Tuesday, 13 November 2018

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"I highly recommend this course to aspiring copyeditors" -RK


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Writer's Digest is proud to offer our Copyediting Certification course. This workshop will provide training for aspiring copy editors in order to give them practical and marketable workplace skills. As a student in this certification course, you will progress from the fundamentals of grammar, form and composition to advanced copyediting skills.

This certification course incorporates critiqued writing assignments and tools to communicate directly with your instructor and fellow students—to make sure that you are grasping the content. You will also have quizzes to check yourself along the way and a comprehensive test at the end of the course.

What you'll learn
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Fundamentals of punctuation and grammar
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Guidelines for form and composition
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How to write using style guides
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How to put grammar rules into action!

Who should attend
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Those interested in pursuing a career as a copy editor.
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Creative writers who want to learn the skills to self-edit.
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Teachers who want to brush up on their grammar skills.

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"This course was very enjoyable and an excellent review of grammar rules I had forgotten. I certainly feel more confident about my copyediting skills." -MP
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"I enjoyed taking the course. Kim is great!" -RS

November 15, 2018 - February 7, 2019

$799.99


Instructor: Kim Catanzarite
Kim is a freelance copy editor who has over twenty years' experience in the editorial field. She has edited hundreds of nonfiction and fiction titles in a vast variety of genres from how-to to history to writing guides and commercial novels, as well as magazines and newspapers.

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“Show, don’t tell,” might be the single most common piece of advice authors of fiction both give and receive. But what does this actually mean, and how can you apply the concept to your writing? The differences are usually not so easily spelled out. This kit is designed to break down the aspects of "showing" vs. "telling" so that you can create a convincing and believable world for your readers to explore. This collection contains three ebooks and 3 downloadable writing resources that will put your story on the path to success.

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Our writing online workshops cover every aspect of writing, from how to get started all the way to getting your writing published. Writer’s Digest University features writing classes online for every skill level of writer and our professional instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your writing goals.
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Courses Starting This Week:

12 Weeks to a First Draft
Instructor: Terri Valentine
In the workshop, you'll learn all the tools needed to complete a full first draft. You will tackle the steps to writing a book, learn effective writing techniques along the way, and of course, begin writing your first draft.

Advanced Poetry
Instructor: Elizabeth Huergo
This course will help you build and strengthen your poetry writing skills with published poet Elizabeth Huergo. Make sure you have three poems ready before class starts! New to poetry? Click here instead to learn the basics.

Blogging 101
Instructor: Dan Blank
Blogging is one way to share your expertise and—at the same time—build an author platform. This online writing workshop will guide you through the entire blogging process—how to create and setup a blog, where to start, and much more.

Character Development
Instructor: Gloria Kempton
When you take this online writing course, you will learn how to create believable fiction characters and construct scenes with emotional depth and range.

Copyediting Certification Course
Instructor: Kim Catanzarite
This workshop will provide you with the practical and marketable workplace skills you need to get ahead as an aspiring copy editor. Once you complete all the assignments and pass the comprehensive test, you will receive documentation of completion.

Fundamentals of Fiction
Instructor: G. Miki Hayden
This workshop will take you through all of the basics of writing a novel. Including how important it is to choose a great setting, how to build your characters so that your readers care about them, what point of view you should choose, and more. If you are new to fiction writing, this course is perfect for you!

Pitch An Article: Write for Today's Marketplace
Instructor: Estelle Erasmus
Learn to write throught reading! This course will demonstrate that the best way to become a good writer is to study the writing of others, especially the work of the masters.

Write Great Dialogue
Instructor: Gloria Kempton
When you take this online writing workshop you’ll discover how to write dialogue that advances your story’s plot. By the end of this workshop, you will have all the tools and resources you need to create convincing dialogue.

Writing Personal Essays
Instructor: Estelle Erasmus
This course guides beginning and intermediate writers through elements of how to write a personal essay, helping them identify values expressed in their stories and to bring readers into the experiences described.

Agent One-on-One: First Ten Pages Boot Camp
Dates: November 15 - 18
In this invaluable event, you'll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel. You'll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct them. The best part is that you'll be working directly with an agent, who will provide feedback specific to your work.




