KEEP CALM AND WRITE: Streamline Your Success
With the explosion of technology in the last decade, e-readers, self-publishing and print-to-order books are just a few of the options for writers have to get their books into the hands of readers. But does all this techno-wizardry make the business of writing and selling books easier?
How do you even begin to write a book that sells? How do you sell your book once it’s written? Should you self-publish or pitch to a traditional publishing house. And how do you do either? Which of the literally hundreds of social media and marketing tools is the best for you? And how do you protect your rights as an author, when this same technology has made piracy so easy?
Forty Two Percent
Why should that number matter to you? Because if you’re wondering if the time and expense of going to a writing conference is worth it, consider this: ECWC is sponsored by the Greater Seattle Chapter of the RWA. An astonishing forty two percent of last year’s GSRWA members were published authors.
That statistic is no accident, neither is the fact that ECWC is the largest regional romance writing conference in the West… and it has been for twenty three years.
Spend a weekend in beautiful Bellevue, Washington where you’ll get your creative batteries recharged. Keynote speakers who have faced their own challenges and prevailed will inspire you to keep writing. Dozens of workshops will educate you in writing craft, marketing and lifestyle. Make new contacts and enjoy meeting industry professionals. Leave the weekend reenergized and challenged to, “Write the damn book!”
New York Times best selling author Maya Banks has hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller list in every format and genre she's written in. Mass market, trade paperback, category romance, and digital only. She lives in southeast Texas with her husband and three children. When she’s not writing, she loves to hunt and fish, bum on the beach, play poker and travel. Escaping into the pages of a book is something she’s loved to do since she was a child. Now she crafts her own worlds and characters and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible. Maya loves to hang out with readers and dish books
Now that Robyn Carr has earned the #1 slot on the New York Times list, the creator of the wildly popular Virgin River series laughs when someone refers to her as an overnight success. “The truth is, I was first published in 1978, and it took me thirty years to make it to The New York Times Bestseller List,” she pointed out.
But once Robyn became that popular, she stayed that popular. And, when Bring Me Home for Christmas, the 16th Virgin River novel, was released in November 2011, it debuted in the #1 slot not just on The New York Times roster, but also on the Barnes and Noble, and Publishers Weekly lists as well.
Karen Rose is a #1-internationally bestselling author, her books appearing on the New York Times, London Sunday Times, and Germany’s Der Spiegel bestseller lists. A two-time RITA® winner, five of Karen’s other titles have been RITA finalists. Her fourteenth novel, DID YOU MISS ME?, was released in February, 2013. Her books have been translated into twenty-three languages. A former chemical engineer and high school teacher, Karen lives in Florida with her family, two dogs, a cat, and 4 horses.
Editors and Agents:
- Debra Dixon - Bell Bridge Books
- Chris Keeslar - Boroughs Publishing
- Jill Limber - Boroughs Publishing
- Megha Parekh - Grand Central
- Tara Parsons - Harlequin
- Courtney Miller-Callihan - Sanford J. Greenberger Associates
- Liza Dawson - Liza Dawson Associates
- Sarah Younger - Nancy Yost Agency
Four Tracks of Conference Workshops:
Regardless of your level, the Emerald City Writers Conference has workshops that will enhance your skill and inspire your creativity! Workshop presenters include Mary Buckham, Marie Force, Cherry Adair, Bob Mayer, Smashwords CEO Mark Coker, and more.
Workshops will be spaced throughout the weekend to allow you to attend as many as possible. Four separate tracks are offered, representing all aspects of the writer’s craft:
- Writer’s Life: A writer’s life challenges and business issues. Examples include wellness, time management, organization, career planning, marketing and submissions
- Writing Craft: All aspects of fiction writing craft. Examples include plot, structure, setting, character, theme, voice, editing and critiques
- Industry: Information about the publishing industry. Examples include market news, the roles of publishing professionals, social media, and branding
- Research: Topics of interest to writers in various or specific genres. Examples include world-building, historical research methods and resources, military and law enforcement practices and cultures, mythology, and genre norms as well as genre clichés
Add-on Master Class with Cherry Adair -
Build 3-D Characters So They Leap Off The Page is offered Friday, October 18 - 9:00am to 1:00pm. Compelling characters drive your story. Without rich, 3-D characters the story flat-lines, leaving the reader lost, bored, or wondering why they invested their time. Fully developed characters shouldn't be an afterthought. (even if you prefer writing by the seat of your pants) Crafting captivating characters starts before the first word is written. Read details.
Other Benefits of attending ECWC:
- Networking Opportunities - chat with authors, agents and editors
- Pitchfest – to make your time with editors & agents “pitch perfect”
- Saturday afternoon Book Fair – meet your favorite authors! Nearly 100 authors will have books available for purchase and signing
- Have tea with Cherry Adair, noted author and mentor extraordinaire, and sign up for “Cherry’s Challenge” – also known as “Finish the Damn Book!”
- Goodie Bags, Raffle baskets, & Door Prizes. Plus, lots of fun games and contests will be going on all during the conference
- A Writer’s lounge will be provided to network or just relax between workshops.
- Saturday night - Everyone thinks writers work in their pajamas and for once they will be right. October 19th from 8:30-11:30 we will be hosting the Jammies and Jewels Soiree! Don your most ridiculous pajamas, break out the tiaras and rhinestone finery and come dance the night away. There will be games, contests and prizes for jauntiest jammies and jazziest jewels. See you there with your bunny slippers and bodacious bling!
- Awards ceremony for the winners of the Emerald City Opener contest and recognition of “Cherry’s Challenge” finalists
Be a part of our “Gems” Mentoring Program
Is this your first time at the Emerald City Writers Conference? Above all we want you to feel welcome and we have volunteers ready and waiting to do just that!
Once you register, if it is your first time attending and you would like a Gems mentor just email ECWCGems@yahoo.com and ask for a Gem.
With a Gem, your road to the Emerald City will be as smooth as your time at the conference. Once you arrive at the conference there will be a short orientation tour of where everything will happen. Any last minute questions will be answered at the first conference dinner on Friday night where you will be invited to sit at a table reserved for you and your Gem.
We want everyone to have the best conference experience possible and the Gems are here to help make that happen from the very first click!
Other Ways to enhance your conference:
- Want to be part of this year’s Bookfair? Sign up to participate with the online book fair registration form. Contact Amanda Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- If you have books or other promotional materials you would like readers to see, consider donating to our wonderful raffle, door prizes, or goodie bags. Email email@example.com to arrange for donating and pick-up.
Early Bird Registration: Pitching assignments are based on your registration order, so sing up early!
$249—Early Bird GSRWA (June 1 – July 31)
$269—Early Bird NON GSRWA (June 1 –July 31)
$279—GSRWA (August 1-October 6 (or sell out))
$299—NON GSRWA (August 1-October 6 (or sell out))
Optional Master Class with Cherry Adair:
$40 - Early Bird Registration (June 1 – July 31)
$50 - After August 1, 2013
The Westin Hotel, Bellevue is a five star hotel located across the street from Bellevue Square Shopping Center at 600 Bellevue Place NE. Fifteen minutes from Seattle and half an hour from SeaTac airport, the Westin Bellevue is between city, sound and mountains and close enough to shopping, restaurants, or theatres to cater to all of your free time fancies.
ECWC’s room rate for this year’s conference is $125/night per room (double occupancy). The ECWC room block is sold out, though you can still book a room at the regular rate.