Webinar- How To Edit

If you’ve missed out on the first two webinars in our May “Invest in Your Writing Skills” webinars, you are in luck because there are more to come!  Join us for a virtual opportunity to learn “How to Edit” your work with tips and tricks of the trade shared by Zoe Quinton.

The topics for Wednesday’s (5/20 @7pm) webinar include how to self-edit your manuscript before either hiring an independent editor, querying your manuscript, or self-publishing. That will include such things to look out for as head hopping and other issues with point of view, relying too heavily on adverbs and dialogue tags, over- and underuse of exposition, and how to watch for signs of these and other problems when editing your own work.

Zoe Quinton is a literary strategist, helping authors and companies tell their stories more effectively through editing, consulting, and copywriting.  She lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where she is raising two small humans and enjoys trail running, drinking too much coffee, and growing all the plants. Visit Zoe on Facebook and Instagram for more info!


Webinar- What Publishing Track is Right for You?

Our first webinar “Write That Memoir!” was a success!  If you missed out, don’t worry as WNBA-LA has more amazing programming as part of the “Invest in Your Writing Skills” series during the month of May.  Next on the schedule will be “What Publishing Track is Right for You?” (5/13 @ 7pm).  Remember, all upcoming webinars will be free for WNBA-LA members and $10 for nonmembers.  Join now to save money and “Invest in Your Writing Skills”.

Natalie Obando will be leading us in a journey to discover which publishing format will best meet the needs of your writing.

Traditional Publishing, Indie Publishing, Self-Publishing—Which makes the most sense for you?

What are the major differences for traditionally published, indie published and self-published books? Where will you make the most money? What are the pros and cons for each?

After working with hundreds of authors across all publishing mediums, Natalie has taken note as to what each publishing medium provides. This workshop will dive into each publishing option and highlight what each takes to be a successful author using any of them.

More About Natalie:

Natalie Obando is the founder of Do Good Public Relations and the author of How to Get Publicity for Your Book. Her decade’s long passion for pitching and writing has most recently led her to option her own pilot for a television series and attain representation for her writing.

She has been a panelist and speaker at some of the most well-regarded literary conferences in the industry and also a judge for several book awards. Natalie is the immediate past president of the Women’s National Book Association’s Los Angeles chapter and now serves as the organization’s national vice president. She is the founder and co-host of the podcast, Women of Color Writers.

Natalie is passionate about writing, the literary landscape, media and making a difference by amplifying marginalized voices through writing.

Webinar: Write That Memoir!

WNBA-LA is excited to announce a series of weekly webinars during the month of May, and first up is “Write That Memoir” (Wednesday 5/6 @ 1pm). Wonderful authors Huda Al-Marashi and Ayser Salman will be hosting the virtual event and sharing tips for writing a memoir including how to collect memories to get started, being authentic, finding your theme, writing about family and why memoirs are important.

The webinar is free for WNBA-Members and $10.00 for non-members (TIP: Become a member and join us for all the May webinars for no additional charge!).  To sign up for the event, please RSVP and purchase tickets through the Facebook event.

Huda Al-Marashi is the author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story, a memoir the Washington Post called “a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey to love.” Her other writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, the LA Times, al Jazeera, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. First Comes Marriage was long listed for the Chautauqua Prize and a finalist for the Southern California Independent Booksellers’ Award.

Ayser Salman was born in Iraq back before it became a curiosity and moved to the United States when she was a toddler. Her family moved around a lot those first few years, including spending five years abroad in Saudi Arabia when she was 10. This nomadic childhood made her constantly feel like a fish out of water, but it also shaped her interest in storytelling – the desire to learn about other people and what made them tick, as well as sharing her own experiences. She is a writer and producer/editor for companies like Universal Pictures, Miramax Films, Disney, FX and Lantern Entertainment. Ayser lives in Los Angeles, California.