CINDY KEEN REYNDERS-AN AUTHORITY IN MY ESTIMATION!
Hey gang! Look at what I just received from an author friend of mine in Cheyenne. If you scroll around a bit, you'll see where Cindy Keen Reynders is a speaker at the Paths To Publication conference being held at the local library in November. Cindy has done it all, with her first two books published by a small house, her third was self published, and, of course, Seven Year Witch was published by Angelic Knight Press.
I'm very proud of Cindy for working her way into the Big Girl's Club in town. For far too long, it has been an almost impossible thing for an author in this town to get any kind of notice unless they're a part of the writing elite, a sort of back room group. Cindy is now a part of that elite. She has busted the old stereotypes to pieces. Seven Year Witch has drawn some notice!
Cindy Keen Reynders has said, "Write a great book, and you will be accepted!"
She has done just that!
It takes more than a great story
Paths to Publication
A one-day conference designed to help you navigate the next steps toward publication of your novel. Join seven Wyoming authors for a day of workshops filled with insights into the journey from “the end” to publication. Designed for teen and adult novelists at all levels, Paths to Publication is free and open to the public.
Food is available at the Library Café. Alternatively, you may bring a brown bag lunch.
The day will include a booksigning, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Laramie County Library Foundation.
Saturday, November 10
10:15 to 5
Laramie County Library
2200 Pioneer Avenue
Paths to Publication – Schedule
10:15 – 10:30
Welcome and Introduction – Marjie Smith
10:30 – 11:20
Doing it Yourself: Self-Publishing 101 – Mary Gillgannon and Cindy Keen Reynders
This workshop will give participants an overview of self-publishing. Print vs e-publishing format will be discussed, both the pros and cons. The presenters will also offer a question and answer session during which participants will have the opportunity to ask about specifics of independent publishing.
11:20 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:20
The Writer’s Guide to Agents and Contracts – Amanda Cabot
Join Amanda Cabot, who’s hired and fired five agents and negotiated more contracts than she wants to admit, for a discussion of the most important aspects of choosing (or not choosing) an agent and negotiating contracts with both agents and publishers.
12:20 – 1:15
Lunch and Booksigning
(Food is available at the Library Café or bring a brown bag)
1:15 – 2:05
Surviving the Pre-Publication Blues – Joanne Kennedy
Rejection is inevitable in the quest for publication, and the ability to accept it and learn from the experience determines your survival as a writer. In this inspirational and informative workshop, published author Joanne Kennedy offers strategies that help you survive the submission process while increasing motivation, refining your craft, and celebrating your progress toward the goal of publication.
2:05 – 2:15
2:15 – 3:05
Contests: Getting Your Foot in the Door – Elizabeth Roadifer Nowadays, it's far too easy for editors and agents to delete an email submission without even looking at it. Most will only read a query letter. But if your story finals in a writing contest, they're obligated to read it. For some, that can lead to a book contract. Find out the pros and cons of writing contests, how to use them to hone your craft, how to prepare your story and synopsis for entry, the best contests for your type of story, what contests to avoid, how much they should cost, what score sheets look like, and how to evaluate judges' comments.
3:05 – 3:15
3:15 – 4:05
Balance: Live to Tell the Tale – Tina Ann Forkner
A writer can’t stay in an Ivory Tower writing books all day long, but for many authors, a hectic life makes it impossible to get up there in the first place. Published novelist, blogger, and freelance writer Tina Forkner demonstrates how living a more productive life can turn you into a prolific writer. Whether you are an aspiring writer or already published, this session will help participants learn processes and skills to help them better manage a productive writing schedule (both the creative and business side of writing) with the ever-increasing demands of career, family, volunteerism, and numerous other obligations.
4:05 – 4:15
4:15 – 4:55
Panel Discussion/ Q&A – All
4:55 – 5:00
Closing Remarks – Marjie Smith
Amanda Cabot is the author of more than twenty-five novels, four non-fiction books and what she describes as “enough technical articles to cure insomnia in a medium-sized city.” Formerly a director of Information Technology for a Fortune 50 company, she is delighted to now be a full-time writer and speaker living happily ever after in Cheyenne. Her most recent releases are Summer of Promise and Christmas Roses, both set in Wyoming.
Tina Ann Forkner is the author of the acclaimed novels Ruby Among Us and Rose House and has had stories appear in various publications, most recently in the gospel music publication, Homecoming Magazine. She is a speaker, freelance writer, and blogger who also serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation Board of Directors in Wyoming. Tina lives in Wyoming with her husband, three bright children, and two loveable dogs.
Mary Gillgannon writes historical, romance and fantasy novels. Ten of her novels were traditionally published. They had national distribution and foreign editions in Russia, China, Germany and the Netherlands. Over the last year she has self-published titles from her backlist and several new titles, both as ebooks and in print editions. In addition to writing, Mary works for the Laramie County Library and acquires books for their fiction collection.
Joanne Kennedy celebrates Wyoming’s unique blend of past and present in contemporary Western novels with traditional ranch settings. Her books include Cowboy Crazy, Tall, Dark and Cowboy, Cowboy Fever, and the RITA nominated One Fine Cowboy. She lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with two dogs and a fighter pilot. The dogs are relatively well-behaved. Joanne loves to hear from readers at www.joannekennedybooks.com.
Cindy Keen Reynders lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her husband, Rich, and her little dog, Ewok. She is the author of three books in the Saucy Lucy mystery series, published through Medallion Media Group and Amazon. She is also the author of 7 Year Witch, the first book in her Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan series, paranormal romances published through Angelic Knight Press. You can contact her at www.cindykeenreynders.com.
Elizabeth Roadifer is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. She was chair of the International Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Prism contest for published books, has been a judge in several contests for both published and unpublished authors, and has herself won numerous contests. An English and Social Studies teacher, she is currently at work on a Young Adult story.
Marjie Smith has a Master’s degree in Computer Science, has worked in high-tech for 35 years and loves horses and her Wyoming ranchette. Her reading interests range from Anthropology through all fiction to Zoology. She enjoys writing soul-searching memoirs and hard science fiction. A firm believer in accurate details, Marjie recently spent two weeks at an Abbey doing research for her current novel.
I posted this in June on the Angelic Knight Press blog. Tomorrow is the big day! I plan on being there the entire time. All authors can learn from events such as this one. If nothing like this is going on where you live, start one up yourself. I'm sure there are plenty of talented folks who could share a wealth of knowledge with new and established authors.