HNS NA 2021 Conference

Historical Novel Society virtual meeting

Mon. June 21 – Sun. June 27

Fri, June 25 6:00 – 8:00 pm. I’ll be hosting the Elizabethan/Tudor conversation room.

Sat, June 26 7:00 am – 9:00 am. I’ll be hosting the Indie Publishing conversation room

Sat., June 26, 10:15 – 11:15. I’m on a panel called “State of the State: Independent Publishing,” with whizzes M. Louisa Locke, Jane Steen, Linda Cardillo, and Sarah Woodbury.

Sat., June 26,  1:30 – 2:30. I’m presenting “The A-Z of Your Indie Author Business.”

Sun., June 27, 1:30 – 2:30. I’m on a panel called, “Onward through the Past: Writing the long historical fiction series, ” with M. Louisa Locke and Sarah Woodbury.

PNWA 2018 Conference

Pacific Northwest Writers Association annual meetingpnwa
Fri., Sept. 13 – Sun., Sept. 16.
Doubletree Seattle Airport Hotel, Seattle, Washington.

Sat. 2:00 – 3:00. Putting History into your Mystery
Join me and my good friends and fellow historical mystery writers J. L. Oakley and M. Louisa Locke as we talk about the fun to be had combining two popular genres: historical fiction and crime fiction.

I’ll be around through the whole conference, Friday through Sunday, getting a month’s worth of socializing in three compact days :-). Love to schmooze with writers and readers!

Self-Publishing 101: a 4-part course

Let’s get our books written, polished, and published so people can enjoy them! This series of talks will lead you through the basics of planning your indie author career, producing a darn good book, publishing it, and finding an audience. 

Organized by the Indie Author Society, but all are welcome.

This is the same course I did last spring at the Pflugerville Public Library. This time we’re meeting at various Austin Public Library branches, alternating north and south. Note the slightly irregular dates!

Part 1: An overview of the process; defining your goals before you start.
Monday, Sep. 24, 6:30 – 8:30. North Village Branch.
Part 2: Editing: producing your best book.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30 – 8:30. Pleasant Hill Branch.
Part 3: Formatting & distribution
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 – 8:30. Spicewood Springs Branch.
Part 4: Marketing in a nutshell.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 – 8:30.  Pleasant Hill Branch.
Self-Publishing 101: a 4-part course

1st & 3rd Wednesdays in March and April, 6:00 – 7:30
Mar. 7, Mar. 21; Apr. 4, Apr. 18
Pflugerville Public Library

The one-night talk was so popular, they asked me to expand it. Lots of good writing energy out there!pflugerville_spring2018
Let’s get our books written, polished, and published so people can enjoy them.
Part 1: A broad overview of the process and discussion about defining your goals before you start.
Part 2: Editing: producing your best book.
Part 3: Formatting & distribution
Part 4: Marketing in a nutshell.

Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Self-Publishing 101

Thursday, Sept. 7. 6:30 – 7:30
Pflugerville Public Library

will give you a broad overview of what it takes to self-publish a book. We’ll talk about setting goals and what goes into producing a book. We’ll look at the publishing options for ebooks and pbooks (print.) We’ll survey the types of marketing methods preferred by indie authors. And you’ll get a list of resources to pursue to learn everything you need to achieve your goals.

Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Novel Night at Malvern Books

July 13, 7:00 – 8:00, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705malvern_books2

I’ll be reading an excerpt from one of the Bacon books, probably the new one. Local mystery author Karen McInerney will be reading from one of her many books too!

Join us for another installment of Novel Night, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: published authors will read from their books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. And we’ll also have “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles. Also worth noting: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).

Historical Novel Society

June 23-24, Hilton Portland – 921 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

We’ll be signing books for all and sundry on Saturday the 24th. Come by and say hi! My humble self alongside such illustrious writers as Libbie Hawker and Sarah Woodbury. Should be fun!

Pflugerville Book Pfestival

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 – 5:30
Pflugerville Public Library

This is going to be an amazing event, y’all! With wildflowers en route. 19 authors, including best-sellers in fiction and non-fiction, will be reading their works and talking about the craft. Follow this link to see the full schedule because it will astound and delight you!!! I’m honored to be part of it, and I think I might be the only indie in the mix.

From 2:30 – 3:30, I’m joining John Pipkin, current Writer-in-Residence at Southwestern University, to talk about writing historical fiction. Come and bring all your questions! John appears to be a writer of literary fiction who has won a boat-load of awards, so I’ll be there for comic relief :-).

Then from 3:30 – 4:30 I’ll be talking about how to create compelling characters. (Hint: steal them from history.) This is probably the most enjoyable part of writing fiction, so again, come and bring those questions!

After that, I’m unassigned, which means, I think, that I’ll be in the general chaos room signing books. No, no, there won’t be any chaos. This event is beautifully organized by librarian Bette McDowell. But I will have copies of all my books to sell. $10 for the ones you buy from me; who knows what for Moriarty Meets His Match, which the rep from B&N will have on his table. (My indie-pendence confused him apparently, even though all my pbacks are available through his normal channel.)

Come one, come all! It’s going to be fun! And you know it’ll be hot outside so a cool library will be just the place to spend the afternoon.

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