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Edging Closer to the Write Stuff

The Greater Lehigh Valley Group’s annual writers conference, The Write Stuff, is just over two months away.  The conference will take place March 23-25, 2017 at the Best Western Hotel in Bethlehem, PA.

Our keynote speaker will be Michael Hauge. Michael is a story and script consultant, author, and lecturer who works with writers and filmmakers on screenplays, novels, movies, and television projects. He has coached writers, producers, stars and directors for every major film studio and network. Read Michael’s interview on the Write Stuff Conference blog.

Kathryn Craft will be conducting workshops on Friday and Saturday of our conference. Kathryn writes stories that seek beauty and meaning at the edge of darkness. Rich with material for further thought or discussion, her novels make a great choice for book clubs. Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene, Kathryn served for more than a decade in a variety of positions on the boards of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, and volunteers as time allows with the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Read our interview with Kathryn here.

Jennifer Lader has developed a proprietary process for helping small businesses and sole proprietorships identify and share what they can do for others. After many years as a freelance writer and three years as the editor of what became an award-winning newspaper under her tenure, Jennifer brought her writing and business skills together to build up a successful enterprise as a contractor. Today, she helps individuals and small businesses develop powerful and easy-to-share profiles, then get the word out. Read more about Jennifer and what she plans to bring to the Write Stuff conference. 

Colleen Warmingham, owner of Minimologist LLC, will be presenting two sessions on How To Organize Your Business and Content, Saturday March 25, 2017, at the Write Stuff. GLVWG member, Judy Mehl, had an opportunity to interview Colleen, who’ll provide insight to authors with organizing the materials that support the product you sell – your writing, and a separate session to organize the back office side of things. Read Judy’s interview with Colleen here. 

Jordy Albert, Literary Agent and cofounder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency, will be taking pitches for fun, witty Middle Grade, and contemporary or action/adventure (think awesome 80s movies) at the Write Stuff. She’s also interested in YA contemporary romance, sci-fi, fantasy (MUST have romance), smart, sexy contemporary romance with fantastic chemistry between the characters that sparks off the pages. She is also looking for Historical Romance (she definitely has a soft spot for a fantastic Regency). GLVWG member, Suzanne Mattaboni, had a chance to interview Jordy for what’s hot in the market these days.

Click here to read part one in this series for more information on some of our other presenters and agents.

Stay tuned for more profiles and interviews with our conference presenters as we edge ever closer to the Write Stuff.

 

Write Stuff Conference

Getting Closer To The Write Stuff

The Greater Lehigh Valley Group’s annual writers conference, The Write Stuff, is just over two months away.  The conference will take place March 23-25 at the Best Western Hotel in Bethlehem, PA.

Our keynote speaker will be Michael Hauge. Michael is a story and script consultant, author, and lecturer who works with writers and filmmakers on screenplays, novels, movies, and television projects. He has coached writers, producers, stars and directors for every major film studio and network. Read Michael’s interview on the Write Stuff Conference blog.

Kathryn Craft will be conducting workshops on Friday and Saturday of our conference. Kathryn writes stories that seek beauty and meaning at the edge of darkness. Rich with material for further thought or discussion, her novels make a great choice for book clubs. Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene, Kathryn served for more than a decade in a variety of positions on the boards of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, and volunteers as time allows with the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Read more about Kathryn’s workshops on the Write Stuff Conference blog.

From the self-publishing side,  Jamie Saloff speaks and coaches would-be authors helping them avoid the scams and money traps many fall prey to as they endeavor to self-publish a book. She shares insider secrets that separate the amateurs from the pros. She shows clients how to keep costs low and profits high, while stressing the importance of quality and professionalism.  Read more about Jamie’s Friday and Saturday conference presentations on our conference blog. 

Deborah Riley-Magnus—author of fiction and non-fictionfocuses on helping authors by teaching them how to bridge the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author. As an Author Success Coach, she produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. Deborah teaches online and live workshops, clinics, and boot camps. She writes an author marketing industry blog and coaches authors, one-on-one, for sales success. Read more about her Friday and Saturday workshops on our conference blog.

As an Associate Agent and Author, Victoria Selvaggio knows firsthand that finding representation can be as hard as or even harder than becoming published. But…having a good understanding of the agent’s role, as well as your own, as the author, is just as important as advocating further, for the right agent-author relationship. Victoria will be presenting topics surrounding acquiring writers, composing the query letter, and what she’s looking for in dark, edgy novels.  Get more details about Victoria’s conference presentations on the Write Stuff blog. 

