at the 2010 LDStorymakers Writers Conference
FROM THE MODERATOR
- Nichole Giles
Head on over to Nichole's blog and see what she's been up to this week.
- Jaime Theler
Jaime was gracious enough to give us permission to post this video.
Please note that you must get permission from LDStorymakers to repost or embed this video on your blog.
Enjoy!!! And don't forget the contest for next years video.
Details in the back of your conference syllabus.
IN THE NEWS
- Jenn Wilks
Every year at the LDStorymakers conference, a member of Authors Incognito is recognized for receiving the most number of rejections for the previous year. The idea, of course, is that the more submissions you send out, the more likely you are to receive an offer. This year, the prize was awarded to:
189 queries sent.
147 query rejections.
42 submission requested and sent.
188 total rejections.
1 offer of representation.
It only takes one. Congratulations, Elana!
Authors Incognito Members were busy at this year's Storymakers Conference. Many of our members taught classes and workshops throughout the two days of the conference.
John Ferguson, Daron Fraley, and Darvell Hunt presented a 2-hour workshop on creating your own author website.
Elana Johnson presented a 2-hour workshop on writing a killer query and also taught a class on the querying process.
Mary Greathouse taught a class on writing memoirs.
Rebecca Talley taught a class on writing short stories.
Joshua Perkey taught a class on writing for the church magazines.
Karen Hoover taught a class on Pacing at the last minute due to a family emergency with one of the Storymakers.
In other news, AI members Tamara Heiner, Ali Cross, Keith Fisher, and Heather Justesen were quoted in the Mormon Times in an article about the Whitney Awards. You can read all about it here.
Jane Still was born in
League of Utah Writers spring workshop
May 15th, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Free for members, $10 non-members. Lunch available for purchase. $7.00 (order in advance)
Guest speakers include Dan Wells, Ben Behunin, Elana Johnson, Angela Eschler, and Melissa Dalton.
Hampton Inn and Suites of Orem
851 W 1250 S
Orem, UT 84057
Seating is limited. Register by email: roxyhaynie @ mac.com
CONduit 20: Space Pirates of CONduit
sci-fi / fantasy convention
May 28th-30, 2010
Radisson Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT
Adult price $35 in advance, $45 at the door (for the whole weekend.)
For more information or to register, check the CONduit website.
Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers
(Formerly held at BYU)
June 14 – 18 at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah.
$475 full day tuition --Includes in-depth critiques of your work--excellent
$125 half day --Includes plenary and breakout sessions as well as banquet.
Click here for more information.
NEW BOOKS BEING RELEASED
Rebound by Heather Justesen
For Launch Party info click HERE!
Other recent releases:
Heroes of the Fallen by David J.West
- John Ferguson
Something funny to look at:
QUOTE ON WRITING
"FIRST CHAPTER CONTEST"
"Memorize the Book of Mormon in 24 hrs"
by Darvell Hunt
"Dad Has Alzheimer's"
by Cindy Williams
"In Memory of the Almost Kiss"
by Dawn Davies
by Tamara Passey
"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
by Rebecca Clayson
"Dear John, It’s Me Maggie"
by Robbin Peterson
"A Strand of Hope"
by Donna Fuller
by Kathleen Clayton Perrin
"Saints and Spies"
by Jordan McCollum
by Margot Hovley
by Kristine Tate
by Karen M. Mittan
by Michele Tolley
by Stephanie Humphreys
"Forever in My Heart"
by Christine Bryant
by Mark Greer
"Please Don’t Tell Me Everything"
by JoLynne Lyon
"Gods and Spiders"
by Mark Greer
by Lori Nawyn
"Children of the Gods"
by Ali Cross
by Julie Daines
And the Grand Prize Winner is
THE WHITNEY AWARDS
- Danyelle Ferguson
The first time I attended The Whitney Awards was for the 2008 Awards Gala. As a wanna-be author, I sat in awe as I watched emotions play across the finalist’s faces – anticipation, disappointment, and a few who radiated joy as their books were announced as the winner in their categories. In that aspect, this year’s 2009 Whitney Awards were no different. But there were a few changes that made this year stand out from years past.
This year’s gala was much more formal. For instance, attendees checked in at a ticket table hosted by two lovely women – Erin Wells and Danyelle Ferguson (um, yep – that’s me!). Once tickets were in hand, guests were greeted by dashing ushers and gorgeous usherettes, one of whom led an attendee or group to their assigned tables and seats. The award presentations were quite different as well. Last year, attendees found themselves chuckling and outright laughing at all the jokes the award presenters came up with. This year though, the presenters took a much more insightful and inspiring approach. Dan Wells’ speech introducing Dave Wolverton for the Outstanding Achievement Award had me and most of the room in tears, as he spoke of how Dave’s influence had spread and touched the lives of each person in the room. It made me (and hopefully other guests) think about how the things I do not only directly affect those around me, but are passed on to everyone they come in contact with as well. Dave encouraged all of the attendees to continue sharing and influencing the writing world for good. The 2009 Whitney Award Gala was most definitely both an entertaining and uplifting night for all who attended.
As a member of the Whitney Committee, it was quite interesting to see the awards progress from reading tons of books, to narrowing down the nominees to five finalists in each category, and then the grand coup – the winners. The crème de la crème of each category. Some of the winners surprised me and others I had been hoping and crossing my fingers for their names to be called, then was elated to see them walk to the stage and accept their awards.
But honestly, one of my favorite parts of the Whitney Awards Gala is when it’s over. Not only is the work done and the Whitney Committee breathes a huge sigh of relief, but most of the authors stay and visit. If you choose to attend the Gala next year, be sure to plan for extra time to meet the finalists! They are each delightful in their own way and completely down to earth. Although some nominees and guests, like Howard Taylor (who was a guest this year), are complete goofballs and tend to attract a LOL rowdy group. It’s groups like these that come up with the most interesting picture poses – such as Julie Wright and her crowd of friends eating their consolation Chocolate Mousse pie. Wanna see pics? Well, pop by my blog the first week of May to read take on the Storymakers Conference & The Whitney Awards!
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
"Counting the Cost" by Liz Adair
"Methods of Madness" by Stephanie Black
Best Youth Fiction:
"The Chosen One" by Carol Lynch Williams
Best Speculative Fiction:
"Servant of a Dark God" by John Brown
"The Last Waltz" by G.G. Vandagriff
Best General Fiction:
"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford
Best Novel by a New Author (tie):
"I am Not a Serial Killer" by Dan Wells
"Gravity vs. the Girl" by Riley Noehren
"In the Company of Angels" by Dave Wolverton
Outstanding Achievement Award:
Dave Wolverton (Dave Farland)
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Gerald N. Lund