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Workshop: Prepping for NaNo with Susan Meier at Pennwriters Online

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Workshops Pennwriters Inc. brings you... PREPPING FOR NaNo with SUSAN MEIER: Online Course INSTRUCTOR: Susan Meier DATE: October 1 – October 31, 2011 REGISTER: http://tinyurl.com/PennwritersCourse201110 (LIMITED CLASS SIZE. Enroll now.) COURSE DESCRIPTION: Everybody believes NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which runs every November at http://www.nanowrimo.org ) is a race against the clock, a fight with procrastination and inertia. In some ways it is. But once you’re in the thick of things, you’ll discover NaNo is really all about ideas. Writers don’t stall because they’re lazy. Writers stall because they don’t know what to write next. The month BEFORE NaNo, get proven tips from Susan Meier—the author of almost 50 books for Harlequin and Silhouette—and let her take you through several different ways to examine the story you want to write, to capture the natural scene possibilities within your idea, to generate new ideas, and to push yourself through the most gr

ASK THE REVIEWER: Claire's Book Corner

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Claire's Book Corner This is the fifth in a series I'm hosting where I talk with reviewers who have reviewed my books. Today I welcome Claire Smith from Claire's Book Corner ! She was kind enough to take time out of her reading and blogging schedule to answer some fun questions about herself, her blog, and about my novel Ambasadora . To read Claire's full review of Ambasadora visit: http://clairesbookcorner.blogspot.com/2011/09/ambasadora.html ABOUT THE REVIEWER 1. What types of books do you review most often? For the past few years I have been mostly reading Urban Fantasy so they are the books that get reviewed. 2. Are there any types of books you won’t review? Yes, I never read YA so I wouldn’t review those books. No offense to the people who do read them but they just aren’t for me. I hated being a teenager when I was one so I certainly don’t want to read about teen angst now. 3. Do you review more books you've come to on your own or those from

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: G. Paul Grondin

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Never Regret Tomorrow by G. Paul Grondin I'm self-published. I have tried to get an agent since 1977 and no one in the publishing industry thinks my writing is worth a hill of beans. So finally I said, "screw'em all." Actually, I counted 1,400+ rejection letters over the years before I gave up counting. This does not count screenplay rejections. SO my path to publishing has been one rejection after another. The only summation that I have is that I must have needed to get beat up verbally or in writing...kicked and punched emotionally...causing me to never give up one of my dearest loves in this lifetime--writing. When JK Rowling finished Harry Potter not one agent in the UK took her seriously. They all turned her down. Then a very small publishing house said they'd publish it because it's an interesting story but "don't expect to make any money off Harry Potter." Later, I saw JK Rowling in a TV special. They asked a few agents and publ

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Rod Kierkegaard

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Rod Kierkegaard 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Donho Likkanen of "Mirrorland", the Finnish Casanova. 2. Tell me about your travels. I grew up in Louisiana, London, and Stockholm, have lived in New York, Key West, and Paris, and now live in Washington DC. I actually hate to travel. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Silk. 4. What else can you do besides write? I can drive a car. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? My very first sex scene. My gall bladder had just become infected and was perforating. 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat everyday. 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? 11. What kind of music speaks to you? 12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride? 13. Celebrity crush. 14. Who are the biggest influences on your work? Iris Murdoch, Philip K. Dick, Macha

ASK THE REVIEWER: Yasmeen

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Yasmeen This is the fourth in a series I'm hosting where I talk with reviewers who have reviewed my books. Today I welcome Yasmeen from Yaz's Shelf on Down and Dirty, Lusty and Flirty ! She was kind enough to take time out of her reading and blogging schedule to answer some fun questions about herself, her blog, and about my novel Ambasadora . To read Yasmeen's full review of Ambasadora visit: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/202413851 ABOUT THE REVIEWER 1. What types of books do you review most often? 1. I review mainly urban fantasy books, some pnr and whatever else I've read and enjoyed that I want to share with everyone. 2. Are there any types of books you won’t review? I tend to stick with authors or series' I'm familiar with or books recommended by friends, but I mainly review books I've enjoyed. If I don't like something I don't review it. 3. Do you review more books you've come to on your own or those from authors/p

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Greg F. Gifune

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Greg F. Gifune 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea or milk? Vodka. 4. What else can you do besides write? Clearly you've never seen my one-man synchronized swimming extravaganza. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture of academia? Both. Why limit yourself to one or the other? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat every day. Italian. 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? 11. What kind of music speaks to you? 12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride? 13. Celebrity crush. Jeanane Garofalo and Bridget Fonda. 14. Who are the biggest influences on your work? 15. Do you still watch cartoons? Am I high? No seriously. Am I? Called "One of the best writers of his generation" by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Ke

