No one could have asked for a more perfect autumn day for the River Reads Book Festival at Prallsville Mill in Stockton, NJ. It was a pleasure to reunite with writer pals Kathryn Craft, Donna Galanti, and Jack Hillman and make some new friends including Kerry Gans, Kelly Simmons, River Reads organizer Brandi Megan Granett, and my tablemate, Kate Gallison.
Attendance was impressive for this first time event. I sold a few books, enjoyed fun conversations, inhaled some delicious crepes, and even managed to write several pages in a fantasy story I’ve been working on.
Above: My table at River Reads Book Festival. Bellow: Sharing a laugh with Kelly Simmons.
Above: Hanging out with Kathryn Craft. Below: My tablemate, Kate Gallison.
Above: Donna Galanti is ready for Halloween. Below: River Reads coordinator Brandi Megan Granett.
This week, Kristen Lamb and John Gilstrap talk story synopses to attract agents while Cynthia Shannon offers tips to engage readers on Goodreads.
We blur the line between science and science fiction with Veronica Sicoe and Kate Gwynne, who respectively explore interstellar communication and storytelling through virtual reality.
Amazon initiates new rules regarding reviews, while a common question is answered about the quality of self-published versus traditionally published books.
Janice Hardy and K.M. Weiland talk about tricks, surprises, and honesty in our fiction.
All that, and a little more. Enjoy!
Engaging with Readers on Goodreads by Cynthia Shannon
The Synopsis: Demystifying the Mystery by John Gilstrap
The Dreaded Synopsis—How to Get Started & Why We Need One BEFORE Writing the Book by Kristen Lamb
Storyworld Design: Communication Technologies by Veronica Sicoe
Read It and Bleep: Is Virtual Reality the Future of Storytelling? by Kate Gwynne
Authors Guild Opens Membership to New and Unpublished Writers by Daniel Berkowitz
Amazon’s New Review Rules: What Authors Need to Know by Anne R. Allen
The Difference Between Tricking Your Reader and Surprising Your Reader by Janice Hardy
What is Honest Fiction? by K.M. Weiland
Are Self-Published Books Inferior to Self-Published Books? Answered by Archie D’Cruz
I’m ecstatic to announce that Beach Nights is now available for purchase! We will be launching the book at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, DE on Sunday, November 13 from 2-4PM. You can purchase the book now via the links below.
In Beach Nights, readers will encounter a ghostly WWII tower (Phil says: hey, that’s my story!) and a couple with an unusual annual tradition; a girl who finds her voice at a jazz club and a boy who learns the snow cone king has a secret; an old lady who is inspired to get a tattoo, and a despondent man who is resurrected through the tango.
Beach Nights opens with a funny and romantic story involving a high school prom, and continues through tales that involve a mermaid’s moon, a “Vampire Surf Club,” senior disco queens, a seemingly haunted Funland ride, a murder at a Rehoboth hotel, a moonlit sea turtle rescue, and a kid who sneaks into a James Brown concert and meets the man himself.
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I will be participating in the second annual Witches Day Out at the Macungie Fire Hall in Macungie, PA on Sunday, October 30! I’ll have a table with copies of my books for sale (and lots of free chocolate)! It’s going to be quite a day with psychic mediums, witchy cosplay & costume contest, vendors of all kinds, kids games, and more!
This week, Kristen Lamb delves into the torture of writing a synopsis while Dana Kaye wants authors to stop poor social media practices. Four is our lucky number this week as Donald Maass preaches pacing, Janice Hardy describes descriptions, and Written Word Media covers covers!
Speaking of Written Word Media, they also provide a detailed discourse on what it means to be a hybrid author as well as tips for an effective author website.
Are you a fantasy writer? As of October 12, Tor.com will be open for submissions.
All that and a little more. Enjoy!
The Dreaded Synopsis–What It REALLY Reveals About Our Writing by Kristen Lamb
The Hybrid Author: Everything You Need to Know by Chloe at Written Word Media via Digital Book World
10 Things Authors Need to Stop Doing on Social Media Immediately by Dana Kaye
4 Tips for Preventing Flat Descriptions by Janice Hardy via Jami Gold
Four Kinds of Pace by Donald Maass
4 Ways to Hack Your Book Cover Design (with Science) by Taylor at Written Word Media
7 Must-Have Features for All Author Websites by Ferol at Written Word Media
Seth Godin’s Three Charges Against Publishers by Alison Jones
The Unreliable Narrator and Story Suspense by Now Novel
Google Experiments and Fails with Book Discovery by Joe Wikert
Tor.com Opening to Fantasy Novellas on October 12 by Carl Engle-Laird