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March 2014

The DIY Mindset Can Pay Dividends

By Lori DeBoer, BWW Director & Founder


If you have a DIY mindset, then you could be in luck; 2013 was declared the “year of the self-published book,” as sales of self-published books are gaining ground, particularly in e-books. This year is proving to be even more interesting, as DIY authors are shaking up the publishing industry.  

According to the Association of American Publishers, e-books now comprise 13.6% of the market in adult fiction. According to a report by Bowker Market Research last year, self-published titles account for 12 percent of all e-book sales. It’s clear that self-publishing no longer has the stigma that it once had.  In fact, The Guardian, the UK’s top daily, has added a series on self-published books to its already great coverage of literature and the publishing business.

Authors like Amanda Hocking, E.L. James, and Hugh Howey all self-published their books initially and all have made gobs of money from their efforts.  Hugh Howey, the author of the Wool series told CNN: “Most of my months are six-figure months.”

Many already established authors have dusted off their out-of-print books and released them electronically.  Romance author Barbara Freethy, who has been in the business for 20 years and penned 30 novels, told USA TODAY that she sold 1.3 million self-published e-book versions of 17 of her out-of-print novels.

That said, not everyone is suited for self-publishing their book—if you own the means of production, you have to know how to and be willing to use them.  

Also, not all books are well-suited for a self-publishing model.  For all the stories of self-published authors who finally met their publishing dreams and are raking in the bucks, the majority of self-published books sell fewer than a hundred copies.  According to a survey reported in The Guardian, a survey of more than a thousand self-published authors found that, on average, these authors made $10,000 a year, though half were making less  than $500 a year.

If you are interested in knowing what it takes to self-publish a book and whether or not your book is ready or fits the self-publishing market, please join us at our “Self-Publishing Summit” on Sunday, April 27.  This event is free to and open ONLY to BWW professional and standard members.

If you are a BWW professional member who would like to share your self-publishing story, answer questions and bring copies of your books to show and sell at this summit, please e-mail 
boulderwritersworkshop@live.com.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for some exciting events!  Remember that our monthly educational workshops are available to Professional and Standard Members for free.
 
April 13, 2014 – Literary Salon Hosted by Susan Osborn
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Downstairs meeting room at the George Reynolds Branch of the Boulder Public Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive | Free and Open to the Public
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Susan Osborn, speaker, author and coach, will read from her book in progress, Dharma Dog & Other Essays On Loss, Love and Growth.  Her essays mine the geography of life’s evolution from the perspective of personal growth and exploration. A geologist, entrepreneur, consultant, coach, speaker and minister, she blends the intuitive with the practical with wit and compassion. She believes that life is more interesting than anything you can make up. Her essays explore evergreen topics, ranging from the death of her husband three minutes into their first wedding anniversary, the struggle to embrace Buddhist beliefs while dealing with a dying dog, the insights she learned in a self-imposed retreat on the remote Mediterranean Island of Santorini, the surprises of living with wildlife on the edge of Colorado open space and the beliefs of aging and how they led to a humorous, shoe-related incident.

Susan is in demand as a workshop leader and personal coach and is the author of Passport to Personal Growth and Beyond Job Loss:  Finding the Wisdom to Uninvited Change. She founded Empowered for Life in 2002 and teaches people how to create and respond to change. In addition to her reading, she will talk about her own path to writing and facilitate a discussion on growth strategies for writers, including how to create the conditions for success.  To read her blog, visit http://www.empoweredforlife.net/susans-blog.html.

April 27, 2014 – Self Publishing Summit with Lori DeBoer
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Alfalfa’s Community Room, 1651 Broadway, Boulder. The entrance to the Community Room is from the parking lot, on the southwest corner of the building | Free and Open ONLY to Standard and Professional Members

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You only have a few moments to hook a reader. Learn how to create a great opening gambit for fiction and nonfiction books in this workshop. We’ll talk about the promise and intrigue an effective opening creates and the importance of a storyworthy problem.  Please come with an example of your favorite book openings.

