ECWC Booksigning

Barbara Vey -- October 3rd, 2010
Editors Rose Hilliard and Tessa Woodward

Editors Rose Hilliard and Tessa Woodward

Big day today at the Emerald City Writers’ Conference as the halls filled with writers preparing to pitch their stories to editors and agents.  You could feel the anxiety and tension in the air and I don’t blame them.  They go in groups of about 6 per table and pitch as a group.  That has to be nerve wracking.  I can imagine how hard it would be one on one, but having to try to sell your book while having others watch would do me in.  So, kudos to all those brave souls who put their hearts on the line for what they believe in.

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Mary Buckham, Barbara Vey, Deborah Schneider

Mary Buckham, Barbara Vey, Deborah Schneider

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Plenty of workshops and panels to choose from.  I was fortunate enough to be in one with author Mary Buckham and librarian Deborah Schneider.  We talked about Books, Blogs & More – Building Name Recognition. There was a terrific mix of published and unpublished authors who were in all stages of the publishing process.  Deborah told them how to get their books into libraries, Mary explained how to work together and pay it forward and I said how important I felt social networking is to an author’s career.  Thanks to all who attended.

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Brenda Novak

Brenda Novak

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Brenda Novak was the keynote speaker at the luncheon and used Cinderella as her inspiration citing the words to her song, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” Brenda encouraged the writers to set goals and believe in themselves.  She started her writing career out of necessity.  After five kids, she needed a job that she could do at home.  After finishing a book, she thought, “Maybe I could do that.”  Obviously, she could.

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Back Row:  Josie Malone, Susanna Fraser, Marie uhart, MG Braden, Jami Dovenport  Bottom Row:  Laura Navarre, Mimi Barbour, Amber Scott, Crista McHugh

Back Row: Josie Malone, Susanna Fraser, Marie Tuhart, MG Braden, Jami Dovenport Bottom Row: Laura Navarre, Mimi Barbour, Amber Scott, Crista McHugh

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The bookfair is always one of my favorite parts.  I enjoy walking around and talking to all the authors about their lovely covers and interesting books.  One thing the conference did this year that really impressed me was having a special contest that involved writers of e-books.  You were given a card with all the e-book authors listed and you had to find them and have them stamp your card.  This was a terrific opportunity for readers to meet the e-book authors and chat with them about their books without any physical books there.  One lucky winner will walk away with a Kindle that will allow them to purchase the books of the authors they just met.

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Bottom Line: A special treat today as I can once again do a Drive By Video (yes, I finally learned how to download them to the new website).  Please enjoy meeting debut author Katherine Chloe Cahoon who I predict everyone will know her name in the next few years.

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21 thoughts on “ECWC Booksigning

  1. Edie Ramer

    That was a fun video. I’ll look our for the book. It sounds interesting.

    I love the contest idea involving the ebook authors. Good going on the part of the Emerald City chapter!

  2. Laurie London

    Barbara,

    It was so lovely to meet you this weekend. After following your blog and being Twitter friends, I felt as if I knew you a little bit already. Your keynote speech today was fantastic! I’ve got tears and chills all over again just thinking about it. Thank you for sharing how you got started writing for PW and for sharing all those awesome stories. (“Don’t touch the talent!”) I loved hearing how reading romance books has changed your life.

    Safe travels back home! I hope you’ll fly out to be with us again.

    ~Laurie

  3. Jacquie Rogers

    Barbara, I sure wish I could have attended the workshop you gave with Mary and Deb. Your speech was amazing and touching. You now have 250 diehard fans. :) Thanks so much for coming to the Emerald City Writers’ Conference!

  4. Eilis Flynn

    Thank you so much for coming to Emerald City Writers’ Conference, Barbara! Your speech was fabulous, and I’m sorry I won’t be at the New York comic conference to see how you react to THAT!

  5. Mia Marlowe

    The ECWC was the first writer’s conference I ever attended back in 2002. It was wonderful. I was blown away by Cherry Adair and how willing she and the other pubbed writers were to share what they knew with those of us who were aspiring authors. I’ve moved across the country now, but it’s still one of the best regional conferences out there.

  6. Dianna Love

    Yay on getting back to drive by videos. I’ve missed those. The Emerald City Conference sounds like it was packed full of great speakers and workshops and wonderful author signing. What a great workshop to have had you, Mary Buckham and Deb Schneider together.

    And…I heard your keynote on Sunday was amazing, Barbara. I wish we had a video of that for those of us less fortunate ones who did not make it out to Seattle this year.

  7. Marcella Burnard

    I echo Jacquie – your keynote address was the greatest. I’d had no idea that by making up stories and writing them down that maybe I could help make a difference in someone’s life – even if only for a few hours. It is what I aspire to. Greatly enjoyed the conference and the book fair and getting meet you at the library event!

  8. LesaDragon

    We were happy to have your first keynote at ECWC. First of MANY I’m sure, now that the word is out on how FANTASTIC and inspirational your words for those who attended. We love to hear from readers, like you, it reminds us why we write!

    Thank you for the wonderful words about your time at ECWC. Have a great time in New York.

  9. Mimi Barbour

    Barbara,
    Thanks so much for taking the picture of the e-pubs ( I’m in the lower part, grey hair and sucking in my stomach). It was wonderful to meet you.
    Also, after your workshop, you taught me more in 5 mins about twitter than I’d learned by myself in a month…a bit techie dense here.
    Like everyone else in the room, you left me swiping at wet eyes and snuffling due to a lack of kleenex, but you also gave me a new appreciation for the importance we authors might make in some women’s lives.
    Thank you… and look forward to catching up again next year.
    Mimi Barbour

  10. Paty Jager

    Barbara,

    I learned a lot from the panel with you, Mary, and Deb. I enjoyed visiting with you and was so sorry I couldn’t stay for your speech, but I had a 6 hour drive ahead of me and wanted to not get home too late.

    The conference was as always a wonderful boost to my writing creativity and energy.

    Thank you for joining us!

    Paty Jager

  11. Laura Navarre

    Hi Barbara!

    It was fabulous meeting you at the ECWC booksigning event. Wasn’t the Kindle scavenger hunt a great idea? Several of us offered to contribute an e-book to the Kindle–in my case, my dark Tudor romance The Devil’s Mistress.

    I also really enjoyed the maiden launch of my new workshop, “Sympathy for the Devil: Dark Heroes in Popular Fiction.” To illustrate the points, we watched film clips from Batman: The Dark Knight, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, and others. The audience was so supportive, right down to the writer who approached afterward to say she’s changing her writing because of something I said, which I found to be so moving.

    Hope to see you there next year!

    Laura Navarre

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