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  • 7 Sep 2021 6:31 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    Snuggling with family is cozy during the pandemic.  But kids are missing opportunities to develop healthy independence and social skills.

     

    The hero of Mr. Helpless Gets Organized is suddenly forced to confront the limitations of leaning.  But instead of falling apart, he discovers how powerful he is—and that he loves being his own strong self.

     

    This safe-to-open jpeg introduces our empowering hero and some intriguing Treats for favorite children—and us.

     

    Have FUN!

     

    Margaret Harmon

    fabulistharmon@gmail.com

    www.margaretharmon.com

     

    The book is available at Amazon, of course:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734144335/

     


  • 1 Sep 2021 9:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A is for ANXIETY

    You used to be called “nerves.” Now you have an elevated title: “anxiety.” How hoity-toity of you. No vapors here, no images of Victorian ladies swooning because some beastly fashion statement is suffocating the life out of them.

    No, “anxiety” is the new buzzword universal, as we might say in French—if we spoke French and wanted to show off. Anxiety. That’s your name in the 21st century, in whatever language. Millennials suffer from you and so do Baby Boomers. You are an umbrella term, covering everything from the pitter-pat of lovesick teenyboppers to the free-floating angst of living in a Pandemic world.

    Struck by panic attack and need an EKG to check your heart? Could be anxiety. Bobbing along from one fear to another because half of them have already come true and the other half have happened to someone you know? It’s just good ‘ol anxiety.

    We can’t cancel you completely if you seem to mean everything from grief, to stage fright, to a case of O My God, I-CAN’T-FIND-MY-PHONE. So, what do I do? Therapy is great; a potentially perfect place to process productively or pointlessly, if you’ll excuse the alliteration. And medication? No comment, that’s outside my scope of practice. There’s also cost—and insurance—to consider. Isn’t anything free, and as often as we want? How can we protect ourselves from ANXIETY?

    Write. We humans can write often; we can write well—or we can write badly. We can free write on a beach or timed-write in a wheelbarrow. We can journal, we can blog (yup!), we can write stories and books and poems and captions that make no sense for art pieces that no one understands.

    Writing protects us like a wet suit does against the cold ocean waves. It’s not magic, no. We are still wonderfully, terribly human. A little sprinkle of “anxiety” a day may keep some other ailments away. What I mean is that sometimes the feelings are a message, a wave of internal antennae. Sometimes you are a life saver. Leave This Situation Now, you say. Heads Up.

    Sometimes you are a chemical aberration, a flash of the genetic wand. You may be a sign of the times, if we take a step back to notice the big picture. Maybe our technology is good for electronic files but poor for Brain Files. Oh, and the Pandemic sucks. By the Way. If the news yells at us and we yell back, we may clench our muscles at the same time. Clenched muscles don’t work for oh so many moments of our every day.

    Writing releases. Writing plays. Writing evokes. Writing shares. Writing blurts and shapes and reframes. Through writing we shift gears. Through writing we clench—and let go. We can put the writing away and shut the box and go do something else: something active and allegedly fun, like jogging (I prefer walking myself).

    A is for Anxiety.

    B is for Boredom. (I’ll talk to you next time!)


    By, 

    Reina Menasche


    About Reina Lisa Menasche


     

     

    Reina Lisa Menasche’s fiction has been honored by organizations such as the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, the San Diego Book and Writing Awards, and the Southern California Writers Conference. Her first novel TWICE BEGUN, and her second novel SILENT BIRD, were finalists in the 2012 and 2013 San Diego Book Awards. Her newest novel, a paranormal suspense titled THE SPIRIT OF SHY MOON LAKE, was released in spring 2021. Her first children’s book, THE HOUSE THAT SNEEZED, will be released in early 2022. She is currently writing THRICE BEGUN, the sequel (and prequel) to TWICE BEGUN. Her website, reinamenasche.com, includes blogs on psychology and wellness, writing, and other social commentary.

