Tips to Make Your 15-Minute Appointments a Success

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills The Blue Ridge Conference is fast approaching, and writers are polishing their manuscripts and proposals One of the conference highlights is the ability for the writer to schedule two face-to-face appointments with an agent, editor, or professional writer. We want that event to be a positive experience for you. Over the […]

Five Conferences and STILL Not Published

Why You Should NOT Be Discouraged!

by Lori Roeleveld @LoriSRoeleveld At one conference at Blue Ridge I had a turning point moment that might have derailed my work entirely. As I walked with an editor from dinner to the main evening event, she asked how many writing conferences I’d attended. “This is my third Blue Ridge conference so, five altogether, in […]

Where Authors Can Take Bookmarks

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills A writer has a new release, and she is excited to promote the book. One of the means of creating awareness to readers is The publisher has provided many bookmarks or the writer has designed them. The writer is ready to distribute them to readers. But after delivering the bookmarks to […]

Best Author Tools for Marketing & Promotion

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Many of us use social media marketing tools to reach others with powerful messages. A professional writer is constantly evaluating what she’s using to ensure they enhance her career. We have four things to consider before investing time and money into a marketing and promotion tool: Have our tools grown followers […]

The Value of Mentoring

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Is there something missing in your writing life? Could there be a surprise additive to the list of how to succeed in the world of publishing? Is mentoring another serious writer for you? I believe so. In fact, I know so. To be blessed, one must be a blessing to others. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Overcoming the Fear Factor: Finding the Perfect Agent

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Some writers are terrified at the prospect of finding an agent. We think literary representation is the one factor that will get us published when the key is writing an outstanding book. But let’s say we’ve already written a fabulous project, what is the agent/author relationship? What does an agent really […]

Dollars & Sense for Writers—Thoughts on Where & When to Spend Your Money

What Writing Organizations Should I Join?

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I remember what it was like when I was just starting out as a writer. I thought it was something I wanted to do. I even felt like it was something God called me to do. It’s an exciting time—a time when we’re trying on the moniker of writer. It’s also a […]

Organization – the Secret To a Writer’s Social Media Success

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Getting our writing life organized may or may not be one of our personality traits. But today’s writer must incorporate organizational skills into her social media practice, or she will be overwhelmed and fail. I’ve experimented and will continue to explore methods to work effectively and efficiently with social media. What […]