Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Word Harvest Doin's for Summer

We are delighted to host award-winning author and writing teacher Sandi Ault in a special workshop this summer. In "Six Degrees of Separation: From Creating Story Lines to Polishing Your Work - Important Skills A Writer Must Have," Sandi presents vital information writers need to stand out from the pack and succeed as published authors. Sandi will help you sharpen writing skills to develop a dynamic voice; create powerful images with your words; interweave and fine-tuning themes; set your story line and grab the reader; use polishing tools to distinguish your writing; and describe your work to make it easy to sell and market. Sign up now before the class fills! To learn more
If you want to know what it's like to study with Sandi, take a look at the guest blog by Pat Wood, one of Sandi's students at the 2008 Hillerman Conference.
Sandi's WILD INFERNO was a finalist at the recent Colorado Book Awards. The July issue of Women of Writing Magazine and the September issue of Cowboys & Indians both feature Ault. C&I also reviews WILD SORROW. (The same magazine will have an interview with Anne Hillerman about her newest book, Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes.)
Ellen Barone recently received the Travel Blissful Blog Award which she posted on her website. She notes, "By now, most businesses (yes, freelancers you ARE a business) realize that there are advantages to having a company website and blog. But, if you're like a lot of the people I meet, you may feel a bit confused, overwhelmed, puzzled and even frustrated by the world of new media and the Internet. You want to spend your time creating, not building a website or navigating Facebook, Twitter or Linked-In. Here's where I come in: I not only understand the new technology, I ENJOY it!"
Ellen will talk about how to use the web to jumpstart new sources of revenue or parlay your interests into creative new platforms during her Santa Fe workshop on Internet marketing on August 7. Space is still available in this interactive class, co-sponsored by Santa Fe Community College.The workshop is intended for writers, photographers, artists, entrepreneurs, and any one curious about websites, internet marketing and other on-line promotional tools.
WORDHARVEST Faculty on the Move
Craig Johnson, past winner of the Tony Hillerman Short Story Contest, received the 2009 Spur Award for best western novel for Another Man's Moccasins The Spur, given annually for distinguished writing about the American West, is among the oldest and most prestigious awards in American literature. Past winners include Larry McMurtry for Lonesome Dove, Michael Blake for Dances With Wolves, Glendon Swarthout for The Shootist, and Tony Hillerman for Skinwalkers. Johnson's newest, The Dark Horse, was released this spring.
David Morrell celebrates the 25th anniversary of his classic trilogy, The Brotherhood of the Rose this year. Ballantine is re-releasing all three novels as trade paperbacks with new afterwords by Morrell explaining how the books evolved. David's newest book, The Shimmer, is set for release in July by Vanguard Press.
Michael McGarrity reports steady progress on his new book, a historical novel tentatively titled Hard County, a prequel to the Kerney novels. Set in the territorial period of New Mexico, the book weaves crimes and misdeeds into the plot. On August 5, McGarrity will be speak at the Full Moon event at White Sands National Monument, east of Alamogordo, and on August 15 at the SouthWest Writers Conference in Albuquerque. He's also generously agreed to help with the launch of Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn Nov. 5 at the University of New Mexico and Nov. 8 in Santa Fe.
Steve Havill, faculty member at the Tony Hillerman Conference in 2007 and 2008, has a new book out, The Fourth Time Is Murder. This is his 15th novel set in fictional Posadas County, New Mexico. Booklist called it, "a satisfying, intelligent mystery."
Pari Noskin Taichert was in Washington, D.C. at Malice Domestic where she served on the humor panel and the social issues panel.
Susan Slater's newest book 0 to 60, which she calls an autobiographical novel, has a July 15 publication date from Bascom Hill Publishing Group. As part of the book launch, Susan has generously offered free critiques to other writers of fiction based on their own lives. Deadline for submissions is September 30th.The winner receives the Novel in a Weekend course with mystery writer Connie Shelton. For more visit Susan's website
Bob Haas has released Carbolic Smoke Ball Presents: Zombies Ate My Headlines. He produces a website (http://carbolicsmoke.com/), a weekly page in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and a radio spot--- in addition to having a full time job.
Sally Severino has published Becoming Fire, a Freudian Psychoanalysist's Spiritual Journey and Sacred Desire: Growing in Compassionate Living (with co-author Nancy K. Morrison).
Stephen Grogan's book, Vegas Die, was selected by The Independent Publisher Book Awards as the 2009 Silver Medal Winner for Best Regional Fiction (West & Mountain category). Known as "IPPY Awards," winners were announced at the 13th Annual Awards Ceremony in New York City during Book Expo.
Jennifer Kitchell's new book, Girl with Skirt of Stars, is due for release in August.Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn will be released Oct. 27, 2009 by HarperCollins and celebrated at an event at the University of New Mexico on November 5 and in Santa Fe Sunday, Nov. 8. If you'd like an invitation to these inaugural happenings, a benefit for the Hillerman-(Michael) McGarrity Scholarship for Creative Writing in Albuquerque and for the Public Libraries in Santa Fe, just send an email. The book, written by Anne Hillerman with photos by Don Strel, uses Tony's descriptions of Indian country scenery from the Chee/Leaphorn books, Don's pictures and Anne's memories of her father and non-fiction commentary.

Anne also published Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes this spring with GibbsSmith Publisher. The book is available in many book stores and through the publisher. She'll be signing Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at the Lavender Festival in Los Ranchos (just northwest of Albuquerque) and again on July 26 at 1 p.m. in Santa Fe at the Spanish Market.

Connie Gotsch www.conniegotsch.com Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM www.ksje.com Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available www.dlsijpress.com

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

Coming in 2009, Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at http://www.apbooks.net

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