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).
Do Yourself Independence Sessions
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
More Workshops Added
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.
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