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  • 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)

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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”.
Nov
5
Sun
Connie Johnson Hambley Celebrity Sunday
Nov 5 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Connie Johnson Hambley

Connie Johnson Hambley grew up on a small dairy farm just north of New York City. In 1965, an arsonist burned her family’s barn to the ground. From that experience grew the story that became The Charity. A retrospective on the fire can be found here.

Hambley writes about strong women from their perspective in situations that demand the most from them. No special powers, no gadgets, no super human abilities. Just a woman caught up or embroiled in something that she has to get out of, hopefully alive.

Every bit of personal experience is used to create a story that is as believable as it is suspenseful. Using her law and investment background in ways unique, creative, but not altogether logical, Hambley has enjoyed robust professional pursuits that include writing for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Nature Biotechnology and MassHighTech. Experience at a major bank in Boston introduced her to clever schemes dreamed up to launder money.

Hambley writes page-turners. The Charity is first in The Jessica Trilogy, followed by its sequel, The Troubles. The final book in the trilogy, The Wake, was published September 2017.

The Wake

World-class equestrian, Jessica Wyeth, is thrust into the middle of a game of geopolitical warfare. Reeling from revelations of her connection to the violent struggles to expunge Britain from Northern Ireland, she’s blocked by unseen forces from returning to the United States. 

The facts of Jessica’s birth become her deepest secret. Her late mother was considered by Northern Ireland to be a terrorist and her father is a key negotiator between violent Irish Republican Army (IRA) factions in Belfast and the British Government.

Jessica vows to keep her father’s identity hidden at all costs.

Only one man knows Jessica’s truth. Michael Connaught, heir to an international crime family who profits from political uprisings, struggles with his own legacy. He is torn between protecting the woman he loves or using her secrets as a catalyst for inciting global unrest.

When a terrorist bomb rips through the crowd at the Atlanta-based Summer Olympic Games, Jessica is forced to fight for her life in ways she never dreamed.

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

Prompts and Word Sprints Night

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

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.”

Oct
11
Thu
BOOK RELEASE PARTY! John Everson
Oct 11 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

BOOK RELEASE PARTY! This Thursday Night – Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. — Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records in Chicago is hosting the official “Book Release” Party for my new novel THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY! The book will not actually be in stores until the following week, on October 18, but Bucket O’ Blood will have Hardcover and Paperback copies available! I’ll be doing a reading from the novel, and bringing some of my lead character’s favorite beverage for any takers (PBR!) Please click on the event page below and let me know if you can make it!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1801261006658798/

Dec
23
Sun
Closed for Holidays
Dec 23 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Closed for the Holidays and a little website house cleaning.

Dec
30
Sun
Closed for Holidays
Dec 30 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Closed for the Holidays and a little website house cleaning.

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