Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I Confess



***** PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND REQUESTED*****


I CONFESS!


Heart of Dixie RWA Presents "I Confess!: Writing for the Confessions and Romance Magazines"

INSTRUCTOR: Sunny Cole

DATES: February 12 – 23, 2007

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 9, 2007

FEE: $15

PAYMENT METHOD: PAYPAL or snail mail (follow instructions on the Heart of Dixie website listed below). It is imperative you provide a working email address and disable any spam filtering that might interfere with receiving Yahoo group invitations.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email the Online Class Coordinator at mpuett@bellsouth.net

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The class will cover the short story format and how to start at the optimum moment with the most action, how to write the necessary hook and create the best first line and paragraph, developing the plot so all threads are tied up by the end of the story, realistic dialogue and internal dialogue and knowing when to end the story.

The two-week class will include the following instructional segments with class assignments:
1 Basics for writing the short form as they apply to writing confessions: Cinderella Goes To The Ball
2 Hooks – Wow ‘Em: Cinde’s Best Feature, or Know How to Make An Entrance
3 Set-Up: Capture Their Attention, Then Know How to Make An Exit
4 Flashbacks: It all started when Cinde was poor and dirty…
5 Dramatic Pivotal Moment: Cinde’s Life Changes Dramatically
6 Dialogue & Tags: Talk Dirty To Me Without Actually Talking Dirty
7 Various lengths of stories: Size Does Matter
8 Alternative Story Arcs
9 Quickies: Learn How to Flirt

Attendees will turn in their stories to the instructor who will select several to be critiqued in an open but anonymous forum, sharing thoughts and ideas to help each other create a better story.


Files will be available containing submission guidelines for the major confessions and romance magazines.

The course is conducted via online discussion at Yahoo Groups. After receipt of payment, an invitation to join the Yahoo loop will be sent via email. The workshop loop will be available for one week after the end date to allow downloading of class lessons and submission guidelines files.

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Sunny Cole is one of many pseudonyms for a multi-published, multi-genre author. She has published over 50 short stories and confessions, was a contributor to two non-fiction books and has published 12 novels and novellas. A Midwesterner, she loves to travel, sketch, delve into mysteries and true crimes, and putter about with herbs and flowers when she isn't chained to her computer. She's happiest when petting her rescued canines or chatting with her son, her biggest supporter, and when she's eyebrow deep in writing or meeting fans.

She’s a former college English instructor and high school band director, but now she spends her time writing about spirited women who dare bend the rules in order to carve out the lives they want.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tonal Vision

My WIP started off bright and cheery with a nice comedic touch. I loved it and pounded away at my keyboard, churning out page after happy page.

But now, a third of the way into the manuscript, things have taken a dramatic turn. My frothy little tale has become deadly serious. The laughs my hero and heroine shared were last seen about twenty pages ago. I can’t figure out what happened. I took a look at my working synopsis and notes (which is about as close as I come to an outline). I can see where my plot changed, but not where the tone changed.

Now, the question is: How far down this highway of heaviness do I go before I turn around? And what if this grave stretch of the journey is just temporary? What if my cheery little tone is waiting just around the bend?

I know a lot of writers are firm believers in writing by the seat of their pants, and they let their books take them wherever the characters want to go. But what do you do when your characters suddenly get all dark and brooding when what you really want is lightness and sunshine? Or, for that matter, when you start out with angst and your characters just can’t stop being silly?

Is it considered acceptable for a manuscript to change tones once or twice during the course of the book?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Chunky or Smooth? Or How I Changed Peanut Butters and Learned How to Write Differently

I love Peanut Butter. I grew up eating it mixed with syrup. Kind of gags me to think of it now, but then, oh what a treat. Now, I just settle for a little jelly and a couple of slices of bread and I'm a happy camper. I've always favored the chunky kind. When you take a bite, you feel like you've got a mouthful of peanuts...yum.

A few weeks ago, on a lark...admittedly my larks these days aren't as exciting as they were when I was younger...I purchased the smooth variety and fell in love. Wow, it had such a different texture, I found myself really enjoying it and decided that's what I'll buy from now on.

The other day I started getting a craving for chunky peanut butter, so next time we need peanut butter, I'll probably go with the chunky again.

