Write a Query Letter that Works: Live Online Seminar

Write a Query Letter that Works

Hoping to impress an agent or publisher sometime soon? Get your query letter in shape!

A query letter is your first step to solicit the attention of agents and publishers. It is your opportunity to convince someone to consider investing in you and your book.

This Thursday evening, our live online workshop will teach you best practices for crafting query letters that work.

This workshop will be held live online at 7pm ET this Thursday, August 6th. If you can’t make it to the live session, you can watch the recording for 6 days following the event.

Sign up now. Due to the continuing COVID situation, we’ve reduced the price to just $30.

This is the third installment of our four-part Online Summer Seminar Series. Each seminar presents game-changing information to help you capture real opportunities in publishing.

Have questions? Please reach out to us at info@OhioWriters.org.

The Five Key Steps of Book Production: Live Online Seminar

Join us this Thursday, July 16th, for the second installment of our Summer Online Seminar Series.

If you plan to self-publish and you want to compete in the marketplace, your book needs to be as good as the books coming out of the largest publishing houses.

The traditional publishing industry universally agrees on five steps every published book must undergo to improve quality and profitability. As a self-publisher, you can replicate these five key steps to produce a top-quality book.

At 7pm ET Thursday evening, Brad Pauquette will explain these five steps, along with tips and best practices for ensuring quality results. This information will save you time and heartache, and it will make your project dramatically more successful.

Brad is an accomplished publishing consultant and the author of The Self-Publishing Handbook. His work has spanned more than a decade, working with authors of all types, from working parents to New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors.

Sign up for this Thursday’s seminar here. The live, interactive broadcast will begin at 7pm ET via Zoom. You may also watch the recorded video for one week following the seminar.

Due to COVID, we’re offering it at a special discounted rate of just $30 (regularly $59):

Note that we’ll send the link to the seminar to your PayPal address, unless you provide an alternate address at checkout or contact us at info@ohiowriters.org.

If you can’t make it on Thursday, you can watch the video for up to a week after the event. Register now, and we’ll send you the link to the recorded video as soon as it’s available.

If you’d like to save even more money, you can register for the complete series of four summer seminars for just $99. In the series, you’ll learn the Three Publishing Paths, how to write an amazing query letters, and how to identify your next steps to find great publishing opportunities. Use the button below to register. We’ll send you the link to the recording of the first seminar (“The Three Publishing Paths”) as soon as we receive your registration.

The Three Publishing Paths: Live Online Seminar

Are you ready to publish? Getting close? Which path is best for you?

There are so many options—so many different ways to publish. And there’s also so much bad information about publishing on the internet.

This Thursday, July 9th, the Ohio Writers’ Association will present the first of our live online summer seminars. This week’s topic: “The Three Publishing Paths.” Join us.

This is game-changing information. Authors who have attended this seminar in the past have said it’s the most important information they have ever learned on their publishing journey.

Authors come in confused and apprehensive about publishing. They leave clear and confident, prepared to find the right opportunities.

We’ll systematically walk through the types of publishing opportunities you’ll likely find as you begin shopping your manuscript. You’ll receive invaluable tips and best-practices for finding legitimate opportunities and avoiding scams.

The truth is that there are a lot of good opportunities. Traditional publishing, self-publishing, small press…it’s as much about your personality and expectations as anything else. This information will help you determine what will be the best fit.

Sign up for this Thursday’s seminar here. The live, interactive broadcast will begin at 7pm ET via Zoom. You may also watch the recorded video for one week following the seminar.

Due to COVID, we’re offering it at a special discounted rate of just $30 (regularly $59):

Note that we’ll send the link to the seminar to your PayPal address, unless you provide an alternate address at checkout or contact us at info@ohiowriters.org.

If you can’t make it on Thursday, you can watch the video for up to a week after the event. Register now, and we’ll send you the link to the recorded video as soon as it’s available.

If you’d like to save even more money, you can register for the complete series of four summer seminars for just $99. In the series, you’ll learn the 5-key steps to professionally publish a book, how to write an amazing query letters, and how to identify your next steps to find great publishing opportunities. Use the button below to register.

Get Ready to Publish: Four Seminars

We are excited to present four online seminars over the summer to prepare you for professional publication. If you’re serious about publishing, these seminars will bring you the information you need to make smart decisions and move towards success.

Three Paths: Understanding the Publishing Industry (July 9, 2020) – What are the legitimate opportunities in the publishing industry? How do you find them and how do you avoid the scams?

