Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Premium Class - The Art & Craft of Writing Bestselling Women's Fiction

Analise Robie from Jane Rotrosen Agency opens this session explaining the many attributes that make Susan Wiggs a New York Times Bestselling Author. The hallmark being characters that are relatable, three dimensional, and sympathetic, that make the reader want to go on a journey with them. Susan’s advice? Give us a story written with the highest level of craft. Don’t be sloppy, don’t cut corners, and do your homework. She explains how to write a unique story for this familiar market, and encourages all to write the book that’s from your heart. Listen to Susan describe how she builds strong, emotional characters that women love.

Ths premium class available now on San Francisco Writers University.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Back Cover Copy - Help Please!

My novel, Koicto, will be published by Sunstone Press I have been asked to write the back cover copy, and below is what I've come up with so far. Any comments you have for improving would be appreciated. Thank you!

Koicto transports us to an ancient Native American world where a gifted warrior dreams of leading his people through the ravages of war. Summoned by the Tribal Elders, Koicto forges a bond of brotherhood with the irascible cougar, Kitchi, and proves he’s worthy to become chief. But the Elders proclaim Koicto a shaman. They force him into an arranged marriage to the seer Catori, ignoring his love for the beautiful Pavati, and casting aside his burning desire to become chief of the Nahchee Nation.

When Koicto’s vision of war unfolds, he finds his village burned, his father murdered and Pavati taken. With Kitchi by his side, Koicto must fulfill destiny and avenge these wrongs. If he fails, the Nahchee will be no more.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Creating Plots for Page-Turners » SFWritersU | Where Writers Meet and You Learn « Keywords: plot, story structure, character journey

New York Times bestselling author, Robert Dugoni, asks the question: What is our primary function as novelists? In this entertaining lecture on how to keep your readers turning the pages, he discusses high concept ideas, structure, and what must be at the beginning, middle and end of your story. He stresses that readers love to read about characters in peril.

While you’re writing, ask yourself if you are entertaining the reader and is your protagonist going on a physical journey. Ask yourself; is there believable motivation for my character to do the things I am having him do?

In an hour, Robert succinctly shares the most critical elements of story and plot. Join him on this journey.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Anchoring Your Presence Online: Blogs and Websies » SFWritersU

Linda Lee of, is a web designer and web site business consultant – Linda started selling e-books in 1999 and quickly rose to become one of the top three e-book sellers when the industry was just emerging. In this session, Linda talks about setting up a web site with great content and suggests freeways to drive traffic to your site. She also talks about social media and using Facebook or Twitter to build your brand. Whatever your choice, her advice is to keep it simple, set attainable goals for your online brand, and pay attention to how people are using search engines.

Linda’s advice is solid and easy to follow. This class will tell you how. $10.00 premium class at San Francisco Writers University.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

SHOW, PLACE AND WIN: Making Setting a Character in Your Novel » SFWritersU | Where Writers Meet and You Learn « Keywords: Writing, Fiction, Character, Setting

New MP3 premium class on San Francisco Writers University - Making Setting a Character in Your Novel:

Authors Cara Black, Bharti Kirchner and Kemble Scott team together to share how they make setting a character in their novels. Have you considered making a place a central character in your book? Kemble Scott describes the possibilities of making your novel successful in unexpected ways because you’ve chosen a setting to help define your work. Bharti Kirchner explains the multiple layers of a setting, the weather, geography, landscape architecture, plants and animals. Every place has a personality that should be sprinkled throughout the book. Cara Black shares her witty and creative methods of gathering information to weave the reality of Paris through her mysteries.

Apply the experiences of these masters to garner ideas for the character of your setting and your unique world.

SHOW, PLACE AND WIN: Making Setting a Character in Your Novel » SFWritersU Where Writers Meet and You Learn « Keywords: Writing, Fiction, Character, Setting

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Storymakers Writers Conference » SFWritersU | Where Writers Meet and You Learn

I posted my favorite class on SFWU. The more writers who connect on SFWU, the better the site will be!
Storymakers Writers Conference » SFWritersU Where Writers Meet and You Learn

Captive Spirit by Liz Fichera

I just finished reading Captive Spirit by Liz Fichera - a delightful coming-of-age story about the adventures of an a-typical Native American girl, Aiyana. Taking place in the 16th century, her tribe gets its first unsavory exposure to Europeans, and the beautiful Aiyana is taken with the intent to use her for trade.

Definitely a page turner that will keep you guessing as to what will happen next!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Zipper Petroglyph - Parowan Gap

Driving up to Parowan Gap, the petroglyph that catches your eye first is the Zipper Glyph. Sitting high up on the rock face, this petroglyph initially appears to be a mess of ancient graffiti. In actual fact it is a calendar used by the ancient Fremont Indians to track the movement of the sun from the vernal equinox through to the winter solstice.

The Fremont determined they should plant 41 days after the vernal equinox to ensure the frost wouldn't kill their maize (there are 41 dots in the box at the upper right). After watching the animal's mating patterns, they learned that if they conceived eight weeks after the summer solstice, there babies would be born in the spring and have the best chance of survival. This is marked by the male sign of fertility at the bottom of the circular part of the petroglyph ~ don't ask me how they accomplised this!

I have only described a tidbit of the meaning of this petroglyph. If you'd like scientific information about this and other petroglyphs, I recommend THE PAROWAN GAP by V. Garth Norman, which can be purchased at