Next Monday, July 28th, we'll kick off Left Behind & Loving It, my third annual week of virtual workshops here at PBW. For those of you who would like to join in, hold workshops on your blogs and have me link to them, please read this post for all the details.
The schedule of my workshops will be as follows:
Monday, July 28th: Power Plotting -- plotting techniques; how to use my novel wiring diagram to organize your plot quickly and logically
Tuesday, July 29th: Eff the Editing -- my take on editing, and how to keep it efficient and effective
Wednesday, July 30th: World-Building I -- the first part of my workshop on world-building within reason
Thursday, July 31st: World-Building II -- second part of my workshop on world-building within reason
Friday August 1st: Styling -- ways to use your personal style to market your work
Saturday, August 2nd: Brand Me -- creating a memorable brand for your work, your blog, or yourself
Sunday, August 3rd: Write the Life -- avoiding burnout, coping with the biz and living the writer's life that you want
Monday, August 4th: Ask PBW Anything -- Open Q&A where you can grill me on anything writing- or biz-related.
Each day I will be holding a giveaway for my usual LB&LI goodie bags, filled with books, gadgets, and neat writer junk. This year I'll also be giving away:
--A signed set of the Darkyn novels, including an author-generated unbound galley copy of Stay the Night
--A signed set of all the StarDoc novels published to date, including Omega Games, my August 5th release
--The original watercolor I painted for the cover of my workshop companion e-book, It Only Took God Six Days ~ World Building within Reason, signed and framed.
--A stack of my favorite how-to writing books, including a printed & signed copy of my own Way of the Cheetah
--A lapquilt, sewn and signed by me
--A BookWish (any book of the winner's choice which is available to order online, up to a max cost of $30.00 U.S.; I'll throw in the shipping)
--A MusicWish (any CD of the winner's choice which is available to order online, up to a max cost of $30.00 U.S.; I'll throw in the shipping)
--An ArtWish (a $50.00 U.S. gift certificate from Art.com)
Everyone who participates in the workshop by commenting will be entered into the drawing for that day's giveaway (if you don't want to be entered for the drawing, just note that in your comment.) All giveaways will have a 24-hour entry period, and comments will be closed when the next day's workshop is posted. All workshops will be posted at 12:00 AM EST on the date scheduled (unless there's a power failure or some other unforeseen computer problem, in which case, they'll be posted as soon as I can get back online.)
Finally, on Tuesday, August 5th, I will draw one name from everyone who participated during the workshops and send the winner my LB&LI grand prize, a brand new Neo from AlphaSmart.
As always, all of my giveaways during LB&LI are open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.