The Hanover Book Festival
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2013
Open to the Public 10AM - 2PM
AT THE LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GYMNASIUM
8094 LIBERTY CIRCLE, MECHANICSVILLE, VA
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SEATS IN WORKSHOPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. PLEASE SIGN UP BEFORE JULY 31.
Attention Writers and Aspiring Writers:
Learn from your peers. A writer never stops learning the craft. It is an ever-changing business requiring continuing education. The following workshops are a true bargain for the quality of presenters and information. We have included more workshops by limiting the time for each, therefore the cost has also been decreased allowing you to get more for your money.
Following the list below, click on the link for the registration form. Below the link, scroll down to learn more about the presenters and their topics.
"Working With An Editor: The Editing Process" presented by April Michelle Davis, Editor, Editorial Inspirations
45 minute workshop
"The Writer's Life - Using Personal Experiences in Crafting Your Book" presented by Mary Montague Sikes 1 hour workshop
"Snagging a Publisher with the Perfect Query Letter" presented by Greg Lilly, Publisher, Cherokee McGhee
1 hour workshop
"Tricks of the Happy Hookers" presented by Kathleen Mix
45 minute workshop
"Internet Marketing for Authors" presented by Jason Jacobs, Web Designer
30 minute workshop
"Archeology & Genealogy: How to dig up the past and write local history that is true and entertaining" presented by Jack Trammell
50 minute workshop
Sorry, this workshop has been cancelled.
"Join the Cool Crowd - Writing Young Adult Fiction" presented by Vanessa Barger
1 hour workshop
"Publishing Panel" presented by "Virginia Romance Writers" published authors comparing different publishing options
45 minute discussion and Q&A panel
"From Research to Revision: An Author's Journey to a Book in Print" presented by JoAnn Meaker
45 minute workshop
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Vanessa Barger is a middle grade and young adult author, represented by Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel. She teaches high school technology education in rural Virginia and is the slave to one cat, Molly. She spends her free time writing. She's a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.) When not writing, she's reading, and is an avid movie fan. She also loves long walks on the beach discussing Shakespeare while sipping large fruity drinks with little umbrellas. Her novel, A Whispered Darkness, comes out Spring 2014 from Month9Books.
In her session, Vanessa will discuss what young adult literature is, what genres it covers, and the differences between young adult, middle grade, and the "new adult" titles. Participants will gain an understanding of the way young adult differs from adult fiction, as well as tips and information about how to write young adult fiction. This will cover everything from reading suggestions and discussion of current titles and trends, to ways of connecting with readers in the story, keeping up-to-date with pop culture and slang, and themes popular with teens. In addition, the author will talk about her own experiences writing young adult and read an excerpt of her upcoming novel.
Greg Lilly founded Cherokee McGhee publishing in 2007 after careers in information technology, magazine publishing, marketing, and as a published novelist. The first novel released by Cherokee McGhee was Greg’s third book, the historical novel Under a Copper Moon. Using his author experiences with publishers and agents, he honed the publishing processes, resources, and schedules while employing new technology to create a distributed and efficient business model.
Today, Cherokee McGhee’s catalog includes two imprints and 13 novels with two more books slated for release in the coming year.
Greg’s latest book is Sunsets & Semicolons – a Field Guide to the Writer’s Life. In the book, he shares his experiences and techniques – things that worked, not in academia or in New York City, but in the real world of freelancing and query letters and book signings. He has presented workshops and served on panels at the College of William & Mary's Christopher Wren Association, the Virginia Festival of the Book, the Virginia Writers Club, the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona. The kernel of the book came from requests for his workshop handouts and notes.
Wondering how to hook an agent or publisher for your novel? This workshop will explore the publishing industry’s tools for submitting your novel to agents and publishers. Discussion and worksheets will lead you through the development of the all-important selling tools of a pitch, synopsis, and query letter. Exercises will include creating these tools for your novel, each one expanding into the next to create a cohesive publication package. Also, we’ll discuss the best places to find agents and publishers who are looking for your work. By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools to submit your novel to an agent or publisher.
JoAnn Meaker's first book, Images of America: Ontario, was published by Arcadia Publications in 2007 and features over 200 pages of images from the history of the town of Ontario, New York in Wayne County. JoAnn grew up in Brooklyn and on Long Island, lived in Ontario for almost 30 years, and recently moved to Virginia. A retired teacher, she also volunteered for many years with the town of Ontario's Historical Society and was the organization's president for six years where she learned to love history, especially the years of the civil war, having organized several re-enactments at the Society's Heritage Squire Museum. While doing research for her second book, My Dear Emma, she traveled to many of the Civil War sites mentioned in the book, searched museums, libraries, spoke with town historians, and spent hours on the internet. She loves to read, research the family history, and do needle craft. Spending time with the grandchildren is a joy, and teaching them to love history is a goal.
