June 17, 2021

We had another great meeting on Wednesday, where we discussed, for the first time in ages, some live events for writers. There are still plenty of virtual events, and I suspect many will remain so, because they enable people to access events far from where they live, without the time and expense involved in travel….

May 24, 2021

Here, as promised is the second part of this month’s update. Apart from the writing events, there are ideas for submitting to a new reading software, information on publishing with different types of companies, and webinars you can watch after the fact at a reduced price. Thanks for reading! The Mark Twain House is holding…

August 20, 2020

Thanks to everyone who came to the Zoom meetings of our WritersMic and Writers’ Rendezvous this week. I was delighted to welcome some out-of-state members too. It’s one of the reasons I like Zoom and hope we’ll keep using it. Congratulations to member Libby Waterford, on the publication of her second novel in a series…

November 21, 2019

I was at the Plumb Library in Shelton recently, as the featured speaker for the monthly meeting of SW CAPA, the SW chapter of the Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association. I gave a talk about Overcoming the Obstacles to Getting your Work Published, and you can watch the YouTube video here. Go to minute 16,…

November 13, 2019

Writers’ Rendezvous member Elizabeth Chatsworth has just announced a book deal for her brilliant book, The Brass Queen, which will be published by Equinox Books in 2020! This terrific result is the result of Elizabeth’s persistence and the fact that she pursued all possible (and some unlikely) avenues to bring the book to the attention…

February 20, 2016

Another great meeting last Wednesday of the Westport Writers Rendezvous – thanks, everyone! We covered quite a bit of ground, and here are the highlights: First, I had to congratulate our own Alex McNab, whose query letter was one of the three selected to be passed on to Sourcebooks and Penguin. The contest was organized…

June 29, 2015

I recently registered for the Unicorn Writers’ Conference, a one day affair which takes place on August 15th in Westchester County, NY. And last Thursday, I attended a talk given by its founder, Jan Kardys, where she explained what it is that sets her conference apart from others. I was particularly interested in the possibility…

February 3, 2012

Sherry Shameer Cohen is an award winning blogger with 20 years of experience as a freelance general assignment reporter and photographer and 10 years experience as a Special Sections Editor. She describes herself as a parachute journalist, a snappy way of saying that she can handle any assignment she’s dropped into quickly – and presumably…