December 2014 IYWM Newsletter


The IYWM website is celebrating a grand re-opening! The site has undergone a major transformation. With a brand new navigation menu, updated workshop information, a living blog, and the feature that was most asked for.. that’s right, we now have forums. Head over and check out the brand new IYWM site! (

Industry News

Dear #e-book #reader: your 99c deal hunting is seriously hurting #authors (
BBC National Short Story Award 2015 opens for submissions ( (Booktrust)
Read whatever the hell you want ( – A new way to talk of YA (New Statesman)
Books Being Made Into Movies In 2015 ( (IBT)
Durham to leave Amazon Publishing in the US ( (The Bookseller)

For Fun!

Top 10 Medieval Places That Don’t Exist  (
Yoga for Writers (Electric Literature)
Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Book Lovers Edition (Nerdist)
Bookish Stocking Stuffers: Lit Socks (Bookriot)

Recommended Books

Another Nanowrimo has come and gone. Now the real work begins… REVISION!
Here are some books to help you along this path.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
Word Painting Revised Edition: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences
Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary 

New and Upcoming Publications

Lawrence C. Connolly, Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle
Patricia B. Tighe, Life in the No-Dating Zone
Tonya Burrows, Vision of Darkness
Nicole Taft, Terpsichore’s Daughter
Sally Bosco, Double Crush

Fictionvale Episode 5: Of Magic and Mayhem
Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology

Craft Tips and Tricks

“I don’t think there is enough respect in general for the time it takes to write consistently good fiction. Too many people think they will master writing overnight, or that they are as good as they will ever be.” —Tananarive Due

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore (Io9)
How to Kill Adverbs and Adjectives
How to motivate yourself as a writer (
Things you should know when writing about guns (

Hotel Group Rate

The Courtyard by Marriott in Greensburg is offering a special group discount during the event. This year the Marriott is offering a complimentary breakfast of Bagels, Muffins, Fruit & Juice, Happy Hour Specials and Shuttle Service to Seton Hill.
To reserve a room at the group discount ($119), contact the Sales Office at the Marriott.

Megan @ 724-205-7034
Jen @

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