Saturday, July 3, 2010

Network with Us July 2010

Add your announcement or brag about your writing accomplishment. Tell us about your book or business. Share information and ideas or send articles or advertorial for the next issue by contacting us on our Web site: . Here are some announcements from our readers this month:

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream... Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject or write a short story, 5 pages maximum on any theme for a chance to win up to $500.00 in cash prizes. All works must be original.

Poetry Prizes: $250, $125, $50.
Writing Prizes: $500, $250, $100.

Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story.
More info:

Janet Riehl is both on the cover and between the covers of the anthology, The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower & Inspire.  Janet
also wrote a foreword for Margaret Norton's just-published book, When Ties Break: A Memoir about How to Thrive After Loss.

2010 Summer Writing Retreat
July 26-30, 2010
Sul Ross State University
Alpine, TX

Ever want to get away from it all and spend a week immersed in writing? Here's your chance with the 2010 Summer Writing Retreat at Sul Ross State University in scenic Alpine, deep in the heart of West Texas.
There’s something about the stunning landscape of mountainous West Texas—not to mention the refreshing afternoon showers and cool summer evenings—that inspire writers to simply write.
Intensive writing workshops will be taught by five of Texas’ premier authors. Whichever class you select, it will feature:
• Intimate classes (20 students maximum)
• Personalized instruction
• Time dedicated for writing

Close the week at the 2010 Way Out West Texas Book Festival in Alpine July 29–31. The Summer Writing Retreat instructors will join other authors for readings and book signings and a whole lot of literary fun.

Tuition is $299 for WLT members / $359 nonmembers plus room and board. To register online with credit card, PayPal or Google checkout, visit the
Summer Writing Retreat registration page.

Expert Corporate Writing
Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services now offers a way for businesses
to outsource their corporate writing. ContactMartin Smith for resumes, portfolios, press kits, executive summaries, and other white papers andbusiness documents.

Write Press Newsletter, launched in December 2009, is a wonderful and exciting way for non-fiction authors to introduce their book to an entire community of online and offline readers. This newsletter, available in print form only, is designed to provide authors with an opportunity to share insightful information about the creation and inspiration of their book. The first issue of Write Press News, delivered direct to the front door of readers and distributed all of our live events, has been well received and the books we recommend are selling!

The upcoming issue of Write Press News will feature authors such as Joel Comm, Sarah Young and a personal interview with John Porter, Sr. The Write Press Newsletter is a valuable resource for readers and authors alike. Readers can subscribe and authors can learn more about how they can have their book featured in Write Press News by visiting our website at

Barbara Techel, proud mom of Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog, as well as bestselling author of
Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog book series is thrilled to announce that Frankie’s story will appear in the July 12th issue of one of the top-selling woman’s magazine, Woman’s World. For more information about Barbara and Frankie visit

Barbara’s passion is bringing a positive face and voice to all animals with disabilities! Invite Frankie to visit your classroom, library or book club via Skype an Author

Job Hunting in Nashville? 
If you've been sending out resumes and haven't gotten the response from employers you've been hoping for, then maybe it's time to put your best face forward. Stand out in a crowded and competitive job market with an HD Video Resume. To learn more about how you could be just one minute away from your dream job. Go and check out our Video Resumes page. It's also a great resource from employers looking for the perfect person to fill an opening.

Nancy Kelly Allen's latest picture book, Trouble in Troublesome Creek [Red Rock Press, 2010], has been selected as the book to represent Kentucky at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC in September. One children's book from each state is selected for this event.

The San Francisco Book Festival awarded Janet Riehl's audio book, Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry & Music

Want to learn how to get your book on the shelves at libraries? See  The Savvy Book
Marketer's Guide to Selling Your Book to Libraries

Get a FREE 30-day trial of Allison Maslan’s life coaching software for personal development and goal setting at

Need help with using Twitter? Check out Dana Lynn Smith'sTwitter Guide for Authors.

Writers! Would you like to know how your manuscript reads (and not by a family member or best friend) before you consider it "final"? Visit to see if this objective feedback reader
service fits your needs. You can also contact Joyce Shafer at

Need a Personal Writing Instructor?

Adjunct professorDianna Calareso is available for one-on-one or group sessions by phone,email, and online conferences.

Get your pens out (or keyboard) and turn your story into a winner!
If you’ve been following Claudia Del Balso's blog:, then you’ve read her posts regarding writing. It’s time to put your knowledge to the test. If you are currently working on a short story that needs tweaking or major editing then you’ve come to the right place. There’s NO entry or reading fee, so what are you waiting for?

The guidelines for submission are simple:

1) Length must not exceed 2,500 words (Word count is strictly enforced).
2) Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, and in Word.
3) Font should be either Arial or Times New Roman, size 12. (This will make it easier on our panel of readers’ eyes)
4) You must be an aspiring or emerging writer.
5) You must be working on this story (not published before).
6) Only one story per participant.
7) You must register to follow Claudia's blog by clicking on the icon "Follow" on the right-hand side at
8) Deadline to enter July 31, 2010. Winner will be announced in my blog on August 18th.
9) Send your entry via e-mail to:
10) In the e-mail subject line, please write: Writing Contest: (Title of your story)

The prize: You’ll get to work with a Canadian author, editor, and poet. He’ll give you feedback on this story in order to make it better. You’ll have the opportunity to revise it twice and ask him questions. He’ll give you overall comments on POV, dialogue, and characterization. I am giving this opportunity to aspiring writers because I know how difficult it is to make it into this business. I bet you’re asking, so what’s the catch? An easy one! Join my blog. Click on the icon “FOLLOW”. You have nothing to lose but everything to gain by reading my tips and advice on everything there is to know about writing, editing, and publishing. Is that so bad? If you have any questions regarding this contest contact me to the e-mail address above. Keep your pen moving and your eyes on the prize! Good luck to all participants!

Learn more at

Announcing Creative Writing Classes with author Roberta Allen
Multi-published author Roberta Allen has taught private workshops since 1991 and is offering creative writing classes designed to help writers overcome blocks, build confidence, feel safe taking risks, recognize what works and what doesn’t, and learn to trust their intuition.

These creative writing classes are conducted in a group setting to those who can meet in-person in the New York, NY area. For those outside New York, Roberta has a special introductory offer on one-on-one mentoring tele-classes by phone and email.

Roberta’s supportive, constructive critiques give specific suggestions for improvement as she teaches students to recognize their individual writing process and what can be done to improve it. Learn how to write micro fiction, micro memoirs, short stories, memoirs, novels, experimental forms. Instruction on point of view, structure, voice, style, language, character, conflict, plot, theme, dialogue, and rhythm.

Ms. Allen has been on the faculty of The New School for 18 years and has taught in the writing program at Columbia University. Check out the classes or sign up at

Your announcement could be here. Check out the submission guidelines and send us your blurb.

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1 comment:

Janet said...


You are such a generous supporter of a far-flung writing community. Thanks for posting my good news.

Janet Riehl