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“The Throwback Issue” captures the prevalent nostalgia of the season by looking into the past, learning from the classics and reviewing writing advice that has endured the passage of time. Articles include:
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The Pen Is Mightier (Than the Word Processor) 21st-century technology has undoubtedly made writing more convenient—but is it actually holding us back? One writer investigates. by Elizabeth Sims
Old Hat, New Suit Writing tips are a dime a dozen, and classic advice can seem clich├ęd. But with a little recasting, vintage wisdom like “keep the reader in mind” can indeed teach an old dog new tricks.by Steven James
Paperback Writer The advice to read widely is sound, but are you broadening your horizons enough? Forgotten works from decades past can offer essential writing lessons as capably as any new hardback. by Jeff SomersTwice Upon a Time Originality is overrated. Tap into the richness of literary history by putting your own spin on the classic canon.by Susie Kearley The Imitation Game More than just a form of flattery, emulation can be a useful tool for sharpening your own writing voice. Learn why, for once, there’s no harm in being a copycat. by Karen Krumapk

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Hook an Agent With Your First 10 Pages!

Make this the year you land a literary agent with the upcoming Agent One-on-One: First Ten Pages boot camp. Led by actual literary agents, this boot camp helps writers master those first 10 pages that are crucial to getting your foot in the door, in addition to personalized feedback on your first 10 pages, the ability to ask agents direct questions, and more. Click to continue.


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Robert Lee Brewer and Brian A. Klems share tips and funny encounters with literary agents (1:00), important advice for entering writing contests (11:30), and discuss how to approach an agent (and more) with literary agent Carly Watters (14:00). Click to continue.

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I've been so excited about the new Writer's Digest Podcast, hosted by Gabriela Pereira. In this episode, Pereira interviews award-winning and bestselling novelist Heather Graham about the inner workings of the editorial process in publishing and other topics. Click to continue.


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Whether you write fiction or nonfiction for adults or children, literary agents are the gatekeepers of the book publishing industry that can help propel writing careers. A good agent can identify which projects are right for which editors, and they work to get the best terms for their writers. After all, agents work off commission; so the more their clients make the more they earn. Click to continue.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor for the Writer's Digest Writing Community. He edits Writer's Market, directs online conferences, and writes for the magazine and website. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. And the two most important items during your initial agent inquiry are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This Writer’s Digest Boot Camp will teach how to do create an amazing agent submission.

Writing a strong query letter requires a great hook and clear premise. The first sentence should immediately catch the reader’s attention, while the ending should leave the reader wanting to dive into the pages of the manuscript. Your first pages should work similarly—you want the person reading to find it absolutely unputdownable. But this takes practice, patience, and an eye for detail. Which is why we’re here: to discuss what to do and not to do and to make your query and first pages as stand-out as possible.

Suzie Townsend and JL Stermer are currently building their lists at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. and understand what information will help prospective authors weigh all of their options before choosing an agent.

What You'll Learn:
  • Tips on writing the most effective query
  • How to write strong first pages
  • Tips on the actual querying process
  • Key querying resources; key revising resources
  • Tips on how to write a non-fiction book proposal

Here's How it Works:

On December 4, 2018, you will gain access to an all-new special 111-minute online tutorial via the course system: "How to Catch an Agent's Interest with Your Query and First Pages” presented by literary agents of New Leaf Literary.

After listening to the presentation, attendees will spend the next two days revising materials as necessary. After viewing the tutorial, writers will have two days in which to log onto the course system and ask assigned agent critiquers questions related to revising materials. The agents will be available on the course system from 1-3 p.m. (EDT) on both Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6. No later than Friday, December 7, attendees will submit a query and the first five manuscript or proposal pages for critique. The submissions will receive feedback directly from the boot camp literary agents.

The agents will spend up to three weeks reviewing all assigned critiques and provide feedback to help attendees. (The agents reserve the right to request more materials if they feel a strong connection to the work and want to read more; note that multiple agents have signed writers after reading their work as part of WD boot camps.)

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December 4 - 7, 2018

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Agent: Suzie Townsend
Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie Townsend graduated film school, earned her Masters of Education, taught high school English, and coached a swim team. In her spare time, she read everything she could, which prompted her move to publishing. As a literary agent, she represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction.

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Agent: JL Stermer
is adding to her non-fiction list in both YA and adult categories with smart pop-culture, comedy/satire, fashion, health & wellness, self-help, and memoir. She’s also growing her fiction list (a bit more selectively) and is looking for adult and some YA coming-of-age, humor, dark and edgy stories, and new and original voices in commercial and upmarket.

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PNWA 2019 Conference| September 12 – 15, 2019
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Concentrated writing tracks with workshops, master classes and panels that teach craft,
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Query Letter Secrets: A Literary Agent’s Guide to Pitching Your Project Live Webinar


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This live webinar covers everything you need to know about query letters: what they are, how to write them, and who to send them to. If you're looking for literary representation, you need to be able to pitch your project in a clear and concise way. Maria Vicente, a literary agent at P.S. Literary Agency, will teach you how to craft a query letter that makes a great first impression and engages publishing professionals.

