Monday, February 17, 2020

Don't Give Your Readers a Reason to Reject Your Novel

by Jodie Renner, fiction editor and author of writing guides, www.JodieRenner.com

Have your trusted friends or beta readers told you your WIP novel is too long, confusing, or just doesn’t grab them? Here are some typical “big-picture” weaknesses to watch out for in your fiction and correct before sending it to an editor, publishing it, or pitching it to an agent.
These types of glaring gaffes in writing, pacing, plot, or structure will bog down your story and invite bad reviews, which could sink your reputation as a novelist. Fortunately, they can all be remedied at the revision and self-editing stages.

~ Overwriting. Not enough self-editing will give people a reason to reject your novel

Today’s bestselling novels are mostly between 70,000 and 90,000 words long. Unless you’re an absolutely brilliant writer, and experts in the business have told you so, if your manuscript is over 95,000 words long, it definitely needs tightening up.
Cut way back on explanations and descriptions, and trim down long, convoluted sentences to their essence. Make every word count.

~ Meandering writing – the main story question / problem is fuzzy or buried.

What’s the protagonist’s main goal and fear, and his/her main problem? 
Continue reading this post on Anne R. Allen's award-winning blog HERE.
https://annerallen.com/2020/02/dont-reject-your-novel/





Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: FIRE UP YOUR FICTION,  CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS, and WRITING A KILLER THRILLER, as well as two clickable time-saving e-resources, QUICK CLICKS: Spelling List and QUICK CLICKS: Word Usage. She has also organized two anthologies for charity: VOICES FROM THE VALLEYS – Stories and Poems about Life in BC’s Interior, and CHILDHOOD REGAINED – Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers. You can find Jodie on her Amazon Author Page, at www.JodieRenner.com, and on Facebook. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

WRITERS' CONFERENCES & BOOK FESTIVALS, 2020


List compiled by Jodie Renner, editor and award-winning author of writing guides; JodieRenner.com

If you know of any events anywhere in North America that should be added to this list, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

JANUARY 2020:

Jan. 17-20, 2020 - Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, Seaview Resort, New Jersey Shore (near Atlantic City). www.wintergetaway.com

Jan. 18, 2020 - Golden Ears Writers and Readers Festival, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada.

Jan. 18-25, 2020: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. http://writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/

FEBRUARY 2020:

Feb. 8-9, 2020 - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Conference, Los Angeles. https://www.scbwi.org/ny20-info/

Feb. 12-16, 2020 – San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

Feb. 13-16, 2020 - San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco. www.SFWriters.org

Feb. 13-16, 2020 – Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

MARCH 2020:

March 12-15, 2020 - Left Coast Crime's annual mystery convention. This year it's in San Diego, California. http://leftcoastcrime.org/

March 14-15, 2020 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and excellent! http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

March 26-29, 2020 - Sleuthfest, an annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, Deerfield Beach, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/

March 26-29, 2020 - Pathway to Publication, Writer's Institute, Madison, Wisconsin. https://uwwritersinstitute.wisc.edu/

APRIL 2020:

April 2-4, 2020 - The Las Vegas Writers Conference, Henderson Writers Group, Las Vegas, NV. https://lasvegaswritersconference.com/

April 3-5, 2020 – Grub Street’s “Muse and the Marketplace” Conference, Boston, MA.
Clickable e-resource
https://www.grubstreet.org/muse/

April 4, 2020 - "Create Something Magical" - Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Iselin, NJ. http://www.libertystatesfictionwriters.com/conference/

April 17-19, 2020 - Pikes Peak Writers' Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/

April 17-19, 2020, Chanticleer Authors Conference, Bellingham, WN.  https://www.chantireviews.com/chanticleer-conference/

April 24-26, 2020 - The Next Bestseller Workshop, Los Angeles. www.TheNextBestseller.com

April 25, 2020 - Michigan Writing Workshop, Livonia, MI. http://michiganwritingworkshop.com/

Apr. 30-May 5 - Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. https://writersfestival.org/

MAY 2020:

May 1-2, 2020 - Oklahoma Writers Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. www.owfi.org

May 1-3, 2020 - Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD. www.malicedomestic.org
May 2, 2020 - The Writing Conference of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA http://writingconferenceoflosangeles.com/

