2020 Conferences, Workshops & Events:
- Query Letter Workshop. Hugo House. January 2020.
- Picture Book Webinar. Online. 12×12, hosted by Julie Hedlund. February 26, 2020.
- SCBWI Query Letter Workshop. Tacoma, WA. Fern Hill Library. March 28, 2020. CANCELLED.
- Mount Herman Christian Writers Conference. Mount Herman, CA. April 2020. CANCELLED.
- SCBWI Iowa “Think and Wonder” Spring Conference. West Des Moines, IA. April 2020.
- Northwest Christian Writers Renewal Conference. Bellevue, WA. May 16, 2020. CANCELLED.
- Writing That Crosses Over Christian and Secular Markets. Online. Live Webinar – June 11, 2020. 8 PM EST.
- Detroit Writing Room Panel – August 13. Online.
- SCBWI Illinois “WOW: Words on the Web.” Online. August 14-16, 2020.
- SCBWI Summer Spectacular. Critique Team. Online. August 2020.
- SCBWI Florida. Online. August 2020.
- Arizona Writing Workshop. Phoenix, AZ. November 2020.
I’m really excited to be opening up to adult fiction submissions, as of February 2020. Here’s some insight into what I’ll be looking for:
- Thrillers—I love gritty, juicy thrillers, and want to work with people who want to build their careers around writing thrillers. I love Gillian Flynn, Jessica Knoll, Lisa Jewell. I’m excited to see what Samantha Downing and Wendy Heard write next. Some of my favorites include Luckiest Girl Alive, Sharp Objects Then She Was Gone, My Lovely Wife, Hunting Annabelle, and The Girl on the Train.
- Women’s Fiction—If you dream of Reese Witherspoon or Oprah ushering you into her book club, then I want to see your work! I love interesting voices/POVs, dual timelines with a historical feel, rhythmic language, generational sagas. Some of my favorites include Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Dollhouse, Room, The Girls, The Mothers, Little Fires Everywhere, Fates and Furies.
- Romantic Comedies—I’d love to work on “frothy beach reads” that have both humor and heart. I love a strong voice + unique perspective. I need a commercial hook here. Some of my recent favorites include The Unhoneymooners, Waiting for Tom Hanks, Maybe in Another Life, Playing with Matches, and The Rosie Project.
- Graphic Novels—I’d love to find some interesting contemporary graphic novels for adults. I’d be interested in nonfiction, or humor, or romance. Epic fantasy or space operas likely won’t be the best fit for me, but I’m open to taking a look at a wide range in this space.
I’m really excited to be doing a live webinar about all things picture books for 12×12—an online empire built by Julie Hedlund, who is the Patron Saint of Helping Aspiring Picture Book Writers.
So I was very flattered when Julie reached out to me asking if I would be interested in doing this webinar.
Here are the details: the webinar will take place live on Feb. 26 at 10 AM PST, and I believe will be available for a time period after that as well. In order to access the webinar, you need to be a 12×12 member. You can become a member here: http://bit.ly/2RRcqcx
12×12 is an incredible resource no matter where you are at on your publishing/querying journey. Whenever first time writers come to me asking for advice, I point them toward 12×12, and SCBWI.
We will be talking about what makes a strong submission, what I look for in a picture book, current market trends, and what I hope to see pop up in my inbox in 2020. I’m really looking forward to it!