This live webinar also comes with a critique of your query letter, so you'll receive direct feedback that applies specifically to the manuscript you want to send to literary agents. Tune in to the presentation, do your best to follow Maria's step-by-step query writing guide, and then receive feedback on how to revise your pitch to make it even better. By the end of this webinar, you will be confident in your skills to write an intriguing query letter and find the best literary agent for your work.

What you'll learn
All registrants are invited to submit your query letter for critique. Please wait until after the live webinar date to submit your critique material. This allows you to make changes to query letter based on the presentation and will ensure you receive the most helpful critique possible. All submitted query letters are guaranteed a written critique by Literary Agent Maria Vicente.

What you'll learn
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How to write a compelling pitch
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A step-by-step guide to writing your query letter
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What will make your query letter stand out
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How to prepare documents for submissions
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Where to research literary agents

Who should attend
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Writers preparing to send query letters to literary agents
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Writers who want to learn what literary agents are looking for in potential projects
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Writers struggling with receiving requests for sample material
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Writers who want a professional critique of their query letter

Thursday, November 15, 2018 1:00 p.m. EST

$89.99


Instructor: Maria Vicente
Maria Vicente is a literary agent at the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a creative and editorial agent, providing support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process. Maria is dedicated to managing authors' literary brands for the duration of their careers. She specializes in children's books (picture books, middle grade, and young adult) and nonfiction projects in the pop culture, design, and lifestyle categories.



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Today, Amazon sells nearly 50% of all print books and over 70% of all e-books in America. If you want to sell more books, and hit a bestseller list in the future, you must learn how to sell more books through Amazon.

It doesn’t matter if you’re self-published or traditionally-published. It doesn’t matter if you write fiction or non-fiction. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time author or an experienced veteran. Success for every author hinges upon selling more books on Amazon.

Mastering Amazon for Authors is the premiere online video course designed to help you increase book sales at the world’s largest retailer. This self-paced course provides in-depth instruction for authors at any level. Marketing expert, Rob Eagar, takes the guesswork out of promoting your books on Amazon and explains how to:
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On November 8, 2018, you will gain access to 11 video sessions that will guide you through selling books on Amazon from start to finish. You will also gain access to discussion boards, unique to each session, that will allow you to ask Rob questions and interact with your fellow students. As you work through the course discussion boards will remain live for your reference. When the course closes on December 14, 2018, access to post on the discussion boards will be removed, so be sure to ask questions before the course closes. You will have access to the videos and past discussions until January 14, 2019.

Here's one of the best parts: Get your Amazon questions answered by an expert. Students of this course can send questions directly to instructor, Rob Eagar.

Course Sessions:

SESSION 1: Master Your Book’s Amazon Detail Page
The way your book appears on Amazon’s website determines if people choose to buy a copy. If your book detail page is excellent, then you will sell more books. If your book detail page is lacking, you sales will suffer. This session explains seven elements of an effective book detail page, provides fiction and non-fiction examples you can follow, and describes how to convert more sales on Amazon.

SESSION 2: How to Get More Customer Reviews
Customer reviews on Amazon are essential to help close the book sale. In this session, learn four ways to get more reviews for free. Plus, there’s a bonus download available to use with your tribe to help get more reviews written on your behalf.

SESSION 3: How to Get Your Book Noticed on Amazon
Amazon sells so many books that authors worry how to get their books noticed with such fierce competition. This session explains ways to gain awareness for your books on Amazon using methods that are inexpensive – and even free.

SESSION 4: Maximize Your Author Central Account
This important session reveals why every author should set up a free Author Central Account on Amazon. You will learn how to setup an account and use the helpful data that Amazon provides, including a little-known way to track your book sales.

SESSION 5: Amazon's Secret Marketing Back Door
Are you disappointed with the marketing text that your publisher posted on your book’s Amazon page? Here’s great news. You’re not stuck with it. In this session, discover a secret “back door” that lets you take control of your book’s marketing text on Amazon and fix publisher mistakes.

SESSION 6: Amazon Sales Rankings Explained
Every author wants to reach #1 on Amazon. However, your book’s sales ranking doesn’t mean what most authors think. This session debunks common myths about Amazon sales rankings, explains how to identify your sales ranking, use the data properly, and estimate actual book sales.

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This session alone is worth purchasing the entire course! Discover a clever way to grow your author email list using Amazon's huge audience of readers...for FREE! Are you worried that too few people come to your author website? Learn how to turn the tables and build your following using Amazon’s host of hungry readers.

SESSION 8: Amazon Ads Overview
This session provides a useful overview of Amazon's amazing advertising platform for authors. Learn six benefits of using Amazon ads and how to take advantage of their system no matter whether you're an indie author or traditionally-published.

