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it’s not too late for the self-pub seminar!

Great news, everyone!

Due to the overwhelming interest in our self-publishing seminars, I got the okay from  the library to move the seminar from the conference room to the Civic Space. That means we can fit 7 more people in the group!

Sign up if you want to go. I know this is last minute notice, but I’d still love if you could make it.

Details on the seminar are here.

Register here.

Hope to see you there!

self-pub seminar II now ready for signups!

I’m pleased to announce the Self-Publishing Seminar I hosted earlier this month was a success. We had a great turnout and covered a lot of ground.

Of course, there was a lot of ground we couldn’t cover. Three hours is just not enough to dig deep! Because I had to gloss over cover art, book packaging, and social media in the first seminar, I’ve scheduled another on September 12th, same time, same place. We’ll delve into promotion and all sorts of post-press ‘I hit publish, what now?’ kind of stuff. A lot of it is new territory for me, too, so I’m trying new methods and doing tons of research to make sure I’m ready for some great discussions.

If you missed the first seminar, don’t worry! I haven’t set a date yet, but I’ll be hosting that one again sometime this winter (when it’s too cold to be doing anything but reading and writing, anyway!). So keep writing, and we can hit the ground running in 2016 with the workshop that helps you choose service providers, format your book, and get published.

PS Self-Publishing II: Book Packaging, Social Media, Promotion, and Author Branding is by registration only and there’s only one spot left. Please sign up ASAP if you want to come, or put yourself on the waiting list.

Happy writing!

Write-A-Thon

Need to know more about our write-a-thon? Keep reading!

Write-a-thon

November 22nd, 2014

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fondulac District Library, Civic Complex

Come write with us! We’ll have donuts and coffee and snacks to get you started and keep you going.

The Civic Complex in East Peoria. It’s adjacent to the library, in the same building. There’s plenty of space and places to plug in your noveling device. Wi-fi is available.

Come and go as you have time! While the library is open, (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the doors are open and we’d love to have you for as little or as long as you can make it. After 5 p.m., we will move to the Conference Room inside the library, and we’ll finish out the Write-A-Thon lock-in style (participants may leave, but re-entry will not be allowed). Throughout the day, we’ll be hosting friendly word wars (fifteen minute spurts of writing frenzy) and ice-breaker style games to keep your energy levels up.

What about food? There are a ton of places to pick up lunch and dinner near the library in the new and growing Levee District. We also have a sign-up thread going on the official nanowrimo.org site for people who volunteer to bring easy-to-eat foods and snacks. At lunch and dinner times, we will also organize a meal order, so if you wish to participate please bring some cash and include tip for delivery.

Please join us! We’re keeping track of all the words we write—our word count poster will grow and grow and grow all day.

Regional Newsletter

Here’s the latest news from PeoWriMos:

Dear Writer-Types,

We’re working hard to come up with some awesome events for PeoWriMos this year. The calendar isn’t blocked out completely yet, but as we get reservation confirmations from local businesses and libraries we’ll add them. What’s new this year: we’re partnering with libraries big time. I sent a spy in to Peoria Public Library’s North Branch location (and by sent a spy, I mean a WriMo works there), and she is setting up some great stuff for us, and for the young writer’s program! Oh, and we have another ‘spy’ at Fondulac Library (that would be me). Now that FDL has a nice big building, they have space and brainstorming ideas to make this NaNo the craziest ever. Check out our calendar at peowrimos@gmail.com to see the events we have so far! (link: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=peowrimos%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Chicago  )

In other news, who’s this we I keep mentioning? I’m so pleased to announce that tabby-mattheessen has joined the dark side–er, I mean the volunteer team at PeoWriMos as an official ML. Make sure to welcome her the next time you see her (hopefully at this Sunday’s workshop!). I’m really happy to have her on board. She’s a hard-working writer (with a new book out and a blog) and she has some great ideas for events for us in the coming months. Say hello and send some novelling vibes!

It’s tempting to remind you how many weeks left until NaNoWriMo officially starts, but I’d rather not scare myself. So, let me just remind you about some of the great stuff we’ve got from now until November:

September 14th. Writing Workshop at Fondulac from 1-4. We’ll discuss antagonists.
October 12th. Writing Workshop at Fondulac from 1-4. We’ll discuss another aspect of storytelling craft.
October 22nd. Meet & Greet at North Branch McKenzie Room from 6-8. Meet us! Greet us! Get pumped for NaNoWriMo and make sure to get your sticker! Whee!

We’ll be in touch, writer-types. Stay tuned for another email when we get our calendar all official and full. I can’t wait to write with you.

Happy Writing,

Your ML Barb