Saturday, September 1, 2012


Hi folks,

Couple of things today… First, the class I co-teach via Skype with Jenny Milchman for the New York Writer’s Workshop, is coming up soon and we still have a few openings for folks who’d like to take it. Info below…

It does take a village to write and sell a novel…and sometimes you need a drill sergeant, too. Whether your book is still in the planning stages, or you have a finished draft you are hoping to get published, this class will enable you to flex your writing muscles, break through obstacles, and charge forward as a writer. Feedback and critique sessions will ensure that your novel is working structurally, while discussion and Q&A will keep you informed about the state of the publishing industry today. Taught by an author who has written more than fifteen books and a debut novelist who first broke in after eleven years, this Bootcamp will enable you to reach the next level of your writing career.

Master craftsman Les Edgerton (HOOKED, FINDING YOUR VOICE, and fifteen books of fiction and non-fiction) and debut novelist Jenny Milchman, who broke into publishing after an eleven year journey, team up to explore how a successful novel is structured and the three different paths to reaching readers.
Taught via Skype on EST
Six Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
September 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1
Cost: $550.00 live SKYPE chat
$350.00 recorded sessions + one hour of individual author coaching
To Register: payment can be made by personal check made out to:
New York Writers Workshop
AND in the MEMO line please note if it is for:
     Novel Bootcamp  SKYPE
    Novel Bootcamp RECORDED

Mail check to:

Dianne Conjeaud
102 Noble Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

And second…

I’m honored to have a story in Tom Pluck’s just-released anthology, THE LOST CHILDREN. Not only is this a veritable all-star lineup of crime and noir writers, proceeds are all going to a wonderful charity. From Tom’s PR release:

 Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT

41 stories.
One cause: PROTECT
100% of proceeds go to PROTECT and the National Association to Protect Children - the army fighting what Andrew Vachss calls "the only holy war worthy of the name," the protection of children.

We've rallied a platoon of crime, western, thriller, fantasy, noir, horror and transgressive authors to support PROTECT's important work: lobbying for legislation that protects children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Powerful stories from George Pelecanos, Andrew Vachss, Joe R. Lansdale, Charles de Lint, Ken Bruen, Chet Williamson, James Reasoner, Charlie Stella, Michael A. Black, Wayne Dundee, Roxane Gay, Ray Banks, Tony Black, Les Edgerton and 16 more, with 100% of proceeds going to PROTECT.

PROTECTORS includes a foreword by rock critic Dave Marsh, and fiction by Patti Abbott, Ian Ayris, Ray Banks, Nigel Bird, Michael A. Black, Tony Black, R. Thomas Brown, Ken Bruen, Bill Cameron, Jen Conley, Charles de Lint, Wayne D. Dundee, Chad Eagleton, Les Edgerton, Andrew Fader, Matthew C. Funk, Roxane Gay, Edward A. Grainger, Glenn G. Gray, Jane Hammons, Amber Keller, Joe R. Lansdale, Frank Larnerd, Gary Lovisi, Mike Miner, Zak Mucha, Dan O'Shea, George Pelecanos, Thomas Pluck, Richard Prosch, Keith Rawson, James Reasoner, Todd Robinson, Johnny Shaw, Gerald So, Josh Stallings, Charlie Stella, Andrew Vachss, Steve Weddle, Dave White, and Chet Williamson.

Among PROTECT's victories are the Protect Our Children Act of 2008, which mandated that the Justice Department change course and design a new national nerve center for law enforcement to wage a war on child exploitation, the Hero to Hero program, which employs disabled veterans in the battle against child abuse, and Alicia's Law.

Join the fight, with 41 stories by top writers. Be a Protector!

41 stories. One cause: PROTECT

This is an amazing collection and what’s cool is that the proceeds go to help kids. Hope you glom onto a copy!


Blue skies,

1 comment:

Arbrasgallery said...

I love this post. Such a great review.