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Amazing VIP Judges for the Zebulon!

Are you sitting on a manuscript, wondering if you should enter it in the Zebulon contest?

Let us make that one decision a little easier for you. Check out this year’s roster of VIP judges, who will be scoring the final round of competition.

Natalie Lakosil, an agent for the Bradford Literary Agency, will judge Middle Grade/Young Adult.

Lisa Abellera, agent for Kimberly Cameron and Associates, will judge Mainstream/Literary/Historical.

Kate Brauning, Senior Acquiring Editor at Entangled Publishing, will judge Romance/Women’s.

Esi Sogah, a Senior Editor at Kensington Publishing, will judge Mystery/Suspense/Thriller.

Mike Braff, editor at Del Rey Books, will judge Science Fiction/Fantasy.

Sam Morgan, an agent for JABberwocky, will judge Urban Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal.

You can find more information about each of these stellar individuals on the Faculty page for the 2017 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

Remember, the contest closes at 12 p.m. on November 1, so you still have a few days to get that submission whipped into shape and submitted. Good luck!

2017 Director’s Note from Laura Hayden

It’s that time again. Writers are looking at their calendars and thinking, “I wonder when Pikes Peak Writers Conference will update their website with the new info about PPWC 2017?”

Well, we’ve started and over the next few weeks, you’ll see even more information. We started working on PPWC 2017 back in February. Yes, you read it right–two months before our 2016 conference, we were already working on the 2017 one. The first decision was choosing the director and I raised my hand to volunteer. Okay, I actually stood on a chair and waved madly, refusing to get down until they said yes.

It’s not easy directing a conference in Colorado when you live in Alabama, but I’ve done it twice before and am willing to do it a third time. My love for all things Pikes Peak Writers is legion and the Board agreed to allow me to be at the helm for our 25th Conference.

You read that right, too. TWENTY-FIFTH conference. In our parlance, it’s our SILVER JUBILEE and besides exceptional keynote speakers, brilliant faculty members and a slew of insightful, inspiring and instructive workshops, we’re celebrating with special events like our “Heroes and Villains” Costume Party, our “Write Drunk; Edit Sober” event and much, much more.

So mark your calendars for April 28-30, 2017 (and consider our Thursday Prequel on April 27) so you can join old friends and make new friends at our 2017 Silver Jubilee Celebration Conference.

Sweet Success for October 2016

October 28, 2016

PPW member Shannon Lawrence doesn’t seem to slow down! Another of her incredible short stories has found its way into the realms of publication. On July 15, 2016 her horror story, “Shifting Sands” was published in Dark Moon Digest by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (ISBN10: 1943720169, ISBN13: 978-1943720163, soft cover and ebook). Issue #24 is available on Amazon.

October 21, 2016

Hooked on Books is a lovely new space in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Shelves of books, a beautiful view out the large front windows, and a helpful staff make it a great place to visit … and to hold a book signing.

Ann Perramond (writing as Ann Myers) and Barbara Nickless held a signing there on October 1st. Ann was celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first book in her Santa Fe Café cozy mystery series, Bread of the Dead. The third book in the series, Feliz Navidead, comes out October 25th.

Barbara Nickless launched her debut novel, Blood on the Tracks, the first in a mystery/thriller series about a railroad cop and her K9 partner.

October 14, 2016

Congratulations to Catherine Dilts on the publication of her new mystery novel, Stone Cold Blooded – A Rock Shop Mystery (ISBN: 10: 1-893035-34-4 / 13: 978-1-893035-8, 325 pages, paperback and ebook, adult), was published October 10, 2016 by Encircle Publications LLC. It is available on Amazon.

Join us here to celebrate the writing and publishing successes of fellow PPW members. When the sweet smile of success shines on you, but sure to let us know!

