Monthly Archives: August 2015

More conferences

The conferences keep piling up… Here’s the latest from Southern CA.

13th Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference *L.A., which takes place Sept. 25-27, 2015 in Irvine, is fast approaching. It’s shaping up to be another great event. Here’s some of the latest:
1. Two more Special Guest Speakers added
2. Discounted hotel lodging deadline
3. Advance Submissions deadline
4. Discounted pre-registration deadline
5. “Best Foot Forward” deadline
6. San Diego 29 pre-registration now open
1) Two more Special Guest Speakers added
Just added to the schedule, our Friday evening Special Guest Speaker will be Stephanie Kegan, author of the haunting literary drama GOLDEN STATE (Simon & Schuster). For Saturday morning, 22-year-old Stephanie Diaz will discuss her author’s journey and the release of the third novel in her series, EVOLUTION (St. Martin’s Griffin).
2) Discounted hotel lodging deadline
The Wyndham Irvine, located at 17941 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614, is the physical site of September’s conference. Book online to receive discounted, or call the hotel direct at (949) 752-7423. Be sure to mention the SCWC. Deadline for discounted rates is Sept. 10, 2015.
3) Advance Submissions deadline
The majority of Advance Submission Readers have been posted. Submissions are now being accepted via email and must be received by us by no later than August 29. As of today, all Readers remain open but are expected to begin selling out soon. Visit our Advance Submissions page for complete information.
4) Discounted pre-registration deadline
The $50 Early “Bard” Discount registration expires on September 1. Pre-register today to guarantee your seat at the table(s) and save.
5) “Best Foot Forward” deadline
Jean Jenkins’ popular 2-part “Best Foot Forward: Polishing to Impress” workshop remains open to genre fiction and narrative nonfiction writers. Space is strictly limited and participants are required to register in advance and submit material to Jean prior to conference weekend. The deadline to do so is September 1. Details.
6) San Diego 30 pre-registration now open
Discounted Early “Bard” Registration is now open for our 30th annual San Diego event. Pre-register by October 1 and save a whopping $100 off the Full Conference.
For more info, or to register, visit:

Creative writing among nature

If writing in the great outdoors is your thing, if you find nature inspiring, the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is offering two, new creative writing classes:

October 3  “Reading the Desert: Stories and Literature of Joshua Tree” with Ruth Nolan, Author and Professor of Creative Literature, College of the Desert

November 6 – 8 “Creative Issues and Practices in Nature Writing” with Elizabeth Wyatt, Professor of English, Copper Mountain College

(both classes earn college credit through U.C. Riverside, Extension)

For more info, you can contact Kevin Wong, Program Coordinator, Desert Institute Joshua Tree National Park Association at 760-367-5539. Or log onto the website: Joshua Tree

Amazon trying new publishing program

Customers who have shown an interest in books about publishing might want to know about Kindle Scout, a new reader-powered publishing program where readers help discover the next great books.

Submit your never-before-published novel to Kindle Scout and in 45 days or less, your book will be considered for a publishing contract with Kindle Press. We welcome English-language book submissions in the following genres: romance, mystery & thriller, science fiction & fantasy, and literature & fiction.

If chosen for publication, you receive:

  • Guaranteed advance & competitive royalties: A $1,500 advance and 50% eBook royalty rate.
  • Focused formats: We acquire worldwide publication rights for eBook and audio formats in all languages. You retain all other rights, including print.
  • 5-year renewable terms: If your book doesn’t earn $25,000 in royalties during the initial 5-year contract term, and any 5-year renewal term after that, you can choose to stop publishing with us.
  • Easy reversions: After two years, rights in any format or language that remains unpublished, or all rights for any book that earns less than $500 in total royalties in the preceding 12-month period, can be reverted upon request–no questions asked.
  • Early downloads & reviews: One week prior to release date, everyone who nominated your book will receive a free, early copy to help build momentum and customer reviews.
  • Featured Amazon marketing: Your book will be enrolled into the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, Kindle Unlimited as well as be eligible for targeted email campaigns and promotions.

We believe authors thrive with options. If you value an advance, creative control, competitive royalties and marketing opportunities–this new program might be perfect for you.


eLit Awards

Do you have an Award-worthy eBook that deserves more attention?

The eLit Book Awards are an efficient, affordable marketing tool that can make a huge impact on your marketing campaign.  Each year, medals go to both established eBook publishers and first-time digital publishers. We reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the digital world of publishing. This spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind.

