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Workshop: January 25th – Sizzling Scenes: Creating Unforgettable Scenes that Really Cook

Workshop Itinerary
9:30 to 10:00 Check in
10:00 to 12:00 Intro and First Session
12:00 to 1:15 Lunch
1:15 to 2:45 Second Session
2:45 to 3:00 Wrap up

Speaker: Author, Susanne Lakin

Workshop: Sizzling Scenes: Creating Unforgettable Scenes that Really Cook:

This lighthearted workshop fills a need for writers of all levels to explore the various ways scenes can be constructed and the elements needed to make a scene sizzle. Good writers are like good cooks—using a variety of ingredients and spices, simmering until boiling, and leaving a surprise twist or lingering aftertaste to keep the reader wanting to come back to the table for seconds. We will look at the three major components of a scene—the beginning, middle, and end, and judge at random excerpts from best-selling novels to evaluate what works and doesn’t work in their scene construction. Bon Appetite!

Class: Jungle Survival Marketing for Authors 2014 – Module 1

Jungle Survival Marketing for Authors 2014 – Module 1

Understanding The Book Jungle…so you can survive as an Indie Author
MODULE 1 – 5 Weeks

Whether this is your first adventure with your first book or if you have had a book on the market for years and are not happy with its sales results. Patti will help you navigate the snarly world of book marketing by first helping you to identify what you will need for the trip and what tools to pack. Patti has helped authors with their book marketing since 2009, she can help you circumnavigate your local area or the globe online. This is module 1 of the micro semester coursework on marketing for authors.

  1. A Jungle Can Be Exciting and Dangerous – Knowing how to avoid predators
  2. Whacking the Foliage…so you can see where you are going with your book
  3. Tools of Survival – Getting packed for your adventure
  4. Finding the Indie Path – You do not need to do everything at once
  5. Pick up New Tools in the Jungle – New ways to look at marketing books and expanding  your career as an Indie Author

Patti Hultstrand

Patti Hultstrand is your SURVIVAL BOOK SPECIALIST. She has helped to publish over 60 books. She has also been a graphic designer for 23 years, 14 of those years in a Phoenix-based print shop, so she really knows how to successfully publish your books in print and in eBook format.

Patti has also been teaching writers and authors the ins and outs of marketing the book in Meet-up Publishing and Marketing for local writers for almost two years. She can be found interviewing guests on KWOD Radio, working with authors in her publishing services business since 2008, and working on the niche pop culture newspaper, The WOD.

Online Musician, Writer’s, and Artist Forum –

BuzzedAbout is an on-line forum for writers, artists and musicians to post and share their work, as well as to connect with one another.

At BuzzedAbout, we have a dream, to create the ultimate Virtual Arthouse Café, a place where artists and musicians can meet up, connect with their fans, and promote themselves in a whole new way.

Currently, is open to musicians. And you will find a wide variety of musical styles represented. If you are interested in adding your own work to the mix, sign up today. This is your chance to connect with your fans on a whole new level – participate in discussions, promote events, build your base and sell your products.

As a Virtual Arthouse Cafe, BuzzedAbout is also a place to check out new work, collaborate with others, and keep up on the latest new sounds and trends.

This is your café. So we encourage you to make it whatever you choose. Come on inside! We look forward to sharing it with you!

Four Chambers Call For Submissions – Second Issue

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS For more information, contact:



Deadline: February 14, 2014

Independent community literary magazine Four Chambers is looking for good literary work for its second issue (May 2014). Individuals may submit up to 5 poems and/or 3 prose pieces in any style, genre or form (under 5000 words each). Prizes include $100 for editor’s choice award and an additional $100 pool for honorable mentions. The magazine will also select certain works to be illustrated by local artists. Full policy and submissions form are available online at We look forward to reading your work.

About Four Chambers Press Local-National

Four Chambers Press is an independent community literary magazine based in Phoenix, AZ that seeks to give greater visibility to the literary arts and encourage their larger participation in the cultural scene. While literary magazines publish literary work and community literary magazines may get that work from the community, we are publishing work to build community. For more information, please visit

your work soon!

Local Books – The Gathering (End’s Beginning)

Paperback        Kindle (No Kindle Version)

by Randy Lindsay (Author)

Robert Williams didn’t expect an early honorable release from his mission, but upon his return home, he sees the reason for the surprise decision. Unemployment, rampant violence, and frequent food shortages have put the United States on the brink of another civil war. As the threads of society unravel, the Williams family must adapt to drastic changes as the long-foretold gathering begins to take place.

The Gathering coming January 14, 2014 from Cedar Fort