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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 16-July-2018

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Welcome everyone to our Writers Sauce. We want to hear from you!

Yes, we really do.

We want feedback in any way shape or form. Even if it is to tell us you love us.

Other possible stuff you may wish to reply about for our next Writers Sauce:

1) A few sentences on what writing means to you.

2) A paragraph or two about how you became a writer (or want to).

3) A great skill you picked up regarding editing, writing, publishing, etc.

4) The best place to write.

5) How chatting to others about writing made you a better writer.

If there is anything you would like to know or learn more about, reply to this email and we’ll either discuss it at our next event, or provide some information within our next email-out.

Do you have something interesting you want to add for the next email-out? Get in touch and we will add it in.

Want to help write the next one? Let us know.

Contents:

  • Getting your writing and profile noticed on social media and publishing
  • New writing competition
  • Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
  • An international forum focusing on writers becoming financially secure
  • Editing your writing
  • Important links

Getting your writing and profile noticed on social media – advertising & publishing

One view is that you should start before your work is even finished. Start by posting up information about yourself on Facebook. More importantly, use photos of your work on Instagram. Book cover, titles, illustrations. Add hashtags and encourage people to share.

You don’t want to annoy your audience, so ensure you don’t flood your followers with the same thing over and over. Make sure what you are showing people is something they actually want to see.

This preparing to be published can be bad for the creative side of your brain. If you think too much about publishing and editing and writing for a particular audience, you’ll never write anything. If you find yourself worrying too much about the above, then wait until you have your first draft written before you worry about advertising and logistics. Also, it could be many years before someone says: yes I want to publish you. So really, time is not your biggest enemy.

As for publishing, we spoke again about Amazon and that they want you to exclusively sell through them. They do this by taking a larger commission from sales if you do not exclusively sell with them. It makes it look like your choice, but they are in control.

When sending to a traditional publisher they will often want to see a query letter and a small sample of your writing within the body of the actual email. You can send as many of these out as you like. However, once they say they want to see the first 3 chapters of your manuscript or more, they often don’t want you to send it to anyone else. This can be annoying, but you should follow their rules or risk getting a black mark against your name. Read the full rules on their submit page.

New short story competition with the World Writers Collective

We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme STRANGER. The word limit is 2,500 and the cost is $5 to enter. And FREE you become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers. Want to get published or publish your own works and have our members spread the word about your works, book launch, or other? It’s only $20 a year to join which helps pay the few hundred dollars it costs for the domain and host website each year.

We want to promote you. All you have to do is say the word.

There is a new NEWS section on WWC at the top that will be updated each day. . . hopefully with your help. So check it out.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Want to add to it? Then send some info through.

Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events

Eastern suburbs meetup: The first Sunday of the month we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred around enjoyment. If you enjoy writing, then you should come along. If you haven’t written for a while, then these writing games will help spark you back to life. No experience or skill necessary.

Getting published, eastern suburbs: The second Sunday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, then come along.

South Bank Write Now: Select Saturdays where the venue is quiet, opens early, free wifi, good coffee, food, and drinks if you need them for later 😉 There is music, and it is a cafe, so bear this in mind and wear head phones if you need them while you write.

City Writer Group: Third Tuesday of the month we have our general friendly chatting and reading out of our work sessions – but only if you would like to read out your work, there is no pressure. Also, we  talk about giving feedback on writing, book launches, fun writing tips, and other entertainment industry interests.

As with all our events, please get in touch if you would like to help with running events. The best way to do this is to come to one of our events and chat to the current event hosts about what you would like to do. We prefer to have two event hosts at each event, so where there is an opening we are happy for you to get involved.

An international forum focusing on writers becoming financially secure at the Writers Symposium

We recently launched the Writers Symposium with us as hosts: World Writers Collective, and: The Story Mint. It’s going to be amazing!

So many exciting sessions to attend over the two days at the Wheeler Centre. Includes free membership with World Writers Collective as well as The Story Mint.

Lots of free stuff to give away as well.

Tickets: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/symposium Follow the link to Eventbrite.

