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Claudia says: Or, why you should register for SCWC LA9

August 31, 2011

Claudia WhitsittYes, friends, there is still time to register for the Ninth Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference, Los Angeles edition, a.k.a. LA9. And if our friend Claudia Whitsitt doesn’t mind, I would like to borrow a little of this and a pinch of that, and perhaps a dash of something else in order to explain to you just why you should be signing up for “the best writers’ conference EVER!

(Isn’t that sweet? Thank you so much, Claudia. I’m certain MSG is smiling. And if not, we’ll try the stapler.)

Why, you ask? The first time I attended this conference, I was scared to death. My knees rattled, my breathing arrested, my heart clutched inside my chest. I was a newbie. What the hell did I know about writing? But then, at the opening session, Michael Steven Gregory, the head of the conference, spoke in his loud announcer-like voice, reassuring me and the rest of the writers in the room that we would SUCK LESS at writing after having attended this conference. His humor and his honesty relaxed us all. And we remained hopeful, that as we tread in these unventured waters, we’d learn how to swim.

He encouraged us to network, and challenged us to introduce ourselves to someone new. He told us that the best networking happens in the bar. I took his advice and found that he was right. While it’s true that I might spend a little more time there now than I should, I’ve also made some of the best connections, cultivated some of the best friendships and met some of the most talented people I could ever hope to meet.

I should also mention that this is where I met my publisher, Karen Syed of Echelon Press, and where I entered my essay in the SCWC/Hummingbird Review contest and … WON! I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, just share with you the wonderful things that can happen at SCWC.

I mean, really. I don’t think if we were to throw together a late-night infomercial that I could script a testimony like that.

So come on. What have you got to lose? I mean, who doesn’t want to suck less?

SCWC LA9 is slated for September 23-25, in Newport Beach. Be there. Really. Or I’ll have to send Claudia with the stapler.

(Claudia Whitsitt is the author of The Wrong Guy, published by Echelon Press.)

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Reminder of sorts

August 30, 2011

SCWC LA 9You know … there is still time to register for the Ninth Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference Los Angeles gathering. And why should you? Well, check our news and announcements page, which can say it so much better than I can. Or have a peek at the LA 9 staff and schedule to see how we’re hoping it all plays out.

MSG in BlueC’mon … sign up. Don’t make MSG sad. I even borrowed his Facebook picture. Because he’s smiling. He smiles when he’s happy, and you’ll see his smiling face if you sign up and make your way to Newport Beach for the Ninth Annual Southern California Writers Conference, Los Angeles edition. Or, as we like to call it, LA 9.

Be there, or … er … uh … yeah. Be there.

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A Brief Note: Why I feel like a ….

August 2, 2011
    re: An email you might have received about confusion

Um … right. That was me.

I mean, MSG sent the advice and correction, but it’s my fault people were confused in the first place.

D'oh!So, yeah. That was me.

Sorry ’bout that.

You know how it goes, right? Sometimes you think, “A-ha! I can be useful!” And then you hurry, or get anxious about it, or whatever, and forget to play Copy and Legal and skip straight to feeling like the executive editor, and, naturally ….

Er … um … right. That was me.

Sorry for the confusion.

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Reminder: LA 9 “Early Bard” discount through August 1

July 29, 2011

Reminder

SCWC LA 9The Southern California Writers’ Conference is preparing for its ninth annual Los Angeles conference, to be held in Newport Beach.

Registration includes an “early bard” discount ending August 1, so you have until Monday to knock $50 off your registration fee.

Check into the News & Announcements for the latest updates on participating authors, editors, publishers, and agents.

Go. Do. Write. Now.

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Writer Replay Ep. 8: Author Autonomy

August 25, 2010


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Writer Replay Ep. 7: The Penny Drops

August 19, 2010


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Writer Replay Ep. 5: Better Read Than Wed

July 13, 2010


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Excuses, excuses … what’s yours?

May 26, 2010

If I have, in recent days, been remiss about my duties to this blog, I can only beg the kind indulgence of our readers. These are interesting times, though not so proverbially as to cause concern. Indeed, the news is largely good. As I approach my thirty-seventh birthday, I look forward to moving to a better home in the near future, and, Friday morning, depart for two weeks overseas in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is intended that the journey should be blogged at Skipping Across the Pond, but we’ll see how that goes.

