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What kind of pastry are you?

laduree-gold-macarons-nogarlicnoonions-192019-01-17-08-31-31Are you a Croissant? A Pain au Chocolat? A Tarte au Citron? Or even a GOLDEN MACARON?

This is not a trick question. Those are the levels of sponsorship at my brand new glittery PATREON SITE, launched just yesterday!

I’m so excited to invite you, friends, to a place of inspiration, magic and beauty. A place where you can escape into stories, into another country and city (Paris!) and sample its food, language, sights. A place where you can learn about writing…from the inside. What a writing life looks like, how books and projects are put together, and how authors stay sane (or don’t) in the midst of creating. It’s a place of communication, where you can observe, track and sometimes even participate in my creative process. But above all, it’s a place of stories.

Before I started writing fiction, I had a blog. I talked about life in France, French food, art, having a baby in the middle of the French countryside, and I told lots and lots of stories. I so enjoyed the interaction with my readers, and serving up entertainment for them on an almost daily basis.

Then I got published, and writing became my job. I could no longer justify spending time telling stories, besides the ones in my books. I closed down my blog – I had to keep up my pace of 1 1/2 books per year to keep my 3 young adult series going. A lot of stories fell by the wayside. Little stories. Stories of life. Of love and heartbreak. Of beauty. Of good food. Of little bits of enlightenment. What I really want to do is write stories…for you…full time. I want to focus on the book and tv projects that are truly projects of my heart while AT THE SAME TIME including you in the process, and simultaneously giving you a passport to vicariously enjoy this magical city.

I regularly give a little glimpse of living and writing in Paris on my Instagram account, but have kept most of the rich stories of life to myself. I am now embracing Patreon because it gives me the ability to do this once again. So when you’re supporting me, you’re basically saying, “Tell me some stories, Amy. And while you’re at it, give me a glimpse of what you’re seeing. Eating. Reading. Writing. Give me a glimpse of what inspires you!”

So…the content I’m sharing with you covers a few different categories:

For readers. You will get exclusive content from my already-published books. I’ll give you samples of unpublished works, works in progress, short stories and sneak peeks at a few television series I’m pitching. And best of all…I take requests! There will be polls. And opportunities to chat. If you ask for something, I will see how I can make your wish come true.

For writers. I will give writing prompts, share writing tips, and even make my writing workshops available online for the first time. I’ll give advice and insight into the writing life.

For Paris (and France) lovers. I will be sharing my Parisian experiences with you…giving you an insider’s taste of what it’s like to live in France. This means French phrases and customs, street art, markets, food, urban exploring. (Including the catacombs, my favorite hang-out!)

There will be perks for those who remain patrons, and one-off offers (like advance copies and commissioned scenes). And there are some very special treats that I’ll be telling you about in due time. Basically, you are becoming my creative partners, so you’ll be the first to hear my news and to receive my works. And you’ll be recognized for it. I’ll credit you in acknowledgements and read your name in my monthly Merci videos.

I’m so excited to have this opportunity to connect with my readers and friends, and am grateful in advance that you are making this luxury of creative time possible for me. I can’t wait to discover what you want to see, hear, and experience. And I can’t wait to tell you some stories, show you some beauty, and share my creativity with you.

Click here to check out some of the free goodies I’ve put on the site, or go directly to sign up for all the content here:

Become a Patron!

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“Where’s the next book?” An answer.

The last three years have been…interesting. I wrote one book – this time for adults. (Psychological thriller/horror set in Siberia.) It didn’t sell. I rewrote it to be YA…with a boy as main character. My agent suggested it would be better with a girl. I rewrote it again with a girl main character. We tried to sell it…and failed.

I wrote a full-length film with a friend – a rom com. It was our first screenplay, so we knew it was basically just practice, and that’s what it turned out to be. A really fun idea, but not terribly well executed.

I wrote a short film called “Kewpid and Psych-ee” for an upcoming TV series “WHATEVER AFTER” which was selected for and screened at the Marseille Web Fest (among others).

I wrote a middle-grade comedy genie book, which I sent to my agent last year, and which she loved but says needs a bit more work. (She’s right.)

Then I ghost-wrote a upper middle-grade book, which I just finished before Christmas.

In between time, to pay the rent, I translated a book from French to English, taught teen writing workshops in Paris, and did all sorts of other little projects for TV and books, finally taking a 3-day per week job writing TV commercials in English for a big ad agency located a block from  my house. I chose it so I could come home to walk Obi, fix the kids lunch on Wednesdays (1/2 day school in France), and take the occasional lunchtime nap.

I’m telling you all of this to answer your question: Where’s the next book? The answer: it’s coming! I’m not sure what form it will take, but being a writer is not an easy job when you are supporting a family smack dab in the center of Paris. The important thing is that I am still writing. And there is definitely much more to come.

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Teen Writing Workshop in Paris!

Write Paris

Teen Writing Workshop

Oct 23-27, 2019 (school vacation)

Writing, learning & creativity in some of Paris’s most inspiring locations.

With international bestselling author Amy Plum.

Mornings: Amy’s spacious Bastille apartment. Afternoons: On-location, writing.

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Day 1: Creating Credible Characters (The Louvre)

Day 2: World Building (Musée Nissim de Camondo)

Day 3: Spellbinding Settings (Père Lachaise Cemetery)

Day 4: Diverting Dialogues (le Centquatre)

Day 5: The Hero’s Journey (la Cité de l’architecture)

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Includes:

  • Methodology (where writers find their ideas, how to publish a book, etc.)
  • Craft games to build writing skills
  • Major building blocks of writing (1 topic per day)
  • Confidence-building for creatives
  • Give and receive positive and constructive critiques

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10:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday through Sunday

500 euros per person, ages 12-18. Tuition includes writing materials and all visits.

 

Sign up: contact Amy amy@amyplumbooks.com

http://www.amyplumbooks.com/?p=7050

print the flyer: WritingWorkshopOct2019

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