Monday, December 20, 2010


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OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL is pleased to announce our CAMPUS online workshop/class
for the month of January

Instructor: Gail Gaymer Martin
DATES: January 4 through 22, 2011
Cost: $20 members, $25 non members

This class will cover techniques that will result in a story that moves and
flows rather than plodding along.

Part I will define story and explore how story connects with the reader. Styles
of plotting will be explained, then Plotting and Pacing will be defined with
explanation on layering the plot and showing growth and change of the
characters. Looking at plotting as a Three-Act Play, the Act I will be as to
the purpose it serves, proper use of backstory and hooking the reader and ending
Act .

Part II will explore what the author must accomplish in Act II. It will cover
reader expectation, purpose, conflicts, deepening the stakes, and emphasis on
pacing by using scene and sequel and positioning plot points. Plot hooks will
also be covered.

Part III will cover techniques to avoid the sagging middle in Act II and the
major setback. Act III will cover the purpose this act and resolving all major
issues with tips on ways to leave the reader with a memorable story.

Posting Schedule:
This workshop will be a three-part class with each part emailed on Monday: Jan
4, Jan 22, and Jan. 18. To allow all class members a chance to read the
material, Thursday of each week will open comments and questions. Send your last
comments or questions no later than Saturday noon. Saturday evening will close
the discussion. Sunday will be a non-class day.

Award-winning author, Gail Gaymer Martin, writes women's fiction, romance and
romantic suspense for Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Beginning to write
fiction in 1997, she sold her first novel in 1998 and now has signed forty-four
fiction contracts with three million books in print. Gail's books have been
honored with seven national awards, including the Romantic Times Reviewers
Choice. She is the author of Writing the Christian Romance released by Writers
Digest. She is a keynote speaker and workshop presenter across the U.S. She has
a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Before
writing, she worked as a high school English and public speaking teacher,
licensed guidance counselor and finally an adjunct instructor of English and
public speaking at Davenport University. Visit her web site at and her blog on Writing Fiction Right at

CAMPUS workshops encompass the RESEARCH, CRAFT and BUSINESS aspects of writing. 
The workshops are conducted via email only, no real-time or live chats, on a
private list. Participants will be subbed to the list for the month of the
workshop then unsubscribed when it's over. Each workshop includes lectures and Q
& A sessions. You don't have to be an RWA member to take these workshops; they
are open to everyone with email capability who wishes to participate.


No refunds will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event a
workshop is canceled by the instructor CAMPUS offers the option of taking
another workshop or the return of payment check. In the event the class member
misses the cutoff date for a workshop, the payment check will be returned or
another workshop can be selected.

Check out the OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL website at, WHERE you
can find out more about becoming a member of OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL ROMANCE
WRITERS Chapter.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

the End of the Aztec Calendar theme

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Moongypsy Press is proud to announce our first anniversary contest.
The theme for this year's contest is the End of the Aztec Calendar using Romance, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, or Historical genres.
The first place winner in each genre in the Novel class (80K or more words) will be published by Moongypsy Press in Ebook and Print formats. 
Moongypsy Press will publish the first place winner in each genre of the short story class (50 K or less) in an anthology in both Ebook and Print formats.
Deadline for all entries is January 25, 2011, midnight PST
Electronically submit the first 30 pages to MGPFB@...  along with a cover letter including word count, genre, and the following personal information:

Name (and pseudonym, if applicable)
Mailing address
Phone number
E-mail address
Web address (if available)
Foery MacDonell, CEO Moongypsy Press, Author of Laird of the Mist, The Rhythm to Your Rhyme, and The Fool's Journey.
Tabitha Shay, member of the Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Inc., Author of Witch's Moon. Author of Montana Men under pen Jayden Chelcee
Diana RubinoSr. Acquisitions Editor at Moongypsy Press, Author of One Too Many Times and many historical novels.
 Becky EastmanDirector of Marketing, Promotions, and Reviews

Friday, December 17, 2010

Best of the Web Page


We are now actively taking nominations for the DigiCon best of the web page:

For the Best of the Web page nominations:

1. It may be any item of value to an author so long as it's free and/or in the public domain or with a free use license for copyright items
2. A URL for link-back
3. A title as you would like it to appear on the page (if it's yours)
4. A short description of no more than 300 words (preferred)
5. A graphic - jpg only
6. The name of the individual/organiza tion hosting, offering or owning the item with contact information.

To clarify - the nomination can be anything - from freeware to cheat sheets to auto critters, dictionaries, submittal tracking - everything.

We are also taking nominations for services and items that are not free - meaning things like Super Notecard or Lino post it notes at (which is free and subscription based) as is Evernote, and MindMiester

Please send nominations directly to me at digicon@savvyauthor s. Please include your name with the nomination as well as your relationship to the nomination if any. 

Nominations are due by February 1, 2011.

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Break Free From the Slush Pile

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The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

Break Free From the Slush Pile -- Presented By CJ Lyons, MD

January 3, 2011 through January 17, 2011

Join award-winning medical suspense author CJ Lyons as she explains the secrets
to successful pitching, tips to engage an editor or agent through your query
letter, and reveals the creation of a high concept.

CJ has received requests for manuscripts every time she pitched. She'll help you
feel more comfortable during your pitch session and more confident with your
pitch. This highly interactive workshop will help you polish your query letter,
create a pitch, and prepare you for meeting an agent or editor.

WHERE: This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email
invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop.

