Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Breezers in the Neighborhood in December

We needed to get a head start on this month's Breezer news because our first event is this weekend!

Saturday, December 2

Come out and join author Nancy Day at a book-signing! She'll be signing all of her books--and she has an armload of 'em!--at a Holiday Market!

WHERE: Lord of Life Lutheran Church
                2801 Frederica Rd.
                St. Simon's Island, GA

WHEN:   9 AM to 4 PM

And then there's...well, this is awkward. Nancy Day's event is the only one in the Southern Breeze region this month. Everyone must be busy getting ready for wik'18!

That includes this Breezer!So stay tuned for all the exciting conference news coming up!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

And The Winners Are...

Listen! Do you hear that? It's the sound of Breezers cheering all over our region! And what are they cheering about? Let's check in with Debbie D'Aurelio to find out:

Thank you to all those who entered the 2017 Southern Breeze Writing Contest. It was apparent that everyone worked very hard on their manuscripts and the judges were very complimentary about the quality of work coming out of our region. They also mentioned how hard it was to pick the winners! 

This year’s winners for the 2017 Southern Breeze Writing Contest are (drumroll) . . . 

ILLUSTRATED TEXT - Judged by Karen Grencik from Red Fox Literary

1st place: Speed and Spring: The Story of Forrest Grady (Spec) Towns by Sherri Rivers
2nd place: Bug-Truck Buddies by Heather Montgomery
3rd place: Little Bad Blue by Diane Anton Sherrouse

MIDDLE GRADE - Judged by John Cusick from Folio Literary/Folio Jr.

1st Place: The Pickle Pod Tree by Glenda Slater
2nd Place: The Wildness of Mellie Feye by Candice Conner
3rd Place: Canada or Bust by Colleen Bennett

YOUNG ADULT - Judged by Kelly Van Sant from D4EO Literary

1st place: Last Year at Little Bend High by Joan Broerman
2nd place: Address Unknown by Re Marzullo
3rd place: The Crooked Truth by Kristine Anderson

Everyone is a winner because all entries receive free critiques from the PAL judges. The finalists in each category were sent on to our professional judges and will receive an additional critique from Karen Grencik (IT), John Cusack (MG) or Kelly Van Sant (YA).  These critiques will be returned to you as attachments in an email entitled Critiques from Contest.


And a big cheer for Debbie D'Aurelio, the Southern Breeze Writing Contest Coordinator, for all her hard work. (Pssst! November is the perfect month to start working on your next manuscript for the 2018 Southern Breeze Writing Contest!)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Breezers in the Neighborhood in November!

November's another busy month for our Breezers, especially the very first weekend! Please come out and see what our Breezers are doing across the region. And don't be surprised if you learn all about children's writing from these wonderful voices of experience!

But first, you'll want to check out an upcoming workshop because registration is required for this event:

Connie Fleming and Susan Rosson Spain will be presenting a novel writing workshop for members and non-members. The workshop will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9 AM until 4:30 PM in Covington, Georgia. See the Southern Breeze website here for more details and to register, but don't delay--spaces are filling up every day!

Saturday, November 4

Sally Apokedak, agent and author, will be sharing her tools, tips, and tricks of the trade in her Do-It-Yourself Publishing Workshop. If you've wondered if self-publishing is for you, Sally's informative workshop is a must-attend event! And best of all, it's FREE! She'll be focusing on the novel, but there will also be information for the picture book writer. If time permits, we'll have feedback for your pitch and/or query (no first pages).

Where: Five Forks Library                                               

             2780 Five Forks Trickum Road
             Lawrenceville, GA

When:  1:00 to 3:30 PM

Patricia Cruzan will be signing her books including Poetic Moments, The Wonder in the Woods, My Reflections, Max Does It Again, and Molly's Mischievous Dog. 

Where:  Craft Fair at First United Methodist Church
              175 East Lanier Avenue
              Fayetteville, GA

Cindy L. Shirley will be signing and selling her three books at several venues this month! First up is a Christmas Festival.

Where:   Canton United Methodist Church
               Canton, GA

When:    10 AM to 4 PM

Stone Workman and Linda Aldridge will have a book signing booth where their children's books,  The Animals and the Manger and A Mother's Love will be featured.

Where:   Monticello-Jasper County Deer Festival

              Downtown Monticello, GA

Tuesday, November 7

Sucheta Rawal, author of the Beato Goes To series, will be doing a book reading of Beato Goes to Greenland.

Where:   The Children's House Montessori School
               Serenbe, GA

When:    11 AM

Friday, November 10

One of the featured authors at the "Authors Corner" booth at Mobile Junior League's Christmas Jubilee will be Breezer Carrie Dalby. Copies of her young adult novels Fortitude and Corroded will be available throughout the multi-day event, and during her featured time she will be able to autograph the books.

Where:   Mobile Convention Center
               Mobile, AL

When:    Noon until 2 PM (Signing books)

Saturday, November 11

Come out for face-painting, games, and book-signing fun with author Cindy L. Shirley!

Where:   Little River Elementary School
               Woodstock, GA

When:    11 AM till 3 PM

Friday, November 17

Big thank you to Breezer Amy Dees! She'll be representing SCBWI and presenting at Summerour Middle School's Career Day as published author and writer extraordinaire!

Saturday, November 18

Carrie Dalby will present CHARTING YOUR COURSE: HISTORICAL FICTION to the Baldwin Writers Group. It's free and open to the public.

Where:    Daphne Public Library

                Daphne, AL

When:    10 AM to Noon

Vanessa Fortenberry will have a book launch and book signing. Find out more about Vanessa and her books here!

Where:   Nancy Guinn Memorial Library
              864 Green St.
              Conyers, GA

When:    2 to 4 PM

Sunday, November 26

Blame the bad weather for a cancelled book signing for Nancy Day! So she'll try again to sign her books, What in the World and Way Down Below Deep.

Where: Book Loft

             Fernandina Beach, FL

When:   1 to 4 PM