Lori DeBoer is the founder of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop and works as an independent writing teacher and coach. She is a contributing editor for Short Story Writer and her essays on writing have been published in Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts, Keep It Real: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Research and Writing Creative Nonfiction and A Million Little Choices: The ABCs of CNF.  She has had more than a thousand articles and essays published in newspapers, magazines and literary journals, including The Bellevue Literary Review, The New York Times, Arizona Highways, Pithead Chapel, Working Woman, America West Airlines Magazine, Black Enterprise, Gloom Cupboard, PHOENIX Magazine and more. One of her stories was top-25 finalist for a Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest and another was shortlisted for the Bellevue Literary Prize, judged by Jane Smiley.

DeBoer has helped hundreds of writers meet their personal and professional goals. Her client awards have included: First-Place and Third-Place, Zebulon Contest; Finalist, Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; The Glyph Award; First Place, North American Travel Journalists Association; Salon Editor’s Pick; Finalist, Tin House literary award; Finalist, Southwest Writers contest; Colorado Book Award; First Place, Society of Professional Journalists; Third Place, CIPA EVVY Award for Spiritual Writing and more. Her clients have been published in the following general interest magazines and literary magazines: Wend, Women’s Health, 5280, Arizona Highways, Sunset, Men’s Journal, Outside, Backpacker, Go World Travel, Heartlands, The Arizona Republic, The Coachella Review, Runner’s World, Salon and more. She lives with her husband and son in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, visit
www.lorideboer.net.

 

May 18, 2014 — Trendspotting: Cool Tools for Finding and Engaging Readers

Time and Location TBA | Free and Open to Standard and Professional Members
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In today’s digital publishing age, the din in the marketplace has been certainly amplified.  While authors are grabbing the means of production themselves, the question still remains of how to find and reach the right readers. In this workshop, Lori DeBoer (www.lorideboer.com) will talk about trends in digital publishing to increase reader engagement, including content curation, digital storytelling and enriched content. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn from Sherisse Hawkins, CEO of Beneath the Ink (www.beneaththeink.com), a company that is putting together a tool that lets authors give their readers an enhanced experience and Paul Agostinelli, co-Founder of Find My Audience (www.findmyaudience.com), which seeks to help authors easily find the perfect readers for their books.  

About the Panelists:

Sherisse Hawkins has a passion for large-scale projects that mesh creativity and technology.  With 25 years worth of experience in the high-tech world, she graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Engineering Management from University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked as a Walt Disney Imagineer, building theme park attractions around the globe, and as a system architect for DiviCom. Most recently, Sherisse held an executive management role (Vice President of Subscriber Equipment and Navigation) for Time Warner Cable, where her team’s product was deployed to over 13 million subscribers. Sherisse has been recognized as Woman of the Year in Technology by the Women in Cable and Telecommunications, Top 50 Women in Cable, and was a Betsey Magness Leadership Institute Fellow. Her volunteer work includes service on the Board of Directors for regional YWCA and SCTE, National Society of Black Engineers Alumni, and the national NAMIC board. 

Paul Agostinelli has been working in the heretofore non-overlapping fields of literature and technology for over two decades. He earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago where a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities supported his graduate work in literary analysis and genre theory. His writings include four unproduced screenplays, a novel in progress, and an evolving blog on Zen Buddhism and modern culture. Paul has also been working with a variety of early stage startups and emerging technologies for over a decade. In 2000, he co-founded Kaivo Technology with $2.75M in venture funding; Kaivo still operates as a boutique web development consultancy providing Open Source technology solutions to non-profits, media and academic institutions. He co-founded Find My Audience in 2013 with fellow tech-savvy writers, motivated to bring cutting edge social outreach tools to writers across the world.                              

