Posts Tagged ‘SD23’

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SD23: Our super-special Special Guest Speakers

February 12, 2009

Did someone say, “Guest speakers”? What about guest speakers? Well, it’s not like I went and forgot them. I’m just saving the best for … er … oh, dear.

Anyway, without further ado, your Special Guest Speakers:

  • Don Winslow (Friday night) will kick things off on Friday night, treating us to the insights of his adventurous career that includes time as a private investigator and safari guide before penning ten novels including the widely praised The Dawn Patrol and The Winter of Frankie Machine, which is in production for the screen starring Robert DeNiro under the direction of Michael Mann. His novel The Death and Life of Bobby Z hit the screen in 2007, directed by John Herzfeld and starring Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne.
  • Laurel Corona (Saturday morning), we’ve already met (click the link), and I really do feel like I should say something more here, but that might also be anticlimactic.
  • Val McDermid (Saturday evening) comes to us all the way from Scotland, where she works hard to be the widely-praised, widely-read author of twenty-five books, including the Lindsay Gordon Mysteries, the Kate Brannigan Mysteries, and the Carol Jordan Mysteries. As you can tell, Val will fit right in with SD23’s crime track. Her stories have been transformed into a television series, and her novel The Torment of Others won the 2006 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. And it goes on, too. Short stories, nonfiction … can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday evening?
  • Caitlin Rother (Sunday morning) will greet us shortly before teaching some of you a thing or two about interviewing. (Go ahead, click the link for more on Caitlin.)
  • Marie Etienne (Sunday evening) has written for newspapers and magazines, and is currently working on her first novel, Skating on Shattered Glass. Now here’s the fun part. She’s an internationally-competitive springboard diver, and her two memoirs are called Storkbites: A Memoir and Confessions of a Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen. I certainly think those count for something, don’t you?

And now you don’t have any excuses. Neither do I, at that. Er … see you all in San Diego!

—bd

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KYSL SD23: The Agents and Editors Panel

February 12, 2009

And now, for something completely different.

Introducing our Agents and Editors, who will enlighten and entertain you with insightful discussions with a regular feature of SCWC, the Agents and Editors Panels. There are two of these talks slated, one each on Saturday and Sunday, and if I’m not especially embarrassed that I’ve somehow managed to miss these events at the conferences I’ve attended before (only two!) it’s because I have plenty to be embarrassed about, and at least I’ll survive this.

But, as word gets around, these are very good talks, and I’m just an idiot for having skipped them before. (I’ll spare you the story.)

Thus, some people I really ought to be paying attention to:

  • Claire Gerus packaged her experience as editor-in-chief for two major publishing houses, and from years working for seven other major publishers into a literary agency. During her time in publishing, she oversaw the editing of the first biography of former First Lady Laura Bush, and was recently ranked among the nation’s best literary deal-makers.
  • Kathleen Gilligan works as an editor for Thomas Dunne Books, and has worked with many non-fiction writers on titles including Susan Konig’s Why Animals Sleep So Close, Senator Arlen Specter‘s best-selling portrait of live with cancer, Never Give In. In addition, she has a keen interest in women’s fiction, and to borrow a quote, “Particularly with curious, genuine narrators whose quirks resonate with my own, moving literary fiction, or nonfiction projects that inspire me to cook delicious food!”
  • Jacqueline S. Hackett is an attorney and member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. She is also the founder of Literary Works, a full-service boutique literary agency. She brings a solid track record to our panel, with recent titles including Michael Schacker’s A Spring Without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply and Rachel Vassel’s Daughters of Men: Portraits of African-American Women and Their Fathers.
  • Jeff Moores represents writers for Dunow, Carlson & Lerner, a Manhattan literary agency with a diverse roster. Equally diverse are his interest, which include literary fiction, voice-driven sci-fi and urban fantasy, narrative nonfiction, memoirs, politics, current affairs, journalism, graphic novels, gay & lesbian, popular culture and popular science.
  • You’ve already met Lynn Price, although I’m sure there’s plenty to add. So let’s hear another round of applause for Lynn, eh? You’re wonderful. All of you.
  • Jennifer Silva Redmond is also adding the panel to her list of things to do. I don’t know, can I beg more applause?
  • Adrienne Rosado is making the trip out from New York, where she works for PMA Literary and Film Agency, a firm with a diverse roster including genre fiction, true crime, world history, even politics (including Vincent Bugliosi’s The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder).
  • And then there’s the lovely Karen Syed. I’ll just hold up a cardboard sign that says Applause. Yeah. Just like that. Thank you.
  • Sally Van Haitsma is making the trip out from Del Mar, home of the Castiglia Literary Agency, a publishing house with broad interests including commercial, literary, and multicultural fiction, narrative non-fiction, investigative journalism, pop culture, parenting, gardening, architecture and interior design, biography, business, investing, finance, cookbooks, sports, and more. It really is an impressive list. And Sally’s in on a bunch of those. And we so adore her. Er, I mean … just like everyone else.
  • Natanya Wheeler comes cross-country from Lowenstein-Yost Associates, where she specializes in narrative nonfiction including memoirs, women’s issues, alternative energy and green living, politics, and apparently she really likes stuff about birds. And she’s working to build a fiction portfolio, focusing on literary fiction, women’s fiction, “edgy character-driven thrillers”, “moody mysteries”, young adult, and stand-alone graphic novels.

