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  1. JasonWrench

    Discussion November 30 Check in

    I finally hit 94,004 words right before midnight. I was racing at the last few minutes to hit the 94,000 mark. I definitely need to go back and edit some of those last few paragraphs. :) I'm now exhausted. I still have about 10,000 or so more words before the novel is done. I figure I'll get it...
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    Sleep? Who needs it? Actually, I have a writing group that meets four times a week from midnight...

    Sleep? Who needs it? Actually, I have a writing group that meets four times a week from midnight to 2:00 a.m., which is a great time for me to write. I also got caught up on the Weekend. J
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    Discussion November 22 Check-in

    So far, so good. I hit 50,000 yesterday. I'm far from finishing the book, but I at least hit the base NaNo goal. Jason
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    Lecture Day 3 - Sprints: Why you should record your word count

    I posted my updated word count since Monday. I just hit 9,500. Hoping to hit 10,000 later today to keep me on track. I'm hoping I'll hit the 20-25K mark by this weekend. I know I have a couple of long work weeks coming up, so trying to get ahead. Jason
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    Lecture Day 6: The Hands

    Comment below with some hand gestures you use in your WIP. I was just editing and here were some of the gestures I have: "Mariella said as she twirled her middle fingers in a slightly obscene gesture." "Avla gripped the sides of her temples and started massaging herself as if the gesture...
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    Lecture RAPID RELEASE Lecture #6 Thursday, Oct 7th

    Beth: I'm really glad you brought up the issue of formatting an ebook. The first time I did this, I tried to be a professional and do this in InDesign. Woah was that a lot more work than I had anticipated. Again, I'm going to toot Atticus' horn on this one too because they have an export...
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    Lecture RAPID RELEASE Lecture #5 Monday, Oct 4

    Hello All! As a Windows user, I haven't had access to Vellum, which MAC users seem to absolutely love for formatting books. I have been using Atticus for a number of projects. I know they're still in beta testing mode, but if you're looking for a tool that makes formatting your books really...
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    Lecture Day 2: Body Language and the Brain

    I would be cautious about assuming nonverbal behavior is universal across different cultures. Although there has been some research to suggest there are universal facial expressions (acronym SADFISH): sadness, anger, disgust, fear, interest, surprise, and happiness; a lot of how we gesture, use...
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    Lecture Lesson 1: Intro to Body Language

    Hello! My name is Jason and I am always struggling to figure out what to write when it comes to body language in my novels. Professionally, I've studied nonverbal behavior and communication as an academic for a couple of decades, but I find it hard to put all of that knowledge into practice...
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    Pitch to: Deb Werksman, Editorial Director at Sourcebooks Casablanca

    Title: Shattering Securities Genre: Women’s Fiction Length: 83,000 Author: Jason Wrench Katherine Murray feels under-valued in life and work, and must regain control of her health and happiness while facing a rocky marriage and accusations of fraud to find love, happiness, and freedom...
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    Pitch to: Lydia Sharp, Senior Editor, Acquisitions Manager, and Assistant Publisher at Entangled Publishing

    Title: Shattering Securities Genre: Women’s Fiction Length: 83,000 Author: Jason Wrench Katherine Murray feels under-valued in life and work, and must regain control of her health and happiness while facing a rocky marriage and accusations of fraud to find love, happiness, and freedom...
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    Pitch to: Cassie Knight, Publisher at Champagne Book Group

    Title: Shattering Securities Genre: Women’s Fiction Length: 83,000 Author: Jason Wrench Katherine Murray feels under-valued in life and work, and must regain control of her health and happiness while facing a rocky marriage and accusations of fraud to find love, happiness, and freedom...
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    Pitch to: Lynnette Novak, Literary Agent at The Seymour Agency

    Title: Z.E.R.O. Genre: MM Romantic Thriller Length: 87,000 Author: Jason Wrench Blayne is an openly gay graduate teaching assistant whose life is about to be turned inside out when he lets Ethan, the closeted “E” in the hit boy band Z.E.R.O., come stay with him after Ethan’s lover is...
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    Pitch to: Analieze Cervantes, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

    Title: Z.E.R.O. Genre: MM Romantic Thriller Length: 87,000 Author: Jason Wrench Blayne is an openly gay graduate teaching assistant whose life is about to be turned inside out when he lets Ethan, the closeted “E” in the hit boy band Z.E.R.O., come stay with him after Ethan’s lover is...
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    Lecture RAPID RELEASE Lecture #3 Monday, September 27th

    Lobelia Falls Stories (para-cozy mysteries) 1) Witch in the City 2) Be Right Witch Ya 3) The Witch, The Spa, and the Dagger 4) Murder, Witches, and Jazz Hands - Also related - Sons of a Witch Stetson Storm Series (urban fantasy) 1) Swelling Storm 2) Storm Center 3) Eye of the Storm 4) Storm...
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    Lecture RAPID RELEASE Lecture #2 Thursday, Sept 23

    Beth: I love this... because this is totally how I write. I love seeing the covers. I've actually written books after getting a cover. I even wrote a book after winning a cover from a graphic designer. Here is what I have thus far. So, I went ahead and through an image together. The first...
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    Lecture Rapid Release Lecture #1 Monday, Sept 20th

    Beth: I released the first two books of my Cozy Mystery Series Lobelia Falls Mysteries at the same time. I have to write the third one in October. I also wrote a Kindle Vella Series that involves the same town, but not the same heroine. --- This is all under J. J. Justice. Under Jason Wrench...
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    Lecture RAPID RELEASE FOR HYBRID AND INDIE AUTHORS Intro from Beth

    Beth: Yep, I feel a bit crazy at times with all of the pennames running around in my head. As for 12 Days of Murder, it's now on their website - complete with an animated GIF. Twelve Days of Murder - Jason Wrench But I think they hope to have it for presale on October 12th. Jason
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    Lecture Rapid Release Lecture #1 Monday, Sept 20th

    Hello! So, I can't say I've technically rapidly released anything. I did release a novella and a novel one right after the other. I made the original novela a permanent freebie and hoped this would generate enough interest to get people to read the novel. Has this been perfect? Not exactly, but...
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    Lecture RAPID RELEASE FOR HYBRID AND INDIE AUTHORS Intro from Beth

    Hello Everyone! My name is Jason and I'm a hybrid author. I tend to have a variety of interests and currently am working under four different names. Three of them have publications and one is a new pen name because I want to work in a new genre starting in Spring 2022. So here goes: Jason S...