While the publisher's away, the authors will play. . .
At the conference, CALLAN is giving a workshop on character development and moderating a panel on the future of publishing. CALLAN has an OTP booklet out called “Character: The Heartbeat of the Novel.” Oak Tree Press will be producing more inexpensive booklets on a variety of subjects to help writers. They will be available at the OTP bookstore and on Amazon.
Last weekend at the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival in West Covina, California, JOHN BRANTINGHAM (“Mann of War”), MARTA CHAUSEE (“Murder's Last Resort”), MARILYN MEREDITH (“Dangerous Impulses”) and MARJA MCGRAW (“They Call Me Ace”) launched their books. Other OTP authors attending were MORGAN ST. JAMES, LORNA COLLINS, BONNIE KELLY and SUNNY FRAZIER. Oak Tree had a table display of books and authors read from their works. This is the first year for the conference and 2000 attended.
Following our cover awards mentioned last week is yet another from Venture Galleries. This time “The Sacrifice” by MARK BOUTON received the award for Best Cover Design for a Suspense Crime Novel. Congratulations Mark! We are lookin' good!
Look for New Orleans author HOLLI CASTILLO (“Gumbo Justice” and “Jambalaya Justice”) on a site called Sneak Peek Sunday Blog Hops:
Here's what Holli had to say about the site:
“Between Wednesday and Saturday night anyone can post a link to lead back to a blog where they have posted no more than 10 sentences from a work in progress, a novel, or anything else. I did this last week and got a few comments on my blog, which I don't usually get. The other bloggers seem to be mainly romance and fantasy/romance, but I read the blogs from the links and some were pretty good.”
LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer,” blogs about remnants of the holidays that elude detection for months:
Plus, over at Morgen Bailey's column, an interview with LORNA has been reposted. If you missed it the first time, take a gander:
Over at Kings River Life Magazine, LESLEY DIEHL, author of “Dumpster Dying” and “Grilled, Chilled and Killed,” has a short story up.
Can publicity be bad? Author J.L. GREGER (“Coming Flu”) addresses the subject over at DENISE WEEKS' blogsite. DENISE is the author of “Nice Work.” http://deniseweeks.blogspot.com/2013/02/guest-post-is-there-such-thing-as-bad.html
Over at Night Owl Reviews there's a review of “Sarah Darlin,” a novel by SHIRLEY SKUFCA HICKMAN. http://www.nightowlreviews.com/V5/Reviews/Leeerin-reviews-Sarah-Darlin-by-Shirley-Skufca-Hickman
The current issue of Senior News & Times has a book review of JANE AUMANN and CINDY LADAGE's novel, “My Name is Huber.” They also had write-ups in three Illinois newspapers in Taylorville, Pana and Mattoon. Way to go!
Writer's block, sure. But cover block? MARJA MCGRAW, author of the Bogey series, talks about the trials of finding the right book cover. http://www.blog.marjamcgraw.com/2013/02/18/cover-block.aspx