So what does this have to do with writing? Well for me, quite a lot. Up until a few months ago, I wrote in a linear fashion...as it happened in my mind...just like a movie, so it appeared on my computer screen. It was smooth, seamless...like creamy, smooth peanut butter.

I started writing a new book late last summer. And it was going nicely...you know, that smooth variety. Then BAM! Out of no where, all of these scenes started hitting me...yep, you got it, in chunks and completely out of order. At first, I panicked and screamed to my characters, "Wait, that's not supposed to happen for a few more chapters!" Do you think they listened? Of course not. They kept on doing what characters have done since the beginning of storytelling. Disdain dripping from their much too attractive faces, they snapped, "Keep up!" and then they were off.

So, forgetting all about my preference for smooth, linear writing, I wrote what they told me to write, when they told me to write it...you know, chunky style. And it worked...I finished the manuscript and it taught me a lesson. There's no one way to write a book...you have to go with the story and how the characters are telling it to you.

Chunky or smooth...sometimes it's just not up to you.

So next time you're in the grocery store, reaching for your usual type of peanut butter, go with the other kind and see where it takes you.

How about you, are you a chunky or smooth writer?

Friday, January 26, 2007

Learn How to Write Southern-Style


Hey, if you plan to attend the Romance in the Magic City conference, you will have a wonderful opportunity to have your picture taken by a professional photographer. Check it out at our webpage. You can go to www.southernmagic.org and click on conference. The photographer information is on the right. Or you can go directly there by clicking on http://www.southernmagic.org/authorsconventionflyer.pdf.

See you there.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Nuh-uh!

When I got home from a jog Saturday morning, what should be waiting for me but a revision letter for THE BOYS NEXT DOOR? My editor says she wants to chat on the phone today about the revision. I should be nervous, right? But I’m not. I’m halfway done with the revision already. I look forward to having a friendly conversation with her because I haven’t spoken with her in a few months. I owe it all to the nuh-uh letter.

You know what I’m talking about. You slave over your book, or even a few chapters. You finally share it with someone, knowing she will be blown away. You get her comments back. There are things she liked, but things she missed totally. And your reaction is, “Nuh-uh!” Cheeks burning, you write a point-by-point response, explaining why she is wrong. Providing page numbers where she missed something. Offering some anecdotes from your life so she’ll understand exactly why you wrote what you wrote. And then you send this letter to her.

No!!! That’s what you would have done before you joined RWA. Now you know better. You realize that in explaining these points to your reader, you have written out a whole lot of stuff that should have gone into the book in the first place. You shouldn’t have to explain anything to anyone about your book. It’s not going to be published with annotations! In dashing off the nuh-uh letter, you have written yourself a guide for how to revise the book. Good job! Now you’re ready to have that conversation with your editor in which you tell her, calmly and truthfully, that everything is under control.

When I first joined RWA and I was casting about for critique partners online, I sent them a lot of nuh-uh letters. They sent nuh-uh letters to me about their writing, too. The turning point for me was entering unpublished contests. Wow, the judges’ comments needed a nuh-uh or two. The most insulting of their comments? “Comma splice.”

Now, if you were an English major like I was, you know a comma splice is a specific and defined entity: “Independent clauses joined by a comma without a coordinating conjunction” (Bedford Handbook). You would not write a comma splice without meaning to. The very idea that you would do such a thing is highly insulting--especially if you have been making your living for years as a copyeditor. It’s like someone off the street wandering into the operating room and telling the cardiologist how to perform open heart surgery. And if a judge marked you down for writing comma splices when you didn’t write any comma splices? This is the nuh-uh of all nuh-uhs.

But the conventional wisdom about contests is that you should look for patterns in the judges' comments. If more than one judge says the same thing about your writing, even if you don’t agree, maybe you should start to take notice. Well, more than one judge incorrectly marked my comma splices. A couple more told me my sentences were too long.

Oh! This was an epiphany for me, a paradigm shift in the way I thought about my writing. I had been thinking of my books as neat little packages, as products. In other words, I had been thinking about myself. What I needed to do was think about the reader and her process of reading. My job as a writer of commercial fiction was to tell a great story in such a way that the reader was entertained but never pulled out of the book. The reader should never stop to puzzle over anything, because then the line of the story would be broken. And no matter what the judges called it, I had been writing sentences that were hard to follow. This pattern was noticeable enough that four different strangers mentioned it.

