May 2017 Meeting With Melanie Meadors

Join us this Saturday, May 13, 2017 for our monthly meeting. We will discuss chapter business at 1pm, followed by a program by special guest Melanie Meadors at 2pm.

Note: May’s meeting will be held at the Bethlehem Public Library, located at 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY, 12054

May 13, 2017 – Melanie Meadors – Beyond Clickbait: Creating Multi-Platform Content Readers Can’t Resist (You Won’t Believe #8!)
Clickbaity titles might tempt readers to click on a link, but how do you get them to stay? By creating awesome, unforgettable content, that’s how! In this workshop, author and marketing/publicity specialist Melanie R. Meadors will teach authors how to create tweets, webpages, blog posts, and more that will not only lure readers in, but will entice them to stay and become lifelong fans. New/unpublished authors will learn ways to prove their writing chops and develop their author brand while established authors will learn how to attract new readers and revitalize their social media presence. Plus, find out when certain posts do the best, and which platform certain types of information work best on. There will be something for everyone, no matter where you are in your career.

Celebrate our latest member news

Please join our chapter in celebrating our members’ accomplishments in the first quarter of 2017.

  • Jeanette Grey received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly for Nine Kinds of Naughty. The book released February 7, 2017.
  • Kathryn Biel’s Made for Me was featured in BookBub in December. It made it to #1 on Kobo’s Humorous Fiction list. It was then featured in Women’s World Magazine as a book club pick. New Attitude will be released 3/14/17.
  • Glen Ebisch sold a new mystery, The Open Window, to Wild Rose Press.
  • Thomasine Rappold had the third book in her Sole Survivor series—The Lady Who Drew Me In—released 12/20/2017.
  • Kelli Newby’s manuscript Ex, Ex, Oh finaled in the Joyce Henderson contest, Contemporary Romance category. She also signed with Rena Rossner of the Deborah Harris Agency.
  • Debby Nolan’s Hello Again was published by Desert Breeze in Jan 2017.
  • Anna Bowling sold two articles to Heroes and Heartbreakers.
  • Jenna Kendrick’s Beyond Belief came out January 31.
  • Autumn Jones Lake’s seventh book in the Lost Kings series, White Knuckles, came out on January 17th.
  • KA Mitchell’s Relationship Status will release in April from Carina. Ethan and Wyatt’s trilogy comes out in mass market paperback in July.
  • Sue Ann Porter’s Arm Wrestling with the Pharaoh is available in eBook on Amazon.com. It will soon be available on other sites, including Barnes and Noble.
  • Nona Raines released “Not the Hot Guy” in February. It is a companion to Not the Hot Chick.
  • Jean C Gordon has a title, cover, and publication date for Reuniting His Family with Love Inspired Romance
  • Morgan Malone’s “Shoudler to Lean On,” a novella published under Roxanne St. Clare’s Barefoot Bay Kindle Worlds, hit the #1 bestselling contemporary in Kindle Worlds.

April 2017 Meeting

Join us this Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. Chapter business will be discussed at 1pm, followed by a presentation by our own Jenna Kendrick at 2pm.

April 8, 2017 – Jenna Kendrick – Keeping Track: Creating a Series Bible.
A series bible is an indispensible organizational tool, kind of a master list, either on paper or on your computer, that tracks the details of your characters and the world you’ve built for them, which you can refer to as you write through your series.

We hope to see you there!

March 2017 Meeting

Join us this Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. The business meeting will commence at 1pm, followed by a workshop presented by our own Jeanette Grey on writing In Deep POV.

March 11, 2017 – Jeanette Grey – The Art And Science Of Writing Deep POV
Readers crave it. Agents and editors demand it. Writing in Deep POV puts your readers in the minds of your characters, giving them the escapist, immersive experience they’re looking for every time they pick up a new book. In this workshop, RITA-finalist author Jeanette Grey explores both the art and the science of writing in Deep POV. Learn new ways to get into the heads of your own characters and bring their stories to life, while also picking up tricks for refining your writing and revising with an eye to creating the richest, deepest POV possible.

 

 

January 2017 meeting

Join us this Saturday, January 14, 2017, for our first meeting of the year. Our very own Marie Lark will lead an interactive plotting workshop to help you get your writing year off to a great start:

Plotter or Pantser, 8 elements every novel plot needs.
Whether you’re a detailed outliner or prefer to fly by the seat of your pants when planning and writing your novel, everyone needs a few guidelines to make sure their book hangs together in a coherent way and isn’t a collection of random, unrelated events and characters. This workshop will take you through the eight elements every story needs, from the big, over-arching story goal or the problem your main characters want to solve, to the background, contextual elements that will flesh out your world with compelling, plot- and character-relevant details. Be ready to work with your current WIP or to brainstorm your next project!

We hope to see you there!

December 2016 author celebration

Join us this Saturday, December 10, for our annual author celebration. Our members’ accomplishments will be recognized, and we will discuss chapter and individual goals for the coming year.

The celebration begins at 1pm. It will be preceded by a brief board meeting at 12:30pm. We hope to see you there!

November 2016 Meeting

Join us this Saturday, November 12, 2016. Our business meeting will include elections for the 2017 board, after which author Karen Rock will present a workshop on emotional writing.

Karen Rock – Creating Genuine, Emotional Scenes that Avoid Clichés
Emotional honesty is the greatest gift an author can give. In this workshop, we’ll drill down past clichés to craft fresh, unexpected and authentic scenes that will move, not manipulate, your readers to laugh, cry, rail and swoon. Access the heart of every scene by delving deeper than ever in your story-telling through authentic character point of view, tension, language, details, dialogue (and sometimes its absence) as well as harnessing personal experiences and observations.

Before You Hit Send workshop with Angela James is this Saturday!

Just a reminder that our all-day master class workshop with the Executive Editor of Harlequin’s Carina Press Angela James will take place this Saturday, September 10. This is your last chance to sign up – registration closes soon!

Before You Hit Send is a hands-on self-editing workshop for authors at all stages of their writing careers, from aspiring to multi-published. This day-long workshop covers everything from the basics of self-editing (punctuation, grammar, adverb/adjective use) to the more advanced topics of pacing, passive voice, overwriting, show versus tell, and more!

A twelve-year veteran of the editing profession, Angela has worked with hundreds authors as a former copy editor, and as the developmental editor of such New York Times Bestselling authors as Shannon Stacey, Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton. She’s sorted through thousands of submissions and contest entries, and in this workshop she’ll tell us exactly how to make our manuscripts shine.

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Workshop 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Ramada Plaza
3 Watervliet Ave Ext, Albany, NY 12206
518-438-8431

August 2016 meeting

Join us Saturday, August 13, at the East Greenbush Public Library for our monthly meeting. This month, we will NOT have a business meeting. However, we invite members to arrive at 1pm as usual for an informal chat about the state of the industry and a chance to catch up with your fellow writers about what they’re currently working on.

At 2pm, our own KA Mitchell will present a hands-on, interactive workshop. Bring your current work in progress — no matter what stage it’s in, this workshop should have something for you!

KA Mitchell – Putting Your Characters to Work

You know your character—her flaws, goals, and deep dark past. Maybe you came to January’s workshop and analyzed your character’s enneagram and love type. But now what? How do you turn a character’s goals, flaws, and issues into a story with a happy ending that will satisfy your reader?

In this workshop you’ll learn how to use a character’s incorrect core beliefs, the hole in their soul, to poke them and drive them and their story forward.