Lori DeBoer is an author, freelance journalist and writing coach whose work has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review, The New York Times, Pithead Chapel, Arizona Highways, Gloom Cupboard and more. She has contributed essays on writing to Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts, Keep It Real: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Research and Writing Creative Nonfiction and A Million Little Choices: The ABCs of CNF. She founded the Boulder Writers’ Workshop, is a contributing editor for Short Story Writer and is a homeschooling mom. She and her husband Michael and son Max live in Boulder

 
Welcome New Professional Members
 
Over the past 15 years Ann Morrill has written and edited books and chapters for educational and reference book publishers, parenting and conservation magazines, local newspapers, and one little poetry journal (many moons ago). An adjunct Spanish instructor and former in-house textbook editor with an BA in history (Carleton College) and an MA in Latin American Studies (University of New Mexico), Ann loves that many of her writing projects have allowed her to share her love of Spanish and Latin America, to explore research on the environment and parenting, and to delve into the brave new world of digital writing. While writing for educational publishers has been both interesting and challenging (really), she is currently focusing on creative nonfiction and humor writing. To learn more about Ann, please visit www.writerannmorrill.com.

Boulder Writers’ Workshop:  What kinds of writing projects are you working on?

Ann Morrill:  Major projects over the past last year have ranged from writing chapters for a bathroom compendium (yep) on weird facts about Canada, developing and writing two AP Spanish Language and Culture practice tests, and writing digital content for new college textbook Tu Mundo (McGraw-Hill Education). I am currently working on several nonfiction pieces I am hoping to publish in local and national magazines.

BWW:  What do you like about being a writer in Colorado?

AM:  If I’m feeling isolated in my basement office, I can take a walk, look at the mountains, be grateful and fill up, return to the desk. When I jog around Harper Lake in Louisville I often find myself writing in my head so much that I need to run home and get it down before it’s gone. The physical environment inspires me every day. I would now like to connect more with actual writing humans in this area, connect to the culture here that encourages creative pursuits.

BWW:  Who or what are you reading right now?

AM:  Everything by David Sedaris (most recently Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim), Emma Brockes’ She Left Me the Gun. On the docket: Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us and Debra Spar’s Wonder Women, Sex, Power, and the Quest to Perfection.

BWW:  What’s the best piece of writing advice you’d like to pass on?

AM:  Read Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (especially School Lunches)

BWW:  What do you hope to get out of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop?

AM:  I have stepped away from teaching Spanish (I have been an adjunct instructor in several schools in California and at CU Boulder) to focus completely on writing. I would love to have more connection with local writers, to explore what local writing opportunities might exist, to attend workshops, and to hear advice for breaking into new markets (ie. I’ve done some journal/magazine writing but not for a long time).
 

Ellen Nordberg’s articles and essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, The Huffington Post, Parade.com, Boulder Lifestyle, American Fitness, Adventure Cyclist, and on National Public Radio – KQED San Francisco, in addition to many literary magazines and anthologies. Ellen writes about health and fitness and raising twins, often with her signature style of humor. She lives in Louisville and makes a futile attempt to keep up with her ten year old boys. www.ellennordberg.com.
 

Boulder Writers’ Workshop:  What kinds of writing projects are you working on?

Ellen Nordberg:  I write humorous essays for a variety of publications, and I’m working on a chick lit novel.
 

BWW:  What do you like about being a writer in Colorado?

EN:  I love writing funny columns for Boulder Lifestyle and Colorado Babies, and I love the variety and richness of experiences here that makes for great stories.

BWW:  Who or what are you reading right now?

EN:  Pretty In Plaid by Jen Lancaster has me cracking up, and my friend Paula Lee’s Deer Hunting in Paris: A Memoir of God, Guns, and Game Meat is hilarious too.
 

BWW:  What’s the best piece of writing advice you’d like to pass on?

EN:  Find your own voice. Write about what you’re passionate about, not what you think someone else wants to read.
 

BWW: What do you hope to get out of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop?

EN:  I’m looking forward to being part of the community of established writers, and the fabulous events Lori DeBoer and her crew put on.
 

Marian Rothschild is a Certified Personal Image Consultant, founder and president of  Look Good Now. Marian coaches men and women to achieve a complete, head-to-toe, inside and out, genuine image for polished presence and exquisite influence. She is a speaker on personal branding for a polished presence, and a fashion writer for newspaper and magazines in Colorado and Chicago.  Marian is a best-selling author of Look Good Now and Always, available now on Amazon.com.  