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Jessica Freely

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION Broken by Jessica Freely On Halloween weekend of 2007, I attended YaoiCon , a convention in San Francisco dedicated to yaoi manga. In case you don't know, yaoi is a Japanese genre of graphic novels dedicated to stories of romance between men, and it has a large female audience, both in Japan and worldwide. I had been writing and marketing yaoi manga scripts for about two years at that point, and I was on Cloud 9 because a small press specializing in original English language yaoi had picked up one of my stories and was using it to launch their new magazine. Bouncing with excitement at the prospect of seeing my first published manga on sale at the publisher's booth, I toured the dealer's room that first morning of the convention. And came up empty. No publisher, no booth, no magazine. I soon learned that my publisher had gone out of business and neglected to inform their writers and artists. Standing in the hallway outside the dealer's r

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Bryan R. Dennis

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION My journey to publication began when I stumbled upon Joe Konrath’s blog: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing while researching Amazon’s Kindle e-reader. Technology had lured the reader side of me away from paper books. It was perhaps inevitable that the writer component would soon follow. Joe Konrath described his experience with traditional publishing and how he made a successful and liberating switch to electronic publishing. I was intrigued. Could it really be so easy? One of the reasons I never bothered submitting to a big publishing house was due to the overwhelming scale of the task. Submitting query letters, writing a synopsis, hiring an agent, flying around doing book signings, and so on. It seemed more daunting than it was worth. And I’d read of the failure rate of new authors. Even many who’d gotten lucky with their first books tended to disappear afterward. Apparently, it takes so long for a book to get published that readers forget who you are. Th

ASK THE REVIEWER: Novel Opinion

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ASK THE REVIEWER Novel Opinion This is the third in a series I'm hosting where I talk with reviewers who have reviewed my books. Today I welcome Tammy from Novel Opinion ! She was kind enough to take time out of her reading and blogging schedule to answer some fun questions about herself, her blog, and about my novel Ambasadora . To read Novel Opinion 's full review of Ambasadora visit: http://novelopinion.org/2011/08/06/ambasadora-by-heidi-ruby-miller ABOUT THE REVIEWER 1. What types of books do you review most often? I try to do all types but the lion's share are thrillers,sci fi and horror. 2. Are there any types of books you won’t review? I have to say any book promoting an unethical idea or act. This, I realize, is subjective to my ideals but I have to stay true. Not to mention remaining unbiased in order for a fair review. 3. Do you review more books you've come to on your own or those from authors/publishers? It started out with books I picke

SECRET WRITERS: GABRIELLE BISSET

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Secret Writers GABRIELLE BISSET GABRIELLE BISSET Why would I write under a pseudonym? The main reason is that I teach college freshmen and as much as we like to think of 18 year olds as adults, they really are quite young. The concern that my students knowing what I write would distract them and make my job more difficult is a real one, so when I decided to pursue publishing my writing, I decided to use a pseudonym. I came up with the name Gabrielle Bisset easily. Well, the first name came easily. I've always loved the name Gabrielle, so that was the first name that jumped into my head when I began thinking of what name I'd like. As for the last name, it came from my childhood. When I was a young girl, I remember my father commenting that Jacqueline Bisset was one of the most beautiful women he'd ever seen. After trying out a good number of last names and not liking any of them, I remembered my father's comment and tried Bisset. It had a great ring to it,

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Mark Paul Jacobs

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Mark Paul Jacobs 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I love to travel and experience different and photogenic locales. Luckily, I have a wife who enjoys much the same thing (although she balks at the more ‘exotic’). I have visited most states in the US and all the Canadian provinces except for Labrador and Newfoundland. I’ve had a fascination with the arctic regions since I was a kid and have also visited the Canadian Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. I have yet to visit Europe but it is on my list. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? I drink one triple cafĂ© latte once a day in the morning. I tried drinking coffee throughout the day earlier in my working career, but I soon discovered how fast I could become strung-out on the stuff. 4. What else can you do besides write? I enjoy travelling, sports, history, and museums. I also enjoy playing poker in local tournaments and in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. I trek once

ASK THE REVIEWER: The Story Factory Reading Zone

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ASK THE REVIEWER The Story Factory Reading Zone This is the second in a series I'm hosting where I talk with reviewers who have reviewed my books. Today I welcome Abigailann from The Story Factory Reading Zone ! She was kind enough to take time out of her reading and blogging schedule to answer some fun questions about herself, her blog, and about my novel Ambasadora . To read The Story Factory Reading Zone 's full review of Ambasadora visit: http://abigailannreading.blogspot.com/2011/08/ambasadora-by-heidi-ruby-miller-review.html ABOUT THE REVIEWER 1. What types of books do you review most often? I review all sorts of books--basically anything (and usually everything) that I read. Most of the books that I’m asked to review are indie books at the moment. 2. Are there any types of books you won’t review? Things that I know I’m unlikely to enjoy I won’t even read. I’m lucky to have enough time to read all the requests that I receive, but unless the synopsis so