Now Write! Chinese and Korean Editions

iuHappy Chinese New Year!

It’s the Chinese Year of the Monkey – the Yang Red Fire Monkey. Education, building businesses and following creative dreams are highlighted.  

So the Year of the Monkey is truly a perfect time to start working with a Now Write! book to practice and improve your writing in general or find inspiration for a specific project.

A hardback Chinese edition of  Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror is available now.  A Korean edition will be available this spring.

The Chinese edition of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror has a yellow cover.  The bird perhaps refers to Edgar Allan Poe’s crow-?  While the Korean cover art remind me of Polish versions of American movie posters.  Pretty cool, huh?

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Chinese and Korean editions of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

A Korean edition is also being released for Now Write! Mysteries.

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Korean edition of Now Write! Mysteries

There’s already a Chinese edition of Now Write! Screenwriting a Korean edition is on the way in June, 2016.

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Chinese edition of Now Write! Screenwriting

Chinese editions of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror are published by China Remnin University Press, available at crup.com.

The Korean editions of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Now Write! Mysteries and Now Write! Screenwriting are being published by Darun Book Publisher.

West Coast Writer Conference: June 26-28, 2015

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Greater Los Angeles Writers Society: West Coast Writers Conference

Now Write! has the pleasure to be involved with the Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society (GLAWS) conferences.  Now Write! hosted lively panels with contributors from several of the Now Write! books at the last 3 conferences. These are friendly, affordable writers’ conferences with a lot to offer writers at various levels from beginning to professional.

The upcoming conference June 26-28, 2015 is the biggest of the year and takes place at L.A. Valley College.

Participation by Now Write! contributors and editor:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Marilyn Atlas2:00pm:  Now Write! Screenwriting contributor Marilyn Atlas will be on a panel: “How To Pitch a Literary Agent or Publisher.”

5:45pm:   Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson will moderate a panel: Techniques for Editing Your Own Work and When to Hire a Pro.”

5:45pm:   Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor Steven Barnes offers a class: The Professional Writer’s Tool Kit” (Laurie wishes she could be in both places at once!)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Brad.thumb1:45pm   Laurie and 2-time contributor Brad Schreiber will present a creative writing workshop featuring Brad’s exercise in Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror:  “Metamorphosis.” Laurie will also share her top 10 favorite exercises selected from all of the books in the Now Write! series.

1:45pm Steven Barnes participates in a panel: “After the TV Pilot – What it Takes to Write a Successful Series”.

See the Conference Schedule.

See the Conference Registration Page.

Now Write! Contributors’ Recent Work

The holiday season has arrived and it’s a wonderful time to enjoy the work of fellow and sister writers.  Great writers make great readers… and vice versa! There’s something here for everyone including literary fiction, creative nonfiction and mysteries.   See also the recently updated: Writing Books by Now Write! Contributors for gift ideas for writers and a chance to win a FREE GIVEAWAY.
Voyage of Strangers voyageof-strangersaudio book by Elizabeth Zelvin (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Lake Union Publishing (Sept. 2014)
The year is 1493, and young Jewish sailor Diego Mendoza has returned from Columbus’s triumphant first voyage with tales of lush landscapes, rivers running with gold, and welcoming locals. But back home in Spain, Diego finds the Inquisition at its terrifying peak, and he must protect his spirited sister, Rachel, from betrayal and death. Disguising herself as a boy, Rachel sneaks onto Columbus’s second expedition, bound for the new lands they call the Indies. As the Spaniards build their first settlements and search for gold, Diego and Rachel fall in love with the place, people, and customs. Still forced to hide their religious faith and Rachel’s true identity, the brother and sister witness the Spaniards’ devastation of the island in their haste to harvest riches. 
Pat Boone Fan Club PatBooneFanClubby Sue William Silverman (Now Write! Nonfiction contributor)
Univ of Nebraska Press (March, 2014)
A one-woman cultural mash-up explores identity among the mishmash of American idols and ideals that confuse most of us—or should. Pat Boone is our first stop. Now a Tea Party darling, Boone once shone as a squeaky-clean pop music icon of normality, an antidote for Silverman’s own confusing and dangerous home, where being a Jew in a Christian school wasn’t easy, and being the daughter of the Anti-Boone was unspeakable. And yet somehow Silverman found her way, a “gefilte fish swimming upstream,” and found her voice, which in this searching, bracing, hilarious, and moving book tries to make sense of that most troubling American condition: belonging, but to what?
escapeofmalcolmpoeThe Escape of Malcolm Poe by Allison Burnett (Now Write! Screenwriting contributor)
Writers Tribe Books (Sept. 2014)
For the past ten years, Malcolm Poe has dreamt of escape. His plan is simple: The day his youngest child starts college, Malcolm will leave his devoted wife to resume the creative life he abandoned for marriage. As the hour of his departure nears, Malcolm buys a blank notebook to chronicle the riot of his memories, passions, regrets, and aspirations – an ascent into the deluded imagination of a middle-aged man who believes it is never too late to start over.
Mothers and Lovers mothers&loversby Maria Flook (Now Write! Fiction contributor)
Roundabout Press (Dec. 2014)
College professor April O’Rourke is in over her head when she moves next door to a family in trouble, including a teenage son, who has returned home from reform school.  She is mesmerized by her young neighbor but his unorthodox bond with his mother has earth-shaking consequences for everyone. This sweeping novel overturns sacred traditions and maps the scissoring boundary lines of family ties and carnal attraction.