    Also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Reina has taught psychology and counseling at Southern California universities, as well as therapeutic techniques to human service professionals. In addition, she is a workshop leader at the Southern California Writers’ Conference in San Diego and in Irvine. She created the class called “Character Therapy—And You’re the Shrink” and “It’s Alive!” to emphasize the joyful creativity of exploring therapeutic exercises with a fictional character. Reina has served as Vice President of the Chronos Theatre Group and often uses dramatic as well as therapeutic techniques in her creative work.

    As Host of BOOKSHELF, East County Magazine’s Radio Show on KNSJ, 89.1 FM in San Diego, Reina interviews local authors about their creative processes. Her website can be found at reinamenasche.com

  • 28 Aug 2021 6:33 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    Do You Need Keywords to Get Into Certain Book Categories?

     By Dave Chesson

    Last updated on August 26th, 2021

    Every once in a while I will still come across someone who asks, do I need to use keywords in KDP to rank for a category?

    For example, say you wanted to be in the Arthurian category, but there’s no Arthurian BISAC category available when you upload your book to KDP. Should you include a keyword that says something like “Arthurian Novel” to your keywords in the hopes that you will rank for that keyword?

    There’s a lot of confusion about this, and even some of the mainstream publishing websites have some of the wrong information, so I’m here to set the record straight.

    The short answer is, no, you do not need keywords to rank for categories. 

    Read on to learn why.

    In this article, you will learn:

    1. How the relationship between KDP keywords and categories used to work
    2. How to add categories today
    3. How to best make use of your keywords today
    4. Additional restrictions to categories

    How it Used to Work

    Back in the day, selecting the Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) categories in KDP was the only control that you had over book categories.

    All you could do was select the two categories that you wanted (and BISAC categories tend to be very broad), and that was it. You had no more specific control over the categories that your book would show up under.

    So instead, you would use keywords.

    Amazon would take the seven keywords that you imputed into KDP and use that as clues on what other categories to rank your book for.

    Do you need keywords to rank for categories? No, and this article explains why. #selfpublishing #bookmarketingCLICK TO TWEET

    So if you put “Arthurian Romance” down as a keyword, you might have seen that book show up under an Arthurian category, and possibly a Romance category.

    But BISAC definitely doesn’t niche down as well as we’d like, so Amazon actually had a list of keywords that you could use to get your books into separate categories.

    That page no longer exists, but you can still get a glimpse of it using the Way Back Machine here. That page now looks like this.

    The Way Back Machine just shows what that page used to like, but you can’t see any keyword lists because they’re hidden in some drop-down menus. Here’s an image showing a list of some of these keywords that would get your book listed in a specific category.

    list of keywords that used to get your book into certain categories

    As you can see, if I wanted to get into the Arthurian category, all I had to type in was “Arthurian” for one of my keywords.

    But there are literally thousands of categories, and several just for Arthurian-related topics. So how do you get into those categories?

    Well, it used to be that if you didn’t get into a category, after you’ve done the work of selecting the right keywords and BISACs, then…tough.

    You were out of luck. Until….

    Amazon Added the Change Categories Feature

    There was originally no way to change your category status apart from selecting BISACs and keywords, and of the thousands of categories out there, it seemed a shame that we couldn’t target all the categories that made sense for the book.

    So around 2018 (the exact date is unclear), Amazon began rolling out a roundabout way to request certain categories. Here’s a screenshot of what that looked like:

    the way requesting categories on Amazon used to look

    Overall, this worked, but Amazon still used keywords to rank for categories, or at least to provide context to add additional categories.

    However, it was a step in the right direction. I even created a video on how to add or change categories. That video is no longer publicly available, since I’ve updated it recently, but this was a big milestone for authors.

    That said, the form you fill out has changed a lot since then, as have the use of keywords. So let’s dig into that.

    How it Works Today

    Today, the process of getting your book added/removed to a category is much simpler.

    All you have to do is:

    1. Select the category you want to rank for (copy the full string)
    2. Visit this Help/Contact Page for Author Central and sign into your KDP account
    3. Under “How We Can Help” select “Amazon Book Page”
    4. Then select “Update Amazon Categories”
    5. Fill in the information, and you’re good to go!

