The Saguaro Romance Writers are excited to welcome Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency to our October Special Event. She’ll provide an “in the trenches” look at all things query letters. Join us for tips, tricks and an inside look at the elements of a query letter and what makes a good one. Then she’ll put that advice into action with cold reads of several query letters from SRW members and other event attendees as time allows.
About Jessica Watterson
Jessica is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica has made books a serious part of her life for many years. During college, she started an indie review blog that has featured author interviews and has reviewed several self-published books that eventually ended up on the New York Times Best Seller list. Jessica is actively building her list and is most interested in all genres of romance, especially historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, and paranormal. She greatly enjoys romance novels with strong characters that jump right off the page and a plot that stays with the reader long after the book has finished.
Viscount Hotel 4855 East Broadway, Tucson 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Special Event Meeting fee of $30 for members $45 for guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.
Perfecting the Pitch
Part of your job is overcoming the fear most writers feel when it comes to selling themselves and their work. (If we were the naturally outgoing type, we wouldn’t BE writers!) So this session begins with a look at the seven fear-fighting techniques. Next comes the pitch itself, with hands-on work to prepare what you’ll tell the agent or editor during a formal appointment or an elevator meeting. Finally, we’ll cover the tricks for improving your presentation…and following up for the best chances of success. If you’re not planning to pitch anytime soon, you’ll get to choose an editor / agent’s role and play it for all it’s worth!
Letting “Mad Men” Write Your Synopsis
Whether or not you’ve met the editor / agent face-to-face, at some point they’ll need a synopsis to convince their superiors “we want this book.” So you’ll need to put on your Dan Draper hat and use some proven techniques from Madison Avenue that get people wanting to buy a particular product. We won’t get your entire synopsis written during this session, but you’ll learn every step you need for creating a synopsis that makes people eager to see your book.
About Laurie Schnebly Campbell
Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves speaking to writers about issues that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for Best Special Edition of the Year. Along with romance and how-to books for writers, Laurie writes scripts for videos and commercials (some of which feature her voice) at a Phoenix ad agency. She also enjoys teaching a catechism class, narrating at Talking Books, playing with her husband and son in Sedona (the red-rock town named for her grandpa’s mom), and teaching online classes every month except July & December. “People ask how I find time to do all that,” Laurie says, “and I tell them it’s easy. I never clean my house!”
November 30 is the end of our SRW dues year, which runs from December each year through November of the following year.
This schedule was adopted to give the outgoing treasurer plenty of time to get our books ready for the incoming board. Members must renue their dues in order to attend the (regular fee) December holiday awards party at the Clarion on December 12.
Dues for the upcoming year remain unchanged at $25 regular members, $20 Charter members who have remained current since our founding in 2005.
Nominations are now closed for candidates for our 2016 Board of Directors. Because the positions are all uncontested, voting will be conducted by show of hands during teh business portion of our Annual General Meeting, November 21, 2015.
Anyone wishing to vote in advance by proxy may do so by emailing their choice of candidates to elections@TucsonRWA.org before November 18. Write-in candidates are still permitted on the ballots.
Candidates for 2016 Board of Directors:
President: Rose Ortiz
VP Programs: Kellie Hazell
Treasurer: Linda Jesionka
Secretary: Ann Bellomo
Director of Membership: Amanda Gordon
Director of Communications: Christy Gridley
Huge thanks to these ladies for volunteering to step forward!