Amy Meyerson, author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays, will join us September as a Special Guest Speaker. Of the book Publishers Weekly effuses, “In her heartfelt debut, Meyerson brings readers on a scavenger hunt full of literary clues and family secrets…. Filled with quotes from and allusions to The Tempest, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Jane Eyre, Meyerson’s evocative novel is a fun homage to book lovers and the eclectic spirit of L.A.” And Kirkus lauds, “A lovely look at loss, family, and the comfort found in a good bookstore.” Welcome aboard, Amy!
We’ll start updating the staff page shortly, which will include the regular raft of familiar SCWC workshop leaders, as well as new friends we’re welcoming into the fold. Among the agents already confirmed, Jenny Herrera (David Black Agency), Jill Marr (Dijkstra Literary), and Ewe Stender (Triada US). Freelance editors Michael Mohr, Laura Taylor, and Jean Jenkin are back–Jean again conducting her popular “Best Foot Forward: Polishing to Impress” workshop. All, of course, will be accepting advance submissions.
Quality craft is the name of the game and, as always, it remains our primary focus.
A Slew of Good “Muse”
Lots of SCWCers with books recently released or soon to be. Out now…
Marlene Wagman-Geller’a Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings … Bestselling crime writer Dallas Barnes’ A Man in Heat is his latest after taking a long break … Bethany Lopez’s Cupcake Explosion, the fourth in her Cupcakes Book series … The second mystery in the Chalkboard Outline Series by Kelley Bowles Gusich (as Kelley Kaye), Poison by Punctuation, along with a young adult novel, Down in the Belly of the Whale (writing as Kelley Kay Bowles).
Dropping in June: From the prolific Janis Thomas, her latest domestic suspense, All That’s Left of Me … Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers, a Caribbean noir murder mystery set on the island of St. Thomas, “where murder is as common as sunshine” … Fantasy writer Dot Caffrey’s re-release of Awakened (formerly known as Awakening Powers) will be out August through Acorn Publishing … Speaking of which, SCWC conferee Teresa Harrison has just signed with the hybrid house for her debut title, Maiden.
August McLaughlin’s Girl Boner: The Good Girl’s Guide to Sexual Empowerment is also out August, fittingly, from Amberjack Publishing … Also Greta Boris’ third entry in her Seven Deadly Sins series, Sanctity of Sloth (Fawkes Press).
On the awards & recognition front: Cherie Kephart’s A Few Minor Adjustments just won Silver in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards for best Autobiography/Memoir: Personal Struggle / Health Issues … And Matt Coyle’s “The #2 Pencil” has been nominated a Derringer Award for Best Long Story. It’s in the Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea anthology.
–Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC/SWS