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|Presenter:||James Scott Bell|
|Topic:||“Don’t Let ‘em Put the Book Down”|
|Editors:||Rachel Burkot, Assistant Editor, Harlequin – Kimani Line|
|Heather Osborn, Samhain Publishing’s Editorial Director|
|Robin Peterman Haseltine, Assistant Editor, Entangled Publishing|
|Agents:||Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency|
|Location:||Houston Airport Marriott (IAH)|
|Date & Time:||October 5, 2013; 9 am to 5 pm (registration and breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.)|
“Don’t Let ‘em Put the Book Down” James’s workshop will involve a scene by scene breakdown of ‘The Fugitive,’ along with in-depth descriptions of ‘voice,’style, how to keep them turning the pages and working your revisions.JAMES SCOTT BELL is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country. He writes in both the traditional and indie publishing realms. Writing as K. Bennett, he is the author of the Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law series, which begins with PAY ME IN FLESH. In 2012 he became the first writer to have a self published work nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award (for the novella ONE MORE LIE). He was the fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine and has written four popular books for the Writers Digest line: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. Jim taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and continues to teach at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada and London. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in L.A. He blogs weekly at Kill Zone — www.killzoneauthors.blogspot.com
Rachel Burkot is an Assistant Editor at Harlequin for the Kimani Line. She loves the variety of daily tasks involved in book production—and the opportunity to read on the job! After going through school hiding a book under a desk and getting in trouble for reading during class, Rachel decided that helping authors make their books as strong as possible would be the ideal career. The hopeless romantic in her is still counting her blessings that she found the perfect home at Harlequin.
A longtime lover of the written word, Heather Osborn has spent her entire adult life figuring out ways to surround herself with books. A former bookseller, Heather made the transition to editing 10 years ago, starting out with digital publishing, then making the move to traditional publishing by running the romance line at Tor Books, and now returning back to her digital roots by becoming the Editorial Director at Samhain Publishing
When she’s not busy working, Heather can be found reading for pleasure, obsessively playing RPG video games and watching entirely too much Ninja Warrior.
Assistant Editor, Entangled Publishing
Robin Haseltine is an Associate Editor at Entangled Publishing and Assistant Editor to Liz Pelletier, Publisher. During her three years with Entangled, she has been involved in acquiring and editing for almost every line, including a NY Times bestseller, and top selling Brazens, Covets, and YAs.
She is interested in acquiring novellas for Flirt and Ever After and historicals for the Scandalous imprint, especially Regency, Georgian, Highlander, and Medieval.
When she’s not editing, she writes YA fantasy and can be found on Facebook and twitter @robinhaseltine.
Kevan Lyon is a founding partner of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. With over 20 years in the publishing business, including over 8 years as a literary agent and 17+ years on the wholesale, retail and distribution side of the business, Kevan brings an informed and unique perspective to her work with clients. Her background on the buying and retail side of publishing affords her helpful insight into what types of books will sell and how to market them. Kevan holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Kevan handles women’s fiction, with an emphasis on commercial women’s fiction, young adult fiction and all genres of romance. Kevan works with her authors to help them realize their dreams of being published and to build a long term career as a writer. The Marsal Lyon Literary Agency strives to partner with their clients on all phases of the publishing path. Authors on Kevan’s list span a broad range of genres in women’s fiction including historical fiction, mystery, literary, commercial fiction and all genres of romance. She loves to be surprised by a unique plot or characters and is always looking for a new, fresh voice or approach.
If paying by PayPal, please make payment first and then fill out the registration form. We will need your PayPal confirmation number.
The Airport Marriott, 18700 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX. 77032, is the venue for our conference. Onsite complimentary garage parking. And if you’re flying in, the airport tram drops you off underground at the hotel.
Special hotel rates for this event are only $113/night! To get this rate, follow this link until September 6th. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/IAHAP?groupCode=NWRNWRA&app=resvlink&fromDate=10/4/13&toDate=10/6/13&stop_mobi=yes
Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 228-9290.
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NWHRWA is a non-profit organization of writers affiliated with Romance Writers of America®. Organized in 1980 and officially chartered in 1985, we are the original chapter of Romance Writers.
The mission of NWHRWA is to promote the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking, education and continued support.
We encourage all members through each stage of their writing career and we honor every member’s accomplishments. We offer networking relationships, the latest in market news, a nationally recognized writing contest, The Lone Star Writing Competition, our monthly newsletter, The Lone Star Galley, and our annual October Lone Star Writer’s Conference.
Whether you are taking those first hesitant steps toward publication or you’re a multi-published author, our educational programs and guest speakers will help you focus on your writing, your success, and your craft of writing romance.
Membership in Northwest Houston RWA® requires membership in the RWA® national organization. Prospective members may attend two meetings as a visitor before joining Northwest Houston Chapter.