The Armor of God, Vol. 1 armorofgodthe first book in a trilogy by Diego Valenzuela (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)

(Oct. 2014)
A once-beautiful planet razed by a malignant alien virus shields itself from the wreckage of the world: one remaining human settlement is a domed city, where the last humans live comfortable lives, awaiting their inevitable extinction.
Eighteen-year old Ezra Blanchard must take part in military service, but when the army discovers Ezra’s blood possesses extremely rare qualities, he is trained in Zenith, a top secret facility where Ezra discovers humanity’s last glimmer of hope.
Quiet Dell quietdellby Jane Anne Phillips (Now Write! Fiction contributor)
Scribner; Reprint edition (July, 2014)
In Chicago in 1931, Asta Eicher, a lonely mother of three, is desperate for money after the sudden death of her husband. She begins to receive seductive letters
from a chivalrous, elegant man named Harry Powers, who promises to cherish and protect her, ultimately to marry her and to care for her and her children. Weeks later, Asta and her three children are dead.
Emily Thornhill, one of the few women journalists in the Chicago press, wants to understand what happened to this beautiful family. Determined Emily travels to West Virginia to cover the murder trial and to investigate the story herself, accompanied by a charming and unconventional photographer equally drawn to the case. These heroic characters, driven by secrets of their own, will stop at nothing to ensure Powers is convicted.
River CityRiverCity (a Jason Colefield Mystery) by Doc Macomber (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Floating Word Press (April, 2014)
As a frozen fog lifts, River Patrol Deputy, Jason Colefield, motors ashore on idyllic Sauvie Island to recover a body. Colefield has a history with the island and any return triggers unpleasant boyhood memories. This visit he comes face-to-face with his childhood nemesis who leads him to the bullet-riddled body of a young boy he claims he stumbled upon while hunting. Colefield suspects the man is lying but it will take more than just gut instinct to prove it. As the story unfolds, with more twists and turns than the majestic Columbia River, island life is disrupted, family secrets exposed and it becomes clear the past isn’t done with him.
PayoffPayoff (a Simon Fisk novel) by Douglas Corleone (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Minotaur Books/ St. Martin’s Press (Aug. 2014)
When movie studio mogul Edgar Trenton’s teenage daughter, Olivia, is kidnapped during a violent home invasion in Calabasas, California, former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk is called upon to ensure a smooth ransom exchange. But once it becomes clear that the kidnappers never intended to return Olivia to her parents, Simon must follow a lethal trail that will lead him from the powdery white sand beaches of the Cayman Islands through the wild jungles of Costa Rica, and into some of the darkest and deadliest cities of South America.
GoodasGoneGood As Gone (a Simon Fisk novel) by Douglas Corleone (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press (Aug. 2013)
Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk now works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: He won’t touch stranger abduction cases. He’s still haunted by the disappearance of his own daughter years ago when she was just a child, still unsolved, and stranger kidnappings hit too close to home.

Free Now Write! panel at The Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Conference

TV & Screenwriter’s Panel: Scares and Surprises with Now Write! contributors

Sunday, June 29, 2:15pm FREE to the public AT THE GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITER’S CONFERENCE: details here.