Since that day, I have lost my passion for arguing with my readers. It helps that I send my writing only to my editor, my agent, and my two critique partners, all of whom I trust. If they trip over something in my writing, I know it’s not because they’re clumsy. It’s because I took off my shoes and left them in front of the door again. And since it’s my house, I’m so used to leaving my shoes there, I didn’t even see them! Good thing I invited someone else over to check the place out before I threw a party.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Grammar Demons

Grammar smammer…

Call the grammar police!!! I need to be locked up! My biggest problem right now with writing is grammar and I mean the basics – when to use commas, semicolons, etc. Agh…the devil!!! My poor critique partners probably just roll their eyes when they read my chapters (I truly am sorry about that ladies).

What are some of your grammar demons?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Dreaming the Impossible Dream

"To accomplish great things one must not only act, but dream." -- unknown

Walt Disney said something along the lines that a dream is a wish your heart makes.

We all have hopes and dreams, even if they're never spoken out loud. They burrow inside us like moles. I've always wished I could sing really well. Unfortunately, that's not a talent I was blessed with and there's not much I can do about it. I'm certainly not stupid enough to go on American Idol (even if my age permitted). There are those who say you should visualize whatever you want to accomplish.

I'd also love to play the piano. But my parents couldn't afford lessons. Now that I'm older, I doubt I'd be very good. Music just doesn't seem to be my thing.

I've always been an avid reader. In my twenties I wrote poetry--bad poetry! I can remember thinking I'd like to write a book, but never gave it any serious thought. Then, in 1995 I attended a workshop at AUM given by Beverly Barton and started seriously thinking.

In 1998 I sold my first book. Five books later, it's over four years since my last publication. But I still dream of selling again.

So, what is your dream?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Trying Not to Trip, Stumble, or Fall Flat on My Face

There I was: a pumped, excited, writing fiend. I had a great idea; one that would surely get an editor’s attention. The pages were flying out of my fingertips. I was on page 21 (okay, so maybe “flying” isn’t exactly the right word), when I saw it: A literary agent said on her blog, “If I see another book about (insert my great idea), I will set my hair on fire. It’s been done to death and done badly. There’s no way to make it work. No editor anywhere will ever buy it.”

I stopped cold, abandoned the manuscript, and felt really, really sorry for myself.

A few weeks later, I started again with a different idea. The more I wrote, the more excited I got. I diligently studied the line I was targeting and carefully crafted my book just for it. I was certain I was on my way to the perfect book that would make the acquiring editor for that series leap from her chair, shouting “Where have you been all my career?” Then I saw it: “(insert the line I was targeting) is ending. No more books will be acquired for it, starting now.”

I stopped cold, abandoned the manuscript, and felt really, really sorry for myself. This time, I waited a long, long time before I started writing again.

But I finally did. I resurrected an old manuscript that I thought might have some promise. The more I read through it, the more excited I got. It did have promise! The characters were looking pretty darn good; the plot was on its way to being a viable entity; and the line I was targeting didn’t appear to be in danger of folding.

And then I saw it. I had volunteered to judge a contest, and when I opened up the first manuscript, there it was. My story. Oh I don’t mean the writer copied me. But the premise was the same as mine. The characters were uncannily similar. The setting was almost identical. And the worst thing was that this manuscript was light years better than my own.

After stopping cold, temporarily abandoning my manuscript and feeling really sorry for myself for a few hours, I decided to keep going on my book.

I don’t know what the rest of her book looks like. It may be incredibly fabulous. Or it may fall apart after this first fantastic chapter (but I really doubt it). I don’t know if it’s finished. She may never finish it. Or she may never submit it.

On the other hand, I may be over at the B&N romance rack someday, perusing the cover blurbs, and see it right there in front of me.

But that’s something I can’t control. The only way it can make me fall flat on my face is if I allow it to. And I have no intention of giving it that kind of power.

So there, you mean old stumbling block. Outta my way. I've got a book to finish.

How do you deal with the stumbling blocks that crash into your path and try to derail you from your writing journey?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Agony and the Ecstasy

I've been having some major motivation problems lately in regards to writing. From August through December, I think I wrote maybe twenty pages...that's probably a generous estimate. It's been agony to get words on the page.