    We’ve got a whole post on this topic that you should definitely check out if you want a full walkthrough of how to add your book to different categories. Or you can check out this video:

    Want more videos like this? Then click HERE to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

    This method of requesting categories is now the standard method that Amazon uses to allow authors to select their categories.

    They also changed their Category FAQ page to remove mention of the keywords and give more information about being able to change your categories. 

    But what does this mean for selecting your seven keywords?

    It means exactly this: You don’t need to target categories in your keywords. Period.

    Think of it this way, even if Amazon did use your keywords as category clues, you can still adjust your categories using their online form. And if you can do that, then why would you want to waste your keywords on categories when you could, instead, use them for other purposes?

    How You Should Use Your Keywords

    Keywords are best used to target search terms that a reader will type in on Amazon.

    To do this, you want to select specific, unique keywords that readers are likely to search for with the intent to buy.

    There’s a lot that can be said about selecting your keywords, but it comes down to this: choose something long-tail, meaning you use a phrase that is more specific, and therefore means that a reader is more likely to buy, if they are typing in that phrase. 

    To continue with our Arthurian example, if I just put “Arthurian Books” as a keyword, that might be too broad. That could refer to Arthurian fiction novels, Arthurian reference books, scholarly books, other forms of non-fiction. 

    And that’s not to mention all the different fiction genres that might have Arthurian elements, everything from epic fantasy to romance to comedy.

    Instead, something like: “King Arthur for Kids” might yield better results, assuming it accurately describes your book.

    How to Find Keywords with Publisher Rocket

    Rocket is a great piece of software that will help you find these target keywords. You can see that here it gives me the competition score for “Arthurian Book”, and it’s a little bit competitive:

    an example of a bad keyword in Publisher Rocket

    Whereas, my keyword for “King Arthur for Kids” is much less competitive, yet still has more estimated searches each month.

    an example of a good keyword in Publisher Rocket

    “King Arthur for Kids” is also a more actionable keyword, because a reader who types that in knows what they want, and are likely to buy what they find. You’ll notice that the average monthly earnings is also higher.

    Since you no longer have to use keywords for selecting categories, it makes sense to use a tool like Publisher Rocket to focus completely on a reader’s search intent.

    And you can do this by selecting the best keywords.

    CHECK OUT PUBLISHER ROCKET TODAY!

    Special Category Requirements

    Now it’s worth pointing out that not all categories can be selected using the Amazon online form. There are a few categories that are better monitored, or have additional restrictions, than others. Including the following:

    1. Children’s Books
    2. Erotica
    3. Series

    Usually this applies to categories that involve age-appropriate content.

    For example, Amazon cares a lot about children’s books, so if you want to select a category for children’s books in their online form, you have to prove that your book fits.

    The simplest way to do this is in your Book Details page, under Age and Grade Range. Make sure you select the appropriate age range when uploading your book to KDP.

    This also goes for adult content. Any erotica books should select the appropriate age as 18+ to make it clear to Amazon that you’re publishing a book with adult content. 

    Having an erotica book will also limit the number of categories you’ll be allowed to target. Amazon wouldn’t allow you to place it in “Clean and Wholesome Romance” for example.

    Additionally, series pages do have categories, but currently Amazon does not allow authors to request new categories, though that could change in the future.

    To Sum Up

    In short, you do not need to worry about selecting categories when you input your keywords into the KDP dashboard.

    Instead, you should do two things:

    1. Use the Amazon online form to select your categories
    2. Use the keywords section to target long-tail, specific keywords that readers are likely to search for

    If you can do this, you’ll not only have all the categories you need, but you’ll also be targeting keywords that are more likely to find a reader ready to buy. 

    Or in other words, you’re more likely to sell more books.

    Cheers!

    Dave Chesson

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  • 28 Aug 2021 6:28 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    THE WRITERS' WORKSHOP

    387 Beaucatcher Road

    Asheville, NC 28805

    828-254-8111

    writersw@gmail.com  www.twwoa.org

     

    08/28/21

         Dear PSA Editor, please announce these writing classes. We are a non-profit arts organization since 1985.

