Saturday, October 31, 2015

Breezers In Your Neighborhood - November Events

Breezers In Your Neighborhood
November Events


Southern Breeze is kicking up some dust! 

Breezers In Your Neighborhood is a monthly post to list where you can find our authors & illustrators as they are out in the community. Come out and support your local members and invite others to do also!

Alabama:

Florida Panhandle:

Georgia:
  • Name: Patricia Cruzan
    Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
    Time: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
    Location: Fayetteville First United Methodist Church, 175 East Lanier Avenue, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214
    Event: Craft Show for the Charities of Fayette County. I'll be selling  my books there. 
    Upcoming November Events...

    Alabama:


    Florida Panhandle:


    Georgia

    ~DEADLINE FOR DECEMBER EVENTS IS NOVEMBER 27TH~

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    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Blog Party & You're Invited!

    It's a Blog Party & You're Invited!

    Southern Breeze's own, Lisa Lewis Tyre wanted to help promote herself along with others. She has come up with a great idea and has invited others to join her BLOG PARTY!

    To participate read more... H E R E!

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    Breezers In Your Neighborhood - October Events

    Breezers In Your Neighborhood
    October Events


    Southern Breeze is kicking up some dust! 

    Breezers In Your Neighborhood is a monthly post to list where you can find our authors & illustrators as they are out in the community. Come out and support your local members and invite others to do also!

    • Regional Event:NAME: WIK '15
      DATE: October 16-17, 2015TIME: All day eventADDRESS: Spain Park High School in Birmingham, AlabamaDESCRIPTION: The conference includes your choice of 32 breakout sessions with industry professionals – something for everyone, writers, illustrators, beginners, published and not-yet-published! Space in each session is limited. Register to ensure the sessions you want are available.
    Alabama:
    • NAME: Nell Branum
      DATE:  Friday, October 16, 2015
      PLACE: Gardendale Public Library
      TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      ADDRESS: 995 Mt. Olive Road
      CITY/STATE: Gardendale, AL  35071
      DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:  Author Expo.  My 93-year-old mother, Fran Carter, who worked as "Rosie the Riveter" in WW II, will be appearing with me in her Rosie outfit to greet visitors and sign our non-fiction children's books, R is for Rosie the Riveter, which we co-authored, and Free-Falling for Freedom: True Stories from a Paratrooper in WW II, which I co-authored with my late father.
    Florida Panhandle:

    Georgia:

    • NAME: Tracey M. CoxDATE: October 31, 2015TIME: 9 am - 5 pmADDRESS: Ocilla, GeorgiaDESCRIPTION: Books Love & Taters Book Festival. Tracey will be signing books.

    Upcoming November Events...

    Alabama:


    Florida Panhandle:


    Georgia
    • Name: Patricia Cruzan
      Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
      Time: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
      Location: Fayetteville First United Methodist Church, 175 East Lanier Avenue, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214
      Event: Craft Show for the Charities of Fayette County. I'll be selling  my books there. 
    ~DEADLINE FOR NOVEMBER EVENTS IS OCTOBER 27TH~

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    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    A Nine Year Journey - Heather L. Montgomery

    A Nine Year Journey


    Nine years ago . . .

    I didn’t know I had humor in me until I launched a book at Springmingle. A Southern Breezer came up to me afterwards and said, “Hey! You are funny!!!”

    I didn’t know I had a unique voice until I attended an SCBWI international conference. A Regional Advisor said, “I love your voice!”

    I didn’t know I could really be a writer until I entered a Southern Breeze contest. My manuscript took first place.

    The things I didn’t know.

    The things that Southern Breeze has taught me.

    You see, nine years ago, I wrote one of my very first nonfiction manuscripts. Since then, I’ve published eleven nonfiction books for kids, but that manuscript – the one that was my passion – wasn’t one of them. I toted that manuscript in and out and in and out and in and out of every conference I went to. I had formal critiques, wrestled with it in intensives, attended the poetry workshop because of it, and subjected many of you, Southern Breezers, to early drafts in need of critique.

