I spent last week at the coast in an amazing writer's workshop conducted by the renowned author Dean Wesley Smith, and noteworthy publisher, Allyson Longueira. It was an intense and exhausting, but also phenomenally productive and elucidating experience. In addition to the two key presenters, we were fortunate that Lee Allred, author and graphic design noteworthy, contributed his time to help us learn all that we possibly could, as did several others.
The photograph at left shows a couple of display tables with books by Dean and his wife, Kristine Katherine Rusch. The paperbacks in the foreground are recent releases of Kris', while those farther away are a few of Dean's. Kris also contributed her expertise during some of the evening discussions.
In addition, Shelly, the local owner of North by Northwest Books joined us one evening for an engrossing presentation moderated by Dean. The topic was the state of the publishing industry, and how it is in dramatic flux, and what new factors are shaping this transition period. For more information on that, take a look at Dean and/or his wife Kris' websites.
Fortuitously, Mike Moscoe (currently writing the Kris Longknife series under the pen name Mike Shepherd) was also at the coast for the week, on his own individual writer's retreat, and we got to meet and talk with him as well. What a serendipitous event!
I am still assimilating what I learned, and look forward to seeing the resultant beneficial effects on my writing career. One immediate result is that I am redoing the illustration for the cover of my new novel for which the PROOF arrived during the week of the workshop. I'm so excited to see it transforming as I take into consideration the new cover elements I have learned about. As a result, Wild Horse Girl will possibly not be released in paperback until June.
[Er—better make that October or November, as briefly referenced in the September Blog—EAB]