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Ten Ways to Promote Your Writing with Social Media

by Louella Nelson

First, the back-story:

Newly-published writer Alexis Montgomery (L) with best-selling author Linda Howard at the RITA Awards.

The mood at the Romance Writers of America National Conference was more upbeat than in past years, probably because writers feel more empowered than ever with options beyond traditional publishing for their work.  In addition to traditional publishing opportunities, writers can apply to small press houses which are likely to respond more quickly to their queries and submitted manuscripts and who often give more personalized service if not the big budget for promotion.  Scribes can also send their work through the once-frowned-on “vanity presses,” such as Amazon’s CreateSpace, and for a fee have the book designed, printed, and distributed to bricks-and-mortar bookstores via the huge granddaddy of distributors, Ingram, or out to digital retailers such as Amazon.  But most of the buzz at the conference was about self-publishing direct to eBook retailers such as Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Apple, and others.

During a session called “Self-Publishing: A Discussion,” which was open only to published authors, the panelists disagreed about the financial potential of self-publishing.  One pundit offered the opinion that 90 percent of self-published authors make less than five thousand dollars a year from their digital books, and ten percent make a whole lot more.  Another panelist, Courtney Milan, who was published in 2009 by Harlequin and now ePubs her books, took exception.  She said she could “name forty names who are making $300,000 a year and had never published before.”  No statistical evidence was offered for either opinion.  Interestingly, Ms. Milan is paying in the range of $6000 to $7000 for translation services and going after the increasingly lucrative and burgeoning German market.  She says she has made a profit of $2000 on the most recent translation.  Study her website; you’ll find it interesting.

And as you might recall, Debra Holland sold just under 100,000 units in a year in the U.S., mostly on Amazon (but increasingly on B&N and Smashwords), with cover prices ranging from $.99 to $2.99.  Two of her “sweet western romance” trilogy, The Montana Sky Series, were launched on Amazon in April 2011, and the third in January 2012

In addition, several writers in the Orange County chapter of Romance Writers of America are doing “very well” in sales of erotic digital novels.  According to Jon Fine, author liaison at Amazon, and others on a booksellers panel at the RWA, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is giving a boost to sales of both romance and erotica.

Best-selling author Kristan Higgins (on the self-publishing panel) recommends writers try to market their work to both traditional and electronic outlets to capture readers who prefer one medium over the other.  That means selling books to traditional houses and self-publishing other work electronically.

With this background, here are some quick tips for subtle self-promotion from the famous authors, agents, and editors at the conference:

1.  You should Tweet that!  Select two forms of social media and do them well.  Authors love Twitter and readers love Facebook (photos are winners on FB), but if you love another form, such as Tumblr, do that well.

2.  Share you.  Readers want something personal about you.  Are you passionate about gardening?  Cooking?  Fashion?  Whatever is YOU is what they want.  But dress it up.  Make it pretty. And blog, tweet, email, or FB it!  Having a website is key, too. See Nora RobertsUp Close and Personal tab on her website.

3.  Love you!  Love you more! Build readers by working on electronic relationships.  Talk about others/other subjects 80 percent of the time and yourself and your projects 20 percent of the time.  “Think of social media as a conversation,” says HQN goddess Malle Vallik.  “Attract the right bloggers and cultivate them.”  Join eGroups at Yahoo, Goodreads, or ?  Help others.

4.  I get you.  Follow people you’re interested in.  Comment on and “like” blogs and books that interest you.

5.  Details at eleven.  Send out a periodic newsletter.  You’re interesting because of the things you’re interested in, the research you do for your books, and the people you know.

6.  Mr. Ambassador…  Turn readers into ambassadors. See Robyn Carr’s site “Hold Out for a Hero,” created by herself and HQN to give amazing gifts to military families. Authors run contests to name characters, books, outcomes.  Voting is involved.  Authors aren’t saying, “Buy my book.”

7.  Video is king!  Goodreads, YouTube, and your own website are good places to upload videos.  Most newer computers are equipped with recording capability.  Or create a Powerpoint and record as you flip through slides.  And don’t rule out the interest aspiring writers and reading fans will have in a video chat that informs.  Here are two low-cost recording examples at Y/A author Kim Baccellia’s site.

8.  Investigative reporting #1:  See who’s reviewing the popular books in your genre and contact the reviewer to see if she will review your book.

