Of her latest release New York Times bestseller Caroline Mitchell raves, “Lost Girl is a compulsive thrill-ride that reads as if it’s been pulled straight from the headlines. Kammier’s journalism background brings undeniable authenticity to a novel that has it all—a love story, a murder mystery, and a real-life introduction into the distinctive world of television news.” “In a nutshell, 5-stars!” extols six-time Romantic Times award-winning author Laura Taylor. Its author, our own international best-selling author and co-founder of Acorn Publishing, Holly Kammier will round out San Diego 34’s Special Guest Speaker roster, replacing Anita Abriel due to unforeseen circumstances. A cross-over title overlapping characters and locations from her first two books, Kingston Court and Choosing Hope, Lost Girl is out January. We couldn’t be more delighted to hear all about her daring writer’s journey.
Happy New “Muse”
What better way to welcome 2020 than with the latest books from SCWCers? Out now: Solange Ritchie’s legal thriller Dying Declaratino … Gregory Fournier’s The Elusive Purple Gang: Detroit’s Kosher Nostra … and Wild in the Windy City Volume 3: New Year’s Eve Edition, an anthology featuring a story by the ever-prolific Bethany Lopez.
PJ Colando’s I am… a Character, a short story collection, drops January … February brings us Danielle Lizotte Harrington’s debut YA novel, The Diseased Ones … Come March, Jessica Therrien’s The Mercenary’s Daughter, co-authored with Joe Gazzam.
Plus this just in … Jan Steele’s Shoes on the Stairs (Acorn Publishing) is an award-winning finalist for both Best New Fiction and Women’s Fiction in the 2019 Best Book Awards, sponsored by American Book Fest … And SCWC*LA/Irvine16 Outstanding Fiction Award-winner Jasmin Lolani Hakes, recognized for her sweeping Hilo-set saga Hula, just sold the book at auction to Scribner.
Great job. Best of success to all!
Whoosh! Deadlines Fast Approaching
The bulk of sessions slated for San Diego 34 are now available for review on the Workshops and Events page.
The deadline for submitting material to advance submission readers is January 12, 2020. Am sure a few of the readers — especially agents and editors — will begin selling out before then. Visit All About Advance Submissions to learn more.
The deadline for discounted lodging at the Crowne Plaza Hanalei San Diego, the longtime home of the conference, is January 13, 2020. Details here.
The 2-part “Best Foot Forward: Polishing to Impress” workshop, conducted by editor Jean Jenkins, is limited to the first 12 participants that sign up. Submission of required materials is due by no later than February 1, 2020. Complete details can be found here.
“The Publisher Is In: Your Post-Conference Publishing Plan,” a one-on-one time strategizing consultation with Acorn Publishing co-founder Holly Kammier, is also limited to 12 slots, available to conferees on a first come, first served basis. Details here.
Until next time, discounted pre-registration remains open. Do so now and save $75 on Full Conference participation. Writers from everywhere are welcome. Your work is worth it. Kick off the New Year – Write!
–Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC/SWS