A former actress, dancer, and model, Marian has worked in commercials, theatre, ballet and film with such names as Robert Conrad, John Mahoney and Shelley Winters.  Clients affectionately call Marian “Fairy godmother”, “amazing”, and Aimee Heckel of the Daily Camera labeled her “the best!”
Marian earned full certification through the Association of Image Consultants International, the highest standard of credibility in the image industry. Marian attended Northern and Western Illinois Universities, and received image training through AICI, the industry’s foremost experts.

In addition to coaching on polished appearance and commanding communication, Marian is a dog owner, organic gardener and avid athlete in a quest to lead a healthy, balanced and joyful life. Please visit her website at www.marianrothschild.com.

Boulder Writers’ Workshop:  What kinds of writing projects are you working on?

Marian Rothschild:  I published my first book last November and recently developed a three-hour workshop on personal branding and image for business professionals. Both of those projects have a lot of story-telling in them. Currently I’m writing blogs on updating and upgrading one’s professional image.

BWW:  What do you like about being a writer in Colorado?

MR:  I love the camaraderie of the writing community and all the support that’s available.

BWW:  Who or what are you reading right now?

MR:  Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.

BWW:  What’s the best piece of writing advice you’d like to pass on?

MR:  Ask for help from experts. Join groups and associations. Buy the best help you can afford. Edit, edit, edit. Speak from your heart and soul. If you want to be thought of as a professional you much behave like one.

BWW:  What do you hope to get out of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop?

MR:  Camaraderie with other writers, discussion of writer’s issues, support and new ideas for exposure, creativity, and marketing, workshops, literary salons.
 

Michelle Theall started her career in publishing twenty years ago and is currently the editor-in-chief of Alaska Magazine. Her memoir, Teaching the Cat to Sit, about growing up gay and Catholic in the Texas Bible Belt inspires timely discussion about the modern issues of family, motherhood, bullying, and faith.

She has appeared on NBC Today, MSNBC, The Travel Channel, and the Fox Sports Network. The author of two health books, Theall’s syndicated health and fitness column ran with McClatchy Tribune for several years, and she garnered two prestigious Folio Awards for her work with Women’s Adventure magazine (a title she created in 2003 and sold in 2008). More recently, Theall won two awards of excellence from the North American Travel Journalists’ Association for her feature and editorial writing. And her feature essay, All That’s Left is God, earned a 2011 GLAAD Media Award nomination.

Theall owns and runs the
Creative Conferences. Her staff, speakers, and faculty come from National Geographic, Outside, Men’s Journal, Travel & Leisure, Shape, Skiing, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her partner of 15 years, their son, and three pups. Her website is www.michelletheall.com and you can find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/michelletheall.


Boulder Writers’ Workshop:  What kinds of writing projects are you working on?

Michelle Theall:  My memoir, Teaching the Cat to Sit, just came out last month. I’m the editor-in-chief at Alaska Magazine. And, I’m currently working on a novel.

BWW:  What do you like about being a writer in Colorado?

MT:  Inspiration is everywhere, and the writing community is amazing.

BWW:  Who or what are you reading right now?

MT:  Reading The Invention of Wings. Just finished The Fault in Our Stars.

BWW:  What’s the best piece of writing advice you’d like to pass on?

MT:  Don’t give up. Butt in chair. Make it happen.

BWW:  What do you hope to get out of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop?

MT:  I want to be inspired and continue to hone my writing craft.


Professional Member Spotlight
 
Christina Antus on Finding Humor in Everyday Life, Children’s Privacy and Having a Place to Write

By Ellen Nordberg, Contributing Editor

Christina Antus lives in Denver with her husband and two daughters. She has been featured on the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Scary Mommy, What the Flicka and recently added: “first-place winner in the 2013 Boulder Writers’ Workshop Comedy Writing Contest,” to her list of accomplishments—it’s above changing a diaper with only one hand and answering the same question 147 times in a single minute. You can find her cleaning cracker crumbs and socks out of the fish tank at raisinsandgoldfish.com.

