The Perfect Class for the NaNo Novelist

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbI hate to be pushy–though the Beneficent Mr. Hall would probably argue with that–but I’m going to shove you over to this NaNo prep class with my friend and agent Sally Apokedak. I shared all the particulars for NaNo Prep: Planning the High Concept Novel over at The Muffin so I’ll wait a second while you read the details.

…(humming, humming, humming….)….

Back? Okay, now, obviously, there’s a ton of wonderful writing stuff about this class–and you cannot beat the price, right? But I think the most wonderful thing of all is that, no matter what kind of novel you write, from chapter book to adult fiction, you’re going to get feedback on your idea and figure out what a high concept novel is.

That is no small feat. You can write–and write well–until the cows come home. But if you’re stuck in a “been there, done that before” scenario, you’re never going to break out.

It’s been my experience that most people (and I’m including myself here) don’t realize they’re writing about the same old, same old. They think they have a fresh new idea. They think they have a high concept. They think their premise is THE one that’s going to knock off the socks of an editor or agent.

Until it doesn’t. And then it’s back to the drawing board (or Precious the Laptop).

Here’s a short class at a great price by a wonderful writer and agent who gets it. And you’ll get it, too, if you take the class. So shove off, already.

Friday’s Other Fun Find: Christmas Carol Contest

file0002141508884Oh. My. Jingle. Bell.

I completely forgot to mention the Christmas Carol Contest because I was so busy singing…wait for it. Christmas carols.

So agent Sally Apokedak is sponsoring a Christmas Carol Contest with a 10-page critique as the prize! All you have to do is come up with a Writer’s Christmas Carol and post it in the comments by December 23rd! Even if you don’t have time to write a carol, I hope you’ll take a quick look at the holly-jolly creativity going on over there.

But I think I should warn you. You won’t be able to not sing. (Yep, I used a double negative. That’s how good they are.)

Freelancer Tip and Other Super Stuff

Just a heads up that I’m over at The Muffin today, blogging about a freelancer tip that will start you on the road to profitability.

Ooooh, that sounds good, doesn’t it? I should use that hook again. (Um, yeah. You’ll probably see it next week.)

And a reminder that it’s not too late to leave a comment to win Chicken Soup’s Boost Your Brain Power. So dash over here for a chance that will start you on the road to brainy brilliance. (Technically, it’s not the exact same line. So it doesn’t count.)

Oh, wait! My friend, Sally Apokedak, is giving away a Kindle Fire over at her blog. So you’ll want to dash over there and sign up before it’s too late!

You know, a freelance tip and a book doesn’t seem half as exciting now.