Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Using the New Amazon Giveaway to Promote Your Books

Jodie Renner, editor & author

Just as I was considering running a Goodreads Giveaway on my new craft-of-writing guide, Captivate Your Readers (which is #1 on Amazon's "Hot New Releases" list in "Authorship"), I found out about a new initiative from Amazon.com, released on February 10, called Amazon Giveaway, which you might want to consider taking advantage of to promote a print book of yours. (My personal experience and conclusions at the end.)

For now at least, it doesn’t include digital prizes like e-books, and entrants (prizewinners) have to be in the U.S. But the good news is, Amazon sends off the books for you, unlike Goodreads giveaways, where you have to package and mail the prizes yourself. Two disadvantages are that you have to pay full price for your own book (hopefully that will change) and you can’t personalize your prize in any way – you won’t be able to autograph the book or insert a personal note.
Basic info on Amazon Giveaways:
The product must already be on sale on Amazon. You can give away any product Amazon sells, as long as it’s on their list of eligible products. Digital items like e-books, songs, gift cards, etc. are not eligible, and for now at least, you can’t give away Kindles. To find out if a product is eligible, go to the page for that product, then scroll down to below the reviews of that item and look for an “Amazon Giveaway” box.
To run an Amazon Giveaway, you need an Amazon account with a valid credit card.
You may only enter one item at a time as a prize, and you can give away up to 50 of that item, to a maximum value of $5,000.
You pay for the prizes and postage upfront.
You can run two kinds of promotions. Either:
- Entrants win on a first-come, first-serve basis; for example, the first 5 or 10 or 20 people to join the giveaway receive a print copy of your book. This is probably not the best choice, as entrants need to be at the right place at the right time, and could spread the word quickly among their friends, so anybody else entering after that will be disappointed.
- Entrants win by luck or chance, like a Rafflecopter giveaway. You could specify that for every 10 or 25 or 50 or 100 entries you’ll give away a print copy of your book.
For now at least, entrants’ eligibility is U.S. only, age 18+.
All giveaways last one week or until prizes run out, whichever comes first.
Amazon ships the book for you, but as the host, you pay the shipping costs (lowest available, and of course only in the U.S.).
If you want to check out current giveaways and see how it works, search Twitter for the hashtag #AmazonGiveaway.
How to become a giveaway host:
Anyone who wants to host a giveaway can get started at amazon.com/giveaway or simply visit Amazon to find the eligible item they would like as a prize and click “Set up a giveaway” near the bottom of the product detail page. From there, the host determines the giveaway details, enters custom content, and decides whether prizes will go to many entrants or to the first few entrants. Hosts receive a unique link that they can share with their audiences how, when, and where they choose.
How people enter to win your book or other prize:
Each entry to an Amazon Giveaway is simple and predictable. They follow the admin on Twitter, give Amazon authorization to connect their app to the entrant’s Twitter account, confirm they’ve got a US address, and they’re entered.
Click to read the FAQs for this giveaway.
You can choose the odds of winning - one book awarded per how many entries.

You receive a link and can advertise your giveaway anywhere, including on social media, by email or newsletter, and on your blog or website.
It’s free of charge. You don’t pay anything to set up and run this promo giveaway.
Amazon takes care of all the terms and conditions and does the shipping and handling for you, which saves you time and trouble. Hosts (you) pay the lowest shipping cost, determined by the winner’s address.
It’s for print books only, not e-books.
You have to pay full retail price for your own books.
Since it ships directly from Amazon, you can’t customize or personalize your gift in any way, so you won’t be able to autograph your book.
You can’t edit the giveaway after it starts. Just make sure the giveaway you’ve setup is what you want before you start promoting it. Once you’ve bought the prizes and pushed the giveaway live and promoted the URL, there’s no turning back.
Many products, including digital ones, are not eligible. To find out if a product is eligible for a giveaway, you need to go to its product page and scroll down to find the “Amazon Giveaway” box.
You can’t give away more than one prize at a time, so no grand prizes or runner-up prizes. You can offer one item only for each giveaway, but of course you control how many of that item you’ll give away.
Although you can advertise your Amazon Giveaway anywhere and integrate it with your Twitter account, you can’t design a giveaway widget or embed this giveaway into your own blog or website, so it won’t drive traffic to your site or help with newsletter sign-ups, etc. Running an Amazon Giveaway will only allow you to send traffic to a site hosted by Amazon.

