I belong to two local writing groups and several more groups such as you can find on Facebook and LinkedIn. I’ve found that most writers seeking help fall into one of three categories. The first is writers trying to learn or improve the craft of writing fiction. The second is authors seeking to self-publish a book for the first time and the third is authors trying to market their book.
I’ve been writing fiction for over twenty years and I’ve self-published more than twenty-five books and I’ve marketed those books. My point is that I have the expertise and experience to help the three types mentioned above. The question has always been: How can I do that?
After thinking about it for quite a while, I finally found a solution. I started the Writers & Authors Resource Center often abbreviated as WritersARC. The site is a place where writers and authors can come to find answers and advice. It has articles, checklists, questionnaires, ebooks, book samples, on-line courses, webinars and much more.
The first webinar is called Writing a Story: how to grab and hold a reader’s attention. It will be held on November 21 at 2:00 PM NYC time. You can register here. The webinar will be recorded and will be available afterward.
Planned webinars include: Book Marketing for Beginners in January and Self-publishing Basics in February. More webinars will follow in the succeeding months.
Current on-line courses are:
- Plot+Scenes = Emotional Arc
- How to Self-publish and Market a Book
- Mind-mapping a Novel
- Fiction Writing Topics
- Self-publishing Starter Kit
Planned future courses include Story Design, Story-telling Techniques and Book Marketing Fundamentals
While there is a lot of material on the site currently, I plan to add much more by the end of the year. I’m also looking into the possibility of recording podcasts. Maybe someday, in the near future, you’ll be able to lull yourself to sleep by listening to my monotone voice.
The Writers ARC is a members only site (to reduce the threat of trolls), but membership is free.
There is a companion Facebook group (since the main site doesn’t provide a way for members to communicate. https://www.facebook.com/groups/790841745046206
One major problem with a new site like this is getting found by the people who can use it. So if you know someone who is in one of the three categories mentioned above, please share this post or the main website link, Writers & Authors Resource Center.
For vacations, Hank and Pat usually visit distant parts of the galaxy. Occasionally, they also time-travel.
Besides writing novels, Hank lectures on fiction writing, publishing and book marketing. He is most proud of his talk showing grammar school kids how to create a short story. He used these lectures to create an advanced ebook with embedded videos to coach the students on how to create characters, plots and settings. The target audience is 4th to 7th graders. The book’s title is Fiction Writing Workshop for Kids.