    Thanks so much! – K. Ackerson, Exec. Director

     

    Writing Workshops Summer ‘21 


         Each class meets online on Saturdays, 10-3:30 pm with a 45 min. lunch break. Registration is in advance only at our website, www.twwoa.orgClasses are $80, or $75 Workshop members. Financial assistance in exchange for volunteer hours is available for low-income writers!


    Sept. 4:  Creative Non-Fiction Writing with Glenn Proctor    

    Being able to write about life’s challenges and successes is cathartic, and for many, an opening to a new understanding of self, family and circumstances. Prior to the workshop, participants should write a short mission statement: what you want out of the class, and the type of writing you’re interested in. Please email by July 20 to writersw@gmail.com. Proctor has taught journalism at Kent State, Washington & Lee, Northwestern, and shared the Pulitzer Prize at the Akron Beacon Journal.

     

    Sept. 11:  Write Your Life with Richard Krawiec

            The class will learn how to draw on the "material" of their lives to write and revise memoirs, stories, or plays. Elements covered include time compression and expansion, theme, and developing your piece professionally. Previous students will learn new material. Krawiec is the founder of Jacar Press, and the author of numerous books such as "Breakdown: A Father's Story", "Faith in What?" and "Time Sharing". His works are published in numerous journals including Shenandoah, Florida Review, and N.C. Literary Review. 

     

    Sincerely, Karen Ackerson

    Executive Director

    The Writers'Workshop


  • 23 Aug 2021 5:13 PM | Andrea Glass (Administrator)

    By Janice Coy

    Learning how to give and receive critiques is an important skill for any level of writer. It’s natural to initially reject any critique of a writing piece. After all, a written piece can be very personal. Writers, like other creatives, take a risk when they’re vulnerable with their work and ask for input. I would love to hear nothing but accolades about my work. However, I know my writing won’t improve without the valuable input of those who are interested in helping me.

    A critique is different than a criticism. A criticism can be a remark or comment that expresses disapproval. It can also refer to “literary criticism” or the activity of making judgments about the quality of a written piece. A critique typically refers to a careful judgment in which someone gives an opinion about something.

    For example, a writing workshop instructor critiquing an attendee’s work could mean that the written sample is excellent but that the teacher is giving pointers to make the writing even better. If a reviewer criticizes the writing, it means the reviewer regarded the writing unfavorably.

    Sometimes, a critique when first received can feel like a criticism. This is when the writer needs to use his or her judgment to discern whether the input is meant to be helpful. This discernment usually comes with practice.

    Writers who are objective about critiques can learn to recognize which suggestions will improve their work and which will not. Sometimes, a critique can be well-intentioned but miss the mark by encouraging a writer in a different direction than he or she wants to go.

    Last year, I received a critique about the main character in my novel. The reader said the character came across as mean. I was surprised as that wasn’t my intent, and I was tempted to reject the comment. However, a careful review of my descriptive word choices revealed that the reader was right.

    A helpful critique will often contain some positive feedback about the writing. Every writing piece has some good in it. Remember, the goal of a requested critique is to encourage writers to make good writing better.

    When asked, comment on a well-written description, make note of an original character or unique turn of phrase. Be specific about where a character’s choice is confusing or where a scene skims the surface.

    I first learned how to receive and give helpful critiques in a novel writing class at UCSD Extension. Later, I was a member of a writing critique group. I’ve also experienced expert critiques from editors at the San Diego State University Writers’ Conference and the Southern California Writers’ Conference.

    SDWEG offers a wonderful critique service to its members for the first twenty pages of a manuscript. I’ve benefitted from this service as well as from the critiques I’ve received with my SDWEG anthology submissions.

    It’s not easy to receive a critique. It can also be difficult to give one if the recipient isn’t truly open to suggestions. This can happen even when a critique is requested.

    Like any other part of the writing process, giving and receiving helpful critiques takes practice and sometimes, lots of deep breathing.


    Janice Coy is the author of six novels. Her work has appeared in several anthologies including the SDWEG anthologies and the upcoming San Diego Decameron Project anthology.


  • 20 Aug 2021 6:23 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    For the full lineup and panel schedule, click here.

