Market News, Contests, Conferences and Classes #2


Dreamin’ in Dallas
Plano, TX – April 4, 5
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Southfork Hotel

Conference 2008: Fantastic Forty–Writers Glory
OWFI announces its “FANTASTIC FORTY–WRITERS GLORY” 40th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE to be held May 2nd and 3rd, 2008. The annual OWFI conference features writers, editors, agents, and informative programs to help you learn to write better and get published. It also helps you meet, network, and make lasting friendships, and to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from writing and publishing professionals. This is one of the finest and least expensive writers’ conferences in the country, so plan to attend. Register early as the conference has sold out in the past. More information about the 2008 conference will be posted as it becomes available. For a taste of what to expect, please access the Conference link for last year’s event.



East Texas RWA Southern Heat
Heart of Louisiana Labor of Love Contest
Fiction from the Heartland Contest


1993 Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Robert Olen Butler, an English professor at Florida State University, has accused Gawker, a website based in NYC, of stealing an e-mail he sent to a circle of friends. The e-mail’s contents reportedly contained the information that is wife, novelist Elizabeth Dewberry, has left him for Ted Turner. The website says that they remain “the best of friends” and they will both be attending the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference Oct. 4-7. Turner owns a plantation next to Butler’s…(looks like someone was a might too neighborly–DW….)


GalleyCat reports more about the never-ending Nan Talese/James Frey/Million Little Pieces drama:

Not everybody is impressed by Nan Talese‘s belated jab at Oprah. Earlier this week, Andrew Sullivan held the Doubleday editor up as a prime example of what’s wrong with the publishing industry, “one of the shallowest, dumbest and most archaic in the U.S.” For Sullivan, that scene from the literary festival in Grapevine boils down to a bitter complaint from someone who got caught perpetuating the fraud of A Million Little Pieces. “Is Talese ashamed?” he asks. “No. Does she still have her job? Of course. It made money, and the people running the publishing industry have no other values but mercenary ones.”

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From Publisher’s Lunch:

Personnel News
At the Hachette Book Group USA, Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch and Warner publisher Jamie Raab have both been promoted to executive vice president for the group, Megan Tingley has been promoted to senior vice president, and Maja Thomas has been promoted to senior vice president of Hachette Book Group USA Audio and Digital Publishing.

At Basic Books, Lara Heimert has been promoted to vp and editorial director, responsible for overseeing the editorial staff, and executive editor William Frucht has been promoted to vp.

At Workman, Page Edmunds has been promoted to associate publisher, working with sales, marketing and publicity to create strategic promotional campaigns and focus on increasing sales through various selling channels. Edmunds, who has been a director of national account sales, will continue to sell to Ingram and the warehouse clubs and will continue as in-house liaison with HighBridge Audio.

Also at Workman, Matthew Benjamin is joining the house as senior editor in early September, and he will continue to acquire men’s interest, humor, sports, nature/outdoors, and popular culture. He has been at Collins.

Ayesha Pande has moved to Collins Literary as agent and foreign rights director, as of August 1.

At St. Martin’s, David Moldawer has been promoted to associate editor, and he will continue to build his nonfiction list in the pop culture, humor, science and technology, and reference.

Abroad, Hachette has hired Thomas Abraham away from Penguin India to start a division in India for Hachette. Penguin international sales and marketing director Mike Bryan will take over as ceo and president of Penguin India on September 1.

Lisa Lyons has become president of Kids Can Press. She has been serving as interim leader. Her previous publishing experience includes a stint as director of marketing for Harper Canada.

Charles Simic was named our 15th poet laureate by the Librarian of Congress.

JT Leroy fraud Laura Alpert was ordered by a judge to pay $350,000 in legal fees to Antidote International Films, on top of the $116,000 in damages. (The company had asked for $1 million in fees.)

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From Cynthia Sterling:

Looking for inspiration? Finding it tough to keep going in the face of rejection? Write Attitude is a site offering lots of inspirational and practical help.


Wanda Ottewell has been promoted to Senior Editor in charge of the Superromance line. Laura Shin is no longer with the company.


Dark Recesses ( is a quarterly ezine that publishes horror and dark fantasy. The publication pays 3 cents a word, up to $150 for stories 500-5000 words (shorter pieces have a better chance here.) Complete guidelines are available at the website. There are plans in the works to move into a print publication in 2008.


Midnight Showcase ( is an ebook publisher that offers a wide variety of genre fiction, from westerns and mysteries to paranormal, including historical and contemporary and erotic romance. They publish short stories, novels, and complete novels available for download. They are open to submissions. Guidelines are available on the website.


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Cindi Myers
The Man Tamer Harlequin Blaze, May 2007
A Wedding in Paris, Harlequin Anthology, June 12, 2007
Men at Work, Blaze Anthology, July 1, 2007


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