Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Quote by Whoopi Goldberg

Fiction Quote By Don DeLillo Author of White Noise And Underworld: A Novel



“Fiction is the single best means for arriving at the truth.”  Don DeLillo.

Elizabeth Lyon used this quote on one of the front pages of her book, Manuscript Makeover click here.

I’d like to have a chat with her and DeLillo to understand why she chose that quote for a book on revision techniques and why he said what he said.

DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels and has won many awards, one being the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. If I were to choose one of his books, I’d take Underworld: A Novel click here. DeLillo grew up in the Bronx. He’s 80 years old and his writing is known in the postmodernism movement.  The authors he read and who inspired him the most were James Joyce, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Conner, and Ernest Hemingway. I’m a fan of Faulkner and O’Conner too. The latter influenced my early writing and recently I’ve learned to appreciate Faulkner.

Getting back to Elizabeth Lyon’s Manuscript Makeover, it is the book I’m using for half of the lessons I’m creating for my Dublin Writing Class. It came highly recommended by Sheila Bali, an author and friend. The new 8 week series in Dublin starts on Monday, July 10th.

Let me know if you’ve read Lyon’s book, and if you want to order it from Amazon, click here.

4th of July Sale For Authors By Tamara Monosoff


Happy 4th of July Everyone.  I’m passing on Tamara Monosoff’s holiday sale for authors. Click here. You will receive the answers to these questions:

  • “What do I say in my emails in preparation for my book launch?”
  • “How do I engage my readers so that I successfully hit #1 on Amazon?”
  • “What do I write on the day of my book launch?”
  • “How many emails do I need to send?”
  • “When do I send the emails?”
  • “What format do I use?”
  • “How do I keep the momentum going during the launch period?”
  • “What messages should I send out after the launch date?”

Click here.

Michael Larsen, Agent Extraordinaire, Believes Words Are Powerful

Writers…Celebrate the 4th of July!
This is Mike Larsen’s annual note to remind writers that their words are powerful. Want to  join Mike for the CHANGE event? There is a link to register at the end!

Celebrating the 4th:

Writing to Make a Difference

   “One useless man is called a disgrace, two are called a law firm, and three or more are a Congress.” – John Adams in the musical 1776

Despite its problems, the United States remains the world’s best hope for a just, thriving, sustainable future. Writers can play a vital role in envisioning our future and how to achieve it. Seeing even the Hollywood version of the writing of the Declaration of Independence will help you appreciate the anger and oppression that led to it, its vision of America, and our role in keeping its ideals alive.

This is the subject of the funny, timeless, wonderful musical 1776 that Elizabeth and I watch on Turner Classic Movies on the Fourth. The film shows how divided and ineffective Congress was, the huge odds against winning the war, and how one vote and a tragic compromise on slavery made the difference.

But a revolution won is a revolution lost when people think the struggle is done and devote themselves to the benefits of victory. A successful revolution can never stop working to keep its ideals alive, especially at a time of political impasse, accelerating change, and the growing urgency of the huge challenges the human family faces.

America can only thrive if we the people hold fast to the vision of the Declaration  by striving to fulfill its dream. As Benjamin Franklin warned: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” Or as poet W. H. Auden echoed his words: “We must love one another or die.”

The planet is struggling to sustain a global family with a global economy. At the same time, it’s easier than ever for the right book or idea to change the world. As a writer, you are part of the luckiest, most powerful generation of writers that ever lived.

You have the ability, opportunity, and responsibility not just to make a living but to make a difference. Your vision, your passion, and your creativity for advocating solutions will make a difference. No matter what you write, or where you are in your life or career, heed Anne Frank’s advice: “It’s never too late to start doing the right thing.”

May the colonists’ unique achievement inspire the revolutionary fervor for helping to write our way toward a new vision for the human family.

Can your writing change the world?
This is an event where writers can learn, be inspired, and meet the people who can help them in their writing career.

Want to change the world?

You won’t want to miss this one-day event.


Saturday, SEPTEMBER 9th, 2017

NOTE: The early registration rate of $99 will only be available until midnight TONIGHT!


 CLICK HERE to register at the $99 rate before July 1st!


Overview of the SFW4C:
Stephen Dinan, bestselling author, CEO of The Shift Network, and a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council and the Evolutionary Leaders group will be a keynoter at this event.

The 2017 San Francisco Writing for Change conference will take place on Saturday, September 9, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Center (Geary at Franklin).  There will be an inspiring faculty of authors, agents, editors and book promotion experts.

It is limited to no more than 100 attendees.

If your novel, nonfiction, or children’s story has the potential to inspire change from the personal to the planetary, this event is for you. The jam-packed day includes panels on writing, publishing options, promotion, a pitch session, one free editorial and publicity consult, a lunch buffet, refreshments, being part of a warm, spontaneous community of writers, free follow-up phone calls to co-director Mike Larsen, and an optional sunrise, no-host breakfast Pitchathon and no-host Chinese banquet at the end of day.

   The San Francisco Writing for Change conference website has more information about the event and you can register at the early rate ($99 until July 1): www.WritingforChange.org

Register Here at the $99 rate until July 1!
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin


The 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference is also open for registration.

Join us  February 15-18 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel.

Go to www.SFWriters.org for details.

SFWC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

#1 Amazon Bestseller Update for Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Thank you all who ordered the paperback copy of Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans on launch day.  Although it didn’t reach #1 Amazon bestseller, the book ranked very well, thanks to all of you.

I chose three categories which you can see in detail if you go to my book on Amazon click here.

When you are on the book’s Amazon page, scroll down to Product Details at the bottom where you can view the rankings. Bright and early yesterday morning, I checked and I saw three digit numbers for each of the three categories.  I started to take screen shots and recorded the numbers at noon because they surprised me: #123, #133, and #177. . .a several hundred difference.

An hour and a half later, I read #35, #39, and #65. I did a happy dance. Then at 5:30, they were #19, #28, #42, another happy dance. At 6:45, better and better, #14, #21, and #38.

At 9:30 and 10:44 p.m. the numbers remained at #11, #16, and #30. I knew that would be the highest they would go. This morning, I double-checked and they were #20, #25, and #44.

I think #11, #16, and #44 are great rankings considering the competition. So I thank you all again for going on this exciting numbers adventure with me, and let me know how you like the book.

There’s a “high” one gets when a book is published (I felt the same way with Written Across the Genres). So I’m thinking of creating a companion book, which is what workbooks are called now. It will be filled with exercises to help writers and speakers hone their own life experiences based on the 20 examples and tips in this book. I’m developing an on-line course on a similar topic and these books will be reference material.

I want to thank Tamara Monosoff who taught me how to frequently encourage people to buy on the launch day, how to watch the ranking, and how to pick categories in the first place. Categories are key. With her guidance the eBook version of Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans became a #1 Amazon Bestseller.

Let me know if you want to learn more on that topic and I’ll pass along her wisdom.  She and I have a passion to help people be successful.

By the way, I’m keeping the paperback at the launch price for another day. It is still $9.97 but will go up to $14.97.  If you didn’t order yesterday or want an extra copy at the discount price click here to get it directly.

I’d love feedback in the comments section on the idea of creating a companion book with exercises to hone one’s own life experiences. 

Have a happy day,


Julaina Kleist-Corwin, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Written Across the Genres

Hada’s Fog (fiction to be released at the end of the year)