    Admission is free to the virtual event.
  • 19 Aug 2021 7:15 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)
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    Sunday August 22 at 4pm
    Panel with E.A. Aymar, Alma Katsuand Tara Laskowski
    VIRTUAL EVENT - FREE

    Attendance is free and it is open to the public. 
    SHARE THIS INVITE WITH FRIENDS
     

    You are invited to a free special event on August 22 at 4pm.  As part of their Sizzling Summer Series, three chapters of Sisters in Crime are presenting a FLAVORS OF MYSTERY panel that gives you a taste of three authors’ different takes on the mystery genre.  With moderator Maddie Margarita, these authors will talk about how they write and the differences in their approaches in their latest books.  

    The well-known E.A. Aymar has a recent thriller to discuss while Alma Katsu has her first spy novel, after a lifetime of work as an intelligence officer. Tara Laskowski’s debut novel is suspenseful and award-winning.  All of these authors bring different styles and approaches on what it takes to write crime fiction.

    Join the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego Sisters in Crime for a FREE event.  We welcome all members of the public interested in hearing these authors and maybe getting a chance to ask a question yourself.  The Zoom link is below.  Share the info with your friends.

    Anthony Award-nominated E.A. Aymar’s most recent thriller, They’re Gone, was published in 2020 under his pseudonym E.A. Barres. He has a monthly column in the Washington Independent Review of Books, is a former member of the national board of the International Thriller Writers and an active member of Crime Writers of Color, the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, D.C., and has hosted and spoken at a variety of crime fiction, writing, and publishing events nationwide.

    RED WIDOW is Alma Katsu’s first spy novel, the logical marriage of her love of storytelling with her 30+ year career in intelligence. As an intelligence officer, Ms. Katsu worked at several federal agencies as a senior analyst where she advised policymakers and military commanders on issues of national security. Ms. Katsu also writes novels that combine historical fiction with supernatural and horror elements. THE HUNGER (2018), a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party, was named one of NPR’s 100 favorite horror stories. 

    Tara Laskowski’sdebut suspense novel One Night Gone won the Agatha Award, Macavity Award, and the Anthony Award. Her second novel, The Mother Next Door, will be published in October 2021. She also wrote two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders. She has won the Agatha Award and Thriller Award for her short fiction and was the longtime editor of the online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly. A graduate of Susquehanna University and George Mason University, Tara grew up in Pennsylvania and lives in Virginia. 

    BOOK CARNIVAL and the chapters of SISTERS IN CRIME in Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles welcome you to the third and last of their Sizzling Summer Speaker Series themed The Many Flavors of Mystery featuring East Coast authors,E.A. Ayar, Alma Katsu, and Tara Laskowski.

    Link to Purchase Books is on the Book Carnival event page: https://www.annesbookcarnival.com/events/

     


  • 19 Aug 2021 7:13 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)
    The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books

    A glimpse of the lineup 

    From poets to personalities, renowned authors offer a wide scope of genres. Here are some of the authors participating in 
    The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books. 

    John Grisham
    John Grisham 

    John Grisham is an author, attorney and politician whose bestselling legal thrillers have been adapted for film. Grisham is the author of 36 novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories and seven books for young readers. His works include “A Time to Kill,” “The Firm” and his latest book, “Sooley.”

    For the full lineup and panel schedule, click here.

    Admission is free to the virtual event.

    Register now!


  • 14 Aug 2021 6:18 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)

    Aloha from Kauai!

    This Sunday's session of KWC Online and the Kauai Book Club will feature Paula McLain discussing her new bestselling novel When the Stars Go Dark. 

    We're delighted to tell you that KWC faculty member Amanda Eyre Ward will join in to discuss the book. This conversation between these two amazing authors will be one not to miss! 

    There is a session every Sunday. One Sunday each month is devoted to the Kauai Book Club, much like a living room book club but with the author herself leading the discussion. The other sessions focus on topics of interest to writers, with bestselling authors sharing advice on their craft and agents and publishers giving guidance on how to get published.

    We warmly invite you to join us.
     
    Register for Kauai Writers Conference online sessions

    Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Paris WifeCircling the Sun, and Love and Ruin.  Her new novel, When the Stars Go Dark, was released this spring to widespread acclaim.

