Sunday, January 26, 2014
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April 4-6, 2014
Tempe Mission Palms Resort
Tempe, Arizona

Speakers Include:

  • NY Times Best Selling Author Christie Craig: Keynote
  • #1 NY Times Best Selling Author and #1 International Best Selling Author Sylvia Day
  • Award-winning Author and speaker Mary Buckham
  • NY Times Best Selling Author Allison Brennan
  • NY Times Best Selling Author Karin Tabke
  • NY Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Ashley
  • And many more
This national bi-annual conference gives writers a chance to ready their manuscripts and pitch to sell them to big-name editors and agents. New York Times bestselling authors Christie Craig, Sylvia Day and Mary Buckham are just a few of the speakers who will keep the 200+ attendees’ creative juices flowing. 
Powerhouse agents and editors—including editors and senior editors from Grand Central Publishing, Random House, Decadent Publishing and Boroughs Publishing, as well as agents from Trident Media Group, The Nancy Yost Literary Agency and The Bradford Literary Agency—will be on hand to give advice and present workshops. Agents and editors visiting the conference actively seek the high caliber of talent found among those who come to Desert Dreams.
In addition to workshops and opportunities to mingle and meet authors, Desert Dreams attendees are given a one on-one appointment with an agent or editor of their choice free of charge. There’s one catch: attendees must sign up early for their choice since agents and editors are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Desert Dreams also offers a book signing open to the public on:
Saturday, April 5th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Mission Palms Ballroom.
To sign up, just click on the Online Registration tab at the left side of the page.
Member price is now only $205 and non-member price is just $235, so sign up now.
Desert Dreams Writers’ Conference provides authors of all skill levels – from beginner to multi-published – with the tools necessary to take their writing to the next level. Session included general writing, career development, genre-specific, agent/publisher spotlights, as well as an agent/editor panel. Check out our roster of acquired editors and agents along with our keynote speakers and workshops. Did you miss the 2012, 2010, or 2008 conferences? Order workshop conference CDs and MP3s.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lessons From Shadow Recruti

Many of you know I often find writing lessons while watching movies. This weekend, I watched Shadow Recruit. Although I enjoyed the suspense and action scenes, I encountered one problem with the movie. I couldn't fully understand why the United States would fall into another great depression if Chris Pine's character couldn't prevent a terrorist attack. Pine's character quickly explained to Costner's character what the bad guys were up to in a way he would understand. Frankly, I would need a white board with all of the elements carefully explained and color-coded. I know very little about the stock market.

What could they have done differently? Granted, Pine's character didn't have time to fully explain the details; the bad guys had tried to kill him and he was afraid they were following him. One possibility was for the information to be reported back to headquarters so that other CIA analysts back in D.C. could slowly and carefully explain to their superiors the details and how they could lead to a depression.

The lesson: make sure you fully explain to your readers what the danger is in your story.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Writing a Series

Writers can learn a great deal from watching movies. This weekend we watched the second movie in The Hunger Games series. I admit I did not read the series and my comments are based only on the movie. I enjoyed the movie, but felt like it ended in the middle of the story. Many writers will tell you that each book in a series needs to have its own gratifying ending even if it is part of an overall story. If you don't believe this, watch the first two movies in The Hunger Games series and ask yourself how you feel at the end of the second movie. You do want to see the next movie in the series, but until it comes out, you are left feeling like you put a book down in the middle. Your audience may hang in for the next movie/book or they may be upset and feel like they wasted their money.

The owner of a bookstore once told me she has customers who won't read a series until the entire series is in print. They don't want to get caught up in something that makes them wait for another installment. By giving your audience a happy ending in each installment they walk away with a feeling of contentment that can carry them until the next book/movie comes out.

Experienced authors often say your career is only as good as the ending of your last book. That is what a reader remembers when they decide to purchase your book- or not.