To overcome my problem(s), whatever they may be, I signed up for two online classes this month, hoping to spur my imagination and in layman's terms, get my butt in gear.

They have both been excellent and I will admit to a renewed excitement...but now the hard part comes. I'm actually supposed to implement what I've learned and write! Oh no!

To help with this and again, get my butt in gear, I signed up for a Fast Draft class. It's designed to send your internal editor on vacation, allowing you to write as much as you can each day for two weeks. It's being taught and moderated by the amazing Candace Havens, who is not only inspirational, the responsibilities this woman has and is still able to write astounds me. She's incredible.

Yesterday was my first day and I must admit, I surprised myself and wrote twenty pages. Ah...the ecstasy.

Today, the agony began again. I've only written eight pages so far. At 7:00, I'll have to quit because, well, that's when American Idol comes on and I can't miss that! Hopefully, I'll be inspired to write after it's over...but with my history, who knows?

So I thought I'd take a few minutes to blog...surely that will stir some more creative juices. Have you ever written a book in two weeks? What's the shortest amount of time you've ever written one? Any suggestions for me, a struggling fast drafter who's looking for a quick ecstasy fix?

Thank you!!


I just wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for me with the lost of Buffy. I still miss her every day. I still expect to see her run around the corner when I refill the food bowl. :-) I still have trouble walking up each morning because she was my alarm clock. She was not to be ignored!!


The new children are doing fine. Pooh Bear, my 5 year old male cat, is slowly adjusting to his new sisters. Sometimes I feel guilty for bringing the girls home so soon after losing another cat but I know they make coming home a little easier each day. :-) I told Pooh that these two little fur balls are therapy for both of us. He hasn't bought that yet.
Barb ;-)


Sunday, January 14, 2007

A New Way of Looking at Romance


Last week, I gave in and upgraded my TV cable. Now we have like 300 channels and twelve of those are movie channels. The other night I finally sat down to check them out and found one that only showed romantic movies. Sweet!


Occasionally I enjoy a foreign film. You know with subtitles and all. I like how they show that we’re all alike in our desires, but often different in how we obtain and handle them. It helps if you know something of the film’s country’s history. Why they behave and believe in the things they do.

I have found with Chinese films in particular, though I don’t enjoy the ALWAYS tragic endings, I enjoy the visual smorgasbord along with the fight scenes. There are plenty of violence and NO SEX, not even a kiss. [sigh] Well, until I watched HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS. The photography was so beautiful I thought my brain would explode from all the colors and when I realized it had a romance in it – actually a triangle – I was in heaven. All the colors and romance? Too cool. They even kissed several times. Considering how reserve the Chinese are about touching each other on screen (that is, from the movies I’ve seen) I was surprised. Three times the poor girl almost had her clothes torn off her in a guy’s passionate display – two of those times were not in a positive "let me help you" way either. I could talk about the culture beliefs and reasons they would portray even a loving moment in such a way, but what I’m blogging about – yes, I have a point to all of this – is how foreign films can help you think outside a box.

Yes. I may have to place an ethic (trying to be PC here) man in one of my books. Then I can show how his thought process is different because of his culture but when it comes to love, they’re all the same. THANK THE GOOD LORD FOR THAT!

How do you think "outside the box?"
P.S. The guy in the picture was the hero in the movie. He's a big star in Asia. I believe he needs to visit the U.S.

Friday, January 12, 2007

THE BOOK THAT WOULDN'T DIE II

In the past hour, I finished revising a single title romantic comedy for adults. So I thought I'd blog about it and title the entry "The Book That Wouldn't Die." But that sounded awfully familar. Didn't I blog about this before, with a picture of Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction? Sure enough, I did, the LAST time I revised this book. New agent, new revision.

My critique partner asked me if I wasn't sick of this book. After all, I finished it the FIRST time in September 2004, and goodness knows how many revisions it's gone through since then. But I'm not sick of it. It's about a country band struggling to get their music careers started--which has lots of parallels with trying to get a publishing career started. I set it in Birmingham while I was living in Atlanta, wishing I could move back here. And I wrote it when I was frustrated with banging my head against the wall. I stopped trying to write what other people wanted. I wrote what I wanted. So for lots of reasons, it's a book of my heart.

