​​September 2017 ... INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS CONVENTION ISSUE

​​Below is the inaugural issue of my

Novel Life Newsletter. 

Watch here each month for more.

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​​​​​​​​​​​BARBARA NORTON​ 
Novel Life Newsletter ​​

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A NEWSLETTER FOR WRITERS & FANS OF MYSTERY, SUSPENSE & THRILLERS


THRILLERFEST XII





3 DAYS WITH SOME OF AMERICA’S BEST-SELLINGMYSTERY, SUSPENSE & THRILLER AUTHORS


The tribe has met. And it was a huge success. If you missed it, begin planning now to attend next July’s annual meeting of authors, agents and publishers, all with murder, mayhem and book profits on their minds. It’s held each year at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Hotel located next door to New York City’s historic Grand Central Station. Over 1,000 writers and publishing industry professionals gather each year to meet, mingle, network, and trade tips on how to craft and sell page-turning commercial fiction.

ITW mentors and instructors are publishing giants like Steve Berry, Lee Child, Scott Turrow, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, and Linda Fairstein. Sponsors include not only top traditional publishers like Random House, William Morris and Simon & Schuster, but also Kindle Direct, Brilliance Audio, Suspense Magazine and others. Their mission: help new and established writers grow.


PITCHFEST is like speed dating for authors and agents. I haven’t done this yet, but it’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with agents looking for the kind of books you write. Be prepared to deliver your 20-25-word elevator pitch perfectly, or you may find yourself being asked nicely to “move on.”


To learn more about the International Thriller Writers yearly conference, go to:
Itw.org or thrillerfest.com


MULTI-EDUCATION/FUN TRACKS …
Choose Some or All


 CRAFTFEST, THRILLERFEST, PITCHFEST, CAREERFEST & AWARDS BANQUET

This year I attended CRAFTFEST. Author instructors (many well-known) lecture on topics that help writers hone their craft. I learned “THE SIX C’S OF STORY STRUCTURE” from Steve Berry, “COMMON MISTAKES IN DIALOGUE AND DESCRIPTION AND HOW TO FIX THEM from top literary agent Donald Maas and lots more.  


PITCHFEST is like speed dating for authors and agents. I haven’t done this yet, but it’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with agents looking for the kind of books you write. Be prepared to deliver your 20-25-word elevator pitch perfectly, or you may find yourself being asked nicely to “move on.”


To learn more about the International Thriller Writers yearly conference, go to: Itw.org or thrillerfest.cOM




LEE CHILD

Who knew Jack Reacher’s creator could have everyone laughing in the aisles?

 Urbane, witty and self-deprecating are words that describe the 2017 Thriller-Master (featured speaker) Lee Child. He is, in fact, nothing like the nose-breaking, very American, ex-military loner in his successful thrillers. Fired at age 40 from his British TV producer job, he decided to see opportunity where others might see crisis and sat down to write KILLING FLOOR, the first book in the Jack Reacher series.

 Child reads a book a day and says, “There is no correlation between the quality of a book and its sales.” To create a bestselling thriller, he “captures interesting people searching for the answer to an important question that won’t be revealed until the end.” To create suspense, he advises authors to “keep moving the story along at a good rhythm, keeping readers hungry to learn more.”


Other Memorable Quotes

“If there’s no conflict, there’s no story. The best conflict is conflict of the human heart.”
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“Start a clock ticking down. Have things backfire. Prolong the crisis. Have a few good things happen, but increase risk and confrontation.”
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novel life newsletter

Barbara Norton, Publisher

This first issue of novel life shows the value of reaching out and learning from people who have already done what many of us are hoping to accomplish … their books are read by millions of readers! A good convention is like a vacation for the writer’s soul and it’s a chance to sharpen our skills as we network with some very cool people!

There is lots more to tell you about the people and experiences that bring novels to life! My plan is to publish monthly. Meanwhile, follow me at: BarbNorton.com.

 Watch for the September launch of my new novel, BREAKING NEWS. It’s the first in a series of Jillian Rain political thrillers.