Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mark Your Calendars

First of all, I’d just like to comment on how very sincere Kerry looks in that pumpkin patch. I can’t imagine the Great Pumpkin would ever pass her by.

Second, I got my actual contract from Shadow Mountain today. Whoo hoo! I am really, really, excited about my first YA novel. Especially considering how successful SM has been in promoting their other books. And what great books they have been. Talk about having big shoes to fill.

Third, if you haven't already entered LDSPublishers Halloween story contest, you need to huury over and do so before the 29th.

Fourth, I got a glimpse of the annual LDStorymakers conference. (I think this is the fifth year?) Anyway, it is going to be awesome. If you have never attended a Storymaker writers conference you have a great treat waiting for you. If you have, you already know how cool they are. You get to meet one on one some of the best LDS authors, the best LDS publishers, national authors, publishers, and agents.

Some of the highlights from previous years include: a panel where you can ask questions directly of publishers, contests, a two-day early morning boot camp, tons of great classes broken out into beginner and advanced, great key note speakers, a hilarious MC, an endearing gift fairy, and lots and lots of fun.

This year features Rob Wells (He who must not be named) as MC, Timothy Travaglini—Senior Editor at G.P. Putnam's Sons, the incredible national fantasy/SF writer Brandon Sanderson, entertainment by David Nibley, and last but not least, the first annual Whitney Awards for 2007. Oh, and quite possibly least, a class taught by James Dashner and myself. You never quite know what you’ll get when Dashner and I team up, but we promise it will be entertaining. Once it included a pretty cool knife fight. But by then his Shadow Mountain novel, The Thirteenth Reality, will be out, so his head might not fit through the door.

Anyway, here is all the info. You can begin registering at in December, but mark your calendars now!

2008 LDStorymakers Writers Conference
March 21-22, 2008

CottonTree Inn
10695 S. Auto Mall Drive
Sandy, Utah

**Official registration will begin DECEMBER 2007**

This year there is a CAP on the number of Conference Attendees. Please register early.


Timothy Travaglini—Senior Editor at G.P. Putnam's Sons
(a division of Penguin Group, USA)

Tim Travaglini has worked at Walker & Company; Henry Holt; Scholastic; and Books of Wonder, an all-children's bookstore in Manhattan. He is the editor of HOW TO TAKE THE EX OUT OF EX-BOYFRIEND by Janette Rallison; the MONSTER BLOOD TATTOO trilogy by D. M. Cornish; BLACKBRINGER (FAERIES OF DREAMDARK, book one) by Laini Taylor; BEAN THIRTEEN by Matthew McElligott, and YELLOWBELLY AND PLUM GO TO SCHOOL by Nathan Hale.

We are looking forward to a wonderful conference with exciting presenters. Please check http://www.ldstorymakers/ often for updated information.

We are pleased to offer:
One-to-one pitch sessions with DESERET BOOK & COVENANT Editors
Manuscript reviews by TIMOTHY TRAVAGLINI, Senior Editor, Putnam
Panel: Finding an agent
Panel: LDS Publishers
Writing Contest
Boot Camp
Exclusive Book Store
Friday Night Entertainer: David Nibley
Saturday Night: The Whitney Awards Gala
Recognizing excellence in fiction by LDS authors
Please visit to cast your nomination

Our Workshop Lineup Includes:

Synopsis Writing--Advanced
Creating your Inner Writer
Deseret Book Editor: Making the Leap-- Learn to stop worrying & love the slush pile
The Middle Grade Writer: Character, Voice, Audience
Internet Promotion: Blogging/Podcasts/Reviews
Critique Groups (In Action)
Magazine Writing--Advanced
Transitioning from LDS to National Market
Writing about Real World issues for Children & Youth
Writing a hook that will get you published (Hands-on workshop)
Historical Series Writing: From Start to Finish
Self-publishing: from writing to distribution
Motivation/Writer's Block
Non-Fiction: Finding a Niche
Deseret Book Public Relations--self promotion--Advanced
Fantasy: How to Create a New World
Improve Your Writing: Tips by Senior Editor at Putnam
Your First Novel: Step-by-step basics (Beginning)
Research is not just for historicals: Behind the Scenes of the Contemporary Novel
Covenant Editor--Getting your manuscript noticed

