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JRW Hosts Twitter Chat with Hugh Howey

September 15th, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7pm 

Please join James River Writers on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm ET to participate in a Twitter chat with Hugh Howey,to talk about the publishing industry and all things writing related.

Here is how it will work:

  1. You will need a Twitter account to talk with Virginia during the Twitter chat.
  2. Follow James River Writers (@JamesRvrWriters) and Hugh Howey (@HughHowey) before the Twitter chat so that you don’t miss anything.
  3. Log into Twitter a few minutes before the chat. Enter #JRW14 in the search box.
  4. To start the chat @JamesRvrWriters will post two or three questions for Hugh to answer. At any time you can join the conversation and ask your own question; just be sure to include #JRW14 so your Tweets can be tracked and Hugh can respond.
  5. You may submit questions by starting them with @HughHowey, or simply ask your question as a status update in Twitter and include the hashtag #JRW14.

More about Hugh Howey:

Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wool series. His works have been published in thirty languages and have sold over 2 million copies. He lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. Learn more at

Author Hugh Howey

Author Hugh Howey

How to Meet Your Public: Networking for Writers

August 25th, 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 6:30 pm

Join James River Writers and Literary Agent Paige Wheeler for the September Writing Show— How to Meet Your Public: Networking for Writers.

Networking, online and in person, is more important than ever in the publishing industry. There are valuable opportunities to talk to authors and pitch agents at conferences. But what makes a good pitch, and can you launch it if you run into an agent in the bathroom? What if you are an introvert who really only feels comfortable with cats? Or an extrovert who inadvertently frightens people? Who are you online, and does it matter? Literary agent Paige Wheeler from Creative Media Agency Lit has the answers to these questions and will tell us the good, bad, and brilliant ways to behave ourselves in public and online. Whether you are just starting to write or are meeting an agent at the James River Writers Conference next month, this show will give you an edge.

Come early at 6:00 and have some snacks and show off your networking skills. Secret judges will be watching, and the best networker will have the opportunity to send an agent their first pages. (more…)

JRW T-shirts Are Back!

August 22nd, 2014

James_River_Writers_facebook (1)Have you been longing for the day when the James River Writers’ t-shirt campaign would return with new colors so that you could wear a different JRW tee almost every day of the week? Have you been wondering why you bought a white t-shirt or hoodie when you can’t seem to go an hour without putting your sleeve into something mysterious? Well, you’re in luck! (more…)

August Writing Show Recap

August 21st, 2014

How to Lose an Agent in Ten Steps

by Kellie Larsen Murphy

Many writers either already have an agent or are actively seeking one. Generally, it’s the first step in selling your work to a publisher (large or small). To help, there are dozens of websites and blogs devoted to telling an author how to go about getting an agent but there are none who that can tell you how you can lose one—until now!

Kristi Tuck Austin

Kristi Tuck Austin

This month’s Writing Show, How to Lose an Agent in Ten Steps, could be renamed What NOT to do if you want to keep your agent! Moderated by Kristi Tuck Austin, the format for this month’s show was modeled after David Letterman’s Top Ten List—complete with a “House Band” to count down from #10 to #1. (more…)

Pitching in the Big Leagues

August 20th, 2014

Being ready with a pitch—a concise, compelling description of your book—is especially important at writing conferences because you will have opportunities, either spontaneous or scheduled, to talk about your book with publishing professionals. These opportunities might be casual; in fact, the best opportunities are always the organic ones. An editor might be sitting at your lunch table, or perhaps you meet an author who asks about your current project. Other opportunities are more formal, such as scheduled consultations. You might have a chance to pitch in a one-on-one appointment with a literary agent or editor, in a small-group setting, or in a large pitch contest.

"The Book Doctors" Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

“The Book Doctors” Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

At the James River Writers Conference, our pitch contest is called “Pitchapalooza.” It’s run by The Book Doctors, David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut, who do Pitchapalooza events all over the country.

Whatever the circumstances of your pitching moment, preparation empowers you to shine. (more…)

New This Year at the JRW Conference: RVA ♥ Writers!

August 12th, 2014



This year we’ll be sharing a portion of our conference with all of Richmond—and sharing Richmond with our conference goers. Saturday afternoon and evening hours are set aside for some of our speakers to give open presentations at various RVA locations. A rider board will be available at the conference for attendees who need transportation. (more…)