On Wednesday’s I like to share information, stuff I learned on my journey of writing, being published and marketing two (almost 3) books!
It’s that exciting time of year again, the time when writers with a dream and writers that are living the dream come together to network, share and most importantly to learn from and support each other. Many years ago when I was dreaming of becoming a writer I attended the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Back then word processors were the ‘new thing.’
Even now with a career in writing and consulting I still look forward to attending. I never want to be that person that stops learning, no matter where I am in my career.
I am really excited this year because I will be faculty! I’m presenting a 3-day-workshop ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Truth of Writing and Selling Memoir’
This year you also have the opportunity to attend several of these workshops: Creating Characters Readers will Love; How to get Published, Storytelling Craft for Journalists, Memoirists & Other Non-fiction Writers, Thrilled to Death, The Good, the Bad, and the Truth of Writing and Selling Memoir, Tempest in a Teacup: Writing the Short Short Story, Screenwriting: Challenging the Odds, Using Fiction to Capture Truth, The Fundamentals of Writing Kid Lit, Non-Fiction: The Newspaper Column as Magical Mystery Tour, Turn Toward Me: Writing Social Commentary in Poetry.
AND most excitingly if you are ready you will have the chance to pitch an agent! I know many writers that were signed as a result of pitching at this conference!
I highly recommend this small, inspiring and educational in a big way conference.
For more information and registration info:
I hope to see you there,
I still wonder how it’s possible that after 18-years my body knows, my subconscious remembers. It starts with my body feeling heavy. I get that awful lump in my throat and feel sick.
How does a certain song trigger our minds to recall memories, some beautiful and some so sad? Why did this song randomly play on the radio station I’m listening to today?
Then I realize this is the day that all those years ago went from a beautiful, warm spring day and an evening out with my daughters to the night in an intensive care waiting room praying for God not to take my brother from me.
This is the day my brother and his band-mates were driving home after practicing for a show at the Trocadera in Philadelphia that would raise money for the children of members in another band that lost their lives in a freak explosion as they practiced.
David, Anthony and Joe were attacked for driving too slow.
We have a big family and at that time David was the only musician. He was our music man.
I wanted to create a video so that our memories of David would be preserved for all of the new members of our family. I wanted them to know him, love him and miss him too.
When I heard Alan Parson’s Brother up in Heaven I could not stop crying. To this day I cannot believe I actually emailed him and asked if I could use the music and change up the words for our video. I am so grateful to him for saying absolutely and always will be.
Our niece Caroline was so kind to sing the song for us. Her voice is beautiful.
Brother Up In Heaven
We have quite a few musicians in our family today and the most talented is David’s son.
Days like today remind me of this quote from Rose Kennedy. She is so right.
What songs bring back special, beautiful or sad memories for you?
Friday Fragments are the bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!
The only way to describe my week is to say it’s been a roller coaster ride and I am terrified of roller coasters. It has been a week of worse news after bad news. Its also been a week of great news and for that I am so grateful.
It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
I apologize this post is late. WordPress issues.
Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for an entire post but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations. “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments Post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your Fragments.
Friday Fragments… Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!
On the 3rd Wednesday of every month I attend a Press Club Luncheon. I enjoy most of the guest speakers we have but this past week our speakers were interesting and actually fun. They brought puppets; they actually design/build and operate puppets. They were cute too, the guys and the puppets!
Monkey Boys Productions is a unique multi-medium production company that creates puppets, props, creatures, costumes, practical effects, and entertainment for film, television, and stage.
It is almost time for the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge and you will definitely need to go to the website to catch up! There are a few major changes this year.
So what exactly is the A-Z Blogging Challenge?
Can you post every day except Sundays during this month? And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from
Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet. When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.
Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z. It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself. The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.
There you have it. My theme this year is Writing, Publishing and Marketing because my next book, Realize Your Writing Dreams will be releasing this summer! I hope you will accept the challenge.
For more info on the challenge visit the official web site:
My father was in the airline business so as a child our vacations always involved first-class air travel, exotic locations and 5-star hotels. Looking back now I am so grateful for the opportunities I had and the wonderful memories. I remember waiting on our front porch in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia for my parents to gather my younger siblings and our luggage. Dressed in my best Sunday dress and those darn pinching Mary Jane shoes I watched several of our neighbors getting ready to leave on their vacations. They all had station wagons and were all headed ‘down the shore.’ The kids were dressed in their Ked’s and shorts and looked so happy as they packed picnic baskets, beach toys and towels into the back of their cars. I thought they were so lucky. That is probably why I love Doo Wop music and the Jersey Shore so much today!
Once my aunt and uncle purchased a home in Ocean City I was lucky enough to visit. My grandmother was the one that usually took us and what fun that drive was. My cousins and I would beg her to keep pushing the buttons on the radio until our favorite songs would come on. We would wind down the windows and sing as loud as we could.
Whenever I hear Doo Wop music my mind immediately floods with memories of the Jersey Shore. We are now sharing our shore memories and making new ones with our grandchildren and introducing them to our favorite summertime music.
Today I would like to introduce you to (if you don’t already know him) Philly ‘Cuzz’ Battaglia. Philadelphia has launched many talented performers and Cuzz is definitely on that list. He is a songwriter, pianist, singer and producer. He is introducing Doo Wop to a national audience and when my grandkids love it I know it’s cool again!
Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Leave me a link so I can read your fragments!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
The Nor-Easter/blizzard was sort of a bust but it was still 6 or 7 inches of snow with an inch of ice on top of that. It was pretty until I had to go out to present a workshop an hour and 15 minutes away.
So you want to write a book and have no idea how the business of publishing works? Have you written a book and need to make a decision about publishing? Have you tried everything and haven’t received a publishing offer? The business of books has changed drastically over the last few years and it continues to evolve. In this workshop you will learn:
- The four publishing choices available and how they each operate
- Learn the pros and cons of each of the choices
- How to figure out which publishing path is best for you and your book
- How to write a professional and winning proposal, query and a log line
- How to find your agent
- What is a tribe, what is a platform and do you need them
- Join us for a productive workshop and a little fun.
Doreen McGettigan is the author of two books with a third releasing summer 2017. She teaches publishing at Delaware County Community College, is a Press Club board member and facilitates their Professional Development Workshop Series. Doreen also volunteers with SCORE, presenting seminars on marketing. She speaks at conferences around the country and will be presenting the memoir workshop at the Philadelphia Writers Conference in June and a workshop on Marketing at the SCBWI Conference also in June. About Doreen
As the president of Intrepid Marketing, Inc. Doreen consults with and coaches writers/authors on all things writing, publishing and marketing. She is an award winning blogger, content writer, ghostwriter, speaker and an author.
The workshop is Free but you must register:
I hope to see you there,