Sessions: Publishing Your Book: Day One (Keynote)
Successful Writing is Seven Steps Away (Breakout)
Annette Rogers, Poisoned Pen Press editor, became addicted to reading during dark childhood winters in Juneau, Alaska, when she read the city library from one side to the other. Now she edits Poisoned Pen Press mysteries, corresponds with writers and agents, and evaluates new mystery submissions. She has published a bestselling history/travel book on Egypt that was translated into six languages, served as Managing Editor for Utah Holiday Magazine, written for O, the Oprah Magazine, and reported for Time/Life on court hearings covering the Mormon Bomber case. She holds a Masters Degree in History and English. Rogers’ soft-coated wheaten terrier Doctor Watson is an energetic, if not always helpful, sidekick.
Session: Crime Writing, Breaking into the Business
Jenn McKinlay is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, the Library Lover’s mysteries and the London Hat Shop mysteries. She also writes mysteries under the names Lucy Lawrence and Josie Belle. To date she has *fictionally* stabbed 6, shot 2, poisoned 5, blunt trauma-ed 3, and strangled 2. (Try to stay on her good side). Jenn lives in Scottsdale, AZ in a house overrun with kids, pets and her husband’s guitars.
ALL OTHER SPEAKERS (In alphabetical order)
Session: Panel From Finding an Agent to Promoting the Book
Ann Bolinger-McQuade always has sensed the world as alive, nurturing, and filled with guidance and support, concepts deeply seeded in her Native American ancestry. She is the author of Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us (Tarcher/Penguin, July 2013). Her articles and essays have appeared in publications including The Huffington Post, Sedona Journal, and Aquarius Times. A popular workshop facilitator and radio show guest, Ann divides her time between Tucson and Taos. Visit her interactive website at www.personaloracles.com.
Ann divides her time between Tucson, AZ and Taos, NM with her husband, two dogs, and one cat, all of whom she adores.
Howard Falco is the author of the spiritual, self-help book, “I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are” (Sept 2010), with his highly anticipated follow-up scheduled for release by Penguin/Tarcher in April 2014. At 35-years-old Howard Falco experienced a sudden, empowering and life-changing enlightenment that revealed the meaning of life and the answers to the deepest questions people ask on a regular basis. This everyday father, husband and little league coach came to a powerful realization regarding how life unfolds for each one of us and was inspired to write his first book, “I AM” in order to share what he had learned with the world. In a very clear and effective way, Howard presents the wisdom that empowers individuals to be in the greatest state of control over the energy they have within to positively affect every aspect of their lives. Through his keynote talks, private coaching sessions, and ”I AM” thousands have been touched as individuals quickly realize the power of his message is from an everyday relatable guy.
Claire Gerus has been Editor-in-Chief of two publishing houses, worked for seven major publishers, including Harlequin, Rodale, Random House, Doubleday, John Wiley, Kensington, and Adams Media, written articles for U.S. and Canadian magazines and newspapers, and taught corporate communications to such clients as IBM, Kelloggs, Mutual of Omaha, and Procter & Gamble.
In 1996, she established a thriving business as a New York literary agent, selling publishers books on a variety of subjects: business, history, memoirs, religion, health, spirituality, psychology, politics, pop culture, and women’s studies.
She sold a 3-million copy health bestseller and brought film star Esther Williams’ story to Simon & Schuster. It went on to become a New York Times bestseller.
In 1999, she joined Kensington Publishing in New York and founded TwinStreams Books, a complementary healing imprint. Later, as Executive Editor at Citadel Press, she acquired and edited titles on celebrity biography, self-help, relationships, spirituality, new age, diet, Judaica, and health.
From 2001-August, 2002, she was Executive Editor at Adams Media, where she published the first biography of Laura Bush. She also published a wide range of new age, business, self-help, and inspirational books.
She is presently working as a literary agent and book development consultant. Among her clients are an ex-CIA agent, three psychologists, a policewoman, a District Attorney, an Assistant Attorney-General, a business communications consultant, a women’s safety advocate, a best-selling psychologist,the Wall Street Journal’s Soviet specialist, a former Miss Connecticut and inspirational columnist, a diabetes spokesperson and many more with equally fascinating backgrounds!
Session: Creating Believable Characters
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing has always been an integral part of her world. For the past decade, she has written non-fiction for Madavor Media/Jones Publishing, but her real passion is writing mystery-suspense-adventure for young adult audiences. Time travel, the vehicle she embraces, is her hook into historical fiction.
Her first novel, The Face Out of Time, received a literary award from Arizona Authors Association in 2011 and her novel, The Last Tag, was a finalist in the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Light Riders and the Morenci Mine Murder took second place in the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for excellence in children’s and YA fiction.
Both The Last Tag and Light Riders and the Morenci Mine Murder received stellar KIRKUS REVIEWS.
Ann teaches writing in Sun City West and resides with her family near the foothills of the White Tank Mountains in Arizona. She invites you to visit her website at www.timetravelmysteries.com and “LIKE” her Facebook Page – Time Travel Mysteries.
Dan is the Cyberpunk Librarian and the web guy for the Maricopa County Library District. He’s also an author, illustrator, musician, historian, speaker, technologist, and video maker. His deep fear of boredom means he’s interested in almost everything and will try almost anything. He’s been writing online for seventeen years and, occasionally, people read it.
Session: You Want to Write a Novel. Now What?
Jessica McCann’s debut historical novel, All Different Kinds of Free, was awarded the 2009 Freedom in Fiction Prize and was published in 2011. She has worked as a journalist, editor and communications professional for 25 years, and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1998. Her award-winning nonfiction work has been published in dozens of magazines, including Business Week, The Writer, Phoenix and ASU Research. McCann also dabbles with short fiction; her award-winning short story Night Window was published in the River Styx literary journal.
She has eclectic reading interests, though she is most passionate about historical fiction and is a member of the Historical Novel Society. McCann has taught an online workshop on writing historical fiction for Arizona State University’s Piper Writers Studio. She enjoys interacting with fellow readers and writers at her website www.jessicamccann.com and on Twitter @JMcCannWriter.
Jen Rogers is a bi-costal publicity and branding specialist and Co-Founder of Hudson West PR. Splitting her time between Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City Rogers’ strong relationships in digital, print, and broadcast, enable her to produce consistent top-tier exposure for her clients, including national brands, television shows and networks, and best selling authors. Spending a majority of her career concentrated in entertainment PR, Rogers launched the Emmy winning daytime hit “The Dr. Oz Show,” for Sony Pictures TV and Harpo Productions and worked on the publicity team for the 2013 Oscars. Launching her career at Court TV, Rogers transitioned into publicity working with best selling authors like Catherine Crier, Keith Ablow, Jean Chatzky, Tim Sanders, Tony Robbins, and Dr. Arthur Agatston of “The South Beach Diet” fame. An Emmy-nominated producer in recognition of her innovative web strategies, Rogers has her BA in English and Communications from Muhlenberg College.
The Author’s Journey: From Finding an Agent to Promoting the Book
7 Steps to a Successful Book Launch
As owner of LWS Literary Services, Lynn Wiese Sneyd coordinates national, regional and local publicity campaigns for authors of non-fiction and fiction books. In addition, she specializes in writing query letters, book proposals, and provides editing and ghostwriting services. (She ghostwrote The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs, by H. Alan Day, foreword by Sandra Day O’Connor, which University of Nebraska Press will release in March 2014.) Prior to starting LWS Literary Services, Lynn served as the literary publicist for Russell Public Communications and also worked as a community relations manager for Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Lynn’s poetry, essays, and articles published around the country. She resides in Tucson, AZ.