Updates, Book Trailers & Webinars!


Hello, writers! First, I cannot believe that, despite the soaring temperatures, we are actually nearing autumn - and hopefully some rain! We have had very many new subscribers to the site and newsletter and I want to extend a warm welcome to everyone!


Lots and lots of interesting things have been going on. It seems only yesterday that the first Covid lockdowns seemed to bring things to a grinding halt but since then, things have been crazy!


First, I want to direct new members of the website to some of the most popular blog posts of late:


Tik Tok & Book Sales - Does it Work?

Why I Went Rogue & Published Independently.

My Ridiculous Audible Listening List.

POV Made Simple


I am, as usual reading like crazy in my personal and professional roles. Two books I am reading right now are "The Anthropocene Reviewed" by John Green (a book after my own heart; a collection of essays) and the really fascinating moving book about how we regard the diary of Anne Frank. The title is "Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife," by Francine Prose. I've recently been on a C.J. Tudor binge and am reading "The Chalk Man."


Professionally, I am reading, evaluating, and/or editing several manuscripts: a historical fiction story set during WWII, an update on Black Beauty, an epic fantasy similar to the Hobbit and a nonfiction account of a marriage that ended badly but made way for a brand new life. Talk about a wonderful variety! Each story is different and each writer is at a different place in their learning curve.


Sometimes my eyeballs get tired from reading almost all day every day, so make sure to get into the pool and swim laps about three times a week, for some much-needed exercise. And - you can really tell I'm quite a bookworm, I also listen to audiobooks as a way of resting my eyes while making another one of my crazy amigurumi creatures. What can I say, amigurumi relaxes me and makes great gifts! On Audible.com I am listening to another C.J. Tudor book "The Taking of Annie Thorne".


This is a zombie!

Not only have I loved reading since I was quite young, I find that it makes a big difference in my manuscript evaluations and editing; I have read so very widely, in every genre, not to mention my background as a story analyst, that I have developed a very keen sense for what is working, what is not and what can be done to improve it.


On TOP of everything else, somehow I found time to make a trailer for my book The True Adventures of Gidon Lev using Canva. (Below.)


I'm pretty darned pleased with the results. Now, let's see if that helps books sales! Here is a link to a Youtube tutorial for beginner Canva users. I urge you to check it out. I have used Canva to create one-sheets for my book, advertising for my business and my book, social media posts and now, this trailer. It's really a great platform and I find it very easy to use. I'm all about writers empowering themselves, as you know. Even if you choose to hire professionals to create your marketing materials, it's a good idea to understand how these platforms work and just what they do.

In other news, I am just wrapping up a four-week Fiction Intensive Writing Workshop during which a Zoomful of writers joined me to discuss the Mt. Rushmore of Understanding Fiction: Writing the Premise Line, Story Mapping/Outlining, Character Arc, and Stakes & Conflict.


Tomorrow evening is our last session. The class is sold out, unfortunately, but the ebooks are available here.


The webinar version of the Character Arc lesson is available now, and code C7TW53X4YH will get you a 50% discount! The code expires on September 15th, so go for it!


Okay, so finally - here is the book trailer I used Canva to create!