The one-week drought has ended! This week I have six writing conferences and a writing retreat to add to the list, giving you opportunities to meet thirteen literary agents. More are on the way!
Yesterday, I attended a round table discussion with several authors from SCBWI-Houston. Our topic was self-publishing. Some of the authors were re-publishing their traditionally published books that had gone out of print, some were self-publishing after trying the traditionally published route for many years, and others were skipping the drama of traditional publishing and going straight to self-publishing. Others, who have been in the self-publishing trenches for years were there to guide us, and some were just there to learn. And WOW, was there a lot to learn! I’m lucky to be in a SCBWI chapter with such knowledgeable and generous authors. Our next meetup for this topic will be in September. If you are a local author interested in joining us, sign up for the SCBWI-Houston listserv to keep informed.
Also in September, the Houston Writers Guild will be hosting its Indiepalooza event. Whether you are going the traditional route with agents and publishing houses or going it alone, every author should arm themselves with an education in self-publishing. A couple of years ago, even SCBWI founder and president Stephen Mooser, author of over 60 traditionally published books for kids, self-published a middle grade novel, CLASS CLOWN ACADEMY. He talks about his decision to go indie with this title on the SCBWI blog. He gives lots of advice in this article, including this quote: “… I can’t emphasize enough you need to do a professional job and put out a book that can compete with traditionally published books.“
Here’s this week’s roundup:
LOCAL KIDLIT AUTHOR EVENTS
JULY 23, SATURDAY, 11:00 AM: BRIGHT SKY AUTHORS CELEBRATION
Children’s authors with local publisher Bright Sky Press will be on hand to sign their books. Attending authors are Molly Whitney, Chris Bridge, Paige Clough, Pam Franks, and Dee Maner.
JULY 19, TUESDAY, 7:30 PM: HOUSTON BAY AREA RWA MTG & WORKSHOP
Kirkmont MUD Building, 10102 Blackhawk Rd., Houston
Thelma Zirkelback—Non-Verbal Communications
Thelma Zirkelbach will present a workshop on enhancing character through non-verbal communication.
JULY 23, SATURDAY, 1:00-4:00 PM & JULY 30, SATURDAY, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM: WRITESPACE WORKSHOP
Workshop: How to Write a Novel with Anis Shevani
COST: Early-Bird until Monday, July 18: $105 Members, $135 Non-Members. After Monday, July 18, $135 Members, $165 Non-Members.
This intense two-day workshop—the two sessions a week apart—will depart from the norms of instruction in writing fiction by making us rethink the dominant terms of discussion. The functional components of a novel—character, plot, narrative, exposition, dialogue, scene—will be discussed with regard for the fluidity and range of expression a distinctive novel compels, not with the sense of constriction short fiction typically demands of the writer and reader.
JULY 26, 6:30-8:30 PM: HWG SUMMER SERIES
Trini Mendenhall, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston
Workshop: Finding Selling Venues For Your Print Books with Andrea Barbosa.
COST: $10 per session to Houston Writers Guild members/$30 per session to nonmembers; Or $50 members for all 6 sessions/$150 nonmembers for all 6 sessions
Book festivals can be worthwhile endeavors, but you have to be well prepared and willing to stretch and grow. In this informational session, HWG’s Author Events Director Andrea Barbosa will talk about how to find selling venues for your print books, how to work at a book festival, how to sell, display, and market your books during events, and how to conduct book signing events.
This week’s roundup includes one editor and thirteen literary agents from thirteen agencies! If you’d like to be notified of these weekly posts, please use the form on the sidebar to Subscribe to Updates.
AGENTS AT CONFERENCES
JULY 23: LEAGUE OF VERMONT WRITERS MEET THE AGENTS, SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT
AGENTS: Rebecca Podos/Rees Literary Agency, Heather Flaherty/The Bent Agency, Jan L. Kardys/Black Hawk Literary Agency, Dede Cummings/Green Writers Press
SEPTEMBER 16-17: ORA FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, SPRINGFIELD, MO
AGENT: Sara Megibow/KT Literary Agency
SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1: MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA
AGENTS: Nicole Rescenti/Seymore Agency, Laura Bradford/Bradford Agency
SEPTEMBER 24: TALLAHASSEE WRITERS CONFERENCE, TALLAHASSEE, FL
AGENTS: Elizabeth Copps/Maria Carvainis Agency, Alyssa Jennette/Stonesong Literary
OCTOBER 13-16: ENDURING SPIRITS UNTOLD STORIES, SANTA FE, NM
AGENTS: Samantha Bremekamp/Corvisiero Literary Agency, Shanon Hassan/Marsal Lyon Agency
OCTOBER 14-15: NWG FALL WRITER’S CONFERENCE, AURORA, NE
Carrie Pestritto/Prospect Literary Agency
OCTOBER 13-16: FALL RETREAT, SUBLIMITY, OR
EDITOR: Jill Santapolo/Philomel Books
AGENT: Abigail Samoun/Red Fox Literary
AUTHORS: Jane Kurtz, Graham Salisbury