We're happy to announce our new three-part workshop series available to authors in the DC Metro Area.
After years of writing and working with novelists, memoirists, short story and creative non-fiction writers, we’ve developed a series of workshops to help you with all or part of the publishing process.T
WHERE:The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh Street Bethesda, MD
Cost: $115 for all three workshops. Spaces are limited. Sign up HERE.
Turning a novel or memoir from a draft into an engaging read is a skill and an art form, one we call “Revision.” Yes, now you’re at that dreaded (or exciting) stage in the writing process.
A few questions to ask yourself:
1. How do I know if my story is engaging? 2. Has a logical and tension-filled progression? 3. Will capture the interest of an agent or publisher?
Revision and editing are key to developing your final draft. This should include your own editing and revision efforts, as well as those of an experienced and objective editor. So, what exactly are the steps to revising your own work?
Moving from the macro to the micro level, we will teach you how to review your manuscript. We’ll start by looking at the big picture and then delve into the finer details, including character development, plot, pacing, tension, showing vs telling, point of view, voice, setting/description, and how to fine-tune your prose. Participants will be provided with numerous handouts outlining the topics discussed in the class, including lists of resources and contacts, and they will be given an introductory questionnaire to help identify their individual writing goals. Authors may bring the first 15-20 pages of their manuscripts to share during the course of the workshop.
You’ve put the final period on your manuscript and are now ready to get the book published. In today’s publishing market there are more options than ever for an author to see their work in print (and, of course, as an ebook), but what’s best for you?
In this 4-hour class we’ll help you define your publishing goals and help you choose the right path to publishing. We’ll discuss whether or not you might need an agent, and how to approach agents and publishers, including how to write a successful query letter.
We’ll discuss the different types of publishing houses, from traditional publishing (corporate vs. independent presses), hybrid publishing, and self-publishing platforms, highlighting the benefits and drawbacks of each, and what mistakes to avoid. We’ll also touch on the role of author platform, marketing, and promotion both before and after publication.
WHERE: The Bethesda Writer's Center 4508 Walsh Street Bethesda, MD
Cost: $115 for all three workshops. Space is limited. Sign up HERE.
Although most authors now recognize the need to participate in the marketing of their newly published books, the idea of marketing can still inspire fear and loathing. Fortunately, by developing a plan and understanding basic elements of marketing, much of that fear can be dispelled. Whether your book is being published through a big press, indie press, hybrid, or self-publisher, you’ll need to provide marketing support.
In this three-week class, you’ll learn the basics of marketing and how to develop a plan well in advance of your book’s publication date. With class participation, we will explore the effectiveness and value of book reviews, various forms of social media, book tours (virtual and real), house parties, targeted advertisement, entering contests, appearing at book festivals, and more. We’ll also discuss those aspects of marketing that are either outdated or ineffective. Handouts and online links include lists of book reviewers (print & online), paid advertising options; PR and publicity firms that promote books; local venues that host readings; lists of festivals, contests, and awards.