Editing Your Writing

Free: Put your bio, query letter, or other writing into the Dropbox for people to check over.

Read the Read Me file in the Dropbox for instructions to upload your story (you will need to join Dropbox and supply your email to Mat Clarke to enable upload). Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

We also have professional editors on hand to help with editing and evaluation of your writing at very competitive (low) prices. Check them out here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/editing-services

Important Links

Post news about your writing, book launch, events, or event just a link to your latest blog/post/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

Important information about writing in general, and the Melbourne Writers Group: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters

Discuss anything you like that’s creative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168

For people that want to discuss writing on a forum that is for everyone around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529

Your work edited for free by other writers. Give feedback to other writers to gain more practice editing your own work: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Information on writing, writing competitions, professional editing, getting published, and more. Become a member for discounts: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Near Melbourne? Come to our group and meet other writers and chat. Everyone is welcome: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

Previous email-outs with great information. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

The Story Mint newsletter for even more information. Subscribe here: http://www.thestorymint.com

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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 22-June-2018

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 22-June-2018

Welcome again to our Writers Sauce.

In this email we are going to touch on self-publishing again in areas we didn’t last time, and then give some small tips towards building a believable character. But first, as always, we go into so much more detail at our meets, so feel free to come along no matter your experience in writing.

If there is anything you would like to know or learn more about, reply to this email and we’ll either discuss it at our next event, or provide some information within our next email-out.

Do you have something interesting you want to add for the next email-out? Get in touch and we will add it in.

Want to help write the next one? Let us know.

Contents:

  • Writing and publishing
  • Get published today
  • Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
  • An international forum focusing on writers becoming financially secure
  • Editing your writing
  • Important links

Writing and Publishing

In relation to self-publishing, which is something we touched on within the last email, there is also Draft2Digital for getting your writing online, and can be easier than some other online platforms. Also, for print books, you may want to use Ingram Spark. They’re cheaper than a local printer, although this will depend on the quantities ordered.

Something we chatted about at a recent meet was in regards to writing good characters. Some general things we touched upon was having motivations for the character, logic behind what they do, they need to grow continuously, have goals, and be relatable. This is mostly for your main characters, but can also be used for secondary characters to a smaller degree.

Get published today with the World Writers Collective

Want to join the World Writers Collective and help support everyone as a group of indie writers? Want to get published or publish your own works and have our members help spread the word about your works, book launch, or other? It’s only $20 a year to join which helps pay the few hundred dollars it costs for the domain and host website each year.

If you are a writer and part of the World Writers Collective and would like to be the topic of our next discussion, then all you need to do is update your profile on the WWC website. This information will then be sent to our many subscribers so that they can read more about you.

There is a new NEWS section on WWC at the top that will be updated each day. . . hopefully with your help. So check it out.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Want to add to it? Then send some info through.

Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events

Eastern suburbs meetup: Sunday 1 July 12pm we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred around enjoyment. If you enjoy writing, then you should come along. If you haven’t written for a while, then these writing games will help spark you back to life. No experience or skill necessary.

Getting published, eastern suburbs: Tuesday 10 July 6pm we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, then come along.

South Bank Write Now: Saturday 14 July 1pm. The venue is quiet, opens early, free wifi, good coffee, food, and drinks if you need them for later 😉 There is music, and it is a cafe, so bear this in mind and wear head phones if you need them while you write.

City Writer Group: Tuesday 17 July  will be hosted by Jim and another helpful writer on Tuesday and will be our general friendly chatting and reading out of our work session – if you would like to read out your work, that is, no pressure. Also, Jim will talk about giving feedback on writing. This is important to learn so that when an editor or friend gives you feedback you know what is important and what needs further investigation.

As with all our events, please get in touch if you would like to help with running events. The best way to do this is to come to one of our events and chat to the current event hosts about what you would like to do. We prefer to have two event hosts at each event, so where there is an opening we are happy for you to get involved.

An international forum focusing on writers becoming financially secure at the Writers Symposium

We recently launched the Writers Symposium with us as hosts: World Writers Collective, and: The Story Mint. It’s going to be amazing!

