2006 Heartland Writers Conference and Great Beginnings Writing Competition
General Info - Schedule - Speakers - Registration - Brochure/Forms (pdf)
Late-breaking conference news - Eric Raab, Jarrett Medlin, and Katharine Sands will not be able to speak at the conference due to scheduling conflicts. Dania Allen Wood, the Editor-in-Chief at Missouri Life Magazine, will be presenting a workshop, "Working with Editors," on Friday.
:::: AGENTS ::::
Ms. Regina Brooks is the Founder and President of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC., a full-service literary agency based in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Brooks’ agency has established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature; including three-time National Book Award finalist, Newberry, and Coretta Scott King award-winning author Marilyn Nelson and a host of other notable writers. Prior to opening her own agency she held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill. She is always interested in new and emerging writers.
A former editor with major New York houses, Rita Rosenkranz founded Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990. Her adult non-fiction list stretches from the decorative - Flowers, White House Style: More Than 125 Arrangements by the Former White House Chief Floral Decorator by Dottie Temple and Stan Finegold (Simon & Schuster) to the dark - Saving Beauty From the Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship by Vicky Crompton and Ellen Zelda Kessner (Little, Brown; Books for a Better Life Award, 2003). Other titles include Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus (Atria Books, essence.com bestseller); Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World by Gil Marks (Wiley, 2005 James Beard Award winner); Branded Customer Service by Janelle Barlow and Paul Stewart (Berrett-Koehler), Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work by Jacqueline Whitmore (St. Martin’s Press). She represents health, history, parenting, music, how-to, popular science, business, biography, popular reference, cooking, spirituality, and general interest titles. Rita works with major publishing houses, as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets. She looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or less-known subjects presented commercially.
Katharine Sands is a New York literary agent with the Sarah Jayne Freymann Literary Agency, a media management firm. Her mandate is to publish books in a broad range of categories, from commercial fiction and nonfiction (including popular culture, beauty, lifestyle, home arts, entertainment and cookbooks) to serious nonfiction (psychology, social thought, history and health-related topics) to the more eclectic (popular reference, self-improvement, travel, humor and spirituality). Speaking on writing and publishing, she has been a guest speaker and panelist for writing forums such as the American Society of Journalists and Authors (New York), The Writing Center (New York), and The Write Business (Rhode Island). She has served as an auditor for the Literature Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Her book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Audio File, and Publishers Weekly. Her new book, Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye, is available at Amazon.com.
:::: EDITORS ::::
Jane Friedman is editorial director of Writer’s Digest Books and Writer’s Market annuals. Her editorial resume includes turns at Writer’s Digest magazine, Novel Writer and Publishing Success magazines, North Light Books, and The Evansville Review. In addition to acquiring 30 titles per year for Writer’s Digest, she also serves as fiction editor for IdentityTheory. com and teaches composition at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a BFA in creative writing and a master’s in English.
Susan Kirkpatrick is editor and publisher of Ozarks Magazine. All about today’s Ozarks, the bimonthly magazine emphasizes issues, trends, people, events, lifestyle subjects, restaurants, places to go and things to do. Ozarks Magazine is written for people who live in or have second homes in the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks. Kirkpatrick, whose Ozarks roots go back five generations, is a former reporter for Springfield Newspapers, Inc., the St. Louis Globe- Democrat, a former executive speechwriter, and was president of her own corporate communications firm. She is the author of Route 66, the Highway & Its People, published by the University of Oklahoma Press and now in its 9th printing. She spent 20 years in corporate public relations, most recently as Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Sandoz Corp. She and her husband, Joel, live on the northwest side of the Lake of the Ozarks and are the parents of three grown children. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, a Master of Arts degree in American History from St. Louis University, and a certificate from Northwestern University’s Management Institute.
Jarrett Medlin is a field editor for Rural Missouri magazine, the rural electric coops’ statewide monthly magazine that reaches nearly 500,000 readers - the largest circulation of any publication in the state. He has been working at the magazine for the past year and is responsible for writing, reporting, photographing and designing stories. Each month, he travels the state and reports on a wide variety of stories. From reporting on Missouri linemen’s efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to NASCAR’s Carl Edward, from tractor pulling to barn swinging, Jarrett has learned Missouri is full of rich stories to be heard and told. Before joining Rural Missouri, Jarrett spent a summer working for Parenting magazine in New York City. He also interned for Rural Missouri twice while completing his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in journalism from Mizzou.
