January 28, 2020
WLT is on the road!

Join us for an upcoming Texas Writes event or for our newest edition of "WLT's On the Craft of Writing" with Kate Dawson.
If you live...
Near Dallas/Fort Worth:
Come by Texas Writes at the Burkburnett Public Library on the Saturday, February 1 with Kathleen Kent and Jeramey Kraatz...

then "WLT's On the Craft of Writing" with Kate Dawson on Wednesday, February 19 at Interabang Books in Dallas, TX...

and then Texas Writes at the Decatur Public Library on Saturday, February 22 with Tex Thompson and John Pipkin.

Near San Antonio:
Join us for Texas Writes at the Menard Public Library on Thursday, March 19 with Donna M. Johnson and Marshall Ryan Maresca.

then Texas Writes at the Leon Valley Public Library on Saturday, March 28 with ire'ne lara silva and Jennifer Ziegler...

Near Austin:
Come on down to BookPeople on Saturday, February 15 for "WLT's On the Craft of Writing" with Kate Dawson ...

then tell your friends about "WLT's On the Craft of Writing" with Kate Dawson on Monday, March 2 at Fabled Bookshop in Waco, TX.

Near Houston:
Join us for "WLT's On the Craft of Writing" with Kate Dawson on Wednesday, February 12 at Murder by the Book in Houston, TX.
We hope to see you soon!
Upcoming Online Class:
The best way to catch any reader's attention is with a strong voice. This is what we're hoping to find when we pick up a book at the bookstore or library and start reading. Sure, we learn the outline of the plot from the book jacket, but if those opening sentences don't grab us, it doesn't really matter what happens to the characters later on. Voice is also the part of writing that harkens back to pre-written forms, not just stories told by the fire but those told by favorite aunts and uncles over dinner. Each of us has a voice of our own, and by identifying it, we can learn ways to hone it until it catches someone's eye. That's why we're excited to be offering the online class "Finding Your Voice" with Heather Harper Ellett on Wednesday, February 5.
Online Class
"Finding Your Voice"
with Heather Harper Ellett
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Deadline to Register: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
In-Person Class
"Self-Publishing: What You Need to Know to Get Started" with Lori Ryan
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9 a.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

This class is for the author starting from scratch as a self-publisher. Learn where to sell your books, editing, covers, formatting, newsletters, social media, and scheduling of releases from a bestselling author who has published both traditionally and with self-publishing. Students will walk away knowing how to prep their books, where to publish them, and marketing tips

Deadline to Register: Thursday, January 30, 2020
In-Person Class
"Self-Publishing Marketing Mastery" with Lori Ryan
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 1 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

This class is for authors who have already published a book, whether through traditional publishing or self-publishing. The instructor, a bestselling author who has published both traditionally and with self-publishing, will talk about more advanced topics in self-publishing and marketing. Students will learn how to use social media and newsletters, create a Facebook marketing ad campaign, and revamp the marketing strategy for a series or book

Deadline to Register: Thursday, January 30, 2020
"OOH is like a private lesson on the business and craft of writing--a fantastic perk for WLT members!"
-Michelle Cullen, WLT Member

Open Office Hours
every 2nd Wednesday of the month
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Meet one-on-one with a staff person (in person or by phone) for a thirty-minute private consultation.  For guidelines and to schedule your appointment, email  member@writersleague.org  with "Open Office Hours" in the subject line. Please be sure to indicate whether you'd like to speak in person or over the phone (and provide your phone number), and outline what questions you'd like to discuss so we can be prepared for your appointment.

Next month, Open Office Hours will be held on Wednesday, February 12 with special guest, Deanna Roy.   If you'd like to schedule an appointment with Deanna, mention it in your email to us.  NOTE: She has ONE appointment spot left. 

Deanna Roy  is the six-time USA Today bestselling author of 50 self-published works, including children's books, adult novels, romance, and nonfiction. She regularly speaks on the subject of marketing and self-publishing.  During office hours, she will take questions on : Marketing for authors, from web site content to social media to paid advertising. The nuts and bolts of self-publishing, from formatting to editing to choosing retailers to carry your work. And career mapping, from deciding about pen names and book order and release strategy for the long-term.

The deadline to book your appointment for February Open Office Hours is Thursday, February 6. 
L. Samuels (Dallas) happily announces her debut book, Phoebe Douse: S3A2 , a YA mystery and adventure story with a dash of the paranormal. Since it's release in Oct. 2019, it has been garnering great reviews and is in the hands of readers throughout Texas and worldwide! Follow L. on Instagram at: l._samuels

Richard Z. Santos (Austin) has been elected to the Board of the National Book Critics Circle.

Elizabeth Oates (Waco) is an author, freelance writer/editor, speaker and podcaster. She has a lot of experience writing books, articles, blogs, and web content for various industries. She is also the founder of Collab Conference, an intimate gathering for Christian women writers. Learn more, here .

To submit your news email member@writersleague.org. Announcements should adhere to the following guidelines: third-person, starting with your first and last name, followed by your city of residence, maximum 50 words. We may edit your announcement for style and clarity.
WLT Program Director Michael Noll recently picked up They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems  by David Bowles, a middle-grade novel-in-poems

" They Call Me Güero  does an expert, joyful job of creating a character who is at once tentative and uncertain and full of brash promises and desire. "

Member Services Director / Program Coordinator Sam Babiak loved Red, White, & Royal Blue  by Casey McQuiston

" Red, White, & Royal Blue  follows Alex, the First Son of the United States as he falls in love with none other than, Henry the Prince of Wales. Witty, moving, and bubbling with chemistry, this book has everything you need in a romance."

Neena Husid, Leadership Austin Fellow recommends The Roxy Letters  by Mary Pauline Lowry

" The Roxy Letters , Mary Pauline Lowry’s romp through an Austin fast going corporate gets a thumbs up from this reviewer."

Read their full accounts on our blog here
Coming up at WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines and other events across the state:

January 30

February 1

"Self-Publishing Marketing Mastery" with Lori Ryan --St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Texas Writes with Kathleen Kent and Jeramey Kraatz --Burkburnett Library, Burkburnett, TX

February 5

February 15
 
February 22
 

Texas Writes --Decatur Public Library, Decatur, TX
 
February 26

February 29 
"Writing Beyond What You Know" with Richard Santos --St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
 
March 14

March 19
Texas Writes --Menard Public Library, Menard, TX

March 28
Texas Writes --Leon Valley Public Library, Leon Valley, TX

April 4
Texas Writes --Reagan County Library, Big Lake, TX

April 18
Texas Writes --Nueces County Keach Family Library, Robstown, TX
 
April 25

May 16
Texas Writes --Quitman Public Library, Quitman, TX

June 26-28
2020 Agents & Editors Conference --Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX