Social Media, Marketing & Branding

The How & Why of Using Hashtags with Social Media

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Today I want to jump into one of the most important tool in your social media arsenal, hashtags. Hashtags—especially for Twitter—can be incredibly valuable in helping us increase out audience. But only if we learn to use them correctly. They’re not that hard, but there are some rules you need to […]

2017 Blue Ridge Conference Genre Night

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills In less than 2 short months, the 2017 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference will be in full swing—teaching, speaking, agent and editor appointments, awards, and fun! We are so excited for you and praying God’s blessing on every detail. Genre Night is a favorite tradition at the Blue Ridge. For […]

Friday Faculty Five

Tosca Lee & Lynette Eason & Paula Mowery

Tosca Lee

Welcome to our faculty five post, where you’ll learn five fun facts about the BRMCWC 2017 faculty. This week, we’ll hear from authors Tosca Lee & Lynette Eason, as well as Paula Mowery, acquisitions editor from Prism Book Group, an imprint of Pelican Book Group. Tosca Lee Last year I married my love–a single father […]

How to Create One Sheets

Countdown Week #9

One Sheets | blueridgeconference.com

by Bethany Jett, @BetJett It’s time to dispel any fear, dread, or hesitation that arises when we talk about one sheets. The one sheet is a tool to help start the conversation between you and the editor or agent to whom you’re pitching. It is not the end-all, be-all of your writing career. That said, […]

Writer Branding – What’s the Fuss?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills A writer’s brand is a red carpet of introduction to readers and the publishing industry. It’s an identity that shows genre and demonstrates what others can expect from writing projects, social media posts, and anything attributed to the writer’s name. Branding is not a marque in your front yard with your […]

Guidelines for Attendee Books for Sale in the Bookstore

The 2017 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference is coming up fast. And we’re continuing our practice of allowing attendees to offer books for sale in our conference bookstore. This includes traditionally published books and self-published books. The fee for consignment books is 20% of the purchase price on each book sold. To qualify to […]

Plotting Success for the Pro Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Plotting is unique to each writer’s personality and method of structuring a novel. Some writers are married to their outlines. Some are seat-of-the-pants writers, and some are organic—that’s a mix of both with the story ideas as the focus. Once we’ve established our type of plotting, what elements need to appear […]

Friday Faculty Five

Richard Mabry & Tom Morrisey & Bob Hostetler

BRMCWC Faculty Five

Welcome to our faculty five post, where you will find out five fun facts about the 2017 BRMCWC faculty. This week, we’ll hear from authors Richard Mabry, Tom Morrisey, and Bob Hostetler. Richard Mabry 1. I met my agent at a Writer’s Conference. 2. While still practicing medicine, I had the chance to go to […]

Have You Considered a Paid Critique for Your Writing?

Benefits of a Paid Critique

by Alycia W. Morales @AlyciaMorales One of the benefits of the Blue Ridge Mountains Writers Conference is that conferees have an opportunity to have a faculty member critique their work in progress. This is a paid critique, and it only costs $35. A small investment that has the potential for big results. Paid critiques are important to […]

Pitching 101

Countdown Week #10

Pitching 101, blueridgeconference.com

by Bethany Jett, @BetJett At the Blue Ridge Conference, you’re guaranteed two fifteen-minute appointments with the agents and editors of your choice…probably the scariest fifteen minutes of your writers conference experience. It was for me. We want to help you prepare as best as humanly possible so you’ll feel confident when you slide your one […]