So many exciting sessions to attend over the two days at the Wheeler Centre (food included) for one set price of $350, which includes one free year membership with World Writers Collective as well as The Story Mint. You will also go into the prize draw when you buy your ticket for a chance to win a dinner with the presenters on the last night to chill and chat about writing and publishing.

Tickets: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/symposium Follow the link to Eventbrite.

Editing Your Writing

Free: Put your bio, query letter, or other writing into the Dropbox for people to check over.

Read the Read Me file in the Dropbox for instructions to upload your story (you will need to join Dropbox and supply your email to Mat Clarke to enable upload). Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

We also have professional editors on hand to help with editing and evaluation of your writing at very competitive (low) prices. Check them out here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/editing-services

Important Links

Post news about your writing, book launch, events, or event just a link to your latest blog/post/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

Important information about writing in general, and the Melbourne Writers Group: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters

Discuss anything you like that’s creative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168

For people that want to discuss writing on a forum that is for everyone around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529

Your work edited for free by other writers. Give feedback to other writers to gain more practice editing your own work: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Information on writing, writing competitions, professional editing, getting published, and more. Become a member for discounts: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Near Melbourne? Come to our group and meet other writers and chat. Everyone is welcome: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

Previous email-outs with great information. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

The Story Mint newsletter for even more information. Subscribe here: http://www.thestorymint.com

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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 14-May-2018

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 14-May-2018

Welcome again to our Writers Sauce. If there is anything you would like to know or learn more about, reply to this post and we’ll either discuss it at our next event, or provide some information within our next blog.

We discussed many topics at our last two events. However, with the help of Lisa Habermann and Stu Mentha we found out more about scripts and screen writing.

But before we get too deep into that, there’s still time to enter the WWC writing competition.
Cash prizes. Two areas of entry (first and third person). Up to 3,000 words. Plus you are automatically entered into the 2018 anthology if you come first, second, or third in either of the two areas of POV. That’s six winners!
https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

Our most recent winner is, Dean MacAllister with the story, Not About You, within the theme, Betrayal. Have a read of this great story and the other top 5 winners which will be posted late tomorrow.

We recently launched the Writers Symposium with us: World Writers Collective, and: The Story Mint. Very nice.
So many exciting sessions to attend over the two days at the Wheeler Centre (food included) for one set price of $350, which includes one free year membership with World Writers Collective as well as The Story Mint. You also will go into the prize draw when you buy your ticket for a chance to win a dinner with the presenters on the last night to chill and chat about writing and publishing.
Tickets: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/symposium

Now for our last meet.
A few of the things that came up were:
When writing a script, one page generally means one minute of screen time. However, this can change depending on the script, of course.
Within a script there is approximately four lines of text that is written to set the scene regarding what is going on and what the characters can see around them.
Another point that I think many of you already know, is that when we write something and put our name to it, then it is covered by copyright law. This is how it is in most English speaking countries.
However, just beware of accidentally co-writing something. For example, if you give your work to another writer and they add material to your work and then you think, hey that’s great they were helping me out, and there is evidence of this happening where they helped you with your script, stand up routine, etc., then that person may say that they co-wrote it with you and want a cut of the profits and a screen credit.
I think this is unlikely to happen with regular fiction writing, so don’t worry too much.
However, interesting though, hey.
Also, we are looking at doing some script writing work in the near future and some writing competitions.

We have more competitions on the WWC website coming up, so please get involved with them so we can publish you in our anthology at the end of the year.

