Calendar of Themes and Events

Keep Visiting this Page for the Most Recent News about our Celebrity and Topic Chats

  • January – Craft and Marketing Month
  • February – romance
  • March – editing/revision
  • April – children’s/young adult
  • May – Memoir Month
  • June – July – Book Cover Month
  • August – Blogging Month
  • September – Writerly Research Month
  • October – still and forever horror/dark fiction
  • November – NaNoWriMo topics The Muse vs the Shoulder Vulture
  • December – Goals/Planning/Dreams are Goals with Deadlines (could be closed 1 or 2 days depending on Christmas and New Year days)

Keep scrolling and you’ll see the Calendar. 

Dec
18
Mon
Holiday Break
Dec 18 2017 @ 1:00 AM – Jan 2 2018 @ 1:00 AM

The Chatroom will be closed until the first Wednesday of the New Year.

During this time, website maintenance will be going on. The site will remain up but may change unexpectedly.

I can be contacted at sally@writerschatroom.com

Jan
3
Wed
What Is Literary Fiction (and What Sets It Apart)?
Jan 3 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Jan
7
Sun
Celebrity Sunday Presents C. Hope Clark
Jan 7 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Photo of HopeHope Clark was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. The granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, Hope holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’ experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture to include awards for her management, all of which enable her to talk the talk of Carolina Slade, the protagonist in most of her novels. Her love of writing, however, carried her up the ranks to the ability to retire young, and she left USDA to pen her stories and freelance.

Hope’s 4th Edisto book, Edisto Stranger, is on sale in ebook for $1.99 thru Jan 15.

The Edisto Island Mysteries: Destination Reading contains 4 published titles. She has just started writing Crossed on Edisto, a crossover book where Callie meets Slade.

The Carolina Slade Mysteries: Justice Her Way are 3 books strong.  Newberry Sin the 4th in the series is at her publisher.

On the Non-fiction front, FundsforWriters she plans to put out a couple of nonfiction books in 2018 – Finding Funds for Your Book, and The Best of FundsforWriters Vol 2. Hope is also thinking about writing a book on dialogue since she’s been a contributing writer for Southern Writers Magazine for over two years now, doing solely a column on dialogue.

Find Hope here –

Hope Clark
www.chopeclark.com
hope@chopeclark.com
FundsforWriters.com
www.fundsforwriters.com
hope@fundsforwriters.com
Bell Bridge Books
www.bellbridgebooks.com

Hope can also be reached at her social media connections below:

 

Jan
14
Sun
What to Include and Exclude in Author Bios
Jan 14 @ 7:00 PM – Jan 15 @ 9:00 AM

Join us Sunday evening for a Topic Chat – What to Include and Exclude in Author Bios an article by Robert Lee Brewer Writers Market Blog.

Robert Lee Brewer PhototRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community. He edits the Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market books, writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, maintains the Poetic Asides blog, speaks at conferences, leads online webinars and tutorials, and so much more.

Robert is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems, a poetry collection published by Press 53. A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, he’s been a featured poet across the country at poetry events in Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta, and more.

What to Include and Exclude in Author BiosImage of Typewriter Ready to get published on rough paper

It’s a paradox: The author is the most important part of a book project, but the author bio may be the least significant part of a query.

That said, future authors constantly ask me (and other publishing professionals) how to handle their author bios in their queries and book proposals. And honestly, it is a part of the query that has more potential to harm a pitch than help. So here’s a quick list of what to include and exclude in author bios.

I’ve never questioned assigning an article because the bio was too brief. However, I have read bios that made me question how professional and experienced the writer is. So when it comes to author bios, follow this mantra: When in doubt, leave it out.

Join us at 7PM ET at The Writers Chat Room

Jan
28
Sun
Categories and Genres a Topic Chat
Jan 28 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Your ideal audience uses genre to find your book

Let’s say you love mysteries.

You’ve got a long trip ahead. You’ve read all the books by your favorite authors, and you need to find something new.

In about twenty minutes.

You’re not going to wander randomly around the store. You’ll go straight to the mystery section.

https://writetodone.com/pick-right-genre-novel/

Feb
4
Sun
Marketing Plans – A Sunday Topic Chat
Feb 4 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

What’s Your Book Marketing Plan? 6 Crucial Steps to Include

https://thewritelife.com/book-marketing-plan-steps/

Traditional publishers are far more likely to take a chance on an author when they know that he comes with an engaged following. If you’re planning to self-publish, a strong online platform is even more critical because you are entirely dependent upon your own ability to promote and distribute your work.

  1. Start early
  2. Build your website around yourself
  3. Focus on growing an email list
  4. Be generous
  5. Use social media strategically
  6. Seed early reviews

I can’t overstate the importance of those first few weeks after release. To improve your book’s discoverability on Amazon, it’s critical to have a handful of solid reviews — aim for 10, at a minimum. It’s ok for some of these to come from family and friends, but it’s even better for those to come from top Amazon reviewers and verified buyers.

Feb
18
Sun
Celebrity Sunday with J.D. Horn
Feb 18 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

J.D. Horn

Bio:  J.D. Horn, the highly praised and bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series, now debuts a new contemporary fantasy series, Witches of New Orleans. A world traveler and student of French and Russian literature, Horn also has an MBA in international business and formerly held a career as a financial analyst before turning his talent to crafting chilling stories and unforgettable characters. His novels have received global attention and have been translated in more than half a dozen languages. Originally from Tennessee, he currently splits his time between Central Oregon, San Francisco and Palm Springs with his spouse, Rich.

Books

Feb
25
Sun
Quarterly Critique Chat
Feb 25 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Mar
4
Sun
Writing your Book-Cover Copy
Mar 4 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Writing Your Book’s Back-Cover Copy

 

So you’ve written your book, you’ve chosen your title and cover design, and you’re breathing a sigh of relief. Now you have to decide what goes on the back cover. New authors sometimes rush this decision, writing the first thing that comes to mind. After all, it’s the back of the book. How important can it be?

A lot more important than a person might think. The hundred-and-fifty words you’ll place on your back cover are arguably the most important words in your entire book.

I will share one of my own Blurbs on my first published book along with the Revision of the same Blurb for my Author’s Revised Edition of the same title.