Content for the 5 Free Live Writing Chats
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I now have the 5 Free Live Writing Chats set up in my calendar, and have each chat broken out according to content.

This way, if you have specific questions, you can plan accordingly.

You can use this link to join the chat series at any time. (Link opens in new tab)

You’ll receive notifications for the live chats, and I’m pretty sure you’ll receive notifications for the replays if you’ve missed anything. (BRAND NEW SOFTWARE, I’m still learning it, so we have the potential for a certain amount of…ah…excitement.)

If I run out of time before I’ve covered questions from the material, any topic I miss will drop into Webinar 6.

So:

WEBINAR #2: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 1 PM ET

  • Story Planning (Plotting)
  • Character Development
  • Writing from Different Points of View
  • What About Genre
  • Writer Myths AND Writing Myths
  • Revision and Editing (Are NOT Synonyms)

WEBINAR #3: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, 1 PM ET

PUBLISHING 1

  • Building A Backlist
  • Existing Backlist
  • Indie Publishing
  • Beta Readers
  • Editors
  • ISBNs
  • Copyright
  • Pricing

WEBINAR #4: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 1 PM ET

PUBLISHING 2

  • Marketing
  • Indie vs. Commercial Publishing
  • Commercial Publishing
  • –When to Go to War to Save Your Book
  • Contests and Competitions

WEBINAR #5: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015, 1 PM ET

  • WRITING AS A BUSINESS
  • Your Writing As PRODUCTS:
  • Novels,
  • Short Stories,
  • Series and Ring Cycles,
  • and Everything Else
  • THE JOB: The Work Itself, and How to Get It Done

WEBINAR #6: Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, 1 PM ET

  • The Questions I Ran Out Of Time For,
  • and Bull Session If Time Remains

 
 

 

 

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YES on one-step writer websites, YES to 5 free HTTS Live Chats, now scheduled
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Zen Balancing Rocks o a Deck, New ZealandI’ve finally caught my breath on one of the wilder February/March combos I’ve been through.

So now it’s time for me to catch up on a couple of things that have been left hanging.

Writers’ One-Step Website Software. THAT’s a big YES.

First, Dan’s and my question about whether anyone besides me wanted a one-step writer website was a resounding YES.

So here’s the deal:

If you get on the BETA list and let us know what you want, take a few questionnaires that will let us figure out what needs to be designed and built first, later, and not at all, and/or participate in the beta testing, and when we have the various parts of this ready to go live, you’ll have the opportunity to get early-adopter discounts.

Some of these will be time-limited, some will be limited by number, some will be both, so you’ll need to act fast—but you’ll have plenty of notice beforehand.

Join the beta team here

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Only if you don’t get the sign-up box on the above link, try THIS link (also opens in new tab).

The Promised 5 Free Live Writing Chats from the HTTS Launch Are Now Set Up

I’ll be doing one a month until they’re done. Dates and times are:

  • Tue, 7 Apr, 2015 – 1:00 PM ET
  • Tue, 5 May, 2015 – 1:00 PM ET
  • Tue, 9 Jun, 2015 – 1:00 PM ET
  • Tue, 7 Jul, 2015 – 1:00 PM ET
  • Tue, 4 Aug, 2015 – 1:00 PM ET

To sign up to attend the 5 chats, go here.

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Interview with a school kid: HONEST answers on writing, school, and life
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I got the following email this morning.

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If you wouldn’t mind, I would like to ask a few questions about being an author.

  1. Why did you decide to be an author, instead of something like… A coach?
  2. What made you interested in being an author?
  3. Would you suggest to other people, that they should be an author?
  4. What books should I start reading? (I like fantasy, but I know to read other types too), (also, what are some of your favorite books to read?)
  5. What are some of the (more) important subjects in school, for being an author?

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It was from a school email address, which in general means the kid is doing homework assigned by a teacher, and I have a standing policy on BEING HOMEWORK assigned by a teacher.

However, there was a single word in one question in that little list of five that really got to me. (I’m not going to tell you which one, but you’ll figure it out.)

So I decided to do the interview with the kid—and more, I decided to tell him the truth, which is something I guarantee he hears from adults just about never.

In my experience, adults talking to kids are gawdawful liars now in about the same percentage that they were when I was a kid. Truth from an adult was like the single gasp of fresh air in a room filled with fart.

