Hailing from film & TV as a writer/director, he’s turned to writing books for needed spiritual (and cerebral) balance. A best-selling ghost writer for Random House/Harmony Books, under his own name Eric DelaBarre’s latest, Saltwater Taffy, is a lushly illustrated, hardcover young adult novel following the exploits of five kids who uncover a treasure map once belonging to the ruthless New Orleans pirate Jean Lafitte. Due out January from Seven Publishing, already the book’s being hailed by Teachers of the Year around the country. Also the author of the inspiring Why Not: Start Living Your Life Today, Eric joins us Sunday evening to discuss his own journey to publishing — and personal — success…
Plenty other familiar friends added to the staff as of late, so be sure to check it out. More to come, of course, including agents, editors, authors, and — hopefully — one especially guest speaker many of us know. What’s on our collective mind at the moment, however, are two things:
- The 3/10 Power Pen immersion track debut. Intended to be a stand-alone track in which participants write the first 10 chapters of a novel over the course of the conference weekend, what we’d like to know is whether anybody’s particularly interested in participating in it. There’s only so much space to conduct things at the hotel, so we need to be certain that devoting space to such an experiment is practical. It’s YOUR conference, so please fill out the poll and let us know.
- Mark A. Clements Appreciation Night. For 21 consecutive years horror writer Mark Clements has led some of the most die-hard Rogue Read & Critique workshops for the SCWC in San Diego. Recently, and quite unexpectedly, he lost his health insurance. Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with a tumor. A hideously ruinous tumor he affectionately named Vlad. Vlad proved itself unlovable, so Vlad was smited by a rather remarkably expensive medical exorcism. On December 10, in San Diego, a victory benefit celebration of Mark, and his contributions to the writing community, in effort to offset his medical costs is being held. You don’t have to be in town to help out, and every little donation will go to the fund. Full details: http://writelivelihood.net
Turns out we’re going to have a 1-day Poetry Cram at SD25 — woo-hoo! Details soon.