Wow! Even more signs that you might be a writer

You might be a writer if…well, there are just too many signs that you might be a writer, so this is the third edition, with even more tell-tale signs that you are a writer.

Jeff Foxworthy must be turning in his grave. Well, maybe not for a while (Sorry, Jeff). But here we go again, appropriating the style of jokes he pioneered with rednecks, and applying them instead to writers. You can read the first edition here, and the second edition here, and if you survive those and are ready to read the signs below, it simply proves that you are:

A. Dead, but just don’t know it yet.

B. A glutton for punishment.

C. A certified writer.

D. All of the above.

With apologies to rednecks everywhere, you might be a writer if… [Read more…]

Writers Family Holiday Bingo

Are you a writer, stressed about facing the family over the Holidays?  We have instant stress relief for you in the form of Writers’ Family Holiday Bingo

For many writers, the holidays are especially difficult.

It’s not just that we’re hoping our Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa romance ebook will be published in time to catch the holiday sales. It’s not just that many of us have an artist’s budget and a shopping list that extends downstairs. [Read more…]

Nine reasons to pay your writer

Some people just don’t like paying writers.  Here are nine good reasons to pay your writer, and to pay on time.

It’s as predictable as the spring, and much more frequent. Every couple weeks somebody asks me if one of our writers would be willing to work on spec, to arrange some sort of “partnership”, to accept payment as a percentage of royalties after their book gets published, or in some other way defer payment until a later date. [Read more…]

Historical Writing Comes Alive at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference

“Please turn off your cell phones. We are going back into the past.”  Let’s take a glimpse of how historical fiction is crafted, by some of today’s finest craftsmen.

On Sunday, June 8 in the El Cabrillo Room of the Santa Barbara Hyatt, moderator Barnaby Conrad III, son of Santa Barbara Writers Conference founders Mary and Barnaby Conrad II, announced, “Please turn off your cell phones. We are going back into the past.” He introduced the panel: [Read more…]

Maile Meloy Addresses the Santa Barbara Writers Conference

Kristin Johnson reports live from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference on speaker Maile Meloy’s keynote address.

Your humble correspondent had a full first day at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

Conference owner Monte Schulz (son of Charles Schulz) asked who has been deadheading and doing round the clock workshop. Four people have been nonstop conferencing for 24 hours. “You’ll be so exhausted you’ll forget your name,” he quipped. That’s why we have name tags, apparently (also to keep any freeloaders from grazing at this writers’ buffet.) [Read more…]