Monday, July 24, 2017

This week in ShoreIndie: July 24-29

It's the FINAL WEEK of the Editing Round for ShoreIndie 2017! This week we're making our final push toward getting the Round 1 winners' manuscripts copy-edit ready and preparing our materials for the Judging Round. This is also our final week of Editing Round events, and we have for you two workshops, one AskAuthor chat, and four giveaways. Scroll down for details and to enter this week's giveaways.

All events are open to all writers everywhere. Giveaway winners will be announced on Twitter the day after the giveaway ends. Contact us on Twitter @ShoreIndie with questions.

Wednesday, July 26 - AskAuthor chat at 6pm ET
Join  author Laura Hughes and ShoreIndie editor Sione Aeschliman on Twitter's #AskAuthor hashtag for a conversation about Laura's experience as an indie author. All are welcome to join the conversation and ask questions!

Laura M. Hughes self-published her fiction debut – a horror/fantasy novella titled DANSE MACABRE – in October 2015. Since then, she’s written for Fantasy-Faction and; during this time she’s also helped judge and promote the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, and in March 2017 was appointed as Fantasy-Faction’s assistant editor.

In the ‘real’ world, Laura lives with her husband and three cats under the grey, pigeon-filled skies of northern England. When she isn’t absorbed in playing Dragon Age or working on her current novel, you’re most likely to find her trying to convince unsuspecting bystanders to read The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

If you've any queries, or just want to talk fantasy, Laura always encourages like-minded folk to seek her out.

Connect with Laura: Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram

Editor's Note: As a participant in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO), a competition designed to navigate the tricky waters of self-promotion, and as an active blogger, Laura is a great example of how authors can form community to support each other in ways that aren't sales-y. An emerging indie herself, Laura self-published her novelette, DANSE MACABRE, in October 2015.

Thursday, July 27 - Writing Workshop at 8pm ET

"First Line Frenzy"

Join editor Rebecca Heyman on the #ShoreIndie hashtag for 60 minutes of workshopping the first line of your novel.  

Friday, July 28 - Writing Workshop at 8pm ET

"Your Novel's Structure"

Join editor Sione Aeschliman on the #ShoreIndie hashtag for 60 minutes of tips and Q&A about your novel's structure. Sione strongly recommends that you read her blog post "Your novel's structure" before this workshop as a starting point.

This week's giveaways
These giveaways are open to everyone everywhere except where prohibited by law from 12am ET July 24th to 11:59pm ET July 29th.

30 minutes of marketing brainstorming with Cynthia T. Luna

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Write! distraction-free word processing software

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Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook by Helen Sedwick
This giveaway is run by the ShoreIndie Contest. Neither Helen Sedwick nor her publisher are in any way affiliated with this contest.

From the book description on
Writing and publishing a book is a significant investment. Writers should not be losing money (and sleep) by hiring the wrong self-publishing company or getting sued for copyright infringement. Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook will help writers safely navigate the legal minefield.

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How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
This giveaway is run by the ShoreIndie Contest. Neither Joanna Penn nor her publisher are in any way affiliated with this contest.

From the book description on
How to Market a Book is for authors who want to sell more books, but it's also for those writers who want to think like an entrepreneur and build a long-term income. It's for traditionally published authors who want to take control of their future, and for self-published authors who want to jump-start a career.

There are short-term tactics for those who want to boost immediate sales, but the focus of the book is more about instilling values and marketing principles that will help your long-term career as a writer.

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Upcoming ShoreIndie events:
  • Blog post interview with ShoreIndie Judge Ember Casey (date TBD)
  • Round 1 Winners' revised blurbs & first 5 pages posted on the website by Aug. 6
  • ShoreIndie 2017 Grand Prize Winner and Runner-Up announced on Twitter at noon ET on Monday, Aug. 14

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