Laurel Leigh helped WWP kick off the year “write” with talking about how to diagnose some of the issues authors are searching for in their manuscripts. Laurel had brilliant examples and anecdotes to share. Check out Laurel’s website at www.LaurelLeighWriter.com. We had plenty of new members attend, and we bet they learned a ton. Everyone is waiting with their pens ready to come to our October meeting with Terry Persun on “Exploring the Amazon Avenues for Authors.”
WWP had a great time this past weekend at the Chuckanut Writers Conference. We engaged with enthusiastic authors looking to network with other writers and experts in the publishing industry. We gave out author business cards, information about our meetings, and helpful author tidbits, such as how to develop an author’s online presence.
WWP website guru and author platform specialist Amanda June Hagarty ran the table with author, editor, and retired writing instructor Sara Stamey. These ladies worked the table and gained a lot of interest from conference attendees.
This is the third year of the festival and you will be entertained, amazed, and hopelessly in love with the creative and unique community, the Bellingham Steampunk Society and others, who come together each year to pull this off. The event will be split between the Village Green in Fairhaven, the Village Inn, and the Village Books; running from 11am to 5pm.
Outside, under the cover of canopies (just in case), you will find booths and merchants selling everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary–beautiful baubles to otherworldly oddities. You will be entertained with music and acrobatics from buskers and performers–perhaps even the Ladies of the Evening o.O! There will be fencing demos. Everything Steampunk will be on display–costumes, gadgets, bric-a-brac, even bicycles. There will be food and plenty of merchants selling their wares, so be sure to bring your appetite, your mad money, and your laughter. Continue reading Steampunk invades Fairhaven – Saturday July 19th (WWP in attendance!)→
Chanticleer Awards Banquet & Writers Conference: September 19-21 (ticketed event)
Books by the Bay Book Fest: September 21 (open to the public)
The book festival will be happening in conjunction with the Chanticleer Book Reviews Awards Banquet and Writer’s Conference, at the Hotel Bellwether on beautiful Bellingham Bay.
The Writer’s Conference will focus on the business end of writing, marketing, social media, discoverability, eBook formatting, self-publishing, branding, platform, and more. There will also be author panels, readings, and writing focussed sessions. You can register for all three days for less than $200 before July 31st so don’t wait! There are one and two day registration options as well, plus there is an option to just buy tickets to the awards banquet if you would like to get out and support the winners of the Chanticleer Book Review Prizes. Go to the Chanticleer website for more details.
The Book Fair will be open to the public and feature on-stage events like author readings, signings, panel discussions and more. Authors will have table space for displaying their books for sale and promotional material. Village Books will be on location acting as the official bookseller. This is a wonderful opportunity for authors to connect with readers and vice versa.
Full tables can be purchased through Chanticleer, but the Whatcom Writers and Publishers, as a major sponsor, has a large block of tables for our members for $10 per author. The tables are 8 feet long, and we will be putting 4 authors per table, so you will get 2 feet of space for your books and material.
Space is limited. Registration deadline July 31st. Don’t delay!
May 6: Release date for new eBook edition of WWP member Sara Stamey’s romantic psychic suspense novel Islands, a ForeWord Book of the Year finalist.
“Welcome to Paradise,” archeologist Susan Dunne hears on arrival at the Caribbean island to research petroglyphs and unravel the mystery of her brother’s drowning. This sunny tourist paradise conceals shadowy secrets—violent native unrest, a sunken treasure guarded by legendary Jumbies, and a bloodthirsty cult.
Susan literally dives into her investigation of the sunken treasure ship where John drowned, and its link to the photo of underwater petroglyphs he’d sent before his death. To find the truth, she must work with her number one suspect—Vic Manden, the salvage expert who was working the site with John. Resisting her attraction to the unpredictable combat vet Manden, Susan is soon in over her head in more ways than one. The only way through the murky intrigue is to dive deeper into the clues in her disturbing psychic visions.
“Superior mystery and suspense… a stomping, vivid ride.”
– Statesman Journal
Sara has joined the professional author-owned publishing cooperative, Book View Cafe, which will also release her new Greek Islands thriller “The Ariadne Connection” in October 2014, in both print and ebook.
On or after May 6, order “Islands” from www.bookviewcafe.com (formats available for both Kindle and epub readers); it will be available in mid-May from Amazon.