For entrants in the U.S. only. Citizens of Canada, the U.K., Australia, and other countries are not eligible to win your book or other prize.

Personal experience and final thoughts: 

I entered my new writing guide, Captivate Your Readers in an Amazon Giveaway on March 2, and I opted to give away 5 copies of my new book. I decided on one win per 40 entries. Over 200 people entered within about 10 hours, including overnight, so the 5 books were won and the contest closed. I opted for the requirement that each entrant follow me on Twitter, so I gained 200 Twitter followers in a few hours. But since the contest was over so quickly, next time I would say one win per 100 or even 150 entries. It was expensive, as I had to pay retail price for my own books, plus the postage, but it did raise awareness for my new title and cause a spike in sales of my books, both print and e-books.

Amazon’s press release on this new feature reads: “Amazon Giveaway is an intuitive tool that allows anyone to create and host their own giveaway, to generate awareness and reward their audiences. ‘The idea of running giveaway promotions is easy. They are a really effective way to attract attention and build engagement, but giveaways often come with hidden costs and complexities which makes the reality of running one hard,’ said Steve Shure, Vice President Consumer Marketing. ‘Amazon Giveaway is the first self-service tool that takes care of all the hard work of a giveaway, from setting up all of the rules to shipping prizes directly to winners.’”
A giveaway promotion as an easy and effective way to attract attention to your book and build engagement with you as the author. And I like that Amazon does almost all the work for you on this one. The biggest downside as I see it is that it won’t bring potential readers directly to my website or blog or help with newsletter sign-ups. Also, I can’t sign my book or write a little note inside politely suggesting that a review would be much appreciated!
Have you tried Goodreads Giveaways or this new one, Amazon Giveaways? How about Rafflecopter or other giveaways? Have you noticed a corresponding increase in sales? Give us your opinion in the comments below. Thanks!

Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Fire up Your Fiction, Writing a Killer Thriller, and Captivate Your Readers. She has also published two clickable time-saving e-resources to date: Quick Clicks: Spelling List and Quick Clicks: Word Usage. You can find Jodie at www.JodieRenner.com, www.JodieRennerEditing.com, at The Kill Zone blog alternate Mondays, on Fiction University blog the first Thursday of the month, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Great news! My third editor's guide to writing compelling fiction, CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS, is finally out!

You can find it in trade paperback and e-book form at all Amazon sites, including these:

It will soon be available in print at many independent bookstores and libraries.

Here's a bit about the book:

Captivate Your Readers - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction, by Jodie Renner

This third guide to writing compelling fiction by respected editor and award-winning author Jodie Renner provides concrete advice for captivating readers and immersing them in your story world. It’s all about engaging readers through techniques such as using deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, writing riveting dialogue, and basically stepping back and letting the characters tell the story.

Today’s readers want to lose themselves in an absorbing story. Renner shows you how to provide the immediacy and emotional involvement readers crave in fiction, the direct, close connection to the characters and their world. And she does it in her usual highly accessible, reader-friendly style, with plenty of subheadings, concrete tips and examples.

This book is available in both e-book form and print, through all Amazon websites, and also in print through Red Tuque Books in Penticton, BC. Available soon in print at many independent bookstores and libraries. 

“Jodie’s books are packed with practical writing and editing advice. Get ready to improve your manuscript today.”
– Steven James, author of Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules

“Want to write solid, marketable fiction? Read this book. Regardless of your experience level, CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS gives you clear and concise tools that will help you create a believable story world and spin a good yarn.” 
– DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Dub Walker and Samantha Cody thriller series

“Jodie Renner nails it! Captivate Your Readers should be at the top of every new and experienced writer’s arsenal, as well as a preferred resource for every teacher of writing. Her no-nonsense, easy-to-understand approach is perfect. Bravo, Jodie Renner!”
– Lynn Sholes, bestselling author of the Cotten Stone series and The Shield

Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Fire up Your Fiction, Writing a Killer Thriller, and Captivate Your Readers. She has also published two clickable time-saving e-resources to date: Quick Clicks: Spelling List and Quick Clicks: Word Usage. You can find Jodie at www.JodieRenner.com, www.JodieRennerEditing.com, at The Kill Zone blog alternate Mondays, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Friday, February 13, 2015



They're listed below, in the Rafflecopter form, and they've all been notified. Winners, if you didn't receive an email, please check your Junk folder.


- Jodie & gang.

