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This Saturday in Austin, The Texas Observer is holding its second annual Writers’ Festival, which is free and open to the public. The event goes from 11:30 – 6:00 at the very funky and cool Pine Street Station (5th & Waller, just a block from good old WriteByNight). Six panels inside, and outside will be free beer and wine, tamales, book sales and sponsor tables (including good old WriteByNight).

Our headliner is local author Sarah Bird, Read More »

We’re only two weeks away from the WLT’s “YA A to Z Conference” in Austin. From the event website:

At the Writers’ League of Texas’ brand-new YA A to Z Conference, you can focus on the craft of writing for teens and young adults, as well as meet agents and editors and get up to speed on the latest trends in publishing for this hot market.

Registration includes more than twenty panels and lectures, as well as several receptions and parties where you can rub elbows with agents and editors in the Young Adult market. For a small fee, you can also sign up for one-on-one meetings with agents and editors.

Early bird registration ends March 31, so sign up now for a chance to save $70 on admission.

The conference will be held April 15 & 16 at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road in Austin.

I/we are looking for various submissions for various things, so here are some various notes for you on this various Tuesday.


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As many of you faithful readers know, I recently became the fiction editor (or Fiction Editor–I never know whether or not to capitalize that) at the Texas Observer, a print magazine based here in Austin.

We’re not open to regular submissions at present, but we are holding our first annual short story contest, aptly named the Texas Observer Short Story Prize. Our guest judge is the legendary Larry McMurtry, author of such classics as Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, and Terms of Endearment.

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We at WriteByNight have lightly touched on writer’s block in past blog posts, but we’ve been asked before, “Hey, have you guys ever done a video on writer’s block?”

Well, yes. We have. So get off our cases.

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Today we pick up where we left off yesterday, with Dan L. Hays sharing with us a response to a fan’s questions about writing and publishing.

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So my Plan B became to self-publish. I studied this segment of the industry a lot, and advances in technology have changed it dramatically in the last several years. Mainly, because of what is called Print On Demand publishing. It used to be that if you self published (AKA vanity publishing) you would pay a publisher, who would run off a number of your books, which you were then left with trying to sell out of your garage.

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