Get more attention. Get the recognition your eBook deserves! 

Need entry information about the eLit book awards contest? See details and links about the contest below, or email Andrew Parvel, Awards
Entry fees are $60 until August 31, 2015. eLit Awards

Guess Who

Even though we still do not have a winner for the previous posted Guess Who Wrote This, here’s another for you to ponder…

I See You Smile

I see my mother’s eyes

Right above your nose

I see my uncle’s nose

Right above your lips

I see me laugh

When I see you laughing

 I see snow-white hair

That once was raven

I see memories of a wedding

In the arms of my grandmother

 I see you smiling

As I tell you my name

I see your eyes sparkle

As you recognize who I am

Potpourri of writerly things

Tony Mendoza is reaching out to see if any of you writers, specifically in the thriller, psychological thriller, suspense, genres would be interested in being interviewed on your work.  He’s hosting a podcast right now in support of a film he’s scheduled for shooting in January 2016 (demo:

If you happen to know anyone who would be interested, please let him know. The podcast is new so having fresh content would be great. Here’s 1 of our 1st episodes. You can reach him via phone or email: 702-372-1201 / lifeintheholemovie@­


The Las Vegas Romance Writers is sponsoring an all day workshop (Story Mastery) with Michael Hauge on November 14th at the Sunset Hotel and Casino.

This workshop is for all fiction writers including beginning writers as well as seasoned writers in all genres. The cost is only $100.00.

Michael has coached screenwriters, producer, stars and directors on project for every major studio and network. He is the bestselling author of Selling Your Story In 60 Seconds and The Guaranteed Way to Get Your screen or Novel Read. He has worked in Hollywood for the past 35 years and has presented seminars, lectures and keynotes in person and online to more than 70,000 participants worldwide.

We would appreciate it if you could provide this information to the members of you’re the Henderson’s group. We really feel this is going to be a great opportunity for writers here in Las Vegas and is must for anyone looking to enhance their writing.

I have attached a flyer with additional information or people can go to our website LVRWA.ORG where they can also register.

Mr. Hauge is also offering individual appointments for Sunday November 15th.

Topics covered will include:

  • The primary goal of all stories
  • The power of desire, need, longing and destiny
  • The essential conflict all characters must face
  • Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple powerful tool you can easily apply to every story
  • The single key to creating character arc and theme
  • Crating unique, believable and fulfilling love stories
  • The indispensable elements of a great pitch.

Hit their website for more info:


An upcoming conference in OctoberThe Magic of Memoir: A Weekend of Craft, Process and Publishing.  Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers are respected experts in the fields of publishing and memoir writing and have gathered an all-star group of contributors, including author, screenwriter and editor, Amy Ferris (Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis), and writer, editor and activist, Hollye Dexter (Fire Season).

These are teachers I’ve learned so very much from and I’m thrilled to share the news of this event with you.   We are so fortunate to have this group assembled here in Marin County for an enriching weekend!

The conference takes place the weekend of October 17 & 18, but there are perks to Early Bird Registration that include free books, a t-shirt, and a written evaluation of your work in progress!
With topics such as “Getting Started with Your Memoir,” “Writing That Brings Your Memoir Alive,” and “All About Publishing!”, this is a fantastic opportunity for memoir enthusiasts. Whether you’re an experienced writer or you’ve just always wanted to write your memoir, you’ll gain skills and inspiration to take the next steps on your memoir journey.
For more information on the conference, panelists and workshops, log onto their website: Magic of Memoir


The Utah Humanities Book Festival is doing a day devoted just to children’s and YA lit on October 10th at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. They are still looking for more authors/publishers who’d like to have a table. Space is free since this first year is just an experiment to see how it goes. 
Here is the link below to learn more and the form is attached to sign-up. I know I’m going to be there and I hope you’ll join me. Link for info: Utah Humanities
And, then on to St George!

They’d like to formally invite you to participate in our annual book festival and literacy events from October 19-24, 2015, Southern Utah’s signature literary event.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary and they have three amazing Keynote speakers, along with over a dozen events scheduled throughout the week. Plus, this year the Book Expo will be at SpookyTown in town square. With the Book Expo and the Washington County School District’s biggest fundraiser SpookyTwon as partners this in town square, authors and publishers will have the opportunity to reach more readers than ever before. Link for more info: St. George Book Festival