Media and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich
has taught at colleges and universities, trained
technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her
expertise to help dozens of authors develop the social media platform
needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns
Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular Romance Book blog,
best-selling author, beer blogger and beer marketing expert, mom of
three, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe
lives in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience
in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint
as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a
groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has
gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and
more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”). More recently she is
garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are
more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of
breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at
times in exotic locales like
Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The
Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex
storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will
delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is
Wouldn't it be great to get a critique
from a bunch of other writers? This is your chance!
We'll be doing critiques right in the
chatroom for this chat. Details on how to get in on the action will be
emailed to all subscribers the Friday before the chat. Make sure you're
signed up for the mailing list, and get your short (300 word max)
submission polished up! (Sign up for our mailing list
here. ) DON'T submit until you get the email!
I strongly suggest you
submit polished work. Most of our chatters are aiming for
publication. To get there, you have to be able to handle honest
critiques. I will not allow personal attacks, but problems in the
writing will be openly discussed.
If you are not in
attendance, your submission will be skipped. It's a waste of
everyone's time to critique something if the author isn't there to
essay, query letter...it doesn't matter. I recommend trying to get an entire scene
into 300 words. Full scenes get better crits.
Why only 300 words? More
than that will scroll off the screen too quickly. People need to be
able to read it, to give a good crit.
Greta Beigel, concert pianist-turned-journalist, was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home in
South Africa during apartheid. She earned a Performer's
Licentiate in Music from
the University of South Africa, and won a scholarship to study with famed
pedagogue Aube Tzerko in Los Angeles. Her award-winning, scholarship piano
recital program is featured as an Amazon MP3. In California, Greta reunited with
her long-lost Yiddishe father, and went on to become an arts journalist, working
on staff as writer and editor for many years at the Los Angeles Times.
She is the author of
three Jewish-themed books: The humorous/satirical “Mewsings: My Life as
a Jewish Cat” (also in audio); the short story, “A Jew from Riga,” about
her efforts to learn more about her Dad’s mysterious past, and “Kvetch:
One Bitch of a
Life,” a memoir (paperback and e-book) about growing up an Orthodox Jew
and a gifted pianist in South Africa during the apartheid era. Beigel
now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Clark is founder of FundsforWriters.com, a well-known writer's
reference for grants, contests, markets,
publishers and agents for the serious writer. The website and
newsletters have existed for fourteen
years, and been recognized by Writer's Digest Magazine in its 101 Best
Websites for Writers for thirteen of those years. 42,000 writers receive
her newsletters each week.
She's published in Writer's Digest, Writer's
Market, Guide to Literary Agents (by Writer's Digest), The Writer
Magazine, as well as multiple trades, glossy mags and numerous Chicken
Soup books. She's interviewed often by both writing and business
websites and speaks to writing conferences throughout the United States.
Her book The Shy Writer: An Introvert's Guide to Writing Success,
continues to sell steadily.
She is also author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Lowcountry
Bribe is the first in the series published by Bell Bridge Books. The
mysteries describe federally employed Carolina Slade's sleuthing
abilities throughout rural, rarely seen South
Carolina settings, facing
crimes not found in your typical mystery. The second and third books in
the series, Tidewater
Murder and Palmetto Poison, are now available. This year, she started a
new series set on Edisto Beach.