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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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Join me at Writers United this Wednesday, December 4th. I’m hosting Writers United this Wednesday night from 6- 8 p.m. and hope you will join me. We have special guests this month: Tiffany White of Writers Untapped will be offering free query critiques or offer feedback on the first 5 pages of a story for you Whitney Terrell of UMKC will be at the industry insiders table answering all questions MFA related. Whitney also has an extensive publication history as …

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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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Join Me at Johnson County Library’s 2017 Writers Conference

I love our libraries in Kansas City! The KCMO Public library was the master minds behind the day I got to talk to George R.R. Martin. And, now the Johnson County Library is hosting another FREE writers conference. I attended the conference last year and participated in one of the critique sessions.  I took the opening chapter of The Color Eater and ran it through one more round of edits, based upon the fresh eyes and feed-back of writers attending …

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