Are You Willing to Be Rejected?

by Ava Pennington

Nobody likes to be rejected. And when we’ve poured ourselves into a writing project, only to see it rejected by agents and editors, it’s easy to take that rejection personally. “My manuscript isn’t good enough.” “My writing skills aren’t good enough.” “I’m not good enough.” Is that true? Before you believe the lie that you’re […]

Where to Submit Short Stories

by Grace Geide

Last week, we suggested three ways to celebrate Short Story Month. Maybe (we hope!) you’ve started writing your own short stories. Great! Now what? This week, we’d like to help you find places to submit short stories. Contests Whether you’re just starting to write short stories or have a cache of completed manuscripts, there’s a […]

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3 Ways to Celebrate Short Story Month

by Grace Geide

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“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” ―Neil Gaiman May is here, and that means it’s National Short Story Month! Short stories may be—well—short, but if done […]

How to Host a Virtual Book Launch Party

by Ava Pennington

Last month I talked about how to plan a physical book launch party. This month, let’s discuss how to host a virtual (online) book launch party using social media. You can plan a virtual party in place of a physical party, especially if finances are tight. Or your virtual launch can be in addition to a […]

Write2Ignite Conference Celebrates Success Stories!

Conference connections that helped launch authors' careers!

Maria Bostian: author of What Should Daisy Do? and Firefighters’ Busy Day As Write2Ignite Conference 2018 approaches, we want to highlight what we’re calling “Success Stories”: stories of past participants whose attendance at W2I led to specific contacts, published work, and even jobs! We often emphasize the benefits of attending a writing conference—benefits that include […]

Alert: Website under construction! Changes are in the wind!

 Photo by Darcy L. Hendrick

Like this winter’s weather (not to mention unusual early spring weather patterns), the Write2Ignite website will be changing in appearance and content in the coming weeks, for several reasons.

  • First, we lost some key pages and will be restoring them, with improvements. Registration is one of them!
  • Second, we’ll be reorganizing and reformatting some content, adding menu tabs, and moving others.
  • Third, we will continue to add Speaker Spotlights with brief descriptions of workshops on our September 21-22 Conference schedule, complete our faculty bios, and add editors and literary agents as their responses come in.
  • Our overworked Webmaster, Samantha Schweizer Bell, will be getting help from Team members new to WordPress. Please bear with us as we make these changes!

Host a Book Launch Party!

by Ava Pennington

You’ve done it. You’ve published a book. Now comes the hard part. Marketing. You’ll be posting, tweeting, blogging, and talking about your book to anyone who’ll listen. But have you considered planning a party? A book launch party will create buzz for your book, give your friends a chance to celebrate with you, and may […]

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