Beta Reading Etiquette

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Good morning everyone! One of the hardest things to do as writers, or any artist for that matter, is to hand over our work, our baby, to someone else to look over and critique. Generally, we’re lucky enough to get to know the person so we’re able to understand what they’ll have to say. Then you get that one person… You know who I mean. The one that lives to eviscerate any manuscript that crosses their path. As someone that … Read More »

Welcome, Published & Unpublished Writers: Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part post about FWA’s Royal Palm Literary Award competition, we discussed how RPLA benefits writers at all stages of their writing journey and the value of the feedback offered to every entrant. In Part 2, here, we discuss who your judges and administrators are, how we deal with disparate scores, how we review completed rubrics, how you can suggest new genre categories, and more. So here goes. First, the judges and administrators: Our judges are … Read More »

Welcome, Published & Unpublished Writers: Part I

Quick! Where are you on your writing journey? Unpublished? Undiscovered? Famous? Beginner? Advanced? Are you where you want to be? Enter FWA’s Royal Palm Literary Awards competition (RPLA), and you’ll discover some surprising benefits. I should know; I’ve been on both sides of the RPLA desk multiple times. I’m Chris Coward, 2015 RPLA Committee Chairperson and an RPLA first-place winner. Also a multi-time RPLA loser. I learned a lot from winning—how rewarding our passion for writing can be and how … Read More »

Breaking the Writing Rules

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Good morning everyone! We’ve all been told to obey the rules since we were kids, but remember when we would ask why? I don’t know about you all, but I was regularly told, “Because I said so” and that was that. One of the things I’ve learned is that when it comes to writing, nothing is that simple. To be honest, roughly 95% of the “rules” so many tout are nothing but opinions. Just look at how many different thoughts … Read More »

Why Go to a Mini Conference? One Attendee Tells You Why…and What to Expect.

A warm greeting guided me into conference registration/check-in area. The volunteers received myself and other attendees with genuine smiles, helpful directions, and information packages. I was impressed to see a folder labeled with my name since I had pre-registered. Pre-registration is definitely a plus. Sessions began and ended exactly on time. The speakers/authors were obviously passionate about writing and equally passionate to share their tips and tricks with us. All presentations were full of really helpful content. I wrote many … Read More »

Social Media 101: Variety is the spice of life

Note: Sorry this post is late today. It’s been one of those weeks! The old saying is cliche, but it’s true. One of the biggest mistakes some make is putting all their social media eggs in one basket. Let’s take a look at why this is a bad idea. When you limit your options, you limit your audience. Every site is a unique entity with its own membership and style. By sticking to only one site, you’re missing a vast … Read More »

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