I fully expect my agent to ask me for more revisions. If I were to be lucky enough to sell it, I could count on at least one more revision plus a copyedit and proofs. It's a good thing I'm my own biggest fan.

Do you have a book that won't die? Or is there a point when you shelve it, never to see the light of day?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Happy Hump Day (no pun intented) everyone!!! I really didn't intent to post a similar post as Deborah but it's going on in my world right now--cats.

Let me start by telling you about my weekend. I spend Friday night at the animal hospital in Montgomery with my sick little girl, Buffy. I need to warn everyone with cats or know anyone with cats to have their animals checked for heartworms. Buffy had all types of tests run on her and everything came back normal. She was sent home with medicine for flu. She got worse over the weekend and was diagnosed with heartworms on Monday. Both of my cats are indoor cats.

I didn't realize cats could get heartworms but they can, even indoor cats. With dogs, there are treatments, but with cats, unless it's caught early, there's less then a 50% change of survival. The cat can be infected for months but when the worms hit, they hit hard and fast.

Unfortunately, Buffy passed away Monday night due to complications. I now have a little angel.
My other cat, Pooh Bear, will be tested next week then will start taking Prevention (rather he likes it or not). For the past couple of days, we both have been laying around the house in a daze. Pooh and Buffy were attached at the hip for four years. This morning I woke up and knew I needed to get another cat, for both of us to heal faster. I went to one of the vets in Montgomery and they had two kittens (sisters) waiting for a good home. Of course I had to take both of them. :-) One is a calico (Callie) and the other is black and white (Bella). They are 8 weeks old so it's like having two toddlers running around the house!!

Now, here's my problem. Pooh is five years old and weighs 15 lbs. I know eventually they will become buddies but in the meantime, I have to play referee. So far so good but tomorrow will be the test. I have to work all day (but will check on them at lunch) so hopefully the house will be standing when I come home. Does anyone have animal stories they would like to share? Did any new additions to the family cause headaches, remodeling or fire??

Also, if you've lost a pet, how did you get back into writing? I haven't be able to form a sentence since this weekend. How did you get through it?

Monday, January 08, 2007

The New Year Brought a New Addition

We have a new addition to our household. The week before Christmas a young, black cat took up on our front porch. This did not sit well with Miss Kitty, grand diva. She looked like she was starving. Her coat was awful looking and she didn't look like she had much longer.

My husband fed her. Of course, that meant she was going no where. After several days of feeding she became more perky. I suggested taking her to the animal shelter. My husband thought she'd make a good outside cat. If you were here, you'd see me rolling my eyes. The nights it was too cold, she stayed in the greenhouse.

So, after Christmas, we took her to the vet, who may wonder if we're witches since both cats are black. We're not. Just turned out that way. Wellness check, shots, and spaying cost me a bit over $200. Of course, she had to come inside to recuperate from her operation for a couple of days. You can probably see where this is going as well as the romances we love to read.

A week later, she's still in the house. Of course, this has gone over so well with Miss Kitty. Not! My husband did put her in the greenhouse one night. I felt so sorry for her. But not to worry, she's back inside enjoyed the fine cuisine of steak and roast beef. And her coat is so shiny and smooth now. Well, except the stomach where they shaved her for her operation.

My love affair with cats has been going on my entire life. I've never owned one who died of old age. Is it any wonder a cat show up in my current WIP and he's not the cute, cuddly type?

What's your idea of a perfect pet? A dog who will lick your face or a goldfish you can watch swim in circles? Or those cute, adorable cats?

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Oh, Those Pesky Ideas!

A few weeks ago, I started a new book. I'm excited about it and working on it every day. I'm getting to know the characters, and the plot is even cooperating. It's not exactly turning out the way I thought it would, but, heck, that's part of why we write. Right?

But a couple of days ago, something happened. Another idea for a book started elbowing its way through my crowded brain, waving its hand, and saying "Hey, look at me! Me! I'm so much better than the one you've got!"

I keep trying to ignore it, but it's getting more persistent--and it's also a wily little devil. Now it's whispering, "Hey, you know the reason that manuscript isn't going the way you thought it would? Because it stinks! Now listen to me. Here's what I'm gonna' do for you..."

And I must admit: This new idea is pretty darn attractive--all shiny and new, good looking, and smart.

