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Did You Know? I post super secret content over on my Patreon.

On the 15th a Patron’s only post is going out about the 3rd book that inspired the founding of TCA. I told you all about Book #1 here & book #2 here. Initially, I felt a distinct loathing of book #3. The lessons it offered up were a little more than odd. (Real Scrooge McDuck style gold coins were involved in part of it.) If you’d like to become a Patron and get ALL of the stories (in addition to …

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6/14 7:30 p.m. CST-Mindset Challenges of a Writing Career Class

I realized I can teach you everything about business-ing, but if we don’t have our mindset in the right place it’s all irrelevant. So, I decided our June 14, 2021 Monday night class is going to be: Mindset Challenges of a Writing Career.  Writing is a hard industry,  but it’s impossible if we don’t have the right mindset. This workshop  delves into the mental challenges you’ll face in a creative career. Walk  away with a series of exercises and resources …

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Work with Jessica one-on-one this summer.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue one-on-one coaching after my new business, The Creative’s Apprentice, launches this fall. And, because I want the launch to be a success, while still delivering high quality editorial & coaching services, this summer I’m only going to take one coaching client.  The coaching package includes a full developmental edit, and one-on-one weekly coaching throughout the summer. (12 weeks total.)  If you have a manuscript draft and would like help with your revisions this is …

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Save the Dates, Tip Round Up, and Meet My New Roommate!

Tip Round Up I like it when I can find things easily, which is why I’ve decided to add Tip Round Ups to my monthly newsletter. Roundups will list all the tips I’ve shared in one easy to reference list for you. Below is everything we went over in 2019.  Can’t wait to see what we add in 2020! Craft tips: To Be + (-ing) First Draft Words Color Code & Find Balance Authorpreneurship tips: Author Websites-Step 1 Dear Ally, …

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Stealth Edits at Jo Co Library’s Writers Conference 11/16

  If you would like the chance to get four pages of your work edited, for free, by me, here’s what you need to do: 1) Join my writer email list. 2) Format your work in standard manuscript formatting. 3) Print a copy and bring it with you to the Jo Co Writers Conference on Saturday, November 16th. 4) Make sure your e-mail address is somewhere on the submission. (Hand write it, type it, put it in braille, doesn’t matter …

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First Draft Words & Writers United

What are your first draft words? Every time I start a first draft I want to die, because its bad… really, really bad. It is full of lazy verbs, vague descriptions, and brimming with first draft words. First draft words are crutch words–the words I use to get me into a scene or get two characters talking to one another. When I’m starting my 2nd draft, and re-reading that crap-tastic first version, I highlight first draft words and I compile …

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Stealth Edits at Writers United

If you would like the chance to get five pages of your work edited, for free, by me, here’s what you need to do: 1) Join my writer email list. 2) Format your work in standard manuscript formatting. 3) Print a copy 4) Write the secret code word: BREATHER on your submission. (Hand write it, type it, put it in braille, doesn’t matter to me. Just have the code word on there somewhere!) 5) Give your pages to me at …

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Want to meet some Kansas City Writers? Save the Dates!

I’m excited to be partnering with the Johnson County, KS Library for Writers United! Our amazing library is making it a little easier for writers to find one another by having monthly writer meet-ups this summer, and they were kind enough to invite me to be a guest host. If you’re in the KC area and want to meet other writers come join me on Wednesday, June 5th or Wednesday, July 10th! The meet-up takes place from 6 – 8 …

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Let’s work together! Apply by February 15, 2019 for spring coaching session.

2019 feels full of potential and unexpected surprises, just like that book you’ve been working on. Now’s the time to polish your manuscript and build your writing support system. You can do both in my spring coaching session. The session runs March 15th-July 15th and includes: One full developmental edit One query letter critique A one-on-one phone call Four months personalized coaching Weekly guidance Resources about the “nuts & bolts” of the industry Critique Partner Matching If you want help …

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FREE writers conference Nov 1-4 at the Jo. Co. KS Library & I’m Presenting!

In October of 2015, I took the opening pages of The Color Eater to The Johnson County Library. The library was hosting an entirely free writers’ conference, and one of the sessions involved group critiques of your work. Those critiques helped me fine tune the opening scene, the scene I sent in to Kneerim & Williams, the scene which led my agent to request for the full Color Eater manuscript, the scene that made my agent fall in love with …

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