Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Check is in the Mail

We've all heard the saying 'The check is in the mail."

Well, I got my check in the mail for my short story that is going to be in the book Christmas Traditions.

It's only $75, but it's the first compensation for my writing. So, I guess that makes it official, I'm an author!

Come September, I can hold the book in my hand! Then, it will seem very real.

Now, if I can just get one of my picture books or MG stories published.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

It's Over Until Next Year

Cedar Lakes was the place. . .

for the West Virginia Writer's Conference.

It was fun! I was only able to attend classes on Friday, but next year I'm going to make sure I have nothing else planned for the Conference Weekend and attend classes on both Friday and Saturday.

One of the best parts was that I met some very nice and talented writers.

One of the classes I attended was called "The Business of Writing."
Susan Reinhardt was the instructor of this class.
She is a humor columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times, a radio personality and author of: Not Tonight Honey, Not Til I'm a Size Six, Dishing With the Kitchen Virgin, and Don't Sleep With a Bubba Unless Your Eggs Are in Wheelchairs.
I enjoyed this class very much. One of her suggestions she passed along to the class was to - Build Your Resume. You can go for the gusto and send your writings to the New York Publishers first, but it's best to start out little. Send articles to newspapers and magazines. Create an audience and following for yourself.

When writing an inquiry letter the first and most logical thing is to get the person's name right. Then list your best accomplishment at the beginning of the letter. Describe your work, demonstrate that it has conflict and plot. In your description show that you're a good, creative writer. Include a short bio and don't forget the SASE!

I took a quick photo of her at the end of the class.

There was a writer's wall in the Assembly Hall at the Conference. Writer's attending could post a page or two of prose or poetry. An assigned number was put on your paper and it was posted for attendees of the conference to read and then vote on their favorite. I posted a section of my novel "Lucy of Tupper's Hollow" and ...

Winners were announced at the Banquet on Saturday Night. I didn't win anything in the Writer's Contest, but I am very proud of this. The people voted on it, and a big smile came to my face when they announced my name.

Boyd Carr is a poet, essayist and philosopher. He is also the official WVWriter's Conference Artist In Residence. He sat one over from me at the Banquet on Saturday. Two years ago he did a sketch of me when I was at the conference. After I got my award, the lady next to me pecked on my shoulder and said "Turn around, he wants to sketch you."

He is such a sweet guy and a real character. I secretly hoped he would sketch me this year, and I got my wish.

I was disappointed I didn't win anything in the Writing Contest, but I was not alone. Many others that entered did not win.

So, maybe next year. And in the meantime I'll write and write and write some more.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

WVWriters Conference

It's almost here. The West Virginia Writers Conference will be June 12, 13, & 14.

I have registered for Friday classes and the Banquet on Saturday.

For more information about the conference you can go here.

It takes place every year at Cedar Lakes, WV, which just happens to be only a few miles down the road from where I live. My family reunion is on Saturday, tho, so I will miss out on Saturday's classes. Next year I'm moving our reunion to another weekend!

It's a beautiful place to have a conference. You can stroll around the grounds, walk among the cedars and the small lakes or walk across the covered bridge. You can gather around the campfire at night and you can enjoy nightly entertainment. But, best of all, you can attend classes on writing and poetry.

You can enjoy the company of people who share your same dreams and ambitions. Rub elbows with published authors and bid on items at the silent auction table. This year I'm donating a hand made teddy bear for the silent auction. He has his own writing tablet and pencil.

At the banquet on Saturday night, presenters will announce the winners of the WVWriting Contest.

If you can't make it this year, maybe we'll see you next year.
Send in stories for their annual writing contest in the spring and maybe you'll win 1st, 2nd, 3rd or honorable mention.

Only 1 week from tomorrow! WVWriters Conference at Cedar Lakes, WV.