The Noble Pen for Sept. 20, 2018

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Sept 20th, 2018 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

News

Even dyslexic people can become successful authors, as this woman found.

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The classic Little Women is at its 150th anniversary.

Victories

Randy got paid for several books sold at the Bellevue store.

Aime finished the first book in her quest to read all Vonnegut works.  She has made progress in the beta read she is doing.

Logan got a rejection for a story, but only after their third reading and the magazine wants him to keep submitting.

Education

Writers can find many sources of information about submitting to agents, magazines, and book publishers.  Some people use the subscription site Duotrope to find places to submit and the submission guidelines.  Randy Ingermanson compares the process for different size publishers.

If you are looking to get into a big publishing house, an editor tells why a writer needs an agent.  You may benefit from Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents that comes out each fall (or on Amazon)  They also have guides for magazine writers,  screenwriters, poets, photographers, and other market segments.  AgentQuery offers some resources.

A resource often  mentioned is Query Tracker.  Check it out to see if you could benefit either from registering for its services or just from browsing its forum for information on agents, publishers, writing techniques, success stories, etc.  You could spend days on the site.

Although not quite up to date, this pdf list of 101 web sites with infomation that helps authors may still be relevant.

Upcoming Schedule

Sept 20
Randy-submission plus discussion of planning sheet
Aime-discussion on writing villains.
Jesse

Sept 27
Jesse-discussion of pop culture and writing
Aime
Open slot

Oct 4
Nick
Logan
Drabble writing?
Open slot

Oct 10
Open slots

Oct 17
Open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

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