Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tucson Festival of Books Workshop: The Publishing Pact

Hi, again!

Thank you for coming to this workshop, too! :)
I promised that I would post the critique partner assessment worksheet questions, so here you go. Judy and I wish you all the good fortune in the world in your search to be published!

·      How long have you been writing?

·      What level fiction writer would you consider yourself: Beginner, intermediate, or advanced?
·      How many manuscripts have you completed?

·      Which genres do you read most often? (For example: Romance, women’s fiction, mystery, science fiction)

·      If you write romance, which subgenre do you write? (Note: on this question and the next two, tweak to fit your own choice of subgenre.)

·      What is your least favorite genre of romance to read?

·      Are you willing to read a subgenre of romance or type of fiction you don’t normally read in order to be a better critique partner?

·      In order, beginning with the first category, circle your personal strengths:
-       Characterization
-       Plotting
-       Grammar
-       GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict)
-       Setting
-       Dialogue
-       Internalization

·      How many writing conferences have you attended?
-       0-1
-       2-3
-       4 or more

·      How many writing loops do you take part in?
-       0-1
-       2-3
-       4 or more

·      On a scale of 1 to 5, how badly do you want to publish?
1 ( could take it or leave it.)
2 (It would be nice.)
3 (I’ve always dreamed of publishing.)
4 (I’m very serious about honing my craft and submitting.)
5 (I’m willing to make sacrifices and do whatever it takes.)

·      What things are you looking for in a critique partner? (For example: Someone with similar talent, similar dreams, similar level of accomplishments. Or maybe someone to cheer me on, someone who brings something new and unique to the group.)

·      Are you willing to use email and Skype calls in lieu of regular meetings?

·      How often are you willing to take part in meetings?

Tucson Festival of Books Workshop: How Authors Use Settings - Questions


If you were in this workshop today, thank you! And here's a list of the world building questions. Best of luck, and have fun with that setting!

-       What kind of people/creatures populate your world?  Superficially, how do you tell them apart (fashions, daily routines, etc.)?  Digging deeper, what are some of the more significant differences?  (Religions, beliefs)

-       Caste systems/social standings?

-       What controls the society in this world?  How are the people/creatures kept in line?  Or are they kept in line?  What are the crimes that normally occur and the punishments?  How about religion? (Why does this religion exist?)

-       Weather, etc.  Is your world tropical?  Cold?  How do the buildings and structures suit the needs of the climate? Nature—do the surroundings provide nourishment for your characters? (And what kind of nourishment do they need?  Do they need any sort of clothing/accessories to protect them from nature?)

-       How do your people/creatures communicate?

-       Currency system—what is valuable in this world?

-       Holidays—what do your characters celebrate?  Why?  What do you want to feature in your book?

-       Past times—music, arts, entertainment?

-       Physics of the world?

-       Old grudges that tribes or families might hold against one another?

-       History of your world—why does the world/town/family unit exist? What function does it have?  What does your town/family/city center around?  If the people/creatures who came out on the short end of the stick in your world’s history could tell you their version, what would it sound like?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tigermonkey Awesome Review on YouTube!

This is awesome! Over on YouTube, Tigermonkey reviewed ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG. He really liked it and compared it to Buffy, which is the highest of compliments. Also, there's The Best Reenactment of a Scene in One of My Books Ever--I was cracking up. Hope you love it, too!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Big Contest!

Ready for a great, big contest?


How to enter:

First, you enter the contest I'm holding over at my Facebook She Code page at  All you have to do is comment on the post about **one dating or romance rule you stick by in life** (just like in THE SHE CODE and the novellas. You can find THE SHE CODE at )

My Facebook contest's first prize is a $25 Amazon gift card.
Second prize is a signed print bundle of 6 of my backlist books (from different pen names).
Third prize is a signed print bundle of 4 of my backlist books (from different pen names).

My winners will be announced on April 1! If you win my first prize, you will be entered to win the grand prize of the $100 Amazon gift card.

And if you want to *increase* your chances of winning that $100 Amazon gift card grand prize, here's what you do:

Each author listed on Crystal Rain-Love's website (link is below) has prepared a contest for you. Visit each author during the month of March to enter to win the prize listed by their name.

Each author's winner will be entered to win the $100 Amazon gift card grand prize, so visit EVERY author to increase your chance of winning . You may win more than one author's contest so get in there and start entering!

Winners announced on 4/1/2014.

So after you enter my contest here, go to

Good luck, everyone!