Wednesday, May 30, 2007

NJCWG Quarterly Workshop

This Saturday, June 2, 2007 the North Jersey Christian Writers Group will host one of its quarterly "hands on" workshops. This is not something you want to miss!

I will have twenty four different photographs -- each presenting an unlimited number of stories. The first members to arrive at our workshop will get first choice of the photos. After choosing your photo you will be asked to create a story using a specific set of instructions. You will have 30-45 minutes to muse, outline and write. We'll break for refreshments (my treat), then come back to review what you wrote. After that, you will be given the choice to do a rewrite or to choose a second picture.

Questions? Drop me an email -

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Author & Speaker
NJCWG Facilitator

Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Novel - Special Price

Joe Cellis, an excellent author and someone I've encouraged along his writing path, recently sent me an email asking that I post this message. Please do check out his work. You won't be sorry.



Greetings friends,

Since the debut of my first novel, The Healing Place, in April of 2001, many of you have been asking when will my next novel be published. That day has arrived. Murder at Whalehead is now available.

I am putting out a special lower-priced edition ($13.79) for family, friends, fans, and fundraisers before the novel is marketed nationwide. This summer I will be meeting with representatives from Outer Banks Press. If I work out a deal with them, the novel will be re-priced—probably around $18.95. Outer Banks Press will become the distributor along with the major online bookstores (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, etc.).

For now, Murder at Whalehead is only available through at this price.

Here is the link if you would like to get one:

Here are some quotes about the novel:

“An atmospheric and thoroughly engrossing mystery of people and place, MURDER AT WHALEHEAD will absorb the reader from its first tantalizing page to its last satisfying conclusion. It’s a true page-turner, filled with fully realized characters who understand both faith and doubt.” Michele Rubin, senior agent at Writers House (one of New York’s top literary agencies)

“Joe Ellis weaves engaging characters, suspense, and triumph of spirit together in a great read.” Nancy Haddock, novelist at Berkley Books.

“I’ve read 37 novels so far this year. MURDER AT WHALEHEAD is at the top of the list. I loved it.” Gretchen Snodgrass, English teacher and avid reader.

I am also making signed copies of Murder at Whalehead available for fundraising purposes. All you have to do is make a list of people in your organization, church, neighborhood, etc. who are interested in a signed copy of the novel. Let me know how many books you need. I’ll deliver the books to you. The suggested donation per book is $15. You keep $5 per book and send me the rest to cover my costs. Twenty books= $100 dollars for your cause. Email me at for more information or call me (Joe Ellis) at 1-740-633-0423.


Joe C. Ellis

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Maui Writers Conference

For information about this year's Maui Writers Conference go to:

The Publicity Hound

From the Publicity Hound, Joan Stewart

If you've written a book, or you're thinking of writing one, or you're an expert who wants to turn a head full of knowledge into a career, don't miss the opportunities that 99 percent of all authors and experts miss.

These mistakes will keep your book off the best-seller list and severely limit your ability to turn all that knowledge into multiple revenue streams.

Steve Harrison, who has worked with thousands of authors and experts over the years, is presenting a complimentary teleseminar on Thursday, May 3. He'll talk about 12 mistakes authors make, and the 22 super-lucrative income streams which most authors and experts overlook -- but are surprisingly easy to implement (and certainly MUCH easier to produce than writing another book).

Choose from two times slots: 2 p.m. Eastern (11:00 am Pacific) or at 7 p.m. Eastern (4 p.m. Pacific). Because I work with authors, too, I'll be on the afternoon call soaking it all in.

Want to join me, or listen during the evening? Register at

P.S. Steve will NOT record the calls, so this is your only chance to listen.

Joan Stewart
The Publicity Hound

Randy Ingermanson Msg

Randy Ingermanson

Take a moment to read this note from Randy Ingermanson


The second-smartest thing I did in the last five years was to invent that pesky "Snowflake method" for designing and writing a novel. No doubt about it -- the Snowflake has helped me write better and faster, and that's been worth a lot of money to me.

Want to know what's the SMARTEST thing I did in the last five years? That's easy: Posting the Snowflake method on my web site for free.

I've just posted an entry on my Advanced Fiction Writing Blog to explain why:

Hope to see ya there!

Randy Ingermanson, publisher of: The Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine
The Mad Genius Writer E-zine

Randy Ingermanson
President and CEO of Ingermanson Communications, Inc.
2210 W. Main St., Suite 107, Box 103
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The next meeting of the NJCWG is May 5, 2007
Ringwood Baptist Church
30 Carletondale Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456
Time: 2:30-4:30 pm


2:30 - Lesson
This month will dig into some good pieces of writing to discover what exactly makes each piece worthy of publication. We will also work on writing in active voice.

~ The sister of an aspiring writer, who recently passed away, has generously offered to our group her sister's numerous writing books. She will bring them to our meeting and anyone who is interested in the books may take them as their own.

~ The winners of our DeClutter Your Writing, DeClutter Your Life question and answer contest will receive their autographed copies of Too Much Stuff: De-cluttering Your Heart And Home by Kathryn Porter.

3:30 - Critiques

REMINDER - June 2, 2007
June brings our next Writing Workshop
Be on time (2:30) and bring writing implements, paper and the beverage of your choice.
I'll provide other refreshments.

Latest Column

Comfort Cafe just posted my latest column - Searching. To read the column go to: Comfort Cafe - Espresso for the Heart - Searching by Louise Bergmann DuMont.