2013 has been a banner year for SCWCers with several fine books representing the gamut of genres being published via traditional houses, boutique publishers and indie alternate methods. Though regular updates for SD28 won’t begin until October, we’re excited to announce one of our very Special Guest Speakers all ready confirmed. Citing the SCWC as the first conference she attended when starting out writing, author Suzanne Redfearn proclaims it “an integral part of my journey to getting published.” Come Oct. 8, 2013, published she will be as Grand Central releases Suzanne’s debut thriller, Hush Little Baby. Kirkus hails it, “A compelling tale of the deceit, violation and anguish that undergird the myth of suburbia.” #1 NYT bestselling author Alyson Noël effuses, “[B]eautifully nuanced prose and taut pacing.” And Jane Porter (Brennan Sisters Trilogy) declares, “[A] brilliant debut. Powerful and compelling.”
As usual, our winter event will feature plenty of read & critique workshops conducted by working authors, along with our uniquely tailored slate of interactive troubleshooting and craft-centric sessions. Our popular DYI (Do Yourself Independence) track will return, geared to address the latest trends and further empower today’s entrepreneurial authors with the vital information required to thrive in today’s ever-expanding transmedia publication industry.
Early “Bard” Registration is now open. Do so by Sept. 15 and save a whopping $100 on Full Conference or NovelCram immersion track participation.
Up next, of course, is our fall conference in Newport Beach. If we don’t see you there, we look forward to hooking up February in San Diego.
Ahh, the Winter Conference. So much sun, so much fun, and barely a wink of sleep for near everyone. In fact, while not yet confirmed to be the record, Rogue Read & Critique Workshop leader Mark Clements’ Sunday night session is rumored to have gone on until 6:04 a.m. Monday. Just like back in the old days–or at least a couple of years ago–that’s some serious writers workshopping seriously.
As usual, our fine cadre of accomplished authors, agents, editors and other publishing paisons did a stand up job of aiming for excellence in addressing the craft, the business and the immutable brain damage so systemic in today’s ADD marketplace. Thank you all. And a big thanks to all of this year’s Special Guest Speakers, Caitlin Rother, Michele Scott, David Brin (pictured), Janice Steinberg and Andrew E. Kaufman. Great talks providing keen perspectives, good laughs, quality information and more than a wee bit of tears.
Biggest thanks of all, of course, goes to this year’s conferees. What a fine bunch of writers you turned out to be. Now let’s get on to the awards…
The Silent Deal
by Levi Stack of Jamul, CA
Postcards from Home
by Shelly Miller of San Diego, CA
by Mark Koopmans of Honolulu, HI
The Sanctuary (coming)
by Melissa Fisher of Venice, CA
Congratulations to the honorees and to all the staff who helped make SD27 such a fabulous event. Dates for SD28 are Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 14-17, 2014. Between now and then, join us in Newport Beach for LA11, Sept. 20-22, 2013, and virtually anytime on the SCWC Facebook Page where there’s always a vibrant discussion going on with like-minded members of our vast and ever-growing writing community.
And for those who couldn’t make it to Sunday afternoon Special Guest Speaker Andrew E. Kaufman’s keynote, do yourself a favor and sit back, relax, and have a watch:
Pre-registsration for LA11 (in Newport Beach) opens March 1, 2013. Be there or be… where?
Conference weekend is here! Walk-in registration opens Noon today; 7 AM Saturday and 7:30 AM Sunday. There’s plenty of room for writers of every realm, so be here or be… where?
Here’s where: Crowne Plaza San Diego, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108.
Gateway Literary Agency’s Terri Baranowski has just been added to the schedule. She’s looking to build her client list and is pinch-hitting on-site critique & consults for those looking for a rep.
We’ll be back online come next Wednesday. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you in San Diego this weekend. You’ve earned it.
Filling out our Special Guest Speaker spots is Janice Steinberg with her brand-spanking-new novel, The Tin Horse, released from Random House only yesterday. Telling the tale of two sisters whose relationship in the 1920s-30s era Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights is fraught with fierce love and bitter rivalry, at the heart of the story lies a mystery spanning generations. Author Margaret Dilloway (The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns and How to Be an American Housewife) calls the book “a completely immersive reading experience. I closed the pages feeling as though I’d lived another life.”
Janice will be joining SD27’s other Special Guests, David Brin (Existence), Andrew Kaufman (The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted), Caitlin Rother (Lost Girls) and Michele Scott (Covert Reich, as A.K. Alexander).
Speaking of Michele Scott and Andrew E. Kaufman, the pair are also conducting separate workshops individually, as well as one together for our Do Your Independence track, “DYI: Amazon and Beyond: The Take of Two Authors.” As both caught the attention of Amazon’s recently unveiled traditional publishing arm and have signed muliple-book contracts with its imprints, what insight they bring to the e-paradigm table oughta prove interesting.
For all those either wrestling with or already going indie with your book(s), here’s the complete list of sessions devoted to just that at SD27:
DYI: “Amazon and Beyond: The Take of Two Authors” with Andrew Kaufman and Michele Scott
DYI: “Author as Entrepreneur” with Lois Joy Hofman
DYI: “Indie Excellence: Legitimacy & Editing” with Laura Taylor and guests
DYI: “Leaving a Virtual Footprint” with Mary Vensel White
DYI: “Producing Book Trailers that Don’t Suck” with Michael Steven Gregory (maybe)
DYI: “Publishing & Marketing Strategies from an International Best-selling Indie Author” with Sheri Fink
DYI: “Self-Publishing Savvy: Why, How, Where, What You Need to Know” with Gayle Carline
DYI: “Stop the Presses—NOT! Publishing Printed Books In The Digital Age” with Margaux Hession and Matthew J. Pallamary
DYI: “Up Close and Visual: Breaking Down Author/Reader Barriers” with Valerie Wicks
DYI: “Your Author Bio, Media Copy and PR Package” with Marla Miller (or, in other words, “Learn How to Write a Professional Author’s Bio, for Chrissake!”)
DYI: “Your Book As a Business: Make YOUR Book the Next Big Thing!” with Charmaine Hammond
Joining us for the first time, paranormal fictionalist and short story sensation Lisa Kessler will be conducting two workshops. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book. Christine Cody, author of the Bloodlands series, calls it, “A soulful, timeless love story and an engrossing new take on immortal mythology.” Lisa will conduct “Wtg. Short Stories that Pack a Punch” and “Happily Ever After: Make Them Earn It.” Welcome aboard, Lisa!
We’re finalizing the schedule over the next week, then plan to make a print-friendly version available online.
Check back for more soon. And don’t forget to join the writerly conversation on our SCWC Facebook page.