9.  Investigative reporting #2:  Visit countless author websites and see what they’re doing.  You may chose not to be busy in social media, but you must know what’s happening out there.  You’ll see promotion ideas.  You’ll discover which publishers are buying, what topics are hot, where authors are going in popular social media, and more.

10.  Feed the beast.  Nothing happens without the words.  So as one speaker in the self-publishing panel discussion suggested, “Pick a genre or theme and write as fast as you can.”  Readers are waiting.  Okay, so this isn’t a promotional tip.  But it could be the start of an exciting career if you get the book written, and then all the other tips will make sense.

Thank you to the panelists and speakers at the July 2012 Romance Writers of America National Conference.  You change lives with your shared wisdom.  Next year’s conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.  Attending conferences is an excellent way to stay informed about the market and decide where to go next in your writing career.

Louella Nelson’s Upcoming Classes, Series

  • “Sizzling Scenes:  Setting, Scene Goal, and Sensory” seminar at the Romance Writers of America National Conference, Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA, July 28, 2012; 4:30-5:30pm.
  • “Writing Your First Novel/Short Story.” 10-week series Sept 20-Nov 29, 2012. Character, plot, POV, voice, setting, dialogue, sensory, query letter, and more.  Location: Lake Forest, CA.  For more info or to sign up, contact Lou at lounelson@cox.net   RWA members, take $20 off the fee.
  • “Genius Plotting: A Day-long Plotting Workshop”–Saturday Jan 19, 2013.  Participants come away with a complete, plotted external story and an internal character arc of change, with both storylines dovetailed.  Includes writing an effective synopsis.  Contact OCC/RWA: http://www.occrwa.org/

No Fleas! Silver Aces Out Flea Meds–Finally

Mamba Joe, manning up before his wrestling match with Tuxedo a few years ago

October 24, 2019 Update to Original Post:

Correction to July 7 update: I have not used flea meds on my cats since the summer of 2011, eight years ago. Instead, I have used colloidal silver in their water.

My cats are still flea-free.

Tuxedo has gone on now. Papa Joe and his son Mamba Joe weathered the loss of our friend well and have been enjoying the garden about once a day for a couple of hours, before coming inside to be safe from weather and any wildlife that may somehow get into our fenced and secure yard.

And now we three have a new delight, a June 2019 tabby kitten we call Rain. She’s feisty, intelligent, and about as pesky to the elder gentlemen as a baby sister of the human variety would be with older brothers. She, too, drinks water with colloidal silver.

RAIN Sep 2019

Rain at about 3 1/2 months

I’m currently putting a dropperful (from the 2 oz. bottle)–the dropper only fills halfway–into a large soup bowl of water.

Many of my followers have written with questions about how to gauge amounts for other animals. I don’t know, really. I would go by body weight. Here’s a quote from my full article, below:

The directions on the label say that adults can take a teaspoon five times a day for long-term immune support.

Regardless, I like hearing from you about your animals and your hopes that colloidal silver will help them. See my original post below.

July 7, 2013 update to the original blog post:

Here it is nearly 18 months since I first started using colloidal silver in my cats’ water and we are still flea-free! This is the second summer we’ve had no flea problem.  Initially I think I began putting colloidal silver drops in my cat’s water in March of 2012.  It might have taken a month or so to take effect, but I have no way of knowing. I simply did not put Revolution on my kitties that spring or summer, and that first summer we didn’t have fleas. We still don’t!

I have standardized the dose to 5 drops in fresh water every morning. All three cats drink it. Mamba Joe hasn’t had an outbreak of dermatitis. Nobody has been to the vet since 2011 except for Tuxie’s checkup last September.

He continues in good health. His favorite exercise, if he’s not wrestling with the other cats, is racing from the back yard, across the patio, through the kitchen and dining room, and down the hall, putting on the brakes, nails scratching the hardwood for traction, and butting up against a table at the end of the hall; then whirling around and running pell-mell into the back yard again.

I used Revolution for years, hating it the whole time. Now I use nothing but the colloidal silver. If you decide to give it a try, I would appreciate hearing from you after a few months of use. Thanks for posting to my blog.

Here’s the original blog post from July 10, 2012:

In my household, colloidal silver has replaced flea meds.

