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How to Design A Book

Learn how to design a book cover and interior with the newest course available in the IngramSpark Academy! This course reveals important publishing industry standards to keep in mind for your book design, whether you work with a professional book designer or create your cover and interior yourself.

Take our FREE Book Design Course to learn more about:

The Importance of Book Formatting
The Art of Typesetting
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Book Cover Design Tips
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Writer's Digest Conference

Chuck Wendig as Opening Keynote and Revised Virtual Conference Schedule

Writer’s Digest is excited to re-announce the opening keynote for this year’s WD Annual Conference: New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig. His participation has been confirmed for the virtual conference and is excited to “see” everyone online!

Get the most out of your virtual experience by taking one of our workshops on Thursday, November 5. You can add them onto your conference registration or register for one as a standalone.

The Compass of Character: Creating Complex Motivations for Compelling Characters | David Corbett

Personal Essay Essentials: How to Break Into Print With First-Person Writing |Windy Lynn Harris

We’ve posted the revised schedule for November 6 & 7 and speakers, and are working on filling in the open slots in the schedule. We’re also making some final adjustments for the virtual pitch slam and are working on a SUPER exciting central keynote. Be on the lookout for more announcements soon!

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind virtual experience. Register today!

We wanted to reach out to you regarding an exciting new development at Writers Blok Online: a free membership option to our online platform!

On this free server, members can participate in hour-long online writing sprints, hosted by our team of Writing Guides, and gain access to genre-specific chat groups. Given all that’s happening in the world, we think it’s an excellent way for writers like your members to connect AND get writing done.

If you’d like to learn more about this offer, the platform, or how we can work together to support your members, please let us know! You can reply directly to this email to get the conversation started, or click below to create your own free account and explore our platform.

https://www.writersblok.org/

Writers Against Covid-19

In the week beginning 17th August, Writers Against Covid-19 will be holding a Crime Week.

WAC-19 was started in March when the UK went into lockdown, as a service to all those who felt depressed and isolated.  A new short story is published every day.  The project has been a great success, with readers around the world and over 100 stories on the website.
This is an excellent way for new writers to reach a global readership while helping those who are struggling with the pandemic.
WAC-19 shall be publishing all suitable stories during Crime Week.  There is no limit on the number of stories writers can send and they can be on any genre within the crime category, up to 2,000 words.  There is more information on the Submissions page at http://www.writerscircle.net

The Venus Prophecy
by Andrew Conlyn

Victoria Campos, a young scientist found proof that when Venus was hospitable to life, it did develop life—intelligent life. Venusians developed an advanced civilization, but unwittingly created a catastrophe that ended all life on their planet. Realizing it was too late to save themselves, they prepared a coded message telling us who they were and how they doomed their planet. We have that message! Dr. Campos, realizing we on earth are doing the same thing they did on Venus, is anxious to share the message with the world, but influential people want to stop her. Narrowly escaping murder, she is abducted by forces she does not understand. After an ingenious escape, she gives up all vestiges of her scientific past to take on a life as a barmaid on an exotic island. She is safe for a while, but the message from Venus has disappeared. Victoria is caught between people who want to silence her, those who want her to help her, and a mysterious third power who has stolen the message. The message contains amazing technological information that can be used to dominate the world, but at what price?

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Sloan Jordan has published her first book, A Life Filled With Music: My accidental journey through America’s Iconic Musical Performances. Her book is available on Amazon.

A Life Flilled With Music
by Sloan Jordan

Life LessonsA Life Filled With Music: My Accidental Journey Through America’s Iconic Musical Performances

Do you remember your first concert? Most people do, especially if one of those concerts was Woodstock! A Life Filled With Music is one woman’s accidental experiences with iconic musical performances.Performances include such venues as Woodstock, Jamaican World Music Festival, Voice of the Wetlands, and many individual performances by artists such as The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Florence and the Machine, Beatles and many others.It includes memories, impressions, and insights into the history of contemporary music.And for those familiar with these artists, Sloan has included the setlists of the performances to evoke memories of your favorite songs.

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Pine Island Writers ARE holding Zoom meetings every Monday at 7 pm. If anyone would like to join us, please have them contact Chai Voris for the Zoom sign-in. We meet weekly to share our writing with each other and get feedback.

Chai Voris
Acting President and Treasurer
Pine Island Writers