My friends all say, "JoAnn, you fool! Look at what you've got! A dependable, solid idea with a big heart that's been with you for years; who's been with you through the good and the bad. You're going to throw all that away for some Johnny-come-lately who'll leave you the instant a New York Times bestseller says 'Hey, baby, come up to my place?' Don't do it!"

Should I let the new idea buy me a drink or slam the door in its face? Tell me how you handle meddling ideas that try to steer you off course.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Resolution or Revolution

Are you one of the millions of people who make new year's resolutions? Are you also one of the millions who break them within a few weeks, days, hours or minutes? Over the years, I've gone back and forth on this. When I do make resolutions, depending upon what they are, I tend to break them fairly early and then I feel guilty all year long. Several years ago, I made a decision to not make resolutions, thinking that was the key to my guilt complex. It wasn't. I felt guilty for not making them...even though I knew I'd break them anyway. Good heavens!

Last year, instead of resolutions, I set goals. That worked pretty well for me. I didn't achieve all of them, but at least it gave me a starting place and something to aim for. I like this better. With a resolution, it's almost as if I have to become someone else overnight...someone better. Uh, that doesn't work...I checked the mirror on January 1. Still me.

But setting goals does help me. It's a plan to move forward. Something to strive for. Something to achieve and pat myself on the back for when I accomplish it.

Many of my goals are centered around my writing, a few are purely personal and then, some are global...I'm so well rounded. Smiling here!

What about you? Do you set resolutions or goals?

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I've Lost My Way


Recently, I realized I’ve lost my way. No. I’m not talking about the Hansel and Gretel kind of lost. I had forgotten why I continued to send manuscripts that were rejected time and time again. I started to doubt my decisions in my writing. Even began to doubt that I had what it took to become published.

But during the holidays it all came back to me. I was sitting at a dinning room table listening to my dad tell us about his childhood memories and the crazy people he met through the years. I have to tell you, no one can write fiction as good as the REAL world my dad had lived in during the forties and fifties. Heck, even the sixties and seventies were something to keep your mouth hanging open.

It’s through my dad and his that I inherited the need to read everything I come across (cereal boxes, labels on jars, etc.), and reciting tales of my childhood can at times sound like a William Faulkner novel.

So with the help of my dad, I found my way back to understanding why I want to be published. I have too many stories to tell to let them sit in a dusty box under my bed or remain in my head. It’s in my blood. I write for my dad and his dad and my kids who enjoy my stories as much I do. I just feel that others out there would enjoy them, too.

Besides, Dad said he would record all his stories for me since I was the writer in the family. The writer. Gee. Where's a handkerchief when you need one?

How about you? Why do you write? What makes you want to write?

Monday, January 01, 2007

Make your New Year's resolution early!

Where can you go to learn how to write romance southern-style?
Where can you go to meet 5 editors and 3 agents?
Where can you go to listen to Beverly Barton, Gayle Wilson, and Linda Howard speak?

At the Romance in the Magic City in Birmingham, Alabama.
The writers' conference will be hosted by Southern Magic on March 30, 31, and April 1, 2007.

Cost: $190 to $210 (pay by snail mail or PayPal)

Keynote speakers: Beverly Barton, Gayle Wilson, and Linda Howard.
Agent/editor appointments available for:
Tracy Farrell, HQN; Leslie Wainger, Silhouette Books; Melanie Murray, Warner (Hachette Book); John Scognamiglio, Kensington Books; Hilary Rubin, St. Martin's Press; Kimberly Whalen, Trident Media; Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency, Vivian Beck, Vivian Beck Agency.

Workshops presented by:
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love Snell, Rhonda Pollero, Tina Gerow, Genie Davis, Linda Winstead Jones, and many more.

First 40 attendees to send in the full amount will receive a 2006 Romance Writers of America/Avon conference bag and a chance to win a critique of a partial from Kimberly Whalen with the Trident Media Group. You will receive the bag at registration and the drawing for the critique will be held Friday night.

Special hotel rate provided at
Wynfrey Hotel
1000 Riverchase Galleria
Birmingham,.Alabama 35244
205- 987-1600 .. .. 800- 996-3739 .. 800-.WYNFREY
www.wynfrey.com

Hotel attached to Galleria with 200 stores and 11 restaurants

For more information, check out http://www.southernmagic.org/conference.html