Blog

Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions shares news about her mother, Judy Korotkin, being profiled in USA Today.

Congrats!

Wow! My 87-year-old mom, Judy Korotkin, was in USA Today! An article about cool stuff folks were doing in their retirement. She’s writing poetry. Pretty inspiring, and not just because she’s my mom–the fact that she’s been so prolific. Hope I can say the same when I reach her age.

Continue Reading 0
Article about writing and publishing a newspaper or magazine column written by Beth Mende Conny, author and president of Write Directions.

Become a Columnist: 10 Key Steps

Columns are a great way to share information and ideas, promote your business and philosophy, and have some fun in the process. But that’s just part of their appeal. They also help you develop your “voice” and writing muscle, so you can move more confidently toward equally ambitious projects, be they articles or books. How do you create—and market—a winning column that attracts a loyal following? Read on! 1. Understand the genre. Shorter than most […]

Continue Reading 9
Here's how to prepare your print bid. Use the tips from James Hersick of Rocketfuel Design Company and Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions, who will be team-teaching the class "Self-publishing: From Inspiration to Publication."

Printing bid worksheet

If you’re thinking of self-publishing, print out this handout. It was developed by James Hersick, president and creative director of Rocketfuel Design Company. He developed it for the self-publishing class we are team-teaching this Saturday, April 12, 9 am to noon. My experience shows that clients often panic when it comes to pricing out their books. The process is pretty straightforward, actually, especially if you view the handout. It’s one of several he created for […]

Continue Reading 0
Beth Mende Conny and James Hersick of Rocketfuel Design will be teaching "Self-publishing: From inspiration to publication" on Sat., April 12, 9-12 at Cowork Frederick in Frederick, MD.

Self-Publishing: From inspiration to publication

This Saturday, April 12! 9 am – 12 pm Cowork Frederick, Frederick MD $69 Register! Self-publishing is no longer fringe publishing, undertaken by wannabees who couldn’t otherwise get published. Rather, thanks to technology and the Internet, it has moved into the mainstream, allowing aspiring authors to say: “I don’t need your permission to get my message out.” Consider: the number of self-published books jumped 59 percent from 2011 to 2012. Self-publishing has advantages: You’re in […]

Continue Reading 0
Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions posts an article about how to balance writing and family.

Balancing Writing and Family

  How, given our hectic everyday lives and family responsibilities, do we find the energy, space, and time it takes to bring a creative work into being? As a full-time writer who’s also a work-at-home mom, I’ve grappled with this question for years. And I’ve found some answers I’d like share: Now’s as good a time as any to write Sure, you can wait until the living room’s been painted, the car’s been paid off, […]

Continue Reading 0
Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions writes about the publish or perish obsession writers have and how hers began in 2nd grade.

Publish or Perish: A second-grader’s perspective

One day while reading my 2nd grade Weekly Reader, I came across an article about a 6-year-old girl who had published a book of poetry. Because she didn’t know how, literally, to write, she dictated the poems to her mother. (“Yo, mom, take down this sonnet!) Voila! — she became a published author. I don’t remember the girl’s name, I do remember thinking: “Oh no! I’m seven and I still haven’t published!” Embarrassingly, I continued to utter […]

Continue Reading 0
Beth Mende Conny of the Write Directions Institute describes her class Self-Publishing: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Self-publishing facts

If you’re thinking of self-publishing, here’s my advice:  Stop thinking. Do it. Need convincing? Consider these facts: 2012 ISBNs show nearly 60 percent more self-published books than in 2011. (An ISBN — International Standard Book Number — is a 10- or 13-digit number used to identify a book; it is unique to each book. Think of it as a book’s Social Security number.) Proquest The number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than […]

Continue Reading 0
Thanks! Thanks! Thanks to my first "graduating class" of the WriteDirections Institute. They graduated "Time management for writers" this Wednesday. I gave them enough tips to plan out the next few months of their work/creative lives. I'll check in with them in a few weeks to crack the whip. In the meantime, here we all are. Sitting from the top: Carol deLaski, Don DeArmon, Tom Seemes, Laurel Webster, Katherine Heerbrandt; standing left to right: Matt Edins, Lisa Booth and Kathleen Hickey. Not shown, Nancy Deyle Randall.

“Time Management for Writers” graduating class

                Thanks! Thanks to my first “graduating class” of the WriteDirections Institute. They graduated “Time management for writers” this Wednesday. I gave them enough tips to plan out the next few months of their work/creative lives. I’ll check in with them in a few weeks to crack the whip. In the meantime, here we all are. Sitting from the top: Carol deLaski, Don DeArmon, Tom Seemes, Laurel Webster, […]

Continue Reading 0
Source: Wikimedia Commons

10 Hot Tips For Conducting a Winning Interview (A Writer’s Guide)

1. Determine your bottom line Before conducting an interview, get crystal clear about what you want and why. Without this understanding, your interview is like a car rolling along without a driver. It may have momentum, but it doesn’t have direction. Once you’ve identified your bottom line—the information you have to walk away with in order to write your piece—you and your subject are free to meander conversational back roads. 2. Heed the agenda Every […]

Continue Reading 0