And … wait a minute. Let me double-check. Okay, I don’t think I left anyone off that list. (Just watch.) But I’m surprised, because, well, aren’t we just dripping with talent?

And you know what? It’s not over yet ….

—bd

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KYSL SD23: Laura Taylor

February 12, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Laura Taylor is slated for a Read & Critique, and she’s definitely one to pay attention to. She is the award-winning author of no less than twenty-two novels, including the widely-praised Honorbound. In addition, she offers professional writer’s services, and is spoken of well by her SCWC fellows. I mean, really, Andrew Peterson‘s praise is just icing on the cake, right?

—bd

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KYSL SD23: Karen Syed

February 12, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Karen Syed is another who I have listed as “TBA”. You know, I’ll just say that’s me. But, more importantly, Karen is the owner of Echelon Press, a diverse genre house that includes the 2009 Eppie finalist Just a Memory, by Lois Carroll, and Toni LoTempio’s suspenseful Witch’s Pawn. In fact, if you look through their catalog, you’ll know better what I mean by diverse.

So keep an eye out for Karen, too.

—bd

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KYSL SD23: Mike Sirota

February 12, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Mike Sirota is a professional consultant specializing in writing services. He has also penned some nineteen published titles, and written for and edited a news magazine. He shares his award-winning writing experience with students through various institutions and conferences, including the University of California San Diego Extension.

If you look closely, you’ll find that some of our friends at SCWC have worked with him before on their own successful projects. Let that say all that I can only fail to testify. And even at this late hour I have no idea what his workshop is going to be. But keep an eye out for it on the board; it’s worth your time.

—bd

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KYSL SD23: Jennifer Silva Redmond

February 12, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Jennifer Silva Redmond is the Editor-in-Chief at Sunbelt Publications. The El Cajon publisher specializes in California and the Baja, including Cycling the Palm Springs Region, by Nelson Copp, and Hunger and Thirst, edited by Nancy Cary.

To borrow a quote, she “will discuss the importance of succinct, well-crafted queries and proposals. In addition to explaining the difference between the two, she’ll give reasons to begin with a query, how to follow up with a targeted proposal, and share both tips and pet peeves from her seven years of receiving queries and submissions.”

The workshop is called “Crafting Queries, Proposals & Synopses that Sell“. Sounds like good advice.

—bd

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KYSL SD23: Lynn Price

February 11, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Neurosis. Neurosis!

Wait. Don’t panic. That’s just me and a sudden feeling that I’ve botched this before. (That’s not an auspicious start, is it?)

So if you’re looking for someone who’s simply that much more together than I am, Lynn Price certainly makes the list.

Lynn is the author of the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award for Visionary Fiction for her 2006 novel Donovan’s Paradigm. The sequel, Donovan’s Impasse, is slated for release later this year.

And if it’s not enough to be praised by publishing executives or the Director of George Washington University’s Center for Integrative Medicine, Lynn is also the editorial director at Behler Publications, home of such recent and forthcoming titles as News at Ten, by Los Angeles television icon Stan Chambers; Wheeling the Deal, Chip Jacobs’ recollection of Hollywood’s flashiest quadriplegic; Mommy I’m Still In Here, Kate McLaughlin’s heart-wrenching insights into bipolar disorder; and Marching Up Madison Avenue, Richard L. Gilbert’s explanation of how he changed American advertising.

Working from both sides of the table, Lynn is uniquely qualified to bring us—count ’em—two workshops, “I’ve Written ‘The End’ – Now What?” and “Today’s Publishing Options: What’s Best For Your Book?

—bd