Monday, May 9, 2011

WITS Announcements May 2011

Kristen House has developed a summer writing program called "A Novel Idea." It is aimed at teaching middle-grade students (rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders) and high-school students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to write a novel in a month during their summer break.


WITS team member Dianna Calareso has published her memoir online via Smashwords (self-publishing is the way of the future, no?). We are absolutely thrilled for her success. The book only costs $2.49, and she's donating 25 percent of every sale to the Alzheimer's Association (the memoir is about her grandfather, a retired Marine who suffered from Alzheimer's until his death in 2005). Here's the link, which includes a short and long synopsis, as well as instructions for downloading and sharing via social media.

Join Yvonne Perry and Carol Batey for a teleseminar May 4 at 7 p.m. Central Time. This workshop is packed writing, marketing, and publishing information that will allow you to be informed and ready to unleash your creativity. Register now at

Writing, Book Formatting, & Marketing Classes
Have you ever thought of taking classes to improve your writing? Are you a self-publishing author who wants to personally work with an editor on your book manuscript? The writing instructors on Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services (WITS) team are available to work one-on-one with you by phone or email (or in person if you are in the Nashville area). Group classes are also offered. See for more info.
BookBuzzr had a webinar about Using Twitter to Market Your Book. The panel consisted of Carolyn-Howard Johnson (author of the HowToDoItFrugally series), Joel Friedlander (proprietor of Marin Bookworks), Laurel Marshfield (professional writer, ghostwriter and developmental editor), Phyllis Zimbler Miller (co-founder of Miller Mosaic Power Marketing) and Penny C. Sansevieri (CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc.). See what the experts had to say:

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