Archive for April, 2009

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Teresa Burrell sells her debut novel, over and over again

April 29, 2009

Author, attorney and longtime SCWCer Teresa Burrell’s debut legal thriller, The Advocate, draws from her extensive legal background representing abused minors and juvenile delinquents. Telling the story of when one Sabre Orin Brown’s search for her missing brother and her career as a Juvenile Court attorney collide while defending a nine-year-old whose father will go to any length to obtain custody, the book is due August from Echelon Press.

Thing is, because her publisher’s just so damned pushy, Tee also found herself surprisingly selling copies of it at past weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Be sure to check out her site (TeresaBurrell.com) and follow her blog where she’s currently blogging the alphabet.

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Gayle Carline sells her book — 17 of them, to be exact

April 29, 2009

Author Gayle Carline’s awesome debut novel, Freezer Burn (Echelon Press), is due to be released in July. The awesome L.A. Times book festival took place this past weekend. Echelon’s publisher phoned Gayle two days before with some unexpected news.

For a fine lesson in timing, marketing savvy, and the ability of one writer to keep her wits about her without the benefit of a fistful of pharmaceuticals, check out Gayle’s blog, On the Edge of the Chair of Literature.

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Author Fan Wu in for Irvine

April 29, 2009

Pushcart Prize nominee and celebrated author Fan Wu is the first of our special guest speakers to be announced. The Asian Review of Books called her 2007 debut novel, February Flowers, “A fresh, original work that strikes a fine balance between intimacy and restraint, and shatters several stereotypes along the way.” The Financial Times Book Review (UK) hailed both how it “turns its eye away from imagined audiences and keeps it trained on the story at hand… (and) the ease with which it shakes off the voiceover of memoir, with all its intonations of latterly won wisdom, and enters the past as it was lived, in real-time and without the props of hindsight.” Beautiful as Yesterday (Simon & Schuster/Atria) is out July 1, Xinran (Good Women of China) calls, “A delicate and brilliant novel on the arguments, triumphs, loves and differences of a Chinese family in America.”

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Gayle Carline on her new novel

April 21, 2009

Columnist and longtime SCWCer Gayle Carline’s Freezer Burn is out shortly from Echelon Press. Here’s a little glimpse into the characters Gayle had to wrestle with in her debut comedic mystery.


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Law & more order in store for Irvine

April 20, 2009

Winner of two Emmys and two Golden Globes for his work on HBO’s Band of Brothers and From Earth to the Moon, writer/producer Erik Bork joins us for the first time. In addition to introducting at least two new workshops, Erik will be accepting a limited number of screenplay submissions for advance critique, followed by one-on-one consultation. And to help writers better understand some of the most vexing issues we face in today’s ever-changing transmedia publishing world, intellectual property and entertainment attorney Mark I. Reichenthal will is also aboard. No matter what level of writer you are, his will be a session you won’t want to miss. Get all the lowdown at WritersConference.com.

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Author Stacey O’Brien to appear with owl

April 17, 2009

If you’re in the San Diego, CA region on May 20th be sure to visit Stacey O’Brien, author of the NY Times bestseller Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl. An enchanting storyteller, Stacey will be speaking at the beautiful Encinitas Library accompanied by a real live education Barn Owl, provided by SkyHunters, a raptor rescue/rehab facility in Alpine. The event is free to the public and starts at 6:30pm.

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Novel Cram and more in Irvine…

April 16, 2009

Bestselling author Drusilla Campbell returns to the SCWC in Irvine with her popular Novel Cram immersion track, in which participants beat out an entire book, from scratch, over the weekend. Other staffers already confirmed include authors Matthew J. Pallamary, Gary Phillips, Darlene Quinn, Judy Reeves, Raul Ramos Y Sanchez, Michele Scott, Steven M. Thomas and Maralys Wills; trusted freelance editors Jean Jenkins, Mike Sirota and Laura Taylor are aboard, as are Red Hen Press managing editor Kate Gale, agent Alexandra Machinest (Linda Chester Literary Agency), editor Marla Miller (“Location 3 Magazine”), Behler Publications’ editorial director Lynn Price, agent Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary Agency) and Sally van Haitsma (Castiglia Literary), and many others still to be announced, including our special guest speakers.

While we’re wrangling the schedule over the next several weeks, it’s safe to say even this early out that SCWC*LA7 will be another stellar weekend for writers who are serious about getting published. Register by April 30th and save a whopping $100 off conference admission. You’ve earned it!

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