May 8-9, 2020, Lakefly Writers Conference, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. www.lakeflylit.org

May 9, 2020 - San Diego Writing Workshop, San Diego, CA http://sandiegowritingworkshop.com/

May 8-10, 2020 - Word on the Lake Writers' Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. http://wordonthelakewritersfestival.com/

May 15-17, 2020 - Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artists; Burnaby, BC, Canada. http://www.creativeinkfestival.com/

May 15-17, 2020 – Pennwriters Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. https://pennwriters.org/conferences/

May 28 - June 1, 2020 - Bear River Writers' Conference, Walloon Lake, Michigan. www.lsa.umich.edu/bearriver

JUNE 2020:

June 8-12, 2020 - West Texas Writers' Academy, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas. www.wtamu.edu/wtwa

June 12-16, 2020 – Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Lands End Resort, Homer, Alaska. http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu/

June 13-14, 2020 - Dallas - Fort Worth Writers Conference, Hurst Conference Center, DFW Metroplex, Texas. http://www.dfwcon.org. Twitter: @dfwcon. 

June 15-19, 2020 - Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop and Retreat, Madison, Wisconsin. http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/conferences/write-by-the-lake/

June 17-20, 2020 - Western Writers of America convention, Rapid City, SD.   http://www.westernwriters.org/

Clickable e-resource on Amazon
June 25-27, 2020 - Jackson Hole Writers Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. www.JacksonHoleWritersConference.com

June 25-28, 2020 - Ochre Fest, Ochre Pit Cove, NL, Canada. A festival of books, music, art, food and culture. https://ochrefest.ca

JULY 2020:

July 7-11, 2020 – Master Craftfest, Craftfest, and Thrillerfest – International Thriller Writers annual conference, New York, NY. http://www.thrillerfest.com/


July 10-12, 2020 - Imaginarium Convention, Louisville, Kentucky. http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/

July 16-19, 2020 - West Virginia Writers' Workshop, West Virginia. http://english.wvu.edu/centers-projects/west-virginia-writers-workshop/s

July 29-Aug. 1, 2020 – Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, San Francisco. http://www.rwa.org/conference

July 31-Aug. 2, 2020 - Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon. http://willamettewriters.com/wwcon/

July 30-Aug. 2, 2020 – Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, CA. https://www.bookpassage.com/mystery

AUGUST 2020:

August 1-4, 2019Writers’ Police Academy, Appleton, Raleigh, North Carolina. http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/

Aug. 2-4, 2019 - FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Assoc.) Annual Conference, Orlando Florida. https://myfapa.org/programs/

Aug. 6-9, 2020 - Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, Hyannis, Mass. https://capecodwriterscenter.org/conference-2/

Aug. 13-16, 2020 - Writer's Digest Annual Conference, NYC. www.writersdigestconference.com/

Aug. 14-16, 2020 - When Words Collide - A Festival for Readers and Writers, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. https://www.whenwordscollide.org/

Aug. 20-23, 2020 - Killer Nashville, Nashville, TN. http://www.killernashville.com/conference/

SEPTEMBER 2020:

Sept. 4-6, 2020 – Decatur Book Festival, Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia.   
http://www.decaturbookfestival.com

Sept. 5, 2020 - White County Creative Writers' Conference, Searcy, AR - http://whitecountycreativewriters.org

Sept. 15, 21, & 22, 2019 - Telling Tales Festival, 3 locations in Ontario, Canada. https://www.tellingtales.org/explore-the-festival/

Sept. 17-20, 2020 – The American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference, St. Louis, Missouri. http://www.acfw.com/conference

Sept. 17-27, 2020 - Thin Air 2019 - Winnipeg International Writers Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. https://thinairwinnipeg.ca/

Sept. 19-20, 2020 - Flathead River Writers Conference, Kalispall, MT. https://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference

Sept. 20-22, 2019 - Words Alive Kamloops, Kamloops, BC, Canada. www.wordsalivekamloops.com

Sept. 18-20, 2020 – Southern California Writers’ Conference, A Weekend for Words, Newport Beach, Calif. http://www.writersconference.com/la

Sept. 21-22, 2019 - Word on the Street, Toronto, Ontario,      
Canada. https://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/

