We had a fantastic June meeting with guest speaker, Sara Megibow. Sara is a literary agent at KT Literary where specializes in working with authors in middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance, erotica, science fiction and fantasy. In her inspiring and hilarious talk she told us all about what her job entails. Ten percent of that job involves networking, reading queries, and asking authors for representation. The other ninety percent is all about getting deals for her authors, negotiating those deals, and strategizing for her clients. Sarah emphasised the importance of format (what format you release your novel in), distribution (what markets will carry your novel), and subsidiary rights (beyond the novel in audio books and film) in getting a good deal with a publisher.
After lunch and a quick Q and A with Sara, it was on to a round of “Speed Dating” with members of our chapter. Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, Cassie Carver, Georgie Lee, Jillian Stone, Lisa Kessler, HelenKay Dimon, and Kitty Bucholtz gave us ten minutes of their expertise on various topics such as, how to be a healthy writer, how to write like a po et, making memorable characters, creating chapter hooks,staying persistent, plotting, and restarting yourself.
Our Atta Girl award went to Jackie Allen for writing through her grief over losing her writing partner and friend, Terry Blain.
- Laura Connors published The Feast, an erotic short story.
- Tameri Etherton won the San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy for The Stones of Kaldaar. She is also a finalist in the FF&P’s PRISMs contest with The Stones of Kaldaar.
- Lisa Kessler is a finalist on the FF&P PRISMs award for Best Novella with Night Angel. She’s also a finalist in the Award of Excellence Co. Romance Writers contest in the Best Paranormal category for Blood Moon.
- Rick Ochocki earned his RWA Pro pin.
- Deborah Reed was a finalist in the Best Published General Fiction category of the San Diego Book Awards, along with her co-author Lisa Shapiro, for their novel, The Chamber and The Cross.
- Bob Richard (RW Richard) was a finalist in the Best Published Romance category of the San Diego Book Awards for his novel, A More Perfect Union.
- Janet Tait was a finalist in the Best Published Fantasy category of the San Diego Book Awards for her novel, Cast Into Darkness.
- Karri Thompson won the San Diego Book Award for Best Published YA novel with Mirror X.
Our winner for June’s Write for the Money is Kristin Rockaway. Congratulations, Kristin! Remember, if you signed up for our next Write for the Money, you have two months instead of one to complete your tasks.
That’s all for the meeting recap. We’ll see you all next time at the August potluck!