IngramSpark’s FREE Online Book Design Course

book design course

How to Design A Book

Learn how to design a book cover and interior with the newest course available in the IngramSpark Academy! This course reveals important publishing industry standards to keep in mind for your book design, whether you work with a professional book designer or create your cover and interior yourself.

Take our FREE Book Design Course to learn more about:

The Importance of Book Formatting
The Art of Typesetting
Interior Book Design Tips
Book Cover Design Tips
Recommended Book Design Tools
How to Work with a Book Designer

Writer’s Digest Virtual Conference

Writer's Digest Conference

Chuck Wendig as Opening Keynote and Revised Virtual Conference Schedule

Writer’s Digest is excited to re-announce the opening keynote for this year’s WD Annual Conference: New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig. His participation has been confirmed for the virtual conference and is excited to “see” everyone online!

Get the most out of your virtual experience by taking one of our workshops on Thursday, November 5. You can add them onto your conference registration or register for one as a standalone.

The Compass of Character: Creating Complex Motivations for Compelling Characters | David Corbett

Personal Essay Essentials: How to Break Into Print With First-Person Writing |Windy Lynn Harris

We’ve posted the revised schedule for November 6 & 7 and speakers, and are working on filling in the open slots in the schedule. We’re also making some final adjustments for the virtual pitch slam and are working on a SUPER exciting central keynote. Be on the lookout for more announcements soon!

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind virtual experience. Register today!

Miami Book Fair 2020! online

Miami book fair

Physically distant, but socially engaged — join Miami Book Fair online for author readings and conversations, workshops, and even a Storybook Picnic for kids and their teddy bears. Follow us on FB, IG or Twitter, or scroll our Upcoming Events feed below for more information.

November 15-22, Street Fair November 20-22.

 

Upcoming Events

Writers Blok Online FREE Version!

We wanted to reach out to you regarding an exciting new development at Writers Blok Online: a free membership option to our online platform!

On this free server, members can participate in hour-long online writing sprints, hosted by our team of Writing Guides, and gain access to genre-specific chat groups. Given all that’s happening in the world, we think it’s an excellent way for writers like your members to connect AND get writing done.

If you’d like to learn more about this offer, the platform, or how we can work together to support your members, please let us know! You can reply directly to this email to get the conversation started, or click below to create your own free account and explore our platform.

https://www.writersblok.org/

Writers Against Covid-19

In the week beginning 17th August, Writers Against Covid-19 will be holding a Crime Week.

WAC-19 was started in March when the UK went into lockdown, as a service to all those who felt depressed and isolated.  A new short story is published every day.  The project has been a great success, with readers around the world and over 100 stories on the website.
This is an excellent way for new writers to reach a global readership while helping those who are struggling with the pandemic.
WAC-19 shall be publishing all suitable stories during Crime Week.  There is no limit on the number of stories writers can send and they can be on any genre within the crime category, up to 2,000 words.  There is more information on the Submissions page at http://www.writerscircle.net

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2020

 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2020 is going VIRTUAL!

New Dates: November 5 –7, 2020

The Writer’s Digest Annual ConferenceNEW DATES: November 5-7, 2020—is going virtual for the safety of our attendees, speakers, staff, exhibitors, and partners. We did not come to this decision lightly but feel it is the best course of action for all parties involved.

Now, on to the fun part! What can you expect from the virtual #WDC20? The best writing instruction, inspiration, and publishing advice possible all from the comfort of your own home with flexibility to view sessions when it works for you! We’ve done a lot of research and have partnered with an exciting virtual event platform called Intrado. While the platform is easy to use, it will not be your run-of-the-mill Zoom or GoToWebinar virtual experience.

Registration is now open and we’re working on some exciting surprises. We’ll be providing more information on what to expect, the new platform, and everything #WDC20 in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for announcements on our website www.writersdigestconference.com and on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, keep writing and stay healthy!

Gulf Coast Writers Association