Will you make this the year you…

finish that manuscript?

The last name and the website address may have changed, but the foundation of how to go about writing your first manuscript has not.

Mark your calendars to join me, Dana Ellington at my 7th Annual Writer’s Workshop held at the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO.

This year, I’m presenting an updated version of last year’s popular: How to Write and Publish a Novel in 6 Months!

I’ll share the tips, tricks, and tools you’ll need to write, edit, and publish a full length novel by the end of this year. You’ll also hear from a past attendee who successfully followed the program and published her first novel!

This 90-minute session is great for writers 16 years old and up and can be applied to any genre, of writing, fiction or non.

So, if you want to finally get that novel from blank page to published, join me and my guest author, Monday, May 1, 2017 – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Nowata Press (that’s me)

Along with the closeout book sale, I’ll be hosting the following:

FREE coaching session on how to write and publish a novel in six months or less. You’ll not only hear from me, but you’ll be able to speak with a client from last year’s workshop who successfully published her first novel!  If you know of any writers who want to start AND finish their first manuscript, be sure to encourage them to attend.  The workshop will be held Monday, May 1st from 6 to 7:30 PM, Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library. Attendance is free and suitable for writers of any genre, ages 16 and up.  Click here for more info.

Independent Author Book Expo at the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library, April 29th, from 2pm to 5pm.  Each author will have half of a 6′ table to display, sell, and sign their books (limited two titles).  Registration is $25 and will go toward providing bags and refreshments for attendees. Authors, If you’re interested, click here to register.

Questions / concerns? Leave a comment below or email me at: nowatapress@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Dana

 

Returning to the Source.

For awhile there I’d lost the words. Or rather, I’d stepped out of the flow of my life. I was sat on the shore, observing the words (my purpose). Watching as people twisted existence with their power – words have power you know. GREAT POWER.  Seemed that there was no way to combat this rising evil.

So, I took my leave.

The banks, the shore line – it’s pretty. But bland at the same time. There’s no energy for me on the shore save for that which keeps my heart beating. Slow. Steady.  See – no excitement. No…living, just life.

I want to return to living what time I have left in this existence.

So I’ve stepped back into the flow. Into the sea of words and their POWER. I’m about waist deep, rebuilding my trust that I will find the right path through the rhetoric of evil that has polluted this once sacred ocean.

My heart is racing a bit faster. The excitement, the whisper of those other voices. I’m coming home at last.

To that end, I must clean house so to speak.  Release the already visited words back into the wild. Would you care to give them a good home?

Once I am fully back into the flow, these words, as they are housed will no longer be available. There will be new wrappings, new configurations – new ways I’ve told the story. The current words though are good, and worthy of love and I don’t want to leave them languishing.

  • Breaking Point (paperback) = $5
  • Let There Be Life (paperback) = $2
  • Satin Sheet Memoirs, Vol 1 (paperback) =1$

To purchase, click here.  You’ll clearly see the cover displayed and the prices.  Only the three titles listed above are on sale.  Hello Diva is in re-production and will be part of the NEW and IMPROVED Nowata Press Publishing & Consulting opening in July of this year.

E-versions of all titles are available at the locations below until March 31st:

  • Smashwords – multiple platforms, but not so consistent formatting despite all the hard work that went into following the guidelines so the file would be accepted. Sigh.
  • Amazon – Kindle format that looks pretty good :-).

Ahhhh, pulse quickening yet again. Now, to just lie back and let the words carry me all the way home.

I love you.

Dana

Let’s Talk.

A reason for some home town pride.

Courageous Conversations: Being Black in Colorado

I went to college in Alabama. I was asked before leaving Colorado if I was afraid to be going “down south”.  I wasn’t. Or at least I don’t remember being afraid. Looking back, I can tell you the experience showed me a lot about racism…as it existed in Colorado.  You see, in Alabama, it was clear cut that most white people weren’t going to pay attention to me other than to make sure I wasn’t behaving in any stereotypical ways. There were clear cut lines as to where I belonged as a young, Black woman in the areas I spent most of my time. Hence my general discomfort anywhere outside the metro areas of Montgomery (AL), Birmingham (AL), Atlanta (GA), Savannah (GA), and Tallahassee (FL).  The more rural areas, even today aren’t places I want to live or be after dark.

But in Colorado. The lines weren’t as clearly drawn as much as I remember. I never felt as if I wasn’t “allowed” certain places, but there’d be this undeniable, purposeful dismissal. Being blatantly ignored by whites, openly passed over…in certain places and situations, I would cease to exist. It was WEIRD.  Southern whites would look me in my face and deny me – that was clear.  In Colorado, they’d smile at everyone, give everyone eye contact, EXCEPT me.  “Good morning, may I help you” to the whites who’d walked in before me, and when I crossed the threshold, smiling and ready with my “Hello, how are you?”, suddenly everyone’s attention would be diverted and I’d receive no greeting. I can give you countless examples of this type of treatment in Colorado and not one during my time in the south because as I said, the lines were crystal clear and so I never spent time in places I knew I wasn’t going to be welcomed.  In Colorado, that subtle dismissal of my very existences would be at random times, at random places. One day I’d be met with a semblance of respect and a polite attitude, at others, in the same place, I’d be shunned or eyed with great suspicion. As I got older, I realized it was subtle enough to keep me distrustful and always on edge – a state of mind and body that can wreck havoc on sleep, stress levels, and such.

 

Anyway, be sure to click the link above (Courageous Conversations…) and catch a glimpse at how folks in Denver are gearing up to begin talking about such things and hopefully, create some positive dialog and change in how humans are treated in the MileHi (and maybe beyond).

Thank you.

Love,

Dana

 

 

The Christmas Card Campaign: Your Time to Spread Hope to Sevier County Residents

The Christmas Card Campaign: Your Time to Spread Hope to Sevier County Residents

Let’s do this :-).

Bloggin' Billy's

Dear Ones, it is time.

Time to share this blog post.

Time to blow up Social Media.

Time to spread a little love to Sevier County Tennessee residents who lost their homes in the Gatlinburg Chimney fires.

For those who have emailed me, asking how to help. I am inspired. It is time.

Let’s mail Christmas Cards to those who are in need: the displaced, the subleaser, the worker who had their hours cut back, the family with no Christmas tree.

Who is in?

Who wants to be a blessing?

Who wants to spread Peace, Love, Joy, Hope?ccard

You do, of course.

Here’s the deal: When you leave a comment I will respond with an email list of hard-working folk.

Once you obtain the names, please take it to prayer. Ask God to guide you. Should you send a Christmas Card? Money? A gift card?

As we say in the South…

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