There’re a couple of good reasons why.  To begin with, I really dislike putting harsh, toxic chemicals on my pets, myself, or my plants.  Secondly, one of my cats gets a mange-like reaction to fleas–flea allergy dermatitis (read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flea_allergy_dermatitis).  Mamba Joe’s skin gets itchy, he jumps around like he has the Saint Vitas Dance, he bites and scratches, and then his hair disappears. Most people know fleas are downright dangerous to a cat’s health.  So until this spring, I was forced to use prescription flea-prevention “medicine” on my three fur-balls–very, very reluctantly.

No more.

At my local health-food store, I fell upon a remedy this year that amazes me: I put 5-6 drops of colloidal silver in a large soup bowl of water daily.  Initially I added the drops thinking to boost the immune system of my nearly-14-year-old male, Tuxedo, because he was recovering from a grave onset of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (feline AIDS, which is not “catching” to humans) from a cat bite. Read more at Cornell U’s website: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/fiv.html

Digression here!  Yep, Tuxie escaped one night and tangled with an HIV-carrier with teeth and claws; one of Mr. T’s feet was bitten clear through.  That bite gave him HIV, the cat version.

Tuxie in March 2012

At the onset of the disease, the cat gets very, very ill and sometimes doesn’t make it.  After some very expensive treatments to see if the  Feline IV could be killed, we re-tested and found him to still carry the virus in his blood.  So homecare was the next option.  After six weeks of babying Tuxedo, giving him daily sub-cutaneous fluids, feeding him every two hours, etc., he gradually felt a little better and put on some weight.

Immediately I began to look for immune-builders.  A child of the sixties, I’d heard something about the restorative properties of colloidal silver, which I found at my local health-food store and began to administer.

The directions on the label say that Adults can take a teaspoon five times a day for long-term immune support. So I guessed that 5 or 6 drops in the water would work for kitties.  They’ve been on it for about four months, and…

No fleas!  No allergies!

I’m thrilled to report I have not used any flea control meds since the summer of 2011.

The brand I’m using is Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol 10ppm (It’s 50mcg of silver in pharmaceutical grade purified water).  It’s manufactured by Natural Immunogenics Corp., Pompano Beach, FL  33069 USA. 1-888-328-8840. http://www.n-icorp.com.  It’s usually available at your local naturopathic retailer.

Papa Joe – a nap aces a wrestling match when the mercury is at 88

P.S:  A piece of advice:

If you “think” your pet is not feeling well, you’re right.  A quick visit to the vet can give you a diagnosis.  That could lead to tremendous relief for the pet who can’t talk to tell you how lousy they’re feeling.  The visit will also let you sleep at night knowing you did what you could to ease their suffering.

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P.S:  A second piece of advice:

Most of the websites on pet health are put up by drug companies.  Most of the remedies for flea problems are toxic-drug oriented.  Do some searching.  You will find veterinarians who practice traditional as well as holistic medicine.  You will find natural remedies for common ailments.  They are hiding but they are there.  Seek them.

Resources & A Little More Advice

Go here to read an EPA labeling warning about flea meds:

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/pet-pesticides

Go here to read about the health problems and risks to animals from flea bites: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Articles/flea_faq.cfm#answer_4

Totally off-topic but important:  Do NOT give chocolate to your pets.  It’s toxic: http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/toxicology/f/FAQ_choctox.htm

My two favorite vets in the Orange County, California, area are

1. The Cat Care Clinic in Tustin, CA.  Dr Wexler is multi-published in cat-care books and has an excellent philosophic ethic about pet ownership and care.  Mamba Joe and his dad, Papa Joe, were my foster fur-balls a few years ago, and The Cat Care Clinic, who really helps out the SPCA rescue efforts, cared for them initially.  Their ability to humanely control and work on a wild feline is nothing short of miraculous.  Their website: http://www.catcare.com/?gclid=CLLsstfJjbECFVJntgod9VawJg

2. Newport-Harbor Animal Hospital, an acclaimed teaching hospital, is located in Costa Mesa, CA.  For serious-illness care as well as maintenance visits, Dr. Millian has been amazing over the years with my kitties.  Dr. Carpenter is a dog man, but he stood outside on the porch with his arm around me as I said good bye to Tiger Kitty some 25 years ago, so he typifies the sensitivity of this vet practice. Like them, the other vets are  excellent and the staff is caring and kind.  You can find a $15 off coupon on their website: http://www.newportharborvets.com/

Vets who provide alternative medical care that caught my eye include:

A vet in Texas, who is multi-published, uses holistic medical practices, and is accessible by phone-appointment as well as online, is Dr. Shawn Messionnier of the Paws & Claws Veterinary Hospital:  http://www.petcarenaturally.com/dr_shawn.php . I subscribe to a yahoo group that he contributes to: naturalpetcare@yahoogroups.com

I like the look of Dr. Ballard’s alternative-medicine vet’s website, too: http://www.alternativeveterinaryhospital.com/our_staff.htm

Spending a little time online or asking friends, you can find an holistic vet practice in your area.

