Past Conferences

Ghost of Conference Past

The 2012 Lone Star Writer’s Conference

featuring James Scott Bell

Presenter: James Scott Bell
Topic: Plot and Structure
Editors: Chris Keeslar, Editor-in-Chief - Boroughs Publishing Group
Liz Pelletier, Senior Editor - Entangled Publishing
Deborah Gilbert, Senior editor - Soul Mate Publishing
Agent: Elaine Spencer - The Knight Agency
Location: Houston Marriott North at Greenspoint
Date & Time: October 13, 2012; 9 am to 5 pm (registration and breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.)
Cost: $130

James Scott Bell presents…

Plot and Structure

In this workshop, based on best selling author James Scott Bell’s Plot And Structure, you’ll learn techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish, including:

• Dazzling dialogue
• Plotting for perfect structure, every time
• “Jump off the page” characters
•Power revision for next-level novels
• Stronger scenes for stronger manuscripts
James Scott Bell is the best-selling author of several thrillers. He is the winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in inspirational fiction, and is currently a featured columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine. A former trial lawyer, Jim now writes and speaks full time.

Attending Editors

Now editor in chief of the quickly growing Boroughs Publishing GroupChristopher Keeslar graduated from New York University in 1995 and immediately entered the publishing industry. He remained with his first employer, Dorchester Publishing, for over sixteen years, where he built a stellar reputation. Authors and agents alike applaud him for his integrity, enthusiasm and commitment to producing great stories. He takes time to grow and groom authors rather than simply churn out product. In 2004, Chris was chosen to receive RWA PASIC’s 2004 national award for best editor. This was followed several years later by the RWA New York chapter’s local award. Keeslar’s personal preferences skew toward fantasy and science fiction–style romances, “paranormals” and urban fantasy as they are often called, and toward medieval historicals, but he enjoys and Boroughs publishes a broad range of Romance.

**Boroughs Contributing Editor, Jill Limber, will also be taking pitches!

Liz Pelletier is the founder of Entangled Publishing, and is the co-founder and managing partner of Savvy Media Services, the parent company of Entangled, Savvy Authors, and Savvy Readers.  She is both publisher and senior editor at Entangled, working with her own stable of authors, as well as overseeing the development and growth of the company’s imprints, production, distribution, subrights, and marketing departments.  Find her on Twitter at @Liz_Pelletier.




Soul Mate Publishing opened its door in October, 2011, and we’re steadily growing. We are a boutique publishing house specializing in romance.Soul Mate Publishing takes a personal approach to publishing. We are dedicated to producing quality ebooks and take pride in providing authors with supportive feedback. We have top-notch editors on board to guide authors during the revising and editing process. Our contract is also author friendly.

Founder and senior editor Deborah Gilbert graduated from Nazareth College, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in English and an M.S. in Reading. She taught high school English for sixteen years and joined RWA in 1998. Noting the tightening New York market and the trend toward digital publishing, she opened Soul Mate Publishing in October, 2011. She is currently seeking submissions in all areas.


Attending Agent

Elaine Spencer joined the Knight Agency in 2005. A lifetime booklover, she graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors degree in Comparative Literature and English, paired with an intense focus on Economics. Elaine now represents a diverse list of adult and young adult authors, and handles all of the sub-rights’ licensing for the Knight Agency’s 150+ client list as well as acting as the agency’s general business manager. Elaine particularly enjoys engaging characters, smart dialogue, and plots that take the reader on an emotional journey and transcend genre boundaries. Her diverse experience makes her well qualified to juggle both the creative and the contractual sides of the business, and she prides herself on the one-on-one attention and personal relationships that she is able to develop with each of her clients.


Elaine is not interested in children’s or picture books, horror, poetry, screenplays, short story collections, history, westerns, straight fantasy or science-fiction. Elaine currently lives in Athens, Georgia. In her spare time she can most likely be found curled up poolside with a good book and her beloved Westie, Claude. To learn more about Elaine and the Knight Agency please visit our website at




** 2012_Registration Form_Lone Star **


Or make check payable: NWHRWA,
Northwest Houston RWA
Conference Registration
P.O. Box 11801
Spring, Texas 77379

**Please Note**
 Full Refunds will be given up to September 30th. No refund after this date.


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Conference Schedule

8:00 am- Doors Open
8:30-9 am- Introduce Editors and Agent/Open For Questions
9:00-10:30- James Scott Bell 1st session
(Pitch Sessions start at 9:10 am)
10:30-11 am- Break, Buy Books, Raffle,etc.
11:00-12:30 pm- James Scott Bell 2nd session
12:30-1:30 Lunch- Speaker is Liz Pelletier
1:30-2:15 Lone Star Awards
2:30-4:00 pm- James Scott Bell 3rd session
4:00-4:20- Break, Raffle, Silent Auction Closes
4:20-5:45- James Scott Bell 4th session