The Elysian Chronicle, May 2007

M. B. Weston’s Author Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 2

Breaking News
M. B. Weston signs Contract with ArcheBooks Publishing, Inc. for A Prophecy Forgotten’s sequel.
It’s official! Out of the Shadows: Book II of the Elysian Chronicles (OOTS), is under contract and due out in late November—just in time for Christmas! I’m now on deadline to complete the final draft by August 31st.

Website Updates (
View Pictures of My First Book Signing!
I’ve posted a bunch of pictures from my first book signing on my website, so take a look.

View Excerpts from the First Chapter of OOTS
Go to the Out of the Shadows section of my website for a preview of the first chapter. I’ll be updating it every month, so keep checking!

The Elysian Chronicles Fan Art section:
Scan your art into a computer and e-mail it to me—or just mail it to me and I’ll put it on the website. Check out the newest fan art!

Stay Tuned For:

  • A little surprise or two in the OOTS section.
  • Updated book signings & speaking events. Keep checking to see if I’ll be in your area!
  • Book Club information
  • On-line merchandise sales

Author Events
Schools, etc.
This month, I’ll be speaking at East Naples Middle, Bartow Middle, Naples High, Osceola Elementary, Alva Middle, and Laurel Oak. If you want me to speak to your class, tell your teacher to contact me.

Book Signings:

  • May 4th—Barnes & Noble,
  • NaplesMay 19th—Leapin’ Lizards, Cape Coral (Those of you in Cape Coral who met me at the Lee County Reading festival might want to drop by from 6:00 to 9:00 to purchase a signed book.)

Young Writers of Naples Club
Join me and other high school students at Barnes & Noble from 10:00-12:00 on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Summer Writing Program at Barnes & Noble:
I’ll be teaching writing workshops for middle & high school students over the summer at Barnes & Noble in Naples. Call Jessica at 597-2040 to sign up!

Open Mike Night @ Barnes & Noble
Come join me at Open Mike Night at Barnes & Noble Naples on the 1st Tuesday night of each month! Bring your writing, your singing voice, or your instrument (or any combination of the 3), and let’s have some fun!

Contest: Find the Errors in A Prophecy Forgotten!
It’s time to see just how good you are at proofreading. E-mail me a list of all the errors you can find in A Prophecy Forgotten with the page number, the line number of the error, and what it should be. Whoever finds the most errors gets a free T-Shirt. I’ll use this information for the second run, which will make the book much better. The deadline is May 31st!

Monthly Writing Tip
Proofreading: Speaking of proofreading, it’s not enough to proofread your work once and consider it done. The best writers proofread their work many times. Here’s a proofreading method that will guarantee you higher Language Arts scores.

  • First, proofread for “big picture” errors, such as logic loopholes, paragraphs that don’t make sense or fully explain your thought, etc.
  • Second, try to find blah words and make them interesting. (Hint: Thesauruses do have a purpose.)
  • Third, narrow your scope to grammar & spelling errors.
  • Fourth, read the work out loud to yourself—I guarantee you’ll find mistakes.
  • Fifth, pass it on to a friend for peer editing. I do this. My advance readers are key to my writing success.
  • Finally, fix any mistakes and read it out loud again before turning it into your teacher.

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About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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