Several new conferences have been added that feature literary agents, including SCBWI Agent Day in Missouri, the online Nonfiction Writers Conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, the Oklahoma Federation of Writers Conference, and the Editors Agents Writers conference in Maine (this one also features an editor, Carter Hasegawa of Candlewick Press). We also have five new retreats/workshops listed.
As many of you know, my home in Houston was flooded with over six feet of water following Hurricane Harvey. Along with the house, we lost everything downstairs and much of what was upstairs. Our furniture had been collected over the many years of our happily-ever-after, and I hated the idea of buying a whole house-full of new furniture. My husband and I both enjoy diy projects, so we are planning to refinish, repaint, re-upholster, and generally repair old furniture we had in storage. I’ve recently completed my first project, a wingback chair. If you’d like to see the nitty-gritty details, I’ve blogged about it with lots of pictures to show the process. I’ll be adding more soon.
There have been several additions of agents and editors at conferences and a couple of new retreats, so please click on the links on the menu bar to go to those pages then look for the . I’ve also added three more publishers to the Independent Press Gallery: Oklahoma’s Doodle and Peck, Clean Teen Publishing from Texas, and Utah’s Shadow Mountain. More coming soon!
January is moving on, but the recovery from Hurricane Harvey continues to be a hugely time-consuming endeavor. Unfortunately, I still don’t have time to update this blog on a weekly basis. I am continuing to update all the conference pages, so please click on the links on the menu bar to go to those pages then look for the . For a while, my home page will host a new feature, an independent small press gallery. (I’ll try to come up with a catchy name later.) Like the Book Friends Bookshop, this will be a never-ending work in progress, as new presses bravely step forward.
Most books in brick-and-mortar stores are from the big five publishing houses and well-known mid-size publishers from the east and west coasts. But all across the United States, small presses are giving voice to authors whose stories won’t get a chance from the bigger houses but may resonate with readers across the middle of the map. All books shown in this gallery are by authors in the Book Friends Bookshop. Clicking on a cover will take you to the page for that book. A link to the independent publisher is in the information box on that page. Note to writers: many (not all) of these presses are open to submissions.
If you find something you like, as well as buying it, please consider requesting it from your local library or recommend it to your local school library.