Agents & Conferences Looking for Writers 8-29-13


Get your pens and papers ready. Here are three agents looking for writers!

Lisa Rodgers – Jabberwocky Literary
Julie Just – Pippin Properties
Sharon Pelletier – Dystel & Goderich

Conference to check out:

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference
Sept. 13-15th, Indianapolis, IN

Northern Ohio SCWBWI Conference
Sept. 20-21st, Cleveland, OH

Writer’s Digest Conference West
Sept. 27-29th, L.A.

Oklahoma SCBWI “Agents Day”
Oct. 5th, Chandler, OK

Emerald City Writers Conference
Oct 18-20th, Bellevue, WA

Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Conference
Oct. 25-26th, Sterling, VA

Missouri SCBWI Conference
Nov. 2-3rd, St. Charles, MO

Atlanta Writers Conference
Nov. 8-9th, Atlanta, GA

San Francisco Writers Conference
Feb. 13-16th, 2014

Missouri Writers Guild Conference
April 25-27th 2014, St. Louis, MO

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia


Monday Mashup

2 agents seeking clients

1. Jessica Negron Talcott Notch Literary. Seeking: YA, adult fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, romance and thrillers

2. Steven Hutson WordWise Media. Seeking: wide range of fiction and nonfiction. NO: erotica, poetry, chainsaw murders, picture books or screenplays

Upcoming Conferences

Midwest Writers Workshops
July 25-27 Muncie, IN

Cape Cod Writers Conference
Aug. 4-9th Cape Cod, MA

Killer Nashville (mystery/crime)
Aug. 22-25 Nashville, TN

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference
Sept. 13-15 Indianapolis, IN

Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference
Sept. 20-21 Cleveland OH

Emerald City Writers Conference
Oct 18-20 Bellevue, WA

WD Conference West
Sept 27-29
L. A., California

Registration open now!

All access: earlybird $549 (until 7-19)
                   regular $599
                   onsite $699

Individual: earlybird $449
                   regular $499
                   onsite $599

Sat. Only:   regular $349
                   onsite $449

Self publishing conference only:
                   earlybird $249
                   regular $299
                   onsite $349


Boot Camp: Writing a Novel                                 They Can’t Put Down

Boot Camp: Pathways to Publication

Main Program

First 10 pgs

Pitch Perfect


From Blog – Agent – Book Deal

Amazon for Authors

Pitch Slam

The Era of Options

Pitch Slam

Dazzling Dialogue

The Writer’s Business Plan


How to Blog a Book

Create Writer Platform

Great Expectations

Closing Keynote

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Writing Opportunities

Real estate says location, location, location! In the writing business our motto is networking, networking, networking. It is possible to ink a deal and become successful without having connects but it sure is easy a hell when you do have them available. Attending those writer’s conferences and/or submitting to legit contests can get you some notoreighty. Here are a few I found for you. No need to thank me it’s my job. Now pay attention….

The Bookbaby Bestseller Sweepstakes: Only independent authors can enter into this massive publishing package worth over ten grand. The deadline will be October 31st and the winner will be contacted thru email.

Now back to the prizes: ebook Premium Publishing, custom printed books with Interior Book Design, cover design, global ebook distribution, a sales consultation and a professionally made website.

There is so much more, visit for complete details.

Harper Voyager Giving Unagented Writers An Opportunity: For two weeks (Oct 1st thru the 14th) the science fiction and fantasy imprint Harper Voyage will be accepting unagented manuscripts. Editors from the US, UK and Australia will select the best. The winner will get the full service publishing package (editing, online marketing and sales support in world english markets).

Epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural are the genres fitted for them. Visit to submit.

BBC To Host Atlanta Black Theatre Festival: On October 4th thru the 7th the BBC will host a festival in the black mecca of the States-Hot-lanta! In four days, forty plays will take place. Workshops, author’s alley and readings will be offered to enjoy. Oh did I mention that this festival is free?

AABE Now Accepting Manuscripts: What would you earn for getting published thru AABE? How about:

-digital conversion
-major retail distribution
-worldwide Adobe PDF distribution
-exposure to Exchange Publishing Umbrella
-royalties that will be paid quarterly
-over 25,000 Facebook connects
-over 100,000 reader list
-over 400 african american book clubs exposure
-over 400 AABE ebook club members
-author new release campaigns
-WAAE radio author interviews

Get in while you can, all genres welcomed.

More upcoming contests
Hollywood Screenplay Contest. Categories accepted are: screenplays, short screenplays, tv scripts, pilots, stage plays, treatments and reality tv.

Deadline is September 30th.

Grand prize is: cash advisory meetings with Hollywood literart agency, Summit Talent, Literary Agency, Greenhouse Studios and Hollywood production company – Greenhouse Studios production package – software packages from Sony Creative software – InkTip Marketing package – gift certificates – moviemaker magazine subscription – independent film quarterly subscription – free entry to the Hollywood Screenplay Contest – Script Coverage package.

Whew that was a lot!

Publishing Innovation Awards: These awards honor digital content that enriches readers in 14 categories. The winners will receive tickets to the three day Digital Book World Conference and Expo going down in January. The deadline is November 15th.

Boiler’s Journal’s 1st Annual 500 Flash Fiction Challenge: Can you write great content in 500 words or less? Here is your chance. First place winner will get $1000 while second place will get $500. Deadline is November 15th.

