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

Apple Getting Into Ebook Subscriptions? 

At least one observer thinks it’s a pos­si­bil­ity. 

Apple’s recent acqui­si­tion of book rec­om­men­da­tion engine BookLamp sug­gests the com­pany is con­sid­er­ing a move into the now-hot ebook sub­scrip­tion ser­vice to com­pete with Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, Oyster and oth­ers. 

Contrary to pop­u­lar belief, a good rec­om­men­da­tion engine isn’t hugely impor­tant to a good ebook retail oper­a­tion, writes Andrew Rhomberg. But, it’s very impor­tant to any kind of con­tent sub­scrip­tion ser­vice. 

So, does that mean Apple is def­i­nitely going to have one? No. But if it does, you know where you heard it first.

New at the Conference:
Agent Critiques

One of the unique aspects of the James River Writers Conference is that it has some­thing for every­one. No mat­ter what the next step in your writ­ing jour­ney may be, you will find some­thing help­ful at the con­fer­ence. With this in mind, we’ve added a new oppor­tu­nity to the con­fer­ence this year: cri­tiques.Two expe­ri­enced agents have each agreed to cri­tique five man­u­scripts at the con­fer­ence. Tanya McKinnon will cri­tique pages from five chil­dren or young adult man­u­scripts and Ann Rittenberg will cri­tique pages from five fic­tion manuscripts.

The Big List of Social Media

From TrackMaven...

Theres a num­ber of dif­fer­ent tools I use daily, weekly and for dif­fer­ent chan­nels. Putting together a huge list of all of these tools helps avoid silly errors, like con­fus­ing the func­tions of nails and screws. I’ve sep­a­rated each con­tent mar­ket­ing tool into a cat­e­gory which describes them with the func­tion they pro­vide and the last cat­e­gory with Refreshers are a list of resources to keep packed away for those moments when your brain just blanks out.

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

LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS.

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

LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS.

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

LIMITED TO 18 STUDENTS. THIS SEMINAR WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE EXPANDED MAIN EVENT SPACE.

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.

From WIRED:

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.