Who We Are

We are a group of Christian writers who meet semimonthly for W.I.SE. Coffees in Colorado. At the each gathering (a casual coffee at a local Starbucks), we share knowledge, inspiration, fun, and encouragement. We also share rejections and acceptances, and applaud each others’ risk taking and triumphs. We  encourage writers from all over the United States to join us for our informational webinars as soon as they begin. Nonfiction and fiction writers are both welcome.

Our Mission Statement is: Our deepest desire and heartfelt prayer is that every word we pen will inspire others to seek and find His path–His Way.

Please visit our About Page and our Event Page for details of meeting times and locations.

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Letter to Announce Suspension of W.I.S.E. Coffee Meetings, But Write Outs and Webinars Will Continue

Hi All!

I am so sorry to tell you that, at least for a while, we will not be having W.I.S.E. Coffee meetings. Now, if there is lots and lots of crying over this, I’ll consider starting them back up at a later date. But at this moment, it does not look like there is interest in these meetings, so I’m pulling the plug.

Our first Webinar is scheduled for March 29th at 6:30 p.m. MST. That’s the LAST Tuesday of the month. Kathy Kovach, of ACFW fame, will present How to Develop a Moving Character: Across the Page and  Into the Reader’s Heart. Kathy is ACFW Zone Director and a multi-published author. As soon as I set it up on WebinarJam, I’ll email you the link for registration. It will cost $11.99  for a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute webinar.

I will be offering Book Consulting starting in April–online through WebinarJam. I charge $45 an hour. Before you say anything about price, just know that I’ve roamed the internet and found that most book coaches have packages that break down to $3 to $3.50 a MINUTE. So they’re charging $180-$210 an hour!

With that in perspective, let me tell you my expertise: Fiction craft such as story and character design; plot structure, setting up the beginning of your story, including the premise line, the thematic question, and the elevator pitch summary. Self publishing consulting includes Kindle and Create Space publishing , KDP Select marketing and other types  of Internet marketing such as press releases. I can teach you how to write and distribute a press release, or I can write one for you for $45 and release it to the internet for free.

Of course, the Write Outs will be at the same place and time. I will send reminders, but the next Write Out is March 8th.

GO HERE for all times, events, and locations.

If you have any questions, please write Ernie at WFTJourney@gmail.com

May God continue to bless you!

Denise

Denise Miller Holmes, Director
Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild
www.wftjourney.com

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Proposed Schedule for Enrollees in the “Publishhed in 2016” Program

One of the purposes of signing up for the “Published in 2016” Program is to have a deadline and finish your project, and be able to market your project in a timely fashion. Sometimes, if we don’t give ourselves deadlines, we let our dreams slip.  If you sign up for the “Published in 2016” Program, you’ll need to follow a schedule in order to get your project done, published, and marketed this year.

Here is my proposed schedule. There is room to move somethings around–do some things earlier or later, but you’ll need to remember to keep going step-by-step and stay on point.

February through May–

Writing and perfecting your manuscript. Remember, you have a choice to write as little as 8,000 words and still be published as a Kindle book.

Get your cover designed during this writing period. I will give you resources soon to find a good cover designer (I found a highly-rated one who only charges $20-$40!). Aside from names I will give you, you can always look on Fiverr.com and ELance.com for your cover designer. We’ll go over good cover design in one of our W,I,S,E, Coffeee meetings.

June through August — 
June– Hire professional editor and perfect your manuscript.  

June– Send out requests to 20 contacts for reviews. Tell them you will give them a PDF of your book for free if they promise to review it on Amazon as soon as it goes live. Wait until your edited copy comes back to you and you’ve made the necessary changes, then make the PDF.

July (
or as soon as you get your edited copy back from the editor)– Hire HTML formatter for Kindle upload. Again, there are formatters on Fiverr.com and ELance, or you can use a service such as Bookbaby. We will learn a lot more about this in class. You don’t have to know how to format, just hire someone who does.

Once it’s formatted, upload it to Kindle, but WAIT to sign up for KDP Select. Add a book description and get the Amazon sales page ready (create an Author Page too!).

August— Decide what your Free Days on KDP Select are going to be. Then,  as soon as you get 10 positive reviews on your sales page, contact websites that promote free and bargain books,  I will give you a list. These sites are fabulous and everyone uses them to promote their Free Days. However, many don’t take the “short form” novellas and short non-fiction, such as I’ve suggested you write for this program. There are a few that do, however, and also other advertising possibilities for short form. Just note that if you write a full-length novel or non-fiction, it will be easier to find advertising. Whoever you use to  promote your Free Days, they will need to know ahead of time what your free days are going to be.

Of course, at some point in August, you will actually sign up for the KDP Select program because your Free Day campaign is coming up in September!

September through November-
Sign up for and manage your KDP Select Free Days.

