IYWM October 2014 Newsletter

Join the IYWM team!


Do love throwing parties? We’re looking for a new team member to chair the IYWM ball starting in 2016. If you’re interested in becoming a member of our growing volunteer team please email Deanna Lepsch.



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


Don’t Diss Dystopias (Slate)

Elegy for a Dead World: A Game About Writing Fiction (Kickstarter)

New YA-Only Imprints Seek to Make Their Mark (PublishersWeekly)

“Why Are They Sabotaging Us?” Famous Authors on Amazon vs. Hachette (Flavorwire)

Amazon Publishing Goes ‘American Idol’ After Terrible Week (Flavorwire)

Breaking News


Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author: Hello Streisand Effect (SmartBitchesTrashyBooks)

Is Amazon responsible for the Ellora’s Cave fiasco? (Melville House)

For more information on this breaking story, scroll down to the Featured Blog Post or head over to the IYWM Blog where our correspondent Kerri-Leigh Grady is reporting.

Recommended Books


* No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days 
* Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively
* The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
* The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes

New and Upcoming Publications


Symantha Reagor, Fog and TRAPS
Young Adult Fantasy writer Symantha Reagor’s two poems, Fog andTRAPS have been accepted by the Science Fiction Poetry Association for the 2014 Halloween Poetry Reading.

Stephanie Wytovich, An Exorcism of Angels

Horror writer Stephanie Wytovich is happy to announce her third sale to RawDogPress. This latest poetry book is titled An Exorcism of Angels and is due out in early 2015.

Book Smugglers Publishing: Open For Submissions (Spring 2015)

Craft Tips and Tricks


“Don’t be offended if you encounter some good-natured ribbing; the idea of writing a novel in a month deserves to be laughed at.”
― Chris Baty

Preparing for NaNoWriMo (The Writing Cafe)
Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo (Nanowrimo Young Writers Program)
How To Prepare For Nanowrimo: To Outline Or Not To Outline (WritersDigest)
And for a bit of humor… 17 Struggles Of Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo (BuzzFeed)

On Thursday, October 16 at 3:00 PM PDT, The Office of Letters and Lights (@Nanowrimo) will be hosting a #NaNoPrep tweet-chat with author Scott Westerfeld.

The IYWM Ball Needs You!


This is Deanna Lepsch’s last year running the IYWM ball. She would really like to find a new volunteer to shadow her so they know what’s involved with planning the future balls (and how easy it is). This is an important volunteer position. The ball chair picks the theme, decides on the prizes and categories of prizes (if any), has a big say in decorations (though Donna usually rocks that out) and is in charge of either building a Spotify play list or finding a DJ for music. Not too bad, right? If you’re interested in becoming a member of the growing IYWM volunteer team please email Deanna Lepsch at fundraising.iywm@gmail.com.

Featured Blog Post


In Your Write Mind Blog

“A Tale of a Fateful Blog Post”
by Kerri-Leigh Grady

Just sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale. A tale of a fateful blog post.

The online romance community is abuzz with news that Ellora’s Cave, purveyor of erotica, Romantica®, and…somehow…tawdry baubles , is suing Dear Author and Jane Litte for libel. News of the lawsuit might not have generated quite as much furor were it not for the online antics of Ellora’s Cave owner Jaid Black, and every new twist has only turned what could have been merely an alarming attempt to silence criticism into an expensive trainwreck, trolling, threats, and an amazing show of solidarity from romance lovers ’round the Web….Click here to read the rest! 

This could be your time to shine!

Submit your blog or become a guest blogger on the IYWM blog.
Just email socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com

Featured Flash Fiction


Rules for submission:

1) 500 – 800 Words
2) MS word doc (Calibri, size 12 font)
4) Include your name and/or pseudonym, email, and title of submission at the top
5) Include a short 2-3 sentence author bio and a link to your blog or author site

Work previously posted elsewhere is fine. You retain all rights to your work.Submission deadlines are the first of every month.

Suggested Monthly Themes
November 2014 – Mystery and/or Turkey
December 2014 – Fantasy and/or Winter
January 2015 – Science Fiction and/or Ice

** Please submit your flash fiction to socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com

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