Showing posts from August, 2008

Elizabeth Coley Website

My good friend, sometimes critique partner, and YA writer Elizabeth Coley has a cool new website: Read Liz's PICK SIX here: Elizabeth Coley , Heidi Ruby Miller , Liz Coley , author websites , writing

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? This question is harder than I thought it would be, but I think it's got to be Harper Grace , the main character in the Seven Deadly Sins series. Harper is the first real character I ever created (at least the first one who ever got to star in her own book). Several years ago, back when I thought being a writer was just a ridiculous fantasy that I would eventually have to forget about, her name popped into my head, attached to a character: a spoiled, insecure girl who expects the world to give her what she deserves -- but deep down, isn't sure what that really is. The world of the Deadly Sins -- the setting, the other characters, the plot -- all unfurled from that one character. And that eventually became my first book series. So I guess I owe Harper Grace my career! 2. Tell me about your travels. Last May I spent a month (ie, best month of my life) in Paris . I rented an apartment on t

Conference: 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat and Seton Hill Residency

Conferences Almost There Panel at WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat and Conference from L to R: Heidi Ruby Miller , J. A. Konrath , Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary Agency , Jason Jack Miller , and K. J. Howe We had a full schedule of workshops and panels at the Seton Hill WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat and Conference, as well as thesis readings and graduation for the WPF Graduate Residency, which was running concurrently. I moderated the "Almost There" panel about those of us in the middle stages of the novel publishing process: after the classes have been taken, the books have been written, and the queries sent out, how do you keep up your momentum? Here are a few other photos from the residency and retreat. WPF attendees at Red Star WPF attendees at Red Star WPF mentor Timons Esaias at Adrienne Kapp 's thesis defense WPF graduate Adrienne Kapp at her thesis defense Seton Hill WPF graduate luncheon Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction graduate lu

Photo Series: 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat - The Booksigning

Heidi Ruby Miller and J.A. Konrath On Friday night we had a mass signing for participating authors of the Seton Hill WPF In Your Write Mind Conference and Retreat at the Greensburg Barnes and Noble . The Pittsburgh Tribune Review did an article about the signing . Penny Dawn , Alayne Adams , and Shelley Adina W. H. Horner and Gary Frank Sally Bosco , Maria V. Snyder , and Melanie Card Lawrence C. Connolly , Lee Allen Howard , and Chun Lee Matt and Natalie Duvall Jennifer Brisendine Ed Kellerman and Marge Burke Carmine Coco DeYoung and Tim Waggoner Seton Hill University , Heidi Ruby Miller , In Your Write Mind Conference , WPF , SHU , book signing , Writing Popular Fiction , writing , authors , Seton Hill Writers

Photo Series: 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat

Photo Series Heidi Ruby Miller and Michael A. Arnzen I finally have a bit of time to post some photos from the 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat sponsored by the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction Alumni . Here is the first evening. Karen Lynn Williams and Leslie Davis Guccione Chris and Ron Edison and Timons Esaias Heidi Ruby Miller , Ginjer Buchanan , Kelly , and Maria V. Snyder Lawrence C. Connolly and Melanie Card Maria V. Snyder , Jason Jack Miller , and Michael Mehalek Penny Dawn and Albert Wendland Natalie Duvall and Marge Burke Michael Mehalek and Sabrina Naples Albert Wendland and Judy Fleming In Your Write Mind Retreat , Heidi Ruby Miller , WPF , Seton Hill University , Writing Popular Fiction , Jason Jack Miller , SHU , writing , authors , Seton Hill Writers

From The Authors Guild: Accounting Practices of F&W Publishing and Adams Media

I received this recently via email from The Authors Guild : "Internal e-mails, including an admission that Adams Media has "no system in place for tracking inbound Royalty Statements from translation rights deals," and a recent arbitrator's ruling in Massachusetts awarding $209,000 to an author raise serious questions about the accounting practices of F&W Publishing and Adams Media. Authors Guild member Sherry Argov brought an arbitration more than four years ago against F&W Publishing and its subsidiary Adams Media regarding the payment of royalties for her book "Why Men Love Bitches." The arbitrator found that F&W had purposefully withheld documents needed by Ms. Argov to complete the royalty audit to which she was contractually entitled. This amounted to an "unfair and deceptive practice" under Massachusetts law, leading the arbitrator to award $209,000 to Ms. Argov. The arbitrator's review of the work done by F&W's


Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly I started out as a reader, and I’m still convinced that reading is the best way for a writer to begin. If a person doesn’t like reading the stuff, why bother writing it? I read everything I could get my hands on: classic and contemporary sf novels, anthologies, and (most importantly) the magazines. When I got the notion to try writing for the magazines, I sat down and dissected some of my favorite stories, noting everything from placement of exposition and dialogue to the length of paragraphs and use of punctuation. Then I went to work, following Heinlein’s three step approach to writing success: I finished everything I wrote, submitted everything I finished, and kept submitting everything until it sold. I made my first sale to Amazing Stories and followed it up with three more to the same editor before moving on to Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone Magazines , Year’s Best Horror , and lots of others. A Hollywood production company optioned one of my

June 2008 Seton Hill WPF Grads Online

Here's where you can find some of the June 2008 Seton Hill WPF graduates : #1: Adrea Peters has her Summer 2008 newsletter at Artists Looking Ahead . Her guest interview this time is writer and adventurer Kira Salak . #2: Aubrey Curry has a new blog series about finding an agent. #3: Emilie Bishop has a brand new website at . #4: Monica Spence has a new blog at . Heidi Ruby Miller , Adrea Peters , writing , Aubrey Curry , Monica Spence , Emilie Bishop , Seton Hill Writers , Seton Hill University

Mary SanGiovanni Interview

Derek Clendening interviews Seton Hill alum and my wonderful critique partner Mary SanGiovanni at Dark Scribe about Found You , her follow up to Bram Stoker Award-nominated debut novel, The Hollower . Heidi Ruby Miller , Mary SanGiovanni , The Hollower , Found You , Dark Scribe , Derek Clendening , writing , author+interviews , Seton Hill Writers

EVENT: 2009 Pennwriters Conference Agent Update

EVENTS So far, the following agents will be at the 2009 Pennwriters Conference held in Pittsburgh during the weekend of May 15-17 : Uwe Stender from TriadaUS Literary Alyssa Eisner Henkin from Trident Media Group Lucienne Diver from Spectrum Literary Agency Paige Wheeler from Folio Literary Management The keynote speakers are Lisa Scottoline and Seton Hill Writer Timons Esaias . 2009 Pennwriters Conference , Heidi Ruby Miller , Lisa Scottoline , Timons Esaias , Uwe Stender , Lucienne Diver , Paige Wheeler , writing , Alyssa Eisner Henkin , Pennwriters , Seton Hill Writers


The Marathon Murders by Chester D. Campbell My path to publication as a novelist was as twisting as a snake. I wrote my first mystery while a journalism student during the day and a newspaper reporter at night. That was back in 1948. A publisher rejected it and I put it away. Before I tackled another novel, I worked for two newspapers, served as an Air Force intelligence officer in the Korean War, wrote non-fiction for magazines, worked in public relations, wrote speeches for a governor, and edited a local (Nashville) magazine. The second book spent about six months with an Avon editor before it was rejected. I worked as an advertising copywriter, did more PR, and managed a statewide trade association until retiring in 1989. That’s when I started writing novels in earnest. By 1998 I had written seven mysteries or thrillers and gone through four agents who sold nothing. I took a trip to the Holy Land that year and got the idea for Secret of the Scroll , a thriller involving a retire