Writing Groups, Workshops, & Internet Sites
My journey to becoming a published author involved learning about the craft and the industry.  The following sources helped me chart my way.
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JANE FRIEDMAN: Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertiese in digital media strategy for authors and
publishers. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS, CBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets. She offers a
wealth of current writing and publishing information on her site. Sign up for her free newsleter. Also check out her
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ERIC ELFMAN COACHING: I met Eric when he spoke at my writer's club meeting. I was impressed with his straightforward approach and insightful
information. Eric is now helping me tremendously as a coach and editor for the novel I am currently working on.  
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S WRITING GUILD:
The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of
portfolio.  As such, it has established a remarkable record transformation are valued for their own sake.
WRITER'S RETREAT WORKSHOP:
A premiere annual 10-day workshop and retreat featuring the fabulous WRW Core Staff, visiting authors, agents, and industry professionals.  An intense
week of story structure workshops, 1-1 meetings, lectures, writing exercises, and lifelong memories... all revolving around you, your novel, and your
writing life.
PREDITORS AND EDITORS:
Publishing is a business, and like any business, it can be infiltrated by frauds.  Before you sign with anyone, check them out.  This former website was a
guide to publishers and writing services for serious writers.  Some subjects included Agents & Attorneys, Book Publishers, Definitions, Editing &
Software, Email, Promotional, Rating Criteria, Related Sites, Resources for Screenwriters, Signings, Submissions, Warnings, Workshops. The gentleman
who put the sight together passed away.
EDITOR-ON-TAP:
Gone are the days when a rough manuscript makes it to a publishing editor. To attract a literary agent or publisher, a manuscript must shine and show the
author's best work. Lois Winsen offers plot, character and structure critique, line edit, and polishing services on a freelance, project basis. I found her easy
to work with on my first and second books and her suggestions and editing most valuable.
HOW TO FIND AN AGENT
This will take you to a good article on how to find an agent in the United States or the United Kingdom
NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSALS ANYBODY CAN WRITE: How to Get a Contract and Advance Before Writing Your Book:
I religiously used this book by Elizabeth Lyon -- an eye opener as to what an author must know in order to successfully pitch her book.  This link goes to
her web page where you can see all the helpful books she has written.
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BOOK MARKETING:
David Cole was a speaker at one of my California Writers Club meetings and his book is full of concise, practical information. I set about creating
my own press release, a tip sheet, a back grounder, a cover letter, a biographical sheet, media questions and more. Later, when my publisher
requested some of the same information, I was ready.