The Five Steps of Book Production (July 16, 2020) – Professional book production is a 5-step process. If you’re intending to self-publish, this is critical information. Books that complete all five steps are far more successful. If you’re intending to seek conventional publication, it will also be helpful to understand what’s happening behind the scenes.

Query Letter Workshop (August 6, 2020) – You have one shot to make a good impression with agents and publishers. In this seminar, you’ll discover winning strategies for crafting great query letters (and classic mistakes!). We’ll also workshop the query letters of a few volunteers as a group.

Finding Opportunities in the Publishing Industry (August 13, 2020) – You have a complete (or soon-to-be-complete) manuscript, and a budding author’s platform. What are your next steps? This seminar will feature an extensive Q&A on all topics publishing and platform-building.

These seminars will be taught by Brad Pauquette, a publishing expert with more than ten years experience in the publishing industry. Brad has consulted with authors at every level, from first-time authors to New York Times bestsellers. Brad is the president of the Ohio Writers’ Association and the director of the School of Kingdom Writers. Learn more at BradPauquette.com.

These seminars normally cost $59 each to attend.  Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we’ve reduced the price to just $99 to attend all four. If you intend to seek out opportunities in the publishing industry, this is the most critical information you need to make good choices and see results.

All of these seminars are held live at 7pm ET. Attendees who wish to do so may participate and ask questions. If you’re unable to attend the live seminar for any reason, you can watch the recorded video for up to 7 days following the event.

Use this button to register for these online seminars at this reduced price right now.

If you’d like your seminar invitation (with the live link) sent to a different email address, please be sure to note that in the order process. By default, we’ll send the link to your PayPal e-mail address.

If you’d like to pay by a different method, please contact us at info@OhioWriters.org.

You can also register for individual seminars at the regular price using our OWA Class portal. Click here.

Questions? Please contact us at info@OhioWriters.org.

Web Technology for Authors – Class Starts Thursday

Join us for a 6-week class beginning March 12 — web technology and how to use it as an author.

If you write, you’re probably aware that a web presence is essential for developing an audience for your work (which is sometimes called a “platform”). But what do you really need and what’s the best way to set it up?

Even if you have a website and online presence, you might still be asking those same questions.

The fact is that little decisions you make now can have drastic effects on the cost and effectiveness of your platform in the future.

This 6-week class will help you sort out these questions, and put you in a position to not only know what you need to do, but why to do it and how to do it.

No experience is necessary. We’re going to start from scratch. We’re going to talk about how the internet works, and build up from there.

This 6-week class will cover websites, website building, blogging, mailing lists, and so much more!

Sign up here.

As usual, you can sign up for the full 6-class series, or just sign up for the specific classes that you think will be most helpful for you.

You can attend the classes live online on Thursdays at 7pm ET. Or you can watch the recorded videos. The class size is small, so there’s plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

We’ve received great feedback on this series so far. Here’s what a couple of others had to say:

“Brad has a terrific, conversational way of conveying his concepts.”

“The course delivered! Brad is a great teacher and I enjoyed this course.”

“Thank you so much for providing this class – by far the best class I have taken since college.”

Don’t wait, sign up today. You’ll be glad you invested in yourself. Register here.

Creating a Business and Legal Considerations – February 13th Professional Development Class

Join us on Thursday evening for a professional development class on setting up the legal infrastructure for your work as an author.

There’s a lot of bad and confusing information out there. We’ll share with you what the law says and the best ways we’ve seen other authors implement smart, inexpensive strategies to keep themselves and their work safe.

We’ll cover how to setup a business and banking. We’ll talk about copyrights, trademarks, fair use, and intellectual property.

If you’re serious about creating work for sale, this is must-have information.

This class will help you to put these topics to bed. No more wondering if you understand it or if you’re doing it right. We’ll share stories of other authors with positive results, so that you can be confident you’re on the right track.

This class is live online at 7pm ET. If you can’t make it to the live class, sign up anyway and you can watch the recorded video for 7 days following the class. We expect a small group for this class, so it will be small enough that you can ask questions if you have them.

Click here to sign up for this class and others.

Novel Writing Class Begins January 9th!

Someone in the world deserves to read the novel that you’ll write. This is your year to invest in yourself and finally write a great novel.

Our novel writing course begins on January 9th. This is a fantastic resource that you don’t want to miss.

Writing a novel as a busy adult is difficult. It’s a giant undertaking. It’s not something you instinctually know how to do.

This course has helped developing authors, just like you, to accomplish giant projects.

