Now Available-Writers' Tricks of the Trade (the book)

This book of writing tips, writing tricks and writing techniques should be on every fiction writer's bookshelf! NOW AVAILABLE at Amazon, B&N, Books a Million, and most online booksellers or order from your favorite local bookstore.

Friday, December 19, 2014

PROMOTION FOR "TERROR IN A TEAPOT" ENDS TONIGHT

The second zany Silver Sisters Mystery, Terror in a Teapot, has been on a FREE Kindle promotion for the past two days, but it ends tonight, so if you want a FREE copy, grab it now. Otherwise, it will go back to the regular price tomorrow, which is still a bargain. This has been an experiment to see if a newly debuted book with only 2 reviews can fare well in the "free books war."

It held it's own, but didn't make the Top 100 as the first book in the series, A Corpse in the Soup, did. Several things were learned about promoting free books from this experiment. 

Check the articles in Examiner.com where Terror in a Teapot was used as a case study. It is a little bit of an eye-opener, and validates the caution to not jump the gun. 


December 17 article Using Kindle Select free to introduce new books
December 18 article Writers Tricks of the Trade: Day 2 of the Promotion

Heed this word of caution: Wait until the time is right for maximum returns.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014 HAS BEEN GOOD TO WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE

WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE RADIO 


We now have 3 archived shows on WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE radio at Blog Talk Radio, just waiting to be listened to at your convenience


RIVET YOUR READER       Morgan St. James and Dennis N. Griffin 

CREATING DYNAMIC DIALOGUE - Guest author/musician/audiobook narrator Mike Dennis

WRITING WITH A PARTNER  Guest author/artist Phyllice Bradner

UPCOMING SHOWS - WILL ALSO BE ARCHIVED AFTER BROADCAST

December 24  Show 4 Special show about writing holiday themed books and stories

January 14     Show 5 Carolyn Howard-Johnson “Promoting Your Book the Frugal Way”
January 28     Show 6 Jon D’Amore “Turning Life Experiences into a Compelling Memoir”
February 11   Show 7 Tony Todaro “Writers Groups and Writers Conferences”
February 25   Show 8 Darrah Whitaker “The Journey from Concept to Publication”

March 11       Show 9 Cindy Davis “Editing Your Way to Publication”


WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE EZINE

We are going strong with great issues filled with information, a review, conference schedules, Just for Giggles and Grins, and more. Fred Rayworth has joined us as a regular contributor and offers a wealth of information for writers at any stage of their career. Many, Many Thanks to all of the people who have contributed articles over the past year and we look forward to having more from you. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Writing with a Partner - on our Blog Talk Radio show December 10, 2014

JOIN US ON WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE tonight DECEMBER 10


Click the link to listen to the live broadcast at 6:00 PST/ 9:00 EST TONIGHT. 
Got questions? Use the Guest Call-in number: 646 478.0982. 


The WRITING WITH A PARTNER Show will be archived 
for future listening shortly after broadcast.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THERE ARE JUST 26 MORE DAYS IN 2014

GREETINGS OF THE SEASON FROM ...
EXCITING NEWS: Writers Tricks of the Trade is now on Blog Talk Radio every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 6 pm PST and 9 pm EST. My co-host is true crime writer Dennis N. Griffin and our producer is Eric Miller. Interesting guests will appear on most shows. Check inside the issue for more information

Each show is broadcast live and then available in the archives shortly after broadcast.
November 12 show   RIVET YOUR READER archived
Listen a
t http://bitly/WTTshow1 

November 26 show:  CREATING DYNAMIC DIALOGUE with guest author, musician and audiobook narrator Mike Dennis archived now. Listen at http://bitly/WTTshow2


December 10 show: WRITING WITH A PARTNER with guest author/artist Phyllice Bradner 

 
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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE NOV-DEC ISSUE

Since this is the last issue of 2014, I'm taking this opportunity to thank all of the people who have contributed articles or given up information to reprint from their blog or newsletter.

They have helped to make this a successful eZine with many points of view. Thanks to Martha Cheves for her book reviews in every issue and Fred Rayworth for consistently sharing valuable information about the craft of writing.

Of course, it doesn't stop there. Here is the TABLE OF CONTENTS for this issue. If you have a topic you would like to see covered, please email WTTmagazine@gmail.com 


Morgan St. James

Dont' forget to visit http://writerstricksofthetrade.blogspot.com 
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AUTHOR - ARTIST PHYLLICE BRADNER TO GUEST ON WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE RADIO


How do you write with a partner? 



There is no hard and fast rule for writing with a partner. It all depends upon the authors who are collaborating and what their strengths and personalities are. As a very wise man once said, "Any system is a system if it works."