Great news for writers and aspiring authors! Here's your chance to win one of 15 excellent e-books on various aspects of writing and marketing your novel or short fiction.

To mark the release of my third book, CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction on February 28, I've invited nine talented craft-of-writing authors to take part in a giveaway February 14-28 of their e-books on writing, publishing, and marketing.

Also, I'll be sending out advanced reading copies of my Captivate Your Readers next week in exchange for an honest review of the book on Amazon (& Goodreads) by March 30. Contact me at Info(at)Jodie Renner(dot)com for your free review copy.

Here are the 15 titles offered by ten top fiction-writing and marketing advisors, with their links below for more info:

Captivate Your Readers by Jodie Renner - plus 10 more books for reviews

~ Fiction Attack! by James Scott Bell

~ Outlining Your Novel, by K.M. Weiland

~ How to Market Your Book, by Joanna Penn

~The Emotion Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

~ Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, by Janice Hardy

~ Grammar for Fiction Writers, by Marcy Kennedy and Chris Saylor

~ Fire up Your Fiction, by Jodie Renner

~ Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives, and Other Introverts, by Joanna Penn

The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction, by C.S. Lakin

~ Writing a Killer Thriller, by Jodie Renner

The Positive Trait Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

~ Dialogue: A Busy Writer's Guide, by Marcy Kennedy

~ 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts by Bryan Cohen

The Negative Trait Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.

You can read these books on your Kindle or other e-reader or on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Just enter the draw by clicking on the form below to win one of the following e-books. And if you sign up for my occasional (3-6 times per year) newsletter HERE, then let me know in the comments below, I'll add your name to the "hat" 3 more times. (New subscribers only.) For this option, make sure you've already entered your name in the form below so I'll have your email address. Thanks!

Winners' names will be drawn on March 1, and you will receive your free e-book during the first week of March.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
And here's a little about my upcoming book CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS:

Are you looking for concrete, effective ways to bring your fiction to life for the readers, so they feel they’re right there with the characters? And they stay up until the wee hours of the night eagerly turning the pages? Then this book is for you.

This third editor’s guide to writing compelling fiction by multi-award-winning author Jodie Renner provides specific advice, with examples, for captivating readers and immersing them in your story world. 

Today’s readers want to put aside their cares and chores and lose themselves in an absorbing story. This book shows you how to provide the emotional involvement and immediacy readers crave in fiction.

It’s all about engaging readers through techniques such as writing in deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, creating dialogue that’s real and riveting, and basically stepping back as the author and letting the characters tell the story. 

And like my other popular writing guides, the format of this one is reader-friendly, designed for busy writers, with text broken up by subheadings, examples, and lists, and plenty of concrete tips. It also has plenty of internal links in the e-version so you can click around quickly.

Besides blogging at The Kill Zone Blog and elsewhere, Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction editor and the award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides in her series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Fire up Your Fiction, Writing a Killer Thriller, and Captivate Your Readers. She has also published two clickable time-saving e-resources to date: Quick Clicks: Spelling List – Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips and Quick Clicks: Word Usage – Style and Usage Tips for Busy Writers and Editors. You can find Jodie at www.JodieRenner.com, www.JodieRennerEditing.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Writers' Conferences & Book Festivals, 2015

by Jodie Renner, editor, author, speaker @JodieRennerEd

As I do a few times a year, I've compiled a list of writers' conferences and book festivals in North America. This one, of over 100 conferences and festivals, runs from January to December 2015. (For October 2015 and on, a lot of websites haven't posted their dates for 2015 yet, so I'll update them as I find out the dates.)

Please tell us about any conferences or book festivals I’ve missed by posting the info in the comments below, or email me at Info (at) JodieRenner (dot) com, and I’ll add them to the list. Be sure to give me, in this order, the date(s), the name of the conference,  the location, and the website URL. Thanks a lot!