December–
Off for the Holidays
. Unless your book is Christmas themed, December is not a good month for promoting your KDP Free Days. So you will rest! Good job, you are published in 2016!

Let’s talk about money–
You can always crowdfund! Some of the items I discussed above cost, and if you are short on cash, crowdfunding is the way to go! There are always people who will help an author out and donate money to pay for  publishing costs. Don’t worry…the money will be there if you need it!

 

 

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Join Us at Our Next W.I.S.E. Coffee on January 26th, 9:30 a.m.

9:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
8374 S Willow St, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(303) 706-9660
SEE MAP

Attendees always walk away with notes and excitement about their writing life! Our meetings are inspirational and informative!

Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are FREE. For this meeting, show up a few minutes before 9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks in the Barnes and Noble by Park Meadows Mall. You’ll need a few minutes to get your snacks and drinks.

Words for the Journey is unique because our group emphasizes discussion and support. After you’ve grabbed your food, sit down and join us for spunky conversations about the writing craft, life, and world.  As usual, we will all be sharing our recent writing experiences and learning from each other.

As always, Denise will share articles on either promotion or writing craft.

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Come to Our Next W.I.S.E. Coffee, October 27th, 9:30 a.m.

Bring a friend!

9:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
8374 S Willow St, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(303) 706-9660
SEE MAP

Oh my cow! We have so much fun sharing our writing lives and all we’re learning about the writing craft!

As usual, during this Day Meeting, Denise will share articles on either promotion or writing craft.

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Come to Our Write Out October 13th, But Email Jan First

Bring your laptop or notebook and your current Work In Progress (WIP). We eat and chat first, then write for one uninterrupted hour!

Tuesday, October 13th, 6-9 p.m.
RSVP by  Required. 
Jan B. Parrish is hosting.
Heritage Eagle Bend —
Eagles Nest Restaurant
23255 E. Heritage Parkway, 80026
Bring your project and a laptop or notebook
To RSVP, email Jan at AgentJanParrish@gmail.com
SEE MAP 

Bring a writer friend. We have a blast!

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Come to Our Next W.I.S.E. Coffee, Tuesday Morning, September 29th

9:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
8374 S Willow St, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(303) 706-9660
SEE MAP

Attendees always walk away with notes and excitement about their writing life! Our meetings are inspirational and informative!

Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are FREE. For this meeting, show up a few minutes before 9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks in the Barnes and Noble by Park Meadows Mall. You’ll need a few minutes to get your snacks and drinks.

Words for the Journey is unique because our group emphasizes discussion and support. After you’ve grabbed your food, sit down and join us for spunky conversations about the writing craft, life, and world.  As usual, we will all be sharing our recent writing experiences and learning from each other.

As always, Denise will share articles on either promotion or writing craft.

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Come to our Next Day Meeting, June 30, 9:30 a.m.

Bring a friend!

9:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
8374 S Willow St, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(303) 706-9660
SEE MAP

Oh my cow! We have so much fun sharing our writing lives and all we’re learning about the writing craft!

As usual, during this Day Meeting, Denise will share articles on either promotion or writing craft.

Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are FREE. For this meeting, show up a few minutes before 9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks inside the Barnes and Noble by Park Meadows Mall. You’ll need a few minutes to get your snacks and drinks.

Attendees always walk away with notes and excitement about their writing life! Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are inspirational and informative.

Words for the Journey is unique because our group emphasizes discussion and support. After you’ve grabbed your food and beverage, sit down and join us for spunky conversations about the writing craft, life, and world.

AND we will all be sharing our recent writing experiences and learning from each other.

Come and join us for powerful information and support from your fellow writers!

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Come to Our Next W.I.S.E. Coffee, May 26, 9:30 a.m.

9:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
8374 S Willow St, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(303) 706-9660
SEE MAP

Attendees always walk away with notes and excitement about their writing life! Our meetings are inspirational and informative!

Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are FREE. For this meeting, show up a few minutes before 9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks in the Barnes and Noble by Park Meadows Mall. You’ll need a few minutes to get your snacks and drinks.

Words for the Journey is unique because our group emphasizes discussion and support. After you’ve grabbed your food, sit down and join us for spunky conversations about the writing craft, life, and world.  As usual, we will all be sharing our recent writing experiences and learning from each other.

As always, Denise will share articles on either promotion or writing craft.

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How to Write a Viral Blog Post–Amazing Info Revealed at Our April 14th, 2015, W.I.S.E. Coffee Meeting

We had a blast at our last meeting! I’d had this blog post “Lessons From Blog Posts That Went Viral” in my back pocket for a while. At our April 14th meeting, I pulled it out of said pocket and presented it to the group. Much discussion ensued and it was a vibrant learning experience!

