The self-pub writer’s editor

Our Indie writer panel on The Editorial Tangle, with Gigi Pandian, Steve Hockensmith, Heather Haven, Nick Mamatas, and Claire Johnson– is now up on our NorCal video/podcast page, here. This is not one of our members-only pages, so feel free to share it with anyone interested in how a self-published writer attains a cleanly edited … Read more

Deaver’s Commercial Excellence

Can “commercial fiction” also be excellent fiction? Jeff Deaver says YES, and will tell us how to do just it. Writing is a business, MWA President Deaver says. Yes, it’s satisfying, and creative, and challenging—but if it doesn’t sell, it’s not going anywhere. Plot and pacing, character and dialogue, tension and detail, outlining and revisions: … Read more

NorCal’s contest winner

MWA NorCal member Claire Ortalda has won a place in Anne Perry’s upcoming anthology with her story “Oglethorpe’s Camera”– Congratulations, Claire! Odd Partners will be out in April 2019, with stories from ten writers chosen by Anne herself and ten MWA members who won the blind-submission contest. It’s going to be a really fun anthology. … Read more

Podcasted self-pub wisdom

In an experiment to crawl towards the 21st century, MWA NorCal is putting up some podcasts of events–including all five panels of our recent Self-Published Writer workshop. Two are up now (who knew these things took so much editing and fiddling with?) including the initial Options discussion and the second one on how to edit … Read more