    Now, people ask me how many times I revised it. I couldn’t tell you. It was nine years of work. I can tell you that I tried it as a rhyming book, an alphabet book, from a child’s point of view, from a bug’s point of view, a chapter book, a poetry book, and more. I have folders of “old drafts” and folders of “older drafts” within those. You writers and illustrators, you understand.

    And then, it happened. All of the learning – all of the input that you gave – made it happen. I found the humor, I found the voice, I found the knowledge that I was the right person to write this book.

    How Rude! Real Bugs Who Won’t Mind Their Manners has finally become a book. This fall, eight flimsy pieces of paper will carry my passion to a child somewhere in this country. Eight pieces of paper inked with my words, slathered with silly illustrations. Pieces of paper stretched across the nation like stairs to my career. Stairs held up by a Southern Breeze.

    Thank you.

    Head shot by Sonya Sones Leaning Forward


    Bio
    Heather L. Montgomery uses yuck appeal to engage young minds, inspire reluctant writers, and empower research bliss. Heather has published twelve nonfiction books for kids on topics ranging from snakes (Capstone) to scientific discoveries (Scholastic). She is the past ARA of Southern Breeze SCBWI.

    Connect with Heather:

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    Managing Editor, Dori Kleber, Signs Off

    Managing Editor, Dori Kleber, Signs Off


    With sadness and excitement, I’m ending my tenure as managing editor of our semi-annual newsletter, the Southern Breeze News.

    Sadness, because it’s been rewarding to see the quality of work our members produce for SBN, and to help bring that work together into a publication that delivers value to our membership. Over the few years I’ve worked on the newsletter, first as a copyeditor and then as managing editor, I’ve watched SBN become a highly polished and professional publication, visibly stunning thanks to our art director, Prescott Hill. I’ve also seen it expand to include more point-of-view responses to conferences and events, as well as book reviews. More of you are contributing to the newsletter, and I hope more of you are benefiting from the added content.

    Nevertheless, I am excited to go, because I’m leaving this job to prepare for the release of my first book, which is due out next May. I’m not sure exactly what to expect, but I imagine I’ll need all the spare time I can find.

    My departure means there’s an opportunity for someone new to step into the managing editor role. The ideal person would probably have a journalism background, but the most critical skills needed are organization and attention to detail. I’ve often described the job as “keeping the trains running on time” – making sure everything happens in accordance with the production schedule and nothing slips through the cracks.

    The managing editor recruits writers, giving them ample lead time to conduct interviews and write their articles. She coaches the writers as needed, gathers and reviews submissions, and makes sure everything is edited before giving it to Prescott to work his magic on the design and layout. Finally, she works with a team of volunteer proofreaders to ensure the text is accurate and error-free.

    If you’d like to become our next managing editor, contact Claudia Pearson for more details.

    Big thanks to everyone who has contributed to SBN, whether through writing, illustration, or simple encouragement. Together, we make our newsletter – and our region – something amazing.

    - Dori Kleber

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    Breezers In Your Neighborhood - September

    Breezers In Your Neighborhood
    September Events


    Southern Breeze is kicking up some dust! 

    Breezers In Your Neighborhood is a monthly post to list where you can find our authors & illustrators as they are out in the community. Come out and support your local members and invite others to do also!

    Alabama:


    Florida Panhandle:

