Writers in the U.S,: join us in our new Meetup forum for open discussions about this crazy, wonderful world of writing & publishing.

We welcome both published and aspiring authors. We meet to hone our writing skills, offer support, and to discuss writing and publishing in today’s world.

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Your Novel’s CRITICAL Opening Page(s)

How important is your opening page? Opening paragraphs? Opening chapter?

One agent says it carries the weight of your entire career.

Another says it only takes SECONDS to evaluate a manuscript!


Join my Meetup group and discover how to turn a dull opening into a dynamic one. You’ll learn what you MUST and MUST NOT include. 

Your Novel’s CRITICAL Opening Page

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021, 6:00 PM

Online event

1 Writers Attending

When I queried a publisher about my latest supernatural novel, they responded by requesting the FIRST THREE PARAGRAPHS! Then they asked for the first three chapters, followed by the full. Soon, they offered a contract. Will YOUR novel’s opening pages hook them? If you’re not sure, let me help you. I’m an author and a certified editor specializing i…

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Amazon’s Top Ten Bestsellers!

Hooray! My ‘how to plot a modern novel,’ PLOT YOUR WAY TO PUBLICATION: From Idea to Outline, hit #9 in the Top Ten Amazon bestsellers! If you’re still struggling with writing a novel’s 3-act structure, this ebook will help. Complete with chart templates to guide you.

It’s currently on a Kindle countdown deal, so if you haven’t read it, now’s th time!

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Some Exciting New Things Happening!

FROM THE PAINTED TOMB: Something Ancient is on its Way is beginning audio production! Hooray!

I’m also starting a newsletter. I’ll offer contests, give-aways and include some of my favorite author’s books. I’ll occasionally include some writing tips and/or articles about writing, editing, or struggling through the writing & publishing process.

If you’d like to be among the first to hear about what’s happening and have a chance to win a pdf, and, when it’s available, an audio version, send an email to me with your email address. I’ll be happy to include you, and I promise to only send my newsletter when I have something to share.

Thanks, y’all! Let’s all look forward to a great New Year!



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At some point during the writing process, most writers wonder if they need an editor. When they contact me, they usually begin with two questions: what do you do, and how much will it cost?  

My fees are determined by the amount of time and effort I’ll need to invest to help an individual writer—and the level of editing that writer requests. Is the author an experienced writer familiar with the craft who simply needs proofing or copyediting for typos, wrong word choice, or sentence structure? Or is the writer a newbie who needs all the expertise I can provide? 

Typically I ask for two or three pages, although I can usually determine the author’s level of writing skill within the first page. I base my fee on that level, and once the deposit is completed and the contract signed, the work begins.

During the first reading, I’m not overly concerned with typos, wrong word usage etc; instead, I’m interested in how the story is written. Is it interesting? Would I ignore the nagging clock to keep reading? If so, then I can concentrate on other elements—sentence structure, POV, the M-R unit, etc. If I’m fidgeting, wondering what’s on TV, thinking I should be cleaning the oven instead of reading, I wonder why. I go through the pages again and make notes: do the different acts have the necessary elements to invite me to continue reading? Does the middle sag? 

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Midwest Book Reviews

red-horus-w-reddish-bottomHorror and fantasy readers seeking vivid writing and stories that stand out will find Brenda Hill’s FROM THE PAINTED TOMB,a richly rewarding survey of Krista Hawthorne, whose only legacy is an ankh pendant inherited from her deceased mother. Read more ›

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Writers! Ready to Publish? Don’t Make the Mistakes I’ve Made.

Join my Meetup’s Zoom series on THE 5 TIERS OF PUBLISHING, and discover the best publishing method for you:


To help you avoid the problems I’ve encountered, we’ll take each method, compare the pro & cons, and answer questions. By doing so, you’ll have a better idea of the choices available when you’re ready to publish and avoid the mistakes I made.

Some of the subjects we’ll cover:

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Supernatural w/Romantic Elements Released in ebook!


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My supernatural with strong romantic elements is ready for its Kindle release on September 26. But the Amazon page looks a bit bare, so I need new reviews.

If you’d like to read & post an honest review, let me know and I’ll send a .pdf copy of the entire book to you.

FROM THE PAINTED TOMB: Something Ancient is on its Way

Krista Hawthorne knew nothing about her past. Her only connection to her parents is a vague memory of a tragic accident when she was four, and a mysterious Egyptian ankh she inherited from her mother. 

After a heartbreaking betrayal, she transfers to a small newspaper in the Appalachian mountains, wanting only to live a quiet life and avoid romantic entangelements. But loneliness drives her to accept an evening out with a coworker. 

That night, just as the full moon rises over the Lune River, a bloodcurdling howl echoes across the hillside, and a mythical creature wearing an Egyptian ankh similar to the one she inherited, savagely attacks her date. She survives, but no one believes her story. She lives in terror knowing it’s out there, yet finds herself drawn to the county sheriff, Hugh Rawlins. A man of contradictions, he helps her discover her true heritage and reveals why that creature let her live.

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Writers Online Social Event

Are you a writer? If so, do you miss the association of other writers?

The current virus shut-down has forced many of us to stay at home and avoid contact – and if you’re okay with that, great. But for many others, it’s caused isolation and loneliness.

Although writing is a solitary craft, sometimes we want or need the companionship of other writers, especially if we live alone. Often our friends and even family do not understand our needs.

Now, with Zoom, we can meet after all, and it doesn’t matter where we live. So, if you have access to Zoom, let’s get together and talk. Let’s talk about what we’re doing, how we’re coping, what we’re writing, and above all, our goals. Are we reaching them? Are we struggling? Perhaps others can help.

No restrictions so far on time, but let’s don’t monopolize the conversation. Currently, Zoom is allowing our one-hour session, but they may cut it down in the future. Let’s take advantage of this FREE opportunity to get together.

We’ll meet the last Tuesday of each month, and we’ll start by listing one hour, but if Zoom will allow, and if we decide to stay longer, we’ll do so. You may exit at any time.

All genres and ages welcome, however I’ll ask that no one under age 18 join. If you’re older, even if you’re just getting started, feel free to join us. You’re all welcome.

Please RSVP

Meetup – Calimesa Writers Workshop

Brenda Hill

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July 2021