Short Stories and Poems Workshop

In the beginning…you have an idea—that needs to be expressed.  It nags at you.  You are obsessed with it.  It just has to be written down. Then what?

Take the Challenge …… The Friends of the Uphams Corner Library is challenging YOU to come join our four-week writing group.  We will help you write that great short story or poem.    All participant will be eligible to have their work included in The Friends of the Uphams Corner Library Anthology.   The book will be published in 2019.

You must register.  The deadline is March 2, 2019.  Space is limited!

 $30 donation holds your space. All proceed will go toward publishing the book. 

You can sign up for any one of 2 locations:

Friday, March 8, 15, 22, 29.  At the Boston Home, 2049 Washington Street Dorchester.  (handicap accessibility)

Saturday 9,16,23,30.   At the Uphams Corner Library, 500 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA.  02125

Times at both location: 10am to Noon

Email at saveuclibrary@gmail.com    and  Willieaweb@gmail.com  or

 call 617-265-0139 for more information.

Mail a check or money order payable to The Friends of the Uphams Corner Library.  500 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125  

***Please include a note with your name, address, phone number, email, and your preferred location.Sponsored by Friends of Uphams Corner Library and Authors Without Borders 


Prometheus Books Excepting Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone: Go to https://www.childrens-book-publishing.com

Prometheus Books is a large established publisher of what they like to call “intelligent non-fiction.” They specialize in publishing non-fiction books that fall into the following categories: popular science, philosophy, atheism, humanism, and critical thinking. They used to run two imprints but recently sold them to Start Media.

For a while their website was down and they were closed to unsolicited submissions. But they continued to publish books during that period. They have a good reputation and are distributed world wide by Penguin Random House.

Prometheus books was started in 1969 by the philosopher Paul Kurtz, who was also the founder of the Council for Secular Humanism. Since 1969 they have published over 2,500 books

The authors they have published include Isaac Asimov, Tom Toles, S. T. Joshi, Philip J. Klass, and Julian Huxley.

If you are interested in submitting, they request that you submit a letter of inquiry first. The letter introduces your topic and briefly outlines your project. This letter should also discuss relevant competing works, the potential market, the availability of the complete manuscript (or its likely completion date), and the manuscript’s (proposed) length. You should also submit a copy of your CV or resume that includes publishing history.

All letters of inquiry must be mailed to Prometheus. They do not read emailed quires.

You can read their complete submission guidelines here. The submissions guidelines are a downloadable PDF. You can get a better idea of what they publish by browsing their catalog here.

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Want to be an Artist?

Let Ann Tell you:

When I graduated from art school, I had absolutely no idea how to make art a career.  They simply didn’t offer any classes on the professional side of creativity. It took me years of stops and starts and figuring it all out by myself. I always wanted to be my own boss, so in 2001 I began working as a small business consultant and personal assistant.  I used what I learned “on the job” and applied it to my art career.  In 2013, I made the scary leap from a regular paycheck to working as an artist full-time.  And I am pleased to say that every year since my business has either grown or held steady, plus I get to live my dream! Seven years ago, I developed the Focusing Series.  The idea was to support small business owners and artists, by simplifying the steps needed to forge ahead and to share my years of experience so that participants can achieve success sooner.  As of the end of last year, the Focusing Series has traveled all over Massachusetts presenting to groups, guilds, co-ops, and art associations.  I also offer private and semi-private workshops in my Boston-based studio. I welcome you to join me this year regardless of your skill or professional level.  All are welcome, and from the feedback, I’ve received there is something positive to be gained just by “being here”.Groups and Educational Facilities can book workshops at the time/date/location of their choice.  The fee is negotiable. Private workshop and Coaching sessions can be arranged at the time/date of your choice for $25 an hour. Small groups (2-6) can book at the time/date of their choice for $15 an hour.
What the Focusing Series offers & Why My offerings are based on what I find to be most helpful as an artist, and small business owner.  Working with individuals over the years, I have noticed that there are certain aspects of career and business management that leave people stumped or stuck.  The workshops address these issues.
Accounting for Artists-knowing how to track your finances is key to sustaining a creative hobby, or developing a growing career.  Tips and tools are presented in an easy-to-understand manner.  All are welcome!
The Art of Communication-many people have a tough time when it comes to writing and speaking about their creative pursuits.  Learn how to create marketing materials, social media posts, how to craft business documents and contracts, and most importantly how to find your Voice.
How to Confidently Price Your Product or Services-this workshop explores ALL of the ways you can create a way to reliably and easily price your work.
How to Sell-you have the skills to create wonderful art, but selling it?!? Learn how to successfully sell your work on the spot and in the moment, and how to build a loyal fan base for your business.  
Making the Most of Weekend Art Events-are you finding weekend art events demand a lot of effort but offer little payback?  Join me to learn how to ensure any art event is a positive experience.
The Focusing Series| focusingseries@gmail.com | 617-955-3472

When do you know?

What You Shouldn’t Do After You Write a Book

But before we talk about what you should do, let’s talk for a moment about what you should avoid after writing your book.