And by the way, if you're looking for writing contests for your short story, poetry, or book, here are two great lists: 

- Indie Book Contests 2015

- 27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes

And here's an interesting-looking ongoing online writers' conference:

The NEVER-ENDING Online Backspace Writers Conference. http://www.backspacewritersconference.com/


Jan. 16-19, 2015 - 22nd Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, Seaview Resort, New Jersey Shore. www.wintergetaway.com

Jan. 17, 2015 - Troubleshooting Your Novel, Nashville, TN. Faculty: Steven James, Jodie Renner, and Eric Wilson. http://www.troubleshootingyournovel.com/

Jan. 17-25, 2015: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. http://writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/

Jan. 23-25, 2015 – San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley. http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/wc

January 26-31, 2015 - 2015 Todos Santos Writers Workshop, Todos Santos, Baja Mexico. www.todossantoswritersworkshop.com


Feb. 5-9, 2015 – Florida Romance Writers Cruise with Your Muse Fun in the Sun conference. http://www.frwriters.org/fun-in-the-sun-conference/ 

Feb. 6-8, 2015 - Love Is Murder Mystery Conference, Chicago, IL. http://www.loveismurder.net/

Feb. 14, 2015 - MWA-U 2.0, Mystery Writers of America, Boston, Mass. http://mysterywriters.org/mwauboston/

Feb. 11-15, 2015 - San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival. www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

Feb. 12-15, 2015 - San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco. www.SFWriters.org

Feb. 12-15, 2015 – Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

Feb. 20-22, 2015 – Digital Authors 2.0 and Self-Publishing Conference, sponsored by West Coast Writers Conferences. Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, California. www.wcwriters.com/da

Feb. 20-22, 2015 - The Big Story Writers Conference, Los Angeles, Ca. www.wcwriters.com/bigstory

Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2015 - Sleuthfest - an annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, Deerfield Beach, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/

Feb. 27-March 1, 2015 - Beachside Writers February 27-March 1, 2015. Yachats, OR. www.bobwelch.net.

Feb. 27, 2015 - Write On! Authors Conference and Book Fair, South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL. Email lauren.redick@southflorida.edu

Feb. 28, 2015 – Book ‘Em North Carolina (book festival), Lumberton, NC. http://www.bookemnc.org/

MARCH 2015:

March 7, 2015 – The Augusta Literary Festival, Augusta, GA. http://www.augustaliteraryfestival.org/

March 12-15, 2015 - Left Coast Crime's annual mystery convention. This year it’s called "Crimelandia" and is in Portland, Oregon. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org

March 14, 2015 - Unicorn Writer's Conference, Purchase, NY. www.unicornwritersconference.com 

March 14-15, 2015 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and excellent! http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

March 18-22, 2015 – Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia, http://www.vabook.org/index.html/

March 20-22, 2015 – Wordcrafters in Eugene Writers’ Conference, Eugene, Oregon. “The focus is on fiction.” http://wordcraftersineugene.org/conference/

March 22-24, 2015 - The 2015 PubSense Summit, in Charleston, South Carolina. www.PubSenseSummit.com

March 25-29, 2015 - The Algonkian Novel Retreat, Sterling, Virginia, NW of Washington, D.C.

March 26-28, 2015 - The Write Stuff, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. www.glvwg.org

Mar. 27-28, 2015 - Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins, CO. http://www.northerncoloradowriters.com/ 

March 28-29, 2015 - The Dahlonega Book Festival, Dahlonega, Georgia 

March 27-31, 2015 - The Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference, http://www.mounthermon.org/event/212

[ See Jodie Renner's craft-of-writing blog posts on The Kill Zone blog alternate Mondays.]

APRIL 2015:

April 8-11, 2015: AWP Writers’ Conference & Bookfair, Minneapolis, Minn., Assoc. of Writers and Writing Programs. http://awpwriter.org/conference/

April 10-11, 2015 – IBPA Publishing University, Austin, Texas. http://ibpapublishinguniversity.com/index.html 

April 10-11, 2015 - Faith & Culture Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon. www.faithandculturewriters.com

April 11, 2015 – Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery. Free. http://www.alabamabookfestival.org/

April 11-12, 2015 - Word of South Festival of Literature and Music, Tallahassee, Florida. http://www.wordofsouthfestival.com/about/

April 16-18 - Indie ReCon, online conference for independent authors & publishers. http://www.indierecon.org/

April 17-18, 2015 – Southern Kentucky Writers’ Conference and Bookfest http://www.sokybookfest.org/ 

April 17-19, 2015 - Writing by Writers Workshop at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado. www.writingxwriters.org.

April 23-25, 2015 - Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. www.lasvegaswritersconference.com

April 24-25, 2015 – NETWO (North East Texas Writers' Organization) writers conference, Sowing Seeds of Success, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. http://www.netwo.org/

April 24-26, 2015, Tallahassee Writers Conference, Tallahassee, Florida. http://twaonline.org/

April 24-26, 2015 - WisRWA (Wisconsin Romance Writers of America) Write Touch Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  http://www.wisrwa.org/conference.html

April 24-26, 2015 – Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/

April 24-25, 2015 - Ontario Writers Conference, Ajax, Ontario, Canada.