About Phyllice
After living in Alaska for many years, PHYLLICE BRADNER, an award-winning graphic designer, fine artist, published writer, and former antique shop owner moved to a quaint 100 year old house in McMinnville, Oregon. She has been a political print consultant for campaigns including four gubernatorial races and five candidates for U.S. Senate. Over the years Phyllice has won four Alaska Press Club awards and two National awards for newsletter publications. She is the co-author of the Silver Sisters MysteriesJuneau Centennial Cookbook and Touring Juneau.


She works out of her own art studio and is a co-owner of Currents Art Gallery in McMinnville, Oregon. 

Finding the right balance
Phyllice has been co-authoring the Silver Sisters Mysteries with her real sister, Morgan St. James, who is the co-host of the Writers Tricks of the Trade Radio Show, since the late 90s. They will share how they worked out their writing partnership to best use each of their talents.

Morgan has also co-authored books with her co-host, true crime writer Dennis N. Griffin, and listeners will see how their working arrangement is different than that of working with Phyllice.

Listen live on December 10 at 6:00pm PST/9:00 EST, and call (646) 478-0982 to ask the authors questions, or listen to the archived show at your convenience.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Author, narrator Mike Dennis to guest on Writers Tricks of the Trade radio

The second Writers Tricks of the Trade radio show airs on Blog Talk Radio on November 26.


Mike Dennis has been described as by author Max Allen Collins, who has been nominated for numerous Edgar and Shamus awards, as “a modern master of noir.”
After thirty years as a professional musician, Dennis left Key West FL and moved to Las Vegas to become a professional poker player. But, after spending several years in Sin City, he moved back to Key West where he lives with his wife Yleana. He authors two series: the Key West Nocturnes series and the Jack Barnett/Las Vegas series and...read the rest on Examiner.com

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER ISSUE OF WRITERS' TRICKS OF THE TRADE EZINE

This is the last issue of the year for WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE EZINE. We look forward to a wonderful 2015 and 6 new awesome issues.

Thanks to all of the contributors throughout the year who have made this eZine a favorite of so many writers and readers. Remember, Writers Tricks of the Trade is now on Blog Talk Radio as well on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm PST/ 9:00 pm EST. For those of you in different parts of the world, or those who can't listen to it live, every show will be archived on the Blog Talk Radio site. 

The link to the first show, RIVET YOUR READER, is http://bit.ly/WTTshow1. Information for the next show, CREATING DYNAMIC DIALOGUE with guest author, musician and audiobook narrator Mike Dennis, on November 26 can be found at http://bit.ly/WTTshow2.

Join our Mail Chimp email manager for the latest show updates and notifications of new issues of the eZine..

Here is the Table of Contents of this year-end issue. 

May your holiday season be filled with good friends and a spirit of giving. Reach out to those less fortunate, not just during this season, but all year long. 




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Great Covers Say It All



Congratulations to talented British illustrator Scott Garrett for the new series of covers and interiors for the latest Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver's Hank Zipzer children's books.

Garrett is the designer of the Writers' Tricks of the Trade cover.


Hank's class gets to take care of Principal Love's pet frog while he's away, and Hank is thrilled when he's selected to take it home for the weekend. But when he forgets to put the top back on the tank, Hank's excitement quickly turns to panic--the frog has escaped! The frog hunt is on, but time is running out. Hank needs to find that frog, and fast! 

About the Authors

Henry Winkler is an actor, producer, and director, and he speaks publicly all over the world. In addition, he has a star on Hollywood Boulevard, was presented with the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England, and the jacket he wore as the Fonz hangs in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. But if you asked him what he was proudest of, he would say, "Writing the Hank Zipzer books with my partner, Lin Oliver." He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Stacey. They have three children named Jed, Zoe, and Max, and two dogs named Monty and Charlotte. Charlotte catches a ball so well that she could definitely play outfield for the New York Mets.

Lin Oliver is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. She has written more than twenty-five novels for children, and one hundred episodes of television. She is cofounder and executive director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, an international organization of twenty thousand authors and illustrators of children's books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alan. They have three sons named Theo, Ollie, and Cole. She loves tuna melts, curious kids, any sport that involves a racket, and children's book writers everywhere.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WRITERS TRICKS CALENDAR COMING SOON


Currently Scheduled:


Show 1     November 12       RIVET YOUR READER    Hosts Morgan St. James and Dennis N. Griffin

Nov-Dec Issue Writers Tricks of the Trade eZine

Show 2     November 26       CREATING DYNAMIC DIALOGUE    Guest Mike Dennis

Show 3     December 10        WRITING WITH A PARTNER              Guest Phyllice Bradner