Seedling Cultivation during 2018 Open Studios Tour – Nevada County Language Arts

 

Nevada County student writers shine in the Seedlings chapbook. Seedlings is a Sierra Writers publication featuring winning entries from the 2018 Young Writers Competition (YWC).

On the first weekend of the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour, studio #30 (off Newtown & Discovery Roads) will feature the chapbook. “Seedlings will help area teachers prepare students for the 2019 competition and give tour attendees a chance to appreciate the young literary talent growing in the community,” says Lisa Redfern.

Redfern is a Deer Creek artist and member of Sierra Writers. In addition to showcasing YWC student writing, she will be displaying her own literary art (personal monsters) as well as her Life on the Creek series.

Lisa Redfern will be displaying personal monsters art and promoting YWC 2019 on October 13-14, the first weekend of Open Studios Tour.

Students have five months to compose and polish prose for a chance to win cash awards and publication in the 2019 Seedlings chapbook. Prizes range from $100 to $25 depending on the grade of the entrant.

YA author Km Culbertson presiding over 2018 May reading and award event at the Open Book

Support for the YWC is generated through Sierra Writers membership dues, donations collected at monthly meetings, book exchange and literary events. Chapbook printing and production is funded through program sponsorships.

Nevada County middle and high school Language Arts teachers are encouraged to attend the tour to pick up competition guidelines and winning entry samples.

From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both days, Lisa will be available to share information and answer questions about the Young Writers Competition and sponsorship opportunities.

Websites

SierraWriters.org – 2019 Young Writers Competition (YWC)
FollowingDeerCreek.com – a story-based study of the Deer Creek Watershed
LittleMountainPublishing.biz – Redfern’s books & short stories

Custom made to order prints & houseware items.

 

Gold Rush Stories; 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck – Book Review

Gold Rush Stories by Gary Noy

From the extinction of California’s Grizzly Bear, environmental destruction, and racist atrocities to situations engendering multi-cultural cooperation, Gary Noy links California’s haunting past to contemporary issues still playing out today.

Click here to read the full review and watch a video – https://bit.ly/2Jo4aML

ScoreIt! a Writers Resource

One of the most difficult tasks for any author is stepping away from their work and giving it a critical product-based assessment.

Here’s an app that takes some of the guesswork out of audience identification.

ScoreIt!™’s engineering leverages the cutting edge science of stylometry, artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify underlying patterns of language structure in any given text. Statistical analyses are then applied to identify those significant patterns that define one author’s writing style as compared to another…. In broad terms, each submission is evaluated and weighted for its 1) grammatical construction; 2) authorial vocabulary; 3) expressive complexity and 4) use of function words.”

After putting my recent title through the ScoreIt! system, I was pleased with the results.

Read more about my ScoreIt! analysis and the Book Giveaway based on the data.

Paranormal Book Cover Design Elements

Hindsight and fresh ‘enchilada’ wrappers open the door to effective paranormal book cover design.

If a writer’s journey begins with an idea and a few words, it concludes with multiple themes stacked like warm blankets atop a winter bed, bound together with colorful character threads.  The entire package, encompassing thousands of hours and hundreds and pages is wrapped by a thin layer of decorated cover stock that is supposed to, pictorially, represent the whole ‘enchilada.’

Read the entire article here.

Book Review – Raising Thinkers

Currently, the disconnect between necessary knowledge in the workplace and skill sets developed by higher education institutions is a ‘global migraine,’ says  Tremaine du Preez.

With big data mega-trends and AI on the verge of transforming business, production, and services into something no parent or educator has ever seen, how do we prepare our children for the future?

du Preez, a critical thinking instructor, executive coach, and mother has a few ideas. “I’ll help you help your child to think in alternative ways about information.“

In her book, she shows parents how to construct ‘cognitive Swiss Army Knives’ for their youngsters.

Topics include; identifying mind traps such as bias and groupthink, GROW coaching, Socrates Questioning Method, and learning the art of failing…well.
du Preez offers suggestions for fostering environments to ignite innovation, risk-taking, and emotional intelligence.

I tested the techniques on my tween – and they work!

“If every one of us could raise our children to be good decision makers, the world will be a better place,” comments du Preez.

Like Dr. Who with his Sonic Screwdriver, helping your child develop creative, outside the box thinking, might be the best navigation tool for going places where no one has been before.

I had so many requests to borrow this book that I bought multiple copies to give away to teachers, parent friends, and homeschool cohorts.

Click here to get Raising Thinkers by Tremaine du Preez.

 

 

Fiction Author Biography – Creating an Electronic Media Kit for Authors – Part Three

When it comes to writing about themselves, authors usually languish. This post will help overcome Author Biography writing reluctance.

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The Author Biography page on your website is a piece of your media kit that should be created before someone asks for it. 

While not as dynamic as a tweet or Facebook post, it needs to be updated regularly, especially when you’ve created new work. On your website, this page can be the ‘long version’ that every short version springs from.

Journalists, publicists, author appearance schedulers, and blog interviewers are just a few of the people who will pull information from this source.

Nonfiction Author Bio

A nonfiction author, with the aim of booking speaking engagements, will lean heavily on experience that lends authority to his / her topic. This type of author biography should adhere to business communications style and standards.

Fiction Author Bio

A fiction writer, memoirist, actor, or artist will have a softer approach, connecting with their audience on a personal level.

Author Biography Writing Steps

  1. Begin with a connecting statement, something your reading audience can relate too. This can be a hobby, belief, lifelong interest, etc. (Something that relates to your writing topics.)
  2. Details. This section is about the areas in which you are an expert, inside information that your book(s) didn’t cover,  or challenges you’ve faced.
  3. Authority. Education, experience, and publication credits (magazines, anthologies,  or awards).
  4. Additional titles you’ve published.
  5. Where you live.
  6. Option; endearing information about spouses and children or pets.
  7. Website & contact information.

Your published work is an opportunity for a reader to view the world with a fresh perspective. Your Author Biography builds trust and establishes you as a writer/creator with a unique perspective. It also sets a tone for how you conduct the business aspects of your career.

Investing the time to write your Bio –  well – before it is needed, will return long-term dividends.

*If this post helped you write an Author Bio that you are pleased with, feel free to post a short version of it in the comments section below.

Personality Tests

123test.com – personality test

Oprah.com – Who Am I Meant to Be?

Quibblo.com – What’s Your Personality Type

Quibblo.com – What’s Your Affinity

Other Blog Posts to Read

6 Elements of a News Release – Creating an Electronic Media Kit for Authors – Part Two

100 Unusual Interview Questions – Creating an Electronic Media Kit for Authors – Part One

Resources:

Book in a Box – How to Write Your Author Bio (and Why it Matters) – examples
Dan Blank – The Daily Practice of Growing Your Audience
Forbes – Professional Bio Template

Hubspot – 6 of the Best Professional Bio Examples We’ve Ever Seen
Jane Friedman – Build a Better Author Bio for  Twitter
Template Lab – 45 MS Word Template Downloads