April 23-26, 2015 - Arkansas Literary Festival. Little Rock, AR     http://www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/

April 30 - May 2, 2015 - ASJA's 44th Annual Writers Conference: Connect for Success (Am. Society of Journalists & Authors). www.asjaconferences.org.

April 30 - May 2, 2015 - OWFI Writing Conference, Oklahoma City, OK. www.owfi.org

MAY 2015:

May 1-3, 2015 - Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD. www.malicedomestic.org

May 1-3, 2015 – Grub Street’s “Muse and the Marketplace” Conference, Boston, MA. https://www.grubstreet.org/muse/

May 1 -3, 2015, Kauai Writers Conference, Kapaa, Hawaii. www.kauaiwritersconference.com.

May 6-8, 2015 - Nonfiction Writers Conference, virtual. http://nonfictionwritersconference.com/2015-nonfiction-writers-conference/

May 8-9, 2015, Lakefly Writers Conference, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. www.lakeflylit.org

May 9, 2015 - 12th Annual Connecticut Authors and Publishers Assoc. University - Conference on Writing, Publishing & Marketing - Hartford, Connecticut http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/

May 13-17, 2015 – Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Convention, Dallas, Texas http://www.rtconvention.com

May 15-16, 2015 - LDStorymakers Writers Conference, Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, Utah. http://ldstorymakers.com/conferences/2015-conference/

May 15-17, 2015 - Word on the Lake Writers Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. http://shuswapassociationofwriters.ca/word-on-the-lake-writers-festival/

May 15-17, 2015 – Pennwriters, Pittsburgh, PA. http://www.pennwriters.org

May 15-17, 2015 - SC Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina. http://www.scbookfestival.org/

May 28 - June 1, 2015 - Bear River Writers' Conference, Walloon Lake, Michigan. www.lsa.umich.edu/bearriver

JUNE 2015:

June 6-7, 2015 – California Crime Writers Conference, Culver City, Cal. http://www.ccwconference.org/ 

June 8-12 - West Texas Writers' Academy, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas. www.wtamu.edu/wtwa

June10-16, 2015 -  TheWriter's Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, New York City. www.newguardreview.com/#tabTHEWRITERSHOTEL

June 12-16, 2015 – Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Lands End Resort, Homer, Alaska. http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu/

June 19-23, 2015 - Southeastern Writers Workshop, St. Simons Island, Georgia.

June 23-27, 2015 - Western Writers of America convention, Sacramento, Calif.   http://www.westernwriters.org/

June 25-27, 2-15 - Jackson Hole Writers Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. www.JacksonHoleWritersConference.com

June 24-28, 2015 – Romance Novel Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada. http://romancenovelconvention.com/

JULY 2015:

July 7-11, 2015 – Master Craftfest, Craftfest, and THRILLERFEST – International Thriller Writers annual conference, New York, NY. http://www.thrillerfest.com/

July 8-19, 2015 – Southampton Writers Conference, Southampton, NY. www.stonybrook.edu/mfa/summer

July 16-19, 2015 - West Virginia Writers' Workshop, West Virginia. http://english.wvu.edu/centers-projects/west-virginia-writers-workshop/s

July 22-25, 2015 – Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, New York City. http://www.rwa.org/conference

July 23-26, 2015 – Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, CA. http://bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference

July 24-26, 2015 - Dallas - Fort WorthWriters Conference, Hurst Conference Center, DFW Metroplex, Texas. http://www.dfwcon.org. Twitter: @dfwcon. 

AUGUST 2015:

Aug. 6-9, 2015: Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, Hyannis, Mass. Cost varies depending on number of courses you register for. www.capecodwriterscenter.org

Aug. 7-9, 2015, Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon. http://willamettewriters.com/wwcon/

Aug. 7-9, 2015 - HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers  http://conference.hippocampusmagazine.com

Aug. 7-9, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute (MAFWI), formerly The Nora Roberts Writing Institute, Maryland. www.mafwi.org
Aug. 14-16, 2015 – When Words Collide, A Festival for Readers and Writers, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. http://www.whenwordscollide.org/

August 20-23, 2015 – Writers’ Police Academy, Appleton, Wisconsin (new location). http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/

Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2014 – Decatur Book Festival, Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia. http://www.decaturbookfestival.com


