Q&A with Author Amanda Ward

This week’s Q&A spotlights Austin’s very own Amanda Ward, author of Forgive Me, How to be Lost, Sleep Toward Heaven, and Love Stories in This Town. Her new novel, Close Your Eyes, will be published by Random House in July, 2011. Enjoy! What book are you reading right now? Mrs. Somebody

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Q&A with Author & Instructor Karleen Koen

This week’s Q&A spotlights Karleen Koen, bestselling author of Through a Glass Darkly and two other novels. Crown Publishing will release her fourth novel, Before Versailles, in June. Karleen’s upcoming Writers’ League class, How to Create Strong Characters, promises to be fantastic! Click here to register by February 3. What

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Come Lasso Up Some Publishing Savvy!

The Austin SCBWI has been kind enough to offer their discounted price to our members, so we thought we’d share a little bit about this terrific conference for all you kid-lit fans out there! – Sara Join the Austin SCBWI at the Books, Boots, and Buckskin Regional Conference February 18th

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Getting Started (Feature Post)

By Suzy Spencer On Thursday, WLT Publicity and Programming Manager Jan Baumer and I agreed that I’d write a blog post about how to get started writing your book. I should have started writing the post that day. Instead, I told myself I’d do it Saturday. Saturday I said I’d

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Meet Author Helen Simonson on Monday!

The Writers’ League of Texas is pleased to team up with BookPeople to host an event with Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10. WLT Executive Director Cyndi Hughes will talk with Helen about her books, the craft of writing, her writing

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Favorite Books of 2010: Cyndi Edition

With the end of the year upon us, it seems that everyone is publishing their Best Books of 2010 lists (Huffington Post has quick links to 13 lists!). Here at the Writers’ League, we thought we’d share our staff favorites. So here’s my list. I tend to read locally (books

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How to Bring Sexy Back to Book Signings (Feature Post)

By Tolly Moseley PR by the Book Let me ask you a question: When was the last time you attended a book signing for an author you had never heard of? Last month? Last year? Last…oh forget about it, it’s not important. Except, it is. Whenever one of my authors

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Five Ways (Not) to Squander Contacts and Alienate Agents (Feature Post)

By Ginger McKnight-Chavers Sometimes the universe bestows unexpected gifts upon writers. Through friends, colleagues or the hundredth query letter, we finally land a face-to-face with an agent.  I’ve learned the hard way that it’s easy to unintentionally screw up these golden opportunities in ways beyond the obvious no-no’s (tardiness, rudeness,

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LAST Chance to Register for John Pipkin’s Online Class!

Writing the Successful Query Letter and Synopsis for Fiction: An Online Class with John Pipkin   Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Online class – 6 to 9 PM $49 members / $109 nonmembers Registration for John Pipkin’s class closes TOMORROW at noon, so jump on your chance to take this class,

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Friday Filler: A Pep Talk From Lemony Snicket

This is courtesy of the good folks at National Novel Writing Month. For those of you who hit your word-count goal, read no further. For those of you who didn’t quite make it (such as yours truly), well, you’re that many more words ahead of where you were on Oct.

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