Friday, March 25, 2011

The launch of Operation: Auction and other things...


Would you like £1,000 or a year of mentorship with a bestselling Australian romance author? Would you like to win a critique by your favorite editor or have a character in a book named after you?

You would?

Well, I have the how, when and where for you over at The Minxes blog! Come say hi!


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What Does Nora Roberts Know That You Don't?



Bet that got your attention didn’t it? Mine too! What DOES Nora Roberts know that we don't? For that matter what does Stephen King, George Lucas and one of my all time favorites James Cameron know? Well, from May 2 to May 27 you can find out!

Carol Hughes’s “What Does Nora Roberts Know That You Don’t?” course sounds fascinating. See for yourself:


DESCRIPTION: What does Nora Roberts, Stephen King, George Lucas (STAR WARS), Stephen Spielberg (E.T.), Terry Russo (SHREK/PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN), James Cameron (TITANIC/AVATAR) know about writing that makes them the mega stars that they are? How are they able to turn out the constant string of stories that they do while you are barely able to struggle to the final page of your current WIP? Why did TITANIC and AVATAR each gross over $1 BILLION in ticket sales in only a matter of weeks? Are you interested in learning the secret techniques that each of these mega stars has in common? It’s not as hard as you think – not if you know the simple-to-master writing secrets that they know and haven’t shared with you.

Seasoned pro or beginning writer, pansters or plotter – it doesn’t make any difference. You already know that writing takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, talent and a hearty dose of luck. Without the necessary writing tools to craft your wonderful story ideas into a finished work that people want to buy, all the hard work, talent, luck and perseverance in the world is useless without a solid, well-crafted story full of multi-dimensional characters to make you story come alive for every reader – or movie-goer. Do you know what the 18 scenes are that every story contains, no matter its length or genre? Do you know what impact your character’s mental gender has upon readers? Do you even know what your character’s mental gender is? Do you know how your character’s arc drives your story? Or how your story drives your character’s arc? Do you know the quick and easy way to create heart stopping dilemmas for your characters that drive your readers wild? Do you know what the 4 throughlines of every story is? Do you know how to weave them together?

Every successful story contains characters that come alive for the reader. Every successful story is built on a solid, easy-to master, story structure that works every single time. Every successful story lives on in the hearts and minds of readers because their authors have mastered the simple secrets needed to turn them into writing super stars. And you can, too. Join us and give Nora Roberts something to worry about.

It’s just $25 for non-members of the Colorado RWA and you can book your place by clicking here.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award




Teresa Ashby has given me the Stylish Blogger award! Thanks Teresa!

The rules for this one are really simple. I have to tell you seven things about myself and then pass it on to 15 bloggers.

So my seven things:

1. I’ve just completed an irrelevant business degree majoring in marketing and international business. I hated the whole darn thing from start to finish. I like to think that shows perseverance and character rather than stupidity.

2. I also have qualifications in customer service, multimedia and mediation, among other things. Course junkie? Moi?

3. I’m teaching myself to play the keyboard. Why? I have no idea.

4. I’ve never been able to pick a favorite colour. It alternates mainly between royal blue and purple. Which, incidentally, were the colours of my casts when I broke both my arms ;-)

5. I had an overbite as a child and couldn’t chew properly. I’m still not a big fan of meat. Lots of chew involved there.

6. I ran into one of those double-seater swings when I was a toddler and in addition to flying through the air I bruised my adult teeth. Did you know you can bruise teeth? It’s permanent. You don’t want it. Get rid of those swing sets immediately ;-)

7. I’m animal mad and I’ve rescued my own fair share of them. The last one was a baby dove that had fallen out of its nest and couldn’t fly yet. When it was released it actually came back and slept in its cage for one more night. Such a cutie!


I’m passing this award to:

















 
Enjoy!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Rule of Six


Want to know what it is? Yeah? Well, me too. I'm behind on my blogging and I should have shared this earlier but I've signed up for Shirley Jump’s Rule of Six online course and it launched today!  It's not too late to join though and it's just $25.  Here's the rest of the information from the Colorado Romance Writers website:


Title: Using the Rule of Six To Strengthen Everything From Plot to Titles
Instructor: Shirley Jump
Date: February 28 - March 25, 2011
Classroom: Foothills

DESCRIPTION: Capitalize on this technique marketing gurus have used for years to find the "thought not thought of yet" and avoid duplicating a plot line, character quirk or other idea already out there (that you may have seen subconsciously). Then learn how to use this technique to take your writing deeper and draw out more emotion, more conflict...more of everything! It's truly astounding when you see it in action. With this interactive class, New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump will show you how to use "Shirley's Rule of Six" for everything from plot to word choice. The result? More powerful writing that has that unique touch editors today are looking to buy.

BIO: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing women's fiction and romantic comedies (Vegas Pregnancy Surprise, July 2010) to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. As AJ Whitten, she also writes horror young adult novels for Houghton Mifflin's Graphia imprint with her daughter (The Well, September 2009). She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners. Visit her website or read recipes and life adventures at her blog.


A direct link to Shirley's class page isn't available so to join click here and then on the workshop tab at the top.  You'll find the title (and link) of Shirley's class listed there which is where you can purchase your spot.
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