Amanda Arista will be our guest speaker at the February 26 DARA meeting, teaching us about Down and Dirty Character Development.
Why spend months developing a character only to find that its the wrong character for the story you want to tell? Using this boiled-down amalgamation of three top screenwriting teachers, Amanda Arista will show you how to create a character that will leap off the page with their own backstory, voice, and deep connection to the story you want to tell.
Our February meeting will be held on Zoom. Social time starts at 9 am, followed by a brief business meeting at 9:30. Amanda will begin about 10 am. (Click here or on the Zoom image below to go to the meeting link.)
Invite your fellow authors to join us! Please contact email@example.com for an official invite with Zoom link (needed only so we can keep track of who attends). Guests are welcome to attend one meeting for free, and additional meetings without joining will be $5 each. Free meetings are one of the many benefits of DARA membership!
About Amanda Arista
Amanda was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi, lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. Good thing she loves to travel.
During the summer after second grade, she read every book in the young adult section of the library, much to the surprise of the local librarian. So she started making up her own stories and hasn’t stopped.
She has a husband who fights crime, one dog who thinks he’s a real boy, and another who might be a fruit bat in disguise. She recently added a tiny human to the mix who is following in her mother’s footsteps of storytelling.
Along with her BA in English & Psychology and her MA in Education, Amanda is a graduate of the SMU Creative Writing Program and now teaches other aspiring authors. She has delivered lectures at several writer conferences and loves discussing craft, character, and structure. Her current favorite: Stirring up Trouble with Romantic Subplots.
She is represented by Kimberly Brower, of Brower Literary & Management.
Visit Amanda on her website: Amanda Arista.
Join us Saturday, October 23, for Darynda Jones' "Humor and Heat: How to Write Funny Without Sacrificing Sexual Tension." It should be educational and a lot of fun! We'll start at 9 am with a social half-hour, followed by a short business meeting at 9:30. Darynda will start about 10 am. FREE! Invite your friends.
Humor and Heat -- Darynda will give tips on how to add comedy to any book, how to take your sexual tension from lukewarm to blisteringly hot, and how inserting humor hits at the right time can amp up that tension even more.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into17 languages. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
(P.S. There is a new Zoom link this month. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the updated link.)
Denny S. Bryce keeps us up to date about marketing in a pandemic at the January 27, 2021, meeting of DARA.
With in-person author events such as conferences, in-store launch parties, and book club gatherings on hold, how can authors do the best job possible in advertising, marketing, publicizing and engaging readers?
What’s the difference these days in publicizing and promoting for the indie book authors vs. traditionally published authors? Or has this line blurred? Let’s discuss how a 2021 marketing plan looks in light of the pandemic.
Let’s share ideas and have a frank discussion about what it takes to get the most out of social media platforms and author marketing partnerships during COVID-19!
And remember: The POWER IS IN THE PLAN!
About Denny S. Bryce
Denny S. Bryce writes historical fiction, and her debut novel, WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES from Kensington Books will be on sale on March 30, 2021. (Editor’s Aside -- This novel is one of Bustle’s Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2021, and one of Oprah Magazine’s Most Anticipated Historical Fictions of 2021! Congrats, Denny!)
A marketing and public relations professional, Denny spent more than 20 years running her event marketing firm. For nearly 10 of those years, she also wrote and read Buffy/Spike fan fiction. A devoted fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel (the TV series), she is also a classic film buff and loves genre TV. Current favorites include Bridgerton, A Discovery of Witches; This is Us, The Flash, and Seal Team–and of course, Outlander_Starz!
Denny has taught workshops on marketing for authors and spoken on romance and historical fiction panels at the Strand Book Store and BookCon in New York City, the Baltimore Book Festival, and the Gaithersburg Book Festival, to name a few. A member of the Historical Novel Society (HSN), the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and Novelists, Inc. (NINC), Denny also completed the 2019 TIN HOUSE WINTER WORKSHOP (a prestigious literary workshop) in Portland, Oregon, and is a 2020 PITCH WARS adult mentor.
She is represented by Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates and recently relocated from northern Virginia to Georgia.