Don’t send your book to a publisher.

Good writing is rewriting. If you want to get published, don’t send your book to any of the following people yet:

  • Agents
  • Acquisitions Editors
  • Publishers

Submitting your manuscript before it’s ready could lead to permanently burning a bridge. I know you’re excited about sharing your hard work, but there is still a lot to do.

Don’t send your book to beta readers.

Beta readers, people who read your book and give you feedback before you publish, can help transform your manuscript from mediocre to excellent.

However, beta readers are best used after you’ve worked out some of the kinks in your manuscript on your own first. Otherwise, you might get feedback that you’re not ready for, or that even hurts your self-confidence as a writer.

We’ll talk about the best time to send to beta readers in a moment.

Don’t edit your book.

What most people do after they finish their book goes back to page one and start line editing from the beginning, fixing typos, correcting grammar, and polishing sentences until they shimmer.

This is a huge mistake.

Because here’s the problem: After you finish your book, there are going to be major structural problems. There are going to be sections that need to be cut, other sections that need to be written from scratch, and some sections that need to be rewritten.

What happens when you realize you have to cut a section that you’ve spent hours, days even, polishing? At best, you’ve just wasted a lot of time, and at worst you might be tempted to leave a problematic chapter in your manuscript because you’ve become attached to it.

Instead, I have a better system that will save you time and result in a better book at the end of the process.

5 Next Steps After You Write a Book

Now that you know how to avoid the pitfalls after you write a book, let’s talk about what you should do next.

1. Let Your Book Rest

Not only do you need a break after writing your book, your book needs one too.

This is because after you finish your book you have no perspective on it. You don’t know what’s good, what’s bad, what needs work, what is good as is.

Letting your book sit for a few weeks, even a month, gives you time to regain perspective and start to see what your book really is.

For me, I’ve been letting my book sit for two weeks, and only now am I feeling ready to get started with the editing process.

2. Read Your Book

Before you jump into editing, read your book from start to finish. This is the second step in gaining perspective on your book, and while it’s time-consuming, it will save you dozens of hours because you’ll see exactly what you need to work on for your next draft.

As you write ask yourself the following questions and take notes about what you find:

  • What’s missing?
  • What’s extra?
  • What needs to be rewritten?

For me, this is my next step, and I’m both excited and a little terrified of what I’m going to find.

3. Dream

When you read your book you’re almost certainly going to be surprised. By how good some sections are. By how bad most of the rest is. But especially how different what you actually wrote is from what you had in your head.

There are some things you might have to grieve after you read your book. But this is also a chance to dream again.

What could your book become? How could you transform it into something new?

For me, I’ve been doing this even as I was writing the book, and I’m really excited to see how my dreams for the book change as I go through the editing process.

4. Edit and Rewrite for Structure

Now that you have a good idea about where your book is and where you want it to go, you’re ready for the second draft.

Your second draft isn’t about fixing typos and polishing sentences. It’s about structure.

This is when you write new sections for those holes you found when you read through your draft. This is when you cut those sections that weren’t necessary, and when you rewrite the sections that were but were broken.

This part can feel like excavation, chiseling away at your book trying to discover the treasure underneath the surface.

Once the overall structure of your book is sound, only then should you start to polish.

5. Get Some Help

After your second draft, it is a good time to start inviting other people into your book, including beta readers or even an editor.

Before this, your book isn’t you enough, and if you get too much involvement from other people, you lose some of your personal vision. The second draft allows you to put more of you into your book.

But after you’ve been through the steps above, you’re ready to build a team that can take your book to the next level. (And also catch some of those typos you missed.)

Then, at last, after all of these steps, your book is ready to be proofread, grammar checked, and polished.

This Is the Hard Part of Writing A Book

As hard as writing the first draft is, I’ve found that editing is much harder. Most of my writing breakdowns have come on the second draft, not the first.

However, editing can also be the most exciting part of the writing process because at last, you are watching this thing that you have created finally become a book.

A lot of people want to write books. Few ever actually finish one. It’s a rare experience to be able to edit your book. When you get to this point, I hope you’ll do your best to enjoy it.

Have you ever finished writing a book? How did it feel? Let me know in the comments!


Go back and find a practice you’ve written in earlier lessons. (Haven’t practiced before? Here are our top 100 writing lessons.) Use step #2 and read your practice over, asking yourself the following questions:

  • What’s missing?
  • What’s extra?
  • What needs to be rewritten?

Next, spend fifteen minutes editing your practice for structure. When your time is up, post your practice in the comments section below. And if you post, please be sure to give feedback on a few pieces by other writers.

Happy writing!

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is an author and the founder of The Write Practice. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let’s Write a Short Story! You can follow him on Instagram(@jhbunting).


Alberta Sequeira

Email: alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

other writer’s site: wwww.authorswithoutborders.wordpress.com

Author’s Experiences

Taken from: https://authority.pub/how-to-write-author-bio/

For someone who had no desire to write, my table has no space. Since this picture, I have more published and enjoyed writing them all.
Alberta Sequeira

Purchase Alberta’s books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

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