Meanwhile, as far as the important things are concerned … um … let me clear my throat.

(Ahem.)

Less than a week remains to save $75 on your registration fee for SCWC LA8. Be sure to check the latest updates, including writers, editors, agents, and specialists signed on for the show in Newport Beach, September 24-26, 2010.

I missed you all in February, to my deep regret, but rumors are flying even in my own little corner of the Universe that I might make the September conference, and thus can genuinely say I hope to see you all there. And if fate should keep me trapped up here in the Pacific northwest, fear not, I will live with the wound. Still, I think it fair to say that MSG, Wes, Edwin, and everyone else at SCWC would hope to see you in Newport Beach, as well. Or, perhaps I should correct myself: They expect to see you there. So what are you waiting for? Save yourself some money and sign up today. It’s, like, you know, a 19% discount, if I recall correctly, and June 1 is the deadline.

Don’t be pathetic and make excuses like I do. And don’t go making MSG sad. We anxiously await to hear from you, and I’ll send Decker to your house if we don’t.

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Another new agent aboard

May 18, 2010

Just added to the expanding schedule for September’s event in Newport Beach, from the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency agent Taylor Martindale will be making her SCWC debut. Beyond commercial, women’s, and multi-cultural fiction, Taylor’s looking for YA — specifically contemporary, paranormal, urban fantasy, and “any …story with a captivating voice.” Details at WritersConference.com

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Google Editions: The giant looms larger, starting this summer

May 6, 2010

Google LogoDespite some legal questions remaining to shape the final outcome, Google plans to open its own online bookstore over the summer. Details come from CNet’s Tom Krazit:

Google announced plans last year to offer public-domain books for free in the Epub format, and the report did not specify what format it will use for the first-run in-print books it sells through Google Editions.

A Google representative confirmed that the company plans to launch Google Editions in the middle of this year, but declined to be more specific on the timing.

One key difference between Google’s approach to digital-book sales and the approaches used by Amazon and Apple is that Google customers will not be able to download books sold through the store: they’ll be accessible exclusively through a Web browser. That has some advantages for Google, in that it side-steps messy DRM (digital rights management) questions and allows it to offer the service for any device, rather than having to negotiate deals.

However, it means Google will have to create a mobile version of Google Editions that can support offline reading. It might also change the pricing equation, given that customers wouldn’t actually have their own copy of the books they purchase. Google declined to comment on the pricing structure for Google Editions, although Google’s Dan Clancy told The New Yorker in April that it would let publishers set the prices for their books.

The Stranger‘s Paul Constant notes an important question about the Google model:

This is a weird approach. Part of the whole tablet/e-book explosion of the last year has been about making sure that books are available to their purchasers around the clock, and that the devices have the battery power to sustain long periods of reading. Internet access consumes a lot of power in mobile devices, and it’s still not available everywhere. Will people be willing to buy online-only e-books? And how much will they be willing to pay for them?

Meanwhile, Google’s settlement offer with various industry groups may also revive a large number of copyright-protected books that are out of print. Presiding Judge Denny Chin has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is expected to issue a ruling before his departure to a new bench.

Stay tuned. The times, they are a’changing, so there is plenty more drama to come. What will the publishing industry look like this time next year? Or five years on? As e-reader services evolve, will the battery warmth of a pocket reader ever come to properly replace the feel of a worn, comfortable book? Can you make an e-reader smell like an old, comfortable, favorite book? Would it be creepy if someone actually managed to pull that off?

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(Paper or electronic, we’ve got agents, editors, and publishers all working to adapt their own lives to the new technology, and that means they should be on the forefront for their writers, too. If you’re ready to dive into the untold adventure of writing and publishing in the twenty-first century, it will help to have some smart and friendly people on your side. And there’s no better time or place to meet them than September 24-26 in Newport Beach, the Eighth Annual Los Angeles gathering of the Southern California Writers’ Conference. And just to prove how smart and friendly we are, we’ll knock $75 off your registration fee if you sign up before June 1, 2010. Hey, it’s better than breaking your kneecaps, right?)