers different types of book trailers you can choose from (and shows you examples), gives you tips on storyboarding and scripting, includes a checklist of dos and don’ts, and provides you with all the resources you need to create your masterpiece, as well as video hosting sites so you can broadcast your baby. MORE >>

     
  9. THE PORTABLE READER: NETGALLEY’S UTILITY FOR BOOK BLOGGERS & REVIEWERS

Perhaps you’ve noticed that more and more of us are acquiring citizenship in the e-reader universe. Somewhat technophobic, I was slow to join the e-reading brigade. But once I purchased a Kindle, I knew that I needed to revisit something else I hadn’t yet embraced—NetGalley. In its own words, NetGalley “delivers secure, digital galleys to professional readers. If you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to read and request titles before they are published.” Erika Dreifus reviews the platform and surveys seventy NetGalley users who share their thoughts about everything from usability to title choices.  MORE >>

     
  10. HOW TO TURN YOUR HOBBY INTO A NICHE

Have you ever felt inspired to write about a certain topic, but felt too intimidated by your lack of knowledge or experience? Don’t let that stop you. Any working writer knows a thing or two about discipline, which is why it’s possible for writers to school themselves on how to turn any hobby into a special writing niche. In this article, Celena Cipriaso provides you with a step-by-step method for taking something you love to do and turning it into a special writing niche. She’ll help you figure out where to look for original ideas, and how to start building a portfolio. MORE >>

     
  11. PERSONALIZE YOUR PARENTING (WRITING): THE PROS AND CONS OF BUILDING A NICHE ON YOUR FAMILY’S EXPERIENCES

From potty training to tantrums to packing the best school lunch, print and electronic media are bursting with articles and essays written by freelancers on parenting conundrums. The opportunities to write about parenting topics may seem endless; however, the competition for assignments and acceptance of submissions is also stiff. Wondering how you can stand out in the hundreds or thousands of queries editors receive from parenting writers just like you? In this article, Janine Boldrin shows you how to discover your parenting specialty, grow your expertise, connect with readers, watch out for TMI, protect your baby (and babies), and adapt to change. Janine also interviews parenting experts Christina Katz, author of Writer Mama; Teri Cettina, author of Cash In On Your Kids; and freelance writers Julia Garstecki who specializes in parenting a special needs child and Jenny Kales, creator of the popular food allergy blog, The Nut-Free Mom. Janine also shares her list of parenting markets that are receptive to new writers. MORE >>

     
  12. PHOTO ESSAY: WRITING GROUPS: FICTION WRITERS WANTED

Most fiction writers need some sort of writing group whether it’s for support, networking, critiquing, or brainstorming. Writers need other writers to keep up creativity and productivity. Writing groups can come in all forms and sizes from national organizations to state guilds to local critique groups. In this photo essay, Margo L. Dill takes you behind the scenes of some fascinating writing groups in her area. She examines three different types of writing programs that happen throughout the year: critique groups, critique-nics, and shop talks. Don’t know what a critique-nic or shop talk is? This photo essay may just inspire you to start your own. MORE >>

     
  13. JOURNALING FOR HEALING, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS

Journaling helps us understand what’s really going on inside of us, so we can get past the baggage that we’ve been carrying around and experience our true, authentic, healthy self: the one that we came into this world with. In this article, journaling therapy specialist Mari L. McCarthy shows you how to start a healing journal for those with physical ailments, a grief journal for those that have lost a loved one, and a journal to help us make peace with the past. MORE >>

     
  14. TAKE THE FIRST STEP TO CATCH YOUR SECOND WIND: AN INTERVIEW WITH CAMI OSTMAN

Some call it a midlife crisis, when the desire to change your life is so strong it compels you to step out of your comfort zone and forge a new path in a new direction. Cami Ostman’s inspiring story redefines that old paradigm with a positive spin. It’s not a crisis; it’s an adventure. Her memoir, Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents, has been featured in national and international publications. Join Annette Fix as she chats with Cami about what prompted her to change her life, the trap of perfectionism and the ability to let go, the revelations she made along her journey, the inspiring things she saw on her trek around the world, and so much more. MORE >>

     

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Around the World in 80 Ways - Travel Writing Opportunities
Writers on the Road - Financing Your Trip, Packing Essentials, Couchsurfing
Take A Break For Creativity - How time without distractions can help you get back into the zone
Queen of the Beach Novel: A Visit With Elin Hilderbrand
Write From Your Own Backyard: How to Craft a Travel Article About Your Hometown
How to Sell Your Manuscript Without and Agent
Avon Impulse: Seeking Romance Writers - Exectuive Editor Lucia Macro
Book Trailer Basics - Bring Your Story to Life - by Annette Fix
The Portable Reader - Netgalley's Utility for Book Bloggers and Reviewers
How to Turn Your Hobby into a Niche
Personalize Your Parenting (Writing): The Pros and Cons of Building a Niche on Your Family's Experiences
Critique Groups, Fiction Writers Wanted
Journaling For Healing, Health and Happiness
Take the First Step to Catch Your Second Wind: An Interview with Cami Ostman
Fall 2014 Flash Fiction Contest Winners!
Winter 2015 Flash Fiction Contest Winners!
 
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