Lifetime reader and admitted nerd about all things science fiction and fantasy, Ash Bishop will be with us in Irvine. His debut novel Intergalactic Exterminators Inc. chronicles the raucous exploits of an “ecosystem preservation” team sent to Earth to eliminate an alien threat with the reluctant help of a human. Of it, New York Times bestselling author Jesse Kellerman (The Burning) effuses, “This book is so much fun it ought to be illegal in all known galaxies … a wildly imagined, deeply felt, swashbuckling page turner.” Our first Special Guest Speaker to be announced, not only will Ash share his journey with us, he’ll have his official book launch at the conference hotel.
Speaking of the Sonesta Irvine Hotel, some exciting renovations are underway at the property that should only prove exceptionally useful to the SCWC. A longtime favorite location of ours, we can’t wait to return. Discounted lodging is available to conferees and is now available through our online hub. Book your stay today here.
Since returning to in-person events last September and February of this year – stringent COVID protocols in place for both – conference participation has greatly exceeded our expectations. And as we continue to make adjustments in effort to assuage trepidation and best adjust to our new “normal” for the foreseeable future, there are a few things we’ve learned over the past two years that have actually proven beneficial. One particular thing we discovered and have explored the feasibility of implementing, we’re going to unveil at Irvine. Have run it by Wes, Rick, various workshop leaders, agents, editors and other publishing professionals, even past conferees, and all were unanimous in giving it a try. Will unveil what in another update.
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Much more soon. And for those who missed it, Janis Thomas and her sister premiered a new song at the recent book launch of Finding Grace…
–Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC/SWS