HOW: Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via PayPal.
The cost is $15.00 for FFnP members and $20.00 for non-FFnP members. If you are
a member of FFnP be sure you are logged into the website before you register to
get the member price. Payment is due at time of registration.


WHO: As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about. 
In addition to being an award-winning medical suspense author, CJ is a
nationally known presenter and keynote speaker.

Her first novel, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), received praise as a
"breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller" from Publishers Weekly, was
reviewed favorably by the Baltimore Sun and Newsday, named a Top Pick by
Romantic Times Book Review Magazine, and became a National Bestseller. Her
award-winning, critically acclaimed Angels of Mercy series (LIFELINES, WARNING
SIGNS, and URGENT CARE) is available now and the series finale, CRITICAL
CONDITION, hits stores November, 2010. Her newest project is as co-author of a
new suspense series with Erin Brockovich. To learn more about CJ and her work,
go to

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Workshops at Savvy Writer

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Workshops, Seminars, and Savvy U Courses That May be of Interest

*LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER - Starting Monday Dec 6th*.
Sherlock Holmes with Beth Daniels - The Movie -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 582

How To Create A Professional Self-Published Book -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 561

*Special Events*

New and Expanded - Before You Hit Send: Self-Editing for Published and
Unpublished Authors with *Angela James* -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 675

EditPalooza - Edit your book with a professional editor -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 678

Self Editing and Revising the Knock Out Novel: A Webinar with *James Scott
Bel*l - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 689

<http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 689>

*Savvy U Courses - Beginning in January*

Your Fantasy Novel – Start to Finish with P. June Diehl -
http://www.savvyaut vb/content. php?342-Your- Fantasy-Novel- Start-to- Finish-in- One-Year- with-P-June- Diehl

Building a Mystery from Front to Back with Misa Ramirez -
http://www.savvyaut vb/content. php?343-Building -a-Mystery- from-the- Back-to-Front- with-Misa- Ramirez

Write a Novel with Mythic Impact with Marcy Weydemuller -
http://www.savvyaut vb/content. php?451-Write- a-Novel-With- Mythic-Impact

*Win a Savvy U Scholarship! *

Marcy Weydemuller' s "Write A Legend" Contest -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 674

*Anatomy of Writing - Deconstructing Stories Series*

Learn to write stories they can’t put down or walk away from by taking them
apart in these week long seminars.

Sherlock Holmes with Beth Daniels - The Movie -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 582

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie with Margot Kinberg -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 643

Deconstructing Stephanie Plum with Devon Ellington -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 644

Stargate - Once You Learn the Vowels with Jessie Verino -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 580

Iron Man with Jeanne Adams -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 592

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane with Bob Mayer -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 575

For the Earl’s Pleasure by Anne Mallory with Janet Miller/Cricket Starr -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 610

P.S. I Love You with Kerri Nelson -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 593

Fever Pitch with Maria Geraci -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 618

The Deconstruction of Iron Man with Margaret McGaffey Fisk -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 606


Flights of the Tardis: What the World of Dr. Who Can Teach You About
Plotting...Even if You're a Pantser -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 640

*Dec - Three Day Mini-Course*

How To Create A Professional Self-Published Book -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 561

*January 2011
Roman Empire Promotion for Authors -
http://www.savvyaut event.cfm? EventID=547

Celtic Knot Work: Weaving Together Characters And Plotting -
http://www.savvyaut event.cfm? EventID=381

Writing a Mystery - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 505

The Dark Hero - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 508

Inside the Criminal Mind -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 552

MATCHMAKING 101: A Yenta’s Guide to Creating, Sustaining and Overcoming
Conflict in a Romance -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 486

The Short Story - From Idea to Draft in 30 Days -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 391

Powerhouse Scenes - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 397

Loglines – Just the Facts, Ma’am -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 400

Don't Be At A Loss For Words: Achieve Your Goals in Writing and Life -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 351

Warrior Writer - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 352

Changing Genres: How to Decide What to Keep and What to Dump, What to
Change, What to Enhance When Following Trends, Jumping into Different
“Lines” - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 283

One Story, Many Voices -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 254

The First Chapter - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 331

Richard the Lionheart & the Crusades -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 343

Flash Fiction: What is it? How do I write it? Why should I bother? -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 660

Riding the Lightening - Writing the M/M Relationship -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 558

The Conflict of Character -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 358

3 Secrets to Creating Dynamic Dialogue -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 350

Showing the Transformational Character Arc: a practical hands on guide to
what, why and how - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 376

http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 286

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 663

Podcasting - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 664

Writing for Young Adults -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 623

Running in the Dark: Organic Structure for Character-driven Stories -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 557

Weapons, Violence and Wounds -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 563

Roman Empire Promotion for Authors -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 547

The Language of Liars -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 551

Writing the Erotic Romance -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 524

Showing vs. Telling - How to Use Both -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 492

Career Building - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 485

Sharing Your Knowledge: How to Put Together an Online Workshop and Find
Hungry Students - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 285

Writing Basics: From A (Action Scenes) to Z (Zest) -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 321

Blurb It - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 401


Generating Story Ideas & Choosing the Best -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 375

Secrets of the Prolific: How to Overcome Procrastination, Perfectionism and
Writer’s Block - http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 310

Creating Fresh Content for Your Blog -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 562

Flash Fiction: Part Two -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 661

Spilling the Beans: Secrets, Lies, and Backstory -
http://www.savvyaut vb/showevent. php?eventid= 703

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