September 11-13, 2015 – Imaginarinum Writing & Film Festival, Louisville, KY http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/

Sept. 11-15, 2015 – Colorado Gold Writers Conference, hosted by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. http://www.rmfw.org/conference/

Sept 19-20, 2015 – Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference, Anchorage Alaska. http://www.alaskawritersguild.com/

Sept. 17-20, 2015 – The American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference, Dallas, TX. http://www.acfw.com/conference

Sept. 20, 2014 - ORAcon2014 – Fiction Writers Conference, Springfield, Missouri. http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/conference-2014/oracon-2014

Sept. 23-26, 2015 – WORD Vancouver: Inspiring Words, Vancouver, BC, Canada. www.wordvancouver.ca

Sept. 24-26, 2015 – Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers’ Conference, St. Augustine, Florida. www.fhbookfest.com

Sept. 25-27, 2015 – Southern California Writers’ Conference, A Weekend for Words, Newport Beach, Calif. http://www.writersconference.com/la

Sept. 25-27, 2015 - SF: SE 2015, a Speculative Fiction Convention.  http://sfse2015.com

Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2015 - NINC Conference (Novelists, Inc.), St. Pete, FL. http://ninc.com/conferences

[ Check out Jodie Renner's writing craft books and resources for writers at www.JodieRenner.com ]


Oct. 1-4, 2015 - Moonlight and Magnolias romance writers’ conference in Norcross, Georgia; http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/mm-conference/

Oct. 2-4, 2015 – Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Edmonds, Washington. www.writeonthesound.com.

Oct. 10, 2015 - Great Lakes Book Bash, Kalamazoo, Michigan.    http://greatlakesbookbash.weebly.com/

Oct. 8-11, 2015 – Bouchercon Crime Fiction Convention, Raleigh, NC. http://www.bouchercon2015.org/

October 8-11, 2015 – Women Writing the West conference, Eagle Truest Resort, Redmond, OR. www.womenwritingthewest.org.

October 9-11, 2015 - The Southern Festival of Books, Nashville TN. http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word

October 15-18, 2015 – Florida Writers Annual Conference, Altamonte Springs, FL https://floridawriters.net/conferences/florida-writers-conference/
Oct. 16-18, 2015 – Emerald City Writers’ Conference (Romance Writers of America), Bellevue, Washington. http://www.gsrwa.org/conference.php

Oct. 16-18, 2015 – Whistler Readers and Writers Festival, Whistler, BC. http://www.whistler.com/whistler_readers_writers_festival/

Oct. 17-18, 2014 – Put Your Heart in a Book, New Jersey Romance Writers Conference, Iselin, N.J. http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference.html

Oct. 17-19, 2014 – Genre-LA writers’ conference, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA. http://www.wcwriters.com/genrela/index.html

Oct. 25, 2014 – Boston Book Festival. http://www.bostonbookfest.org/

Oct. 20-25, 2015 – The Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, BC, Canada. http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

Oct. 22-25, 2015 – The Midwestern Book Lovers Unite Convention for Readers and Authors, Minneapolis, MN. http://midwesternbookloversunite.wordpress.com/
October 24 - 26, 2014 - 13th Annual Florida Writers Conference, Lake Mary, FL. http://floridawriters.net/2014_FWA_Conferences.html 
Oct. 23-25, 2015 – Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada. http://www.siwc.ca/

Oct. 24-26, 2014 - Chicago Writers Conference, University Center, Chicago, Ill. www.chicagowritersconference.org

Oct. 24-26, 2014 - South Carolina Writers Workshop annual conference, Myrtle Beach, SC http://myscww.org/conference/
Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2015 - Killer Nashville, Nashville, TN. http://www.killernashville.com/conference/
October 30 - Nov. 1, 2015, Magna cum Murder in association with Crimefest, Indianapolis IN http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CentersandInstitutes/EBBall/MagnaCumMurder.aspx

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November 1, 2014 - Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/

Nov. 6-8, 2015 – The La Jolla Writers Conference, Paradise Point Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA http://www.lajollawritersconference.com/

Nov. 5-7, 2015 – Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, Santa Fe, NM. www.wordharvest.com/

Nov. 5-8, 2015 – Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, Florida. http://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/

Nov. 7-8, 2014 - Charleston YA Book Festival – YallFest: http://yallfest.org/

Nov. 6-8, 2015 – The New England Crime Bake Conference, Dedham, Mass. http://www.crimebake.org/ 

Nov. 15, 2014 - Seattle PubCamp, hosted by Writer.ly.  http://writerlycommunity.azurewebsites.net/seattle-pubcamp-2014/

Nov. 15, 2014 - Baltimore Writers' Conference, Towson, Md. www.baltimorewritersconference.org.

