Agile Writers is a writer’s club dedicated to helping the beginning writer create a first-draft novel in 6 months.  Greg Smith created the Agile Writer Method as a way of getting from a blank page to a full manuscript. it is based on the writings of experts in the field and years of interaction with writers of all skill levels.  It is the contention of Agile Writers that anyone who has a story to tell can complete a first-draft novel in 6 months using the Agile Writer Method.

"You don’t have to be a great gram­mar­ian or great speller to write a novel. You don’t have to have con­nec­tions in the writ­ing world. What you need to have is a pas­sion for your story idea and a plan to com­plete. You bring the pas­sion, we’ll help you with the plan."

-Greg Smith (2011)
Founder Agile Writers
Creator of the Agile Writer Method

Read more at Writers House:

Samar Farah FitzgeraldInstructor: Samar Farah Fitzgerald
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-Members
Saturday, August 30, 2014 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM


Ever feel inde­ci­sive about what point of view is best for the story you want to tell? This sem­i­nar will explore the artis­tic advan­tages of third-person sto­ry­telling. We’ll break down the mechan­ics of the third-person point of view, ques­tion estab­lished myths about the third per­son, and take a close look at famous exam­ples of third-person nar­ra­tives. We’ll also use short writ­ing prompts to become more com­fort­able with the point of view.

ed falcoInstructor: Ed Falco
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-Members
Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM


Writing fic­tion based on his­tor­i­cal events has its own set of rewards, headaches, and respon­si­bil­i­ties. We’ll dis­cuss cre­at­ing char­ac­ters and devel­op­ing plots based on his­tor­i­cal fig­ures and events. We’ll also talk about the writer’s respon­si­bil­ity to a con­structed char­ac­ter and nar­ra­tive ver­sus the accu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of events and peo­ple. We won’t be able to solve every prob­lem that arises in our dis­cus­sions, but with luck we’ll learn a thing or two about writ­ing his­tor­i­cal fiction.


Jay Varner SQInstructor: Jay Varner
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-Members
Saturday, December 6, 2014 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM


Nonfiction author Philip Gerard says, “We write out of mys­tery, look­ing for an answer we don’t have, try­ing to resolve what trou­bles us, to under­stand what seems beyond com­pre­hen­sion.” Has any quote bet­ter encap­su­lated why we write about our fam­ily? Over a few hours, through writ­ing exer­cises and group dis­cus­sions about selected read­ing, we’ll come to under­stand how to approach what can be one of the trick­i­est but also one of the most reward­ing things in a writer’s life: putting your fam­ily on the page.


With the doors almost ready to open for Comic-Con International in San Diego, Marvel Comics is open­ing the flood­gates to their mas­sive online comics archive,Marvel Unlimited—for only 99 cents. For the next week, a dol­lar will buy you a month of total access to Marvel’s online cache of over 15,000 comics, which range from books that hit the stands six months ago to the Golden and Silver Age clas­sics of yesteryear.

Basically this means that if you’re a comics fan—current, lapsed, or sim­ply curi­ous to learn more about these span­dex super­stars from the movies—you could eas­ily spend the rest of the sum­mer con­sum­ing one of the largest comics col­lec­tions in exis­tence for the price of a cheap cup of coffee.

From Digital Book World:

Historically, Amazon has been good about treat­ing self-published authors and tra­di­tion­ally pub­lished authors equally. There are some excep­tions (for instance tra­di­tion­ally pub­lished titles can be pre-ordered, and most self-published authors can­not get this fea­ture. Again there have been excep­tions made for best-selling self-published authors), but for the most part both self– and tra­di­tion­ally pub­lished authors have enjoyed equal treat­ment. They share sim­i­lar expo­sure on best-seller lists and top-rated lists, and Amazon’s “cut” from sales have been the same for both groups (30% under the agency model). In fact, when the agency model went into affect, Amazon raised self-publisher’s roy­alty from 35% to 70% to match what tra­di­tional pub­lish­ers were get­ting. But now with the roll-out of Kindle Unlimited, we see two very dif­fer­ent treatments:

Publishing Mergers and Acquisitions

From: Publishers Weekly:

The first half of 2014 was one of the pub­lish­ing industry’s busiest six-month peri­ods for merg­ers and acqui­si­tions since the start of the Great Recession.

The com­bi­na­tion of the eco­nomic down­turn of 2008–2009 and the uncer­tainty about where the book busi­ness was headed as e-books began to take hold at the begin­ning of the cur­rent decade made it dif­fi­cult to place a dol­lar val­u­a­tion on com­pa­nies, which, in turn, made the heads of both large and small pub­lish­ers reluc­tant to get involved in the acqui­si­tion field as either buy­ers or sell­ers. That atti­tude began to change with the announce­ment of the Penguin–Random House merger. With the econ­omy grad­u­ally improv­ing and the slow­down in e-book growth pro­vid­ing a bit more clar­ity about the future of the book mar­ket, more exec­u­tives have been will­ing to take the acqui­si­tion plunge. Indeed, in the view of some indus­try observers, con­sol­i­da­tion is key to sur­vival for com­pa­nies that want to remain in the trade book business.

From CNN:

The com­pany announced the $9.99-per-month ser­vice on Friday and said that it would let users “freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books.”

A por­tion of Audible’s audio­book library is also included.

Of course, the 600,000 titles rep­re­sent only a small slice of all the Kindle books for sale through Amazon’s sprawl­ing online store. This is due in part to dis­agree­ments between Amazon and some major publishers.