Agents and Editors Galore for PPWC’s Silver Jubilee

Please join us in welcoming the following editors and agents to PPWC 2017:

Michael Braff is a sci fi/fantasy editor from Del Rey. Mike is also a guitar-playing, comic-reading, NY Rangers-supporting, Tolkien-reading, gaming, tattooed, Star Wars fan.

Kate Brauning is a senior acquiring editor at Entangled Publishing and an author of young adult fiction (How We Fall, Merit Press). Kate acquires YA, NA, and adult fiction across Entangled’s imprints.

Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she edits and publishes books for children, teenagers, and discerning adults.

Esi Sogah joined Kensington Publishing in January 2013 as a Senior Editor, working with such authors as Sally MacKenzie, Jennifer Dawson, Christine d’Abo, and Dana Bate. She is looking to acquire mainly romance, mystery, and commercial fiction.

Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. Lisa is seeking to represent upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense/thrillers (especially if it has a dose of science or the supernatural), science fiction, fantasy, most speculative fiction except for paranormal fantasy (no demons, angels, vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.), romance if it’s an element or part of another genre, NA, YA and middle grade.

Heather Flaherty is an agent with The Bent Agency. Currently, she’s looking for authors of Middle-Grade and Young-Adult fiction, as well as select Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction projects.

Natalie Lakosil joined the Bradford Agency in February of 2011. Natalie is drawn to talented, hard-working new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook. Her specialties are children’s literature (from picture book through teen and New Adult), romance (contemporary and historical), cozy mystery/crime, upmarket women’s/general fiction and select children’s nonfiction.
Sam Morgan Sam is the Right Hand of Darkness at JABberwocky. Sam is looking for Fantasy, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction, Humor and more. He does NOT accept YA, MG or NA.

Kristin Nelson established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade+ of her career has represented over thirty-five New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. She is currently looking for literary commercial novels, big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre, upmarket women’s fiction, lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy, single-title romance (with a special passion for historicals), and young adult and upper-level middle grade novels in all genres.

Sharon Pelletier joined Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in 2013. While her interests are broad, Sharon’s list focuses on upmarket fiction, including suspense categories and book club fiction. She is also interested in narrative nonfiction and YA suspense.

PPWC 2017 Announces Keynote Presenters

Pikes Peak Writers Conference is celebrating its Silver Jubilee in 2017, and we have an outstanding line-up of keynote faculty joining us!

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen’s books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and number one bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”.

Kevin Hearne is the bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles urban fantasy series, plus the 2015 Star Wars novel Heir to the Jedi. He is co-founder (and Taco Pope) of the Holy Taco Church, and has incredibly lovely handwriting.

For reasons known only to the Big Guy upstairs, NYTimes and USA Today Best Selling author Darynda Jones won both a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave On the Right. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson series and the Darklight Trilogy. She hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she enjoys writing them.

Long-time friend of Pikes Peak Writers, Donald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980. His agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996),Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in Fiction (2009) , The Breakout Novelist (2011) and Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012).

Sweet Success for September 2016

September 23, 2016

Donnell Ann Bell’s romantic suspense novel, Deadly Recall, was released by BelleBooks on June 29, 2016 as an audio book on Audible.com (ISBN ASIN: B01HP1B69K, listening length 9 hours, 5 minutes). It has already ranked well at Amazon.

September 16, 2016

Darby Karchut’s middle grade fantasy FINN’S CHOICE (ISBN: 9781633920705; 230 pages; trade paperback) released September 20 from Spencer Hill Press. It is available at AmazonBarnes & Noble , and indie bookstores worldwide. This is the fourth and final book in the Adventures of Finn MacCullen series. School Library Journal called the first book in the series, FINN FINNEGAN, “…a great choice for adventure-loving readers who prefer their battle scenes with a hefty dose of ancient weaponry, ground-fighting skills, and just a touch of magic.”

