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.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S WRITING GUILD:
The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment o 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. The Guild nurtures and supports holistic thinking by recognizing the logic
of the heart -- the ability to perceived the subtle interconnections between people, events and emotions- alongside conventional logic.

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 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 website is a guide to publishers
and writing services for serious writers.  Some subjects include Agents & Attorneys, Book Publishers, Definitions, Editing & Software, Email, Promotional, Rating
Criteria, Related Sites, Resources for Screenwriters, Signings, Submissions, Warnings, Workshops.

EDITOR-ON-TAP:
Gone are the days when a rough manuscript makes it to a publishing editor.   Editor on Tap Lois Winsen will To attract a literary agent or publisher, a manuscript
must shine and show the author's best work.  From what I've make your work shine when you need editing.  She also offers plot, character and structure critique,
line edit, and polishing services on a freelance, project basis.  I found her easy to work with 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 the
Books page on her web page.  Check out the other pages where you will find lots of helpful information.

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BOOK MARKETING:
David Cole was a speaker at one of my California Writers Club meeting 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.  
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