Sept 25-26, 2020 – Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference, Anchorage, Alaska. https://www.alaskawritersguild.com/writers-conference

Sept. 23-27, 2020 - NINC Conference (Novelists, Inc.), St. Petersburg, FL. http://ninc.com/conferences

Sept. 23-27, 2020 - Kingston WritersFest, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. https://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/

Sept. 24-27, 2020 - Pacific Northwest Writers Assoc. annual conference, Seattle, Wash. https://www.pnwa.org/default.aspx

Sept. 25-26, 2020 - Wine Country Writer's Festival, Penticton, BC, Canada. www.winecountrywritersfestival.ca

Sept. 27, 2020 – WORD Vancouver: Inspiring Words, Vancouver, BC, Canada. www.wordvancouver.ca

OCTOBER 2020:

Oct. 1-4, 2020 - Moonlight and Magnolias romance writers’ conference in Peachtree Corners, Georgia; http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/mm-conference/

Oct. 3, 2020 - Boston Writing Conference, Boston, MA      https://thebostonwritingworkshop.wordpress.com/

Oct. 2-4, 2020 – Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Edmonds, Washington. www.writeonthesound.com.

Oct. 2-4, 2020  - South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings, SD http://www.sdbookfestival.com/

Oct. 8-10, 2020 - InD'Scribe Write Like a Pro Conference, Peoria, Illinois. www.indscribe.com

Oct. 8-10, 2020 - Ozark Creative Writers' Conference, Eureka Springs, AR - http://ozarkcreativewriters.com

Oct. 15-18, 2020 – Women Writing the West Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. https://www.womenwritingthewest.org/conference/

Oct. 10-13, 2019 - Historical Writers of America Conference, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.  http://historicalwritersofamerica.org


Oct. 15-18, 2020 – 19th Annual Florida Writers Conference, Altamonte

Oct. 16-18, 2020 – Emerald City Writers’ Conference (Romance Writers of America), Bellevue, Washington. http://gsrwa.org/ecwc/conference/
Oct. 15-18, 2020 – Whistler Writers Festival, Whistler, BC, Canada. http://www.whistler.com/whistler_readers_writers_festival/

Oct. 15-18, 2020 - Bouchercon 2020, World Mystery Convention, Sacramento, CA. https://www.bouchercon2019.com/

Oct. 19-20, 2019Boston Book Festival. http://www.bostonbookfest.org/

Oct. 19-25, 2020 – The Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, BC, Canada. http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

Oct. 22-28, 2020 - Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. https://writersfestival.org/

Oct. 22 - Nov. 1, 2020 - Toronto International Festival of Authors, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. hhttps://festivalofauthors.ca/festival

Oct. 23-25, 2020 – Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada. http://www.siwc.ca/

Oct. 25-27, 2019 -- Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival, Indianapolis IN http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CentersandInstitutes/EBBall/MagnaCumMurder.aspx

Oct. 23-25, 2020 – The La Jolla Writers Conference, Hyatt Regency, La Jolla, CA http://www.lajollawritersconference.com/

Oct. 26, 2019 - Books by the Banks Book Festival, Cincinnati, OH http://booksbythebanks.org/

NOVEMBER 2020:

Nov. 6-8, 2020 - The Next Bestseller Workshop, New York City. www.TheNextBestseller.com

Nov. 2, 2019 - Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/

Nov. 2, 2019 - Rochester Children's Book Festival (authors and illustrators), www.rcbfestival.com/authors-illustrators

Nov. 9-15, 2020 - Kauai Writers Conference, Kapaa, Hawaii. www.kauaiwritersconference.com

Nov. 7-8, 2020 - Texas Book Festival, on the State Capital grounds, Austin, Texas. https://www.texasbookfestival.org/

Nov. 2020 – Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, Florida. http://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/

Nov. 8-10, 2019The New England Crime Bake Conference, Woburn, Mass. http://www.crimebake.org/ 

Nov. 8-9, 2019 - Charleston YA Book Festival – YallFest: http://yallfest.org/

Nov. 16, 2019 - Baltimore Writers' Conference, Towson, Md. www.baltimorewritersconference.org.

Nov. 15-22, 2020 - Miami Book Fair International, Miami, Florida.    
http://www.miamibookfair.com/

DECEMBER 2020:       

(Not usually any conferences in December)