2013 San Francisco Writers Conference

So last month I  hopped a five hour flight to San Francisco to attend the 2013 San Francisco Writers Conference.  It was my second time attending the conference and I must say that the experience was well worth the time and money. The conference had great seminars, inspirational speakers, fantastic networking opportunities and, for those seeking publication, lots of access to agents and...

What Writers Can Learn From Rejection

I'm baaaack!  I took a little hiatus to work on some non-writing goals, but I'm back baby and more fired up than ever. Okay, so I got kicked out of the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest during the pitch stage and two of the three e-publishers that requested to see excerpts of my legal thriller have rejected it.  I could sink into a funk, throw in the towel, and stop writing, or I can...

Thrillerfest VI

Last month, I attended Thrillerfest - an annual conference put on by International Thriller Writers - for the very first time.  The conference was held in New York City at the Grand Central Hyatt Hotel, July 6-9, 2011. Thrillerfest is an event devoted to thriller writers and thriller enthusiasts.  Every year, bestselling authors such as R.L. Stine, Ken Follett, Jon Land, John Lescroart, Diana...

What I learned at the San Francisco Writers Conference: Be True to Thine Self

The 2011 San Francisco Writers Conference was held February 18 - 20, 2011 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco. This was my second time attending the event. Although it was cold and rainy the first two days, the conference itself was, once again, fantastic. It was sold out. Writers from all over the country attended to network with fellow writers, find an agent or a publisher, learn from...

A Woman in Search of a Genre

 I recently attended the San Francisco Writers Conference and one of the things I learned was that, in order to effectively pitch a novel to an agent or an editor, a writer must be able to specifically identify the genre of the book as well as the demographics of the audience who will want to purchase it. It is not enough to say: "I'm writing fiction and the book will appeal to everyone." ...

The Benefits of Attending a Writers Conference

A couple of weeks ago,  I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference.  It was a great experience.  I had been to the Maui Writers Conference several times before.  I always came  back from those trips refreshed and renewed and having learned a lot about the craft of writing.   I didn't have high expectations for the San Francisco Writers Conference.  I doubted that  it would be able...