Think You’re Ready for the Colorado Gold?
Presented by Chris Devlin
Saturday, March 15, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Belmar Public Library
555 S. Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80226
MEMBERS & NON-MEMBERS WELCOME
Making the finals in RMFW’s annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest is a great way to get your work in front of agents and editors. Many past winners and finalists have gone on to have their books published. Finaling in the well-respected Colorado Gold is also a clear badge of honor to help market and promote your work. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an afternoon with contest chair Chris Devlin. Come learn what makes a good entry great, what catches a judge’s eye, and how to avoid common mistakes.
We’ll also be doing Live Judging in 3-D! So bring the first few pages of your entry and put yourself out there to hear how the judges might react to your work. We’ll be debuting updated category definitions and refined subgenres. Chris will have a decision as to whether the Colorado Gold will be adding a short story category. As if that’s not enough…we’ll be announcing the agents and editors who will be judging the final rounds!
Mark your calendars and get ready for the contest, which opens April 1, 2014 and closes June 1, 2014.
Join us and find out what’s new at the Colorado Gold contest. #cogo2014
Chris Devlin is a writer, blogger and social media specialist. A longtime RMFW member active on the PR committee, she is enjoying her second year as the Colorado Gold contest chair. Her workshops range from advice on craft to helping writers overcome their fear of public speaking. She writes young adult fiction and is exploring both traditional and alternative options for publishing. Her young adult urban fantasy novel St. Vitus Academy Book One: The Lazarus Rock won third place in the 2012 Pikes Peak Writers Contest YA category. Follow her work at chrisdevlinwrites.com.
The Writer’s Conquest: Marketing for Today’s Author
Presented by Thomas A. Fowler
Saturday, April 12, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Sam Gary Branch Library
2961 Roslyn St.
Denver, CO 80238
MEMBERS & NON-MEMBERS WELCOME
In an ever-changing industry with constant advancements, an author brand can be outdated before it’s even launched. Whether you’re an aspiring writer just getting started, or an established author looking for strategies to refresh your brand, The Writer’s Conquest will provide insight into four major focuses every author should have: a brand that sells, focused marketing strategies, compelling campaigns, and adaptive testing. After all, if you are asking people to make a purchase, you have to know what it is that you’re selling. Within this workshop, inventive methods will be brought up so you can stay within budget, schedule your time, and concentrate your capacity where it belongs: writing. We’ll aim your brand and marketing toward specified goals with tangible measurements so you’ll know where you need to modify, and where you’ve found success that must be embellished. Use The Writer’s Conquest as the next step to build your author brand.
Thomas A. Fowler is a Broadcast & Digital Producer in advertising by day, writer of commercial-mainstream and science fiction by night. His feature length film, “The Code: Legend of the Gamers” was selected for screenings at comedy and international film festivals, and is available for instant streaming. His screenplay, “Dreams of Exile,” was a finalist in the Paranoia Horror Film Festival for Best Original Screenplay. Fowler’s action-based short story, “The Hour Wheel,” was selected for the anthology “Penny Dread Tales III: Volume III- In Darkness Clockwork Shine.” He is shopping his first novel to agents and seeking simultaneous representation for his screenwriting. From a marketing standpoint, Fowler holds an MBA in Marketing from Regis University with Academic Honors. He works as a Broadcast & Digital Producer at Vladimir Jones, a full service ad agency based in Colorado. He brings subject matter expertise in executing television, radio, interactive, and web production. In addition, he is the producer on all new business proposals and pitches for the agency. Clients Fowler has worked with include Xcel Energy, Broadmoor Resorts, 24/7 Networks, and the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.
Western Slope Monthly Programs are free to both members and non-members. They are three to four hours long on a Saturday morning. Topics vary. Check the event for registration requirements. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agents: Myths vs. Reality
Presented by Cindi Myers
Saturday, March 15, 8:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Grand Junction Business Incubator
2591 Legacy Way
Grand Junction, Colorado
Please RSVP to Vicki Law at email@example.com.
Expanded continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 A.M. and the workshop will begin at 9:00 A.M. and end approximately noon. From noon to 1:00 P.M. is networking, socializing and clean-up.
Do you need an agent in order to get published? What will an agent do for you? What can’t an agent do? How do you find a good agent? Do you really need an agent in today’s publishing world? Award-winning author Cindi Myers discusses the myths and realities of dealing with agents, how to find the best agent, and how you can get published without an agent. In this frank discussion, Cindi will share her experience and that of other multi-published authors, and answer your questions about working with agents.
Cindi Myers became one of the most popular people in eighth grade when she and her best friend wrote a torrid historical romance and passed the manuscript around among friends. Fame was short-lived, alas; the English teacher confiscated the manuscript and suggested they should spend more time brushing up on grammar and spelling. Since then, Cindi has written more than 50 published novels. Over 500,000 copies of her books have been sold around the world, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She was the 2005 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year. Her 2012 release, The View From Here, won the Colorado Book Award for genre fiction. Her most recent releases are The Mountain Between Us (sequel to The View From Here) and Rocky Mountain Revenge (Harlequin Intrigue). When she’s not writing, Cindi enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, gardening, knitting, quilting and of course, reading. She lives in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and two spoiled dogs. For more about Cindi, visit her web sites at http://www.cindimyers.com and http://www.CindyMyersbooks.com