Events

Everything you need to know about Writers Conferences

This past weekend I attended the Windsor International Writers Conference – and what an experience that was! Not only was this my first time attending a writers conference, but it was also my first time attending that kind of event as a publisher, which as it turns out, adds a whole new perspective to the whole thing.

The biggest barriers to attending an event like this are fairly obvious. People often have the following misconceptions.:

  1. There aren’t any near me
  2. I won’t learn anything I don’t already know
  3. It’s not worth the expense

Well, first of all, there are A LOT of writers conferences and similar events. There are genre specific ones, and general ones. There are some that are members only and some that are for everybody. And, if you’re local to us there’s now one in Windsor, sowelcome-to-windsor you won’t have to travel very far. If you do have to travel, or the one you want to go to is further away, sometimes it is worth the trip anyways, even if you only go once. There were a number of people I met at the Windsor International Writers Conference who had come as far as Seattle, or Little Rock, Arkansas and these people brought a different perspective with them and were well worth meeting.

For the second point, it is simply untrue. Writing is an art and as such it is something that you should always be working at improving. It is also a very solitary undertaking most of the time, so it helps to get out of your head and meet people who get what it’s like to do what you do. And on the publishing side of things, there is always so much to learn. The industry is constantly evolving and if you are a writer who wants to see their books on the shelves, then you need to make connections within the industry or at the very least learn what it takes to bring your book to market as a self-publisher.

Lastly, the most common objection I hear is about the cost. The actual figures vary from conference to conference and I agree that on the surface they look a little high, but now having been to a conference I can tell you with no hesitation – you are getting your money’s worth.

Here’s an example of what registration (incl. Pre-conference and post-conference) covered at the 2016 Windsor International Writers Conference:

~2 roundtable intensive workshops with a publisher or agent.
~Optional 1 on 1 meetings with publishers or agents of your choice.
~Several Panels featuring publishers, agents, authors, and editors
~All meals and beverages during the official hours of the conference
~A welcome bag including pens, paper, and a program
~Guest speakers on various topics incl. Branding, blogging, researching, self-publishing, query letters, synopsis, perspective, and voice.
~Entertainment in the evenings incl. Music, theater, and a Mexican fiesta.
~Workshops, incl. Poetry and screenwriting.
~Contests for poetry, short story, opening paragraph, and descriptions. The winners of which were awarded free attendance to next year’s conference.

I hope that helps to clarify the value of a writers conference. If you’d like to know more, come back next week (or subscribe to this blog) for part two of this post when I share my experience as a publisher at this event.

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In the meantime, I would like to remind you all that the Cover Reveal for Elizabeth J. M. Walker’s This Night Sucks is this Friday, the 13th here on the blog and then next week Black Lightning by K.S. Jones goes live on May 17th! It’s not too late to pre-order this book. In fact, you can do so here.

Your Invite to the Windsor International Writers Conference

welcome-to-windsorPersonally, I love Windsor. The place has some history and the people here are the most down to earth and friendly of all the Canadian cities I’ve lived in. I attended University here and after three year stint in Ottawa, I decided to come back,settle down and eventually start Mirror World. I returned because I missed the laid back atmosphere, the vibrant art community and the ability to live in a city while still feeling like it’s okay to take your time and talk to the people you meet. The other thing that’s great about Windsor is the entrepreneurial spirit you’ll find here. Even when the economy was at its lowest, you still found small businesses popping up trying to make the best of it.

It is for these reasons that I am exceptional proud to be able to say that this year Windsor is hosting its second annual Windsor International Writers Conference from May 5th to 8th at the Holiday Inn on Huron Church Rd. Geared towards writers of all experience levels, the conference boasts a weekend full of guest speakers, workshops, networking, food, and exhibitors.

In addition to all that, there will be a number of publishers, agents and industry professionals there so you can make contacts, get advice and even sign up to have your manuscript critiqued. I’ll be there too, so if you’re looking to meet me now’s your chance!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as an author-publisher in Windsor it’s that this city has a whole lot of talent. We’re bursting at the seams with creative people and writers in particular as evidenced by the overwhelming attendance at the Local Authors and Artists Festival last year and the Windsor-Essex Book Expo in the years before that. So if you are a writer in Windsor or  near enough to travel to us, I strongly recommend registering for the Windsor International Writers Conference this year before space runs out. That way you can meet me  along with the rest of what the Windsor writing community has to offer.

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Meet Disenchanted’s Bewitching Lead, Sophie Goodchild

February is for romance… and witches!

This month, our featured book  the bewitching young adult romance, Disenchanted by Leigh Goff. Today, Leigh introduces us to her main character, Sophie Goodchild. Take it away, Leigh!
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In Disenchanted, Sophie Goodchild is a sixteen-year-old half-witch, living with her eccentric aunt in the small town of Wethersfield, Connecticut—the sight of the first American Witch Trials. She is descended from a powerful black witch, the very real Rebecca Greensmith, but she struggles with her erratic white magic while dealing with a snarky group of full-blooded witches known as the Glitterati, who love to make Sophie feel like she is less than they are.

Sophie is a natural beauty with long, untamed waves of sable-colored hair, eyes the color of dark blue sapphires, and heart-shaped lips. More importantly, she is beautiful on the inside, although she hides it well behind her impatience and impetuousness, which makes her very relatable.

It is those heart-strong characteristics that lead her into trouble and, since she is ruled by her heart, she is all in once she finds trouble like a forbidden first love. She is fiercely loyal, determined, and fearless and there is nothing she would not do or sacrifice for her loved ones, especially when she learns of the true love curse her ancestor cast on the Mather family.