And as usual, get your writing competition entry checked before you enter it to improve your chances to win. It’s free. You can also put your bio, query letter, or other writing in there for people to check over.
Read the Read Me file in the Dropbox for instructions to upload your story (you will need to join Dropbox and supply your email to Mat Clarke to enable upload). Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Important Links:
Post news about your writing, book launch, events, or event just a link to your latest blog/post/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

Important information about writing in general, and the Melbourne Writers Group: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters

Discuss anything you like that’s creative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168

For people that want to discuss writing on a forum that is for everyone around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529

Your work edited for free by other writers. Give feedback to other writers to gain more practice editing your own work: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Information on writing, writing competitions, professional editing, getting published, and more. Become a member for discounts: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Near Melbourne? Come to our group and meet other writers and chat. Everyone is welcome: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

Previous email-outs with great information. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

The Sory Mint newsletter for even more information:

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Writers Sauce – WWC MWSG 23-4-2018

23 April 2018 Leave a comment

Welcome again to our Writers Sauce. If there is anything you would like to know or learn more about, reply to this post and we’ll either discuss it at our next event, or provide some information within our post.

We discussed many topics at our last two events. A few of them were:

How do I choose a title for my story?

How do I know if what I have written is interesting?

How do I make my writing interesting?

But before we get too deep into the above discussions, there’s still time to enter the WWC writing competition.

Cash prizes. Two areas of entry (first and third person). Up to 3,000 words. Plus you are automatically entered into the 2018 anthology if you come first, second, or third in either of the two areas of POV. That’s six winners!

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

This script writing competition looks pretty amazing.

“Designed as a professional development opportunity to support screenwriters during the writing process, Script to Screen offers the chance for the winning scripts to be directed, rehearsed and then read by actors in front of an audience in the Mercury Cinema.”

https://awg.com.au/view/event/script-to-screen-2018/

Get a writing competition entry checked before you enter to improve your chances to win. It’s free.

Read the Read Me file in the Dropbox for instructions to upload your story (you will need to join Dropbox and supply your email to Mat Clarke to enable upload). Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Now onto our discussions. One topic was, how do you choose a title for a story?

This is something where there is no wrong or right answer. However, there are catchy titles and there are titles that fall flat.

Most authors mentioned it just came to them, while others would put thought into deciding on something that was abstract to entice a reader to discover more.

If you have an opinion, please post it up here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

The next topic was, how do you know if what you have written is interesting?

And, How do you make your writing interesting?

This is a heady one. First of all, the more feedback you receive from others the better you will get at realising what works and what doesn’t with your writing.

A good technique is to study other author’s writings. However, you need to keep writing the way you want to as well. To do this you need to get hold of ten novels. Any novels – preferably in your genre and POV, but not essential.

Also, have a novel nearby that is written by an author you admire and/or emulate.

Next read 5-10 pages of the novel/author you admire/emulate.

Then put it down and pick up one of the other random novels. Read 5-10 pages. It’s better if you have never read anything this author has written in the past.

Then put it down and pick up the novel by the author you admire/emulate and read 5-10 pages.

Next put it down and pick up and read another 5-10 pages of a random novel from your pile.

Keep repeating this for at least an hour.

Go away and write a little or edit something you have already written.

Are you seeing things differently? Are you writing or editing differently than you usually do?

Now go back and do some more reading for an hour as above.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

I found it improved my writing, editing, reading, voice, and learning how other authors write.

Symposium:

Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author is a global symposium that will bring together writers, agents, publishers and reviewers for a two day programme focused on  sharing insights into how to make the transition from published writer to financially successful author.

Speakers from Australia, New Zealand, India and the USA will present personally or via teleconference.

To get a large discount you will need to be a member of both the World Writers Collective and The Story Mint. A unique password will be sent to you upon request once tickets are available.

More details are coming soon.

Important Links:

Post news about your writing, book launch, events, or event just a link to your latest blog/post/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

Important information about writing in general, and the Melbourne Writers Group: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters

Discuss anything you like that’s creative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168

For people that want to discuss writing on a forum that is for everyone around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529

Your work edited for free by other writers. Give feedback to other writers to gain more practice editing your own work: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Information on writing, writing competitions, professional editing, getting published, and more. Become a member for discounts: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Near Melbourne? Come to our group and meet other writers and chat. Everyone is welcome: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

Previous email-outs with great information. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

The Story Mint newsletter for even more writing information: https://mailchi.mp/9b67a9f6f163/the-story-mint-december-2107749?e=516d6b6a0a

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Writing tips and publishing

7 April 2018 Leave a comment

In this writer info email-out, I would like to talk about getting published and the upcoming Writer Symposium at the Wheeler Centre being run by The Story Mint and The World Writers Collective on 6&7 October 2018. Limited tickets available and will be released this month.

