The Group Thing

Writers are supposed to be lone wolves. There’s just one name on the book cover. The image of a writer is a lone person banging away on his or her keyboard like a maniac, perhaps talking to themselves, their muse, or their imaginary friends. Whenever I have a character say something, I assume their voice and say the words out loud to see if it sounds right. I’ll only start to worry if I hear one of them tell me something back.

Now, there are writers groups out there where the lone wolves can gather in a pack to share and critique. These groups are invaluable. One local group, DFW Writers Group, has been around for 30+ years, they have one of the biggest annual conferences that several NY agents attend and many of their members have snagged book deals. It seems that one publishing company has taken the idea of the writing group and taken it to the advertising side as well.

Outskirts Press, a self-publishing company, recently announced their “Co-Op option” for their authors to advertise their books. Basically, they take out an ad in Publisher’s Weekly, or “the bible” to us writers, and each author can pay for a 2″ space that includes the book cover pic and short synopsis. It’s a great way to get our names out in front of the movers and shakers in the publishing community for a fraction of the price of a normal PW ad. So far, only Outskirts is doing this, but it’s a great idea that I’m sure will be replicated within the entire self-publishing community.

And speaking of the group thing, our first NANOWRIMO boot camp class will be this Sunday, August 21 at 2:00pm at A Real Bookstore in Fairview, Texas. We are gathering together to prepare ourselves for November, when we will undertake the task of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. Suzanne Frank, Director of the Creative Writing program at SMU will be our presenter at this first meeting. She will be speaking of the importance of a strong plot. Afterward, we will all gather together to brainstorm, critique, and have a great time talking about our possible plots, story arcs, characters, etc that will fill the pages of our NANOWRIMO projects. If you live in the DFW area, we’d love for you to join us at A Real Bookstore. Best of all, it’s free!   


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at


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