Host Your Own “Vision for the Future” Seminar

Host a “vision” seminar with your writing partners, writing group, and best friends, some great eats, and a few materials from your home and an office supply store. Read my guest blog for the great folks at WritersInTheStorm.wordpress.com to find out more.  Just click on the blue title below:

Envisioning the Writer’s Ideal Life With Vision Boards and Mandalas by Louella Nelson

Or paste this link into your browser: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/

Here’s a teaser to whet your appetite for the details–

…Just as I assert to writers that all stories and characters reside in your subconscious and need only be drawn out through auto-writing, meditation, or long showers—Deb’s introductory remarks reassured us we already knew The Plan for our lives-to-come.  

She guided us in a brief meditation in which we accessed our subconscious and gave confidence to our dreams.  If that sounds a little woo-woo, it is—but it’s an effective way to unlock ideas.  I often suggest that writers tell themselves three to five nights in a row before sleep that they know exactly what to write about, how to fix a character, where to go next in plot, and so on.  Deb did something very similar. 

Here’s a paraphrase of the process:  Essentially, eyes closed, imagine yourself in a beautiful, peaceful place; breathe there for a bit; wander down a path and see your spirit-guide (an ancient savvy version of you) waiting for you; ask for what you want, what you wish to know, and then gently ease yourself back to the conscious world.

Read more by clicking the title below–and enjoy!

Envisioning the Writer’s Ideal Life With Vision Boards and Mandalas

Chicken Soup for Writers

Savage Chickens by Doug Savage

It’s been cold and raining in California (I’m wearing a blue wool sweater, for goodness sakes!), with more rain on the way this weekend.  Timing rather sucks.  I’m off to Las Vegas for a business/birthday trip with my daughter Stacee–hoping the weather doesn’t cancel all the fun.

Earlier today a writing friend, Kristen, asked for the recipe for my chicken soup, which I shared with the Tuesday night home group this week; Kristen’s a member, and I’m flattered she wants the recipe.  But I have 60-odd essays to grade, a class to teach tonight at UCI, packing to do, kitties to feed–you know the drill because you do it too.  AND I have a commitment to Nanowrimo.org that is so challenging I wouldn’t even take it on this year except I’m desperate to write the long-postponed writing text.  The Nano commitment doesn’t take into accout full-time jobs (plural) or trips with daughters or writing recipes for friends, to say nothing of grading essays and feeding the furry poppets. It doesn’t CARE that you’re busy.  It just wants WORDS.

In case you’re thinking what’s the big deal, don’t write today, well, that’s not really an option, because Nano’s a commitment to myself.  Nano is just the venue–the guilt-tripping catalyst–the bloody conscience.

Now, I’ve just had a cold and my friend Jenny has one now, so to save my sanity, inspire Jenny’s hubby to cook for her, get Kristen the recipe, and get some pages written, I’m posting the recipe.  I think that’ll satisfy everybody (Isn’t that what a woman’s always trying to do, wearing all those hats?).   Besides, writers need all the loving support they can get.

To be perfectly above-board, I’m going to have to find a way to get the chicken soup recipe into the writing text.  But that’s a dragon to slay another day.

