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
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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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