Introducing our 2008 Writers Conference Directors: Annette Lyon & Heather Moore

Annette Lyon—Contemporary and Historical Romance author of five books. Her latest release is Spires of Stone (2007 Covenant Communications). As Utah’s 2007 Best of State winner, her bestselling books bring to life the challenges and triumphs of the 19th century settlers, including characters from California, Utah and Arizona. Annette has also published numerous magazine articles and writes the Weekly Chocolate Fix e-letter for the Utah Chocolate Show.

Heather Moore—Historical Fiction author of four books. Her latest release is Land of Inheritance (2007 Covenant Communications), of the Out of Jerusalem series, is a four-volume saga that follows the journey of Lehi and Sariah from Jerusalem to Mesoamerica in 600 B.C. Heather also manages Precision Editing Group—a full-service editing company.

Call 800-662-6886
Group: LDS Storymakers
Block: 901558

We have reserved non-smoking rooms for March 20, 21, and 22nd under our group. You can select one night or multiple nights. You are responsible for all charges. The 2008 group rate is $89.00/night plus 12.85% tax rate. If you’re sharing a room, calling sooner than later will ensure securing a two-queen bed room.


At 10/22/2007 11:27 PM, Blogger Josi said...

I can not wait! Annette and Heather are the bomb.

At 10/23/2007 9:26 AM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

It sounds absolutely fantabulous! I'll run out today to buy a 2008 calendar so I can circle the dates!

At 10/23/2007 1:38 PM, Blogger Tristi Pinkston said...

I so wanted to see the knife fight but I was teaching in the next room and we could hear you having all sorts of fun. I was jealous.

At 10/23/2007 1:55 PM, Blogger Jon said...

Oh, sign me up for early morning boot camp! (not!)

I may have to attend the conference this year - if I can finish my book by then. It's a good goal. (1000 words last night, woohoo!)

At 10/23/2007 4:21 PM, Blogger Tamra Norton said...

I'm so excited about this year's conference. Last year was the first year I missed and I'm still in mourning!

At 10/23/2007 5:24 PM, Blogger Josi said...

Just made my reservation!

At 10/23/2007 7:10 PM, Blogger James Dashner said...

I'm still sad I can't be the MC. Rob is gonna stink. I bet he does the old one-guy-brushing-another-guy's-teeth gag. Not to mention the knock-knock jokes.

Just kidding! Rob, you're the funniest guy I know, so don't screw it up.

At 10/23/2007 8:47 PM, Blogger Karlene said...

Two queen beds, that means 4 to a room, right? Anyone looking for roommates?

At 10/24/2007 12:33 PM, Blogger Anne Bradshaw said...

Storymaker conferences have come a long way since the first one in that little old theater in Springville. But they are magnificent to behold, wherever they take place. So much to learn, and so much fun. I'm in for sure.

At 10/24/2007 2:13 PM, Blogger Worldbuilder Robin said...

This is probably a ridiculous "who-let-this-guy-in-here" question, but how much does this conference cost? I'd never even heard about it until I missed last year. And if I have any hope of going, I'd have to start saving now just for the hotel...

At 10/24/2007 5:36 PM, Blogger Heather B. Moore said...

Start saving! It will be worth it. We haven't finalized prices for the conference yet, but it will be somewhere around $120-$140 for both days. We'll also have a one-day option. Quite reasonable since I just paid $120 for a one-day conference and most national conferences are at least $100/day. You're welcome to call around to other hotels to see if you can get a lower rate, if not, finding a roommate will also save money. By the first of December we should have everything nailed down.

At 10/27/2007 10:07 AM, Blogger Janet Jensen said...

I've already got my room reserved! Wouldn't miss this for anything. They just keep getting better-er and better-er!


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