This page contains materials for the WriterHouse class eBook DIY.
These are for student use and not to be mass redistributed via any means. If you wish to share them with your writer friends – and encourage them to take the class next time – that is just fine.
Materials from class:
- pdf: eBook DIY assignments
- pdf: Full Smashwords Style Guide
- link: UVa Writing Coaches and Editors
- pdf: Connecting Your Blog to Social Media
Blog and article links from the assignments:
- http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/the-opportunities-of-self-publishing-e-books-tips-from-the-san-francisco-writers-conference (please note, writersdigest.com can be temperamental)
Contact information for instructor & class special guests:
- Instructor: Bethany Joy Carlson | firstname.lastname@example.org
- W2 4/10 Editor: Dick Harrington | email@example.com
- W3 4/17 Author: Andy Straka | andystraka.com
- W4 4/24 Covers: Mayapriya Long | bookwrights.com
- W5 5/1 Agent: April Eberhardt | aprileberhardt.com
- W6 5/8 Indie Bookstore: Over the Moon | overthemoonbookstore.com
- W7 5/15 Micropublisher: Anne Carley | brasstownpress.com
- W8 5/22 Gadgets: Best Buy | stores.bestbuy.com/860/
eBook Selections from Class Guests:
Andy Straka, A Witness Above
Thirteen years ago, Frank Pavlicek left the NYPD under less than ideal circumstances. Now, the divorced father of a teenage daughter, he works as a private investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he indulges his passion for falconry – and tries to live outside the shadow of his past.
Frank is hunting with his red-tailed hawk, Armistead, when he finds it. A teenage boy’s body – barely concealed behind a pile of brush in a part of the forest Frank recently visited with his daughter, Nicole. But what Frank finds in the dead boy’s wallet is even more disturbing: Nicole’s phone number, scribbled in ink on the edge of a bill.
April Eberhardt: Kingdom of Simplicity
In 1994, author Holly Payne (The Virgin’s Knot and The Sound of Blue) was struck by a drunk driver and left unable to walk for nearly a year. The driver wrote a letter, asking for forgiveness but rather than respond with a letter, she wrote him this book, inspired by the Amish practice of forgiveness.
In Kingdom of Simplicity, Payne invites the reader into the world of Eli Yoder, a misguided Amish youth, who, after losing his family in a tragic accident, has struggled with forgiving the perpetrator. Shamed by his unwillingness to forgive, Eli leaves home during rumspringa, the time of ‘running around’ for Amish youth before they accept their faith, and searches for acceptance from the Outside World. Here a surprising friendship teaches Eli how to laugh again and prepares him to confront the biggest questions of his life.
April Eberhardt: Bitsy’s Labyrinth
Willamette Valley, Oregon. Bitsy’s mom, a recovering alcoholic, has dug up a piece of their lavender farm and replaced it with a labyrinth in order to better commune with God. Now Bitsy has to explain to her friends why her mom has uprooted perfectly good farmland for what looks like a swirling paver patio. Bitsy’s best friend Gina has her back so she’s cool with the labyrinth. Josie thinks it’s lame. Dylan is clueless. And then there’s Nick. Bitsy and Nick are buddies, but lately she’s felt, well, something more. When tragedy strikes Bitsy’s world, the unexpected happens. And much of it has to do with Bitsy’s labyrinth.
Over the Moon Bookstore: The Last Werewolf
Then she opened her mouth to scream—and recognised me. It was what I’d been waiting for. She froze. She looked into my eyes. She said, “It’s you.”
Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species.
Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide—even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive.
Over the Moon Bookstore: The Weird Sisters
There is no problem that a library card can’t solve.
The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don’t happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they’ve been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.
Bethany Joy Carlson, The Rival
Bex Blixen is an elite high school cadet trained in deadly Apian Dance combat, living in an accelerated-physics academy designed to win the arms race of the second Cold War. But as conflicting clues surface regarding the whereabouts of her sister Beatrix, Bex becomes convinced her sister has been kidnapped by rebel government agents seeking to turn her breakthrough teleportation research to treacherous ends. Bex must enlist the help of her friends and a mysterious powerful ally to stop the evil Dr. Andronicus and save not only her sister, but her homeland as well.
Some additional blogs and articles you may enjoy:
- http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/how-to-use-pinterest-to-market-your-book (please note, writersdigest.com can be temperamental)
- http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/steal-from-yourself-for-better-book-marketing (please note, writersdigest.com can be temperamental)
- http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-to-write-a-book-when-you%e2%80%99re-really-really-busy (please note, writersdigest.com can be temperamental)
- http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/who-is-your-target-reader (please note, writersdigest.com can be temperamental)