Chandra Green is the publisher and editor of Heartland Women, a new publication in the area formatted as a “Newzine.” This publication, which started up in December of 2004, is written “By Heartland Women, For Heartland Women, About Heartland Women.” Green has worked for 25 years in the newspaper industry in Southern Illinois and for 17 years at The Southern Illinoisan, the last 3 years as the city editor. She looks forward to expanding her publication throughout the Heartland.
Eric Raab is an editor of mainstream fiction for New York based Tor/Forge, a division of Tom Doherty Associates.
:::: AUTHORS ::::
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lonnie Cruse now resides in Metropolis, Illinois, home of Superman. Murder in Metropolis, her debut novel in the Metropolis Mystery series, was published in the summer of 2003, and Murder Beyond Metropolis, in late 2004. Married in Metropolis was due out in January of 2006. Lonnie is a member of Sisters In Crime, past president of their Internet Chapter, current vice-president of the Mid-TN chapter of SINC, member of Guppys (SINC chapter), member of the Heartland Writers Guild, and a member of The Southern Illinois Writer’s Guild. Lonnie operates a freelance editing service for authors.
Since selling her first book to Silhouette Desire in June 1999, Kathie DeNosky has sold 22 books, received numerous awards, including a National Reader’s Choice Award, a Write Touch Reader’s Award, several Awards of Excellence from the Reviewer’s International Organization and has been nominated for Best Silhouette Desire by Romantic Times Magazine. Writing highly sensual stories spiced with a good dose of humor, every one of Kathie’s books have made the Waldenbooks Category Romance Bestseller’s List. She has also seen her books translated into 24 different languages, and has recently reached the milestone of having over a million copies of her books in print world-wide.
John C. Fisher
John C. Fisher began freelance writing part time in 1995 and full time in 2000. His primary writing interests include small farm agriculture, horticulture, and Missouri history. Fisher’s articles have appeared in a variety of publications including The Secret Place, Missouri Life, BackHome Magazine, Old Farmer’s Almanac, Backwoods Home, Rural Missouri, and Kitchen Garden. He started a regular column on Missouri’s state symbols for Missouri Life in January. Fisher takes most of the photographs that accompany his articles. He also took photographs and transferred images for The American Cookbook: A History by Carol Fisher, published in 2006 by McFarland Publishers. The University of Missouri Press released his book, Catfish, Fiddles, Mules, and More: Missouri’s State Symbols in 2003. He has a second book in the editorial process with the University of Missouri Press and is writing a third book. Fisher is treasurer of Heartland Writers Guild and a Member of Missouri Writers Guild, State Historical Society of Missouri, Missouri Historical Society, and Missouri Folklore Society. He also serves on the Missouri Board on Geographic Names.
Sylvia Forbes is a full-time freelance writer, specializing in features on Missouri, travel, lifestyle, history, business, art, and gardening. (That’s not too specialized, is it!!) Her lack of an English or Journalism degree has not stopped her work from being accepted in a variety of publications, including AAA Midwest Traveler, AAA Southern Traveler, the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Herb Quarterly, Paddler Magazine, Missouri Life, Illinois Magazine, Grit, Sedalia! magazine, Columbia Home, Mid-Missouri Business Journal, The Columbia Business Times, The Jefferson City Business Times, The Fayette Advertiser, The Columbia Tribune, and a variety of other publications. Currently she is on the board of the Missouri Association of Publications, a newly formed group for professionals in the Missouri publishing industry. She is a board member and program chair of the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, and will serve on the 2006 literary panel for the Missouri Arts Council. In 2005 she became a publisher of Bylines Writer’s Desk Calendar (see www.bylinescalendar.com). She writes website copy for several customers, and also enjoys photography.
Ken "Fog" Gilbert
Ken Gilbert, better known as "Fog", lives in Carbondale, Illinois, with his sweetheart and recent bride, poet and prose writer Laura DeMali Gilbert. Fog has been writing, teaching and publishing poetry since 1970. He has published nine books, including Penguins and Other Matters of Black and White and Skittish Afterthoughts. His latest book, The Black Album, is a collection of work spanning the past four years. He loves poetry and tries to pass that love on to his students and other fledgling poets. Fog feels that poetry is a wide open genre, inclusive of many styles and tastes, and he strives to help others find their niche as far as form and content. He is also a performing poet and for the past 10 years has done live duets with his friend, clarinetist Eric Mandat. They have performed in the past at the Heartland Writers Conference as well as many gigs at Barnes and Nobles, the Book Bug in Sikeston and several other venues in Carbondale and the surrounding area. Fog and Eric have appeared several times on Studio A Cafe, an arts presentation of PBS television.
