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Big News!

Hi everyone and welcome back to Claerie’s Tales. I have some really big news to share with you guys this week, which is…

*drumroll please*

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 I will be attending my first ever writing conference this weekend, September 21 and 22nd 2018! 

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I can’t even begin to explain to you all how excited I am for this trip. I can’t wait to mingle with all of the other authors, take some awesome classes and just have a bit of a change of pace.

The conference I’ve chosen to go to is called the Midwest Writer’s Conference and it’s hosted by LDStorymakers and Indie Author Hub. That means there will be a swarm of published and unpublished authors to socialize with and learn from. Not to mention the crazy amount of classes and workshops available. Click on the links above for more information.

Just to give you guys a little bit of background, I found out about the conference in June of this year from a Facebook group I’m in called the Writing Gals. It’s run by a group of four sweet romance authors who aim to make a career out of doing what they love. Shout out to them! If that sounds like your gig and you haven’t joined yet then I highly recommend you check out the group and their podcast on YouTube.

As for the conference, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to attend this year, but my family and I made it happen and I’m off to Kansas City on Friday!

I’ll leave a list of some of the classes I’m taking down below. Comment to let me know which ones you’re most interested in hearing about when I get back. I am especially excited about the marketing classes because my manuscript is due to my editor at the end of October. From there the revisions and marketing fun begin!

If you’re interested in hearing more about my editorial journey and how I found and picked the editor I did, leave a comment below.

Classes 

Master Marketing   

Author Heather B. Moore will present a list of marketing strategies to position your book to sell more, pre-launch, during launch, and post-launch. Whether traditionally or indie publishing, these strategies will increase your author presence, target buying readers, and connect you to new fans of your genre.

The Story Journal

The love child of the Bullet Journal and the Story Bible, come see how I combined these two approaches to help channel my creative juices during each phase of the process.

Supercharge Your Writing Time
Many authors must scratch and claw for every writing hour, and can’t afford to waste even a minute. The Agile/Scrum framework is designed to help make the most of this most valuable resource: time. Conceived as a way to energize and jumpstart large, complex development projects, Agile/Scrum Is taking the software world by storm. With a few minor tweaks, this simple but powerful methodology can be tailored to organize and manage large, complex writing projects, too. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to create and groom a Backlog, how to plan a Sprint, and why Story Points can help you power through even the toughest writing tasks. We’ll even learn how Epics can be used to balance multiple writing projects with research and Social Media.

Writing Blurbs and Loglines         

Now that your story is written, how do you drive traffic to your product page? Learn how to write enticing blurbs, loglines, and ads that not only attract your reader but boost your sales.

Heroes, Villains, Foils, and Secondaries: Creating a Strong, Balanced Cast

What would GONE WITH THE WIND be without both Scarlett and Melanie? How about STAR WARS without Vader, Han, or Yoda? HARRY POTTER without Draco, Dobby, and Neville? Every plot succeeds or fails based on its characters, from villain to sidekick to dramatic (yes, dramatic) relief. (Don’t know what that this? Come find out!) We’ll cover how to use foils as one of the best ways to propel the plot and to show, not tell. Learn how to pinpoint the characters your story is missing, when to cut or combine characters, and ultimately, how to create a cast that makes your story impossible for readers to forget.

This is a tentative list because there are many more classes than just these three. Here’s a link to the full schedule. Which class do you think would be the most interesting and which ones should I add to my schedule? Let me know!

As always, keep making magic word weavers!

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