The follow-up to international award-winning author Ara Grigorian’s Game of Love and Ten Year Dance hits shelves September 24th. As a longtime SCWCer, however, he’ll have his latest available exclusively to those attending Irvine. A YA novel, 15 Days With You follows a young man’s wending quest to understand his mother’s dying wish, with a California girl who challenges him to rethink everything. Ara will also introduce two new workshops. “Blast Off! Preparing Your Book Launch” delves into the heady deep of all things related to your book’s release. And, tag-teaming with Janis Thomas, “Front Story: Pouring the Foundation of a Powerful Tale” tackles the crucial elements of constructing a novel’s Act 1 that can reliably better sustain its structure going forward.
Having pegged a lot of issues we’re coming across lately, Janis herself will also debut “Dialogue in Motion” and “Make Me Give a Damn: Crafting Characters People Care For.” Check out the Workshops & Events page to view what all we’ve got lined up for LA17. And while minor adjustments will likely be made, the Schedule-at-a-Glance is now up.
More Good “Muse”
Other SCWCer-books recently released or soon to be include Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove, an anthology from Atthis Arts which includes John Lowell’s short story “Robot Revolt,” about how [not] to behave when trapped in a robot elevator during the inevitable robot revolution … Luna the Lone Wolf, by Nicholas Wells (writing as Forest Wells), tells the story of a young lone wolf banished from his pack into the world of strange two-legged creatures … Douglas J. Bornemann’s A House of Cards, the third book in The Dreamweaver Chronicles and second volume of the Heiromancer trilogy … And Jan Steele’s debut, Shoes on the Stairs, which centers around one mother’s struggle to accept what she left behind following her death.
Coming soon: The fourth book in Greta Boris’ Seven Deadly Sins saga, Color of Envy, is out this month… Battle Lines, the fourth novel in Claudia Whitsitt’s Kids Like You Series, drops in September … And another anthology, Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences in the Trump Era, featuring Jennifer Silva Redmond’s “Viva La Raza,” will be released by Regal House Publishing, March 2020. Best of success to all.
Whoosh! Deadlines Approaching
August 20: Submissions to advance submission readers must be received. Visit All About Advance Submissions to learn more.
August 29: Final day to book Wyndham Irvine hotel lodging at the discounted SCWC rate. >>Details
September 1: The latest to secure a one-on-one consultation in “The Publisher Is In: Your Post-Conference Publishing Plan” (if room available). >>Details
September 1: Submission of requested materials for the 2-part “Best Foot Forward: Polishing to Impress” workshop. >>Details
That’s all for now. It’s the thick of summer and time’s speeding past faster than a feral Douglas squirrel fornicating on a fickle twig. Stop the clock and write like you mean it.
–Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC/SWS