Hey Writers,

Avoiding, surviving, and recovering from burnout are topics of many books, blogs, articles, and conference classes for writers.

Most authors will, at one time or another, find themselves struggling with it.

But what we don't hear very often is how burnout can ultimately make a writer a better author.

Have you, or are you, struggling with burnout? 

Michelle Pennington from the popular Writing Gals podcast is with us today to share how the experience of burnout can actually lead to better things.

Don't miss this tip: "How Burnout Made Me a Better Author"





Jonathan Maberry, one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Authors, is coming to Apex!

On Monday, January 23, 2023 at 7:00 pm MT he'll be talking to us about the most effective ways to query. Bring your notebooks & questions!

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, is in production as a Netflix original series, starring Ian Somerhalder (LOST, VAMPIRE DIARIES) and will debut in early 2019. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; and he writes for adults, teens and middle grade. His comics include Black Panther: DoomWar, The Punisher: Naked Kills and Bad Blood. He is a board member of the Horror Writers Association and the president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. He lives in Del Mar, California. Find him online at



📌 Opportunity for Apexers:

Submit your pitches, queries, or synopsis. A few will be selected for an upcoming Strategy meeting with Patrick Hopkins & Morgan Hazelwood from “Rewriting Queries with Patrick Hopkins! (And Morgan)” on Jan 30th Strategy to demonstrate concepts and possibly rewrite them to make your docs as strong as possible.

Please email to and HAVE IN THE SUBJECT LINE: “Jan 30 Strategy."
REMEMBER our presenters will be selecting from what is sent.

Tammy will be accepting these emails up to midnight January 21, 2022.


Strategy Update & Links

In the Fall of 2021, AJ Benson and David Farland created a “Success Group” within Apex and the first episode of Strategy, “How Traditional Publishing Works,” was born. Many of these early Strategy meetings were led by Dave, such as "Desired Outcomes and Marketing to the Right Audience," “Creating Your List” and “Parsing Out Book Rights” (and more) while AJ led sessions such as “Websites” and “Self-Publishing.”

Dave hoped guests from inside or outside of Apex would talk about strategic things to us and he wanted Apexers to feel comfortable asking questions and engaging in dialogue. He left behind his vision for us. We have both Apex members and visitors join our Strategy Zoom to talk about everything from craft to tools to marketing and publishing.

We have a few new things to share. To make things easier for our members to both decide what to attend live and how to decide what to watch when on the replays, we have added a few new tools. We have “At a Glance” for both Strategy meeting and “For Mastermind” and we have a searchable Index for our Strategy meetings.

Strategy at a Glance:

Mastermind at a Glance:

Strategy Searchable Index:


MICHAEL HAUGE, one of Hollywood’s Top Coaches & Story Experts is coming to Apex in February!

Michael is the bestselling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, as well as the 20th Anniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell, and his latest book, Storytelling Made Easy: Persuade and Transform Your Audiences, Buyers and Clients – Simply, Quickly and Profitably.

He has presented seminars, lectures and keynotes to more than 300,000 participants worldwide, including countless screenwriters, novelists and filmmakers. And, he has consulted on projects starring (among many others) Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and Reese Witherspoon.

So what will Michael be talking to us about? We will be taking a poll from Apexers and giving Michael the top two answers. Below are the talks we're going to poll. Look for it on the Apex-Writers Facebook and vote!



📌 Shout-out to some of our Apexers for this week!

  • William Joseph Roberts for his WoTF Honorable Mention “Messenger of Death.”
  • Wulf Moon for his phenomenal Kickstarter - $7,000 in less than 12 hours and concluding with a 1,124 percent over initial funding goal! This is for HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY, his debut book in his SUPER SECRETS series.
  • Jason J Willis for his first paid, professional-level publication in System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology 2.
  • And Brady Hunsaker for his first book, SCORNED PRINCE, which comes out in March!
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