Boulder Writers’ Workshop:  Have you always been funny? As a child? Was your family funny or was a sense of humor rewarded?

Christina Antus:  I never thought I was funny until I started writing. I still think I’m on the lower end of funny compared to a lot of people out there. Looking back, I suppose I had a few family and friends who laughed at stuff I said or did, but I was never voted class clown or anything. My husband doesn’t think I’m funny.

BWW:  Where do you get your inspiration

CA:  I get most of my inspiration just from daily life. Most things that happen are, or can be, really funny with the right spin. I find the more ridiculous you can make something, the more fun it is. There’s a lot of unnecessary drama we, as a society, put on insignificant things in life. There’s a lot of humor in that.

BWW:  What piece of writing are you most proud of?

CA:  I recently had a post go viral on ScaryMommy.com so I have to be proud of that one. But, I’m most proud of my gallbladder piece, the one that got me first place in the Comedy Writing Contest. It proved to me that I could write about anything I wanted and still make it funny. Having a professional comedy writer judge and then critique my piece also gave me the confidence I needed in myself to see that I was on the right track with where I want to go. My husband also didn’t laugh at either of these pieces.

BWW:  Who are your favorite authors?

To read the rest of the interview, please click here.

 
Ellen Nordberg Talks About Writing Comedy, Her Inspirations and Comedy Performance

By Christina Antus, Contributing Editor

Ellen Nordberg writes humor columns for Boulder Lifestyle and Colorado Babies magazines, and recently came in second in the Boulder Writer’s Workshop Comedy Contest. Find her parenting survival tales on her blog, “Treading the Twin Tsunami – Funny Tales of a Twin Mom Water Aerobics Instructor,” at www.ellennordberg.com. Just don’t ask her to feed your cat.

Boulder Writers’ Workshop:  When did you get serious about writing?

Ellen Nordberg:  I told everyone I was going to be a writer when I was seven. I majored in English in college, but I worked in sales for many years before becoming a freelancer. I wrote for the Chicago Tribune “WomaNews” section in the ’90s (yes, it really was named that) and wrote a lot of psych pieces and inspiring women profiles.

BWW:  What is your biggest challenge as a writer?

EN:  Carving out enough hours of unstructured time so I don’t feel like I’m writing against a ticking clock.

BWW:  What do you enjoy most about writing humor, or what draws you to write humor?

EN:  I just really like to make people laugh. When someone tells me they read something of mine and it made them smile or laugh out loud or spit out their coffee, or they wanted to read it aloud to someone else in the room, it makes my day.

BWW:  Do you have any writing influences?

EN:  “Saturday Night Live” came out when I was in high school, so the shows and movies the original cast were in were huge for me. Also Monty Python, Carol Burnett, Irma Bombeck, Carrie Fisher, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jen Lancaster.

BWW:  How do you manage to write while raising children?

To read the rest of the interview, please click here.
 

Writers Interview Writers
 

Jack Woodville London Talks About Learning to Write by Reading and Becoming an Instructor

By Judy Rose, Contributing Editor

Jack Woodville London’s voice is that of a southern gentleman. Smooth. His life transitions appear to be equally smooth. For instance, his transition from writing legal briefs to creating fiction.

At the memory, the longtime lawyer’s face breaks into a wry grin. “Legal writing gives you free access to the world’s most severe critics. The opposing side will exhaust itself to poke holes in your argument.”

Even with that ‘help,’ London acknowledges learning to write fiction is serious work. “It’s a whole other discipline.”

One might guess he was inspired to write by his famous relation, that other Jack London, who penned Call of the Wild. But no, like most of us, Jack W. London came to writing through his love of reading.

“I read a wide range of material. Good writing is good writing. Literary fiction, children’s novels, I read it all. You need to be looking at someone else’s work and saying, ‘I want to do that.’ If you’re not reading, you’re not learning how to write.” His website includes a number of reviews of other authors’ works. http://jwlbooks.com.

