Most people experience some form of depression in their lives, to varying degrees. For some, it’s a period of self-doubt and hopelessness. For others, it’s a debilitating state of mind that inhibits every aspect of their life. And there are many levels in between. In any form, depression impacts our writing—what we write, how we write it, our productivity and our ability to pursue the business of publishing. Come chat with us about how depression may have impacted your writing life and career, Sunday, December 10th, 4pm PT / 7pm ET.
Your query letter is your first impression, the first taste an agent or editor gets of your writing, and can sometimes become the base for your book’s blurb. Writing a query often feels more nerve-wracking than writing the book itself! There’s so much pressure to “get it right.” Same with writing your cover copy or blurb. This is the text that will draw in readers, push their trope buttons, and whet their appetites for the journey ahead. Let’s talk about writing queries and cover copy on Sunday, December 3rd, at 7pmET/4pmPT.
We’ve all encountered those characters that leap off the page and take on a life of their own—but how do you make that happen in your own work? On Sunday, November 26 we’ll be chatting about how to add depth and realism to your characterization. Join us at 4pm PT | 7pm ET to share your experience.
All year round, but especially with the holidays coming up, finding time to write can be difficult. How do you keep putting words on the page when you can’t block out big chunks of time to sit down and work? Whether you struggle with stealing time to write, or you’re an expert with all the answers, come share your knowledge and your struggles with us on Sunday, November 19th @ 4pm PT | 7pm ET.
Writing a whole book, or even a whole series, and having no publisher sign it, can be very discouraging. If you’re pursuing traditional publishing, writing a proposal (a series blurb, synopsis and first three chapters or so, depending on the publisher), can be a great way to see if an editor is interested in your idea before you put in the blood sweat and tears to write the whole book. Join us to discuss how you write proposals or learn from others how they’ve done it. Sunday, November 12th, 4pm PT / 7pm ET.
RWA has a list of subgenres on their site, but the last time we asked for topic suggestions, this one came up a few times. Do these sub-categories still represent the breakdown of Romance as a genre? Should there be more? Fewer? What happens if you’re writing genre hybrid–how do you decide how to pitch, market, and sell your books? We’ll talk about all of that and more on Sunday, November 5th, 7pmET/4pmPT.
Self-promotion is one of the biggest struggles we face as authors, but it gets even more complicated when you factor in introvert/extrovert strengths. You might have finally mastered (or at least come to terms with) the ins and outs of digital promotion, only to freeze up when pitching your book face to face. Or maybe you feel way more comfortable recommending your book to someone you can have a real, live conversation with, while digital promotion feels like shouting into the void.
Bring your strengths, or your utter befuddlement towards any kind of marketing, on October 29th, when we discuss in-person marketing vs. online marketing.