Tuesday, November 04, 2008
FWA Ancient City Newsletter for November 2008
Our next meeting: Saturday, November 15th
Location: The Main Library in downtown St. Augustine (1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.)
* Please try to arrive by 10:00 so that everyone will have time to check in, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and get seated in time for us to begin at 10:15.
Meeting / Speaker: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
ACC/FWA Chapter once again welcomes Sandra McDonald. A very powerful and imaginative speaker, Sandra will speak on November 15, on the topic of Implied Author/Implied Reader. Sandra states that "these are two characters that every writer must consider, whether working in fiction, non-fiction or poetry, in addition to all the protagonists, antagonists, sidekicks, romantic interests and other characters running around in the author's head. Who are these implied people, and how do you work them to your best advantage?"
Critique Group Sessions: 11:45 – 1:00
If you’re not already part of a critique group and wish to join one, please contact the proper critique group coordinator to be added to their mailing list (each name contains a hyperlink to their email address):
Jeff Swesky Fiction Critique Group Coordinator
Jack Owen Non-fiction Critique Group Coordinator
Dana Gregory Poetry Critique Group Coordinator
December 6th Event (in place of December 20th meeting)
More information regarding the authors follows:
ARLISS RYAN’s first novel, The Kingsley House, was published by St. Martin’s Press and by Reader’s Digest Select Editions. A work of historical fiction, The Kingsley House is a family saga based on the actual house built by Ryan’s ancestor Nathan Kingsley in Michigan in 1843. The house is now preserved in Greenmead Historical Village near Detroit. Ryan’s second novel, How (Not) To Have A Perfect Wedding, published by Sourcebooks, is a social satire about a society wedding in one of the famous Gilded Age mansions in Newport, RI. Her recently completed third novel set in Shakespeare’s England is represented by Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.
A great Christmas present for the avid romance reader!
Medallion Press -- December 2008
Dora is one of the most inept angels heaven has ever had the misfortune to employ in the Celestial Maintenance Department. She's sent to Earth for the three weeks prior to Christmas to help a mortal family and must return to Heaven on Christmas Eve. During that time, she must help a man find his faith in family again and his ability to trust in love and help a little girl become a child again and get past the guilt she feels for the death of her parents. In doing so, Dora finds more than just a challenge to her questionable angel skills. She looses her wings, gains mortality, finds her family, and discovers love and hope for a future she's only dreamed of.
Silhouette Romantic Suspense -- January 2009
Calendar of Writing Events:
November 14th – 16th, 2008
THE 7th ANNUAL FLORIDA WRITERS CONFERENCE is scheduled for November 14 - 16, 2008 at the Marriott Resort in Lake Mary, Florida.
Join the heart of Florida’s writing community at the Lake Mary Marriott, for the biggest and most exciting 3-day event FWA has ever presented. "We’ve reached the tipping point this year,” says Chrissy Jackson, vice president of FWA and chair of the conference. “A minimum of 300 attendees has drawn the best faculty we’ve ever had — and I just know that faculty is going to drive attendance even higher.”
Saturday night, November 15th, is the annual Royal Palm Literary Awards dinner. As you know, the Royal Palm is the premier awards contest for all of Florida, and this year there are more categories in fiction and nonfiction and separate genres than ever before. The contest closes
Writers Residency in Louisville, Kentucky
Spalding University’s four-semester, brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing combines superb instruction with unparalleled flexibility. At the beginning of each semester, students and faculty work together at a 10-day residency (in Louisville or abroad), after which they return home to correspond one-on-one through an exchange of 5 packets between the student and the faculty mentor for the rest of the semester. Study fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, or playwriting.
February 9th, 2009
The Pet Socialite, Inc. Presents: The First Business of Pet Writing Conference
Excitement is in the air for the pet writing community as they celebrate an entire day devoted to their craft. The Business of Pet Writing Conference, the first of its kind, provides a unique forum for pet writers and publishing professionals to meet. Held at the Radisson Martinique hotel in New York City, the inaugural event coincides with the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday, February 9th, pet writers will spend the day rubbing elbows with publishing insiders. Valuable information will be shared teaching pet writers how to effectively present their work to the publishing community and the public at large. Participating writers will also have the rare opportunity to meet with editors and agents on a one to one basis. To top the day off, they will enjoy a very special appearance by David Frei, the long standing co-host of the Westminster show.
The lineup at The Business of Pet Writing Conference is a virtual who’s who of publishing including editors from Barron’s Educational Series, Bowtie Press/Kennel Club Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Quirk Books, Storey Publishing, TFH Publications, AKC Gazette/Family Dog, Dog Fancy, Wiley, agents and more.
