Archive for the ‘Staff’ Category

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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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Couple more literary reps added

August 4, 2009

The tentative SCWC*LA7 schedule for September’s conference is now posted. A couple more additions have been made on the literary reps front, as well. From Manus Entertainment, Marc Manus will be with us, accepting advance submissions of screenplay. In particular, he’s on the hunt for original voices with a strong sense of concept in the action, comedy and thriller genres. He likes good biographical subject matter too. And from the Andy Ross Literary Agency, agent Andy Ross is aboard, looking for narrative nonfiction dealing with history, politics and current events, science, journalism, and cultural subjects. Andy brings a unique perspective of publishing trends and the retail book market to the scene as, before forming his agency, he was owner and general manager of Cody’s Books in Berkeley, CA, recognized as one of the greatest independent bookstores in the nation. How cool is that!

–msg

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Another special guest speaker announced

December 3, 2008

Managing things from the road right now, but have pulled over to pop in and let everybody know that Don Winslow, celebrated bestselling author of The Death and Life of Bobby Z, California Fire and Life, The Power of the Dog, While Drowning in the Desert, A Long Walk Up the Water Slide and others, will be joining us in February with his latest kick-ass cool book, The Dawn Patrol (Knopf). Publishers Weekly calls it, “A terrific thriller,” while the San Francisco Chronicle hails, “The Dawn Patrol might be the best summertime crime novel ever.” Oh, and his The Winter of Frankie Machine is currently in production starring Robert DeNiro under the direction of Michael Mann (Miami Vice, The Insider), so he should have something to talk about.

–msg

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Radio interview with editor Redmond online

November 11, 2008

Jennifer Silva Redmond

Jennifer Silva Redmond

Appearing on The Writing Show this week, Sunbelt Publications editor-in-chief Jennifer Silva Redmond offers writers great insight from her perspective working the publisher’s side of the business, as well as provides practical solutions to the gaffes too many routinely make soliciting houses for their manuscripts. Among the topics she deftly addresses:

* How to select a publisher to query
* What the difference between a query letter and a proposal is
* How to write a great query (and what not to do)
* How to talk yourself up without being obnoxious
* Why you should adhere to publishers’ guidelines (and what happens when you don’t)
* How long is reasonable to wait for an answer.

An always popular staffer at the SCWC — she’ll be back for SD23 — you can check out the terrific interview here.

Listen and learn!

–msg

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Another agent announced

November 11, 2008

Joining the SCWC for the first time and looking to expand her list is Literary Works’ founding agent Jacqueline S. Hackett, rep to many bestselling authors including J. California Cooper, Rachel Vassel and Omar Tyree.

Among her recent sales: Daughters of Men: Portraits of African American Women and Their Fathers (Amistad/HarperCollins November 2007), Darker Mask: Superheroes of Color (Tor Books August 2008) Cinescopes: What Your Favorite Movies Say About You (Quirk Books November 2007), Prince: How He Revolutionized Rock N Roll and Survived (St. Martins 2009); The Last Street Novel by Omar Tyree (Simon & Schuster July 2007); Pecking Order (Simon & Schuster September 2008); A Spring Without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply (Lyons Press June 2008); and untitled short story collection and novel by J. California Cooper (Doubleday 2010 and 2011); Saviors or Sellouts: The Promises and Perils of Black Conservatism, From Booker T. Washington to Condoleezza Rice (Beacon Press January 2008); Let’s Get Free: How Ordinary Citizens Can Take Back American Justice (New Press 2009); Girls Inc. Presents: Amazing Girls (Adams Media July 2008); Racial Performance (Oxford University Press 2009) and (Un) Happy Lawyer (Sourcebooks July 2008).

Jacqueline will be accepting advance submissions for review, followed by one-on-one consultation at the conference, of commercial fiction and serious & entertaining nonfiction. Details at WritersConference.com.

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San Diego 23 major update

October 20, 2008

On the author front, ten of whom have new books out or coming out by conference time: Richard Craig Anderson (Rivers of Belief), Tom Basinski (The Cross-Country Rapist), Laurel Corona (The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice), Mark Clements, Edwin Decker, Phyllis Gebauer (Hot Widow), Troy Johnson (Family Outing: What Happened When I Found Out My Mother Was Gay), Gordon Kirkland, Bob Mayer (Agnes and the Hitman, co-written with Jennifer Crusie), Matthew J. Pallamary, Frederick Ramsay (Stranger Room), Midge Raymond (Forgetting English), Judy Reeves, Caitlin Rother (Twisted Triangle and Body Parts), Michele Scott (Tacked to Death and Zamora’s Ultimate Challenge) and Michael Thompkins are aboard.

Agents and editors wise, so far we’ve got Michelle Brower, Claire Gerus, Kathleen Gilligan, Jean Jenkins, Jeffrey Moores, Lynn Price, Jennifer Redmond, Adrienne Rosado, Mike Sirota, Sally van Haitsma, Natanya Wheeler and Laura Taylor.

Still a few more folk to add, as well as specific workshops and guest speakers to be announced, but rest assured our next Presidents’ Day Weekend event will again prove itself the spirited, inclusive, informative & encouraging writers’ conference unlike any other.

Remember there’s a $75 discount off Full Conference registration for those who do so by Nov. 1. Get all the details at WritersConference.com.

