Broken Links, Mended Lives has a special place in my heart. I was one of the editors, and my daughter, Jalena, designed the cover.
I received the most exciting news over the weekend. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ third anthology, Broken Links, Mended Lives, has been named a finalist in the Colorado Book Award! I served as editor for the anthology, along with Susan Smith and Jeanne Stein, talented and dedicated members of RMFW.
I’m delighted for the authors of this outstanding anthology, and for the top-notch selection committee members who faced no easy project, deciding which to include from among the many excellent short stories submitted. I’m also pleased for my daughter, Jalena Penaligon, who designed the cover, and for Karen Duvall, who created the book design. You can read more about the anthology here.
My fingers are crossed for the next step.
It’s almost here!
One of the nation's best conferences September 11-13
The last several weeks have brought a whirlwind of activity and preparation for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s annual writer’s conference, to be held this year at the Renaissance Hotel 3801 Quebec, near the former Stapleton Airport.
The Writer of the Year event, part of the pre-conference festivities held on September 3, turned out to be a big success with attendance, prizes and entertainment. Several lucky people won free books by Writer of the Year nominees Kay Bergstrom (writing as Cassie Miles), Pam Nowak, by outgoing Writer of the Year Jeanne Stein, and newly named Writer of the Year Mario Acevedo. Other very lucky people won breakfast with one of the agents attending this year’s conference (Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency; Christine Hogrebe of Jane Rotrosen Agency; Emmanuel Alspaugh of Judith Ehrlich Agency; Janet Reid of Fine Print; Jenny Rappaport and Kristin Nelson). The grand prize drawing was for a free conference, and was awarded amid enthusiastic applause.
I’m one of the editorial co-chairs for Broken Links, Mended Lives, the third anthology released by RMFW Press, so I’ve been very engaged, getting to know the authors and developing promotion related to the book.
The RMFW conference hosts dozens of craft and marketing workshops, as well as a program announcing the winners of the RMFW writing contest. The official release of Broken Links is scheduled at the Book Signing on Friday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m, where over forty authors are scheduled to sign their novels.
I’ll be presenting two workshops during the conference, one on “Yellow Page Plotting” and another on Twitter and Social Media Marketing. I’d love to see you at the conference, and at one or both of my workshops, if you can make it. Hope to see you there!
Just returned from Anne Randolph’s “Kitchen Table Writing” workshop sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Anne has a gift for communicating enthusiasm about writing, and soon had us all writing away in our notebooks. I’ll never think of timed writing in the same way. She has free tips on writing on her web site. Thanks, Anne!