Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pflugerville Romance Reader Social

This past Saturday was the Romance Reader Social at the Pflugerville library. Patrice Sarath, Julie Kenner and I were the authors. We had a great turn out and it was a lot of fun! I thought I would share a couple of pictures from the event. You'll notice that this year I wore my rose colored Regency gown. Somehow the color seemed appropriate for a Valentine's Day event...

This is Bette McDowell who organized the event, me and Patrice Sarath.

Here I am with Julie Kenner and Patrice Sarath.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

next Book in a Week class

Well, it's that time....

Here's the information on my next Book in a Week class--one of the best gifts I believe an author can give himself or herself. It's a chance to write better, faster and have more fun doing so. It's a new way to look at the process of creating a book.

Dates: Feb, 17, 2013 to March 29, 2013 (Note: Last week of class is wrap up and relatively low key.)
Cost: $85 ($45 if you've taken the class before)
Deadline to sign up: Feb. 15, 2013
Lessons: Everything is handled by email so you do the lessons at YOUR convenience
Class size is limited.

Payment for the class may be made by check or by PayPal. To sign up send an email to with the title of the class you wish to take in the header and in the body of the email please put: your name and whether you prefer to pay by check or PayPal. Also, please let me know if you have taken the class before.

Note: If you do not get a response back from me, please try emailing me at Unfortunately email does sometimes simply disappear into cyberspace.

Class Description: This class will take you through every step of the writing process—from beginning to brainstorm all the way through sending material out to be published. And it will help you discover who YOU are as a writer. You can participate as much or as little as you like in email discussions.

Weeks 1-3: This is when you do the prep work with lessons that are designed to get you thinking in new ways about your project. Among other things, I'll cover characters and book structure, imagery and use of names, POV and how to make sentence and paragraph structure work for you. If you choose, you can post answers and get help brainstorming ideas for your book but NO ONE is required to do so!

Weeks 4 and 5: Intensive Writing Weeks (March 9, 2013 through March 24, 2013)This is your chance to write better and faster than you ever have before, to discover what YOUR natural first draft will look like and ways to fit writing into your life that you may never have thought of before.

Week 6: Here's your chance to look at the experience of weeks 4 and 5 and use it to create a writing method that works for YOU and is tailored to your most natural writing style. We'll also look at how to revise your work in the fastest, most effective way possible and I'll be sharing some of my thoughts on query letters, synopses, etc.

Does BIAW work? Well, a number of people who have taken this class are now published or under contract and/or finalled in or won contests with material they worked on during my classes! One author has had her book optioned for a movie!

Bio: April Kihlstrom is an award winning author of 32 published romance novels. She offers coaching to fellow writers as well as classes and workshops on writing and has spoken at many conferences including: the Romance Writers of America national conference (romance) and the East of Eden conference (non-romance).