Monday, March 18, 2013

Lancaster Christian Writers Super Saturday 2013 Coming Up Fast April 6th at Lancaster Bible College!!

Spring is in the air, the last snow has hopefully melted, and Lancaster Christian Writers' annual one day conference is now just around the corner!!  Super Saturday 2013 will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 8:30a.m.-4:00 p.m at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 (registration opens 7:45AM). SS2013 offers a full day of workshops taught by top industry professionals in both fiction and non-fiction fields. An early registration price of $40 is due by Wednesday, April 3, and includes a box lunch plus LCW membership. Registrations after April 3 and walk-ins day of the conference are $50.

The success of this event depends on YOU helping us get the news out. On the righthand column are links to SS2013's registration flyer and press release as well as faculty bios and workshop descriptions. Please consider taking a moment to pass these on to your own social networks, a Christian school, library, church. 

SS2013 FACULTY: A fiction track will be taught by award-winning novelists Ronie Kendig and Mindy Starns Clark. Non-fiction faculty include veteran editors and authors Dave Fesseden and John Riddle and acclaimed speaker/author Nancy Sebastian Meyer. Author and conference director Marlene Bagnull and award-winning novelists Tracy Higley and Jeanette Windle are among additional faculty offering personal consultations. Workshops cover such topics as:
  • Rapid-Fire Your Fiction – When to Pull the Trigger
  • Getting a Book Contract in 30 Days or Less
  • Adventures in Research: How I Learned Cons at the Carnival, Combed the Swamps for Poison, and Came Home with a Bucket of Sapphires
  • Freelance Writers and the Truth About Tough Times: They Don't Exist!
  • He. . .Giggled? -  Maintaining Deep POV for Male or Female Characters.
  • The Valuable Versatile Outline: A Simple, Practical, But Always Successful Model to Speak, Teach, Write an Article, or Pen a Complete Book.
  •  The Making of a Mystery Novel
  • Editing Your Own Material: Surefire Solutions For Those Manuscript Rough Spots
BOOKSTORE: A conference bookstore will offer a wide variety of writer resources and faculty titles.

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS: Conference attendees can sign up for 15-minute personal consultations with faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis. So plan to arrive early enough to pencil in a slot with the faculty member of your choice. LIMIT: ONE appointment per conferee until after opening session, when remaining slots will be made available for a second appointment. What to bring? A query, book synopsis, up to ten pages of manuscript, or just your questions.

REGISTRATION: Mail the Super Saturday 2013 registration form (or simply drop in a note with name and email address) PLUS check or money order payable to: Lancaster Christian Writers, 121 East Woods Dr., Lititz, PA 17543Email questions to LCW President Jeanette Windle at (preferred) or call 717-209-0011 after 4 PM. We do NOT normally send individual confirmations out (simply a time issue), BUT if you've sent a registration and are concerned whether it has been received, email the above address, and you will hear back; otherwise, assume you are on the list.

Lancaster Christian Writers welcomes writers of all churches and denominations and of all levels and genres. Monthly meetings offer opportunities for manuscript critique, networking with other writers, and occasional workshops and guest authors.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

LCW March Meeting/Field Trip/Super Saturday 2013

This update holds a number of LCW news items so, please read all the way through. Beginning with a reminder that Lancaster Christian Writers will indeed be meeting this month, Saturday, March 16, at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Rd, Lititz, PA, 17543 from 9:30AM-12 noon (due to Super Saturday 2013 on April 6th, we will not be holding regular April meeting). We are delighted that Destiny Image publisher Dean Drawbaugh is taking time out of a busy schedule to share his acclaimed seminar "The BookSeller: Nine Qualities that Generate Book Sales."

Author, public speaker, and staff publisher at Destiny Image Publishing Company, Dean Drawbaugh has been in printing and publishing for over 40 years and engineered 600+ books in the last 7 years alone. This groundbreaking seminar reveals his nine qualities that allow a book to continue selling or cause the sales process to stop. Dean explains:

"Every author dreams his or her book will be a best seller. The book that will inspire, inform, persuade, teach, or entertain their audience.  Technology has provided the means for publishing too many new titles. With the increase in titles has come a fierce competition for shelf space.  Even the best books find a small window of opportunity before their book is replaced with another title.  Yet every year some books sell beyond expectations. Through careful planning and execution, luck is systematically removed from the equation. If the book is successful you made it successful and if the book underachieves you allowed it to underachieve."

FIELD TRIP TO H&H GRAPHICS GROUP: If you missed our February speaker, local Christian publishing consultant and print on demand expert Mike Williams (or if you didn't!), here is a field trip you won't want to miss. Mike Williams has invited LCW members to a personal guided tour of his printing facility, H&H Graphics Group, 854 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA, on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 2:00PM.  This is not only an opportunity to ask questions regarding self-publishing, print-on-demand, but all the marketing accouterments (bookmarks, postcards, flyers, etc.) publishers now expect an author to supply.

Instructions from Mike: "Heading South on Prince Street (one way), we are one block south of the light of Liberty Street on the right.  That puts us 8 blocks north of center city. No RSVP necessary. Just show up a few minutes ahead. Parking is available in our lot located on the corner of Prince Street and Ross Street. Overflow parking is on Ross Street (very little traffic, no meters). Special instructions: No open toed shoes."

Registrations are beginning to come in for LCW's one-day conference just a month away now on Saturday, April 6, 2013. BUT we need your help to get the news out. To the right of this column is our SS2013 press release and registration flyer. Please share these with your social networks, church, library, Christian school, homeschool group, or elsewhere. And of course it isn't too early to get your own registration mailed in!