Monday, September 26, 2016

"Make Me Care," with Kathleen Y'Barbo

If you're in the WOTS Facebook group you've already seen this picture of last week's guest speaker, Kathleen Y'Barbo Turner. And if you went to the meeting, then you actually got to interact with her and her husband Robert. If neither applies to you, then you're in luck---I'm here to tell you about it.

Kathleen gave an informative interactive speech during our last meeting---well, I use the term "speech" loosely. We had a fun group discussion. A bunch o' friends having lunch and discussing our favorite topic: writing.

She started by asking us what drew us to buy a particular book. Answers were typical: a trusted author, the cover, the one-liner across the front of the cover, the back cover copy, the first page.
All these aspects of the book, plus a great opening, characters worth staying for, and the plot, present a contract between the author and the readers. The author is promising to make the experience worth the reader's time.

Kathleen mentioned developing a checklist for creating anticipation:

  • questions a reader truly wants the answers to,
  • dark secrets 
  • well-crafted, multi-dimensional villians
  • flawed protagonists
  • conflict so intense, the reader doubts the chances of a good resolution
  • characters so different, the reader finds it unlikely they'll fit together
Readers, she said, want to work for the pay-off. They want to follow the problem-solving trail. Our job is to provide an interesting trail for them to follow.

The group discussion was fun and as informative as the speech itself. If you missed it, you missed a good one.


Next Up:



Don't forget our conference in October! It will replace our usual October meeting, so alter your calendar as needed: cancel the meeting on October 15 and pencil in the conference on October 8. 

We will be taking entry fees at the door ($25 for WOTS members, $35 for nonmembers), but if you have the remotest possibility of coming, please let us know in advance. We'll be serving breakfast and lunch, so we need a headcount.

If you want to enroll with PayPal, use the link in the sidebar on the right. Make sure you get the Conference link and not the WOTS membership link---unless you want to pay for membership too! 

Looking forward to seeing everyone in October!




Saturday, September 17, 2016

Don't Forget to Mark Your Calendars!

We've been working, praying, and planning over this conference for quite some time now. I sure hope everyone plans to come. If you come to the meeting today, feel free to pay either me or Kathrese: $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. You can also contact: Linda Kozar (lindakozar@gmail.com). Or you can use the PayPal button on the right and save your receipt.





Save the Date!


We're hosting our very own mini-conference on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

The topic? Indie Publishing.

This event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end with a book signing from 2:30 to 3:00. You'll hear from a host of speakers on topics such as formatting and uploading, designing your cover, choosing a freelance editor, nuts and bolts of indie publishing, creative marketing strategies and much more.

The cost for members is only $25. We encourage you to invite non-members, as well. Their cost will be $35 (see the 2016 WOTS Mini-Conference PayPal button on the side bar).

This event will be held at St. Timothy's Anglican Church, 6819 Louetta Road in Spring. Breakfast and lunch will be served and we promised to provide you with an amazing day of fun, fellowship and learning.

Tentative Schedule:


8:30 - 9:00: Breakfast/Book table setup
9:00 - 9:15: Welcome/Devotion Janice Thompson
9:15 - 10:00: Indie Rumspringa: Ready or Not: Linda Kozar 
10:00 - 10:45: Nuts and Bolts of Indie Publishing: Kathrese McKee
10:45 - 11:00: Break/Snack
11:00 - 11:30: Designing Your Cover: Crystal Barnes
11:30 - 12:15: Preparing for and Choosing a Freelance Editor: Linda Yezak
12:15: Lunch/Devotion
1:00 - 1:45: Formatting and Uploading Your Document: Crystal Barnes
1:45 - 2:30: Creative Marketing Strategies: Janice Thompson
2:30: Book signing


Come join us and bring a friend!








Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fun Things Coming!



Coming next Saturday, our own Kathleen Turner who recently moved back to Texas and is currently drinking in the Spirit of Aggieland from her new home in College Station.

Kathleen will be speaking on "Make Me Care," so you don't want to miss it. As always, we'll meet at The Woodlands/Shenandoah Lupe Tortilla is located behind the Red Robin at 19437 Interstate 45, Shenandoah, TX.



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Writers On The Storm 

Present its First Annual 

Mini-Conference!


Save the Date!


We're hosting our very own mini-conference on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

The topic? Indie Publishing.

This event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end with a book signing from 2:30 to 3:00. You'll hear from a host of speakers on topics such as formatting and uploading, designing your cover, choosing a freelance editor, nuts and bolts of indie publishing, creative marketing strategies and much more.

The cost for members is only $25. We encourage you to invite non-members, as well. Their cost will be $35.

This event will be held at St. Timothy's Anglican Church, 6819 Louetta Road in Spring, (waving at Anthea Kotlan, who graciously offered the space). Breakfast and lunch will be served and we promised to provide you with an amazing day of fun, fellowship and learning.

Tentative Schedule:


8:30 - 9:00: Breakfast/Book table setup
9:00 - 9:15: Welcome/Devotion (Janice)
9:15 - 10:00: Indie Rumspringa: Ready or Not: Linda Kozar 
10:00 - 10:45: Nuts and Bolts of Indie Publishing: Kathrese McKee
10:45 - 11:00: Break/Snack
11:00 - 11:30: Designing Your Cover: Crystal Barnes
11:30 - 12:15: Preparing and Choosing a Freelance Editor: Linda Yezak
12:15: Lunch/Devotion
1:00 - 1:45: Formatting and Uploading Your Document: Crystal Barnes
1:45 - 2:30: Creative Marketing Strategies: Janice Thompson
2:30: Book signing


Come join us and bring a friend!