Nov. 15-22, 2015 - Miami Book Fair International, Miami, Florida. http://www.miamibookfair.com/ 


(Not usually any conferences in December)    


May 22-28, 2016 - Salt Cay Writers’ Retreat, Salt Cay, Bahamas. www.saltcaywritersretreat.com

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Jodie Renner is a sought-after freelance fiction editor and award-winning author of the multi-award-winning Fire up Your Fiction, Writing a Killer Thriller, and  CaptivateYour Readers, as well as her handy, clickable e-resources, Quick Clicks: Spelling List – Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips and Quick Clicks: Word Usage – Precise Word Choices at Your Fingertips. Her blog posts appear alternate Mondays on the award-winning blog, The Kill Zone. Find Jodie on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe to Jodie's sporadic (3-6 times a year) newsletter HERE.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Troubleshooting Your Novel Conference, by Steven James

Troubleshooting Your Novel
 One-day writing conference, by Steven James
Saturday, January 17, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Radisson Airport Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee 

This one-day conference will be filled with practical insights,
dozens of ways to fix plot flaws, time-tested writing secrets,
and easy-to-implement ideas that will help you improve
your novel right now, no matter how far along you are in writing it.
From the broad aspects of building the framework of your novel to the fine brush-strokes of line-by-line editing, this day will transform your writing forever.
Steven James: Critically-acclaimed novelist and nationally known conference speaker

Steven will teach five manuscript-transforming seminars
Eric Wilson: New York Times bestselling author
 and manuscript evaluation specialist
Eric will do manuscript evaluations and consultations
Jodie Renner: Award-winning craft-of-writing author,
speaker, and freelance editor 
Jodie will lead an editing workshop and do
manuscript evaluations and consultations
Jonathan Clements: Literary agent, the
Wheelhouse Agency
Jonathan will do one-on-one consulations
(agent and agency subject to change)

Friday, November 28, 2014


Just a quick note to let you know about two specials on my e-books, which you can read on any e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or computer.

First, my multi-award-winning FIRE UP YOUR FICTION - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories, is ON SALE for 99 cents today and tomorrow only, Nov. 28 & 29, on Amazon.com.

This writing guide has 92 reviews on Amazon.com, for an overall average of 4.8 out of 5 stars, and is perfect for guiding NaNoWriMo participants and other writers through the editing and revising of your novel or short story. Nonfiction writers find most of the information very useful, too.

This would be an excellent gift for any writers, aspiring authors, or even published novelists you know.

Note: This is a Kindle Countdown Deal, which I didn't realize doesn't work for Canadians, Aussies, and continental Europeans, so I'll be dropping the price again manually on Wed. & Thurs, Dec. 3 & 4, to allow people in those countries the opportunity to snag this award-winning guide at 99 cents, too - or the equivalent in your own currency.

Fire up Your Fiction on:  Amazon .com   Amazon .ca   Amazon .co.uk

Also, I've recently published two handy, clickable e-resources for writers, editors, students, instructors, bloggers, journalists, and anyone else with a writing project on the go, QUICK CLICKS: SPELLING LIST - Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips, and QUICK CLICKS: WORD USAGE - Precise Word Choices at Your Fingertips. Both guides are meant to be kept up on your screen or within arm's reach while you're writing or editing, and will save you tons of time looking for the right word or the right spelling! With these, the right word is just a click away!

QUICK CLICKS: WORD USAGE will be FREE on ALL Amazon sites Monday only, Dec. 1, so grab it then!

Quick Clicks: Word Usage on: Amazon.com , Amazon.ca , Amazon.co.uk 

Quick Clicks: Spelling List on: Amazon.com     Amazon.ca     Amazon.co.uk

And you can also purchase the PDFs of these two guides directly from me, the author, at info (at) JodieRenner (dot) com, for $2.99 each, or $4.99 for both of them.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I've been busy creating a new series of handy, clickable e-resources for writers, editors, students, teachers, instructors, journalists, bloggers, and anyone else with a writing project on the go. I just published the second one last Wednesday, and yesterday, I decided to play around with the titles to re-brand them a bit. (Until yesterday, they were called Grammar on the Go and Spelling on the Go.)