LOCATION: Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91401

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Scares and surprises are essential ingredients in your TV series or screenplay, especially if it falls in the genres of horror, sci-fi or fantasy.

Three TV and screenwriters who contributed exercises to Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror  will share their personal secrets and tips on how to build scares and surprises for an audience, as well as surprising yourself.

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writer, producer, director Pen Densham
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Producer, Manager, Author Christopher Pratt



 

 

 

Christine Conradt (writer of CHRISTIE’S REVENGE + at least 30 more thriller and horror movies), Scott Rubenstein (Star Trek: The Next Generation writer) and Pen Densham (writer/producer of the revivals of The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone).

These highly accomplished Now Write! contributors will be joined by manager and producer Christopher Pratt to provide additional perspective.

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Writer, Producer Christine Conradt
Scott Rubenstein
TV Writer Scott Rubenstein

Contributors’ New Work

Some new work from Now Write! contributors.

Here are some very intriguing recent publications by Now Write! Mysteries and Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributors.  

If you are a Now Write! contributor and would like to share your new work and/or write a guest blog post, send details and  jpegs of  your book to laurie at nowwrite.net/Nowwrite.

ReckoningReckoning (The Many Deaths of Dynamistress)
by Vincent M. Wales (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
DGC Press (Oct 2013)

There is much disagreement about when super-powered metahumans began to appear. Most scientists believe the first births were in the ’40s, perhaps the ’30s, although there is a small (but vocal) minority claiming they have always been among us.

In Reckoning – the first volume of a trilogy about the metahuman known as Dynamistress – award-winning author Vincent M. Wales (Wish You Were Here, One Nation Under God) gives us the memoir of the world’s first self-made metahuman. But it is less a story of becoming a superhero than it is the story of a flawed woman becoming whole.

thelostThe Lost by Jack Ketchum (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
47 North (March 2014)

It was the summer of 1965. Ray, Tim, and Jennifer were just three teenage friends hanging out in the campgrounds, drinking a little. But Tim and Jennifer didn’t know what their friend Ray had in mind. And if they’d known, they wouldn’t have thought he was serious. Then they saw what he did to the two girls at the neighboring campsite—and knew he was dead serious.

offseasonOff Season by Jack Ketchum (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
47North (Reprint Edition, Oct 2013)

September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River—off season—awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall…

And before too many hours pass, five civilized, sophisticated people and one tired old country sheriff will learn just how primitive we all are beneath the surface…and that there are no limits at all to the will to survive.

ONdellOndelle of Grioth (Faerie Tales from the White Forest Book Three) 
by Danika Dinsmore (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
Hydra House (April 2014)

Thanks to Ondelle s parting gift, Brigitta is now a rare deodyte, a faerie bound by two elements. But she has little energy to explore, let alone enjoy, her new air element, as she is also now haunted by the memories of her dead High Priestess.

postcardsofthehangingPostcards of the Hanging
by Steve Liskow (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
self-published (Feb 2014)

It’s 1965 and the Beatles have turned pop music upside down. In the South, the Civil Rights movement is gathering momentum behind Martin Luther King. In Vietnam, the war is heating up. And in Ojibway, Michigan, cheerleader Susie Porter accuses her algebra teacher of rape.

Attorney Joseph Daniels, unaware that his son Robbie has loved Susie since grade school, agrees to defend the teacher. His decision thrusts Robbie into a world he never dreamed existed.

Part To Kill a Mockingbird, part American Graffiti, Postcards of the Hanging is the story of a young man discovering that life is never simple and that truth is often painful.

bloodonthetracksBlood on the Tracks
by Steve Liskow (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
self-published (Sept 2013)

In 1991, Jeremy Garth and Thunder Lizzard were poised to become Detroit’s Next Big Thing. They went into the studio to cut the album that would make it all happen. Then Garth turned up dead in his car and took the unfinished album and the band with him.

Now Re-Run Records hires Chris “Woody” Guthrie to find those lost session tapes for a memorial CD, and Guthrie finds that all is not peace and harmony in the Motor City.

A Tattoo by Gerard Bianco (Now Write! Mysteries contributor – check out his sample exercise)
flash fiction story published by Burningword Literary Journal  (April, 2014)

“She got a freaking tattoo! The nose piercing last year wasn’t enough. She had to get a Celtic arm band tattoo. She’s not even Irish. ” Keep reading…