Dick Donahue, senior editor at Publishers Weekly, will kick off the day with a keynote speech: Pet Book Selling and Publishing. Paul Aiken, Executive Director of The Authors Guild will talk on the subject, Negotiations and Book Contracts.
As for the important issues of image facing pet writers and writing, Rick Frishman, founder of Planned Television Arts, will talk about: Handling Book Publicity.
Susan Canavan, senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will speak about: Tips for Having A Successful Relationship with an Editor while Maura Teitelbum, of Abrams Artist Agency will present: How to Find the Right Literary Agent
Last but not least, Beth Adelman, president of Adelman Editorial Services will share her expertise on: Writing Better Book Proposals.
But that’s not all that’s going on during The Business of Pet Writing Conference. In addition to the aforementioned sessions, a research and trends panel will contribute their specialized knowledge to the day. The panel includes representatives from such esteemed organizations as: the American Animal Hospital Association, American Kennel Club, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, Automobile Association of America, Pet Food Institute, and the National Animal Supplement Council and others.
“The response has been so tremendous for our conference that we expect the roster of presenters to grow,” said Charlotte Reed, international pet expert, author of The Miss Fido Manners Complete Book of Etiquette and proprietor of The Pet Socialite, Inc. “We are so thrilled to produce the event and know it’s the first of many to come.”
The cost of the conference is $150.00.
For more information about The Business of Pet Writing Conference, contact: The Pet Socialite, Inc. PO Box 389, New York, NY 10013. Email: email@example.com. Phone: 212-631-3648. Fax: 888-492-3452.
Writing Opportunites at Palatka Daily News:
Looking for Feature Story ideas for their LIVING section which is published on Fridays. "...is a celebration of home and leisure." This might include remodeling, decorating tips, homemade crafts, cooking, entertainment ideas, collections or hobbies that would be of interest to readers.
Send to:Palatka Daily News, Attn: Trisha Murphy (Putnam Living) at PO Box 777 Palatka, FL 32178
Area poets invited to submit original work to be published in the Currents section on Saturdays. Published as space permits and in no particular order. Should include writers name and daytime phone number for verification. Must be typed.
Send to Palatka Daily News, Attn: CURRENTS POETRY at PO Box 777, Palatka, FL 32178
Oceanview Publishing is running a short story contest with
no entry fees and cash prizes:
Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words. No young adult, children’s, or poetry. Submissions must be in Word’s .doc files. The judges are well known and reputable. The deadline is Nov 17, 2008.
Best First Crime Novel Competition
Rules for the 2009 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition:
The 9th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition:
The Grand-Prize winner will receive $3,000 (that's $2—or more—per word). For guidelines, prizes and to enter online, click here.
The 2008 Book Festivals – Call for Entries
The website below has links for submissions to various book festivals including the 2008 New England Book Festival and the 2008 DIY Book Festival. The grand prize for both festivals is $1500 cash plus flight to the awards ceremony.
The DIY Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, teenage, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, audio/spoken word, photography, art, comics, 'zines, fan fiction, poetry and e-books published on or after Jan. 1, 2006. All entries must be in English and have been self-published or issued by an independent publishing house.
For more information including rules, deadlines, and submission guidelines, visit:
We are now accepting entries for the 4th Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards. Whether you write rhyming poetry, free verse or haiku—as long as your poems are 32 lines or fewer, we want them all! 1st place: $500 / Second Place: $250 / Third Place: $100 Fourth Through Tenth Place: $25 Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books. New this year: The 1st- through 50th-place poems will be printed in a special competition collection, published by Lulu.com.Winners' names will appear in the August 2009 issue of Writer's Digest.
Greetings from Gulf Coast Writer's Association!
We are writing to announce a Call for Submissions of short fiction to our second GCWA anthology. There is no entry fee. GCWA will pay $25.00 (or two free copies) to contributors whose work is selected for one-time publication rights -- all rights revert to authors upon publication.
Stories must be set in The South and clearly capture a southern tone. Themes might include: coming-of-age, family relationships, fitting in, social life (in its many facets), dreams/aspirations. We will also consider previously published stories that meet this criteria. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2009.
Please share this information with members and friends. Interested writers will find all the information they need to submit at: http://www.blogger.com/
We are eager to include voices from many southern states in this collection!
Thank you very much and all best to our fellow writers!
Dixon Hearne, Co-Editor
See you all at the next meeting and keep writing,
Ancient City Chapter Blog: http://fwaancientcity.blogspot.com/