The novel-writing 4-class series will cover a few important elements:

Development – You have an idea for a novel, how do you turn that into 50,000+ words? We’ll explore the structure of how stories work, so that you can include all of the most important elements. With a little help, you won’t feel like you’re stretching an idea, or like you’re trying to cram too much in.

Successful books all share some common elements. We’ll show you what they are. Seriously, this will crack your head open. You won’t believe what you’ve been missing.

Organization – Writing a novel is a major project. We’ll show you the strategies that professional authors use to keep their work in order, so that they can effectively write large works.

Writing a novel efficiently takes 100 hours. Writing it haphazardly will take hundreds more. We’ll help you keep the ducks in a row.

Execution – The fact is, you won’t always feel excited about writing your novel. The project is just too big. But it’s an important project, and it’s important that you finish it. We’ll provide techniques and strategies that keep the process manageable, so that you can make big progress even when you’re not in the mood.

We’re going to cover all of this in just four weeks. You will leave the class with a completely different perspective on your novel project, and you’ll be ready to take care of business.

All classes are offered live online on Thursday evening. If you need to miss a class (or all of them), you can also watch the recorded video for up to 7 days following each class.

The cost of this 4-week course is $299 for OWA members ($349 for non-members).

Ready to get started? Click here to register.

Want to learn more? Click here for more details.

We’ll see you on January 9th. Don’t miss this and wait another year to make your dreams happen.

Master Copywriting – 3 Reasons This Skill Is Essential to Every Writer

The Art of Copywriting retreat is coming up on Saturday, September 7, 2019. This one-of-a-kind experience will provide instruction and support from established industry experts.

This retreat will be held from 9am to 3pm in Zanesville, Ohio.  Zanesville is less than an hour from Columbus, and is also convenient to Newark, Lancaster, Mount Vernon, and Southeastern Ohio. This retreat will be worth the drive.

Learn more and register here: Retreats.OhioWriters.org. The cost of the retreat is only $50. OWA Writer and Patron Member pay only $40.

Copywriting is the process of writing content for businesses, primarily for marketing and advertising.

There are bona fide opportunities in copywriting. Businesses pay real money for good content every day.

There are a lot of scam “opportunities” for writers out there as well, so a little guidance is helpful. But if you have the skill set and you know where to look, you can absolutely get paid to write this content.

Copywriting is a different skill than narrative writing or poetry. Just because you can do the one doesn’t mean you can do the other. Our retreat will teach you the specific skills and techniques you’ll need to effectively write copy.

If you intend to write professionally, you should master copywriting, even if you absolutely abhor the idea of being an advertising hack. Here are three reasons why:

1. Get Paid to Be Present. If you can write excellent copy (and we’ll show you how), you’ll get paid to do it, and you’ll be stepping into the world of real professional writers. You will now be a peer among people who are getting paid to write, and who know how to find opportunities. It’s one thing to network at the local writers group (which you should do!), but it’s another league to network with people who make their living in words.  Opportunity follows opportunity.

In addition, the more you write, the more you’ll write. When you copywrite, you’ll be acclimating your brain to put words on the page, and you’ll find that living in that space day in and day out will stimulate your personal creative projects.  Imagine if you could replace your full-time income with 3-4 hours a day of copywriting, and apply the remainder of your time to the projects you’re passionate about.

2. Crosstrain. If you want to get better at basketball, and all you ever do is play pickup games of basketball, you’ll get better. But you’ll get better faster if you spend time lifting weights, running, doing drills, and even playing other sports. Focusing on specific skills and abilities will improve your game faster than just playing the game.

The same is true of your writing. If you want to write fiction, you can get better by writing more and more fiction. But you’ll see incredible benefit from mastering other writing skills, which will inform your process and bring new techniques and values to your work.

3. Self-Promotion. It doesn’t matter how you choose to publish, you will need to write effective copy for yourself.  Unfortunately, we know lots of amazing authors who can’t write a query letter, their website is a mess, and they can’t write a compelling Facebook post to save themselves.  As a result, their amazing work fails to attract the attention of agents, publishers, or the public.

Self-promotion is mandatory in every sector of the publishing industry. Mastering the skill to advertise (even if it’s just advertising yourself) will pay off in spades. Copywriting is the same communication skill that makes a great query letter and helps you to grow your audience.

There is real opportunity in copywriting. Whether you see yourself quitting your day job to freelance as a copywriter or not, there is tremendous value in adding these skills to your author’s tool bag.

