From now on, SOLA’s meetings will begin at 11:00 am due to a prior writing event called “Saturday Writers’ Clinic,” which is scheduled for 9:15 am every third Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library. SOLA members are encouraged to attend.
From Brainstorm to Book
Traci Andrighetti will teach you how to create a book project template to organize and track your manuscripts from inception to publication—and beyond.
Traci Andrighetti is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Franki Amato Mysteries and the Danger Cove Hair Salon Mysteries. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas in Austin, where she earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime—writing, that is. Her latest capers are teaching mystery for Savvy Authors and taking authors on writing retreats to Italy with LemonLit.
Traditional Publishing: It’s Alive and Well: Is It for You?
Panel presented by Pamela Ahearn, C.S. Harris, and Farrah Rochon
Literary Agent Pamela Ahearn worked at Bantam Books, Dell Books and Richard Curtis Agency before moving to New Orleans, where she was with Southern Writers Agency for eight years. In l992, she founded The Ahearn Agency, Inc., which currently represents between 30-35 authors working in romance and suspense. She has represented several New York Times, USA-Today and Walden’s Bestselling authors as well as RITA, Anthony and Agatha Award winners/nominees.
C. S. Harris
C.S. Harris is the USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author of more than two dozen novels including the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series, the C.S. Graham thriller series co-written with retired intelligence officer Steve Harris, and seven historical romances written under her own name, Candice Proctor. A two-time RITA® Award finalist, her books have been translated into over twenty languages.
A former academic with a PhD in European history, Candice loves to travel and has spent much of her life abroad, living in Spain, Greece, England, France, Jordan, and Australia. She now makes her home in New Orleans.
At the next meeting, SOLA will be hosting a Q & A panel on traditional publishing. In order for the panel to prepare and deliver the most benefit, SOLA is requesting that members submit their questions about traditional publishing ahead of time. Any and all questions are encouraged!
Please send your questions to Vicky McHenry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Navigating Today’s New York Publishing Market
Pitfalls and Perks to Hybrid Publishing
*Meeting will begin at 10:00 AM, and
the speaker presentation will commence at 11:00 AM.
Writing Prompts & Brainstorming Activities
*Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Come join fellow SOLA members for refreshments, conversation, and fun writing exercises to get our creative juices flowing! This meeting will focus on writing prompts. Last month, we passed out Easter eggs containing a prompt. Those of you who attended, please bring your Easter egg writing prompt. For those who didn’t, we’ll pass out more this Saturday. Let’s have a little fun flexing our writers’ wings!
Cup and Chaucer will also be available for those who want to group together to do writing sprints, brainstorming, and plotting.
The speaker event will now take place at 10:00 a.m., and the business meeting will begin afterwards at 11:00. Please arrive on time to hear our wonderful speaker!
What You Don’t Clear Might Bite You:
The Author’s Warranty of Right to Publish
Every publication agreement requires the author to warrant that their work does not violate the rights of any third parties. This talk will touch briefly on what rights are protected by copyrights, trademarks, and the rights of publicity/privacy (including limitations such as fair use) and then focus on clearances for book publication and marketing activities. Many, if not most, publication agreements now require the author to do the clearance work for their books and, of course, the author is responsible for any errors. All authors should understand what they are warranting in their publication agreement and what they need to do for proper clearance of their work.
Marie practices exclusively in the area of intellectual property law – copyrights, trademarks, IP-related contracts, and select litigation. She helps businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals protect their valuable rights. She represents both authors and publishers in the highly specialized area of publication agreements.
Dear SOLA members:
SOLA has extended the membership dues deadline until the April meeting, which is on April 20th. Due to confusion with the still non-active “pay online” option through RWA’s website, no late fee will be incurred.
The dues are $40. We ask that you pay directly to SOLA in one of the following ways:
1. By check, mailed to 9012 Camille Ct., New Orleans, LA 70123
2. By check or cash handed to Ann Cantrell at the next SOLA meeting (March 16th)
Thanks for your patience!