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    20BooksTo50K Conference, Day 3

    I don’t have a lot of time before my next session starts, but Wednesday’s sessions were fantastic. The day started with an early morning session on how fiction authors can create other streams of income. One author discussed how they created swag (like T-shirts and military-style patches) from their sci-fi series. Another discussed how they used Kickstarter to fund production of their audiobook. Another discussed how the subject of a nonfiction book can be turned into paid trainings online. I then met with some industry representatives from Draft2Digital, Kobo, and BargainBooksy to discuss how I can gain visibility for my […]

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    Hump Day Herald, November 14

    The official newspaper of SacNaNo. Published every Wednesday. For Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Published a day late because of course. Write-in Wroundup No numbers to report this week. Q: Why? A: We are now holding write-ins faster than I can count. Wars are occurring on Discord on a moment’s notice. It’s a wordspate of Biblical proportions. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! Coming events: Fri 11/15, 6:30 to 9:30 PM: Rancho Cordova Write-In, Starbucks at 1971 Zinfandel Dr, Rancho Cordova. Sat 11/16, 2:00-4:00 PM: LEARNING SESSION AND WRITE-IN. Southgate Library, 6132 66th Ave, Sacramento. For this write-in, fantasy […]

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    20BooksTo50K Conference, day 2

    Tuesday was the first real day of the conference, and it was packed. One of the best things about this conference is that you can go to a crowded breakfast place and say “is this seat taken?” then sit and talk with a bunch of other introverts about writing process. For both breakfast and lunch, I sat with people who make a living from selling their books. The woman I talked to at lunch was homeless when she started writing her paranormal romances four years ago. She just paid off her house and she’s going shopping for a Tesla next […]

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    Short Fiction: Resources for Getting Published

    Getting your short fiction published is as difficult as it is exhilarating. You’ll get rejections but you’ll also get acceptances and eventually even money for your stories! The trick is to research the markets very carefully, follow all the guidelines of each different publisher when submitting to them, and write the best story you can. There is a lot more I can (and have) said on this but the intent of this post is to provide you with resources to access markets as well as some websites with great advice. I also recommend getting involved in online writing groups through […]

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    20BooksTo50K Conference, Day 1

    It was only registration, but the meetings were magical 20BooksTo50K is one of the most popular groups for independent authors. Its Facebook site is approaching legendary status for writers to want to make money with their books. They don’t focus on get-rich-quick schemes or ways to game the Amazon algorithms or payment mechanisms. Their concept is simple: “20Booksto50k® is a simple concept of how much money it takes to retire comfortably in Cabo San Lucas. If you have twenty books earning $7.50 each per day, you can make $50k per year.” —20BooksTo50K founder Michael Anderle From today, November 11, through […]

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    Finding Your Flow State

    By Val Neil Val Neil is SacNaNo’s first guest blogger. Contact Max or Paul about how you can submit material. What is a flow state? Do you ever get into the groove when you’re writing? Your fingers fly, words pour out of you like magic, and before you know it, an hour has passed. That’s the flow state—a particular mindset when the words come without hesitation. How do you get into the flow state? Getting into the flow state can take some time, but a few tricks can help you get there quicker. Some professional writers do warm up techniques […]

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    Hump Day Herald, Nov. 6

    The official newspaper of SacNaNo. Published every Wednesday. For Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Write-in Wroundup This week the Sacramento region held 7 official write-ins. Seats filled at in-person events: 69. Warriors in Discord during events: 96. Words logged in wars: 122,831. Coming events: Wed 11/6: Virtual Write-In, Discord, 7-10 PM Sat 11/9, 2-4 PM: WRITE-IN, Elk Grove/South Sac. Valley Hi-North Laguna Library, 7400 Imagination Pkwy., Elk Grove (and online on Discord) Sat 11/9, 2:15-4:30 PM: LEARNING SESSION AND WRITE-IN, Panera at 2731 Del Paso Rd. (and online on Discord). For this write-in, we have another local WriMo who’s making things […]

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    Getting to the Finish Line

    I’ve considered myself a novelist pretty much all my life. When I was six years old, I’d beg my parents for notebooks and decorate the cover to look as close to a novel as I could. I must have made two dozen “books”—all with incomplete insides, as my desire to create new stories won out over my desire to finish what I had started. In college, I majored in creative writing and wrote short stories that were published by university literary journals. For the equivalent of my senior thesis, I wrote the first 100 pages of Very Important Literary Fiction […]

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    Hump Day Herald, October 30

    The official newspaper of SacNaNo. Published every Wednesday. For Wednesday, October 30, 2019 = THE WEEK NANO STARTS! Write-in Wroundup This week the Sacramento region held 3 write-ins, attended by 26 persons, of whom 10 were writing and reporting their word counts. These wrote a total of 7,283 words. How to help your MLs Paul and Max can use some assistance during this busy week. Here’s how you can help out: Start using the Regional Forum as your primary means of communication. Although the rest of the NNWM website is broken, the forums work fine. They’re the best way for […]

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