A number of sites
showcase book excerpts as either a stand-alone feature,
or in combination with author interviews. A lot of
authors also provide book excerpts on their own
websites. It’s a good opportunity to get a sample of
your writing out there in front of some readers
(hopefully future fans) who may not yet be acquainted
with your work.
Authors have a lot of blind spots
when it comes to their own books. Writing the book turns
out to be the easiest part of all the other stuff you
have to do. A lot of authors have trouble selecting a
passage to feature as a book excerpt.
Shelley Armitage grew up in the northwest Texas
Panhandle in the small ranching and farming community of
Vega, Texas, in Oldham County. She still owns and
operates a family farm, 1200 acres of native grass,
wheat and milo farmland bordering Highway Interstate 40
on the south and the Canadian River breaks on the north.
Armitage shared this landscape from childhood on, riding
with her father and grandfather to check crops and
cattle and later jogging and today walking the farm
roads. Though most of her adult life has been spent away
from the Panhandle as a university professor, Armitage
has always returned to the “farm” which offered until
recently a 360 degree view of earth and sky. Growing up
in small town Texas, Armitage had the opportunity to try
her hand at many things—running a farm was not expected
to be one of them until both parents and her brother
the landscape surrounding Armitage Farms appears
overwhelmed by the massive wind turbines, soaring
microwave towers, constant oil pumping rigs, and
persistent sand and gravel digs. Armitage decided to
convert the farmland into conservation grass planted to
restore fragmented landscapes by recreating wildlife
corridors and habitat. Armitage’s professional life has
offered her a connection with landscape through studies
of photography, environmental literature, cultural and
place studies. After living and working in diverse
places—Portugal, Poland, Finland, and Hungary, teaching
in the Southwest and Hawai’i, researching in New York,
Washington DC, Oregon, Illinois, Missouri,
Connecticut—place has taken on special meanings. The
author of eight books and fifty articles and essays,
Armitage has held Fulbright Chairs in Warsaw and
Budapest, a Distinguished Senior Professorship in
Cincinnati, and the Dorrance Roderick Professorship in
El Paso as well as three National Endowment for the
Humanities grants, a National Endowment for the Arts
grant, and a Rockefeller grant.
as the heartland remains in the Panhandle, the compass
foot reaches out—Shelley Armitage resides part of each
year in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in
colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More
recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching
experience and a deep love of books to help authors
develop the social media platform needed to succeed in
today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns
Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog,
Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance –
She is the author of 6 books and over 26 YouTube videos
all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives
in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.
Berkom is the USA Today
best selling author of two action-packed thriller series
featuring strong female leads: Leine Basso and Kate
Her love of creating resilient, kick-ass women
characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading
spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to
find the female equivalent within those pages.
Raised in the Midwest, she earned a BA in political
science from the University of Minnesota and promptly
moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Several years and
a multitude of adventures later, she wrote her first
novel and was hooked. The Kate Jones adventure thriller,
Bad Spirits, was first published in 2010 as an online
serial, and was immediately popular with eBook fans.
Dead of Winter, Death Rites, and Touring for Death soon
followed before she began the far grittier Leine Basso
thriller series in early 2012 with Serial Date. Now, she
tries to give equal time to both Kate's and Leine's
stories, a must for her (happily) impatient readers.
DV currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with the
love of her life, Mark, a chef-turned-contractor, and
several imaginary characters who like to tell her what
to do. Her most recent books include Vigilante Dead, A
Killing Truth, Cargo, The Body Market, A One Way Ticket
to Dead, and Yucatán Dead.
Wouldn't it be great to get a critique
from a bunch of other writers? This is your chance!
We'll be doing critiques right in the
chatroom for this chat. Details on how to get in on the action will be
emailed to all subscribers the Friday before the chat. Make sure you're
signed up for the mailing list, and get your short (300 word max)
submission polished up! (Sign up for our mailing list
here. ) DON'T submit until you get the email!
I strongly suggest you
submit polished work. Most of our chatters are aiming for
publication. To get there, you have to be able to handle honest
critiques. I will not allow personal attacks, but problems in the
writing will be openly discussed.
If you are not in
attendance, your submission will be skipped. It's a waste of
everyone's time to critique something if the author isn't there to
essay, query letter...it doesn't matter. I recommend trying to get an entire scene
into 300 words. Full scenes get better crits.
Why only 300 words? More
than that will scroll off the screen too quickly. People need to be
able to read it, to give a good crit.