Dear Crabby, I want to write a book

Dear Crabby, I have always wanted to write a book. Do you think the average person can become a published author? Any idea what the first step would be? Sincerely, Beverly WannaBe Dear Ms. WannaBe, Well, it's funny you should ask me that. I have just recently finished the first draft of my very first book. The process has been interesting, to say the least; I'll get to that in a minute. As far as your question as to whether the "average" person could write a book, I would say, "No!" I … [Read more...]

Get Your Rights in Writing

Thanks to the rise of self publishing, everyday folks can become the next John Grisham. But unlike the literary legends that line our bookshelves, most novice writers don’t have big publishing houses backing their endevors, which means it’s up to the author to take care of all the fine print. A big part of that is making sure your work is protected so that you retain creative control and don’t lose out on any potential profits made from your hard work. In our three-part series, we’ll take a … [Read more...]

Success at the Fourth Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference

The fourth annual event held at Oakland University last Saturday brought writers from around the state and Canada together for a full day of networking and professional development. The attendees were a mix of new, published and working writers. Some came to explore publishing options for their book and others attended presentations to expand their knowledge of the different freelance markets out there. Writers working on a book found value from a panel of local self-published authors. “We … [Read more...]

Rochester Writers Conference October 8th 2011

The Fourth Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference Saturday, October 8, 2011 Oakland University in Rochester Hills Workshops, Lectures, and Panel Discussions Featuring Michigan Authors and Speakers Presentations for Fiction and Non-Fiction Writers Talk with Magazine Editors that Buy Freelance Culinary Writing Travel Writing Basics Staging a Scene in a Novel The Business of Writing  Researching Techniques Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing Early Bird … [Read more...]