Newsletter July 2017

July is here and I am running out of time, how about you? Lots happening this month and even more preparing to unfold for Fall. From events to book releases to workshops, I am juggling what I can. Regardless, thank you for signing up for the newsletter and know that there is more than news about me inside this blast. I want to expose what events are going on that I am and am not part of, share a little writing advice, and share links to some resources. If you want to sign-up so you never miss one of these, head over to my website (www.WillisAuthor.com) to sign-up via email OR follow my Blog for the post!

BookExpo Publishing Shift —

BookExpo was once a group of traditional publishers with a sprinkling of indies. As an expo attendee from 2008–2017, my observation of traditional publishing is stagnant content published with a 1950s business model. A new world of publishing has evolved due to the contagious enthusiasm of indie business models. Indie publishers not only bring new […]…

#AFO2017 Triforce of Fanfiction Panel

First off, myself (Valerie Willis), Racquel Henry, and Laura (L.E.) Perez want to say thank you for the warm welcome and great turnout for our first panel at an Anime Convention here at #AFO2017! We hope we were able to aid fellow writers and fans to jump into their stories and grow to new heights….

PowerPoint from Writing a Novel 101

Once more, I want to thank everyone who came out to attend one, if not all my classes on “Writing a Novel 101” at the Orange County Library in Downtown Orlando. I hope I was able to provide tools, knowledge, and inspiration at some point into each of you. Again, do not hesitate to reach…

Romance, Magic, Mystery…and Chocolate!

Originally posted on kathybryson:
Writers come in all flavors and the ladies of BroadUniverse.org are at least as varied. But one thing that does seem to be universal is a love of chocolate! Cindy Lynn Speer shares how chocolate acted as her inspiration in her novel, The Chocolatier’s Wife, and upcoming sequel!  How much research do…

Book Reviews – Why You Should Write One

I cannot force anyone to write one, or corner readers by giving them a copy IF they promise to write one. It’s not fair, we are all different in how we feel about what we read as well as what they think a review looks like.   Just to be clear, Authors look forward to…

Newsletter April 2017

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com by MIH83: https://pixabay.com/en/newsletter-news-information-1615483/  Hello, Author Valerie Willis here! If you won a free copy of one of my novels, I hope you are enjoying the story and characters I have crafted. Remember the best way to show support for your favorite authors and books is to leave ratings and reviews to let…

The Literary Agent Process with Jaimie Engle

Finding a literary agent is a challenging process. In this workshop, Jaimie Engle takes you through the process from research to rewrites, query letters, and synopsis. Q & A to follow and attendees are encouraged to bring in their 1-page query letter to submit for group study. In this workshop you will learn: How to write…

Episode 249: Ashley Inguanta!

Originally posted on The Drunken Odyssey:
Episode 249 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download. In this week’s episode, I talk with the poet Ashley Inguanta, Photo by Lauren Lavaria plus Daniela Chamorro writes about how Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street changed her life. Photo…

Judgment is Here!

New Release! Tattooed Angels Trilogy has been a labor of love for a while now. Judgment, officially out today March 1st 2017, is the second piece in this three book young adult dark urban fantasy trilogy. Within this second puzzle piece readers will be delighted they get to know the mysterious older brother, Talib, on…