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Legal Mumbo Jumbo - Publishing Contracts Simplified

Are you confused or intimidated by publishing contracts? Learn what basic contract provisions mean such as author grant of rights, reversion clauses, and options. This is not your typical boring legal workshop. Understand secrets lawyers use to negotiate contracts. Then prepare to get dirty in this hands-on session where you get to role play as author and publisher and learn how to negotiate a better contract.

Query Letters That Get You Noticed By Agents and Editors!

Query letter writing is an art that can be learned. This is a hands on workshop, and all attendees will leave with a draft of their query letter. Workshop topics include what goes into a query letter and effective organization. We’ll talk about how best to tell the agent or editor why you are querying them how best to describe your book in one short paragraph. And most importantly, we’ll talk about how to add to your credentials, even if you think you don’t have any. Examples of good and bad query letters will be presented. We’ll also discuss the top mistakes new authors can make.

The following workshop was given at local libraries.

Get Started Publishing Your Book!

Have you always wanted to write and sell a book? Do you know where to start? Please join multi-published authors, Tina Gabrielle and Terri Brisbin, as we help navigate aspiring writers. Workshop topics include: literary agents, traditional as well as e-publishing houses, editors, book proposals and query letters. We’ll also briefly touch on writing organizations, writing contests, and the value of critique groups.

 

The following workshop was given at the 2011 Romance Writer's of America 31st Annual National Conference
NY Marriott Marquis, New York City

What's All The Fuss About?
How To Use Believable Conflict To Write A Great Book!
Given By Authors: Tina Gabrielle & Phyllis Nugent

She did what? He didn't tell her that? Without believable conflict, chances are a reader won't finish the book and an editor won't buy it. Learn what makes great conflict and how it can help hook your reader from beginning and keep the reader turning the page. This workshop will focus on the importance of internal and external conflict and how both can strengthen plot and pacing. We will also cover "conflict pitfalls" and how to use conflict to get past the dreaded sagging middle.

articles

See my articles:

Publishing Contracts 101- Grant of Rights
As Appeared in the Violet Femmes Blog, February 2, 2015

Release of A SPY UNMASKED and the things I’m thankful for
As Appeared in the Violet Femmes Blog, November 10, 2014

Noncompete Clauses In Publishing Contracts - What precisely is an author agreeing to?
As Appeared in the Violet Femmes Blog, October 13, 2014

Option Clauses in Publishing Contracts – friend or foe to an author?
As Appeared in the Violet Femmes Blog, August 18, 2014

The Art of Contract Negotiation for Women Writers
As Appeared in the Violet Femmes Blog, June 23, 2014

Swimming Through Writer’s Block: Can Exercise Make You A Better Writer?
As Appeared in the Violet Femmes Blog, April 2014

Housekeeping and Editing…Two Challenging Tasks! By Tina Gabrielle
As Appeared in the Violet Femmes Blog, January 2014

Our Newest Violet Femme: Tina Gabrielle
As Appeared in the Violet Femmes Blog, December 2013

An Interview with NY Times Bestselling Author Leanne Banks By Tina Gabrielle
As Appeared in the The Heartline Herald, August 2010

The Art of Contract Negotiation: An Essential Skill for Writers By Tina Gabrielle
As Appeared In The Heartline Herald, September 2009 &
Liberty States Fiction Writer's Newsletter, November 2009

links

Writing can be a solitary and lonely occupation--just the author and her computer. But there are a lot of resources out there to make friends and refine the craft. Here are a few links:

Great Links

Entangled Publishing

Kensington Books

New Jersey Romance Writers

Romance Writers of America

Liberty States Fiction Writers

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