Monday, June 30, 2008

CT Publicist M.A. Tomas

If you're looking for someone to help promote your book, here's an announcement my colleague, M.A. Thomas, e-mailed me about the services she offers to writers. A CT writer friend of mine, CJ Golden, has worked with M.A. for years. If any of you know of other publicists, agents, etc., that you'd like to recommend to your fellow CT IWWG members, feel free to do so on this blog. --pb


BOOK speaking engagements, HANDLE media relations, DESIGN then CREATE marketing pieces for your media kit, PRODUCE and MAINTAIN a web presence, keep yourself FOCUSED, ORGANIZED, have a personal LIFE -- and


What's a writer to do?
Hire me, M. A. Tomas.

I can do all of this for you and more!

For reasonable rates and GREAT references email M.A.Tomas at:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Book Release

From Anne Anderson (from Southbury):

I just wanted to let you know that I have my first book coming out in a few weeks. It is titled Flourishing with Food Allergies. The web site containing the news release, reviews, cover image and author bio is located at:

I have a new email address as well,

Monday, June 16, 2008

1-Day Workshop: Wheel of Ten (this Friday!)

WHEEL OF TEN: Essential Tools to Make Memoir and Fiction Come Alive
with Mary Carroll Moore

Friday, June 20, 2008
10 am - 4 pm
Workshop Fee $120 ($115 for returning Moore students)

Spend a lively day exploring the ins and outs of ten essential writing tools that professional writers never leave home without. Even one, well used, will bring new vibrancy to a not-quite-there-yet memoir, short story, or novel. Fun writing exercises, short readings, discussion will help us see new levels of these basic tools—how to use them, how they influence a writer’s voice and the success of a piece of writing, and why they must be considered for any good storytelling (true tales, faction, or fiction): action, dialogue, pacing, point of view, backstory, chronology, setting, motive, closeness/distance, and change. Bring a bag lunch and short piece of writing in progress to use during the exercises or start something new in class. For all skill levels.

Still a few places left. E-mail: or call 914-332-5953!

Best Websites for Writers

CT IWWG member Adele Annesi writes a wonderful monthly column for the CT Authors and Publishers Association. This one features best websites for writers. --PB

By Adele Annesi

Because there are ever more Web sites for writers, editors, authors and poets of every ilk, we have ramped up our listing of the latest and greatest Web sites.


Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance for the Arts (HVCA)

This comparatively new organization (2004) is an up and comer. The HVCA promotes artists, historical resources and cultural organizations serving Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman. The HVCA seeks to serve, support and strengthen the arts, historical and cultural organizations and individuals through collaboration and coordination to further economic development in the ten-town Housatonic Valley.


This site offers one of the best free blogs on agents going. It's sponsored by BookEnds, which started in 1999 as a book packaging company and now operates primarily as a literary agency focusing on fiction and nonfiction books for adult audiences.

Daily Writing Tips

True to its name, this is one of the best and most comprehensive sites of its kind. It offers lots of free help to improve your writing skills with daily tips, grammar, spelling, misused words, business writing and more. Daily Writing Tips offers simple yet effective tips to improve your writing.


With a site like this, who needs expensive, hardcopy reference books? Almost, anyway. Duotrope offers a free, searchable database of more than 2,200 current markets for short fiction, poetry and novels/collections. The site also offers a ton of free services to writers and editors, including a free online submissions tracker for registered users. The site usually is updated several times daily, and all the listings are checked at least twice a month.

Manuscript Editing — Fiction and Nonfiction Book Editor

This site offers a paid service for manuscript editing of fiction and nonfiction. What's great about it is its free resources for writers, including for and about Christian writers, legal research, publishers, historical fiction, horror, literary agents, awards, marketing and publicity, mystery writing, paying markets (fiction and nonfiction) of publishers, query letters, copy editors, romance and science fiction. It also has free links for articles, advice, message boards, workshops, software, writers groups, conferences, contests and workshops.


This is a phenomenal free resource for locating alternative publications by independent publishers. It includes links to the publishers of alternative and literary magazines, including news, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more. Utne Magazine called it "the best overall Internet portal to the alternative press."

Pub Rants

This wonderful, user friendly site is just what it says it is — a very nice literary agent indulging in polite rants about queries, writers and the publishing industry.

Query Tracker

This site is free one-stop shopping for your literary agent and query needs. It enables you to track query letters to and share data about literary agents. The site is a pioneer in "social data gathering," enabling users to contribute data about their query and agent experiences.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SWFA) Beware

Writer Beware is the public face of the SWFA's committee on writing scams. It's a great place (like Predators and Editors) to avoid the pitfalls of bad representation. The SFWA gives attention to issues that affect both professional authors and aspiring writers.

Adele M. Annesi is a freelance writer and an editor with a high-tech analysis firm in Stamford, Conn.