Back to School Pimp & Promote

For many in the States, school is back in session. In that same spirit, let’s get out our pom-poms and cheer for ourselves and other writers!

Here on Writers in the Storm, we like to provide regular opportunities for readers to share great resources and celebrate our own successes. So get ready to pimp or promote.

How does this work?

In the comments section, we ask that you:

  • Pimp out somebody else’s work – a favorite author, blogger, post or book you’ve read, a wonderful teacher or just someone who had profound influence on you as a writer or a person. Please limit your comments to one work.
  • Promote one of your projects that you’re excited about – a hobby, a blog, a book, or a new direction your writing is taking you. You decide. Just tell us about it in the comments! (Please restrain your enthusiasm to just one of your WIPs.) The rest of us will jump in and “ooooh and ahh” and likely promote your project more because we’re so super-excited today.

We’ll start with P&P from us gals at WITS!

Julie Glover

Pimp: My critique partner and co-writer, Kris Faryn, recently released Song of Destiny, the first in a YA contemporary fantasy series. Also mythology-based, this is a fantastic novel with great characters, compelling suspense, and beautiful writing. Check it out!

Promote: So in addition to writing fiction, I also write non-fiction, under my married name and about sex in marriage from a Christian perspective. Those who know me personally know this about me, but publicly I’ve been very Egon Spengler about it: “Don’t cross the streams!” (Partly because I wouldn’t want some teen who reads my YA to go over and read what I write about married sex.) That said, I have an ongoing blog, four books out, and a co-hosted podcast. You can find me here on Amazon or here on my website.

Laura Drake

Pimp: If you like Western Romance, you’re going to love Kari Lynn Dell. She writes about rodeo, and she should know—she’s a breakaway roper, not to mention a rancher way up north in Montana, not far from Glacier Park and the Canadian border. She’s funny, she puts you there, and her characters come alive in your heart.

Promote: If you’re anywhere near Texas (and even if you’re not), we’re putting on a bang-up regional conference in West Texas, October 12-13! Janice Hardy, Kristin Lamb, Angela Ackerman, Darynda Jones, and our own Julie Glover are just a few of the presenters, and we have three NY agents coming to take pitches! I don’t think you’ll find a better priced conference, either. $99 for the weekend, includes breakfast and lunch! Check it out:

Jenny Hansen

Pimp: If you haven’t discovered OneStop for Writers after all our raving about the Character Builder here at WITS, what’s taking you so long?

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi wrote the amazing Emotion Thesaurus (now in it’s expanded 2nd Edition) and then they went one better. They teamed with a great developer to turn all the information in the book into a flexible, searchable database that allows you to take and keep notes about your own book. THAT’S part of what OneStop is all about. Check it out here.

Emotion Thesaurus 2nd Edition

I was blessed to be with Cruising Writers when they hosted Angela as a speaker and she has a wealth of information. To hear her and Lisa Cron discuss the emotional wound of characters was heaven. Just heaven.

Promote: I am lucky enough to belong to a large active local writing chapter and our birthday party every October is like a mini-conference. This year we have the fantastic Damon Suede giving a keynote called DREAM BIGGER.

But it doesn’t stop there. We’re having a cover contest where you can get an 11×17 standup glossy of your cover for $20 (great for book signings!), Damon is doing a Friday night movie analysis on Romancing the Stone and also a character intensive workshop where he explains how he plots by verb. There are Saturday night PJ parties with a UCI extension writing teacher, Damon with more on character and two other others co-hosting a fun sexy stories party.

If you are anywhere close to Southern California, this is a rare immersive opportunity. Members – $50 / Guests – $60. Details here.

Fae Rowen

Pimp: I have learned so much about writing from my editor, Tiffany Yates Martin. Think home-decorated birthday cake versus a bakery confection that tastes as amazing as it looks. That’s what Tiffany’s magic does with my books. She makes suggestions that help me revise my books to their full potential. She sees what I’m trying to get through to my readers and clarifies the process to make that happen. Working with Tiffany has taken my books to that cliched “next level.” If you are looking for an editor, you won’t find better.

Promote: I’m happy to announce that P.R.I.S.M. Rebellion, Book Two in my series about a prison world populated by exiles from Earth, will be available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks on Halloween 2019.

Now it’s your turn. Pimp or promote in the comments, and we’ll chime in and cheer you on!

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