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Free Indie Novelist Summit starts tomorrow!

If you’re interested in finally writing, publishing and marketing your first novel, then keep reading.

Brian Berni, best-selling author and creator of Authorstech.com, has just announced his latest project, and it’s a going to be amazing!

He’s pulled together SCORES of the most successful names in indie publishing to share their best tips, strategies, and ideas for writing, publishing and marketing a page-turner your readers won’t be able to put down.

And it’s all coming to you FREE in The Indie Novelist Summit!

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You’ll hear the latest and greatest from world-class writers and publishing experts like Joanna Penn, Adam Croft, Joel Friedlander, Dave Chesson, Derek Murphy, Matt Stone, James Scott Bell… Plus dozens more, including me! 😬

Click here to get your free ticket!

Just in time for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the Indie Novelist Summit will take place October 17-21, and I can promise it’ll be stellar. Brian is bringing together the biggest names and most knowledgeable experts to share their best secrets.

And my readers get a free ticket!

Here’s just a small sample of what you’ll learn on the live masterclasses:

  • How to Master Your Mindset
  • How to Come Up With Ideas For Your Novel (That Are Proven to Work)
  • How to Beat Writer’s Block Once and For All
  • How to Market Your Novel Step-by-step
  • Plus much, much more!

If you’re serious about writing your first novel, this is a must-attend event.

Not only will you be exposed to tons of new ideas and strategies, you’ll also have the opportunity to connect in real time with some of the most innovative and cutting-edge thinkers on in indie publishing today.

Whether you’re a relative newcomer to the writing world or you’ve been dreaming of writing your novel for years, you’ll learn tons of new strategies to write, publish and market your first work of fiction.

The Indie Novelist Summit starts tomorrow, and my session is on Thursday at 6pm Eastern (right after James Scott Bell 😮).

I’ve already grabbed my ticket—get yours now! It takes less than a minute, and you’ll be all set to take your writing to the next level.

Happy writing!

Scrivener 3 Compile course is now live!

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If you struggle to compile your work in Scrivener 3, you're not alone. And I have good news!

My newest online course, Scrivener 3 Compile Mastery for Mac, is now live.

Want to know how to turn your manuscript into a Word document, print-ready PDF, ebook, or other file? This self-paced course provides the essential functions and features of compiling, and digs deep to show you how to customize your output.

By the end of the class, you will:

  • understand what compiling is.
  • be able to set up your project binder for best compile results.
  • know how to utilize section types for easier formatting.
  • understand the purpose of the Compile window’s sections.
  • be able to run through simple compile scenarios in minutes.
  • understand how to customize the Compile function for your needs.
  • be able to create drop caps, custom chapter headings, image separators, files for POD books, printed outlines, and more.

Includes:

  • 45 step-by-step lessons with screenshots
  • 20 instructional videos
  • Q&A with the instructor (either on the site or via private Facebook group)

Enrollment includes instant and indefinite course access. What are you waiting for? Sign up today.

You deserve it. 🙂 Happy October!

P.S. If you have a friend who struggles with Scrivener or compiling, feel free to forward this message to them. And if you have a lot of friends to share with, consider joining my affiliate program.

Finish Your Book (and a whale sighting!)

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If you're struggling to finish your #$%@& book, check out the free preview of the Finish Your Book Summit led by popular story coach Jim Woods, which starts today.

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You'll find helpful tips from amazing authors like Jeff Goins, Jon Acuff, and Jennifer Blanchard. And me. 😉 I'm honored to be in such amazing company! My session will be live for free on August 30th & 31st.

If you just can't get to “The End,” you owe it to yourself to check out the summit today. If you decide you want the paid version, use code GWEN at checkout for a $50 discount.

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P.S. In case you missed it, I saw a whale during my bike ride yesterday!! Pretty sure it was a humpback, and it was awesome to see it so close to shore. Here's a pic of its fin, and a short video.
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In Conference (RWA in Denver)

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Serena Bell photobombed me and Jaycee Lee at the RITA Awards

I love a good writers conference, and this year’s Romance Writers of America’s National Conference in Denver did not disappoint. Sure, the hotel was a bit of a maze, but the workshops, speakers, and socializing opportunities were fabulous.

And downtown Denver is a gem.

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Mural on 16th Street

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South Platte River

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Even the alleys had fun in Denver

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Need a spot of fresh air?

I only remembered to get pictures with a few other people, but it was nice to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and finally meet online friends face-to-face. My Scrivener workshop went well—at least based on feedback from those who stopped by my signing table or caught me in the hallway. Any haters ignored me, lol—and I had fun signing books at my first RWA literacy autographing (which raised nearly $40K for the cause!).

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With Laura Griffin at the literacy autographing

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With JoAnn Ross

Do you have a favorite conference experience, writing or otherwise?