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Here’s something for you to pass on to local young people who might be interested — classes will be limited to around 20, so be sure to sign up fast!
I will be doing four writing workshops at the Rust Library here in Loudoun County (Leesburg), FOR TEENS ONLY!
Here is the schedule:
Wednesday January 22, 7-8pm
Session 1: What makes a story? How to wrangle your ideas, formulate your plot, and tell a story from beginning to end.
Wednesday January 29, 7-8pm
Session 2: Finish what you start! You have a great beginning, but this could go on forever. Where do you stop? And how?
Wednesday February 5, 7-8pm
Session 3: Get yourself out there! Formatting manuscripts, proper submission etiquette, and how to find the short story market that’s right for you.
Wednesday February 12, 7-8pm
Session 4: But…I’m AWESOME! Dealing with rejection. Dealing with edits and critiques. Discussing the business of publishing.
In Which Princess Alethea rants about the Grimm’s fairy tale “Tom Thumb,” a great adventure starring a very precocious, very wee boy. It contains human trafficking, two B&Es, a demonic exorcism, two gruesome deaths, and a happily ever after.
WHY IS THIS NOT MORE POPULAR?!?
So…here’s what I did on Thanksgiving: http://waterworldmermaids.com/2013/12/so-if-i-have-an-awesome-thanksgiving-and-it-doesnt-go-viral-is-it-still-awesome/
Read the article…I’m sure you won’t be surprised. Let’s just say, I enjoyed making a lot of people happy.
A New Fairy Tale Rant is Live!
Today, Princess Alethea rants about the Grimm’s fairy tale “Foundling.” This fairy tale was the basis for the character Trix in the Woodcutter Sisters series…fans of Enchanted will especially enjoy seeing how aspects of this tale were woven into the novel.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone in the US!
In honor of these last few days of HERO being TMV Cafe’s BOOK OF THE MONTH, The Funky Werepig is rebroadcasting our infamous Princess Alethea Slumber Party Interview tomorrow night at 9pm!
Set your watch/phone/timer/TARDIS…and if you missed it the first time, be sure to tune in! (CLICK HERE TO BOOKMARK THE LINK)
It was a BLAST. With cookie-brownies and everything.
Much love to you all!
I’m so honored to be a pert of this all-star lineup!
Laurie Halse Anderson Jay Asher Jonathan Auxier Leigh Bardugo Charles Benoit Cecil Castellucci Joelle Charbonneau Alexandra Coutts Gina Damico Simone Elkeles Kami Garcia Lisa Greenwald Ellen Hopkins A. S. King Alethea Kontis E. Lockhart Alex London Michelle Madow Lauren Myracle G. Neri Nancy Ohlin Marie Rutkoski Tess Sharpe Neal Shusterman Andrew Smith Meagan Spooner Margaret Stohl Cristin Terrill Terry Tru
Which reminds me…I need to update my 2014 tour list soon…
*adds to to-do list*
World Book Night might not be here until April 23rd…but that doesn’t mean the World Book Night folks can’t celebrate every day until then!
Today, Enchanted has been selected as the Book of the Day. All day today on the WBN Facebook page and the WBN Twitter account (@wbnamerica / #BookOfTheDay), we will be celebrating ENCHANTED. Stop by, spread the love, share your favorite quotes, and find out some fun facts about ENCHANTED (and Alethea!) that you might not have already known.
Not available tomorrow? Worry not! The week of January 24th, ENCHANTED will be World Book Night’s #FridayReads. They will be reading and discussing the book all week long. You have PLENTY of time to gear up for that one.
So…Happy Enchanted Day!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Kelli Owen and I wrote an epistolary story about two teens–best friends with complications–at the end of the world. A teen-angsty-apocalyptic-sci-fi…sort of. But I will tell you this — it makes a REALLY FUN podcast. Thank you Cast of Wonders!
The story is narrated by Graeme Dunlop and Michelle Ristuccia. Michelle enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, http://wakingdreamsblog.blogspot.com, stalk her on twitter at @mrsmica, or read her reviews at Tangent Online.
The Cat in this scenario is Cat Rambo, my Technicolor-haired friend, fellow writer, and mistress of the internet.
She has just released a book called CREATING AN ONLINE PRESENCE.
I get asked a lot about what advice I would give to writers, newbies and professionals alike.
While my answers rarely stray from “Never Stop Writing” and “Finish What You Start,” it’s no secret that in this day and age, an Online Presence is TOP PRIORITY. This is the way you will raise your visibility, reach readers, and grow your fan base.
Just like exercise, you will get out of it what you put into it, so LEARN TO LOVE IT. There are so many different sites, there will be SOMETHING that strikes your fancy. Try them all.
Cat’s CREATING AN ONLINE PRESENCE covers the basics of creating and maintaining an online presence for writers. What you need on a website, how to effectively use social media, how to find readers via social media, what free resources are available to writers, whether it’s worth it to pay for online advertising, and, most importantly, how to promote yourself online without using all your valuable writing time.
Right now it is available in e-book form (only $4.99 on Kindle!), but check back — it will be available soon as a tangible copy as well.
Thank you, Cat!