How to Spend the Spring Learning to be a Better Writer

I’m hosting a $12 Writer’s Conference. You shouldn’t miss it!

Shaunta Grimes
Mar 13 · 4 min read

It’s not too late! Buy The Astonishing Maybe. Fill out this form and I’ll send you links to the recordings of all the live chats. ❤

It started out yesterday with my literary agent agreeing to join me on an hour-long Q and A live chat for people who pre-order my new book, The Astonishing Maybe.

And by the end of the day? There was an entire Writer’s Conference planned.

How cool is that? (Very, very cool!)

A conference with a faculty like this would easily cost $300 or more to attend. All you have to do to attend all fourteen of these live chats is pre-order my book, The Astonishing Maybe. It costs less than twelve bucks at Amazon right now.

“At first, this is a book about friendship with a touch of magical realism. As it progresses, it becomes a deeper meditation about a parent’s clinical depression from a child’s point of view. Well crafted and unique. Recommended.School Library Journal

“Middle-schooler Gideon Quinton wasn’t thrilled about moving with his family across the U.S. to nowhere Nevada right at the start of summer break. When he arrives to his new neighborhood, he notices there’s a girl next door about his age … and she takes him on (un-Quinton-like) wild, Hobbit-like adventures. For the reader, especially any adult reader, this story is heartbreaking.”Booklist Magazine

Here’s the line-up:

There are nine sessions. They’ll be on different days, spread over the spring and early summer. If there’s a session you can’t attend, you’ll get a recording of it.

I’m so excited about this list, I can hardly stand it. There’s my agent and editor, plus book marketers, freelance experts, bestselling authors.

Elizabeth Bennett — my literary agent, with Transatlantic. We’ll talk about finding and working with an agent.

Liz Szabla — my editor at MacMillan (Feiwel and Friends.) We’ll talk about publishing.

Ellen Hopkins — bestselling author of Crank and a bunch of other amazing books, including her newest — People Kill People. We’ll talk about writing.

Judy Schachner — bestselling author and illustrator of the Skippyjon Jones books. We’ll talk about picture books and art.

Mignon Fogarty — Host of the Grammar Girl podcast and author of the New York Times bestseller Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.

Shannon Ashley — Medium Writer made of awesome. She made $8000 last month. We’ll talk about making a living with your writing, especially here on Medium.

Jeff Goins — Bestselling author of Real Artists Don’t Starve. We’ll talk about creative non-fiction and getting your work in front of readers.

Tim Grahl — Author of Your First 1000 Copies and creator of Launch a Bestseller. We’ll talk about launching your book.

Dave Chesson — Owner of Kindlepreneur and Publisher Rocket. We’ll talk about selling books on Amazon.

Joe Bunting — He writes over at We’ll talk about writing.

Chris Fox — Indie publishing superstar. 5000 Words an Hour is one of my favorite books on writing productivity. We’ll talk about indie publishing.

Jackson Dean Chase — Is a bestselling indie published author and has published some amazing writing craft books. We’ll talk about indie publishing.

Deborah Sloan — An incredible book marketer. She runs KidsBuzz. We’ll talk about book marketing.

Rachel Thompson — She runs BadRedHead Media and is the creator of NaNoProMo. We’ll talk about using Social Media to market your books.

Here’s How to Get In:

  1. Pre-order The Astonishing Maybe. You won’t be charged until the book ships, if you order from Amazon.
  2. Fill out this short Google Form, so that I can let you know when the sessions are.
  3. If you email me at and I’ll email you a copy of The Plotting Workshop eBook for free.

That’s it! Easy, peasy.

So, are you in?

Here’s my secret weapon for sticking with whatever your thing is.

(DISCLAIMER: This post contains affiliate links.)

Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She is an out-of-place Nevadan living in Northwestern PA with her husband, three superstar kids, two dementia patients, a good friend, Alfred the cat, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes and is the original Ninja Writer.

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