Meanwhile, here’s my Nanowrimo submission for today:

Lou’s Chicken Soup

You’ll need:

  • a roasted chicken
  • 1 ½ – 2 Qt water if using ½ chicken; 3+ Qt if using a whole chicken
  • fresh cilantro sprigs with leaves—about 5**
  • a thin (1/2” +/-) slice of jalapeño if you want a peppered or spicy soup
  • 1 cup rice, cooked in chicken stock (short-brown or even Bhutanese red rice have great body and food value)*
  • veggies including sweet or yellow onion, celery, two medium carrots with 1” tops, and other veggies to your taste
  • salt and pepper to taste (no pepper if using jalapeño)
  • 5 additional** sprigs fresh cilantro, minced, for garnish
  • an avocado, diced into ½” pieces, also for garnish

Prepare the vegetables, reserving the trims for cooking with the bones:
Onion, carrot, and celery form the base of vegetables and you can get creative from there.
Trim carrots, reserving ½” plus some stems from carrot tops.
Trim stem area of squash, ends and peels of onion, turnip, sweet potato, a small tomato, etc—whatever veggies you have in the fridge.
Trim the ends and some leaves from 1-2 stalks of celery.
You can even put in the corn cobs after trimming off the corn, or trims from green beans and mushrooms.)
Dice the veggies into ½” pieces.

De-bone and reserve chicken from the roasted bird, “pulling” or chopping the meat into 1” pieces.

Make the stock:
Fill a pot with water and the bones, some skin, and a little of the fat and bring to a simmer.
Add to the pot sprigs of fresh cilantro, jalapeno if you want a peppered or spicy soup, and vegetable trims.
Simmer bones, cilantro, and trims for 45-60 minutes, covered to preserve the liquid.
Cool slightly.
Sieve out trims and bones, returning the liquid to the pot.

Make the soup:
Add in the chopped onion, celery, and carrots and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Add other veggies and simmer till cooked to your preference.
Add in rice.
Mushrooms, if using, should be added with the chicken and a dot of butter.
Add the chicken, bring back to bubble stage, and simmer for 2-3 minutes till heated entirely.

Serve in heavy bowls and garnish with minced cilantro and chopped avocado.  Warm, buttered corn tortillas are wonderful with this soup.  Refrigerate and reheat or freeze left-overs for future writing marathons.

Options:

I’ve also used barley or potatoes or pasta rather than rice and served the soup with crostini (thin-sliced French bread brushed with garlic-infused olive oil and baked till crisp).  Barley must cook a long time, so prepare ahead at a time when your brain is so fried from writing that you gotta work with your hands.  Raw diced potatoes would be added about 10-12 minutes after the celery, onion, and carrots.  For pasta, follow package directions.  I’ve also added 2 TBS. crushed fresh marjoram leaves from my garden when making the stock.

Welcome and enjoy

Welcome to Louella Nelson’s Blog.  I’m an author, writing instructor, and writers’ mentor. While I get myself educated on blogs, websites, Indie- and ePublishing, and social networking, you can follow me on Twitter @LouellaNelson or Facebook or read a little info about me:

Louella Nelson

Louella Nelson

Founder
Lou Nelson Communications: Purveyor of Communications, Editing, Writing Retreats, Career Consulting for Writers.
Louella Nelson Writing Workshops: Teaching and Mentoring Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writers

Instructor
University of California, Irvine Extension, and Orange Coast College.  The UCI Extension writing courses are currently on hiatus due to State budget cuts.  Lou is offerering the writing classes locally until the UCI courses are once again offered.

Current Courses

  • Writing Your First Novel or Short Story (mid-September start date–if you are interested, contact Lou in August at lounelson@cox.net)
  • Intermediate Novel & Short Story (mid-January start date; signups in December)
  • Advanced Novel & Short Story (Spring; signups in March)
  • The Business of Selling Your Fiction/Creative Nonfiction(Spring; signups in March)

Orange Coast College

  • English 99, English 100 (Freshman Composition)

Other Courses Developed and Taught:

  • The Writing Business: Editors, Agents, Publishers
  • Niche Novels:  How to Write What You Love to Read
  • Writing the Romance Novel
  • Novel Writing I
  • Novel Writing II
  • Novel Writing III, Works in Progress
  • Improving Everyday Nonfiction Writing

Upcoming classes, seminars, and series:

  • Day-long Plotting Workshop–Saturday Jan 19, 2013–contact OCC/RWA: http://www.occrwa.org/
  • “Sizzling Scenes:  Setting, Scene Goal, and Sensory” seminar at the Romance Writers of America National Conference, Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA, July 28 4:30-5:30pm

Previous workshops & master classes:

  • Short Story Workshop (RWA 9-8-11)
  • Plotting in Pajamas (RWA 30th Anniversary Conference 10-10-11)
  • Ride the Rails Writing Retreat, Santa Barbara,CA
  • Order from Chaos:  A Master Class in Plotting the Novel
  • Writing & Selling the Romance Novel
  • Sensing the Scene
  • Realism in Scenes
  • Killer Characterization
  • The Wounding and Arc of Character
  • The 1,2,3’s of Novel Structure (Greek influences and the 3-act structure)
  • How to Write the Novel Synopsis
  • Seminar on Query & Synopsis

Speaker & Affiliations:

  • Friends of the Library
  • Orange County Romance Writers of America (RWA) (past-president, speaker)
  • National RWA (conference coordinator, category coordinator for Golden Heart)
  • Southern California Writers Assn.
  • Various radio and tv venues

Founder’s Background:
Louella Nelson has just re-issued Mail-Order Mate, to be following in August 2012 with Emerald Fortune.  Her writing credits include five novels, including Days of Fire, to be released in the fall of 2012, plus a fantasy novella, short stories, and poetry as well as scholarly works for the literary journals Onyx and Calliope.   As a former magazine editor, she is also published extensively in nonfiction articles, features, technical reports, advertising materials, and photography.  An editor, book-doctor and writer’s mentor, she has been writing and teaching fiction since 1983.  Many of her students are now agented and multi-published.  Lou was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Instructor Award by theUniversity ofCalifornia, Irvine Extension.  She also teaches writing at Orange Coast College.  She received her M.A. in English with departmental honors from California State University Long Beach in 2004, and a B.A. with honors fromChapmanUniversity in English with an emphasis in creative writing in 1998.

Awards:

  • Distinguished Instructor Award, University of California, Irvine Extension
  • Who’s Who of American Writers (previous edition)
  • Who’s Who of American College & University Students (previous edition)
  • Numerous awards for nonfiction and technical writing

Favorite Books:
Jane Eyre and many other greats in the 19th Century cannon of British literature
Lief Enger’s Peace Like a River
Anything by James Lee Burke (except Tin Roof Blowdown; it made me too sad)
James Dickey’s Deliverance
The novels of James Blaylock
The early gum-shoe detective novels by Raymond Obstfeld
Winter’s Bone
The great historical romances–I cut my teeth on MM Kaye and Colleen McCullough
Silent Joe by T.J. Parker

Currently reading on Kindle:
MacroWikinomics by Tapscott and Williams
Half-Broke Horses by J. Wall
Bewitching by Jill Barnett

Enjoyed recently on Kindle:
How to Write a Novel in One (Not So Easy) Lesson by Jackie Hyman/Jackie Diamond
See my reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Wild Montana Sky by Debra Holland—see my review
Starry Montana Sky by Debra Holland
Beat the Reaper: A Novel by J. Bazell
The Green Glass Sea by E. Klages
Echoes by Jacqueline Diamond–—see my review
Mai Tai One On by Jill Marie Landis
The Hunger Games by S. Collins
Crossed Out by Kim Baccellia
Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See
The Ridge by Michael Koryta
Shanghaied by David Collins

Soon to be enjoyed:
The Submission by Amy Waldman
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Marriage Plot by J. Eugenides
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by J. Ford
Model Home by E. Puchner
Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It by R. Clarke and R. Knake
A Clown in the Trunk
by Maralys Wills

More on Lou’s Writing Workshops:
Founded in the mid-90s, Louella Nelson Writing Workshops hosts groups of intermediate and advanced writers year-round for critiques; meetings expand to include discussion and planning for marketing and conference attendance.  Many of Lou’s students are published, agented, and award-winners.  Applying writers must have completed at least two of Lou’s courses at UCI or equivalent, and a writing sample must pass muster by exhibiting a good grasp of fiction and English fundamentals.

Founded in 1986, Lou Nelson Communications specializes in career coaching, manuscript editing and submission, teaching, workshops and retreats, self-promotion, and conference preparation for writers.

Professional Emphases and Personal Interests:
Lou Nelson’s wide-ranging interests include creative writing, composition, critical thinking, teaching/training pedagogy; literature instruction; online instruction; literary criticism; American and British literature; sentimental literature; history; nature; science; the heavens and all the wonders there; outdoor living; fishing; beach life and sailing; social dance; environmental protection; gardening; photography; animals; pets; animal rights advocacy, and SPCA foster care.

She is mom to an awesome daughter, Stacee, and a friend to many amazingly talented, hard-working writers.

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