    Georgia:
    • NAME: Nancy Raines DayDATE: 9/4/15TIME: 6 - 8 p.m.ADDRESS: Brunswick Public Library, 208 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520DESCRIPTION: signing What in the World? Numbers in Nature, my brand new rhyming picture book celebrating things in the natural world that come in sets from one to ten and beyond. Kirkus called it "textured, visually rich, and gracefully simple." Related crafts for kids will be on hand.
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    • NAME: Nancy Raines DayDATE: 9/12/15TIME: 1 - 3 p.m.ADDRESS: G. J. Ford Bookshop, 600 Sea Island Road, #6, St. Simons Island, GA 31522DESCRIPTION: signing What in the World? Numbers in Nature, my brand new rhyming picture book celebrating things in the natural world that come in sets from one to ten and beyond.
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    • NAME: What's Your Story? Turning Your Life Into Fiction.
      DATE: Saturday, September 12, 2015
      TIME: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
      ADDRESS: N.E. Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, 30022
      DESCRIPTION: Led by Deborah Wiles. "In this workshop you will learn how to access your personal narrative -- your own life history — and turn it into “story” whether your interest is in picture books, poetry, or novels. You’ll also work with speciļ¬c techniques and models. Bring notebooks and a WIP.”   Register to attend by contacting Stephanie Moody, SCBWI Local liaison: stephanie@Moodyviews.com or Librarian Karen Swenson - 770-360-8820 karen.swenson@fultoncountyga.gov
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    • NAME: Coastal GA Member Meeting
      DATE: September 19, 2015
      TIME: 4:00-6:30
      ADDRESS: Residence of Phyllis Limbacher Tildes,   Skidaway Island, Savanah, Georgia
      DESCRIPTION: Phyllis has sent the members in her area an invitation and will handle the connection(s).
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    • NAME: North GA East Special Event
      DATE: September 26, 2015
      TIME: 10-11:30
      ADDRESS: Dawson County Public Library 
      DESCRIPTION: Lola Schaefer will be a speaker, She will talk about character driven fiction and non fiction picture books.

    Upcoming October Events...

    Regional Event:
    • NAME: WIK '15
      DATE: October 16-17, 2015
      TIME: All day event
      ADDRESS: Spain Park High School in Birmingham, Alabama
      DESCRIPTION: The conference includes your choice of 32 breakout sessions with industry professionals – something for everyone, writers, illustrators, beginners, published and not-yet-published! Space in each session is limited. Register to ensure the sessions you want are available.

    Alabama:


    Florida Panhandle:


    Georgia
    • NAME: Tracey M. Cox
      DATE: October 31, 2015
      TIME: 9 am - 5 pm
      ADDRESS: Ocilla, Georgia
      DESCRIPTION: Books Love & Taters Book Festival. Tracey will be signing books.
    ~DEADLINE FOR OCTOBER EVENTS IS SEPTEMBER 27TH~

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    "Something for Everyone!" 30 Days of WIK15 - Stephanie Moody

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Stephanie Moody


    One hat, two hats, old hats, new hats!



    Hats! and changing them…that’s what led me to my role as WIK conference coordinator two years running, and kept me early on as a volunteer in a variety of other SCBWI Southern-Breeze conference positions.
    I like changing hats and roles. Some of the most memorable include break room tidy-upper (yes, there really was such a role), registration desk worker (great way to meet conference participants), airport driver (allows a little one-on-one time with a speaker), angel (lots of one-on-one time), and even conference photographer (little time to do anything else but snap those pictures).
    No doubt my varied participation and happy willingness to wear any volunteer hat is what landed me with the hat of Conference Coordinator — that and I think no one else volunteered.
    It’s definitely not a sequined, glamour hat because much of the work is done under one’s hat e.g. out of the limelight — from corresponding with potential speakers, to keeping the RA informed, to making sure every one of those crucial volunteer positions is filled.
    This year a “top down” organizational structure paved much of the process. Key positions from PAL coordinator, to Angel appointer, to volunteer organizer fell under the guidance of seasoned volunteers.
    That means a lot of my work is done by others. I just bring them together under one hat, tie the loose ends together, and make sure the “show goes on” no matter what glitches might occur.
    Time will tell if there are any. Maybe you could report back, too. We’d love to know more about your conference experience.  How it fulfilled your expectations! How it inspired you to improve your craft. How the conference could be improved!
    After all, we host the conference for you: the aspiring writer and illustrator who want to hone your craft and develop, if not the great American novel, at least the greatest story you are capable of telling.
    That’s a hat trick we all aspire to…
    Hope to see you at WIK ’15. Do seek me out and introduce yourself and tell me how you’d like to volunteer next year.
    There’s always room for more volunteers under the big dome, the Conference Hat.