The Austin-based author was selected as the 2011-2012 Military Writers Society of America’s (MWSA) Author of the Year. Although London is working on the third novel in his WWII French Letters trilogy (working title: Children of a Good War), he sees himself as much more than a genre author. “One problem I often see in military fiction is pages of unit numbers and commander’s names, long comparisons of various weapons. I call it the Research Rapture, where the research becomes more important than the writing.  It obscures the story, tricks the reader into thinking the research is important but is really just a diversion.”

London’s own work avoids that trap. The first two books in his series (Virginia’s War and Engaged in War) received praise for meticulous research and beautiful writing. Little wonder, then, that the MWSA asked him for a series of articles on the craft.

To read the rest of the interview, please click here.
 

Colorado Urban Fantasy Author Darby Karchut Shares On Juggling: Family, Work and Writing

By Denise Schurr, Contributing Editor

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. She’s been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby writes urban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults.

BWW: When did you first fall in love with urban fantasy stories? Is there a title that hooked you? 

Darby: My first “genre” love was actually high fantasy. I’ve been a Lord of the Rings and the Prydain Chronicles devotee since the age of eleven. That passion later morphed into urban fantasy. There really isn’t one title (there are dozens!) that hooked me on urban fantasy, although I can tell you I adore the Mortal Instrument series. The movie? Not so much.

BWW: You were first a teacher before you became an author. How did you get your start as a writer?

Darby: I never wanted to be a writer. In fact, I hated writing as a student and never wrote a thing in my life until four years ago. Then, one day, I ran across a myth from the Middle Ages about a lowly caste of guardian angels who were able to control the ancient elements of earth, fire, wind, and water. For some reason, that legend just stuck in my head. A few days later, I went for a run in the foothills near my home in Colorado Springs. By the time I got back to my front door, the story about an apprentice angel, secretly living in a suburban neighborhood and learning his trade, had taken root. That story became my debut novel, Griffin Rising.

BWW: You lead a busy life as a wife, teacher, writer and a fan of the outdoors. When do you find time to write?

Darby: While I wish I could say I have super powers, I really don’t. What I do is write any time I have a fifteen minute block, be it on my lunch break, in the morning before school, or while I’m waiting for an appointment. Have laptop, will travel is my motto. A paragraph here and a paragraph there really adds up. Plus, I am adamant about writing for at least two hours every evening and at least 10 hours on the weekends. The summer months, of course, are pure bliss for me – long, delicious blocks of uninterrupted time.

BWW: What’s your process for crafting stories? Are you a panster or plotter?

Darby: I attacked every book differently. What seems to be working for me lately is to write a two page summary of the story as a general outline, then I plunge in. Most of the time, I veer off track, but at least the summary gives me a sort of crude map.

BWW: What are your favorite books on the craft of writing?

To read the rest of the interview, please click here.

Professional Member News
Professional Members may submit their news by the 15th of each month at boulderwritersworkshop@live.com.
 
Ellen Nordberg has been chosen to read in the Denver Listen to Your Mother show on May 7. Listen to Your Mother features live readings by local writers on “the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood,” in 32 cities across the country in celebration of Mother’s Day. She’ll be reading an essay about “Mommy and Me” class twin parenting disasters.  http://listentoyourmothershow.com/denver.

Ellen’s essay Ambivalent Mother has been chosen for the Stories on Stage performance of “Me, Myself and I” on April 5 at Boulder Theater and April 6 at Su Teatro Denver. Tickets are available at http://storiesonstage.org.

She also has a short piece on doggy water aerobics coming up in the April issue of 5280. Who knew indoor heated dog pools for therapy, exercise, and day camp recess were a hot, growing trend in the Denver metro area?