     “A total departure for the author of The Paris Wife, McLain’s emotionally intense and exceptionally well-written thriller entwines its fictional crime with real cases.”—People (Book of the Week)

    “The kind of heart-pounding conclusion that thriller fans crave . . . In the end, a book full of darkness lands with a message of hope.”—The New York Times Book Review

     
    Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Jetsetters, as well as nine other books including novels, nonfiction, and a collection of short stories. 


  • 13 Aug 2021 11:44 AM | Andrea Glass (Administrator)


    Bio

    My name is Bob Boze and I live in the South Bay area of San Diego. My partner, Robyn Bennett, lives in Blenheim on New Zealand’s South Island. We are both published romance and non-fiction authors, editors, teachers, workshop presenters, speakers and bloggers. Together we have over fifteen published works, several short stories and are collaborating on several more novels, short stories, articles and other works.  We also offer a variety of writer and business services through our business website, Writing Allsorts. To learn more about us, our published works and the services we offer, go to https://writingallsorts.com/, which is also linked to our writer’s websites, https://bobboze.com

     Amazon link: www.amazon.com/bob-boze

    Connect on Facebook: https://facebook.com/bobbozeauthorpage/

    What aspect of editing or writing are you involved in?

    Pretty much everything related to writing. We write, edit, teach, do workshops, speak at writer’s conferences and provide a wide variety of services to writers and businesses.

    What first attracted you to writing/editing?

    A tour of a friend’s horse rescue ranch. I kept staring at the horses thinking there’s a story here. It took me over a year though to figure out how to write it. The editing and teaching parts came later when I met Robyn, who teaches, and the two of us realized we would make a great writer’s teaching team.

    How long have you been writing/editing?

    I started writing my first book twelve years ago. We formed our editing business about six years ago. 

    As a writer, what kind of books do you write? Any published? How about short stories?

    I have nine published books and three short stories, with two more books in the works with a target publication dates of Fall 2021. We both write feel-good romance, with a little nonfiction (Text books and an autobiography) thrown in for good measure. Together we have over fifteen books and five short stories published. There are also two more series containing six more books outlined.

    As an editor, what kind of clients do you work with and what services do you provide?

     We do editing for both writers and businesses. Developmental, line or copy editing, proofreading and I guess you could say borderline production editing since a lot of our clients self-publish. So, a lot of formatting, adding front and back matter (title page, copyright page, about the author and acknowledgements) and helping them with a good description for the back cover and Amazon page.

    What are you working on now either writing or editing?

    I’ve lost track of how many edits we’ve done and books we’ve helped get published. Right now we’re quoting an edit for a dark fantasy writer in Romania and we just helped three writers (two in New Zealand and one in the US) self-publish two memoirs and a mystery. All of them are now working on their next books, by the way.  As for us, we’re finishing up the two I mentioned above, with at least six more behind them.

    How long have you been a member of SDWEG and why did you join?

    I’ve been a member for about eight years now and Robyn for five. We both joined to see what the rest of the writing world is doing and hopefully learn from the other writers in the Guild.

    What benefits have you gained as a member?

    Listening to other members and learning from them. We also answered a request for help from a teacher with the San Diego Charter School of the Arts who came to a Guild meeting. She teaches writing and we’ve been helping as guest teachers for three years now. It’s unbelievably rewarding for both the students and us.

    What’s something unique or special about you, that you’d like others to know?

    I love teaching, almost as much as writing. Robyn’s been a teacher much longer and I’m sure much of love for teaching has rubbed off from her.

    What request might you have of other members? (joint venture promotions, launch team, referrals, reviews, advance readers…)

    I think the biggest single message I can give writers, especially those just starting out, is learn your trade! There are so many elements to writing and getting yourself published, many of which you only find out about after your story is finished. Getting your work edited, formatted, copyrighted, writing a description, getting your cover done and on and on and on. Little of which writers are prepared for or know much about. That’s where writers’ groups like the Guild come in. Learning from experienced writers and experienced editors to help finish and polish your work is critical to making sure your work gets published and out into the world.


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