Join me on a 12-month journey from concept to published page!

This blog is like “performance art” – to accompany a series of online writing classes available HERE.

I want you to see and experience ringside that no matter what your writing starting point looks like, it’s possible to apply the techniques you’ll learn in Year of the Book to polish your hunk of coal into a premiere-class diamond.

I’ve been tossing around this crazy idea in my head for a few weeks.  What if I demonstrated the process first-hand of writing a book at the same time as I’m teaching the principles of writing here in our videos?

I’d be able to use real-life examples from my work – instead of begging writer friends to share their hidden drafts in the cold excruciating light of day.  I could highlight pitfalls I’ve seen other authors struggle through, without putting anyone else on the hot seat. And believe me, I’ll go through ALL the top 10 pitfalls, because I’m just as human as everyone else.  Maybe we’ll even discover MORE pitfalls because what most people share publicly as “1st draft” is actually 2nd or 3rd.

While I’ve personally served as editor, formatter, designer, publisher, or consultant to a hundred different authors, I’ve only fully completed and published one title of my own – a children’s book called “Write Away!”

I’m guilty of letting my own dream slide to the end of the queue – “Someday I’ll write a book.”  I know how life gets in the way. I know how our friends, family, and even the needs of a perfect stranger can get shifted right in the way of reaching our goals. I’ve uttered all the excuses.

So I want to go out on another limb – as vulnerable and brave as my writing students are being – and demonstrate my own struggle to face the challenges I’m setting before them. I won’t ask them anything I’m not asking myself to do.  I’ll be right there in the writing trenches slogging away.  Possibly cursing more than usual – so cover your ears when necessary.

This is me. The real Demi. Or as real as anyone can ever truly be.  At my worst, and hopefully also my best at some point along the way.

The Downton Abbey gloves are off. It’s going to get dirty.  And not just because of my raunchy sense of humor.

This is where… bit by bit, over time, you’ll see all the super-raw draft material go from crap to non-crap. (Notice how I can no longer boast about taking writing from coal to polished diamond when it’s my own writing… there’s fear here.  If you were closer, you’d smell it.)

Warning – I’m a pretty darned good editor, but I’m going to be posting true 1st draft material.  I’ll type it up, but I’ll also post a picture of the hand-written version.  The ultimate message is that 1st draft is 1st draft for a reason.  We shouldn’t be shooting for perfection the first go-round because we want to finish pre-mortem.

Here begins “the real deal.”  Get your hip waders out because the crap-to-quality ratio is gonna be high at first.  And did I mention I’m likely to rant and curse a lot? But it’s all for a super-good reason.  Our dreams are worth reaching for.  YOUR dreams are worth reaching for.

Let’s make it real!


Our original group was organized on September 8, 2012, at the Paul Smith Library, 80 Constitution Ave, Shrewsbury, PA  17361, and we’re excited to launch “Year of the Book 3.0” classes beginning in January 2015.

Seasoned writers and publishing professionals are also invited to join the community and share expertise.  Authors who do not live locally but would like to participate with us online are also welcome.  Contact me at demi@yotbpress.com to coordinate involvement.

Inspired?? Contact Demi to get the latest information.

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, children’s books, magazine or blog articles…

If you can dream of writing it, this community can help you create it!


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  1. You’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. I apologize if you’ve already been nominated, but then again…it could be a good thing if it brings us more followers! I was nominated and picked 10 blogs to nominate. Some are under 200 followers, some are not. These are blogs that really spoke to me and the timer cut me off from spending too much more time scrolling the blogo-sphere looking for new blogs!
    So just go here http://dawnengler.com/2015/03/20/liebster-award-nomination/ for all the pertinent info!

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