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Thursday June 6, 2013[+]
Friday May 31, 2013[+]
SANTA BARBARA WRITERS CONFERENCE, 6/8/2013—6/13/2013 Marla Miller’s MarketingtheMuse Workshop Schedule: 1PM—3:30PM Workshop Overview: Most sessions begin with Read & Critique, 1-2 pm– Openings only, Fiction/nonfiction, Query Letters &/or Book Proposal Overviews. 2-3:30 pm– Special Guests, All Guest Speakers are creatively BUILDING PLATFORMS! __________ 6/9/13-SUNDAY 1-2pm: Read & Critique: OPENINGS … Continue reading
Friday May 24, 2013[+]
Dear Writers, Thanks to those who participated in our 2013 Best Opening writing contest. After reviewing over 200 entries, some clever, others funny, many thrilling, and a few lyrical, we’ve selected the winner of this year’s competition and recipient of … Continue reading
Panels and Panelist Bios
Historical Writing Panel
Sunday, June 8th at 4 PM
Just like when writing fantasy or science fiction, historical writers are tasked with creating a world other than the one we know now. How do you fill in the gaps of research? What are the guidelines for navigating the relationship between history and fiction? Panelists will discuss research, capturing period dialogue, and world building.
Monday, June 9th at 4 PM
Moderated by Fred Klein and Marla Miller
Agents and Editors will discuss querying etiquette, finding the right agent/editor, tips on attracting an agent, also, what should the writer know before becoming a client, or “writer bewares”. They will also touch on trends and changes in the marketplace, the future of publishing as they see it, and how the role of the agent/editor has evolved.
Look for Agent/Editor bios on the Advance Submissions & Agents page
Working with an Editor Panel
Tuesday, June 10th at 4 PM
Moderated by Barnaby Conrad III
Writing a book is a solitary effort for most us, but at a certain point in the publishing process we will need or be required an editor. What questions should a writer ask before agreeing to work with an editor? What should the editor know about the writer? Also, when and how do you disagree respectfully? Panelists will share their experiences working together on everything from copyediting to plotting.
First Book Panel
Wednesday, June 11th at 4 PM
Moderated by Lorelei Armstrong
This panel focuses on the excitement, the investment, and the trials and tribulations of a first time novelist. What would you have done differently had you only known? Panelists, whether working with a major publishing house or small press, will discuss their experiences throughout the publishing process: agents, editors, publicity, book signings, and reviews.
Building Your Author Platform
Thursday, June 12th at 4 PM
Moderated by Marla Miller
Whether you are published or unpublished, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the waterfall of opportunity and possibility in today’s world of online media. Panelists will discuss the multimedia tools available for promoting your writing and yourself as an author, tips on building an audience, and how to find a balance between writing and your online presence.