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Kristi Tuck Austin
Writer. Reader. Authors' assistant. James River Writers Board of Directors. Wannabe explorer. Moffat fangirl.
Writer. Reader. Authors' assistant. James River Writers Board of Directors. Wannabe explorer. Moffat fangirl.

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Wrimos, what now? Figure it out with The Book Doctors. #nanowrimowinner   #nanowrimo  
Thursday, January 29, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST

It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published now than ever before. Still, with that plethora of options comes confusion. That's where The Book Doctors come in, with a prescription for getting your NaNo-novel successfully published.

This interactive seminar will break down the process of writing a query letter, finding an agent and/or publisher, and determining the right publishing strategy for you. You’ll get the skinny on whether to go with the Big 5 publishing houses, an independent publisher, or self-publishing.

The first 50 people to sign-up will have the opportunity to send in your query letters; we'll choose three at random to evaluate and provide feedback. All donors will also receive a PDF of our best pitch tips.

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There's a New Scottish Water Monster Even Scarier Than Nessie

Scotland's Isle of Skye, also known as "Dinosaur Isle," has delivered another incredible set of fossils. The newly identified prehistoric marine reptile Dearcmhara shawcrossi is believed to have lived 170 million years ago and been the size of a motorboat -- about 14 or 15 feet long.

"It looks like a dinosaur, but it isn’t technically a dinosaur," researcher Stephen Brusatte told NPR. "Dinosaurs didn’t live in the ocean. And it's the first of these sea-living, enormous, colossal top-of-the food-chain reptiles that’s ever been found in Scotland." More on the discovery here:  

For more stories on mysterious creatures, follow the Bigfoot Sightings! trove:

#scotland   #science   #lochness  

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Writers, here's a great opportunity to have publishing professionals critique your pitch, which is big step toward finding an agent. The Book Doctors tell you how to improve in a kind and gentle way. I've learned so much from Pitchapalooza and working with the Book Doctors. There are only a couple slots left, so hurry.  
Jumpstart your writing career in 2015. PITCHAPALOOZA Webinar: Wednesday, January 14, 8-10 p.m. EST. Unlike the live event, writers are GUARANTEED to have their pitch heard. 

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Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie has a new book out! 

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David Henry Sterry's article has info for writers who are deciding how to publish:
3 paths to publication
8 reasons to self-publish
4 principles for successfully publishing your book
#amwriting   #selfpublish   #publishing  

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This post has great info for all writers deciding how they plan to publish. It includes four principles to successful publishing and eight reasons to self-publish. Plus, there's a webinar on July 16 with more information! 

#amwriting  #selfpublish  
It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. Let us help. 

"How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?" includes 3 publishing paths, 8 reasons to self-publish, and 4 principles of successful publishing. 

#amwriting   #getpublished   #WLC  

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This webinar (July 16, 8PM EDT) will be perfect for all not-yet-published writers. I really want to attend. 

Click the link for a longer description. 

This interactive seminar will break down the three paths to publishing:

1) The Big Five (HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster etc.)

2) Independent Publisher (whether in the form of a university press, a literary press or a press specializing in a particular subject)

3) Self-publishing

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Tomorrow's Writing Show will explore place. Call it setting. Call it atmosphere. Call it whatever you want, we need it. I'm eager to learn from talented authors and improve my craft. Richmond writers, I hope to see you there. Only $10 for 2 hours. You can't beat that. 

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I finished Dreams of Gods and Monsters this weekend. Oh my. 

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I admit to failing
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