Celebrated New York Times bestseller T. Jefferson Parker, one of crime fiction’s most critically acclaimed and award-winning writers continues “the most ground-breaking crime series in decades,” (St. Louis Post- Dispatch) with today’s release of his latest, The Jaguar (Dutton), another gripping tale of the Mexican border. Jeff will tell us all about it as our Saturday evening Special Guest Speaker. Sunday afternoon’s Special Guest Speaker has also been confirmed, only in this case we’re going to keep it close to the vest as to who it is. Rest assured, however, that this author’s personal journey will inspire & entertain, and through special arrangement, pre-release editions of the author’s new book will be available exclusively to SD26 conferees… Another confirmation just in, author and excessively popular SCWC workshop leader/reader Marayls Wills returns–possibly even with a new book.
From Martin Literary Management, agent Andrew Wetzel will be joining us. Looking to expand his list, he’s seeking quality male-centric fiction and non-fiction in a variety of genres… Agent Babette Sparr’s bio page is now up-to-date. She’s interested in a pretty broad swath of genres as well, spanning literary and upmarket commercial fiction to women’s fiction, mystery and narrative non-fiction.
Good “muse” from two more veteran SCWC conferees. SD21 Best Fiction Award winner Laurence O’Bryan’s The Istanbul Puzzle (Harper Collins UK) launches with a big release party in Dublin on Jan. 18th, coinciding with worldwide participation on Twitter. And SCWCer Marci Nault reports that she has signed with Simon & Schuster. Her novel, retitled “The Lake House,” will be out Spring of 2013. Congratulations to you both!
Fast approaching crunch time, writers. Deadlines to keep in mind are as follows:
- $50 Early “Bard” Discount on Full Conference registration expires Sunday, Jan. 15.
- Discounted lodging at the Crowne Plaza Hanalei San Diego (the site of the conference) cut off date is Thursday, Jan. 26.
- Advance submission manuscripts must be received by the SCWC by no later than Thursday, Jan. 26. (Remember, those submitting to more than reader can include all submissions in a single envelope to save on postage costs.)
- The SCWC “Life Story” contest deadline has been extended to 4 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 19, 2012. If you have submitted your story to the conference and have not received confirmation of receipt, please re-submit.
The schedule currently posted on the site is only a working draft. As usual a month out from the conference, much tweaking will take place over the next few weeks. The nearer we get to SD26, the closer to the final schedule it will resemble.
Much more soon.