Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Do You Know What a Homophone Is?



So what is a homophone?

Definition: each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling.

A few examples:  

ate  -  eight
be  -  bee
mail  -  male
weight  -  wait

And one you'll see all over the Internet:

There ... Their ... They're

There . . . . . . . in or at that place
Their . . . . . . .  possessive form of they

They're . . . contraction of "they are"


Do you have any words that trip you up?




Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fall Retreat with Lisa Mangum

The fall retreat will be held

 September 22-25, 2016 in Heber, Utah


How to sign up for this retreat: 

FYI: All meals are included AND there will be mini-workshops/classes. 

Also, there will be 2 classes by Lisa Mangum (1-Voice. 2-The Editor Is In!!! She has agreed to do 1:1 sessions with a few members as well. There is an additional $20 charge for thtête-à-tête. 

See pics of the awesome accommodations for the retreat here. Sign ups open on Saturday, May 14th at 8am MDT. NO EARLIER.

1. Pick which bed type/price you would like (see below)

2. Send an email to iWriteNetwork@gmail.com with:
    a) your first and second choices for bed preferences
    b) the email address of the PayPal account you would like to have billed
    c) the name your PayPal account is under, and your author name if different 
    d) if you are applying for one of the 1:1 spots with Lisa Mangum; extra $20
    e) if you would like to make 1 full payment or split the cost into 3 payments.
    f) add a roommate name if you have made plans to share a queen bed with someone, OR a name if you would like to be in the same room with someone. We will try to honor as many of these requests as possible.
    g) if you are reserving two spots in one queen bed, tell us

3. We will send you a confirmation email and a link to pay through Paypal- (You may choose to split your payment into three and send one-third immediately, the second third on June 15th and the last third on July 15th. You must pay in full by July 15th.) We must have your initial payment within one hour of receiving your confirmation email or your spot will be given to the next person in line.

NO REFUNDS-thank you. (You can, however transfer your bed reservation to someone else if you discover you are unable to attend.)

The bed options:  If you are planning to choose a queen bed, you might want to find someone to be your roomie (if you care who is in the bed with you.) Otherwise choose one of the single bed options.

*There are only beds. There are no air mattresses in this cabin
**Anything not highlighted is available and are listed as prices for each occupant
***Anything highlighted in red is reserved/paid for
****Queens are $175 each if you share with someone else, or $300 if you don’t want to share.    

CHOOSE THE TYPE OF BED YOU’D LIKE:
SHARED-KING 2 SPOTS; $250 EACH
1    2

SHARED-QUEEN 16 SPOTS; $175 EACH
*IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A QUEEN TO YOURSELF THE PRICE IS $300
1    2    3    4    5
6    7    8    9    10
11   12   13   14   15   16

UPPER BUNK 5 SPOTS; $150
1    2    3    4    


LOWER BUNK 9 SPOTS; $200
1    2    3    4    5   
6    7    8    9  
                                                                  
WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!!!

Have questions or want to register? 

Email us-
iWriteNetwork@gmail.com


*group size is limited to 25

Monday, May 2, 2016

Research Is Hard ...

I recently attended a writing conference and overheard an attendee complaining that she wanted to write a nonfiction book, but because research is hard, she didn't know if she really wanted to do it. (There was whining involved ... rather than "hard," it was more like "haaaaard.")

I apologize in advance for my strong feelings on this subject, but ... yeah. My feelings are strong ...

I began my career as a historical fiction author, and you know what, research is hard. It takes time and effort, but you know what else? It's rewarding. You learn so much, you become so enlightened, it makes you a more interesting person, it takes you out of your comfort zone ... I can't even explain how the things I learned by doing research have shaped me. I'd say I actually only used maybe 10% of what I researched in the final product, but everything else lent to setting and characterization and perhaps most importantly, to making me into the kind of author who could tell the story.

Nothing about writing is easy. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme or an overnight success venture. If you want to write, it will take work - that should be understood right off the bat. And if you want to write well, you're going to need to research. Even if you're writing contemporary and you're very familiar with your setting already, you'll need to stop and make sure that fact is correct, etc. You're not going to get out of this without doing some research, so it's best just to make peace with that fact.

I love researching, actually. I love learning all the little side tidbits and finding pictures of the people I'm looking up and seeing what the town looked like back then and learning why there was a land dispute. No, I'm not volunteering to do your research for you - I'm just saying, there's a lot to love about it.

Yes, research is hard. Writing is hard. Heck, life is hard. But everything worth doing is worth doing right, and research will help you accomplish that. Now go write something really good and make me proud. 


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Covers. Covers. Covers. 3 Pro-Tips

Can we talk covers?

I've seen the good, the bad, the ugly, and the extraordinary. Here are three pro-tips to make sure your covers land in the extraordinary category.

#1 HIRE SOMEONE to create your covers. Your cover is what is going to sell your book.

This is how the system works:
1-The cover catches a customer's eye.
2-The customer buys the book- sometimes, but most of the time, the customer looks for more information.
3-The customer reads the catchy description-(on a print book this is the back of the book)
4-The customer buys the book or delves into reviews
5-If the customer reads the reviews and likes what he sees, he buys the book.

If you don't have a great cover-no one will buy the book-except maybe your mother or best friend.

Depending on the designer you choose, you can spend as little as $50 and as much as $450...possibly more.  If you write in a genre that requires an illustrated cover (or you just want one), it can get very pricey.  I've seen quality pre-made covers for as little as $50. If you are working with a tiny budget- go this route. I've never spent more than $140 on any of my covers. Keep in mind that if you are only do eBooks, you do not need a full wrap. If you want a print copy of your book, you will need a full wrap (This includes the spine of the book and the back as well as the front).

#2 A word of caution- 
Covers must convey genre and concept-not story

I like teen books. I like suspense and mystery and action. I won't even consider buying a book, without a hefty recommendation from someone I trust, if the cover does not show these things. Make sure that at a glance, a prospective reader can tell what genre your book is.

#3 Here's a little phrase to help you remember-
Covers are marketing, not storytelling.


Can you guess the genres of these books?
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Answers:
1.)Romance 2.)YA mystery 3.)YA suspense 4.) YA contemporary

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016