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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Conferences for your 2019 calendar

cj Sez:  For your 2019 calendar, a few upcoming reader/fan/author conferences.
Jan. 26: 

February 8-10, 2019:  Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Conference SOLD OUT
(cj Sez: The 20th annual Winter Conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is sold out. Their waitlist is full, and their registration is closed. I put this note in the post to let you know I didn’t ignore this [obviously] popular genre conference.)

March 14-17, 2019: SleuthFest 2019  Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America

July 9-13, 2019: ThrillerFestXIV    

July 24-27, 2019 Romance Writers of America RWA2019

August 9-12, 2019:  SCBWI’s Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles. “Registration begins sometime in April.”

August 22-25, 2019: 14th Annual Killer Nashville International Writers Conference

October 31-Nov 3: In Dallas, 50th year of Bouchercon


Passing along information that I gleaned from FB posts, so do your due-diligence investigation:

From George McVey page
"Attention Kindle Unlimited users:
If you have kindle unlimited you will see they offer a new "scroll" feature. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT use this feature. Because of the way it's designed you're actually really really hurting the authors who get paid per page with that feature. It does NOT recognize page changes and only gives the author a credit of 1 page read. Even if the book is 100+ pages. So do your authors a courtesy and DO NOT use the scrolling or page flip features."

(cj Sez: The Amazon “enhancement” cited above was implemented in March of 2018. Ergo, I have no idea if this is still an issue or if it ever was. Indie Authors: Can you clarify?)

An excerpt from Fiction University ( “Writing every day is a goal. Writing a novel is a goal. If you want to move forward every day, you’ve got to set a goal every day.”

(cj Sez: And now for the rest of the story: “A goal without a plan is a wish.”  Herman Edwards)

That’s it for this post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

PS:  Happy Birthday to my son, Jeff.

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Choosing Carter is free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post.  
Here’s one of the 5-star reviews: "Bryn McKay, still struggling with the aftermath of a car accident that injured her and led to the imprisonment of her younger brother, Robbie, a year earlier seems vulnerable at the start of this novel. Her relationship with Carter Danielson, a man struggling with his own demons, magnifies that vulnerability, as does their reluctance to commit to one another. The story takes a decided turn though, when Bryn learns that Robbie has escaped from prison, and is believed to be part of a terrorist plot. Using an insider’s knowledge of everything outdoor, the author plunges the reader into a story filled with danger at every turn. Together Bryn and Carter raft the Colorado and hike the rocky canyons of Echo Park, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with a team of terrorists that have recruited Robbie. The author paints the scenery with the skill of an artist, one that leaves you feeling as though you can actually touch the rock walls of Echo Park, and feel the icy Colorado River. The interplay between Bryn and Carter hooks the reader early on, and it’s easy to root for these two lost souls. A thoroughly enjoyable read!"

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Writing strengths

cj Sez: I’m a visual person (is that a right brain or a left brain thing?), and that shows up like screenplay scenes in my writing. 

Scenes and dialogue are the least complicated for me to write.

   I enjoy creating the details that permit my readers to visualize where the characters are and what they are seeing. I try to keep my details sparse and incorporated into the flow of the scene’s action. I don’t tell the reader the office is small and crowded. I’ll let the character do that by having her desk chair bump against the wall when she stands up or spins around to retrieve a document from her printer that’s sitting atop the three-drawer file cabinet near her left elbow.

   Writing dialogue is another favorite. I especially like it when I can create almost an entire scene with dialogue and need to use only one or two “said” tags. It works well with two characters, and with a bit of finessing, also works with three characters. 

Dealing with personal introspection / emotions / internal dialogue is more difficult for me since I “see” the action in my stories, something akin to movies in my head. Narrative doesn’t exist in movies unless there’s a voice-over, so I tend to use very little of it. I’ve been told and I do understand I need more narrative in my novel, so I’m working on expanding my use of internal dialogue.

By the by, my scenes also incorporate at least one of the five senses—sight, smell, sound, taste, touch—as well as journalism’s five “Ws”: who, what, when, where, and why. I also add the “H”: how.

Okay, I’ve confessed. Now it’s your turn. What is your writing strength or weakness?


I don’t use Wordpress, but I know a lot of people who do. I understand there’s been a change in the product that’s driving some users crazy. Perhaps the information on the Writers in the Storm blog about the new Gutenberg version will give you some helpful pointers.

That’s it for the first post of 2019…amazing, isn’t it?    2…0…1…9    Wow.
You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

Deadly Star is free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post.  Review: "cj petterson has crafted a tale of murder, espionage, and romance which builds to a dramatic and satisfying conclusion. With a gift for well-written dialogue and a deft touch at creating suspense, Ms. petterson delivers a must-read story in Deadly Star."

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