    ABOUT STEPHANIE MOODY:

    Stephanie Moody is not only the WIK ’15 Conference Coordinator, she is also Local Liaison in Atlanta and North Fulton County where she holds semi-annual Schmoozes and mini-workshops featuring published authors. Her work for children has been published by Harper-Collins and a variety of children’s magazines including Highlights for Children, Ladybug, Jack & Jill and ClubHouse. Currently she is serving her fifth term as chairman of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees, a 34 branch system with a circulation of over three million.
    Contact her through her website Moodyviews.com or Stephanie@Moodyviews.com



    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Tracey M. Cox

    Tracey M. Cox will host a workshop during WIK15:
    • Marketing and Platform: Building Your Name    
      Marketing and Platform Building  can seem overwhelming even to the best of us. There is a website to build and maintain, blogging to be done, social media to interact with, and face-to-face contact that is equally important. Don't forget we still need to squeeze in writing drawing.

      I have learned you can do all this and still have time to hang with the family and get your house in order. *amazing, I know*

      I'll share my secrets at #WIK15 during my Marketing and Platform: Building Your Name workshop. During this session you'll learn what you need to do and continue to do to build a platform that will allow you to market yourself and your books in the future... with little to no money.

      You can find me online (say hello!!!!) with the links below AND don't forget that all important face-to-face contact at the conference. I'm the short one with really puffy, curly hair.  ;)
    ABOUT TRACEY M. COX:

    Tracey M. Cox is a multi-published picture book author who has spent the last few years learning how to separate her name from others on the internet through social media. She shares tips, thoughts, marketing strategies and more on her writing blog, and encourages others to share and ask questions. 



    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!" 30 Days of WIK15 - Irene Latham

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Irene Latham

    Irene Latham will host a workshop with Doraine Bennett during WIK15:
    • Finding Your Writing Voice
      Through a series of interactive exercises, discover your unique writer’s voice to determine what book you should be writing and where it might fit into the marketplace.
      AUDIENCE: Writers, all levels.


      
    ABOUT R. IRENE LATHAM:

    Irene Latham is the award-winning author of two novels for children, Leaving Gee’s Bend and Don’t Feed the Boy, and three poetry picture books, the first of which, Dear Wandering Wildebeest, earned two starred reviews and was named a Bank Street College Best Book and an NCTE Notable Poetry book. Fresh Delicious: Poems From the Farmer’s Market and When The Sun Shines on Antarctica will be released in 2016. 



    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!" 30 Days of WIK15 - Jo Kittinger

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Jo Kittinger

    I remember my early days of writing for children. There was so much to learn!

    As a potter, I knew all about making ceramics. I knew the qualities that made for good clay, and knew the multiple steps required to go from raw clay to glazed pot. But when I decided to try writing for kids, I was clueless. I knew which books I enjoyed, but I couldn't really tell you why. And I had no idea how to present my writing to publishers.

    Through classes, my critique group, and talking with SCBWI members, I gradually grew in my knowledge. With time, perseverance, and lots of polishing of manuscripts I eventually gained publication in a wide variety of genres.

    My workshop at wik'15, The Rules of the Game, offers a crash course in foundational information about the world of publishing in the children's market. We will look at the various divisions within the genre of children's literature and talk about what makes them distinctive. I will share some do's and don't's when you submit your manuscripts. From my personal experiences, I will discuss how to approach agents and editors, both in person and through submission pipelines.  A question and answer segment will allow me to address attendees unique concerns.

    Whether an individual wants to write poetry, short stories, picture books, nonfiction, novels, magazine articles or illustrate, my hope is that this workshop will prepare first-time attendees with the basic knowledge they need to make the most of the remainder of the conference.
      
    ABOUT JO KITTINGER:

    Jo S. Kittinger is an award-winning author of more than 25 books for children, plus numerous items in various books, magazines and newspapers. Her nonfiction picture book, ROSA'S BUS: THE RIDE TO CIVIL RIGHTS received a Crystal Kite award. Her fictional picture book, THE HOUSE ON DIRTY-THIRD STREET, received two prestigious honors: a Christopher Award, which highlights media that "affirms the highest values of the human spirit," and a Social Justice Literature Award from the International Reading Association. Learn more about Jo at: www.jokittinger.com




    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!" 30 Days of WIK15 - Elaine DePrince

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Elaine DePrince

    Elaine DePrince will host the following workshop during WIK15:
    • The Pleasures, Pitfalls, and Practicalities of Co-Authoring
      Thanks to my experience of co-authoring with my teenaged daughter, I am able to suffuse humor throughout a session that might otherwise be a dry and boring explanation on the legalities, practicalities, and emotions involved in the experience of co-authoring. audience: Writers, all levels. 
      