Look for more profiles and interviews with additional Write Stuff presenters in the coming weeks!

 

Write Stuff Conference

River Reads Recap

No one could have asked for a more perfect autumn day for the River Reads Book Festival at Prallsville Mill in Stockton, NJ.  It was a pleasure to reunite with writer pals Kathryn Craft, Donna Galanti, and Jack Hillman and make some new friends including Kerry Gans, Kelly Simmons, River Reads organizer Brandi Megan Granett, and my tablemate, Kate Gallison.

Attendance was impressive for this first time event. I sold a few books, enjoyed fun conversations, inhaled some delicious crepes, and even managed to write several pages in a fantasy story I’ve been working on.

 

My Table at River Reads

Above: My table at River Reads Book Festival. Bellow: Sharing a laugh with Kelly Simmons.

Kelly Simmons

Kathryn Craft

Above: Hanging out with Kathryn Craft. Below: My tablemate, Kate Gallison.

Kate Gallison

Donna Galanti

Above: Donna Galanti is ready for Halloween. Below: River Reads coordinator Brandi Megan Granett.

Brandi Megan Granett

River Reads Book Festival

Join over two dozen of your favorite local authors for readings and book signings at the River Reads Book Festival at Prallsville, Mill in Stockton, NJ on Sunday, October 23 from 10AM to 4PM.

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The festival will feature a day of readings and author signings from a variety of authors from the Delaware River Valley. In addition to myself, the current list of participating authors include Brandi Megan Granett (event organizer), Kathryn Craft, Donna Galanti, Jack Hillman, Kerry Gans, Phil Giunta, Kelly Simmons, Mary Shafer, Heather Webb, Kate Moretti, Nicole Loughan, Dylann Rhea, Marie C. Collins, Karen Hodges Miller, Nomi Eve, Caron Kamps Widden, Ethel Rackin, Karen Katchur, Kit Grindstaff, Casey Caracciolo, Richard Ziegler, Sandra Carey Cody, Curt Herr, Kim Kurki, and Kate Gallison.

Click here for more info! 

And click here to read the article on NJ.com!

Hope to see you there!

River Reads Logo Scrabble

About This Writing Stuff…

This week, Chuck Wendig and Kristen Lamb eviscerate Huffington Post for exploiting contributors. Kathryn Craft encourages writers to consider how much they’re willing to give away.

Eric Wecks ponders a better info dump while Chris Winkle guides us from concept to story and Larry Brooks leads us even further to story structure. Jane Friedman explains the purpose of author websites, and Konrath dissects Lee Child regarding Amazon’s brick and mortar bookstores.

All that, and a little more. Enjoy!

***Please note that this will likely be the last installment of About This Writing Stuff for at least six months as I have become far too busy. My publisher and I are releasing a new anthology in July, I have a novella coming out after that, and I am writing the first draft of a science fiction novel.  

Additionally, I need to pass two more Microsoft exams to achieve my MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert). I work in the IT field and–as with writing and most other areas of life–continuing education is critical to success and longevity.*** 

Scream It Until Their Ears Bleed: Pay the Fucking Writers by Chuck Wendig

Shame on You AOL/Huffington! NO More Literary Booty Calls by Kristen Lamb

How Much Will You Give Away? by Kathryn Craft

Info Dumps Aren’t Evil by Eric Wecks

Lee Child on Amazon’s Real-Life Bookshops-and Why We Should Be Worried by Lee Child

Fisking Lee Child by Joe Konrath

How to Turn You Concept into a Story by Chris Winkle

Let’s Address a Common Misunderstanding About Author Websites by Jane Friedman

A Kinder, Gentler Perspective on Story Structure by Larry Brooks

Visiting the Oldest Bookstore in America–and its Resident Ghost by Gregory Lee Sullivan

Coming Soon: The “Write Stuff” Writers Conference in Bethlehem, PA!

 

Write Stuff 2016 Conference

Moravian Bookshop Signing – May 9, 2015

Just over a week away from Moravian Book Shop’s Spring Open House on Saturday, May 9.  I shall be there from 3-5PM signing copies of…well… every title I have out right now.  You likey paranormal, SF, fantasy? Look no further, intrepid reader!

Then, stick around because at 5:30 Moravian will host the launch party for The Far End of Happy, the latest novel from lovely and amazing writer pal, Kathryn Craft​!

Phil Giunta Book Signing at Moravian Kathryn Craft - The Far Side of Happy