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$30 Discount on WRITERS BOOT CAMP January 30, 2009

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Every year presents people with a set of new resolutions. Is one of yours to write a novel? Do you have an idea for a story? Have you been visualizing the story and can literally see and hear your characters? Are you unsure where to go now that you have this idea? Because of this seemingly Herculean task, would-be writers put their literary dreams on the backburner, promising to return to them once they have time. Well, guess what? Things will always arise that will keep you from pursuing your dreams. Because of this, the time is NOW, and the literary dream you hold onto can be envisioned within four weeks with WRITERS BOOT CAMP.

What is Writers Boot Camp?

It’s a four-week, intensive program in which you’ll work one-on-one with author, editor, educator, everywoman Shōn Bacon to develop your story idea into an outline and get you geared up to finally sit and WRITE.

What does Writers Boot Camp entail?

*Four weekly exercises on topics such as story description, plotting, scene visualization, and scene outlining; each exercise will be read and critiqued by Shōn.

*Opportunity to talk with Shōn via e-mail or Yahoo IM to discuss assignments and strategy for story development.

*A bonus fifth week in which you, with Shōn’s assistance, will plan your writing in order to finally get a FIRST DRAFT COMPLETED!

I am teaching my online WBC course through the university I work for – McNeese State University. There, I’m offering the course for $70!

The course runs the following Mondays in MARCH: 2, 9, 16, and 23.

There are two easy ways to register for the class:

Pay with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover by phone, 475-5616, 475-5130 or 800-622-3352, ext. 5616.


Fax the [Registration Form] to 337-475-5172.

If you have ANY questions, [e-mail] me.


About Shōn Bacon

Shōn Bacon is an author, editor, and educator. As an author, she has published both in the creative and academic arenas. As an editor, through her ChickLitGurrl™ brand name, Shōn edits manuscripts for individual clients and small publishing houses. As an educator, Shōn is an English Specialist and mass communication visiting lecturer at McNeese State University in Louisiana. There, she teaches freshman composition, writing for radio/TV, introduction to mass communication, and media writing. In 2005, 2006, and 2007, she contributed and co-edited three academic textbooks that are currently being used as the official textbooks for freshman composition at the university. Occasionally, she teaches fiction writing and fiction workshop through the university’s continuing education department. As a devoted helper of those pursuing creative endeavors, Shōn also writes columns on the writing craft for several online outlets.


RETALIATION – A YALSA 2009 Top Ten Pick for Reluctant Readers January 29, 2009

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Yasmin Shiraz’s book Retaliation, has been officially selected by the American Library Association’s YALSA Division as a 2009 Top Ten Pick for Reluctant Readers. This list will go out to librarians across the country. Here’s the [link] to the list.

This is a huge honor for Yasmin—especially since her publishing company, Rolling Hills Press/What’s Happenin’ Books, independently produced this book. It goes to show hard work definitely pays off in the end.

Personally, I’m thrilled for my girl Yasmin.  I was an editor for Retaliation and to see the passion that Yasmin exudes in every project, to see her tenacity and hunger to reach and teach the youth is a major blessing for me.  Every youth should read Retaliation, and every parent and every person with youth in his or her life should read this book, too, and use it as a tool to reach and teach.

Click the cover to purchase Retaliation today!


Author Jerry Waxler Discusses Memoir Writing at AtBaP January 27, 2009

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For the month of JANUARY, All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP) has been looking at memoir writing, and for our final feature of the month, I’m thrilled to introduce Jerry Waxler, M.S., author of Learn to Write Your Memoir in Four Weeks!

For January, I asked the following set of questions:

  • What do you think is the lure of memoirs for readers?
  • Do you think there is a bit of egotism on the part of the writer who focuses on memoirs as a means to “tell stories”?
  • Why did you, as writer, feel compelled to write your story
  • Why did you feel compelled to share this story with others?

In answering the question, Why did you feel compelled to share this story with others, Waxler states, “This is a huge question. Why does any writer want readers? Stephen King says in his memoir, “On Writing” that writing is a sort of magic that transmits ideas from one person’s mind into another. I love this idea. By writing, I can share my thoughts, initiating an intimate connection with people I can’t even see. That begs the question, “Why should I want to do that?” I’m not sure exactly of the reason, but I am sure of the result. Extending my writing to a public audience has turned into the most exciting project in my life. In exchange for the hours I sit at my desk putting words on paper, I am instantly rewarded by the pleasure of creativity. Over time, my world has become richer, thanks to a network of readers and writers. And part of my payoff is the fantastic notion that somehow, through my writing, I will be able to serve people.”

To read the rest of Jerry Waxler’s thoughts on memoirs and to read excellent excerpts from Learn to Write Your Memoir in Four Days and Four Elements for Writers: How to Get Beyond “Yes-But,” Conquer Self-Doubt and Inertia, and Achieve Your Writing Goals, head to All the Blog’s a Page!

While there, check out the other stellar feature authors for this month: Annette Fix, K.L. Belvin, Versandra Kennebrew, and CD Mitchell!

ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE (AtBaP) – Where everything relates to writing


A Change Came to America – now CHANGE YOU! January 25, 2009

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009, marked a major milestone in America. It marked HISTORY. It marked the day America finally put on its big girl panties and became a grown up.

No matter what side of the fence you fell on in regards to the election, it would be hard to deny the magnitude of what took place that day as we ushered in our first African American President of the United States. It would be hard to deny where this country has been and where we are today. It would be hard to deny the truth of slavery. It would be hard to deny the truth of blacks seeking rights in American once slavery was so-called done away with. It would be hard to deny the oppression of an entire race in America after so-called rights were established for them. It would be hard to deny – in a world where a black man can still be beaten, shackled to a truck, and dragged down the street like a piece of meat to his death and we treat it like Tuesday, like it’s nothing – that blacks still have a long, hard road to go in this “free” America.

