Friday, March 16, 2018

Blogger Help

You might have the blogging system down, posting twice a week or shoot, thrice a week sometimes.
You might feel like you're drowning.

Here's a quick hint.
If you think of something, do a draft. Then leave it.
When you think of something else, write another draft. Even upload a picture.
Pretty soon you have five, maybe eight draft posts. They'll take a bit more love before publishing but it won't be overwhelming.

Bit by bit, you'll have the rest of your twenty six posts. Better yet, you'll be in the habit of writing. You (and your brain) will be trained to write a few times a week, maybe even daily.

You can do this.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Save The Date

Writers of Kern would like to hear from you. Not through the phone or via computer, but in the flesh. Face to face.
Come join us for our first annual Strategy Meeting, April 7th 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We'll talk about the 2018-2019 year as well as the future of Writers of Kern.

RSVP for details.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Pitch your Best, Pitch your Worst

Writers of Kern is changing its conference game.
For the first time, we're offering a pitch contest like no other. Pitch us your best and pitch us your worst.

Come prepared or do it on the fly. No more than 200 words per pitch.

See you at the conference (whether its your worst or best yet).

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Four adults, three capital

My family (plus my parents) are headed to Washington, DC in just a few weeks. The girls have researched historical sites and museums galore. We'll arrive at the height of Cherry Blossom season and hopefully the end of blistering cold nights.

But, having never been, I'd love to hear about your must-see sites?
Keep in mind, our children are aged eight, eleven and thirteen. They're eager to learn but still fairly naive (the Holocaust museum will have to wait until they're older).

Send your suggestions on over!

It's never too late to join

It doesn't take a poet to be a blogger. It takes just a moment. Join the challenge. 
It's never too late. 

Blog about your spoiled milk. Blog about your family. 
There's nothing too mundane or too insignificant for a post. 

Because here's the deal. We're human. And when we read about someone else's ordinary life, it connects us. And that's what we're all searching for. 

You don't need to be eloquent and you don't need to be glamorous. You just need to be you.

Email me to join. You can do it.

Monday, March 5, 2018

To Conference or Not to Conference?

What's the deal with writers conferences?
I've been asked this at least a dozen times in the last month. I, for one, am a conference junkie. I'm headed to Writers of Kern in a few weeks and Storymakers in May.
The publishing industry is a far cry from the loner's paradise it once was. Agents (like this one) attend for "three reasons: relationships, relationships, relationships."
Only at a writers conference can we experience a high concentration of creative energy. There's a fluidity to it. The speaker shares an idea or guidance, which in turns touches a writer who then shares their own idea to another writer...and then a writer talks with the speaker, who is given a new idea to ponder.

I've met lifelong friends because of writer conferences. I've not yet attended the conference in May and already this morning I spoke (via Zoom) with future attendees (one from Scotland, one from Idaho and one from Utah). 

For those of you who are sitting behind a screen shaking your head...

Trust me, it's not nearly as scary as you're thinking. Come join the fun, who knows, your future agent might be waiting for you.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Contests & Competitions

Colorado Review: Nelligan Prize
Deadline: March 14, 2018
Entry Fee: $15
Cash Prize: $2,000 for more info

Bellingham Review: Literary Awards
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $20
Cash Prize: $1,000 for more info

Sonora Review
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $15
Cash Prize: $1,000 for more info

Washington College
Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Cash Prize: $20,000 for more info

The Writer's Center
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Cash Prize: $500 for more info

James Jones Literary Society: First Novel Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $30
Cash Prize: $10,000 for more info

Diamonds in the Desert Contest
Deadline: March 16, 2018
Entry Fee: $25 for members, $30 nonmembers
Cash Prize: Agent & Editor review for more info

Happy Submitting!