Friday, January 02, 2009

NETWORK WITH US January 2009

NETWORK WITH US is a free service offered to readers of Writers in the Sky Newsletter.

Add your announcement or brag about your writing accomplishment. Tell us about your book or business. Share information and ideas or send articles or advertorial for the next issue by contacting us on our Web site. Here are some announcements from our readers this month:

A new e-book series, Just the FAQs, gives beginners, who have little experience with online technology, the essentials for setting up a blog, adding RSS Feed, creating a Web site, and book promotion through article marketing.

As an author, you are probably trying to promote your books online, but you may not know how to create a Web site or blog, much less customize, optimize, and syndicate it. You don’t want to spend hours learning the technical side of online promotion, but neither do you want to pay thousands of dollars to have an expert to do it for you. That’s where the simple Just the FAQs series of e-books come in handy. They contain no geek speak, and no prior technical experience is required to understand them.

The FAQ series contains four e-books Just the FAQs – Blogs, Just the FAQs - RSS Feeds, Just the FAQs -Web sites, and Just the FAQs – Articles and a Quick Step Guide designed for beginners who have little experience with online technology. The quick Step Guide is an overview of the first four e-books and will give basic information about blogging, RSS feeds, Web sites, and article marketing. The individual e-books go into more depth about its particular topic. See for more information. There are free online marketing resources and downloads on the JTF blog

Conversation with Editors Yvonne Perry and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Ask your questions and sign up for the call at

Join Yvonne Perry and Carolyn Howard-Johnson on January 13 for "Conversation with Editors." Yvonne has a full service editing business and Carolyn is an editor and author of The Frugal Editor. Ask your questions in the comments feature below this post, and then sign up for the call here.

The Lieurance-King New Year's 2009 Article Challenge starts January 5 and will last till February 28. The challenge will be to write a total of 45 new articles within that time period and submit them to online article directories. People may sign up for the challenge at make sure you also sign up for the free e-course, “21 Tips: A 21-Day Course in Effective Article Marketing” while you are there.

WITS Mentoring Program for Freelance Writers begins Wednesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. Central Time.

During these six weekly tele-sessions, Yvonne Perry will provide coaching to help writers build a real-world portfolio while learning the craft and business of freelance writing. Weekly assignments will be given to the group and graded individually. Participants will be given encouragement and help in specific areas of need.

Materials need, fees, and pre-requisites are listed WITS Web site.

Be sure to check out WITS resources page for some great recommendations on books to improve writing, technical expertise, newsletters and web sites, internet radio shows and podcasts, book publishers and literary agents, book marketing sites, book printers, and online promotion books and e-books.

Travel writer, Linda Ballou, shares the secret side of paradise in her novel Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii-Her Epic Journey.

Wai-nani, Linda’s ultimate destination piece, is a portal into a world we can’t get to any other way. She will also impart tips on how to make travel writing work for you.


Registration is underway for the 2009 National Writers’ Empowerment Conference and Book Expo to be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, in Nashville , TN. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Opryland/Airport, 2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville , TN 37214 .

Hundreds of novice and seasoned writers from all across the country will converge on the Holiday Inn Select, Opryland/Airport in Nashville , TN to attend the Fifth Semi-Annual National Writers’ Empowerment Conference and Book Expo. Founded by prolific writer and self-publishing guru Renee Bobb (, the conference is billed as an event where aspiring authors can not only learn about the book publishing industry, but promote and market their works as well.

The National Writers’ Empowerment Conference is uniquely designed to train the aspiring author on how to make the transition from writer to published author. This event provides the information, resources, and training that writers and authors need to write, publish, and market their books. Conference participants will have an opportunity to hone their writing skill in sessions led by established authors, editors, and publishers. Workshop Topics include:

Visit to receive more information about the speakers and workshop leaders.

Early bird registration (on or before January 15, 2009) is $75.00, full registration (after January 15, 2009) is $95.00. Special pricing for Active Duty Military and/or Veterans is $75.00 and College Student or Teen Registration is $75.00. The registration fee will cover breakfast, lunch, all workshops and workshop materials, as well as entrance to the book expo.

For more information about the National Writers’ Empowerment Conference and Book Expo please call Renee Bobb at 615-753-5647 or e-mail Visit the web site at

Author of Defying Gravity: A Celebration of Late-Blooming Women, Prill Boyle shares:

Like many of the people I write about, I'm a classic late bloomer. I dropped out of college (a story in itself), married young, and ended up at Harvard--as a secretary, not a student. Twelve years later, tired of doing clerical work, I enrolled at Georgetown University and earned a B.A. and M.A. in English. After graduating at age 38, I became an English teacher. Then, in January of 2000, I read a NY Times article about a 65-year-old woman who had waited 39 years to join the Peace Corps and was leaving for a 2-year assignment in Ukraine. Inspired by this woman's persistence and courage, I decided to take my own leap of faith. At age 48, I left my teaching job to write DEFYING GRAVITY. Since its publication, I've given over 80 talks and keynotes in 20 states, including a speech at the United Nations. In 2007 I traveled to Botswana to speak to school and government groups in cooperation with the Peace Corps. Now 54, I continue to research and write about late blooming.

In addition to the above and to my blogging (, I write a monthly column for the Nat'l Assoc. of Baby Boomer Women. Website:

Here is an endorsement for Prill Boyle’s book DEFYING GRAVITY:

"Boyle lets each woman tell her story in her voice, and those voices ring with humor and courage...You'll come away from this book with a new determination to write that story, get that degree, apply for that promotion, take that trip, or start that hobby." - Ann Byle, Grand Rapids Press is a FREE literary sharing website (like YouTube but for the literary world) where writers can upload, view and share their writing. The only restriction is that the material cannot be illegal in any sense of the word (such as child porn, plagiarism, etc.). Other then that, feel free to post in any of the following categories:

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2009 Be My Valentine's Story Contest
Want to get a chance to get your story published for FREE? Romance and love stories are the theme of the 2009 Valentine's Story Contest. Submission Deadline: 2/14/2009. View Stories

Please check out my video interview on "Today's Author With David Ewen" on YouTube where we discuss the genesis of my novel "Painting The Invisible Man."

Thank you,
Rita Schiano, author "Painting the Invisible Man" and "Sweet Bitter Love"

The Muse Online Writers Conference is now taking registrations for its upcoming FREE conference. Deadline is August 1st, 2009. For more information, see

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