Despite the sour-grapers who will cry that Obama is not all black (though we know that if looks like a black man and does the bump like a black man, then many behind closed doors still see him as a black man…and, unfortunately, derogatory terms, too) or that all blacks voted for Obama because he was black (and forget the many whites that voted for him and the many blacks who did NOT vote for him), Americans have put America on notice; we want CHANGE, and we want it now.

Now, what does any of this have to with writing…OR you?

January 20, 2009, marked for me a new chapter (pun FULLY intended). It resonated, and still resonates within me the chance to wipe my slate clean, see my dreams, and develop a plan to forge ahead and accomplish them.

If a black man can be MY president, then I can sure as hell move forward and accomplish my goals. He runs my entire COUNTRY; surely, surely, I can write a few books and screenplays and have them see the light of day, right?

Yes, nod your head, for the answer is RIGHT. Yes, I can. And yes, YOU CAN, TOO.

On Tale It Like It Is ( today, I talk about the CHANGE that is coming in our country and the change that should be coming in YOU to make this the year you begin or restart or continue moving in your literary endeavors. The whole show (which first features an interview with author Michelle McGriff before moving into my The Write Time segment) is featured on my LISTEN page at my site.

Below, I want to showcase an arsenal of books, magazines, websites, and the like that serious writers should check out if it is their goal to make a real go out of their literary dreams.

If there are other resources that YOU love and YOU want to share, please leave comments, thanks!




  • Publishers Marketplace* – Welcome to biggest and best dedicated marketplace for publishing professionals to find critical information and unique databases, find each other, and to do business better electronically.
  • The Write Life for You – A monthly column dedicated to the craft of writing.
  • InkTip* – The mission of is threefold: help the producer easily find a good script, save time for the agent and manager in locating the right people for their clients’ scripts, or new clients, and greatly increase exposure for the screenwriter.
  • Done Deal* – Done Deal Pro tracks the various script, book, treatment, and pitch sales and options made in Hollywood each day. Subscribers are able to search a sales database of over 9,300 deals and over 600 TV deals by title, writer, representation, company, genre, date, and more. This is an invaluable tool not only for industry professionals but for aspiring screenwriters who want to know each week what material is being sold and to whom, and to track the latest trends.
  • Backspace* – The Backspace Online Community is dedicated to helping writers navigate the often confusing world of Big Publishing. Regularly updated articles and columns from industry insiders make the Backspace homepages your first stop to a career in publishing.
  • Blood-Red Pencil – great resource for writers to see what what EDITORS think about writing.
  • Agent Query – need an agent? You can start here!
  • Fundsforwriters – Grants are FFW’s specialty. Contests and markets that only pay in cold hard cash, too. To FFW, success means earning a living doing what you love. Our newsletters are our world. Free or paid subscription.
  • Writer-Reminders -Organize your writing with FREE Writer-Reminders (daily, weekly and monthly checklists, tips and resources). The weekly ezine gives sidetracked writers a road map to more writing time.
  • Writing Tips – The Write Way is a FREE, weekly ezine that has advice on how to improve your writing, so that you can write well – whatever the occasion.

*Paid-membership required for many of site’s services



Today @ Tale It Like It Is

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Michelle McGriff is the Literary Worldʼs best kept secret. Writing many titillating and entertaining novels, and stimulating non-fiction pieces, Michelle McGriff made her way gracefully onto the Black Expressions best sellers list in 2005, and quietly into the hearts of readers who enjoy her prolific, mixed genre writing style. Talented and deeply appreciative of her gift of storytelling, Michelle McGriff now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she writes and teaches.

www. michellemcgriff. com


The Break-Up Diet Author Annette Fix Discusses Memoir Writing January 21, 2009

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For the month of JANUARY, All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP) is looking at memoir writing, and this week, I’m bringing back someone that I’ve become a fan of: Annette Fix, author of The Break-Up Diet: A Memoir!

For January, I asked the following set of questions:

  • What do you think is the lure of memoirs for readers?
  • Do you think there is a bit of egotism on the part of the writer who focuses on memoirs as a means to “tell stories”?
  • Why did you, as writer, feel compelled to write your story
  • Why did you feel compelled to share this story with others?

In answering the question, What do you think is the lure of memoirs for readers, Fix begins her response by stating, Personally, I love memoir. I find it so much more fascinating to know the characters are real and the events in the story actually occurred. I still read fiction, but in the back of my mind, I know the author is placing herself in the world of the characters and trying to imagine what she would do if she were confronted with the internal and external forces driving their actions. I don’t believe anyone really knows what they’ll do until they’re actually in any given situation.

To read the rest of Annette Fix’s thoughts on memoirs and to read an article written by Fix on memoir writing, head to All the Blog’s a Page!

You can read the thoughts of others who have written memoirs – CD Mitchell, Versandra Kennebrew, and K.L. Belvin!

ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE (AtBaP) – Where everything relates to writing


Check out more QUICKIE EDITING TIPS! January 17, 2009

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Come check me out at BLOGGING IN BLACK [LINK] today for some quickie editing tips.  Here’s one below:


Characters often “think”.

I don’t want to see him tonight, Marcia thought to herself.

I hate thinking about this, Robert thought to himself. It always ends the same way.

See a problem with the two examples above? Check out the words “to herself” and “to himself”.

When people have thoughts, no one knows about the thoughts until the people express them in dialogue. “to herself” and “to himself” are redundant; we know Marcia is thinking inwardly – to herself just as we know Robert is thinking inwardly – to himself. End with THOUGHT.

To check out other quickie editing tips, head to Blogging in Black [] and LEAVE YOUR OWN THOUGHTS!