–msg

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Know Your Workshop Leaders: Lynn Price

September 26, 2008

Okay, a confession. The first time I saw the phrase “IPPY Award Winner”, I chuckled. IPPY. It sounds cute, doesn’t it? But the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award is no joke, and that’s exactly what Lynn Price won for her novel Donavan’s Paradigm.

As the editorial director of Behler Publications, Ms. Price is particularly, impressively, and even uniquely (if I don’t beat that word into the ground) qualified presenter, bringing us two workshops “How to Avoid the Maalox Moment with a Publisher“, and “I’ve Written ‘The End’, Now What?“, slated for Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning respectively.

Check out her website to learn more about Ms. Price and her books, or her blog to learn more about her mind.

(A note for Ms. Price: In truth, I still have my old Sanyo I-don’t-know-what-model-it-is phone that came with my original Sprint contract. I checked out the Rumor earlier this year, and, well, did you ever see the interior of a Yugo? The plastic was so thin, and you could see how thin it was just by looking at it. I confess, that’s the same feeling I got when I first picked up the Rumor. So I put it down and kept my old phone. And despite its journeys to the bottom of a swimming pool and my laundry machine, Hell-baking temperatures and frigid winter nights in my car, indeed, it still works. Please let us know if you find one that doesn’t … uh … suck stale Twinkie cream.)

(Really? That stuff goes stale? The notion is one of those that makes me wish I had religion, so I could say, “God help us.”)

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Know Your Workshop Leaders: Laurel Corona

September 25, 2008

Laurel Corona come on down … or step on up, such as it is. Ms. Corona will present two session at LA6, “Fact and Storytelling in Nonfiction” and “Ethics in Nonfiction Writing“. A professor at San Diego City College, Dr. Corona is the author of, most recently, Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice (Hyperion), and Until Our Last Breath (St. Martin’s), the story of Jewish partisans in Vilna, Lithuania.

But it doesn’t stop there. A trip to her website reveals that she has also freelanced twenty or so young adult stories for Lucent.

The phrase “whip-smart” comes to mind, although I still don’t know where it comes from. (Anyone? Anyone?) Writers of non-fiction and fiction alike … well, I would say you shouldn’t miss her Saturday workshops, except I’m not going to set our presenters against one another. Diverse reasons abound for people to be here, there, or somewhere else, but if you’re wondering if maybe these are workshops you might attend, stop wondering and just go, already.

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Know Your Workshop Leaders: Steven M. Thomas

September 25, 2008

What can I possibly tell you about Steven M. Thomas that you don’t already know from reading his staff bio at the SCWC main website? Then again, what can I tell you about anyone else, either?

Okay, okay, I promise to do my homework next time. (I’ll harp on this point if I can, because one way to defeat embarrassment is to beat everyone to the obvious punch. Oh, wait, this isn’t about me ….)

(Ahem.) So … what can I tell you? Well, to review, Mr. Thomas will be presenting a workshop on The Power of Perception as well as taking center stage as Saturday morning’s featured speaker. And if you’ve read the newsletter or the aforementioned staff bio, you already know that Mr. Thomas is an award-winning author, diversely published, and enjoying the recent release of his first novel, Criminal Paradise.

But I can also tell you that he has a website, was not an Eagle Scout, and did not sing in the boys’ choir. Of course, you would know these things, too, if you happened to have found his website.

But I promise you, these profiles are not exercises in futility. Think of how cool it will be next time when I get them posted … well, early enough to be of some use to you all.

And speaking of early next year, keep an eye out for his forthcoming novel, Spiritual Criminals, via Ballantine.

Welcome, Steven. Please excuse not only my tardiness, but also my grotesque ignorance.

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Know Your Workshop Leaders: Iota Publishing

September 25, 2008

Iota Publishing is a regional company, located in Irvine, specializing in fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and suspense; they have a keen interest in authors from the southwestern United States and books set in or associated with the region. It is our honor to be able to name them as part of the SCWC community, and this year brings us a fantastic delegation.

Terry R. Cooper is Iota’s president, who has declared before that “Iota’s mission is about finding new authors”, and we hope they find among our conference attendees a rich harvest to consider. In truth, however, I know very little about Mr. Cooper. What I do know is that he is willing to brave the slings and arrows of internet discussion boards in order to answer people’s questions about his company, and he has won the loyalty of his authors. This is no small feat. We expect good things of Iota’s roundtable workshop on Friday afternoon.

And on the company’s behalf, I can only say good things about editor Kimberly Cole, who I have, indeed, had the honor of meeting. At last year’s conference in Irvine, Ms. Cole reviewed my manuscript and managed at once to give sound advice about character and plot development while showing great respect for my artistic ambitions. I hope that you, too, will find her perspective and advice as helpful as I have.

Nor would their presence be complete without Lorelei Armstrong (In the Face, sched. October, 2008), the aforementioned loyal author, and Raymond Obstfeld (Anatomy Lesson), an Edgar Award nominee and best-seller according to both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. His second title with Iota, Borrowed Lives is due in bookstores next month. Make sure you’re awake early on Sunday, as he is the morning speaker.

Iota is in a unique position as a young and ambitious company bringing new talent to the market, an ideal fit for the SCWC. You can find them online at their website, blog and … that’s right … MySpace page.

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