At only $50 (OWA Writer and Patron members save an additional $10), this is a steal.  You’re going to have a great Saturday on September 7th, and you’ll see dividends from your investment in yourself for years to come.

Register today at Retreats.OhioWriters.org.

Writers Write

The Art of Copywriting – September 7, 2019

We’re excited to bring you four unique retreats this fall. These day-long getaways will compliment your skill set, jump start your creativity, and empower you to reach your goals.

On Saturday, September 7th, The Art of Copywriting will give you the skills and confidence to begin making real money with your writing.

“Copywriting” is the process of creating written content for businesses and advertisements.

Learn more and register for this retreat at Retreats.OhioWriters.org.

We are surrounded by words. Every business, restaurant, or non-profit you enter is covered with text—signs, pamphlets, brochures, menus, and so many other items. Businesses and marketing agencies are in constant need of qualified people to write great content—from postcard mailers, to social media marketing, blogs, and so much more! Every single word of this content is crafted (or should be) by a professional writer.

Copywriter Writing Copy Text Content Class

This retreat, from 9am to 3pm, will provide a crash course in all things copywriting, and give you opportunities to practice and receive professional feedback.

There is real freelance or traditional opportunity for copywriters who produce great work.  We’ll help you put the pieces together so that you can begin capitalizing on your talents.

We’ll provide coffee and water throughout the day, and break for lunch for an hour at about noon.

Zanesville is a quick 60-minute drive from Columbus. Our host for this retreat is right off of I-70. You’ll be far enough from home to feel “away,” but close enough that you can drive both ways in one day.

This workshop will be taught by Brad Pauquette and Emily Hitchcock.  Learn more and register at Retreats.OhioWriters.org.

What Is an Author’s Platform?

When an agent or publisher asks about your platform, what they’re really asking is: If you were to publish a book, who cares?

“Building a platform” is code for increasing the number of people who care what you’re doing.

For most authors, a “platform” includes a healthy dose of social media, a website, a mailing list, etc. But that’s not universally true. For instance, the CEO of a large company may not have any social media at all, but if her job makes people know and be interested in her, that’s a platform.

The key to successfully building a platform is to find a way to engage with more people in a way that you can tolerate, and that your new audience enjoys.

That includes publishing essays, articles, poems, or short stories in magazines, journals, anthologies, or the local paper. That includes speaking to groups, or even joining (or starting!) a new club.  There are a myriad of ways to connect with people—your personality will determine which ways you’re best suited for.

And for those of us that weren’t born with a silver spoon or a famous last name, and who aren’t the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, things like social media present an unparalleled opportunity to leverage our voice and gain a following.

There is never a bad time to build your platform. And you need it regardless of how you decide to publish or distribute your work.

If you’re traditionally publishing through a big or small publisher, they’ll want to see that you know how to connect with people. They’ll want to see that when your book comes out, there’s a big group of people that might make some noise about it.

If you self-publish, you’ll need the same group of people to make noise about your book. You’re the publisher, so you need the same thing out of yourself that any other publisher would need.

Or if you launch a blog, a podcast, a YouTube channel—you need a platform.

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing or how you’re distributing it, if you want to write on a professional basis, you need an author’s platform.

Not all platforms are equal. Just because one author has 10,000 followers on Twitter, for instance, doesn’t mean anyone will care when he has exciting news to share.  How he has built and cultivated that audience will make a big difference.  It’s entirely possible that another author with only 200 followers, half of whom love him to pieces and are super excited for him, can make far more noise.

Author Bootcamp, a 4-week professional development course for authors, will teach you how to build an author’s platform that really works. Numbers are important, but quality is more important.  We’ll teach you how to build and cultivate an audience that really cares what you’re doing and is ready to make noise for you.

Whether you’re starting from zero, or you’ve already built some platform, we’ll give you practical, common sense strategies for productive growth.

We’ll also cover some of the nuances of the business of publishing, so that you can be prepared to make smart business decisions as an author.  We’ll discuss the opportunities in each sector of publishing—traditional (Big Five), Small Press, and Self-Publishing—and how to identify and land good deals in each space.

We’ll also teach you some common sense techniques and strategies for building and protecting your business and your work.

It would be amazing to live in a world in which the quality of an author’s work was the only factor in their success. But in the real world, it takes a lot more than a way with words.

Authors who are successful are indeed talented wordsmiths— and they’ve learned how to work the business side of publishing as well.

You’ve got the words. Author Bootcamp will help you fill the rest of the professional author’s toolbox. Learn more and register to take this class (live or online) at bootcamp.ohiowriters.org.