Forgot to share some good “muse” in the previous update, but it’s never too late to celebrate. Two-time San Diego conferee Barbara Marshak’s Michigan and Rookie: Guardians of the Night was published September by Beaver’s Pond Press. The true story of K9 Officer Joaquin Guerrero and his German shepherd partner Rookie, the book is told from the POV of its K9 hero, chronicling Rookie’s unwavering service at Ground Zero, and his impact with hundreds of thousands of school kids across Mid-Michigan. This makes for Barbara’s second published book, following Hidden Heritage: The Story of Paul LaRoche, an inspiring biography of the award-winning Native American recording artist, Brulé. And this just in, SD/LA conferee Benjamin More reports that his short story, “Entangled Souls,” appears in Dark Moon Digest’s upcoming special edition anthology: Ghosts. Good job to you both! Speaking of good “muse”…
Longtime SCWC staffer Drusilla Campbell’s Honor and Glory, in which a female Marine resumes her life after returning from Iraq with PTSD, just sold to Grand Central in a two-book deal, for publication in 2012. Drusilla, of course, will again be conducting her popular NovelCram track in February. Other workshop leaders now slated for SD26 include authors Mark Clements, Deborah Halverson, Lois Joy Hofmann, Ken Kuhlken, Sylvia Mendoza, Matthew J. Pallamary, Judy Reeves, Mike Sirota, and Laura Taylor. Web developer and online marketing strategist Jeremy Lee James returns, along with entertainment attorney Mark I. Reichenthal and N.S. Bienstock literary agent, Paul Fedorko.
Advance Submission Readers selection will open up in the next week or so. As there’s plenty more to announce while we begin working on the schedule, lining up the Special Guest Speakers, and adding more workshop leaders, be sure to check back often or join us on the SCWC .COMmunity Facebook page to stay up to speed.
And while submission to the Reader’s Digest “Write Your Life Story in 150 Words” contest on Facebook is now closed, the SCWC’s contest remains open. Write your life story, or some pivotal aspect of your life, as a self-contained story in 150 words or less and you’ll be in the running to win a Kindle eBook reader or Full Conference registration package (your choice of San Diego or Newport Beach). Use the Contact Us form on the right and be sure to put “Life Story Contest” in the subject line. Paste your name in the body along with your story and story’s title. The SCWC contest deadline for submission is December 31, 2011.