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Julie Valerie
Founder, 85K Writing Challenge

Julie Valerie, an avid Scrabble player who once played QWERTY on a triple word, writes humorous women’s fiction and is developing a series set in the Village of Primm. Her first novel, HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST, was sold to Lake Union, a commercial women’s fiction imprint of Amazon publishing as part of a 2-book deal and will be published in early Fall 2019. Julie is represented by Joelle Delbourgo.

Julie is the founder of the 85K Writing Challenge, providing writers an enriching environment in which to pen 85,000 words in 90 days, supported by a full calendar of writing support. She also serves on the board of directors for James River Writers, a multi-faceted non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that serves as central Virginia’s literary hub. A voracious reader, Julie has reviewed 200+ books in her genre and recently won the BookSparks 2015 Summer Reading Challenge Grand Prize.

Deepening her love of the written word, Julie earned a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago Graham School and is constantly humbled by the nuances of language and the nitty-gritty of grammar while strengthening her proficiencies in the Chicago Manual of Style. With a master’s degree in education and a certification in wilderness first aid, Julie enjoys reading, the study of wine, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and travel. Married with four children, she lives and writes in Virginia, with two English Labradors always by her side.

Visit Julie Valerie’s author website at julievalerie.com. Never miss an update by subscribing to Julie’s once-monthly author newsletter. Follow her on Twitter at @Julie_Valerie and on her Facebook Author Page at fb.com/JulieValerieAuthor/.

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J.P. Cane
Editorial Board, 85K Writing Challenge
“Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge” Podcast

J. P. Cane is a long-time reader and first-time writer of vampire stories. His debut novel, SHADOWS WITHIN, begins The Shadowless series and is largely set in his hometown of Philadelphia. He hosts a podcast on writing and, as a member of James River Writers, enjoys supporting fellow writers. Learn more and subscribe to his monthly newsletter at jpcane.com.

J.P. Cane produces a weekly podcast series every January through March on the 85K Writing Challenge, where he follows the journeys of four writers as they tackle the challenge of writing 85,000 words in 90 days during the 90-Day Write cycle. Learn more by viewing the Master List of “Working Title on the 85K Writing Challenge” podcasts.

To listen to J.P. Cane’s complete collection of Working Title podcasts where he interviews authors about their books, the craft of writing, and their journey to publication, visit jpcane.com/podcasts/.

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email: [email protected]
twitter: @jpcane
newsletter: jpcane.com/newsletter

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Kristi Tuck Austin
Editorial Board, 85K Writing Challenge
Editor, 60-Day Prep

Kristi Tuck Austin waded New York City sewers, ran from trains, and slid through a water pipe to the Harlem River while researching her novels. She’s celebrated Thanksgiving in the Paris catacombs, hiking, crawling, wading (again), and dining by candlelight. In her daily life, which is dry and aboveground, she’s the founder of Tuck Austin Associates, a company that helps authors connect with readers. She’s a former board chair and conference chair of James River Writers.

If you’d like to learn more, Kristi writes a monthly email that answers reader-submitted questions about publishing, marketing, and the writing life. It’s a Dear Abby for authors. Follow Kristi on Twitter at @KristiAustin.

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