When Judge Mather, a descendant of the reverend who condemned Sophie’s ancestor to hang, finds out his charming son, who has recently returned to Wethersfield with a sexy British accent and a face that could melt a black witch’s heart, has fallen hard for Sophie, life in Wethersfield becomes more dangerous for the beautiful half-witch. Dark secrets come to light and impossible choices are made as Sophie sacrifices everything, including her soul to save her true love.disenchanted-2 copy

Disenchanted is ON SALE in our store all month long! You can get $4 off with the code: MAGIC

You can also enter to win a paperback copy of Disenchanted on Goodreads.

AND we’ll be continuing to feature this book for the rest of February, so subscribe to keep up with all the fun and witchy blog posts!

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Leigh Goff grew up in Maryland where she resides today. Her writing is inspired by an eclectic childhood, a vivid imagination, and compelling historical events. After taking several writing courses in college and attending professional writing workshops after she graduated from the University of Maryland, she joined the Maryland Writers’ Association and Romance Writers of America. She is also an approved artist with the Maryland State Arts Council. Learn more about Leigh at www.mirrorworldpublishing.com

A Bewitching February with Leigh Goff’s Disenchanted!

February’s Featured Book is a witchy young adult historical fiction with more than a hint of romance thrown in the mix. Disenchanted by Leigh Goff is the perfect book to keep you spellbound through the rest of winter!

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Descended from a powerful Wethersfield witch, sixteen-year-old Sophie is struggling to hide her awkwardly emerging magic, but that’s the least of her worries. When a dangerous thief tries to steal her mysterious heirloom necklace, she is rescued by the one person she’s forbidden to fall for, a descendant of the man who condemned her ancestor to hang. He carries a dark secret that could destroy them both unless Sophie learns how to tap into the mysterious power of her diamond bloodcharm. She will have to uncover dark secrets from both of their families’ wicked pasts and risk everything, including her soul to save them from a witch’s true love curse, but it will take much more than that.

So what does being our February Feature mean? Well for starters you can get $4.00 off the paperback or ebook version of Disenchanted in our store for the entire month with the code: MAGIC. Secondly, we’ll be featuring the book and the author here on the blog with a new guest post each week! And lastly, we’re running a giveaway on goodreads all month long where you can enter to win a free paperback copy!

So make sure to subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already, follow us on twitter @MirrorWorldPub and like our facebook page for the latest updates on our monthly features!

And we’ll be having the author, Leigh Goff, on our Mirror World News youtube channel sometime this month so if you have any questions for her to answer in her interview, please leave them in the comments below so we can ask her!

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It’s Launch Day! The Curse at Pirate’s Cove by Rita Monette is HERE!!

The much anticipated sequel to Rita Monette’s  Bayou Adventure, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island is finally here! Nikki Landry and her dog, Snooper, are back and this time they’re facing off pirates and risking a terrible curse! See below for more information or visit our bookstore to order this great title today! Remember you get $3 off for the holidays with code: MWDEAL at checkout.

Also, you can follow the Tour for Reviews, Guest Posts, Exclusive Excerpts, and Spotlights!

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“When one man’s treasure is another man’s curse”

Book Information:

Title: The Curse at Pirate’s Cove

Series:  Nikki Landry Swamp Legends, Book 2

Author Name: Rita Monette

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery

Tags: Middle Grade, Adventure, Pirates, Bayou, Louisiana

Length: Approx. 208 pages

E-book:  978-1-987976-02-1

Paperback:  978-1-987976-01-4

Re-Release Date: Nov.17, 2015

Publisher: Mirror World Publishing

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Nikki Landry is turning eleven years old, and is looking forward to riding her bike to school. That is until it falls apart. Papa can’t afford a new one. Is she doomed to ride the smelly old school bus from now on?

Hearing of an old pirate ship, and a legend about long-ago pirates burying treasure on a nearby swamp island, Nikki sees a way out. But when she makes a birthday wish for the pirate’s gold, things go terribly wrong. Did her wish trigger an ancient curse?

Join Nikki and her friends as they find themselves sailing away aboard a haunted schooner with ghostly pirates into the Gulf of Mexico … and into the year eighteen fourteen.

How will they ever find their way back home?

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You can find the book from these retailers:

Amazon:
http://amzn.to/1HG1d39

Mirror World Publishing:
http://mirror-world-publishing.myshopify.com/collections/adventure/products/the-curse-at-pirates-cove

Chapters:
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-curse-at-pirates-cove/9781987976021-item.html?ikwid=Rita+Monette&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-curse-at-pirates-cove-rita-monette/1120806662?ean=9781987976021

Rita-studio pic cropped-croppedRita Monette was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. She loves to write stories set in the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state.

Her middle grade series, The Nikki Landry Swamp Legends, is based on tales told by her father—who made his living in those bayous—of reasons to stay out of the swamp.

She currently lives with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee. Besides writing and illustrating, she loves watching the many birds that make their habitat on the Cumberland Plateau, working in the garden, and frequenting waterfalls.

Social Media Links:

Website  http://ritamonette.com

Twitter  https://twitter.com/RitaMonette

 

We’re Hosting and YOU’RE invited!

We’ve got some great events coming up and we hope you can join us! On Thursday September 3rd from 6pm until 9pm Murandy and I will be at the Artspeak Gallery in Windsor (1942 Wyandotte St E) with Sharon Ledwith, Nate Friedman, Elizabeth J.M. Walker and Rita Monette!

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Click here for the facebook event and be sure to share this invite with local friends. The more the merrier!

And, on September 26th from 10am to 5pm we’ll be at the WFCU centre (8787 McHugh St) in Windsor along with 65+ other local authors and artists for the Local Authors and Artists Festival! Please mark the day in your calendar because this will be a local event you don’t want to miss!

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For more information about this event go to http://www.laafestival.wordpress.com or check out the event on Facebook.