LA Book Festival: Any books that are published traditionally, by self, or indie are eligible for this. Three categories (Author of the Year, Book Design of the Year and Publisher of the year) to compete in. A $50 registration fee is expected but the prize is worth it. $1500 and a ticket to the LA book festival. Visit

Peace and luv!

Blogging While Brown

Blogging While Brown 2010

Blogging While Brown (Photo credit: adria.richards)

Everybody has a blog, yes but a little over a year ago I started to really recognize how many people like me had blogs. The deeper I looked the more I found. It is like a secret society with us (ok maybe that’s too much but you get the picture) and I luv it! Conferences geared for us are popping up as well. Last year I wanted to attend this event because I saw a lot of potential networking opportunities but like this year I am unable to attend due to some situations but who knows since I’m speaking it into existence maybe something will pop off and I can go. In the meantime here is a little bit of what is to come at the Blogging While Brown Conference for you.

It will go down June 1st and 2nd (my birthday month) in the city of brotherly love Philly, Philly. The goal is to recognize the powerful moves black bloggers are making in their communities as well as in the social media world. I’ m not quite there yet with my own writing blog so I don’t feel confident enough to say I’m making that much of an impact right now – baby steps I guess.

Anywho…the list of quest speakers is enormous. Please check out for the complete list and what blogs these wonderful brown people have created and organizations they believe in. Here is a just a few to give you a taste:

  • Patrice Grell Yursik, creator of
  • Lovette ‘Luvvie’ Ajayi, creator of The Red PumpProject
  • Akoto Ofori-Atta, assistant at The Root
  • Erin Bailey creator of Scandalous Beauty blog
  • Wayne Bennett, founder of Field Negro
  • Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder of BlogHer
  • Toni Carey, health and fitness blogger
  • Aymer Jean Christian, creator of Televisual and Hacktivision
  • Kathryn Finney, creator of The Budget Fashionista
  • Darryl Frierson, creator of From Classy to Ashy and co-host of StraightOutta LoCash

Peace and luv!

Upcoming Journalism and Media Conferences

  • SABEW 2012 Spring Conference
    National Association of Black Journalists

    National Association of Black Journalists (Photo credit: Barack Obama)

    March 15th-17th in Indianapolis, IN. 49th annual conference held at the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex at Indiana University. Will include speakers from ESPN, Reuters, and The New York Times.

  • ACES 2012                                                                                           April 12th-14th in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.Writing For Social Media and Editing Maps and Graphicsare a few of the workshops being held, there’s 40 sessions total going down during the conference.
  • NABJ Convention and Career Fair                                                            June 20th-24th in New Orleans. 36th Annual National Association of Black Journalists at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside which will include a film fesitval and an author’s showcase and bookstore. Topics will be:Perfecting Your Craft, Tech Tools and Innovation Station Pre-registration until May 15th
  • UNITY 2012 Convention                                                                         August 1st-4th in Las Vegas. Asian American journalists association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Native American Journalists Association and National Lesbian/Gay Journalists Association are recognized. Will include 90 minute workshops. Early bird registration deadline is March 16th.
  • Excellence In JournalismSept 20th-22nd in Fort Lauderdale at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa

Peace and luv!

Competitions For Indie Released Books

How to Be Indie

Image via Wikipedia

It’s hard out here for us writers. Freelancing, attending conferences, writing novels, maintaining blogs/websites and if you work outside the home AND have a family chile you are dying for extra hours in the day or some clones. It’s my job to relieve some of the stress of finding out conferences that are going down so here you go brought to you by your girl via CreateSpace some competitions for indie published books.

  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Entry deadline: Feb. 24th. This is for independent publishers/authors whose book is written in English with a 2011-12 copyright date.
  • IPPY Awards. Entry deadline: March 15th. This award is for books with the 2011-12 copyright or was released in 2011 or early 2012.
  • 20th Annual WD International Self-Publisher Book Awards. Entry deadline is April 20th. This award is celebrating professional writers, freelancers, self-starting students.
  • 2012 San Francisco Book Festival. Entry Deadline is April 25th.
  • 2012 Green Book Festival. Entry deadline is April 25th.
  • 2012 New York Book Festival. Entry deadline is May 25th. Entries can be English, Spanish, French or Italian – any genre accepted.
  • 2012 Hollywood Book Festival. Entry deadline June 25th. Any genre from publishers, self-published, independent, e-books, etc – all accepted.

Take advantage of competitions because that could launch your writing career. Good luck!

Peace and luv!

Upcoming Writers’ Conferences

As a writer, especially new writers, a great way to get your work out is to attend as many writers conferences and workshops as you can. There is nothing like the one on one interaction you can receive during these great opportunities. The social media networks, although their intentions were to make connecting easier as actually made people lazier and not as social as people should. Do not get into that rut, always talk, introduce yourself, toot your own horn a little bit everyday to someone in person. So here are a few more chances for you to hone your craft and be personable.

Scribblers’ Retreat Writers’ Conference (November 10-12th) in Sea Isle, Georgia

Baltimore Writers’ Conference (November 12th) in Baltimore, Maryland

The Writers Institute (November 16-18th) in Miami, Florida

Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway (Jan. 13-16th) in Galloway, New Jersey

Do you know of any conferences or contests going on? Or is there a contest you’re hosting and want me to advertise on my blog? Email me and I will post it.!

Peace and luv!