Sunday, December 04, 2005

Southern CA Writers' Conf * San Diego...Feb, 2006.

Note: In my opinion, this conference is a combo of one big party, one hard-working weekend, a place where the writers don't have sense enough to go to bed, and where the laughter, conversation, and even deal-making is non-stop! More, how many conference directors write a piece for writers on how to select the right conference for their particular needs and post it on the website? Well, it's there all right, so go look!

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Yet another past conferee has hit the big time with her debut novel just released. Murder Uncorked (Berkley Prime Crime) brings to eight the number of books published in the last 24 months that were written by SCWCers. The first out of a total of six titles she sold in only ten months, author Michele Scott will join us Saturday morning to tell all about her journey from humble aspirant to hot published who-be . . . And to open the show Friday evening, who better than an author whose first book (The Horse Latitudes) he brought to the SCWC back in 1991, with the title of his second (Chesire Moon) being discovered there. Of Scavenger Hunt, his seventh, Entertainment Weekly declared, "Every few years another writer is described as the next Raymond Chandler, but (he) may be the real thing." His latest, The Wake-Up, delivers the goods, and with the February release of Prayers for the Assassin (Scribner), Robert Ferrigno will no doubt do so again . . . Little, Brown and Company editor Michael Mezzo is also freshly aboard, as is Castiglia Literary's wonderful write-minded rep, Sally Van Haitsma. And in an unconscionable act of decency, Saturday evening speaker, author & AEI Literary Management CEO Ken Atchity will also be accepting a limited number of advance submissions . . . With the online brochure now available, schedule nearly complete, and more authors, agents & editors than ever before, we're going to get busy fast. In fairness to those who don't rely on the Web to get all the SCWC skinny, the $50 Early "Bard" Discount has been extended for hardcopy brochure delivery. It is expected that many of the readers will sell out soon, so if you're serious about your writing getting the attention it warrants register today. You've earned it!

MORE ADDITIONS (11/14/05):
From Trident Media Group, one of Book Publishing Report's top-ranked agents, Scott Miller, will be accepting advance submissions, as will longtime SCWC friends and reps Ken Sherman and Paul S. Levine (who both scored finding new talent at our L.A. event). Poisoned Pen Press co-publisher and editor Nancy Peters is aboard. Authors Ken Kuhlken and Alan Russell are back, joining Carolyn Wheat in a new tag-team workshop called "What if? Public Plotting Session." In it conferees will brainstorm plot ideas to generate ideas for further development. Another fresh session debuting is one that many have asked for: "Freelance Editors and How to Pick the Right One." In a more playful mood, we might've called it "How Not to Get Screwed by the Far Too Many 'Book Doctors' Out There Bilking New Writers When They, Themselves, Can't Edit Their Way Out of a Split Infinitive!" The schedule has been updated, so check it out. Over the next couple of months some of the sessions will get shuffled around a bit, but otherwise we have only to announce our Friday Evening Speaker, add a couple more folk and get ready for some good, hard working times. Check back for further updates. In the meantime, go forth and write great!

New York Times best-seller Margaret Coel, whom Publishers Weekly considers the "James Lee Burke of Native American mystery writers," will be our Sunday evening headliner. Her new title in the acclaimed Wind River series is Eye of the Wolf. Saturday night's guest is author-producer-literary manager Ken Atchity, whose excellent new book How to Publish Your Novel is rightfully garnering raves. Longtime powerhouse publicist Milton Kahn is going to handle a vitally needed marketing session and doing a limited number of one-on-one consults. Also joining us, regional publisher Sunbelt Publications' editor-in-chief Jennifer Redmond will be conducting a session and sitting in on Sunday's Editors Panel, as will Harper's Magazine contributing editor Charis Conn, who'll be accepting submissions for advance critique and one-on-one. More yet to come.

AND WE'RE OFF! (11/1/05):
As with every SCWC, we welcome back many familiar faces and introduce a few new to the staff. For our 20th – count 'em, 20! – San Diego event, so far we've got authors Ken Atchity, Mark Clements, Dale Fetherling, Debra Ginsberg, Jerry Hannah, Jean Jenkins, Cathrine Ann Jones,, Betty Abell Jurus, Gordon Kirkland, Justine Musk, Matthew J. Pallamary, Judy Reeves, Leslie Schwartz, Mike Sirota, Neva Sullaway, Ross Talarico, Laura Taylor, Carolyn Wheat and Marilys Wills. On the editors and agents front, so far Tom Britt, Regina Brooks, Kristin Nelson, Kelly Skillen and David Hale Smith are aboard, with others to be announced. Check back often for staff and scheduling updates taking place over the next couple of weeks. Got to announce the evening speakers, too. Hardcopy brochures will be mailed mid-November.

The conference will be held at the Red Lion Hanalei Hotel San Diego resort, located mere moments away from Lindbergh Field International Airport, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, historic Old Town, downtown and its famous Gaslamp District, and beaches, beaches, beaches galore! Conference dates for SCWC*SD 20 are Presidents' Day Weekend, Feb. 17-20, 2006. Lodging discounts are available to SCWC conferees. Phone: 800-882-0858 to book your reservation. We often sell out the conference hotel, so be sure to move on it sooner than later.


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