    ABOUT ELAINE DEPRINCE:

    Elaine DePrince is a graduate of Rutgers University, an author, an activist, a motivational speaker, and a former special education teacher. She’s the author of Cry Bloody Murder: A Tale of Tainted Blood (Random House, 1997), a scathing indictment of the blood-products industry, which was instrumental in effecting change to the U.S. blood safety legislation. Her books include, Cry Bloody Murder: A Tale of Tainted Blood (Random House, 1997), Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina (Knopf, 2014), and Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Random House Step into Reading, 2014). 




    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!" Days of WIK15 - Heather Montgomery

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Heather Montgomery

    Heather Montgomery will host several workshops during WIK15:
    • Breaking Barriers: New Nonfiction
      Outrageous illustrations, irreverent voices, marginalia – this isn’t your grandma’s fiction! The confining walls of humdrum nonfiction are being chipped away by one boundary-pushing book after another.  In this session, we will examine our own perceptions of what nonfiction content is and how, by pushing the walls out of our way, we can re-imagine where children’s nonfiction can go in the future. Throw off your blinders! You have the opportunity to forge a new path, to write the next break-out book, to set the new standards. Here is your chance to expand your ideas on voice, structure and format -- see where you go by breaking the barriers!
      You will learn: an outside-the-box approach to subject matter, an exercise to stretch your voice, and visual thinking tools.  
    • School Visit Success!
       How can you captivate kids? Please the principal? And teach the teachers? School visits offer opportunities to promote your books, reach a broader audience and generate income. But, in order to be relevant in today’s educational climate, your programs must speak to all three audiences: students, teachers and administration. How can you do that?What steps do you need to take to plan your visit, prepare for your presentation, and execute with style? During this workshop, you will see a sample, discuss issues you have and begin to formulate a plan for your own visits.  You will learn: How to recruit school visits, dig into curriculum standards, and please all three audiences (students, educators, administrators).
      
    ABOUT HEATHER MONTGOMERY:

    Author Heather L. Montgomery uses yuck appeal to engage young minds, inspire reluctant writers, and empower research bliss. Thanks to all she has learned through Southern Breeze SCBWI, Heather has published twelve nonfiction books including WHY DO MY TEETH FALL OUT? (Capstone) and HOW RUDE! REAL BUGS WHO WON'T MIND THEIR MANNERS (Scholastic). Heather has a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Environmental Education, and awards for her educational programs. She resides on the Tennessee/Alabama border and is the former Assistant Regional Advisor for Southern Breeze. Learn more at www.HeatherLMontgomery.com.



    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!" 30 Days of WIK15 - Doraine Bennett

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Doraine Bennett

    Doraine Bennett will host a workshop with Irene Latham during WIK15:
    • Finding Your Writing Voice
      Through a series of interactive exercises, discover your unique writer’s voice to determine what book you should be writing and where it might fit into the marketplace.
      AUDIENCE: Writers, all levels.


      
    ABOUT R. DORAINE BENNETT:

    Doraine Bennett has more than forty published books. She’s written two series, Georgia Geographic Regions and Georgia Habitats, which are on the Georgia DOE Common Core recommended books for teachers of second and third grade. She is a published poet, a blogger in the Kidlitosphere, and a certified yoga instructor. 




    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!" 30 Days of WIK15 - R. Gregory Chrisite

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - R. Gregory Christie

    R. Gregory Chrisite will host a workshop during WIK15:
    • Find Your Strategy and Survival Skills as an Artist
      A comprehensive lecture on supporting your freelancing with supplementary income, with focus on the typical stages, resources and mindset needed  to survive as an artist and entrepreneur.
      AUDIENCE: Illustrators, beginner.
      
