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EVENT: 34th Annual Pennwriters Conference

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FROM THE PENNWRITERS WEBSITE:   The 34th Annual Pennwriters Conference is coming your way virtually. Registration is now open for the three-day conference and for two intensives held the day before the conference. Except for sitting with friends in the lounge and at meals, the conference will still have all the parts you love! Keynote Speakers are Susan Meier and Eileen Enwright Hodgetts . The conference begins at 9:00 am on Friday, May 14 and runs through Sunday, May 16.   I will be teaching: "Write the Book They Can't Put Down" Heidi will guide you through tips based on her article "The Shifting Grail: A Quest for a Good Read" from the international award-winning writing guide Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction . Using examples from well-known movies and literature, she'll show how character motivation can dictate pacing and suspense, making your book one readers can't put down. There will be lots of opportunities to apply

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Vol. 8 - Charity Anthology

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Here is an exceprt from the eighth volume of Small Space Big Life: "Hi there, Small Space Big Life community! We wanted to celebrate Heidi’s charity anthology as it goes into pre-order and let our loyal newsletter subscribers know about the collectible, limited editions before they’re gone. You’ll have a chance to see who all the contributors are and a sneak peek at some of the book’s content. Also in this volume, we recap our recent events, provide more book recommendations, and announce a new giveaway." READ THE REST HERE. AND SUBSCRIBE HERE. In case you missed the other editions, you can find them here: JANUARY 2021 - NEW HONOR OCTOBER 2020 - NEW COVER SNEAK PEEK JUNE 2020 - STAYING CREATIVE, STAYING PRODUCTIVE JANUARY 2020 - 1 MILLION VIEWS CELEBRATION OCTOBER 2019 - NEW BOOK DEAL JUNE 2019 - PBS DOCUMENTARY JANUARY 2019 - PENNWRITERS KEYNOTE SPEAKER

BOOK: Like Sunshine After Rain edited by Heidi Ruby Miller

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Raw Dog Screaming Press and international award-winning editor Heidi Ruby Miller are taking pre-orders for the charity anthology LIKE SUNSHINE AFTER RAIN . Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society . The beautiful cover is by Brad Sharp . Interior illustrations by Sharon A. Ruby . This limited anthology is available in lettered hardcover and numbered paperback editions. It hosts short stories, poems, and essays from 85 authors, including: New York Times bestsellers Jonathan Maberry and Maria V. Snyder USA Today bestseller Annette Dashofy International bestseller Liz Coley Amazon Charts bestsellers Cary Caffrey, Sasha Dawn, and Jennifer Foehner Wells Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner Randall Silvis Bram Stoker Award winners Lee Murray, Christina Sng, Lucy A. Snyder, Sara Tantlinger, and Tim Waggoner International Horror Guild Award winners Michael A. Arnzen and Gary Braunbeck Asimov’s Readers Award winner Timons Esaias Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction winn

PUBLICATION: Staying Creative, Staying Productive by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Pennwriter

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I wrote an article for The Pennwriter based on my and Jason's workshop "Staying Creative, Staying Productive" for AllAccessCon , the media arm of RDSP . We added the subtitle: (But Only If You Want To). Here's an excerpt: Once social distancing began in March 2020, AllAccessCon’s audience of creators needed them more than ever because most of those creators found themselves frozen by the stress and surrealness of living through a pandemic. Jason and I were chosen for the workshop because we weren’t frozen we’d actually managed to increase our productivity during this time. That’s not because we’re more professional or superhuman or harbor a particularly effusive joie de vivre attitude. We wrote (we write) to battle the fear, the sadness, the daily existential crises. We needed routine, stability, escape. If you need any of those things, maybe the following will help, but if it doesn’t and you can’t produce right now, let me be the first to tell you that it’s

EVENT: SCBWI Winter Conference

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This weekend I attended my first ever SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) conference. Even virtual it was inspiring and so much fun. From the pre-conference socials to the Golden Kite Awards ceremony, hosted by Jennifer Garner, to the tour of Simon and Schuster, and the many agent and editor panels, there was always a sense of commitment to providing young readers with quality, important, and entertaining books. I could feel the warm vibes from our various speakers right through the computer screen. Such positive energy. I've put aside time today to review some of the tapes for concurrent sessions I wasn't able to attend. I can't imagine what these conferences are like in person, but I'm excited to find out. Thanks to everyone who made this such a lovely experience.

GIVEAWAY: Books from Matt Betts, Heidi Ruby Miller, Liz Coley, and Lee Murray

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Matt Betts is celebrating the release of his new book Red Gear 9 by giving away a prize pack of e-books written by people who helped make both Odd Men Out and Red Gear 9 come to life. One of those people is me. The contest starts on his website at 12:30am Eastern time on Sunday February 7 and ends on 11:30pm on Saturday January 20 . "Heidi Ruby Miller was the editor at Dog Star Books who championed Odd Men Out and edited the hell out of it! This prize pack includes Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light ." "Liz Coley was kind enough to write a killer foreword to Odd Men Out . Her book Tor Maddox: Unleashed is included in the giveaway!" "Lee Murray wrote an amazing foreword to Red Gear 9 and has been a great friend from way across the world in New Zealand. The third book in the Path of Ra series that she cowrote with Dan Rabarts, Blood of the Sun , is included in the giveaway." Also included in the giveaway are ecopies of both Odd Men Out

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Vol. 7 - A New Honor

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We’ve made some plans for 2021 in the seventh volume of our combined newsletter Small Space Big Life . They’re fluid, and, if last year taught us anything, it’s that our built-in flexibility keeps us from falling apart (mostly) when things go awry. There are some appearances ahead, mostly virtual but maybe something in-person by fall? In any event, I had some nice news to begin the year, and we still wanted to share reading recommendations and some original works for our subscribers, as well as hosting an international giveaway. Thanks for hanging around with us! READ THE REST HERE. AND SUBSCRIBE HERE. In case you missed the other editions, you can find them here: OCTOBER 2020 - NEW COVER SNEAK PEEK JUNE 2020 - STAYING CREATIVE, STAYING PRODUCTIVE JANUARY 2020 - 1 MILLION VIEWS CELEBRATION OCTOBER 2019 - NEW BOOK DEAL JUNE 2019 - PBS DOCUMENTARY JANUARY 2019 - PENNWRITERS KEYNOTE SPEAKER