But first, a new writing competition open to everyone worldwide:

This one is 3,000 words.

There have been a few changes for this competition since the last one, so take a quick look 🙂

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitons

 

Also, if you are looking to get a Fellowship in Victoria, you have a little under a month to forward your application: http://www.australianpoetry.org/competitions/applications-for-state-library-of-victorias-fellowship-program-open/

 

A poetry competition that recently opened: https://thewritersbloc.net/2018-acu-prize-poetry

 

Lastly, The Writers Digest Self-Publish competition is still open: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards?k=SFNTJNR59bON8Qk2rL1so%2BvectOG00JxSqyBwBEbfJ0%3D&utm_medium=email&utm_source=competition&utm_campaign=wd-tjo-comp-180301-spub

 

Symposium:

Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author is a global symposium that will bring together writers, agents, publishers and reviewers for a two day programme focused on  sharing insights into how to make the transition from published writer to financially successful author.

Speakers from Australia, New Zealand, India and the USA will present personally or via teleconference.

To get a large discount you will need to be a member of both the World Writers Collective and The Story Mint. A unique password will be sent to you upon request once tickets are available.

More information here: https://mailchi.mp/9b67a9f6f163/the-story-mint-december-2107749?e=516d6b6a0a

Join World Writers Collective here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

 

Getting published

It’s a hard and long road and persistence is the only way you can succeed. Give up too early and you’ll end up putting that manuscript or short story in the drawer and forgetting about it.

So what do you need to do? Well, here are a few points to help you along the way.

1) Publishers and agents want to see your presence online. Create a LinkedIn profile for communicating with other writers and discussions online. Get involved with a social network online, such as a facebook group. And lastly, yes you will need to go to writer groups to gain knowledge, show off your work, and not be a complete hermit.

2) Create a fan base. Now that you have the above and have been doing this for a while you can enter writing competitions, and post up a collection of your work on Smashwords. You’ll also want to have a regular blog or post up information on LinkedIn, or tweet, or similar. Go and read other people’s blogs or pages, then comment. Generally they will then check yours.

3) After all the above is done you can begin getting even more involved. When ever something about writing/publishing/editing/pitching is going on, then you need to either be there, or be a part of a group that is there that will have your best interests in mind. And so you will have you listed on their group, webpage, etc. As long as that group or website is well know, then by segway, you will be too.

To get one part of this sorted, go to this link and post up an interesting blog link, LinkedIn link, facebook post, book launch, anthology you are in, book you have online, or whatever, to the following Facebook Group. Then I would like everyone on this mail-out to go there within 3 days and comment on as many of the posts as you can. Spend an hour.

So go there as soon as you have read this email and post up a link to something interesting about you and your writing. This is a good chance for you to get lots of comments on a blog you wrote, or similar: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

 

Thanks, and don’t be a stranger!

 

Important Links:

Post news about your writing, book launch, events, or event just a link to your latest blog/post/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

Important information about writing in general, and the Melbourne Writers Group: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters

Discuss anything you like that’s creative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168

For people that want to discuss writing on a forum that is for everyone around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529

Links: Your work edited for free by other writers. Give feedback to other writers to gain more practice editing your own work: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Information on writing, writing competitions, professional editing, getting published, and more. Become a member for discounts: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Near Melbourne? You can come to our group and meet other writers and chat. Everyone is welcome: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

Previous email-outs with great information. Click on the bottom blue link in bold on the following page: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/about-wwc

 

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Writing Competition ending soon

6 March 2018 Leave a comment

Less than a week to go before this writing competition ends.
Not many entries so far, so you have a big chance of winning.
Only $5 to enter.
2000 words.
$100 first prize.
Top winners published at the top of the website.
https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitons

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