I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited as a guest to the 2013 OWFI Conference in Oklahoma City, May 2–4.
The Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc. runs one of the best-run and friendliest conferences in the country, bringing together hundreds of writers with experienced editors, agents and authors. For me, it’s a return visit; I’ve been a speaker there a number of times (2003, ’04, 06, and ’07), presenting on topics from developing a sense of place and story techniques in fiction to tips on working with publishers or self-publishing.
It’s a talented group of writers that organize this big annual get-together, and they take good care of the guest presenters. I’d recommend the conference to anyone.
This year’s speakers include bestselling fantasy novelist Patrick Rothfuss, a fellow Wisconsinite, and Jane Friedman, a leading expert on best practices for authors using new media and technology, from blogs and websites to e-books.
I’ll be there wearing my editorial hat, fielding pitches as Editorial Director of Crickhollow Books (www.CrickhollowBooks.com), publishing diverse fiction and nonfiction, and Crispin Books (www.CrickhollowBooks.com), an imprint for genre fiction, professional handbooks, and literary memoirs.
Besides taking pitches for Crickhollow and Crispin, I’ll also be talking with writers about improving the quality of their manuscripts and pitches, even if the projects are headed to other presses large or small (or destined for self-publishing approaches).
I’m looking forward to seeing old friends from the region (Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas) and making new ones. If you’re attending OWFI, be sure to find me and say hi!