So here’s what I told him.

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1: Why did you decide to be an author, instead of something like… A coach?

I didn’t decide to be an author. I was going to be a famous artist, or maybe a musician.

Tried both of those, and discovered they made great hobbies, but I hated them as jobs. So I went to nursing school, and worked as an RN, mostly in the emergency room and intensive care units, for ten years.

But four years into my nursing career, when my own children were two and three years old, two children who had been in a horrible accident were brought into the ER where I was a nursing supervisor. I ran the code on one, the ER RN ran the code on the other. In spite of everything we could do, both of them died, and their parents lost both their kids that day.

I realized that they could have been my kids, and realized that I needed a different job—one that kept me where I could be with my children.

I’d always loved to read, and was certain I could write better stories than most I read. So I spent every spare minute of my free time, when my kids were at school or asleep, writing fiction. I was terrible at it in the beginning, and got more than 100 rejections from publishers before I sold anything. But I taught myself, trying new things, figuring out ways to do what I wanted to to better, and most of all, I never quit.

Five years later I sold two poems, and then my first novel. That novel went on to win the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and I went on to sell every single thing I wrote for the next seven years straight—something that almost never happens. I still sell very well.

The year after my first sale, I got a three-book deal from my publisher, and quit nursing to write full-time. I’ve been supporting my family by writing ever since.

2: What made you interested in being an author?

Never having to run a code on someone else’s kid for an hour, begging the kid the whole time to hang on, to live, to just not die so he could go back to his mom and dad.

Knowing I could do it and be good at it.

Loving books.

Needing to be close to my kids.

3: Would you suggest to other people, that they should be an author?

There’s no such thing as “should.” Do not EVER do something because someone else tells you that you SHOULD do it because you’d be good at it, or because you “owe it” to your parents, or to society, or to the world.

The only reason you do something is because you love it, because it matters to you, and because you know that you can do that work well, and that by doing THAT work, you will enjoy your life and make it meaningful to yourself. You don’t owe your parents, your school, society, someone else’s expectations of you, or the world anything.

4: What books should I start reading? (I like fantasy, but I know to read other types too), (also, what are some of your favorite books to read?)

I read everything. In fiction, I read fantasy, science fiction, westerns, horror, suspense, romance, books written for men, books written for women, and everything else I can get my hands on.

In nonfiction, I read predominantly history and science, but I also research anything that interests me, no matter how odd.

5: What are some of the (more) important subjects in school, for being an author?

I learned two things in school that actually applied to my career as a writer.

One was how to think scientifically by using the scientific method:

  • Ask a question
  • Create a hypothesis
  • Predict what will happen
  • Test the hypothesis
  • Evaluate the results

I used this process to teach myself how to write fiction. How to raise kids. How to use a computer. How to create a business on the internet. How to fix problems that came up at all points in my life.

The other thing I learned in school that was actually valuable was that if I wrote one page every day, I would have my notebook filled by its due date, and would not fail my class.

I discovered that’s the way you write books, too. A little bit every day, not everything all at once.

Otherwise, school was just as useless when I was a kid as it is now. It prepares people to work in jobs in an industrial society (which no longer exists in this country) and in “service industries”—in other words, to get a job flipping burgers at McDonald’s or ringing up sales at Wal-Mart.

And college is just an expansion of school—the vast majority of college graduates do WORSE on general knowledge testing than they did as high-school graduates.

If you want to do something cool with your life, you’re going to have to learn to do it on your own time.

You’re going to have to find people who know how to do what you want to do, take courses if they offer them, ask them to take you on as a trainee—whatever you have to do to learn what they know.

And you’re going to have to work HARD. You are going to have to learn how to fail, because we learn new things and create new things by failing until we finally succeed. Until you can fail at something, get back up and try to do it again, only better, you will never accomplish anything.

Furthermore, you are going to have to learn how to persist. I told you about the more than 100 rejection slips I got before I started selling anything. That was more than one-hundred times that I failed—that people told me I was wasting my time, that friends and family said I’d be better off just sticking with the thing that I was already doing.

That was more than one hundred times over a period of YEARS that I had to tell myself, “This is what I want, and what I want my life to be matters to me.”

I won—and writing is the best job on the planet. At least for me.