Judy Rose’s young adult work-in-progress, BURN, took third place for Historical Fiction in the Pikes Peak Writers’ Zebulon contest.  Burn tells the story of Joan d’Arc  from the perspective of her two brothers. Burn also received top honors at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Southern California 2013 Retreat and was a finalist in the 2013 Colorado Gold competition.  Judy’s first novel, Lost and Found in the Barrio Blanco, about the child of Mexican immigrants, is represented by the Sheldon-Fogelman Agency and will be published by Candlewick Press.  For more information, visit www.jrrose.com


Jessica Fishman's manuscript Chutzpah & High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land  will be published by Yotzeret Publishing, which focuses on books written from a Jewish perspective, particularly those written by women.
 
With a bit of self-deprecating wit, Jessica Fishman’s memoir takes the reader through her move and acclimation to Israel. From being an American living in Israel to becoming an Israeli with an American accent, she overcomes many obstacles; notorious Israeli bureaucracy that is worse than FEMA’s, making embarrassing mistakes in kindergarten-level Hebrew, serving in an army in which she could babysit her officers, working under bosses who make Ahmadinejad seem like a peacemaker and dating cocky Israelis who make Hamas terrorists seem like good husband material.
 
However, she meets one obstacle that tests the core of her identity and nearly destroys the very ideology that brought her to Israel. Her manuscript personalizes and shows the devastation caused by the ultra-Orthodox monopoly in Israel. Not just a Jewish story, Jessica Fishman’s memoir is a universal story about a young, contemporary woman losing and searching for identity, overcoming heartbreak, and finding her place in the world.


For more information, go to http://jessicafishmanauthor.com.

Featured Member Book
Books that are ordered on the BWW website are processed through the Boulder Book Store.  The BWW will receive a small percentage of the order and proceeds stay in the community!  Thank you.

Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors

In his international bestseller Beneath a Marble Sky, John Shors wrote about the ancient passion, beauty, and brilliance that inspired the building of the Taj Mahal. Now with Temple of a Thousand Faces, he brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, an unrivaled marvel of ornately carved towers and stone statues. There, in a story set nearly a thousand years ago, an empire is lost, a royal love is tested, and heroism is reborn.

When his land is taken by force, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king, Indravarman. Exiled from their homeland, he and his mystical wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people. Meanwhile, Indravarman rules with an iron fist, pitting even his most trusted men against each other and quashing any hint of rebellion.

Moving from a poor fisherman’s family whose sons find the courage to take up arms against their oppressors, to a beautiful bride who becomes a prize of war, to an ambitious warrior whose allegiance is torn–Temple of a Thousand Faces is an unforgettable saga of love, betrayal, and survival at any cost.

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About the Boulder Writers' Workshop

The Boulder Writers' Workshop is a private organization that offers classes, workshops, support and networking opportunities to writers in the Boulder and Denver area. We welcome writers of all genres and experience levels. Joining a professional writing group not only helps you meet your personal and professional goals, but shows agents and publishers you are a serious professional.

Professional Member provide the most value for those looking to build a platform and sell their writing and books. They include a professional listing in our member directory, the chance to promote your readings and signings, the opportunity to host a Literary Salon, guest posting privileges on our blog and newsletter, your book listings in our online bookstore and twice-yearly catalog mailings and more.

Standard Member benefits provide value to new writers and up-and-comers.  They include ten free educational workshops a year, invitation to members-only events and discounts on coaching and classes.

To join, please visit www.boulderwritersworkshop.org
/professional-membership
.

Standard Memberships are $49 a year and Professional Memberships are $99 a year. Sponsorships will be available for $399 a year.

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Great coaching and editing bring out the best in writers.  A coach helps writers reach the top of their game by teaching them how to perfect their performance. 

Lori DeBoer, director of  the Boulder Writers' Workshop, offers a combination of editing and coaching, geared toward a client's particular needs.  She also offers basic copy editing and manuscript consultation, but most writers hire her to assist them with the complex tasks of planning, writing, publishing and marketing their work.  The intensity and individualized focus of her sessions enables clients to rapidly master both craft and art.

She works with beginning and experienced writers in various genres, including young adult, literary fiction, history, business, memoir, spiritual, how-to and creative nonfiction.  Her clients include university professors, psychologists, entrepreneurs, nonprofit administrators, retirees and students.  They are widely published and several have won writing awards. Please visit
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