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 – Humor
  • September – Writing Habits and Hygiene 
  • 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. 

Oct
1
Sun
Topic Chat – The History of Horror
Oct 1 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Horror

Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the audience. Historically, the cause of the “horror” experience has often been the intrusion of a supernatural element into everyday human experience. Since the 1960s, any work of fiction with a morbid, gruesome, surreal, or exceptionally suspenseful or frightening theme has come to be called “horror”.
Oct
8
Sun
Loren Rhoads Celebrity Sunday
Oct 8 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Loren Rhoads

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die.  It’s a full-color hard cover encyclopedia of cemeteries around the world, looking at everything from statuary to landscaping to famous people (like Edgar Allan Poe) to ghost stories.

Loren gave a lecture at this year’s StokerCon about vampires, ghosts, and the devil in graveyards.  She is writing a column about cemeteries for the Horror Writers Association’s newsletter and has written cemetery columns for Gothic Beauty and Gothic.Net. She writes a blog about graveyards as vacation destinations at CemeteryTravel.com.

Loren writes fiction, too.  One of her stories appears in this year’s Best New Horror.

Nov
8
Wed
Prompts & Word Sprints a Topic Chat
Nov 8 @ 7:59 PM – 8:59 PM

Prompts and Word Sprints Night

Feb
25
Sun
Quarterly Critique Chat
Feb 25 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Apr
11
Wed
10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book
Apr 11 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book

A children’s picture book may seem simple, but creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun — rather than clichéd, saccharine, and didactic?

“A picture book is a marriage of words and pictures,” describes Santopolo. “The most successful illustrations are the ones that take a story to another level. They don’t just illustrate the words. They add something else to them.”

May
13
Sun
Celebrity Sunday Presents Ed Mitchell
May 13 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Ed Mitchell

Ed Mitchell was a foster child who later graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He went on to be an Airborne Infantry Ranger, a RAND Corporation Fellow, an aerospace systems engineer, and a community activist fighting to protect water resources in California. Along the way, Ed became a national award-winning author by weaving his real-world experiences from foxhole to space into his contemporary adventure/thrillers.

From private to Lieutenant Colonel, Ed served in Airborne, Air Cavalry, Armor, and Mechanized Infantry units, including guarding the DMZ in Korea and protecting nuclear weapons. Prior to the 1st war in Iraq, as the Space-Ground Combat Analyst for U.S. Joint Space Command, Ed fought that war in a simulator and analyzed the results for the command. Additionally, he spent years working National Missile Defense and Homeland Security research and development. Ed helped develop the prototype command launch center for the Army’s Strategic Missile Defense units in Alaska and California. Later, as a civilian Payload Integration Manager, he helped develop and test NMD kill vehicles for Lockheed Martin and Boeing. As a writer, he is proud of being a charter-founding member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.

Jul
1
Sun
Celebrity Sunday Welcomes Emerian Rich
Jul 1 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Emerian Rich is returning to our chat room.

Jul
7
Sun
Your Author Website: Do I need an author website in 2019?
Jul 7 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Jul
14
Sun
15 Blog Images: Best Practices for Adding Great Pictures To Every Post
Jul 14 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Jul
28
Sun
Reviews – A Topic Chat
Jul 28 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Mini Guide: How to Get Legitimate Amazon Reviews for Your Books

Most of us have been there. Acquiring reviews is the bane of the fledgling indie author’s existence. I struggled with it for years; hell, I only cracked the code in 2016, after heading down the review rabbit hole hard.

Mini Guide: How to Get Legitimate Amazon Reviews for Your Books