I wake up every morning joyful that I get to do this—that I get to go to MY kind of work, sitting alone in front of a computer, telling myself a story that delights me, knowing that not even I know how it ends yet…but I will.

Whatever you end up doing, I hope that it’s something you love. Something you fought for and earned. Something that makes you happy to get out of bed every day to do, because you get to have the fun of working hard at something wonderful that matters to you.

Holly Lisle

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How NOT to Be an EVIL MARKETER: Marketing help for fiction writers
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The How NOT to Be an EVIL Marketer chat went well today, after the usual rocky start. This time the poll and the link to the free Boot Camp/Ugly Baby sign-up page that I’d set up in advance didn’t show up, and I had to rebuild them live. No pause once you’re live.

But here’s the workshop:

And if you’re not already a member, here’s the link to the free membership sign-up, and here’s the link to the replay of today’s workshop and the downloadable slides and printable worksheets.

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I do a self-publishing interview: Podcast—Simon Whistler, Interviewer
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Simon Whistler and I discuss self-publishing, commercial publishing, ethical self-promotion, and a LOT of other information on getting your writing career up and running.

Simon has a great site and a long list of other interviews, a free course on building your own author website quickly, and much more:

http://rockingselfpublishing.com/episode-34-traditional-publishing-self-pub-holly-lisle/

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Questions for the Google+ Chat: What do you want to know about…
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The Google+ Live Chat will start Friday at 12 NOON ET. 

THERE IS NO SOUND on the first 45 or so seconds of this video. Skip past those. I caught the error quickly.

I’m going to answer questions you post here.

This is pretty wide open. Your questions can be professional or personal, and can be related to nonfiction or fiction.

Do you have a writing question I’ve never answered anywhere?  A question about one of my novels? A question about me?

I’m not expecting a lot of questions, but if I get a lot, I know I won’t have time to answer everything in this one chat.

SO…

If there are a lot of questions, I’ll organize the ones I don’t answer into categories, and do a few more live Google+ chats to answer them.

http://youtu.be/7Ar28NioO48

I’ll post the link in this space once I get Google+ set up and know that it’s working. If some of you wouldn’t mind using the link in the top right corner to post it to Twitter once we get going, I’d appreciate it. I’m working with

I’m going to print off the existing questions right after I have everything set up, and I’ll either go down the list, or pick and choose, depending on how many there are.

Is there anything you can’t ask? No.

Is there anything I won’t answer? Probably.

Use your best judgement. :D

 

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My bonuses: Last day for Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula
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If you buy Jeff Walker’s course through my affiliate link below, you will get the massive course and bonuses he’s offering, plus you will also get the following for free, FROM ME:

BONUS ONE: The UGLY WORKSHOP

My adaptation of the PLF course to work specifically for writers, put together from my working notes as I write both fiction and nonfiction and launch the work. But this is not WATCH and learn. This Is DO-AND-LEARN.

UGLY WORKSHOP includes:

  • Raw First Draft Mostly-Finished CREATE A WORLD CLINIC
  • My launch materials for the following upcoming launches: World Clinic, How To Write A Series Expansion: Modules 1-6, The Longview Series Stories 1-6, HTTS Walkthrough Completion. You’ll get these as JPEG and PDF downloads
  • My launch data: PDF downloads
  • My explanation (probably in really ugly video) of what I’m doing with each step of each launch and why
  • Live brainstorming—me, the other PLF owners on the board, and you—on getting YOUR launches and FICTION put together

http://productlaunchformula.com/instant.php?18601

BONUS TWO: The DO IT-USE IT CHALLENGE

If you put together an awesome product and a great launch, I will JV with you and mail MY list, promo your book on MY blog, and notify MY Twitter folks on your launch day.

http://productlaunchformula.com/instant.php?18601

BONUS THREE: DO IT-USE IT VETERANS’ LIST

Permanent, private, invitation-only email discussion list for members who, by the end of the 12-month workshop, have:

  • Published 3 projects (or more) that you create in this workshop. My bonus includes the step-by-step technique that will let you do this.
  • Built a 250 person double-opt-in mailing list (or better)
  • Maintained a 25% or better average open rate (this proves you’re meeting your readers’ needs by sending quality information)
  • Completeh three launches

At the end of 12 months, I’ll delete the UGLY WORKSHOP board, and the list will go live with ONLY the people who have used the course and done launches with it, so you’ll be working with other course veterans.

http://productlaunchformula.com/instant.php?18601

BONUS FOUR: UGLY-WORKSHOP-ONLY Live Teleconference with Jeff Walker and Me

  • You ask your most pressing questions about YOUR work. We’ll answer them.
  • And we’re going to be focusing on promoting fiction and other creative arts.

