Topic: Using Psychology to Create Memorable Characters
September 18, 2021
A native of south Louisiana, USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine’s Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers series, garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers’ Choice Awards.
Farrah is a two-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award and has been a Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee. In 2015, Farrah won the Emma Award for Author of the Year.
When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, traveling the world, hanging around on Twitter, visiting Disney World, and trying to attend as many Broadway shows as her budget will allow. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.
Visit Farrah’s website at: farrahrochon.com
Topic: Marketing your book before publishing
Royce King has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 25 years and is an SBDC Certified Coach, Certified Direct Response Copywriter, and frequent trainer on online marketing strategies. Her education in Nonprofit Management and working with executives extends internationally through speaking and consulting. Her columns and business advice have been published in the Small Business Expert Forum, Huffington Post, Carol Roth, Charity Magazine, and more.
Speaker: Lucille Ponte
Topic: Copyright or Copy Wrong?
The Basics of Copyright for Authors
Members can obtain a recording and PowerPoint of June’s meeting by contacting Christie Zarria.
What are my rights to my creative works as an author? Can people use the contents of my books and stories without my permission? Are there limits on my uses of another’s creative works in my books? In this educational talk, author and former law professor Lucille Ponte will help unravel the mysteries of the basics of copyright and address issues of copyright registration and infringement of creative works. Her presentation will also consider key defenses to claims of copyright infringement, such as public domain and fair use. A great opportunity to learn more about protecting your rights to your literary works. (for educational purposes only, not intended as legal advice)
A legal educator for more than 31 years, Lucille Ponte taught a wide range of business law and intellectual property courses. She published textbooks on dispute resolution and contract law and wrote scholarly articles on copyright, trademark, and legal policy. She previously served as in-house counsel for technology firms and governmental agencies in Massachusetts. As a fiction author under the pen name Bridges DelPonte, her legal mystery, Deadly Sacrifices won a Royal Palm Literary Award (2d place – unpublished mystery) from the Florida Writers Association. She has also published an underwater fantasy novel, Bridles of Poseidon, a children’s book, The Little Dusties – The Roar of the Silver Dragon (with illustrator, Michelle Bakay), and numerous short stories in anthologies. She is represented by Kelli Martin at Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc., a literary management firm in New York. To learn more about Bridges, check out her author website: bridgesdelponte.com
2021 Fabula Press Short Story Contest Rules
Sponsor: This short story contest (“the Contest”) is sponsored by Fabula Press (www.pressfabula.com – “the website”), referred to as the ‘sponsor’ hereafter.
Eligibility: The Contest is open to all writers 18 years old or above. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, but this is not bingo, and more submissions do not necessarily translate into higher chances of winning.
Contest Prizes: Apart from publication of long listed authors in an anthology, a total of three prizes will be awarded as below.
First Prize: US$500
Second Prize: US$250
Third Prize: US$150
All other longlisted authors selected for publication in the short story contest anthology shall be paid an honorarium of US$75 each
Simultaneous submissions: Allowed, but authors must let us know if the story is accepted elsewhere before our results are announced.
Entry fee: US$10. Multiple submissions are allowed, but every entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.
Contest and Judging Criteria:
Entries for the summer (Aestas anthology) competition are being accepted now, upto 11:59 p.m. (GMT) of 31 July 2021. Submissions should be through the Duosuma Submissions Manager tool on the website. Submission dates for the winter (Nivalis anthology) competition will be announced around October 2021.
FanFictionReview.com is currently calling for submissions of fan fiction short stories. If you or someone you know is interested in submitting a short story, visit their call for submissions page for information about submission requirements, deadlines, and how to submit.
GCWA 2021 Writing Contest Winners
Poetry — Christopher Kozlowski — Silencing the Star of David
Fiction — Samadhi Salazar — The Mother of All Natures
Nonfiction — Nishini Fernando — The Wicked Wall of Water
Submissions Deadline for the CRS – Chanticleer Reviews Shorts December 31, 2021
So many great authors (Hugh Howey, Andy Weir, Julie Powell, Leonard Elmore, Robert Dugoni) use this format to attract readers.