Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Social Hall
2201 Lawton St. (near Corner of South & Broad)
San Luis Obispo, CA
Bad Advice New Writers Should Ignore
Misinformation about the business of writing has become part of our general culture. From Ernest Hemingway’s self-mythologizing to tales of fictional writers like Jessica Fletcher and Richard Castle, we’ve been shown a romanticized—and mostly untrue—picture of what it’s like to be a writer.
That’s partly because a person sitting alone in a room at a keyboard isn’t the stuff of great drama, and also because there are thousands of businesses—some legit, but some not—that make money off fledgling writers’ dreams.
The indie revolution has brought a whole new twist to the myth-making. Books and seminars that tell you how to “Make Money with Ebooks!” and “Make a Killing on Kindle” lead new writers to think writing for a living is easy.
But the truth is, writing for a living has always been hard. If you love it, that won’t stop you for a minute, but if you believe there are shortcuts, you’re going to set yourself up for disappointment—and present a target for scammers.
Anne R. Allen will talk about the bad advice, misinformation, and scams you need to ignore if you want to launch a successful writing career.
Anne R. Allen Bio
Anne R. Allen is a bestselling mystery author and well-known publishing industry blogger. She’s the author of the hilarious “Camilla Randall Mysteries” and three other comic novels.
She is represented by Pam Van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary and has co-written a guidebook for new authors, How to be a Writer in the E-Age: a Self-Help Guide with Catherine Ryan Hyde.
Anne’s weekly blog, “Anne R. Allen’s Blog…with Ruth Harris” was named one of the Best 101 Websites for Writers by Writers Digest. She shares the blog with NYT million-copy bestseller Ruth Harris.
Anne is a long-time resident of the Central Coast and now lives in foggy Los Osos, which she says has “the perfect climate for writing”.
Round Table Discussions begin June 10th 5:15 – 6:15
Round Table Continues! A time designed for critique, learning and discussion; Each month a new topic, each month a chance to connect to fellow writers.
Critique Table: Terry Sanville and Susan Tuttle will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing. Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.
Getting to know Google +: Jason Matthews will be leading a workshop on understanding and using Google+. Bring your computer (and extension cords) and we’ll walk through the process together.
Round Table Discussion Tuesday, June, 10th 5:15 – 6:15 (prior to our monthly meeting). Food and beverages welcome!