So far, two e-books in the series are out: Quick Clicks: Spelling List - Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips and Quick Clicks: Word Usage - Style and Usage Tips for Writers and Editors. And to introduce the second one, I've just put them both on sale for $0.99 each, tonight through Tuesday, Nov. 18. Click on the titles to go to the e-resources on Amazon.com. I'll list the links below for Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk, where they're also on sale for the equivalent of 99 cents USD.

Why more spelling, word usage, and grammar resources? Because these are designed to be super quick and easy to use, so they'll save you a lot of time - and you can rest assured that the information presented is well-researched and accurate.

At the beginning of each guide is a bank of letters like this, only with live links to small groups of words or terms in the document that start with those 2 or 3 letters:

A  ad  af  al  am  an  ap  as   Ba  be  bi  bo  br  bu   Ca  ce  ch  ci  co  com  con  cr   Da  de  di  dr   Ea  ef  em  en  ev  etc.

You click on a pair of letters and you jump right to the words starting with those two (or three) letters. Then on every page is a link to get you back "Home" or to the "Key" to look for another word or term.
The idea is to have the e-resource on your computer, e-reader, tablet, or phone beside you, or the PDF up on your computer, behind or beside your WIP, and just click to the word or term, check it, then get back to your writing project within seconds.
You can buy the PDF for $2.99 ($1.50 during this sale) by contacting Jodie Renner at info (at) JodieRenner (dot) com. You'll need a PayPal account, but they're very easy to set up.
If you click on the links to Amazon, you can open the book and preview the first 10 pages or more to check them out.
Spread the word about this great sale, as it's only for two days!

Quick Clicks: Spelling List on Amazon.co.uk  (0.77)

And suggestions welcome for more words and terms to include in updated editions! Please add any suggestions or comments below. Thanks!
 Besides publishing her popular craft-of-writing books under the series, An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction, the award-winning Fire up Your Fiction and Writing a Killer Thriller (and the upcoming Captivate Your Readers), as well as her handy, clickable e-resources, Quick Clicks: Spelling List – Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips and Quick Clicks: Word Usage – Style and Usage Tips for Busy Writers and Editors, Jodie Renner is a sought-after freelance fiction editor and author of numerous blog posts on writing captivating fiction. Jodie is also a former English (and French) teacher and has a master's degree in language and literature. Find Jodie on Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

20 Excellent Books on Writing, Marketing, & Publishing, $0.99 each, Nov. 7!

Authors rejoice! For one day only, Friday, November 7, you'll be able to soak up a wealth of knowledge on writing, marketing and publishing written by some of the best authors in the business for just 99 cents each. Throughout the day, you can drop by and ask the authors your most pressing questions on writing craft, publicity, markets and more!

Here's a link to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1642751759284824/

Many of the authors will be dropping by throughout the event to answer your questions and will be offering all kinds of giveaways during the event on November 7.

The following 20 books will be offered for only 99 cents each during this one-day event. I know I'll be buying a bunch of them myself!

A huge note of thanks to Bryan Cohen for organizing this second 99-cents a-book event!

- Indie Author Power Pack by Joanna Penn, Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt and David Gaughran

- How to Write & Sell Non-Fiction Books for Kindle by Nancy Hendrickson

- APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur - How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

- Write Your Novel From The Middle by James Scott Bell

- Kindle Publishing Package by Steve Scott

- Writing a Killer Thriller by Jodie Renner

- Writing the Heart of Your Story by C.S. Lakin

- Supercharge Your Kindle Sales by Nick Stephenson

- Goodreads for Authors by Michelle Campbell-Scott 

- Write A F*$%'ing Book Already! by Jim Kukral

- 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts by Bryan Cohen

- Work Smarter by Nick Loper

- Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction by Marcy Kennedy

- The Moonlighter's Guide To Online Writing For Immediate Income by Connie Brentford

- Book Cover Design Secrets You Can Use to Sell More Books by Derek Murphy

- How To Get Honest Reviews by Shelley Hitz and Heather Hart

- Write! Stop Waiting, Start Writing by Cathy Presland

- Formatting Your eBook by J. Thorn

- Writing Active Setting, Book 1 by Mary Buckham

- How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon (Book One and Two) by Penny Sansevieri

Don't miss this rare opportunity to grab, at only 99 cents each, 20 indispensable books to further your career and help you sell more books!

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