Regina Edwards-Drumm

Fall 2015 Writing Classes

If you are interested in writing a book, I am teaching my writing classes at OCM BOCES

http://www.ocmboces-catalog.org/

A Writer’s Journey: Where to Begin 9/10/15-10/1/15

A Writer’s Journey: Crafting Your Novel 10/8/15-10/29/15

A Writer’s Journey: Publishing Your Book 11/5/15-12/3/15

Hope You will come join me. I love teaching these classes. I have met so  many wonderful and talented writers in our community.

 

New Release – No More Lies

My latest novel is now available!!! Book 3 of the Wayward Wives Club Series is finally here.

Check it out on Amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com

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Fall 2014 Writing Classes

The schedule is in. Here are my Fall 2014 Writing Classes

A Writer’s Journey – Where to Begin

9/25/2014 – 10/16/2014 6:30-8:30 pm (Thursdays) $69

OCM BOCES – Liverpool

Have you always wanted to write a book, but have no idea where to begin or started a book, but need some direction? Learn what it takes to make your ideas into a complete and entertaining story. All styles and gneres of stories are welcome. This course will cover writing groups, writing methods, author resources, and information on writing conferences. Bring a notebook & pen or laptop.

 

A Writer’s Journey – Publishing and Marketing Your Book

10/23-2014 – 11/13/2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm (Thursdays) $69

OCM BOCES – Liverpool

You’ve finally completed your manuscript. Now What? The world of publishing has drastically changed over the last couple of years. With the emergence of e-publishers, vanity publishers and royalty paying Indie-publishers, it’s not the same old game to get the big companies top print your stories! As an author you now have more choices to bring your stories to life. This course will provide you with advice on using an agent, traditional vs. self-publishing, writing a query letter, and marketing.

 

 

Chapter Teaser from “No More Lies”

http://reginaedwardsdrumm.com/awaywithwords/chapter-teasers/

 

Lewis County Fair 2014

Had a great time last Saturday at the Lewis County Fair with friend and author Barbara Witek.  As usual, the folks there were wonderful, one of the reasons I love going. Special thanks to the Lowville Free Library and Dawn Myers for inviting us. This also confirmed I NEED my own horse. To see more photos from our day at the fair visit my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/reginadrumm?ref=hl

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June, July & August 2014 Writing Classes

My next group of writing classes will be starting soon. It’s not too late to contact OCM BOCES to register at 315-453-4666 or signmeup@ocmboces.org

A Writer’s Journey: Where to being

Thursday, June 26- July 17, 2014

6:30-8:30pm

$69

 

A Writer’s Journey: Publishing & Marketing your book

Thursday, July 24 – August 14, 2014

6:30-8:30pm

$69

Stop and Smell the Roses or in this case Read a Book

Recently, I have found myself unmotivated to write. Some of it a little writer’s block and the other, just tired out. So, what to do. For me, one of the best things I can do is read a book. For most writers, we fell in love with writing because we love to read. A good book is what inspired us to become writers to begin with. My good friend Barbara Witek’s new book was just released and I decided to take some time out of my schedule to read it. So glad I did. First, “Daddy wore Dog Tags” was a good book. It had great characters and a sweet romance. Second, it made me want the next book so Barb better get writing. Third, it made me sigh at the end and want to get back to work on my own book. It was that reminder of why I began writing.

The other thing I did was watch a Hallmark movie. If you are a romance writer, you can’t beat a good Hallmark movie for inspiration. Again, another contented sigh at the end. Regardless of what genre you write, reading that book or watching that movie related to what you write can do wonders for your inspiration.

I am happy to say that my mojo returned. Thanks to a workshop I took with author Susan Meier, I was inspired to work on my story board. I now have my next 3 chapters plotted out so I can sit and write my little heart out.

So while you are racing trying to meet the next deadline or find you mojo a little out of sync, don’t forget to do what inspired you in the first place, stop and read a good book.

2014 March & April Writing Classes

I am very excited that BOCES in Liverpool invited me back. I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful group of writers in my last classes. I hope they stay in touch and continue to work on their writing. So much talent and so many great stories to tell. My next round of writing classes is as follows:

A Writer’s Journey: Where to begin

Saturday March 22, 2014 – April 12, 2014

10 am – 12:30, four weeks, Cost $69

 

A Writer’s Journey: Marketing & publishing your book

Thursday April 3, 2014 – April 24, 2014

6:30 – 8:30 pm, four weeks, Cost $69

 

It’s a great time to be an author!

As I have been teaching my writing classes, I can’t help but reflect on how much the writing industry has changed over the years. Back when I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) and CNYRW, the publishing world was a very different place. The large publishers were king and queen. They held a writer’s fate in the palm of their hands. Rejection was common place and often discouraged writers from pursuing their dreams.

Today, writers are fulfilling their dreams left and write (yes, I did that on purpose). Technology and the emergence of smaller presses and indie-publishing have changed all of that. I believe that as authors there is still that desire to sell to one of the big publishers and see your books on the shelves of Barnes and Noble. However, if that sale does not happen, your dreams do not have to come to an end. There are numerous smaller presses that have appeared on the scene offering authors options and of course indie-publishing. Publishers receive thousands of submissions. It would be impossible for them to publish each one. A rejection does not mean that you haven’t written a good book (although in some cases that is a possibility), it might just mean that it wasn’t the right time and fit for that particular publisher and the line you targeted. Don’t let that rejection stop you from seeking other opportunities.

Stop and ask yourself what you are looking to accomplish with your writing. Does it make sense for you to go with a smaller press or self-publish? Do your homework. Educate yourself on what is going on in the industry. What publishers are publishing the type of book you’ve written? Read the books that are selling. Keep working on your writing and learning the craft. I know multi-published authors who continue to go to workshops. And for heaven sake, DON’T stop writing and DON’T stop submitting your stories or looking for the best option that works for you. Now is an incredible time for you to pursue your writing dreams and seeing them come true.

It’s a great time to be an author.

2014 Writing Classes

I am very excited to be teaching my first writing classes for OCM BOCES in Liverpool, NY

A Writer’s Journey: Where to Begin

Have you always wanted to write a book but have no idea where to begin, or started a book but need some direction? Learn what it takes to make your ideas into a complete and entertaining story. All styles and genres of stories are welcome. This course will cover writing groups, writing methods, author resources, and writing conferences. Bring a notebook and pen or a laptop.

4 classes 1/18/14 – 2/8/14 on Saturdays from 10 am – 12:30 Cost $69

 

A Writer’s Journey: Publishing Your Book

You’ve finally completed your manuscript, now what? The world of publishing has drastically changed over the last couple of years. With the emergence of e-publishers, vanity publishers, and royalty paying Indie-publishers, it’s not the same old game to get the big companies to print your stories. As an author you now have more choices to bring your stories to life. This course will provide you with advice on using an agent, traditional vs. self-publishing, writing a query letter, and marketing.

4 classes 1/23/14-2/13/14 on Thursday nights from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm Cost $69

I hope you will join me as we explore a writer’s journey.