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Tiffany Yates Martin gives her most important talk -- how to improve your writing even when you're not writing -- at the July 24, 2021, meeting of DARA via Zoom.

Writers read—it’s advice authors are given only slightly less often than “writers write.” But curling up with a good book isn’t the same as reading (or watching) analytically as a writer to understand and learn our craft. Arguably the most important, useful skill an author can learn is how to study other storytellers and analyze how they elicit reaction and engage their audience.


This course offers plenty of specific techniques for developing and deepening your knowledge of story craft that you can practice every day: how to assess a story’s strengths and weaknesses by observing its effect on you, the reader/viewer, and tracing back how the author elicited it; how to analyze and dissect specific story techniques–like creating suspense, maintaining momentum, developing character–to see what makes them effective (or not); techniques for bringing an objective, assessing eye to your own writing, and more.


Deepen your mastery of story craft and become a stronger, more skilled writer and editor—without ever touching the keyboard (or even getting off the couch!).

About Tiffany Yates Martin


Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers and New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors as well as indie and newer writers, and is the founder of FoxPrint Editorial and author of the bestseller IntuitiveEditing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. She's led workshops and seminars for conferences and writers' groups across the country and is a frequent contributor to writers' sites and publications. Under the pen name Phoebe Fox, she's the author of six novels, including the upcoming The Way We Weren't (Berkley). Visit her at www.foxprinteditorial.comor www.phoebefoxauthor.com.

Vanessa Vale shares tips for smart use of your dollars and sense at the June 26, 2021, meeting of DARA via Zoom.

Be smart with your indie dollars! Don't just shop thrifty, but THINK it. From beginner to advanced, there are ways to self-publish with little to no expense. These tips aren't just 'do this and save,' but concepts and ideas to produce a strongest author foundation.

About Vanessa Vale


Vanessa Vale is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy romance novels, including her popular Bridgewater historical romance series and hot contemporary romances. With over one million books sold, Vanessa writes about unapologetic bad boys who don’t just fall in love, they fall hard. Her books are available worldwide in multiple languages in e-book, print, audio and even as an online game. When she’s not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys and figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker. While she’s not as skilled at social media as her kids, she loves to interact with readers.

Kim Redford

New Romance Releases from DARA Authors

Cowboy Fire

Smokin' Hot Cowboys, Book 8

May 25, 2021

Sourcebooks Casablanca

90,000 Words

Mass Market Paperback


This cowboy is more than just a perfect face...


Violet Ashwood arrives in Wildcat Bluff County with one agenda: convince the hunky Mr. July from the Wildcat Bluff Fire Rescue's annual benefit calendar to be the face—and body—of her new lonely hearts online dating service. She didn't count on his firm refusal, nor did she count on seeing him again. Until she discovers he's her new landlord.


Kemp Lander, aka Mr. July, wants nothing to do with Violet's schemes to make him a model for her Cowboy Chat Corral, particularly once he finds out she fudged the truth on her rental contract by claiming she was a cowgirl. He's got enough problems trying to keep trespassers off his ranch and doesn't need the distraction of his sexy renter.

All Violet and Kemp want is to save their livelihoods and have their lifelong dreams realized. But it'll take joining forces and discovering they're better together to finally meet their goals.


The smokin' hot men of Wildcat Bluff aren't just cowboys—they're firefighter cowboys! Kim Redford writes contemporary cowboy romance like you've never seen it before!

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