    ABOUT R. GREGORY CHRISTIE:

    R. Gregory Christie works as an illustrator and owns Gas Art Gifts, an autographed children’s bookstore and art school in Decatur, Georgia. He is the designer of the United States Post Office’s 2014 Kwanzaa Forever stamp, the artist for the New Orleans Congo Square 2014 Jazz fest poster, a featured artist on New York City’s subway cars for all of 2012 and has illustrated over 50 children’s books. 



    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!" 30 Days of WIK15 - Agent Sally Apokedak

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Agent Sally Apokedak

    Sally Apokedak will host a workshop during WIK15.

    • The Proper Care and Feeding of Literary Agents
    • You’ve gone to so much trouble to find the agent of your dreams. Come to this session to hear some thoughts on how to keep the relationship happy and healthy for years to come.
      AUDIENCE: Writers, beginner.
      
    ABOUT SALLY APOKEDAK:

    Sally Apokedak is in her fourth year as an agent with the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. She’s the agent for a small, but brave, group of writers, which includes the bestselling authors Hannah Hall and Taryn Souders, as well the Multi-Emmy-Award-Winning author Mark Waxman. Sally’s first book as an agent released in Feb. 2015 and sold over 30,000 copies the first month. But her favorite thing about being an agent may be the Southern Breeze pals she’s made over the years. She’s proud to have several clients who are Southern Breezers. 

    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!" Days of WIK15 - Faye Gibbons

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Faye Gibbons

    Faye Gibbons will host a workshop during WIK15:
    • Mining for Gold
      Has your wonderful story idea gone cold?  Has your middle grade biography become stale?  Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, what you need is new material--fresh ideas.  This session tells you where to find those treasures.  You will learn how to keep and organize notes, how to get help from experts in the field, and how to enlist help from librarians.  The mother lode you unearth may give you ideas for other stories down the road.  Let's go prospecting!
      
    ABOUT FAYE GIBBONS:

    Faye has 14 books and numerous short stories and articles published.  Her most recent book, HALLEY, has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and is a 2015 Jefferson Cup Honor Winner.  For the past eight years she has taught writing at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina.  Many of her stories draw inspiration from the large mountain Georgia farm family she was born into, and the many mill towns she lived in as she grew up.  She eventually became a teacher--taking on every grade from 4 through 12.  After she married an Alabama boy she ended up on a farm in Deatsville, Alabama.  Faye shared her love of reading and writing with her two sons as they grew up, and now with six grandchildren.


    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    "Something for Everyone!" 30 Days of WIK15 - Kimberly Osborn Sullivan

    "Something for Everyone!"
    30 Days of WIK15 - Kimberly Osborn Sullivan

    Kimberly Osborn Sullivan will host several workshops during WIK15.

    • Take the Ouch Out of OOPAuthors commonly feel disappointment when their books go out of print (OOP), but it’s possible to breathe new life into an OOP title. Whether it’s finding a publisher that accepts previously released works or taking the plunge into self-publishing, many authors have faced the OOP abyss and lived to tell the tale. 
    • AUDIENCE: Writers and illustrators, advanced.
    • New Adult: Just YA with More Sex? The new adult genre is taking the world of fiction by storm. Yet there are still authors, readers, and publishers who aren’t sure exactly what NA is or where it’s going. Is NA just young ddult with more graphic sex and language, or is NA truly something new? Who are its readers? Who’s writing it? And how can you get in on the action?
      AUDIENCE: Writers, young adult, all levels. 
       
      
    ABOUT KIMBERLY OSBORN SULLIVAN:

    Kim Osborn Sullivan saw her first book’s publisher exit the YA market even before that book was released. Undaunted, she promoted it on her own and even found a new publisher for the series—until that new publisher went out of business. Now her YA fantasy series is self-published, while she continues to take the traditional publishing route with other works. Her traditionally published books include Stones of Abraxas (Medallion Press, 2006) a YA fantasy; Muammar Al-Quaddafi’s Libya (Lerner Publishing, 2008) YA nonfiction; Slobodan Milosevic’s Yugoslavia (Lerner Publishing, 2009) YA nonfiction. Her first new adult novel, Dead Girls Don’t Get Fat, will be released later this year. She’s co-editor of the new adult book review blog www.NewAdultReads.com. 





    LINKS:

    Click here to REGISTER FOR WIK'15 now!