September 9, 2016

Stalking Ground, Margaret Mizushima’s second in her Timber Creek K-9 mystery series, is scheduled to release September 13, 2016 by Crooked Lane Books (ISBN: 978-1-62953-834-1, in all formats, 320 pages). For more details, check out her website at www.margaretmizushima.com under the Books tab.

Join us here to celebrate the writing and publishing successes of fellow PPW members. When the sweet smile of success shines on you, but sure to let us know!

We Want YOU!

PPW is searching for some enthusiastic fellow writers who would like to be more involved with the organization. In fact, we have four opportunities for people to help PPW, give back to the community of writers, and we won’t even mind if you use the experience on your resume.

First, our Blog Editor, Donnell Bell, needs bloggers on a broad variety of topics. If you’re a blogger (or would like to be), contact Donnell directly at Editor@pikespeakwriters.com.

We also need a Contest Director for the Zebulon Writing Contest. Responsibilities include yearly review and updates of categories, rules, and judging instructions; recruiting judges; coordinating with our traditional and social media; and presenting the awards at the conference banquet. If you have questions or are interested, please drop a note to contest@pikespeakwriters.com.

Following on the heels of Contest Director, we’ll need judges for this year’s contest. Keep your eyes on the website and social media, because that’s where the call will come out!

Writers Night is looking for a co-host.  Held the fourth Monday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,  Writers Night is an informal gathering where you can hang out with your fellow writers and ask any sort of questions about writing. Our current host, Deb Courtney, is looking for someone to co-lead the group, and possibly eventually take over. If you’re interested, contact her at Deb.Courtney@comcast.net.

The final position is that of Volunteer Coordinator. We’re in the process of building a volunteer database, but we need the human part of the equation to manage it. This position is wide-open right now—you’d be creating your own job description as you figure it out. This does require you to be able to cheerfully and politely work with a wide variety of people. If this sounds like your kind of challenge, please contact J.T. Evans: President@pikespeakwriters.com.

We love our volunteers, and Pikes Peak Writers would not exist without them. If you’d like to join this particular Scooby Gang, come on it! The water’s just fine.

Call For Board Members

The Pikes Peak Writers Board of Directors has five positions open in September. We invite any and all interested individuals to apply.

Two positions (President and Secretary) have incumbents running, but the other three are wide open for someone who has a little time and a lot of enthusiasm to spare.

  1. The President is the public face of the organization, who runs the quarterly board meetings, supervises and controls the business of PPW, and runs the Board meetings.
  2. The Treasurer is in charge of the money. Bookkeeping experience is a plus. Reconciles credit card and bank statements monthly, handles cash whenever necessary for events, makes sure the taxes are paid.
  3. The Secretary keeps and posts minutes of the meetings and takes care of official correspondence.
  4. The NCE (Non Conference Events) Director is responsible for planning and executing the free Write Brains every month, the Write Your Heart Out event in February, and other paid or free events that aren’t conference. This position is often shared between two people, but it’s only one board seat.
  5. Member at Large is a good position for someone new to the board, and it’s a great learning opportunity. In this position, you would represent the interests of the general membership of Pikes Peak Writers.

To apply: submit a 1-2 page letter with the reasons you’re interested in the position, a summary of your history with PPW, any volunteering you’ve already done for us, and any non-PPW volunteer efforts that are applicable. Submit your letter to J.T. Evans at: president@pikespeakwriters.com, no later than September 19. You may also contact J.T. if you have questions about the positions, or refer to the blog post of Sept. 6, 2016.

Sweet Success for August 2016

 

August 12, 2016

Shannon Lawrence’s short story, “Metamorphosis” was released May 1, 2016 in the anthology,Through Clouded Eyes: A Zombie’s Point of View (adult horror, ASIN: B01F28AOLO, 234 pages), by Sirens Cal Publications. Through Clouded Eyes is available on Amazon, Createspace, and Smashwords.

Join us here to celebrate the writing and publishing successes of fellow PPW members. When the sweet smile of success shines on you, but sure to let us know!