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OCC/RWA Meeting Reminder â€“ Attack of the Blog Tour & High-Concept Hooking
OCC/RWA Chapter Meeting: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Doors open @ 9 a.m.
Ask-an-Author: Jillian Stone
Author First Chapter Critique:
â€œAttack of the Blog Tourâ€
To many authors, the thought of blogging gives them shivers and a full-on blog tour is cause for a panic attack! Author Tara Lain says step away from the ledge. Blog Tours can be manageable and profitable if you just know what youâ€™re doing. A PR and advertising pro in her day job, Tara is the author of 15 published novels all accompanied by some variation on a blog tour. And Tara planned them all herself. Sheâ€™ll tell you why you want to blog tour and will give step-by-step instructions for doing it well. From deciding the dates, lining up the hosts, figuring out what to blog, planning a contest, to thanking the hosts, blog tours can be fun. Tara will show you how.
â€œHigh Concept: Hooking the Reader Before She Even Beginsâ€
This workshop will discuss what high concept is and is not and what it can do for you as well as how to decide if your story is high concept “enough.” Use this universal technique to increase your potential to sales to both an editor and a wider audience.
NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards including a prestigious Golden HeartÂ®, a Rebecca, and two HOLT Medallions. She is also a double finalist this year in the RWA RITA Awards as well as a finalist in the Daphne Du Mauriers. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. After the Golden Heart final, she pimped herself as best she could, landed an amazing agent and has sold 8 books to St. Martinâ€™s Press. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.
â€œSubmission: Writing a Short Story for Anthology Call-Outâ€
This class, instead, deals with catering a short story specifically to a publisherâ€™s request for submissions. Regularly, editors and publishers list upcoming anthologies and the types of stories theyâ€™re looking to include.
The course will explore current call-outs, and students will be encouraged to write specifically for one anthology and to submit the work at the end of the course. Basic crafting of a short story, such as development, characterization, plot structure & dialogue also will be covered. Since most short stories fall within 2,500 to 5,000 words, weâ€™ll also look at ways to making word choice count and address the editing process. â€¨â€¨End Goal:
Come prepared to write! Student should write at least one new story during the course and actually send it out for submission. We want to see some publication success with this course.