In her workshop, JoAnn will discuss her experiences from research to revision of her books.
Kathleen Mix is an avid sailor and licensed charter captain and has spent many years roaming the Southern U.S. coastline, exploring the Bahamas, and enjoying the tropical islands of the Caribbean and the offshore islands of South America. One day, while anchored in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the boat rocking gently in the trade winds, she started writing about a charter yacht crewed by a salty captain and a land-lubber chef. That novel, A Trade Wind Season, was released by Avalon Books two years later. Since then, she has written five more novels. Her multicultural romance, Beyond Paradise, was released in 2010 from Samhain Publishing. Her four romantic suspense novels are published by The Wild Rose Press: Secret Stranger (2007), Deadly Paradise (2008), River of Fear (2011), and Deadly Memories (2012).
Successful novels hook readers early and often, frequently starting on line one. Successful writers know when and where to place additional hooks to keep readers turning pages. This workshop will discuss great beginnings, the qualities of a good hook, how and where hooks should be used throughout the story, and the techniques an author can use to grab a reader's interest and make him or her continue reading.
Mary Montague Sikes is a native Virginian who grew up in the historic city of Fredericksburg in the shadow of Civil War battlefields. Motivated by her surroundings, she started writing and painting at an early age. Always intrigued by far-away places, she enjoys travel and writing about her journeys to exotic locations. Her first novel, Hearts Across Forever, is set in Jamaica and relates to the legend of the white witch of Rose Hall Great House. Using both her writing and her artistic skills, Sikes wrote and illustrated a coffee table book, Hotels to Remember. As the Passenger to Paradise, Sikes has used information gleaned from visits to Sedona, Arizona, Trinidad, and Antigua as settings for her books. Jungle Jeopardy, the fifth book in the series, starts out in Costa Rica then centers around the Maya ruins of Central America. She is also author of two sweet romances, A Rainbow for Christmas and Daddy's Christmas Angel, a novella, Dangerous Hearts, and the "Snapshot in Time" series of small travel destination books. Her current project, Necklace in a Christmas Rain set in the Bahamas, is due out later this year. Sikes who resides in West Point enjoys event speaking engagements and teaching artist workshops.
Jack Trammell is a professor, researcher, and writer who currently teaches and administrates at Randolph-Macon College. He has more than 24 books to his credit ranging from text books for students in gifted programs to award-winning Appalachian writing. His published credits include dozens of research articles in education, history, and sociology journals, as well as hundreds of other articles, short stories, and poems. For almost seven years, he wrote a regular military history column for the Washington Times; he is on the editorial board at Shepherd University for the Appalachian literature project, as well as several other editorial boards. His education includes a B.A. in political science at Grove City College, a Master's degree in History Education at VCU, a Special Education certificate from the University of Virginia, and Ph.D. in Education from VCU. Most recently, he was a visiting scholar at the DuPont funded Summer Seminar at the National Center for the Humanities. His current projects include a vampire novel, selling three manuscripts that are book-ready, a television pilot (paranormal), and finishing several formal research projects.
French philosopher Michel Foucault suggested that writers and social scientists could all be archeologists of sorts, digging through documents, letters and artifacts as real archeologists would do with dirt, skeletons, and clay shards, to uncover historical truth that has lain buried. He also used the term genealogy to describe how writers can make ideas connect like a family tree so that the random bits of history laying around actually connect to meaningful trends and truths. Using these two ideas, this workshop will focus on two phases of writing history for a general audience: first, tips and techniques for efficient and effective research; second, a lesson on crafting language and creating narrative threads to write history that comes alive for a lay audience.
PUBLISHING PANEL: The Virginia Romance Writers has put together a panel of authors offering a variety of opinions on the various publishing models available in today’s market including traditionally published, small press (e-book and print), and indie (self) published, covering just about every possible model.
Moderator: Leah St. James, Published via small press (The Wild Rose Press, Edward Allen Publishing) and indie published http://leahstjames.com
The process of finding an editor can be daunting, and finding the right one even more of a challenge. From the viewpoint of an experienced editor, learn how to find and select a freelance editor. Discover how the editorial process works and what you can expect from working with an editor.