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Excellent Craft & Industry Read

 


 
Ally Carter's Dear Ally, How Do You Write A Book? is an excellent resource for writers at all stages of their career, and especially for beginning writers.

Carter covers craft questions, the emotional side of our weird job, and breaks down the publishing industry in a super relatable way.  The book was written with teen writers in mind, but I recommend it for writers of any age. Her conversational style and the interviews with dozens of other authors make it super readable.

And, by the way, I don't know Ally or have any vested interest in this book--it's just my #1 recommendation for people new to the industry. It's informative and encouraging, which is an ideal combination for any writer.

Right now I'm in Australia!
Hanging out with Paula Gleeson!


Who's Paula Gleeson you ask? She's an amazing writer, one of the hardest workers I have ever come across (she makes me look totes lazy) and was in my very first Authorpreneurial Coaching session ever. And, oh yeah... she happens to live in Australia.

We found each other through YA4YA. Paula was my mentee and I asked her, "Hey, would you mind participating in this pilot program I'm working on?" Paula generously agreed, and we started working together in November of 2018.

I had a great time doing a comprehensive edit on Finding Snow, her YA historical fantasy retelling of Snow White. (Did you know Snow White is based on a real person? Yeah, me neither--until I met Paula!) And over the next four months we worked through the group sessions together on things like: building author websites, revisions, and the agent/author relationship.

After class formally came to an end, Paula & I kept working together. We did a few one-on-one coaching sessions when she got her first agent offer. That session led to her eliciting a competing agent offer, and then we walked through the important decision of choosing the right agent and the contract process.  Seven months after we began working together Paula signed with Weronika Janczuk at D4E0 Literary Agency.

Paula drinking a glass of wine in celebration of her D4EO contract signing.

This is Paula celebrating right after she signed her agency contract.  Now I'm drinking wine WITH HER! And we're celebrating together!!!!

Paula worked her tail off the whole time I've known her, and I am continually astounded by her work ethic, creativity, and ability to put a smile on my face. I am so proud of and happy for her, and now I can say I've met Paula IN REAL LIFE!

WORK WITH JESSICA

Places to Connect with
Kansas City Writers this August
 

  • Monday, August 5th 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Story Center Critique Group. MCPL's Woodneath Library, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO 64157. Anyone can show up.  You're encouraged to bring five copies of your piece. (I believe up to 2,000 words.) The group is divided into groups of four where you learn how to critique and revise based on those critiques.
 
  • Wednesday, August 7th 2019, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Writers United.  Jo. Co. Libary's Central Resource Branch, 9875 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212. Connect with other writers, get feedback from one another, or get some writing done. Hosted by Tiffany White this month.
 
  • Monday, August 19th 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Woodneath Writers. MCPL's Woodneath Library, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO 64157. I don't know much about this program, if you go please report back & let me know what its like so I can share the info with everyone else.


If you find out about any other places to connect with other writers please let me know!

 
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