Here are the director’s takeaways from the Went Viral post:

Create a surprising angle on a subject and do the same for the title.
One way to do this is to use the negative version of your topic in the title and body of your post. So, let’s say your message is. “Ten Things to Remember When Working with a Real Estate Agent.” Instead say, “Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Working with a Real-Estate Agent.” (TY Jan Parrish).If you want to try this technique, just reverse everything. For instance, if I’d written this blog a “reversed” post, I would have titled it “How NOT to Write a Viral Blog Post.” Then, I’d have taken each point and reversed it. Next, I would have added the word Stop, or Never, or DO NOT at the beginning of each main point.

Tell personal stories. People love stories and anecdotes. Emotional stories about things you’ve experienced that illustrate your point are gold.

Tie your topic to current news. This seems hard at first, but after you practice, it really isn’t. Not all stories will lend themselves to this, but try it with all of them if you can. For instance, when Jan was working for an online paper, she tied her topic (something spiritual) to current breaking news about Tim Tebow. When she did this, she got thousands of hits in a very short time..

Advertisements do this all the time Let’s say there’s anticipation for a boxing match. It’s all over the news. An advertiser might say, “It’s Muhammad Ali versus Mighty Mouse and no one knows who’ll win, but here at Mattress King, our competition is knocked out by our prices!

And the anniversary of big news works almost as well as current news. I recently promoted an old post because it reviews a novel set on the Titanic. It was the anniversary of the sinking, and when I posted the link to social media, I was unprepared for the overwhelming response. My hits for two days went up 400%!!

To do this, I look up “Google trends.” You’ll find all the top things people are searching for and related news links. People search for these items because they are HOT. Use that to your advantage!

Use various visual tricks to add interest—subheadings, bullet points and/or numbers (lists), bold type, italics,and spacing create visual interest and break up blocks of type. These devices help people remain interested and finish your post.

Create uplifting and beneficial content. Downer blog posts don’t go viral unless they shock people into positive action. Positive posts— posts with uplifting content—are more likely to go viral than depressing ones.

Read the original blog post Lessons From Blog Posts That Went Viral, by Jessica Davis.

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Fantastic Writing Opportunity–Dana Bell’s Extinct Possibilities Anthology

Deadline, 5/31/15

Imagine a world where dinosaurs, ancient mammals or other creatures, like the dodo bird, including lost branches of man, never went extinct. How would it have changed our world? What would their place or ours be? What if…? In these alternate history stories, these questions or others should be asked and answered.

Research will need to be on these stories, both historical and archeological. Come up with story themes or ideas that haven’t been done.

What is not acceptable! Time travel or portals. No genetic manipulation or radiation mutation. No traditional monster stories. No first or last of its kind. No evolution to intelligence. No hibernation, it was frozen in ice, found in a secret installation preserved, etc. If it’s something you’ve seen on Syfy, it’s NOT appropriate for this anthology.

PG13 rating. No sex. No erotica. No graphic violence. Cussing to be limited to hell and damn. If you’re overly fond of the F word, your story will be rejected. Not opposed to faith based stories, just as long as it’s important to the character or story line. If they’re preaching on any belief system, the piece will be rejected.

Stories can be told in any time period, from the ancient past to the distant future even other planets. Looking for variety here so think beyond or before present day.

You don’t have to be published in order to have your story considered for this anthology. Editor averages two to four first sales for every anthology edited. Feel free to read Time Traveling Coffers, Different Dragons, and Different Dragons II for a sampling of authors and styles.

Editor’s job is to make your story shine. Critiques and suggestions to improve are given for all accepted stories and why the story is rejected for all others.

All genres accepted. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Mystery, Romance, Horror, et al. Flash fiction is acceptable. Stories length up to 6000 words. Longer stories by approval only and will be granted exclusively to authors editor has worked with before.

Stories must be formatted in New Times or Times Roman, 12 pt., double spaced with indents for paragraphs. Numbers must be written out unless they are an exception to the rule, for instance gun types. No semi-colons or colons. This is an
editorial preference. Dashes only for emphasis and used sparingly. Pet word ‘that’ or anything crutch word used in excess. Ex. but, in a moment, for a moment, suddenly, etc.

Accepting rft and doc attachments ONLY. Docx will be returned to reformat. Anything else will be rejected.

On the first page, please include: Name, address, phone number, email address, organizations you belong to and approx. word count. This is very important! Editor has had to contact writers and without this full info, your story could be dropped if you can’t be reached.

In the cover email, please, include a one line synopsis of the story and less than 50 words about yourself. Authors who have been accepted in previous anthologies, need only include synopsis.

Submissions open 01/01/2015 and end 05/31/2015. Stories received before January open or after end date will be rejected, UNLESS, permission is granted by the editor.

Submit to: dragonlots@yahoo.com. In subject line: Extinct possibilities – story name –your name.

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