SESSION 9: How to Create a Sponsored Products Ad
Sponsored Product Ads are an incredibly powerful tool to reach new readers. In this session, learn how to use Amazon's advertising system and walk through the steps to create effective Sponsored Product Ads. You’ll experience a live demonstration to create powerful ads for any type of fiction or non-fiction book.

SESSION 10: How to Create a Product Display Ad
Just like Session 9, watch another demonstration that focuses on creating Product Display Ads. You will learn the specific benefits of these ads and how to use them to gain more attention for your books.

SESSION 11: Ad Metrics and Ad Scaling
The final session provides a tutorial explaining how to use the data Amazon provides to track your ads performance. You will also learn how to properly scale your ads when you want to increase your advertising budget.

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Writing a novel is a complicated equation involving a lot of variables and moving parts -- not the least of which are the authors themselves. In fact, the process of writing a novel is so arduous and soaked in magical thinking that many writers struggle to explain the process coherently, and about the only thing anyone seems to agree on is that writing a novel requires an author . While artificial intelligence has certainly come a long way, you still need a human being to get a great work of fiction. And if you ask that human being about the most important aspect of their writing process, they're likely to say "time."

In fact, "not enough time to write" is probably the number-one complaint of most writers when asked . Between jobs, school, families, chores and everything else that comes along with a busy life, it often takes a superhuman effort to find time to write, much less write a fully fledged 80,000-word book. Much less 80,000 words that make some kind of sense.

Except that's actually a fallacy. Because all you need to write a novel is nine minutes a day.

FAMOUS FAST NOVELS

It's common knowledge that every year a bunch of perfectly mad writers challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in one month -- and plenty of them succeed. There are also loads of examples of well-regarded published novels that didn't take long to write:
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac: Three weeks.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: Two and a half days [4].
  • The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: 26 days.
  • I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane: Nine days.
You get the drift -- great novels don't need thousands of man-hours. Of course, there are caveats. Kerouac spent months on the road making notes and experiencing the things he synthesized into fiction. Dostoyevsky was broke and desperate and agreed to deliver a novel by a specified date or lose the rights to future works, providing inspiration. But the fact remains that if John Boyne can write a novel in less than 72 hours, you can write a novel in short daily segments.

STRIP IT DOWN

None of that means the struggle to find writing time isn't real. We have only so much mental, emotional and spiritual energy -- all three of which are required to write something true and beautiful.

Most often, the real problem isn't so much time, but how we use it. This is one of those situations in which Perfect is the enemy of Good; we're often stymied by the desire for a "perfect" writing environment -- the right spot, with the right implements, in the right mood, with the right music, sipping the right cup of tea, basically the right everything, including the right amount of time.

But very few things in life can be perfect. The first step toward writing a novel in nine minutes a day is to think objectively about where your writing time actually goes. For the majority of us, much of it probably isn't actually spent writing . We search the internet and do on-the-spot research, we review yesterday's pages, we procrastinate. Sometimes that's part of the process, of course -- but sometimes it's just wasting time. Chances are if you strip away all the rituals and the idea that everything has to be optimal before you can concentrate, you'll find that much of what you think you need isn't really necessary to the process.

After all, aside from those novels that were written super fast, many great works have been penned under terrible conditions. Jean Genet wrote Our Lady of the Flowers while in prison, mainly so he'd have something to, uh, entertain himself with. Peter Brett drafted his debut epic fantasy, The Warded Man, on the subway commuting to and from work. And William Carlos Williams wrote most of his poems in-between seeing patients while working as a doctor.

Like them (and countless other writers who are typing "The End" on novels every day while working under imperfect conditions), you don't need a perfect nook or endless free time. You just need those nine minutes.
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It's time for the 11th annual November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge! Over the years, many poets have let us know of the successes they've found in publishing individual poems and collections that started with the poetry challenges on the Poetic Asides blog. Recently, Robert Lee Brewer highlighted his favorites of the 2017 challenge, and we expect to hear amazing things from those poets. But for now, let's focus on this year's challenge! The November challenge is a little different than the one in April. The guidelines in this post should help guide you through the month.   Check out the full list of prompts so far...


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In this episode of the Writer's Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with author and cartoonist Tom Hart, and shares an inside look at writing and publishing in the graphic novel and comics world. In this interview, they discuss how writers and artists collaborate to create amazing stories, the importance of finding your cohort, and more.   Read More...

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Two Truths and a Lie: Ask a friend to tell you two truths and a lie about themselves. Without asking which one is false, write a short scene about a character for whom all three statements are true.
Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments here ...

Jess Zafarris
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Jess Zafarris is an energetic multimedia journalist with more than 8 years of experience writing and editing, and the online content director of Writer’s Digest.






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