February 18th Speaker: Cherie Claire

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An New Frontier:
Electronic Publishing for the Digital Age

Sales of ebooks have slowed in the past year, but they still make up a quarter of the book-buying market. Romance novels dominate ebooks sales and only continue to grow. Are ebooks in your future? What is the process to enter the digital age? Author Cheré Coen (aka Cherie Claire) will discuss steps to crating and publishing digital copies of novels.

Bio:

Cherie Claire is the award-winning author of several Louisiana romances and a paranormal mystery series.

Originally published with Kensington, The Cajun Series of historical romance follows a family of Acadians (Cajuns) who travel to South Louisiana and start anew after being exiled from their Nova Scotia home. The first three books (EmilieRose, and Gabrielle,) follow the Gallant sisters as they attempt to reunite with their father (and find love) in the wilds of Louisiana, and Delphine (Book Four) takes place during Louisiana’s role in the American Revolution. The Dugas family saga continues into the 19th century with A Cajun Dream (Book Five) and The Letter (Book Six).

Cherie is also the author of The Cajun Embassy series of contemporary romances– Ticket to Paradise, Damn Yankees, and Gone Pecan. What happens when several Columbia journalism coeds homesick for Louisiana find comfort in a bowl of Cajun gumbo? They become lifelong friends. Because love — and a good gumbo — changes everything.

Cherie’s spring 2017 novel, A Ghost of a Chance, begins a paranormal mystery series featuring New Orleans travel writer and ghost sleuth Viola Valentine.

Cherie lives in South Louisiana where she works as a travel and food writer when not indulging in Cajun culture. Visit her website at http://www.cherieclaire.net and write to her at CajunRomances@Yahoo.com.

November 19th Speaker: Bridget Hodder

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Going All the Way:
From Page, to Pitch, to Publication

Pitch clinic at the end of the talk, so bring the pitch of your WIP!

Are you really ready to be published? Debut Author and two-time Golden Heart Finalist Bridget Hodder helps you answer that question and many more. In a friendly, practical exploration of the various paths we can take to publication, she will talk about her own unusual journey to a contract with a “Big Five” publisher and the power of working smart on your dreams.

Published Work

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