This is the LAST DAY. At 11:59PM Pacific time TODAY, the course closes for at least another year.

IF you want the course and want my bonuses, go now.

http://productlaunchformula.com/instant.php?18601

IMPORTANT: New PLF OWNERS, go to:

http://novelwritingschool.com/support/

the instant you join the course.

I NEED:

NAME: (Matches what you used when buying PLF)
BOOT CAMP USERNAME: (So I can put you into class)
EMAIL: (So I can let you know that you’ve got your bonus.)

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Laura Howard’s Self-Pub Interview with Me
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Laura Howard and I talked via Skype for about an hour on self-publishing. Her site is here, and I recommend you drop by, because she has a LOT of other interviews besides mine there. And it's a good site, and she's a cool person.

Laura Howard: Finding Bliss

You can find the interview there, along with extra resources she linked following our discussion. I've also added the interview here: [embed_youtube src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dp2YlnzJBTA" width="420" height="315" id="selfpubinterview"]

Interview with Stephanie Osborn, author of The Case Of The Displaced Detective (science fiction)
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The Case of the Displaced Detective: Book 1

The Case of the Displaced Detective: Book 1

  1. In a single sentence of thirty words or less, describe your main story, hero, conflict, and why my readers will love your book.

    Physicist Dr. Skye Chadwick discovers an alternate reality wherein Sherlock Holmes is destined to die at Reichenbach and rescues him, but can Holmes thrive – even survive – in our modern world?

  2. What is the core of this story, your passion for writing it, the reason you wrote THIS book and not something else?

    This is a fish-out-of-water story. I wanted to take one of the most brilliant men in literature and place him in a situation where he had only two choices – lose his mind, or man up and adapt.

    Grow.

    Learn.

    I’ve been a “Holmesian” since childhood, so he was the logical choice. And once the “plot-bunny” bit, I couldn’t NOT write it. 215,000 words spilled out of me in two months. Which is why it’s a two-volume: The Arrival, and At Speed. The Arrival is an “origin story,” with foreshadowings of a spy ring after the project that brought Holmes here, and by its end we go full bore into the mystery, which unwinds fully in At Speed.

  3. The Case of the Displaced Detective: Book 2

    The Case of the Displaced Detective: Book 2

  4. Which character do you most love, and why?

    I adore Holmes, always have, always will. He’s so brilliant, and so very human, at the same time. I wish he WAS real.

  5. What was the most difficult part of writing this book, and why?

    Keeping Holmes true to himself as Doyle created him, hands down. Holmes’ character and quirks are fixed. And here I was, putting him in a situation that would stretch his very reason to its limits – imagine being jerked from your own world, leaving everything and everyone you have ever known and loved behind, and transmitted 150 years into the future! And yet I still had to maintain the essential Holmes.

  6. If you were to pick a quote from the book to represent you, your writing, and what readers should expect from you, what would it be?

    “Everyone please stand behind the yellow line until the doors open. No food, drink, flash photography, or video cameras are permitted. Once aboard the ride, please keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times until we come to a full and complete stop. Otherwise, they’re apt to end up in another universe somewhere without ya, and wouldn’t that fry your noggin?”
    —Skye Chadwick, The Case of the Displaced Detective: The Arrival

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“How To Write A Novel” Live Online Seminar
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I’ve been invisible since Friday because I’ve been working myself to exhaustion putting together something I think is really cool. You folks have been hanging in here with me for a long time, some of you since I started my career. You get first go at this.

After this one time, anything I do like this is going to be announced through my new newsletter first, and will generally offer subscribers the info a few days to a week ahead of everyone else. But this last time, we’ll start here. After this, anything that isn’t writing, new books, snippets, personal stuff, or the occasional curmudgeonly rant will disappear.

(Much to the relief of those of you who are no doubt tired of hearing about the future OneMoreWord Books publishing company, or the affiliate program…) I know. I care. This will go back to being a personal writer’s diary.

But just today, take a look at the free live writing seminar I’m putting together.

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