|Susan Gourley, Franklin Kury, Cate Masters, Lorrie Myers, and|
The wonderful Don Helin led our little group. He worked with Catherine from Midtown to get us all together. Don writes thrillers with a military setting, taking full advantage of his background in the US military and at the Pentagon. Now he's retired and does lots of traveling with his wife. He started his writing career as a travel writer. His first thriller, To Kingdom Come, is a great read about some domestic terrorism.
Lorrie Myers not only has hundreds and hundreds of articles published, she teaches a class on writing for the magazine market. She gave some great hints on writing a query letter and emphasized its importance.
Cate Masters is multi published in fiction with novels and short stories available. She shared her knowledge of the ebook market and made mention of the quickly changing business of writing. Cate knows her stuff and is my 'go-to' girl when I have a question about blogging, promotion and even my venture into self-publishing. You can read the details of her talk on her blog.
Franklin Kury, a retired state senator, spoke on his journey to publication. Franklin worked on his novel for quite a while before someone suggested his write a nonfiction novel on his years as a politician. His book isn't really a biography so much as a story about his fight to pass legislation to protect the environment in Pennsylvania. He's a real hero for our state.
Don asked me to speak about writing fantasy and romance. It was a great opportunity to make people aware of the benefit of looking at small publishers if they get rejected by the big NY houses.
The questions continued well beyond our scheduled time. I could tell many members of our audience were writers in the making.
So the panel was fun and I would do it again if an offer arrives.
What do you feel you could speak with expertise on if someone asked you to present a workshop or be part of a panel?