Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday Potpourri: What's New and What's Coming?

Tomorrow's Guest

My guest blogger tomorrow is Jeff Bibbey, author of Off the Mat. His novel involves the ugly truth about troubled kids and drug addiction combined with a great story about young athletes in the sport of wrestling. It's a book for adults. It's time we all learned more about the tough temptations today's kids face. Jeff's novel is one way to get started.

My Guest Post at Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Blog

It was my turn to be a guest yesterday at Chuck's blog with my post called 10 Tips on Guest Blogging and Blog Tours. I hope you'll stop by and check it out. There's a chance to win a signed copy of The Prairie Grass Murders if you leave a comment.

Registration is Open for the Northern Colorado Writers Conference

The conference is scheduled for March 30-31, 2012, at the Hilton in Fort Collins, Colorado. There are a number of excellent authors lined up to teach various topics, four agents and an editor or two to share information on panels and/or take pitches, outstanding guest speakers, good food, networking, door prizes...really, what more could you ask for?

Well, you could ask for a writing contest...and yes we are launching a contest this year called the Top of the Mountain Book Award. You don't even have to attend the conference to enter.

So go here for the schedule, or here for the detailed information on workshops, or here for the scoop on the faculty, including editors and agents, or here for registration.

Those who register for the conference also may attend a free pre-conference workshop to help attendees get the most from the conference experience.

Phew, that's a lot of links. If you want to do your own navigating of the conference information, just go to the conference homepage and Take the Road Less Traveled.

There's a Man Who Gives Me Chocolate (and it's not my husband)...

When I was surprised by a bar of my favorite dark chocolate from a writerly bloggerly friend, I considered it serendipitous to also see this Dying for Chocolate post on Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies: Bittersweet Chocolate Day from Janet Rudolph, Chocoholic. Can you imagine the yummy smells that will come from my kitchen when I try out this recipe? I'll be sure to let you know when I take them out of the oven.

( that will ever happen!)


Dean K Miller said...

Just registered for the NCW first one to attend. Looking forward to it with much anticipation!

I'll be checking out the guest blog over at Chuck's place...sounds like a fun pub...for tips I'll need later on.

Ahhhh....there's something special about a woman who snorts....whatever the reason!

Amanda Rose Adams said...

I enjoyed your article on guest blogging! You're always so helpful to the writing community - you're a real treasure! :)


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Thanks for the news about the conference; wish I could attend. And I want a friend to send me dark chocolate, too! ;-).

Looking forward to Jeff's post tomorrow.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Dean, the worst time to snort is while reading a funny comment as I take a sip of coffee, thereby spewing coffee all over my keyboard. I need to stop doing that.

Hi Amanda, Thanks for the nice comment. I guess you can tell I love my writer friends.

Good morning, Margot. I wish you could attend our conference too. We'd have a great time! (Yes, it's wonderful to have friends who give us chocolate. We should all have a buddy...or ten that.) :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I read your guest post yesterday - great tips!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks, Alex.