In the past 23 years, Bobbi Smith has written 39 books and six short stories, and the love affair has become a sizzling romance between the author and her fans. To date, there are over six million Bobbie Smith novels in print. Bobbi has achieved many career goals. She has been awarded the prestigious “Storyteller of the Year” Award from Romantic Times Magazine (New York) and has attained positions on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List, the Walden’s Best Seller List, B. Dalton’s List, and the Wal-Mart and K-Mart Best Seller Lists. The foreign rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Russia and Sweden. Smith’s current novel for her publisher Leisure Books, a division of Dorchester, is HalfBreed Warrior. She recently published her first faith-based contemporary, Haven, writing as Julie Marshall. Miracles, another faith-based story, was out late in January 2006 and Defiant, a western historical will be out in April 2006.
Harry has always been interested in writing. He sold his first true crime short story in 1989 to Official Detective magazine and since then has sold 32 other short stories to various periodicals. In 1992 his first book, Death Angel, a memoir of his time in the Marine Corps was published by McFarland Publishers. He participated in the book Spouse Killers, a collection of true crime stories published by Pinnacle Books in 1994, and in the follow up book Greed Killers. In the past 10 years, Harry has published 10 additional books. His latest series Murder in the Heartland, Book One and Murder in the Heartland, Book Two from Turner Publishers have been regional best sellers. Court TV’s Forensic Files picked up one of the stories from the Murder in the Heartland Series and it premiered October 21, 2005. The History Channel will also include a portion of Harry’s book Viet Nam Angel of Death in an upcoming documentary this spring. Murder in the Heartland, Book Three is scheduled for release in Summer 2006. This is his 4th year as HWG Writing Conference Coordinator.
Jeanie Stewart is a longtime member of HWG and has twice served as its president. She is also a member of SCBWI and the Missouri Writer’s Guild. Her first book, Elizabeth’s Heartbreak, was published in 1997. Since then she has written 16 books for children and young adults. Her favorite is Ten Book Summer which won the Heartland Great Beginnings contest before publication and later won the MWG’s 2002 award for best juvenile book. Jeanie has published short stories and articles for adults and children. She recently wrote three stories for a Harcourt supplemental reading program.
Robert Vaughan sold his first book when he was 19 years old. That was 49 years, nearly 250 titles, and 20 million books ago. Writing under 35 pseudonyms, he has hit the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists twice. Vaughan authored Andersonville, which was made into the popular TNT television mini-series. His book Survival (under the pseudonym K.C. McKenna) won the Spur Award for best western novel (1994), The Power and The Pride won the Porgie for best paperback original (1976), and Brandywine’s War was named by the Canadian University Symposium of Literature as the best iconoclastic novel to come from the Vietnam War. He was inducted into the Writers’ Hall of Fame in 1998. Vaughan has written military drama, westerns, histories, men’s action and adventure, mysteries, police procedural, humor, romance (using female pseudonyms), literary, and mainstream and is a popular speaker at schools, universities, civic and writers’ groups where he often performs a one-man Hemingway show. He is the founder of Heartland Writers Guild.
:::: SPECIAL GUESTS ::::
Ruby Jung - Developing a Website
Ruby Jung was born in Murray, Kentucky where she lived until her family moved to Carbondale, Illinois, when she was twelve. In 2002 her husband Jim asked her to create a website for The Waterman and Hill-Traveller’s Companion, a local nature almanac which he writes, publishes, and distributes himself. At the age of 50, she learned enough about HTML and webpage publishing to produce and maintain a site in support of the almanac, www.naturealmanac.com. In her presentation, she will offer guidance from her own experience on ways an author can inexpensively gain the expertise to plan, post, and maintain a basic website, including something about acquiring a domain name and getting hosting for your site.
Martha McBride - Photography Techniques
Martha McBride has been under contract with Unicorn Stock Photography for the past twenty years. Her photos have been used in numerous magazines, textbooks, and calendars. She began her career in education, teaching English and Speech at the high school level. Ms. McBride then taught beginning, advanced, and darkroom photography at a technical-vocational school. Currently, she works at Kent Library, Southeast Missouri State University, as a Library Associate. In addition to having photographs published, Ms. McBride has had several human interest book reviews published nationally and locally.